The Bents’ hotels – the ‘Grand Hôtel d’Angleterre’, Ermoúpoli (Sýros)

Just one of a catalogue of hotels and other establishments patronised by the Bents during their twenty years of explorations to the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Africa, from 1880 to 1900 (see the interactive maps on this site for additional info!).

The Grand Hôtel D’Angleterre, Ermoúpoli (Sýros)
The ‘Grand Hôtel d’Angleterre’, Ermoúpoli (Sýros)

Next time you’re sailing via Sýros, stroll into Miaouli Square (Πλατεία Μιαούλη) in the centre of Ermoúpoli – just 100m up from the sea. There (turn left as you enter the square) you will find the splendid old edifice that was the Bents’ hotel of choice in the 1880s – The ‘Grand Hôtel d’Angleterre’.

It’s in a sorry state at the moment though, with just the street level occupied as cafés. But it takes no imagination at all, as the light fades on a warm evening, to see the Bents on a balcony, listening to the trombones and clarinets in the bandstand below, as white-aproned waiters serve spritzers to the fashionable. Raise your boaters to them if you wish, for they sail in the morning on their travels – they will nod back for sure.

Panagiotis Kouloumbis of Syros Today has written (2021) a fascinating extended online essay on this building and others.

The photo shows the ‘Grand Hôtel d’Angleterre’, Ermoúpoli (Sýros), a reproduction based on a contemporary postcard of the time (taken from ‘The Travel Chronicles of Mabel Bent‘, Vol. I (p. 358), (Archaeopress, Oxford, 2006).

Theodore Bent covers Syros at length in his ‘The Cyclades‘.

One thought on “The Bents’ hotels – the ‘Grand Hôtel d’Angleterre’, Ermoúpoli (Sýros)”

  1. Sadly, as Gerry Brisch states, the Grand Hotel d’Angleterre is in a sorry state of disrepair and not quite as grand as it used to be. According to a local man, the hotel became the Hotel Cyclades for a while before finally closing ‘many years ago’.

    The Grand Hotel d'Angleterre in September 2017
    The Grand Hotel d’Angleterre in September 2017

    Did Mabel take in the scenery from these balconies?

    Many times did Theodore and Mabel pass through its doors . . .

    . . . and up its grand staircase!


    Maybe one day, this sad old lady will get a makeover to equal the beauty of a very similar building next door but one.

    The newly-renovated ‘sister’ building next door but one

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