The Best Hotels in Fira

Updated January, 2016

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Q. What are the best hotels in Fira?

Fira is the largest town on Santorini and where you’ll find the most restaurants (many with amazing views of the caldera), clubs, and shops. In high season it gets busy (especially through the day when cruise ships are in port) – but it never seems to lose its charm.

  • Cosmopolitan Suites Hotel – An infinity pool perched right on the cliffs overlooking the caldera. This is one of the most praised hotels in Fira. Only 10 rooms here (individually furnished) so it’s perfect for honeymooners – yet located in the heart of Fira. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 25632)Reviews
  • Aria Suites – An amazing mix of luxury and friendliness, incredible views and exemplary service. Suites are beautifully decorated. The pool is one of the best in Fira and comes with views of the caldera. This is one of the few hotels that accepts young children, partly because it’s slightly back from the edge of the caldera. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 028650)Reviews
  • Anteliz Suites – Small family run hotel located on the foot path that runs along the caldera into Firostefani. Spectacular views. Nice pool that looks out onto the caldera. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 028842)Reviews
  • Aigialos Luxury Traditional Houses – Large rooms with private balconies. Incredible views of the water and volcano. Located very close to the center of Fira. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 025191)Reviews
  • Kavalari Hotel – The best value hotel in Fira. Not as luxurious as the other 4 hotels but so affordable it’s one of my favorites. Central location, incredible views, simple clean rooms. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 022455)Reviews

Video of Fira Hotels

Hotels Shown (in order):

Hotel Atlantis
Aressana Spa Hotel and Suites
Pantelia Suites
Aria Suites
Nonis Apartments
Loizos Apartments
Kamares Apartments
Aigialos Hotel
Tzekos Villas (Adamant Suites is the suites part of hotel and shares the swimming pool.)
Villa Aesthesis
Rooms To Let Maria
Sofi Rooms
Keti Hotel
Archontiko Apartments
Cori Rigas Apartments
Athina Suites
Porto Fira Suites
Caldera Studios
Antithesis Hotel
Scirocco Apartments
Hotel Kavalari
Panorama Studios
Hotel Loucas
Nefeles Luxury Suites
Porto Carra Hotel

Best Hotel in Fira
Aria Suites

Best Budget Hotel in Fira
San Giorgio

60 Questions and Comments

  1. Aigialos Suites in Santorini

    Aigialos Suites.
    You have an awesome knowlege of Santorini. We have booked 7 nights at the Aigialos suites. Is it possible to tell me if I have made the correct choice?

    Charmaine Carter

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Aigialos is wonderful. A quiet spot at the south end of Fira (and down some steps) that is close to everything but without the crowds milling about the entrance like you can get at some of the more central hotels. The pool is tiny (more like a plunge pool) with very little lounging area – so don’t stay here for a pool scene – but otherwise a great choice.

  2. Aressana or El Greco

    We are planning a holiday to Santorini in early September and I can’t decide where to book. I really like the look of the Aressana but also have been looking at El Greco. Is the Aressanna really worth the extra cost? Also we like to spend some of our holiday relaxing by a pool and now worried about the Aressana as the pool looks quite small and I saw that there is a sister hotel without a pool and they can also use can also use it.

    Marina Wiley

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I would go with Aressana as it’s located right in the heart of Fira – steps from shops, restaurants, and great views. El Greco is still walking distance to Fira (so not a terrible location) but it’s out on a busy road to the port that doesn’t have much character. The pool is nicer at the El Greco, so if that’s an absolute priority then it’s a good choice. That said, the pool at Aressana is pretty big by Santorini standards (often just a plunge pool). Neither hotel is right on the caldera with views.

  3. Theoxenia Hotel in Fira

    We are planning a trip to Santorini in April 2016. We would like to book at Theoxenia Hotel Santorini. Is this a good place to stay? We did not see any information regarding this establishment in your reviews. Any insights you could give us would be appreciated.
    Patresa (Pat) Premick

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      A very nice hotel smack in the middle of Fira. Close to everything (shops, restaurants, bus station). It doesn’t have a pool but you can use the pool at sister hotel Aressana which is a 3 minute south. Theoxenia is one of the few hotels that you can access without a lot of steps as it’s right at the top of the caldera. It is slightly back from the edge of the caldera (the opposite side of the lane) so while views are still very good it’s not quite like being at the very edge with nothing out in front of you.

  4. Asteras Villas in Fira

    Hi Dave,

    Do you have any comments on Asteras Villas? The website looked great, but I haven’t read anything about it on your website.

    Thank you!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Very nice place in central Fira. Down the hill below Atlantis. Lots of steps up and down. Great views.

