What We Love
- Rate includes daily breakfast, a bottle of wine and fruit basket on arrival, a VIP welcome with a drink and a history tour of the hotel from the host, a wine tasting in a local winery, a daily sunset champagne cocktail on the veranda and one spa treatment per couple at Zannos spa
- The romance factor, from the pool to the architecture
- Above Pyrgos village, it has mesmerizing 360-degree views
- There's a resident donkey for rides into town
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What To Know
- This is not a typical cliffside property; Pyrgos is inland
- There are fabulous views of the island and caldera, but they're not your classic Santorini views
- About 30 minutes from the island’s main tourist attractions; renting a car is recommended
- The restaurant is well known in Santorini but open only to guests
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Perched above Santorini’s highest (and least touristy) town, Pyrgos, this boutique hotel, fashioned from 18th- and 19th-century manor houses, seduces visitors at first sight with promises of swank seclusion. A luxurious approach and personalized service are as much part of the Zannos experience as ethereal blue-on-white beauty. From the sunny patios and verandas to the cobblestone corridors, it provides a visual testament to the opulence of Old World Greece. High vaulted ceilings, lovingly restored stucco walls, and columns are the norm here.
Bed and Bath
Designed by Yannis Tseklenis, one of Greece’s best-known fashion designers, the 10 suites are decorated to preserve the richness, warmth and grandeur of the hotel’s elegant beginnings, and they seamlessly blend original antiques with modern expectations. Most of the suites are cut wholly or partly into the soft rock, and they’re dressed with pale wooden floors, mustard-yellow or terra-cotta-hued walls and magnificently painted ceilings. But guests will likely spend most of their time by the pool. Cut into rock and overlooking the city, it is especially beautiful at sunset, when the sky bleeds orange and red, then pink and purple.
If you have an evening when you’re not lounging poolside, reserve a table on the veranda of Zannos’s restaurant. Recognized as one of Santorini’s best, it’s made all the more exclusive by being open only to guests. The food is as impressive as the view, with robust yet delicate flavors that draw inspiration from Greece and the rest of the Mediterranean. Built by a Santorini wine magnate, the hotel continues to grow and bottle its own grapes. House wines can be sampled at evening tastings or chosen from the impressive wine list, with recommendations at dinner from the sommelier.
How to Get There
this was a unique adventure. the views from the hotel are spectacular. our room had a private Jacuzzi with a view of all of the island. the service was wonderful. I never stayed in a hotel like this. its not for super seniors though as there is quite a walk up to the hotel. the rooms are fancy caves. once in a lifetime positive experience had to drag my wife out of there
A charming, well established hotel is in a beautiful location with elevated views of Santorini.. The staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. In particular, Sakis who greeted us. Having stayed in many on the island, I would recommend for its style. The Pyrgos Easter Friday celebrations pass immediately in front of the splendid front terrace.
This place was amazing and more amazing then the place were the people who were running it. The receptionist nearly spent an hour with us almost every day, just talking to us and filling us in with the history and details of not just the property but the whole village. Oh and their breakfast OH-MY-GOD was to die for. It was as if your granny was in the kitchen making yummy food for you with love! The weather was nice so I don't know details on the AC and other such necessities. My only complaint was that when we showered the water kind of went everywhere in the bathroom (and a bit in room), which was sort of annoying but being a person with OCD, I can honestly say that the pros definitely way outweighed the cons:)
The village of Pyrgos is wonderful, full of winding alleys and restaurants aplenty and a few shops (very expensive for touristy mass production goods) the hotel is at the top of the village about a ten minute moderately hill walk from where the transport drops you, the hotel sends a man and donkey (who is a little frail and old and made me very uncomfortable to make use of his services) so happy to transport our own luggage although others loaded him to the max 😥 our room was one of the cave rooms, it was nice and cool and pleasant although not luxury but spacious, we were shown our shared plunge jacuzzi which was in a shared courtyard, this was also in a cave and was not appealing at all as it was cold water and in a dark cave! We ate in the hotel on the first night, the food was ok but nothing special and were only dining with one other couple in the dining area so lacked any atmosphere. Breakfast is nice but very slow service and like others have commented you're made to feel a bit of a nuisance if you want a refill of coffee or anything. The pool was Freezing so didn't swim but sun loungers were nice and they offer a waitress service to the pool via a phone so handy. Nice trip but wouldn't feel the need to stay here again as I have found much much better places at better value and friendliness.
Upon arriving the hotel our cab driver asked if we had arranged for our luggage to be picked up by the hotel. Hmmm, no. We did not realize that the hotel was up a very steep hill and that we could have arranged for the hotel's donkey service to meet us at the bottom in order to carry our luggage up. My husband and I are in our 50's, my husband walks with a cane. We're kinda in good shape, but it took us 20 minutes to walk up the hill (with our luggage). That evening after visiting the area and returning back to the hotel, it only took us 5 minutes (without our luggage), so we got better at it. Despite the hike...The hotel was gorgeous! The grounds were gorgeous! The view is gorgeous! The hotel staff was incredibly nice. Our room was a cave and we had a staircase that took us up to our balcony that overlooked the tiers of the hotel and the ocean. The breakfast is included and was very good. The area of Pyrgos is close to Fira and Oia. If you want to "cab" it to either town, the convenient store at the bottom of the hill of the hotel will gladly call you cab that will arrive in about 2 minutes (no lie). We would buy something from the store and he was very appreciated when receiving a small tip for calling the cab. There are also gift stores and restaurants at the foot of this hill. I felt like we were in the middle of everything. I really enjoyed staying here and would stay here again upon returning.