More about Aressana Spa Hotel and Suites
The Aressana Hotel
About $135.00 U.S. dollars (worth it) The hotel is in a great location in Fira. It is not right on the cauldera but it is a high quality hotel. The buffet breakfast was unique and outstanding (included in price).
The rooms were beautiful as was the pool. Walk out the front door and you are on the street overlooking the sea and cliffs at the beginning of the alleys and streets of Fira.
The Aressana is great !!!!!
Thorughly enjoyed our stay in September 2006. Bags of character, this hotel was very welcoming and staff made the service very personal. Excellent location just yards from the top of Gold Street and the Caldera view.
Rooms were traditional, clean and well maintained. Excellent pool side and great indoor and outdoor bars. Both with excellent service.
The breakfast was efantastic!!!! Nothing more to be said about this. Fantastic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Would not hesitate to recommend this hotel.
J & K
Enjoyed our stay at the Aressana
My husband and I spent three days in Santorini and stayed at the Aressana Hotel. We loved it. Our room was small, but clean and comfortable. There were complimentary robes, slippers, ouzo and jarred figs in the room. The pool was beautiful with a pool bar. The breakfast was delicious. The hotel lobby was nice with lit candles, computer and outdoor deck with tables and chairs. The staff seemed somewhat guarded, but very nice once they warmed up to you. It was also the end of the tourist season. There was no view from the room, but a few steps out the door were spectacular views, shops and restaurants.
Position of the Aressana is perfect. Just off the main drag so it's quiet but 2 minutes walk to the spectacular views of the caldera, bars and restaurants. Hotel is spotless, staff very helpful and courteous. Breakfast is amazing!! So many things to choose from. You MUST have the Greek yoghurt - the best ever!!
Pool area very pretty with bouganvillia and other exotic plants. There is a small pool bar for snacks & drinks.
Get up early and walk to Imerovigli to give you an appetite for breakfast. There is nobody around at that time and you have the views to yourself. Ladies, wear sensible shoes as the streets are small cobbles - not good for high-heels !!
It is obligatory to get into a cocktail bar with a view of the caldera about 45 minutes before sunset & let the atmosphere wash over you.
We would heartily recommend the Aressana
One of our best hotel experiences ever!
We stayed at the Aressana despite having read several negative reviews on this site. We cannot believe what they were talking about. We had room #46 overlooking the pool for four nights. The room was bright, with plenty of natural ventilation, and ocean (not cauldera) views, The bathroom was modern, and had no problems. The breakfast buffet was fabulous, as was the poolside dining facility. The pool itself is larger than most of the Santorini hotel pools we saw, and better managed. The staff were knowledgeable and helpful. They arranged tickets and van rentals for us without any glitches. This is an exceptional facility, and we plan to go there again.
My daughter and I spent 10 days at the Aressana in May 2006. We found it a great base to explore Santorini from and very close to the caldera view. We loved the Greek style breakfasts and enjoyed trying something new every day. The pool was big enough for a few laps and great for cooling down at the end of the day, but too deep for littlies. We had the unexpected bonus of a room with a sea view.
I would hesitate to stay here if I had any mobility issues as there were steps everywhere. Mind you, the same could be said of many Fira hotels. It would pay to view your room on check in, as we observed that some rooms were rather cave-like with very little outlook. Some of the more expensive rooms were stunning in their cycladic decor, ours (although budget ) was very clean and well appointed.
You can do a lot better
The hotel is clean and does some things right. The people who work there are nice and very helpful. The location is excellent, if you like being right in Fira, the most happening, touristy, party part of the island. Fira also has the best restaurants on the island, most notably Selene...absolutely fantastic restaurant. If you're looking for quiet, don't stay here. The rooms themselves at Aressana are absolute echo chambers - you can hear the people in the room next to you, and the maids in the early a.m., extremely clearly. Without earplugs, expect to be awoken on a regular basis. While the bedroom itself was nice (we stayed in a super double room - 206 euros/night), the bed was horribly uncomfortable - 2 twins pushed together - and ancient. The bathroom constantly had a musty smell that permeated the entire hotel room. The bathroom is also very, very small and extremely sparse - nothing upscale in any way whatsoever. If you like a nice bathroom, this is absolutely NOT your place to stay. The pool is nice, but the water isn't heated and so it is unbelievably cold. Also, although you have views of the sea, and not the caldera, the charm of Santorini is really having a caldera view...if you don't have it, you will desperately wish you did. My wife and I will definitely return to Santorini - which is quite simply the most amazing island I've ever visited - but we will only stay at a hotel that overlooks the caldera, and most likely will stay in Oia, which is the prettiest town on the island in my opinion. Imerovigli also has some outstanding hotels (you can see all of them if you brave the hike from Fira to Oia, which I highly, highly recommend), most of which appeared to be much nicer than the Aressana. The only downside to Imerovigli, if you can call it that, is that it's not Oia and it's not Fira. That is, it's not in the middle of the two coolest towns, so you'll have to travel a bit to get to the two places you'll likely want to be when not hanging out at your hotel.
In short, while the hotel was fine, I can't recommend it and I think you should be able to do much, much better. Also, unless you're really into commercialism or heavy partying, Fira isn't the best place to stay. Oia is a good compromise between quiet and happening.
Great location! its situated in the centre of everything.The hotel room was clean,with complimentery port,jarred figs,slippers,robes.
The hotel has scented candles everywhere that smell great! The staff were really helpful and friendly.We didnt have much of a view,and we were awoken every morning early by house keeping outside our room! You can hear everything,and it echos!its loud!
Overall i would like to try something different next time but would stay there again
Do not waste your money!!
The location is OK as it is next shopping and restaurants but there are also a dozen garbage bins on your way up the driveway. Therefore you are greeted by the smell of rotten food and garbage on your way up to this awful hotel. First of all the staff was rude, condescending and unattentive. When asked about the beaches, the manager rudely said that there were beautiful beaches but that "WE" (i.e tourists/americans) would not be able to find them. The rooms were disgusting and horrible! A queen bed is basically 2 twin beds pushed together with a gap in the middle of the uncomfortable bed. The TV didnt work, it smelled like it hadn't been cleaned in years, the pool was a JOKE and extremely crowded.
I strongly urge anyone who is looking for an affordable hotel to look elsewhere. There are plenty of others ON the caldera that would be worth an extra dollar or two.
I am surprised this hotel is still in business. The WORST hotel i have ever stayed in among all of my travels.
Great hotel and location!
Excellent Hotel ! The staff could not have been more willing to bend over backwards to make sure we had a great stay. Our room was very clean. A ten sec walk to the caldera. The breakfast was also great. We will stay again during September this year for one week.
The owners loved us
Orthodox Cathedral, Fira (Interior)