  5. Anatoli Hotel in Fira

    We are going to Santorini the first few days of June 2016 and have booked a room at the Anatoli Hotel in Fira. Is that a good choice? We are not nightclub types.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Nice hotel with good pool and deck but it is a 12 minute walk to town with lots of hills. Nothing much close to it.

  6. Hotels in Fira

    Love the website. Sounds like Fira is the place we want to be.

    I have brought our list down to four hotels. Which one do you think is the best place to stay?

    Petit Palace, Mill House, Majestic, or Volcano View.

    Thanks so much for your input,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Those are all fine hotels but none of them are in Fira. Mill House in Firostefani (a 15 minute walk to Fira). The rest are south of Fira without much nearby. Majestic is a 10 minute walk from Fira (on the opposite side of the road from the caldera, so no views). Volcano View is a good 20 minute walk from Fira. Petit Palace is a 25 minute walk to Fira and the most luxurious of the 4 hotels you enquired about.

  7. Fira in August

    What an awesome page, very informative! THANKYOU.

    My best mate and I are staying in Santorini for a week in mid August. Reading your site…Fira sounds like the place to stay.

    We’re both single, love restaurants, nightlife, sun baking, and shopping. Can you please suggest and/or confirm town we should stay and nice hotel with a pool?

    Thanks in advance 🙂

  8. Keti or Kavalari Hotel in Fira

    Hi Dave,

    I’m staying in Santorini for one night on 26th October, and i’m having trouble decide between Hotel Keti and Kavalari Hotel. Which one is better? (in terms of views, less steps, room quality) Or would something like Oia Mare Villas in Oia be better? (My friends preference).

    Many thanks,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Keti is the nicer hotel and more luxurious suites. Kavalari has fewer steps (but still plenty) – Keti is on the lower footpath and thus is farther down the cliff. Both have wonderful views. Keti has more privacy.

  9. Absolute Bliss or Anteliz Suites

    Thank you so much for the wealth of information!

    My wife and I are coming for our honeymoon and can’t decide between Absolute Bliss and Anteliz Suites. Any thoughts on if one is better?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Absolute Bliss is nicer and has way more privacy. Choose Anteliz Suites if you want to be closer to Fira’s nightlife and shops. Absolute Bliss is a 25 minute walk from Fira. Anteliz is less than 10.

  10. Oia Sunset Villas

    Thanks for all the information. If you are ever in Seattle and need recommendations…

    We are traveling at the end of October and have booked at the Sunset Villas in Oia. Have you heard any feedback about their villas? Is it walkable to the shops and restaurants in Oia and Ammoudi Bay? Also, I want to explore the whole island…at the end of October would you rent a car or an ATV?

    Thanks again!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Oia Sunet Villas are nice and good value. But they do not have a very good location and do not have views of the caldera (the views look north towards Ios and have views of the sea and the fields below the villas). They are not far from Oia, distance wise, but the walk between them and Oia is down a dusty road and not all that pleasant. No big deal if you have a rental car and there is lots of parking unlike in Oia. There no shops or restaurants nearby. Amoudi is the same, not far on a map but it’s not a walk that you’d really enjoy. FYI, it’s my opinion that almost all of the reviews written on Tripadvisor about Oia Sunset Villas are fake.

      I much prefer and recommend a car over an ATV (more pleasant and much safer).

  11. Nonis Apartmens in Fira

    Hi Dave..

    We are looking at staying in the Nonis Apartments in Fira towards the end of June next year. Are they ok? We want somewhere with a pool and sea view.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      It is a nice 3.5 star hotel. Small pool, great views, 5 minute walk to central Fira.

  12. West East Resort in Santorini

    Dave – have whittled selection down to 2 hotels: West East and the Vasilicos. Both are pretty new and therefore don’t have much of a track record on booking websites. Are you able to shed any light on them or give a view as to which one you’d go for?

    Thanks very much,

    Jamie Dunnett

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I don’t know Vasilicos but did tour West East Resort a few weeks back and it’s great. Beautiful pool and view. Pool suites are very cool. It’s a “modern-style” hotel not the traditional cave suites that spill down the cliffside in the other caldera towns. West East Resort is located about a 15 minute walk to the restaurants of Imerovigli.

  13. Enigma Suites in Fira

    We will be in Santorini Oct 17-19th. Before I saw your website, I booked a room at Hotel Enigma in Fira. I cannot tell if there is a good view or where exactly it is. What are your thoughts on this property? Thanks!
    Jody Strain

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      A small hotel (8 suites) right in the heart of Fira. The entrance is off the main strip and descends from there. Lots of steps to the lower suites. Great views.

