The best hotel in Santorini
TheSantorini Princess hotel & apartments stands out amongst other Santorini luxury hotels, in that rather than being perched precariously on the cliff face, it’s set on level ground a few meters back and is resplendent in cream rather than the stark whites of the hotels found in Santorini Oia. Near the village of Imerovigli and accessed by a track leading off the main road, the Santorini Princess Hotel is owned by two brothers, whose wealth of ideas and experience make a stay there a suitably different one from other Santorini luxury hotels & apartments.
Their service philosophy is all about the guest and adding that personal touch to their stay. As we tour the grounds, guests who we encounter are greeted by name, asked how they are and engaged in brief and always polite, conversation. This friendly, almost family feel is reflected when browsing the comments left in the guest book at reception. Most guests, if not all, expressed how they ‘would miss the staff the most’ after returning home – quite something when a view as spectacular as the one found at the Santorini Princess hotel awaits you every morning.
The most impressive thing about this hotel is the staff, so friendly, lovely and helpful. From the moment we arrived we were greeted at the gate with such hospitality, it was sort of overwhelming.
Our room had the most inspiring view, just gorgeous watching the sunset on our balcony, the room was split level with a bedroom upstairs, which I shall talk about later.
The room was seriously cute, with little shutter windows with white lace curtains. The room was spacious with a small dining table and a wooden couch tucked away in a corner. There was also a tiny kitchenette with a small fridge, but no cutlery. The French doors opened onto a small balcony with a table and two chairs.
The bathroom was large but only had a spa bath with a hand held hose. There were two robes and at least four fluffy towels. The bedroom was up a tight winding staircase with a double bed and one small bedside table and a TV. The only problem here was my man is 6’4 and literally there is absolutely no standing room, one has to crawl into the bed. We were constantly saying “watch your head” but with that, it still was very romantic, sort of like being in a cubby house.
The swimming pool is overlooking The Caldera with wonderful views but is only small and when crowded it probably would not be so attractive.
The restaurant and bar area again very small but romantic and intimate, I don’t think it would be so appealing in their busy times. The food and the service was absolutely fantastic especially our Russian waiter who looked after our every need or whims.
The restaurant prices are not cheap, with saying that we dined at Katikies with other friends who were staying on the island at Oia. We had wished we had extended the invitation to our friends to dine at the Santorini princess, because not only was the food better but the view a 100 times more stunning.
Unique Quality: PROS: The staff and owners are absolutely gorgeous and go out of their way to welcome you. The food is excellent with a great selection, the wine list consists mainly of Greek wine. The views are amazing, just breathtaking; the rooms are very cute and built in the traditional Greek Santorini style. The outdoor areas are well appointed with plenty of deck chairs and table/ chairs.
CONS: I really hate to say a negative thing about this hotel but there are a few minuses. The bedroom although very sweet is tiny with absolutely no standing room it’s more like a loft. There is no shower just a spa bath with a hand held hose which tends to go everywhere. I had to get hubby to stand holding the hose whilst I washed my hair.
The hotel is situated in an isolated spot, which if you didn’t have a car or a donkey, then walking into town is a nightmare…believe me we tried it and opted for the local bus. My suggestion is to hire a car from Fira; we did and then totally enjoyed our stay driving around the Island. This can be done in a day; it’s also very reasonable especially if you hire a smart car, they use about $10.00 E of petrol. I know many honeymooners stay here, but if it was in high season I would prefer something more private.
Recommendation: Absolutely just for the views and the staff.
P.S. the car cost us Euro $40.00 from midday to midday..and saw everything.We also really like Fira as a town, certainly more restaurants/cafes/bars/banks/car hire/taxis than Oia..although not to be missed!.
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We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Santorini Princess Imerovigli
- Santorini Princess Hotel Imerovigli
Address: Imerovigli, Cyclades, Imerovigli, 84700, Greece
Amenities at Santorini Princess
- Swimming Pool
- Room Service
- Free Parking
- Shuttle Service
- Bar / Lounge
- Free High Speed Internet
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