The Best Hotels in Firostefani

Updated January, 2016

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Q. What are the best hotels in Firostefani?

Firostefani is a 10 minute walk from central Fira. So you get easy access to the restaurants and clubs of Fira – but without the crowds. Great views too. These five hotels are all fantastic.

Video of Firostefani Hotels

Hotels Shown (in order):
Anteliz Suites
Vallas Villas
Homeric Poems
Belvedere Hotel
Ikastikies Suites
Hotel Galini
Hotel Sofia
Hotel Mylos
Reverie Traditional Apartments
Tsitouras Collection
Sun Rocks
Efterpi Villas
Smaro Studios
Mill Houses Elegant Suites
Dana Villas
Sun Rocks (again)
Villa Ilias
Villa Maria Damigou
Blue Dolphin Apartments
Ira Hotel & Spa

20 Questions and Comments

  1. Budget Hotel with View

    Hi Dave,
    Married couple looking for budget hotel (less than $200) in Firostefani with caldera view and private balcony, breakfast included, for 3-5 nights beginning of October 2016. Pool would be bonus, but not necessary. Smaro Studios, Santorini View, Villa Fegari your thoughts – we are leaning towards Smaro.
    Any other suggestions?
    Love your site!
    Kim Smith

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Those are all great places with wonderful views. Smaro has a small plunge pool. Fegari has a lot of steps (could be a problem for travelers that have mobility issues). Another place to look at is Villa Ilias which has great views and a small pool. (It also has the fewest steps as it’s on the main path not down the side stairways.)

  2. Rhodes and Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    I have eight nights to spend on the islands. My wife and I are flying from the U.S. directly into Rhodes. We currently plan to spend four nights in Rhodes. We arrive at 2pm so the first day will be a bit of Rhodes Old Town, dinner and bed. We plan to tour around Old Town on our second day. The third day we are heading to Lindos to see the town, Acropolis, and beach time before heading back. We are currently planning to spend our fourth day taking a day trip to Symi. Then we will head to Santorini by plane for four days. My question is if I should skip the Symi day trip and cut one day in Santorini so we can visit a third island for two days. We will fly instead of taking a boat so travel time won’t take too long and most flights are first thing in the morning. Do you think we should alter our plans so we can see another island? If so then which island? I would want to experience something a bit different from Santorini and Rhodes if possible but open to suggestions.

    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I think I would leave it as you have planned. Rhodes and Santorini are both great and can easily fill 4 days.

  3. Hotels in Crete

    Hi Dave – I’ve found your website to be super helpful, thank you for all the detailed information about Santorini. We took your advice and booked a room at Villa Maria Damigou and going to check out your Athens recommendations as well.

    Question for you – do you happen to know anyone whose developed a blog like this for Crete and/or do you have any advice? Currently looking for a budget friendly place in the Chania area.

    Thank you!


  4. Town with Sunset Views

    Hi, Dave!

    Everyone says this, but awesome site. Thank you for putting so much time in it, and quickly replying to questions.

    I’m actually thinking I will have to do a solo trip to Santorini. I promised myself I’d see it before I leave Athens, and some girlfriends are backing out. I’m a travel agent’s assistant, though (so I should be able to decide on my own, but I need an expert opinion!) so maybe that will work in my favor.

    A few things i have been leaning towards has been a Caldera view around $160 for 4 nights since that is the price range I have been seeing for the first week of April, and was originally looking at Fira. (unless you think somewhere else is better) But then started reading about Firostefani and Imerovigli and am now unsure. What would your suggestion be on the best location? I want a pretty view of the sunset and don’t really care about much else. Appreciate your thoughts!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      If your priority is a sunset view then Imerovigli is where you want to stay.

  5. Which Caldera Town/Flight-Hotel Package

    Hi Dave,
    Firstly great website, really useful and helpful. My friend and I are planning a trip to Santorini in the second week of July for around ten days. Neither of us have been before and we are not doing a very good job at deciding which area of the island would be best stay in! We want to be close enough to be able walk bars and restaurants but not literally amongst all the bars! We do want to spend some time on the beach, are there any beaches that you can swim and sunbathe easily at on the caldera side. We are after a package fight/ hotel deal with either bed and breakfast or a self catering studio.. Preferably with a pool. We were thinking of somewhere in Firostefani? If we stayed in on the caldera side how easy would it be able to get to Kamari or Perissa?
    Any advice on areas or where to stay would be amazing!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Firostefani is a great town for what you’re looking for: an easy walk to the clubs and restaurants of Fira but not in the thick of things. There are no beaches on the caldera side of the island – all of them require a drive from the caldera towns. From Firostefani you can walk (15 minutes) or bus (5 minutes) to the Fira bus station then catch a bus to Kamari (15 minutes) or Perissa (25/30 minutes).

      Package deals are easy to book but you’ll get better rates (for what you get) and better choice of hotels by booking flight and hotel separately.

