5 + 1 Places to Stay in Syros

Gorgeous mansions, many of them listed, where guests can enjoy a charming stay while on the island


1. HOTEL PALAZZO PLOES

This boutique hotel, offering seven rooms, is literally built on seaside rocks. The windows of its aristocratic suite gaze out over views of the sea. Its terrace, hanging over the water, is a majestic place to enjoy your coffee or cocktails enjoying the view of Tinos and Mykonos.

The interior features tasteful furniture, rare handmade rugs, original art pieces by contemporary Greek artists, authentic Venetian light fixtures, ceiling paintings, select dishware and cutlery, as well as luxury marble-surfaced bathrooms, some of which include steam baths and Jacuzzis. The listed 19th century mansion which is home to the hotel is commonly known as Spiti tou Samiou. It stands out as it strongly reflects traditional neoclassical nobility and modern aesthetics. A recent embellishment was the addition of a small but rich cellar of Greek and imported wines. 

INFO | 2 Apollonos, Ermoupoli • Tel. (+30) 22810.79.360 •  From €180 per night for a double room  • Open from April until the end of October 

2. XENON APOLLONOS

Boutiques hotels cannot get more exclusive than this. Housed in a historic building dating back to 1830 that has been impeccably restored, the Xenon Apollonos is comprised of three majestic rooms.

Its exceptionally preserved ceiling paintings make staying here feel like you are a guest at an exquisite and tasteful private mansion. Guests can enjoy their coffee from the large living room’s terrace with a view of the sea, or have breakfast amid a lush garden setting.

This building, which was converted into a boutique hotel in 1996, once served as the residence of Andreas Kriaras, president of the chancellery that declared the uprising against Ottoman rule in Crete in 1821. Otto of Greece, the first king of the modern Greek state, was also once a guest, and it is also speculated that early 20th century statesman Eleftherios Venizelos, who served several terms as Greek prime minister, may also have passed through the doors. 

INFO | 8 Apollonos, Ermoupoli • Tel. (+30) 22810.81.387, (+30) 22810.81.681 • From €140 per night for a double room, remains open during winter.

3. APOLLONION PALACE

A former residence of eminent Syros citizens, this 19th century neoclassical building underwent full restoration work in 2009 to regain its original architectural glory. Besides being equipped with 13 unique rooms, all tastefully decorated gentle tones that emanate the old splendor of stately homes, the Apollonion Palace, as a bonus, also features a sensational rooftop that makes for a perfect moonlight setting with an endless view of the Cyclades. In addition, a smaller terrace provides direct access to the sea. 

INFO | 12 Apollonos, Ermoupoli • Tel. (+30) 22810.89.056 • From €115 per night for double room • Open all year round

4. 1901 HERMOUPOLIS MAISON

In the early 19th century, Anetta Maridaki, guided by her parents, married Dimitris Aggelakis, a member of Syros’ high society. As a result, ownership of this singular stone-constructed residence, whose small garden is adorned with citrus trees and wild roses, was transferred to the bride by her parents as dowry in 1901. Built in the mid-19th century, the building was restored this year with full respect for its history. As a boutique hotel, it offers five delightful rooms. A space has also been set up for steam bath facilities, while the hotel’s management has placed particular emphasis on offering homemade breakfast comprised of Syros’ products, as well as a worthy wine list of Greek and imported wines

INFO | 35 Paleon Patron Germanou, Ermoupoli • Tel. (+30) 6959.990.275 • From €95 per night for double room • Open all year round

5. ARHONTIKO ERMOUPOLIS

An aristocratic mansion exemplary of 19th century neoclassicism, this building was restored with taste to spare for its transformation into a four-room boutique hotel. The result fully conveys the glamour associated with Syros’ aristocratic society of a bygone era. The main hall with beautiful ceiling paintings serves as the reception area, while the period architectural traits have been maintained and preserved throughout the building and combined with authentic Syros furniture. Breakfast is based on local products and prepared attentively, as are the meals served for guests and their visitors. 

INFO | 15 Vafiadaki, Ermoupoli • Tel. (+30) 22810.87.711 • From €90 per night for a double room.

 6. SYROU MELATHRON

An imposing building that was built in 1857 and has been faithfully preserved to feature terraces crafted from Paros marble, superb antifixes, archaic-looking pediments and carved eaves, it now operates as a stylish 21-room boutique hotel. The structure’s interior is adorned with impressive ceiling paintings and classic furniture, while the view from the rooms takes in Ermoupoli’s Vaporia district and stretches all the way out to the sea and the neighboring islands. An equally spectacular view is offered from the roof garden, with the Aghios Nikolaos church at the forefront.

INFO | 5 Babagiotou, Vaporia, Ermoupoli • Tel. (+30) 22810.86.495 • From €90 per night for a double room. • Open from March through the end of October


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