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A stylish and relaxed family-friendly island hotel with a touch of luxury. Spacious studios and suites, a large pool, great views, and some of the best beaches of Serifos at walking distance.

Serifos is a relaxed little Greek island, not the kind of place where you’d go to show off your new designer bathing suit or where you should expect to find glamour of any kind. Hotel Rizes, a fancy complex of 16 spacious studios and suites, may therefore, at first glance, seem just a bit out of place. The architecture is typical Cycladic, combining natural stone and white washed walls, but the feel is modern. The entrance-lobby of the hotel looks hip; the Greek restaurant is done in a fresh-contemporary taverna-style and on the terrace you have sun beds lining a large swimming pool (18x6m) awaiting you. The studios and suites have cool, minimalist interiors, with both modern and traditional touches. They are comfortable, nicely proportioned and well laid-out, with built-in beds and couches, private terraces, all ideal for ‘easy-living’. And that is also the general feeling of Hotel Rizes: friendly, relaxed and unpretentious. (And therefore, it does fit right in on Serifos Island!) This is largely thanks to the owners, Thanassis and Elena, who manage the hotel together, and have set exactly the right tone. He used to be a well-known TV journalist until he decided to turn the page and create his dream on Serifos, and she is a sparkling dance and gym teacher with family roots on the island.

What makes it special to me

The combination of comfort, style and friendliness make Rizes a wonderful hotel for relaxed holidays in Greece. The views of the Hora of Serifos (the whitewashed mountain-top main village of the island) and the Bay of Livadi are magical.

But what you should keep in mind

Hotel Rizes is built in a spot that is not entirely protected from the wind. This can sometimes be a bit bothersome when you sit by the pool.

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May (opening date varies) until the end of September.
Not allowed
Thanassis and Elena Athanasiadis
22810-52222 (landline), (mobile)

14 studios for up to 4 persons
1 junior suite for up to 4 persons with two bathrooms, a small swimming pool
1 superior suite for up to 6 persons with two bathrooms, a small swimming pool

Serifos Hotel


Prices for two persons from 110 Euro per night, breakfast and taxes included. For a full overview of the room rates, please check the website of hotel Rizes or contact them.


En-suite bathroom with shower (the suites have two bathrooms)
Internet access
Air conditioning

Outdoor swimming pool
Sitting room with Wi-Fi
Small library
Dining room
Shiatsu massage and hairdresser can be arranged
For breakfast you can help yourself from a buffet (from 9 to 11 am). If you decide to spend the day by the swimming pool, you can order snacks and light meals throughout the day. The restaurant of Hotel Rizes is open for dinner and serves refined Greek and Mediterranean dishes on the terrace by the swimming pool and in the charming dining room of the hotel.
You also have a great choice of Greek restaurants on Serifos. In Livadi, Kalis and Takis are the best for fish, Kiklades has excellent cooked food and Passaggio serves more modern food, nice starters, salads and pasta dishes. In the back street of Livadi there is a restaurant/club called Metallio that offers a more elegant setting and modern and traditional Greek cuisine.
In the Hora you eat very well near the bus stop (where the shops are) at Marathoriza (Greek with a modern twist), Petros (traditional Greek) and a restaurant called Platia (more varied). Several beaches have good Greek tavernas; lunch at Mega Livadi is a must. There are two tavernas next to each other, both are excellent. Tables are set under the trees by the beach.

Children are very welcome at Hotel Rizes. The studios are comfortable for families with up to two children; larger families could book the superior suite. Close to Hotel Rizes (about ten minutes’ walk) is the most child-friendly beach on Serifos, Psili Ammos. It has fine sand (great for making sandcastles!), shallow waters, natural shade, and two nice beach tavernas. I definitely recommend Hotel Rizes for relaxed family holidays in Greece.


Hotel Rizes is situated on the hillside, a few kilometers from the port of Serifos and Livadi, on the way to Psili Ammos Beach. It’s one of the best spots on Serifos, with fantastic views over the port and of the hora. Several beaches are walking distance (Agios Sostis is closest, only 5-10 minutes on foot) and it is also no big deal to walk to Livadi, though you have to climb a bit to get back to the hotel.

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There is no airport on Serifos, so the only way to get there is by ferry. During the summer season, the fast ones go once or twice a day. They take about 2,5 hours. The normal ferries take at least 4 hours. If you inform the hotel on which ferry you arrive, you will be met at the port. Should you decide to find your way yourself, you should follow the waterfront all the way, almost to the end of the bay, where you turn left in the direction of the beaches of Psili Amnos, Agios Ioanis, Agios Sostis and Lia (there is a sign but it is in Greek). As you go up the hill, you will see Hotel Rizes on your left.


Rizes on Serifos was a really nice relaxing place to stay .. your description is spot on.
Arriving on the Island at 10am, Olga met the boat with a Complimentary Pick Up, the Studio was ready on arrival, lovely views of the both Port & Chora. The Studio was ideal, spotlessly clean with a small kitchen and great bathroom.
The Restaurant offered a lovely Breakfast (depending on occupancy Buffet or A la Carte) ..the fresh fruit, Greek Yoghurt & Breads were divine. Also the Salads were wonderful!
The Complimentary Drop off at the Boat by Olga rounded off a lovely stay.

Caroline A.
Auckland, New Zealand
June 2012

We discovered Rizes in Serifos this year. It will be added to our “must do again” list for next year.

Sabina G.
Bassersdorf, Switzerland
September 2011