A seamless celebration of art deco and Neoclassical, tied together by an audacious colour palette, awaits at Aristide Hotel in the city of Hermoupolis on laidback Syros. Different strains of marble set the theme in each mindfully designed suite, where tall headboards point towards ornate ceilings, sometimes painted in cheekily contrasting shades. You’ll have art on the brain wherever you go here – follow the winding stairway up to the owners’ private gallery to take in the latest temporary exhibition by resident artists. It’s eight minutes’ walk to the nearest beach or into the city’s elegant main square. It’s a good starting point for discovering this former shipbuilding outpost before heading back to your marbled quarters – this time with the Syros sunset taking centre stage.
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A glass of champagne on arrival, plus chocolate and strawberries
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £367.05 (€428), including tax at 13 per cent.
Rates include breakfast, to be enjoyed in your room, private terrace, in the communal garden or on the roof. Try Tirititim omelette or Loukaniko (a Syros fennel sausage speciality), local cheeses with caper jam, eggs Benedict, avocado toast, and more.
At the hotel
Free WiFi, art gallery and an artists' residence and workshop. In rooms: Free WiFi, Audio Pro wireless speakers, universal plug adaptors, Normann Copenhagen thermos, beach towels, hair straightener and curler, hairdryer, compostable slippers, bathrobes, shoe horn, universal plug adaptor, clothes steamer, Aegean Beauty bath products and sunscreen, L:A Bruket cosmetics, The Humble bamboo toothbrush and toothpaste tablets. TV, kettle and mini fridges available on request.
Our favourite rooms
When such care has been taken to instill each space with individual flavour, favourites will certainly be a matter of taste. But for its sheer va-va-voom, the Naxos suite comes out on top for us. That show-stopping bathroom goes a step above in design ambition, with its sleek freestanding tub and glass-walled shower raised on a thick slab of Naxos marble from Syros's Cycladic neighbour. The effect is both ostentatious and irresistible. The huge leaning mirror with thick gold frame and hanging neon light complete the paradoxical trad-meets-now picture. The bedroom has soft furnishings in blue, grey and mustard, and a soaring painted ceiling. The in-room artworks are by Dan Laurentiu Arcus and Daniel Cooke.
Three of the rooms have their own private plunge pools. The beach is just eight minutes’ walk from the hotel.
Chilled Zero 7 holiday playlist for the in-room speakers and the pocket edition of Ernst Gombrich’s The Story of Art.
The Dionyssos room is wheelchair accessible.
There’s no extra charge for bringing your favoured familiar to stay in any of the hotel’s nine glorious rooms. But do let reception know in advance so they can ready the bed, feeding bowls, snacks, pet shampoo and all-important toys. See more pet-friendly hotels in Syros.
It's over-12s only here.
Big efforts are made to make Aristide as sustainable and nature-kind as possible. There are no single-use plastics on site, food waste is composted, and rooms come with compostable flax slippers and bamboo toothbrushes. Rainwater is collected using a cistern and heated using solar power. The hotel has joined a tree-planting initiative to ‘re-green’ the island and most of the produce used in the kitchen is organic and sourced from Syros or other Cycladic islands.
Choose a quiet spot on the roof terrace at night, with views over the sea and pretty rooftops. Or, if you’ve gone for a room with a private terrace, you can crank up the romance with a meal brought to your door.
Carefree island chic.
Helmed by food and wine critic Nikoleta Makrionitou, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant dishes up Cycladic classics produced entirely from local and organic ingredients that change with the seasons. For breakfast, expect San Michali saganaki and yoghurt-topped zucchini tarts, made with produce from the hotel’s own fruit and vegetable patch.
At sundowner hour, choose between the rooftop bar (6–11.30pm) or the interior bar and garden (5pm to midnight). Wherever you choose to perch, you’ll have a menu of house cocktails designed by Christos Gkolfis and an extensive Greek and Cycladic wine list to choose from. The interior bar is done out in a charming Deco style complete with deep red walls, recessed arched shelving (echoed in the arched mirror opposite) and pendant lighting. Step through the far door to access the walled garden with its parasols, pot plants and thick-trunked trees emerging from between paving slabs. The rooftop is enchanting in the evening with its island and sea views.
Breakfast is served from 8am to 12pm, brunch from 11am to 1pm, and dinner from 7pm to 11.30pm.
You can order room service from the restaurant menu between 8am and 11.30pm.
Aristide Hotel is located in the port city of Hermoupolis on the relaxed Greek island of Syros.
Syros Island National Airport is 15 minutes away by car. Transfers to the hotel are available, or you can take a taxi for under 10 euros from one of the two trusted taxi companies on the island. Or, you can fly into Mykonos or Athens International Airport and continue your scenic journey to Syros by car and ferry.
Public parking spaces are available across the road from the hotel, and there’s a larger car park around 250 metres away.
The ferry port is five minutes by car from the hotel, reachable by taxi for under eight euros.
Worth getting out of bed for
Get out and explore the architecturally significant centre of Hermoupolis, the former Greek shipping capital, with its exquisite mansions, churches, little alleyways and marble squares. Dip into the city’s cultural festivals and dining scene, uncover its peaceful beaches or sign up for some scuba diving. Take time for some quiet reflection at the Agios Stefanos cave chapel or hike the archeological site of Kastri.
Book a table by the stone arches and Bougainvillea trees at city-centre Mazigarden and sample Greek island flavours thoughtfully paired with a fine Greek bottle. Or try Konstantinos Bourantas’s sophisticated culinary creations, such as home-made ravioli with pastrami and pumpkin, at Avantgarden. For modern taverna cooking, look up Cantina Analogue or for a low-key, local feel, head for Laoutari for casual dining – try the lentils, beetroot salad or house saganaki.
Gift shop, gallery and cosy bar in one, Theosis is the place for a quiet drink to kick off a night exploring the after-dark delights of Hermoupolis.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this high-glamour mansion in Hermoupolis and unpacked their Syros-made jewellery and ceramics, a full account of their sun-scorched island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Aristide Hotel on Syros…
Pushing open the heavy wooden door and climbing that first set of white marble steps is like entering a private home decked out by your fanciest friend. Aristide Hotel’s Greek Neoclassical skeleton has been overlaid using a dreamy Deco aesthetic and peppered with a private collection of art that makes every space feel fresh and original. Look out for Doric columns and sky-high mouldings, parquet and globe lamps, spindle-legged tub chairs and hyper-modern neon light fittings. Whether you’re checking into a suite with a private plunge pool or a romantic sea-view balcony, your room comes with carefully curated artworks from the owners’ personal collection. There’s also a gallery space of temporary exhibitions for you to enjoy in a quiet moment. Elegant guest bathrooms come with circular mirrors, glowing globe lights, plenty of matching marble, and greenery springing from corner pots. There’s a hi-tech focus in the little details, such as touch-control neon lighting, wireless speakers and under-bed night lights, setting the scene for a stay in maximum comfort. Out the window, note the hefty mansions of well-heeled Vaporia, a once-booming shipbuilding area with grand residences built to match, and the blue waves of the Aegean.