  6. Which 2 or 3 Greek Islands?

    My husband and I have 10 days to spend visiting the islands on middle of May, 2015. We are thinking of staying on Santorini, Naxos and Paros (or Myksos). Would you suggest staying on two islands (which ones) or three islands (which three)? We are interested in sights, culture, knowing more about how the Greeks live and the beauty of the islands. Will be traveling in Greece (on our own) for 18 days prior to visiting the islands. Have read lots on internet and travel books. Need to make a decision soon. Thinking of booking island ferry, hotels, etc through a travel agency in Athens before we leave USA. Is this a good idea?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      With 10 days you could do 2 or 3 islands – it’s not clear which is better. If you go for 3 then Santorini, Naxos, and Mykonos are all great. If you visit 2 then Santorini and Naxos or Mykonos. Naxos for beaches and local culture. Mykonos for beaches and partying/late night dining. If you really want something untouristy then try Syros. No need to book ferry tickets in advance especially since you’re in Greece 18 days prior to taking a ferry. Simply book tickets in Athens when you first arrive. It’s very easy and they’ll be no extra fees like if you pre-booked through an agency.

  7. Agali Houses vs El Greco

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the guide! It’s awesome. I will be travelling to Santorini (24 years old) with my parents from July 27th to 30th (3 nights). We have just reserved Agali Houses. What is your opinion on this hotel? I was debating between this one and El Greco. Please let me know! Thanks 🙂

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      These are very different hotels. Agali Houses is in Firostefani and is perched on the edge of the cliff with great views of the caldera. It has a medium sized pool and is almost 200 steps below road level, parking, bus stop, restaurants, etc. There are other hotels all around/above. El Greco is south of Fira (about a 10 minute walk to the center). It’s on the opposite side of the road from the cliff and does not have direct views of the caldera. The pool is much bigger, the grounds are generally flat with few stairs, and there isn’t a lot around the hotel. So very different places.

  8. Dana Villas or Belvedere Suites/ Ferry from Naxos

    Hey Dave,
    We have a choice of staying at Dana Villas or Belvedere Suites for the first week of Oct. Does one have an advantage over the other? I see there is a Hotel Belvedere and the suites on different streets, are they the same place? Which would you recommend? We are two couples in our early 60’s, pretty fit if that makes a difference. Do you know if either of these hotels pick us up at the port? We are coming in to Santorini on Oct 11th from Naxos, do you know about what time the ferry (slow I hope) leaves Naxos and arrives at Santorini? We are flying back to Athens on the 16th and have already booked our tickets with Aegean. Do we check in on line just like the US airlines the day before and then print our tickets? We will be staying in Santorini, can our hotel do this for us? Thank you for this great site, soooo much info!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Both are wonderful hotels with great views. All of the Dana Villas rooms have lots of stairs. At the Belvedere some suites have lots of stairs but some have fewer and are closer to “street level”. If you want fewer stairs go with the Belvedere and request a room near the top (though I think most of the best suites are a long way down). The very fun Mama Thira’s restaurant is steps from the top gate of the Belvedere.

      The slow ferry (Blue Star) from Naxos to Santorini departs Naxos at 12:55 and gets to Santorini at 15:10. Both hotels will pickup from the ferry port – send them an email about 2 weeks before arrival. Aegean has online checkin for flights to Athens 30 hours before the flight. You should get an email.

  9. Cheap Hotel in Firostefani/ Turkey to Rhodes or Kos?

    Hi Dave,

    Your guide is AMAZING! Do you have any recommendations for Budget hotels in Firostefani? We’d like a caldera view but we are only a few years out of college so we don’t have a ton of money. Also – My friends and I are planning a trip from Bodrum Turkey on Saturday morning, June 20th and desire to ultimately end up on Santorini for a few nights so that I can fly back to Rome from there on Saturday, June 27th. Any recommendations on what to see along the way? We have to either ferry to Kos or Rhodes from Bodrum anyway so I thought either might be a good place to stop for a day or two before Santorini. Is there any other route from Bodrum to Santorini that you would suggest over a Bodrum>Kos/Rhodes>Santorini route?

    Marissa Bush

  10. Belvedere Hotel in Firostefani

    Hi, Dave,

    What is your comments for Belvedere Hotel?
    Also please share your thoughts to stay between Firostefani and Imerovigli.
    Thanks very much.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The Belvedere is great. Large pool (for Santorini) and wonderful views. As long as you’re not a stickler for 5 star pampered service that you might get at Astra or Grace (and have higher rates) then you’ll be happy.

      At the Belvedere you have more restaurants within just a minute or 2 of your door. At Imerovigli you’ll have a little farther to go and typically have some stairs to climb. Firostefani is 15 minutes closer to Fira (the nightlife and shopping hub) than Imerovigli. Imerovigli has better sunset views.

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