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Argentikon Luxury Suites

Argentikon Luxury Suites

North Aegean Islands / Chios / Kambos

Argentikon Luxury Suites

Argentikon Luxury Suites
Address: Kambos, Chios
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Description

This 16th century estate consisted of the main building (palazzo) and two other houses (guest houses). Each member of the family had their own residence, and lived within the walls of the estate. In this way their individual privacy was assured. Arched doors and windows, arcades with small marble pillars, huge entrance gates with coats-of-arms and various reliefs, pebbled courtyards and frescoed ceilings, all offer uniqueness in the architectural style of each house with period furniture.

History

Architecture: In the 14th century, the Genoese aristocracy of Chios selected this area to build their mansions. High walls of stone, from the village of Thymiana in Kambos, protected the mansion from dust, winds and the cold. Elaborate cisterns, decorated with marble motifs and spouts, are a central figure in the courtyards. Shady pathways leading to secluded corners and beautiful gardens provided privacy and quiet for those who wished to enjoy the tranquility.

Gardens: In 1954, a local laborer was sent to Ventimiglia, Italy and Nice, on the Cote D'Azure coast of France, to be educated in the fine art of gardening. He spent some time at Villa Hambury in Ventimiglia, where he learned the art of landscape gardening and how to maintain a typical Ligurian formal garden, which is the present form of the Argentikon gardens.

Flashback: The Argenti family was one of many families which came to Chios from Genoa in order to administer activities on the island on behalf of the Genoese Republic during the period of the Genoese Occupation of Chios (1346 to 1566). The Argentikon estate was built around 1550 and was used exclusively as a summer residence for the family. Each member had their own residence, and lived within the walls of the estate.

In 1920, Philip Argenti returned to Chios following the earthquake of 1881 and engaged a famous British architect, Sir Arnold Smith, whose specialty was medieval Genoese architecture. The restoration and rebuilding of the estate continued for approximately forty years.

In 1974 Marchese Lorenzo Argenti, the only son of Philip Argenti, inherited the estate. While living in Chios he improved the electrical system and made extensive changes to the gardens. He had the unique opportunity to welcome and provide accommodation to Kings, Queens, Presidents and Ministers from all over the world.

In 1998, under new ownership, extensive renovations took place restoring the ambience and beauty of this 16th century Genoese estate. After a multi-million dollar renovation, the entire Argentikon Estate has been transformed to one of the most perfect examples of medieval Genoese architecture in the Levant.

Press & Awards: During the ownership of Lorenzo Argenti the Argentikon estate became member of the French Association, “La Vie de Chateau”, an entity which grouped together 141 castles throughout Europe. In 1991, the famous International magazine "Harpers & Queen" selected Argentikon to be amongst the 100 best Villas (beauty and maintenance) in the world. In 1990 the Minister of Culture in Greece Mrs. Melina Merkouri designated the Argentikon a “Historic Monument”.

Argentikon Luxury Suites, the 5* - All Suites Boutique Hotel at Chios, Greece is honoured to receive the ''Diplome de Merite et de Prestige National’’ award for its Tourism and Gastronomy services. This distinction is legislated by the ''Comite de France’’ of the ''Le journal du Parlement’’ the official French Parliament press and is awarded to establishments of exceptional accommodation services and fine gastronomy.
 

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Location

One of the most beautiful areas of the island is Kambos, a green valley 3 km south of Chios town. Kambos is a flat land stretching about 10 km along the East coast of the island of Chios, and 2 km wide.The  low  mountains that surround Chios from the west are the source of its underground water that makes Kambos an endless garden full of flowers and citrus trees.

Accommodation

The Argentikon consists of  Luxury Suites, all with an exquisite view of the gardens.

All accommodation feature:

  • a living room
  • veranda
  • central air conditioning and heating
  • LCD satellite TV
  • radio & DVD players,
  • wireless ADSL internet access
  • direct-dial telephone
  • mini-bar
  • marble-lined bathroom
  • amenities
  • laundry - dry cleaning services.


*Housekeeping attention is provided twice daily.

The Suites are situated in five buildings, each one with its own unique style.

Exquisite Old World craftsmanship and 21st century amenities have been combined to create an estate unsurpassed in beauty and refinement.

The main Palazzo, built  in 1550 has two suites: Palazzo and Genova.
The second Palazzo, built in 1930 has two suites: Vanezia and Genova.
Another building was restored using the distinctive "xysto" technique which is used to decorate the exteriors of the houses at Pyrgi village. The outer layer of plaster is whitewashed and then geometric shapes( triangles, chevrons, circles, etc.) are scraped away.
Suites:Pyrgi, Pyrgoutsiko. The Kambos Suite is located in the fourth building adjacent to the citrus grove and gardens.
Chios Junior Suite is located in the newly renovated fifth building overlooking the citrus grove.

Palazzo A spacious three bedroom suite on the upper floor has a living room, decorated ceilings, two marble bathrooms, and a balcony overlooking the gardens and orchards.

Castello Suite The suite is located on the upper floor.It has a living room, decorated ceilings, two bedrooms, one marble bathroom and a balcony overlooking the gardens and the main marble cistern.

Kambos The spacious suite is located on the ground floor.It has a living room with a fireplace, a bedroom with a decorated ceiling, and one marble bathroom with  a Jacuzzi and a shower.

Genova The suite is located on the ground floor.It has a spacious living room, decorated ceiling, two bedrooms, one marble bathroom, and a powder room.

Venezia This suite is located on the upper floor.It has a living room with a fireplace, two bedrooms, one marble bathroom , a powder room and a spacious balcony overlooking the gardens.

Pyrgi This suite is located on the upper floor. It has a spacious living room with a fireplace, a marble bathroom, and a balcony overlooking the gardens and orchards.

Pyrgoutsiko This suite is located on the ground floor with a living room, two bedrooms and one marble bathroom.

Chios Chios Junior Suite is located in the newly renovated fifth building overlooking the citrus grove.

Room Amenities

Internet Access Bathroom with Shower or Bathtub Hairdryer Satellite TV Mini Bar Air-conditioning Central Heating Telephone

Services

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Residents lounge
  • Room service, breakfast
  • Extensive gardens with walking paths
  • Business center
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Massage Room
  • Transportation to and from the Airport
  • Outdoor swimming pool.

Facilities

Massage Garden Sitting Area Restaurants Swimming Pool Meeting Rooms Spa / Thalasso Bar Sauna Business Centre / Services

Conference Amenities

Flip Chart Slide Projector

Food & Beverages

Start your day with a breakfast of your choice, either on your balcony , in your suite, or on the patio bordering the colorful gardens. As the day progresses, you may enjoy a snack or cocktail near the massive cypress trees overlooking the swimming pool.

Lunch in the air-conditioned Argentikon dining room is a pleasant, relaxing experience. Dinner under the moonlight, with soft music and gourmet cuisine, will be an unforgettable culinary event.

Check-in / Check-out Policy

Check-in: from 12:00 h
Check-out: until 10:00 h