  14. Oia or Fira in Late October

    Hi Dave,

    Me and my boyfriend are travelling to Santorini on 24th October of this year. We are currently torn between staying in Oia or Fira. We enjoy eating at nice restaurants, exploring winding streets and shops and occasionally going out for a drink. We had originally thought Oia would be best but we are a little bit worried that it will be too quiet at this time of year. Can you shed any light on which would be better or are they very similar?

    Many thanks 🙂

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      They are very different towns. Considering what you’re after I would recommend Oia. It stays pretty busy until early November when the cruise ship traffic stops.

  15. Winter in Fira

    Hi Dave,

    My friend and I are looking to spend some time in late December early January on Santorini. I am leaning towards Fira, but are there better place in light of the time of year we are going?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Fira is where you want to be if you visit Santorini between late November and early March. It’s the only town with a pulse during winter.

  16. Petit Palace in Fira

    Hi Dave, great site 🙂 am going to Santorini in August and all the hotels you recommended are booked so I have booked the Petit Palace as looks and sounds nice! Do you know of it? Is it ok? Thanks Natalie 🙂

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      It’s a nice hotel but a long way out of Fira with not much around it. It’s at least a 20 minute walk into town. There’s also a free shuttle and a bus that goes right by the hotel.

  17. West East Suites in Santorini

    Hi Dave,
    Looking at a new hotel on that is West East Suites.
    Any insider knowledge on it at all?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I do not know this hotel but by the looks of it appears to be located about an 8 to 10 minute walk north of Imerovigli. So, a little isolated but still walking distance from restaurants in Imerovigli. It does have views of the caldera.

  18. Most Hotels are Fully Booked – Location of Gianna Suites

    Hi Dave,

    Great site! Checked out some of the hotels mentioned in the comments of other readers and most are fully booked on the dates we will be in Santorini. I found a bed and breakfast, Villa Gianna, what are your thoughts on this bed and breakfast and its location to the center of Fira?

    Thank you.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      It is not located in Fira (as some maps show). It’s a 15 minute walk to central Fira with not much around it. The walk directly into Fira is not great, it’s better to walk up the hill (towards the caldera) to Firostefani and then walk into town along the caldera path. (This does mean you have to go up a significant hill but makes for a more pleasant walk). It’s not a bad location if you have a rental car as parking is easy to be found here. There are no views of the caldera from Gianna. This map of Gianna Suites shows the correct location.

  19. Sunset Dinner Cruise on Santorini

    Hi Dave, great post, got a lot of useful tips!
    I will be in Santorni for 1 day only the end of this month and wanted to know if you reccomend a “sunset dinner cruise” which takes goes to the volcano hot springs and Thirisia… 4 hour duration…. Then I was as planning on heading the Fira in the evening…. Thoughts?
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      These are fine but with only 1 night I would spend it wandering around Fira or Oia not on a boat.

  20. 2 Days on Santorini – Worth it?

    Hi Dave. Great site! Loads to read! I’m really amazed at finding such a great source of information! I’ll def be back to read more. Just quick question for my trip. I’m going for a business trip to Athens during end of May, and since I’m already in Greece, I was thinking of doing my own personal trip to Santorini. However I’ll be travelling solo and I’ll be limited to just a day and a half. My work trip ends at around 7PM on a Saturday, and I’d need to be back at the Athens airport by 9PM on the following Monday. Do you think it’s worth it to go to make a trip or should I just stay in Athens?

    Thank you so much!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The last flight on Saturday from Athens to Santorini leaves at 9:35pm so you should be able to make that. You could be at your hotel by 11pm (with a little luck) and even have time for a late evening meal looking out on the caldera. You’d have a full day Saturday and a good portion of Sunday. I’d go for it.

  21. Hotels are Fully Booked in Fira

    hi Dave,
    We are travelling to santorini on June 22 – June 25 2015, (A family of 3 people)
    Can you suggest some good hotels ( about 100-250 pounds for 3 days ) in town centre.
    All the rooms seemed to be booked 🙁
    We have already booked air tickets to santorini and finding it hard to find rooms.

  22. Anamnesis Apartments

    Hi Dave, I am planning to visit in May and was looking at the Anamnesis Spa Luxury Apartments – we are not too fussed about a great view, just want something affordable, clean and close or central to the main shopping/restaurants in Fira. Wondered if you knew anything about this accommodation and whether it would fit what we are looking for?

    Our flight is likely to arrive quite late from Athens (10/11pm) and I noticed that a lot of hotels don’t have late check-in times. Will this be an issue for us or will most still be able to check us in if we contact the hotel in advance to let them know when we are arriving?

