Pylaia Boutique Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily buffet breakfast
- All 26 rooms have balconies or terraces overlooking the sea
- Eco-friendly property champions solar power and rain harvesting
- WiFi is free
- READ MORE: A vacation guide to the Greek Islands
What To Know
- Astypalea's off-the-grid location is the main attraction but the island may prove too quiet for some
- The property has a small spa and a petite fitness center
- Astypalaia is a one-hour flight or a 10-hour ferry ride from Athens
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With its rugged beaches and mountainous meadows, Astypalea is an under-the-radar Greek island idyll. On a hillside overlooking one of the island’s best beaches, Livadi, Pylaia Boutique Hotel is an eco-friendly retreat with designer digs and a top-notch restaurant. A series of whitewashed buildings linked by cobblestone paths wrap around an inviting pool and the 26 guestrooms are positioned towards the sea. All come with balconies or terraces overlooking the coves of Agios Konstantinos, Pappou and Tzanaki. Inside, a soothing color scheme (taupe, sea greens and blues) combines with traditional Aegean touches (whitewashed walls, wooden ceilings, window shutters). Soft Cocomat mattresses and Apivita toiletries up the luxe factor. Breakfast is served poolside and in the evening you can dine on classic Greek dishes and fresh seafood at the Plori Restaurant-Lounge Cafè Bar overlooking the island’s Venetian castle. The eco-friendly property embraces solar power and rainwater harvesting and the designer lamps use energy-saving lightbulbs.
In the Area
Explore the imposing 14th-century castle built by the Quirini family when the island was under Venetian rule. The Archaeological Museum in Skala is home to a small collection of treasures from the prehistoric Mycenaean period to the Middle Ages. Head to Chora to see the island’s traditional windmills which are still in use, although one has been transformed into a gallery and one houses Astypalea’s tourist office. Livadi beach is close to the hotel and is a quiet spot to soak up the rays. A number of boat trips run throughout the summer to remote stretches of sand on neighboring islands.
How to Get There
An amazing Hotel at a great location! Rooms are superb with magnificent sea views over the Aegean. Breakfast offers great variety while the Italian menu at the Cucina Italian restaurant for lunch and dinner is indeed mouthwatering.
However what makes this place unique is the service and the Hotel Team. Everybody is so friendly, helpful and hospitable. Special thanks to KONSTANTINOS who oversees the whole Team and makes sure everything runs smoothly. He is for sure the Heart of the hotel! Well done, keep up the good job! We will be back soon and we highly recommend the Hotel to anybody considering staying in Astypalaia for a relaxing holiday with superb service!
The place itself is really nice, elegant, well kept and extremely relaxing. But the real difference is made by the staff: Konstantinos, Vittoria and Demetria (forgive me, I surely mispelled your names!) are pure kindness, always ready to help you smiling even in the worst week of the highest season! Thank you again! Hope to come back soon!
It’s our second stay in Pylaia and this time we were totally disappointed by the suite's standards. We paid 460 euros per night for the Pylaia suite with indoor pool and it was such a waste of money this time. The service provided was nowhere near to what a luxury hotel of this price range should provide.
Problems started the first day. The pool’s water circulation system was not working which resulted to the pool having a thin layer of dust and dirt on top, which made it disgusting to use. We asked for it to be fixed and it was fixed the evening of the next day (30 hours later). Same thing for the pool's lights but that was not that major. Also the pool’s wall insulation/paint was missing in many places. When we mentioned that to the manager (Konstantinos) he tried to justify it by saying that the problem appeared in the last few days so they did not have any time to fix it.
Then the 3rd morning of our stay we noticed two things.
* A cockroach in the swimming pool.
* The showers drainage system was not working properly which result to the bathroom being flooded with water every time we were taking a shower.
We were rest assured by the manager that the cockroach would be removed immediately and the shower's drainage system would be checked as well. Apparently none of these things happened. On the last day we asked again for the cockroach to be removed and the receptionist said she would take care of it. We had to call her again in order to show her exactly where the cockroach was because she said she could not find it. The cockroach might be still in the pool ...
Though one of the weirdest things we noticed is the following:
Every time we would cross paths with the manager he would greet, say hi, etc.. Once we mentioned to him that we are disappointed with the room and the general cleanliness of it, he was pretending that he was not seeing us or he would change walking path etc. Obviously we were not expecting him to say hi or whatever every time he would see us, but his way of dealing with the problem was so immature for a manager of such hotel.
In general the hotel is not a luxury one and it feels like the cleaning standards are pretty low. It lucks professionalism from some members of the stuff. They are just lucky that they have an amazing view and the fact that it is located next to the Chora.