The Best Hotels in Symi, Greece, for Every Traveller

Symi is a quiet Greek island with a wealth of charming and stylish places to stay
Symi is a quiet Greek island with a wealth of charming and stylish places to stay | © Alpineguide / Alamy Stock Photo

No airport, few crowds and a host of handsome places to stay – could this Dodecanese outpost be the ultimate Greek island?

Thanks to the small Greek island of Symi having no airport, lucky visitors arriving by ferry from Rhodes are treated to the technicoloured spectacle of Venetian-style buildings cascading down the harbour’s steeply sloping hillsides. With few other settlements on the Dodecanese isle, its rugged undulating landscape is also ideal for long walks followed by cool dips in the blue coves dotted around the coast. Tempted? We’ve picked some of the best hotels in Symi to enjoy this dreamily authentic Greek island.

1. Opera House Hotel

Boutique Hotel

A guest room at Opera House Hotel with modern furniture including a fourposter bed.
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The rather grandly named Opera House Hotel is actually a low-rise guesthouse located a short stroll from Symi town centre – though, like a diminutive soprano, it’s more than capable of belting out an aria or two (here, in the form of its punchy Crayola-coloured buildings). Rooms range from simple doubles with balconies overlooking the garden to family-friendly suites with small kitchens. The sun-dappled garden makes for a lovely place to take breakfast, or unwind with a drink after a day’s exploring. Set on a gentle step-free slope, it’s easy to access on foot or by car.

2. A Symi Residences

Apartment

A guest suite at Symi Residences with kitchen area and large bed.
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Built in traditional island style, this colourful holiday complex sits just steps from Pedi cove’s picturesque beach. All apartments open onto furnished terraces where you can gaze over the neighbouring bay and surrounding valleys. Family-friendly suites sport extra loft levels, while all come with simple cooking facilities, too. There’s a supermarket a few minutes’ walk away, and a lovely beachfront taverna closer still.

3. The Old Symi

Apartment, Boutique Hotel

A lounge area in a suite at The Old Symi opens out to a sun-filled private balcony.
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Set in the heart of town, these characterful lodgings were once the harbour’s old marketplace and main meeting spot. The original structure of this Symi hotel has been carefully restored, the shop units converted into individually styled studios. Many rooms lead onto balconies with lovely views of the harbour, too. You can start your day with a champagne breakfast, which runs until late, while cocktails are served every evening on the terrace.

4. Pedi Beach Hotel

Resort

A large bed with striped linen head board in a chic guest room with double doors open to a private sea-view balcony at Pedi Beach Hotel
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If it’s a waterfront setting you’re after, you’ll find it at the Pedi Beach Hotel in Symi. This eye-catching bayfront hotel directly overlooks the scenic cove of Pedi, with enviable sea views from many of its smartly finished rooms. You can enjoy daily breakfast and dinner, and the hotel has a traditional-style tavern for lunch with bay views. Afternoon siestas come easy, too: it’s the only hotel on the island with a private section of beach, complete with umbrellas and sunbeds.

5. Symi Center Hotel

Guesthouse

A twin room with private balcony at Symi Center
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Occupying a brightly painted Neoclassical mansion typical of the town, Symi Center Hotel, as the name suggests, is right in the heart of it all. Jaunty maritime-themed decor and artworks add to the cheerful vibe in the rooms, some of which open onto sunny balconies with lovely views. The family-run hotel offers local breakfast items and a shared kitchen where you can prepare it. You’re also just a short stroll from numerous quaint island restaurants that line the bustling harbourfront.

6. Iapetos Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Luxury

A spacious hotel room with large bed and double doors open to a private balcony.
Courtesy of Iapetos Hotel / Expedia.com

One of the more luxurious hotels in Symi town, Iapetos Hotel comprises a cluster of traditionally styled townhouses, centred on gardens brimming with exotic flora. Quarters range from double rooms to whole maisonettes sleeping up to seven guests. Wake up to the smell of bread, freshly baked in the on-site bakery, before a relaxing day lounging around the hotel pool or exploring the city right on your doorstep.

7. Emporio Symi

Hotel

A spacious hotel room with very high ceilings and a large tapestry hanging on the wall above the hug bed at Emporio Symi
Courtesy of Emporio Symi / Expedia.com

Nimborios is one of the island’s more remote and serene seaside settlements, and Emporio sits on a hillside overlooking its scenic bay. Life’s pace doesn’t get more leisurely than here, and this pretty hotel is all about tranquil relaxation. There’s a choice of five rooms and a cottage, each uniquely styled, with dreamy views over the water. Bluetooth speakers and Nespresso machines come as standard, too, and the wifi comes with an opt-out option if you want to properly disconnect.

8. Hotel Kokona

Hotel

A contemporary twin room with private balcony at Hotel Kokona
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While the outside is classic Venetian-style mansion, an update has given the interiors of Hotel Kokona a calmingly contemporary mix of neutral tones and modern comforts. Rooms either overlook a peaceful courtyard or extend to balconies with superb views over Symi town. Its central location puts all the harbourfront within a few minutes’ walk, and when you’re ready to turn in for the night, quality Coco-Mat mattresses and pillows aid a good night’s sleep.

9. 234 Steps

Hotel

A large black ceramic just filled with various local wilflowers on a table dressed with striped line and set for a meal in a guest suite at 234 Steps
Courtesy of 234 Steps / Booking.com

Set about halfway along the 500-step street that connects the harbour and residential districts, it’s no mystery where this hotel in Symi gets its name. The mansion is brimming with wonderfully evocative curios and antiques that lend the place charm. It’s the whole upper floor that guests book, with tall ceilings and lovely views out to the harbour. And if you’d rather not have to climb the steps, taxis can stop above the street for an easy walk down.

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