We've booked a suite for Euro 300.-- per night and did get a mini-cellarlike room without window nor any comfort. The unfriendly receptionist told us, that each room will be same. On website they show beautiful suites who seem not to exist at all! Humidity, very small bed, no possibility to put clothes/shoes, underwear etc. somewhere. We had to live out of the trunk during 4 nights/5 days. The hairdryer did burn my hand. The safe had to be opened in the dark (while key in hand, light is disappearing in the whole room immediately). The terrace we had to share with another room. 1 umbrella for 4 people/2 rooms. Every day and night other guests/foreigners on "our" terrace. The pool was extremely small and dirty. No shower, no toilet there. 5 deck-chairs available for 27 rooms (54 to 70 people!!). The so called american breakfast was the worst ever had in my life! No cooler for the butter/yoghurt. Yoghurt in an open bowl! No fresh fruit (peaches out of a can). The one-portion honey-glasses they did fill every day again and they were sticky and could not be touched without having sticky fingers. The only guest-toilet upstairs at reception was a catastrophy. No cover for the water-tank, no toilet-paper, door not to close, no possibility to wash hands. In every other country such a place would have been closed by
health-department! It is a zero-star location! Never seen something like this! We've been sick at the end and our nerves were out of order. Never, really never again. They are gangsters and criminals: charge the maximum on your credit-card for the absolutely smallest and most horrible room in the whole building. No possibility to recreate, no restaurant, nothing, simply nothing!
Unique Quality: great view
My wife and I plan to celebrate a memorable anniversary in early June. We are considering staying in the Firostefani section of Fira. Specifically, we narrowed it down to two hotels: Dana Villas and Ira Hotel.
Our criteria is a romantic place, located on a hill with view of the caldera, and within 15 minute walking distance to Fira. Up to 250 Euros per night.
I welcome comments, suggestions, and recommendations for other hotels.
They're both excellent choices. It's my impression that the Ira Hotel is just a little bit more upscale. I think the swimming pool is bigger, too. If you haven't already, you might also like to check the websites for Villa Ilias, Strass Residence, Cliffside Suites and Mill Houses.
I highly recommend to stay in Imerovigli. It's a very small village with not that many tourists as you have in Ia and much more sophisticated and peaceful than Fira. Practically every hotel in Imerovigli is super and with caldera view. Fira can be reached within 15 minutes.
I agree that Imerovigli is a small, quiet village, not so crowded as Fira or Oia, and the views are great, but keep in mind that there's not much there in the way of restaurants and shops and it's a mile uphill from Fira's attractions, meaning that if you don't have a car and don't take a bus or taxi the walk back to your hotel is difficult in the heat or after a big meal with wine. I'm assuming that the statement that Fira can be reached in 15 minutes does not apply to walking. Firostefani is the village that's 15 minutes' walk from Fira.
Thank you everyone for your comments. After doing further research, we decided to stay in Oia, further north. Reason for Oia is we felt we get better value than Firostefani establishments, and as an added bonus, we get sunset viewing from room veranda.
[ Who said a couple celebrating their 40th anniversary can’t be romantic ;-) ]
Ois is nice, but full of tourist - especially when the sun goes down. Enjoy your holiday! :-)
Oia is nice, but full of tourist - especially when the sun goes down. Enjoy your holiday! :-)
Oia is my favorite village. Yes, it gets undeniably crowded for a couple of hours when the tour buses bring visitors from the cruise ships in the morning, and in the evening to watch the sunset, but other than that it's the most beautiful and timeless village on the island. There are lots of excellent hotels, restaurants, shops and galleries there.
Be sure that you understand that only a few hotels have a view of the sunset. Most have a view of the caldera instead. Those with a sunset view are Oia Castle Hotel, Esperas Houses, Golden Sunset Villas, Marizan Villas and Fanari Villas.
PO Box 45, Imerovigli, 84700, Greece
, Fira, Santorini, 84700, Greece
Imerovigli, Cyclades, Imerovigli, 84700, Greece
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Address: PO Box 91, (formerly Grotto Villas), Firostefani, Santorini, 847 00, Greece