Father John and daughter Flora were wonderful hosts who went far beyond what I expected. John gives a great explanation of the island, things to do etc. and Flora provides a plate of homemade pastries waiting on the kitchen table. Oh, and they stocked our fridge with drinks which really takes the stress out of finding a market first thing!
John also called a scooter company who brought the scooter to the apartments. He also drove us to the port when it was time for us to catch the ferry to the next island.
He gives his WhatsApp details so you can contact him for anything and he will help. Also at the end of our stay he kindly took us back to the port as part of his great service.
Pyrgos is a very underrated town, it has a lot of character, it feels like a village opposed to Fira or Oia which were hotels swarming with people. It is also the centre of the island so if you have a scooter or car (which John organised for us to arrive at the apartment's gates), you can get to both sides of the island easily and it has some pretty damn good views! The whole island can be seen from their place.
We came in August for only 2 nights but were very relieved to escape the masses in Oia and have a very comfortable, spacious apartment (very spacious for Parisian apartment dwellers!).
Overall we were extremely pleased with the friendly, generous service and great views.
Also to get there from the ferry, we caught a local bus. They are parked across from the port restaurants, they all are different models of bus but have a "Local Bus" sticker on the fronts. Ask for Pyrgos and they'll point you to the right bus. Confirm you want to get off a Pyrgos with the driver and the driver will drop you off, in our case, on the corner of an intersection about a 5 minute walk from the apartments. We GPSed the walk which was easy to find.
Stayed here two nights during Easter celebrations. Flora's father was very helpful and kind. Met me at the taxi stand, carried my bag up stairs, had nice conversation on porch about his family's history on the island. He later brought up a variety of warm pastries and combined with their homemade marmelade and jams it was a great way to begin my visit to Pyrgos. Big apartment (two bathrooms, lovely bedroom with lots of storage space, living room, nice kitchen and sunny dining area, big porch; clean, freshly painted (note: I didn't stay in the yellow cave-like room featured throughout this website). The fridge was stocked with cold cuts, milk, OJ, bread, eggs, all kinds of coffee, etc. -- thanks! TV, stereo but I never turned them on. Wi-fi worked great. It was a short walk to the "hill" and restaurants.
Looks like the owners are serious about their business (or at least the father is-- never met Flora because I was out most of the time). Would like to see them do well. Oh, and he kindly brought me to the airport early on Easter morning.
The short street that the house is on is a bit dark for a woman walking alone at night but I felt safe in Pyrgos. The house itself is actually behind a gate which you will have a separate key to enter.
Overall, appreciated the effort that was made to make my stay enjoyable at this comfortable, clean inn.