Welcome to Zacosta Villa Hotel


What is a Zacosta? Many of my friends and guests have wondered how I came up with the name. In the early planning phases of the project, while working for the Organizing Committee of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, there were times that I would be sitting around with some colleagues we would often discuss each other�s plans for after the Games. I saw this as a great opportunity to pick the minds of some very creative people, and every so often in our spare time we would sit around brainstorming. The parameters were, the name should be connected to the Medieval City in some way or another, should roll off a person�s tongue, and be easy to pronounce in many different languages. What I envisioned is a guest after having stayed at the Villa Hotel to be able to say with ease," was at the Zacosta and had a fantastic time!!!"

And so ZACOSTA was born.

The Villa Hotel was named after Pier Raymond Zacosta a Grand Master in the Medieval City (1461-1467) of Spanish origin and who was in charge of the defenses of the Medieval City. The colors orange and yellow that are in the Zacosta logo are also from his Coat of Arms while the Cross of Malta and the Fleur de lis are two symbols that link the Zacosta to the Knights that once occupied the Medieval City.


A Villa Hotel? Is it a villa, or a hotel? It has to be one or the other it can�t be both! This comment I heard quite often during the restoration of the Zacosta either from employees at one of the many government agencies where I had to register the Zacosta or from many acquaintances or colleagues. My answer was always it�s a Villa Hotel. It has the services of a hotel but the look and feel of a Villa. Its size, the attention to detail that many of the furnishings differ from room to room, its architecture, all together give it that Villa feeling. "smells like a hotel but tastes like a villa"


Throughout the Zacosta you will find small touches that brighten ones stay. There are a variety of pieces that have been put together to add something special to the Zacosta. The pieces are so varied and some make you wonder how they relate to the Zacosta or even the Medieval City, but one common thread is that they are all related to the Zacosta, the Medieval City, the Aegean or the owner. We have pieces of African art (soapstone and wood carvings) from Zimbabwe, where the owner grew up, the original deeds of the property from the Land Registry that was created during the Italian occupation of Rhodes (1912-1945), a ceramic work of art from the collection �Nissia� by Maro Kerasioti the owners aunt and a renowned ceramist who was commissioned for the art work that graces the Marousi Station Metro stop , framed lithographs of scenes from Rhodes and many other works that we are continually adding to. We hope that these will enrich your stay at the Zacosta.


One of the souvenirs that we offer for sale to our guests and friends is the colored apron. It is a reminder of the Zacosta and the memories of their visit. To us it is a reminder of a different kind. In French culinary tradition a colored apron (usually blue) is worn by apprentices during their journey to becoming chefs at which time they would then wear a white apron. To us it symbolizes the constant desire to improve, learn new things and constantly provide our guests with unique experiences. To give you "the White Apron Experience" we need to keep a "Colored Apron Mentality"