    Thank you

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Anamnesis is a 5 minute walk to central Fira, the bus station, and views of the caldera. Late checkin is usually not a problem but I would send an email before arrival notifying them of your late arrival.

  23. Costa Marina Villas in Fira

    I will be visiting santorini by end of may with my husband this year, we have booked hotel Costa Marina in Fira can you please tell me are all the tourist spots nearby.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Costa Marina is a good budget hotel but does not have caldera views. It’s a short walk to central Fira and views of the caldera. The Museum of Prehistoric Thera is a 5 minute walk as is the bus station which is the hub to go to all corners of the island.

  24. Hotel Ira vs Villa Ilias

    Great site Dave. Very informative!
    We will be in Santorini in July for a wedding. My friends have booked their hotel and we are having a hard time deciding where to book ours. Bride and Groom are staying at the Vedema Resort, one couple at the Grand View and another at Aria Lito Mansion. We were thinking of Villa Ilias or Ira Hotel. We would like to have the caldera views and be walking distance to Fira for the restaurants and shops. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Hotel Ira and Villa Ilias are very close to each other in Firostefani. They’re about a 15 minute walk to central Fira. Both hotels are nice with good views (but depending on room). Hotel Ira has more steps to access and is slightly more upscale.

  25. Split Time between Fira and Oia?

    Hey Dave,

    My husband and I our starting to plan our honeymoon. I have been to Santorini before and had the time of my life! Cant wait to go back with him… We are planning to stay for about a week, would you recommend staying in Fira half the time and then Oia for a few nights? or just take the bus to visit Oia and have dinner a few times? I am open!

    Thanks! Love your site!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I recommend splitting time between towns (any towns, not just Fira and Oia) – you see another side of a place when you stay there as opposed to just passing through for a few hours. With a week’s time to spend on Santorini you won’t feel rushed so I’d go for it.

  26. Azzurro Suites near Fira

    Hi Dave,

    Do you know anything about Azzurro Suites in Fira? I think it’s a new hotel and I haven’t read any reviews on it yet.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Azzurro Suites is 2 or 3 km south of Fira and a 20 minute walk to Fira’s shops and restaurants. It’s on the caldera side of the road and has views of the caldera. It’s a new hotel and doesn’t have a website yet.

  27. Town with Nice Restaurants and Walks

    Hi Dave, myself and my husband want to visit Santorini in June for my 50th birthday. We want to stay somewhere special which will give us a fantastic view. We like to eat in nice restaurants in the evening and stroll through the small streets. We are not nightclub people but don’t want total seclusion. I have read all your comments about the caldera towns and definitely would prefer this side of the island but there is just so much choice. I like elegance and good service.

    Can you help.

    Thank you so much.

    Carole Paley

  28. Hotels in Fira


    Your web site is great, and full of tons of useful info. We are planning a trip to the islands and will stop in Fira, and were hoping you could help decide between the following:

    – Anteliz Suites

    – Hotel Villa Renos

    – Cosmopolitan Suites

    – Porto Fira Suites

    Thanks for you advice.

    Chris S.

    1. DaveDave

      All of these are nice hotels with great views. Anteliz is “around the corner” and technically in Firostefani not Fira – it gets a lot of foot traffic going by on the path and has the least amount of privacy (at least around the pool). Villa Renos is the most central. Porto Fira is down a lot of steps and removed a bit from central Fira above. Cosmopolitan is the most luxurious. Can’t go wrong with any of them though.

  29. Adamant Suites in Fira

    We have decided to stay in Fira instead than originally Imerovigli due to proximity to restaurants and unavailability of hotel I had chosen before for our April trip (Absolute Bliss). Would you please share your thoughts on Adamant Suites, is it comparable, in terms of amenities. Is the location good? I did not see it in your video.
    Thanks again for taking the time to answer questions. I found yours to be the most helpful site for planning a trip to Santorini.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Adamant Suites is the sister property of Tzekos Villas (I’ve updated the video links above) and shares the same pool. The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the center of Fira.

      Here’s a map from their website showing the general location (you walk south from the main square then turn right and go down some steps):
      Map of hotel location in Fira.

  30. Hotel Atlantis Views

    Do all rooms at Hotel Atlantis have views? We need a hotel with very few steps to get to the lobby. How close can a car get to the hotel?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Volcano View rooms have views of the caldera. Village View rooms are on the opposite side of the hotel and don’t have a caldera view. A taxi can pull right up to the front door of the hotel and there are no steps to get to the hotel (though there are steps within the hotel).

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