Updated: September 3, 2016
Grace Santorini Hotel is the best hotel on Santorini. It has an awesome location and incredible views. It’s located in my favorite village on Santorini, Imerovigli, which is quiet and relaxing but still an easy walk to the shops, restaurants, and nightlife of Fira. Imerovigli is at the highest point on Santorini and has the best views and sunset of any town.
Santorini Grace Hotel – Tips and Recommendations
- Santorini Grace is adults only – all guests need to be 14 years of age or older unless you rent the villa where all ages are allowed.
- Book early! The best hotels on Santorini get fully booked 3 or 4 months in advance. For Grace it can often be booked 6 to 9 months in advance.
- You’ll get the best rates by using Booking.com. However, if you’re booking a wedding, reception, or special event you should contact the hotel directly.
- The pool is the largest on Santorini with a caldera view.
- The hotel (and pretty much every room) has direct sunset views. This isn’t the case with all hotels. Many (especially in Oia) can have wonderful caldera views but the sunset is hidden behind the island itself as the sun sets into the ocean.
- I highly recommend getting a room with a private plunge pool. The Deluxe Double Room with Plunge Pool is the cheapest room with a private pool. If cost isn’t a concern then splurge on the Grace One Bedroom Suite with Plunge Pool.
- The restaurant at Grace is excellent. It’s open to non-guests and has tables spread around the huge pool with wonderful views of the caldera and sunset.
- The best restaurants near Santorini Grace Hotel: Mezzo (1 minute walk) • Avocado (5 minute walk) • Anogi (5 minute walk)
- Breakfast is included in all reservations made through Booking.com.
The view from Santorini Grace looking west towards Skaros Rock and Thirassia (the island in the distance). To the north (right) is Oia at the tip of Santorini.
All rooms have been refurbished for summer of 2016. This is a Junior Suite.
The bed in the Junior Suite.
Large beautiful bathrooms.
Private deck with views of the caldera, sunset, and Oia in the distance.
The plunge pools are exactly what they sound like: small pools but not hot tubs.
Two neighboring suites at Grace Santorini. Like most Santorini hotels along the caldera there’s some privacy but don’t be expecting total seclusion.
View from a private deck.
The view of Skaros Rock from inside a suite with private plunge pool on the deck. Photo: flickr/JohnM
Beds in Greece are often hard and uncomfortable (for most, I actually love hard beds). But not at Grace, where the beds are super comfy.
Pillow Menu – Oh yeah!
The private villa at Grace Santorini. Attached to the hotel but just set off on its own a little bit. Private pool and jacuzzi, private spa (with steam bath), full kitchen, and 2 bedrooms each with king beds.
Grace does have a lot of stairs (over 200 from most rooms to the town square up above). Hotel staff will help with luggage. If you need a luxury hotel with an elevator (but still great views) look at Canaves and Katikies in Oia.
The pool, bar, and restaurants (with more seating inside). Oia is visible in the distance.
The brand new lounge/bar at Santorini Grace.
Layout of Honeymoon Suite at Santorini Grace.
Layout of Grace Suite at Santorini Grace.
Layout of Junior Suite with Private Plunge Pool at Santorini Grace.
Layout of Junior Suite (no pool) at Santorini Grace.
Layout of Private Villa at Santorini Grace.
Layout of Superior Suite at Santorini Grace.
Layout of VIP Suite at Santorini Grace.
Layout of Deluxe Room with Plunge Pool at Santorini Grace.
Layout of Deluxe Room (no pool) at Santorini Grace. The least expensive room at Grace but still beautiful with great views.
The stairs in front of Grace leading to Skaros Rock.
At the end of those stairs you encounter this little church which is very popular for wedding photos.
View looking out at Skaros Rock. Little church is just to the right.
Grace from above. Hotels in Imerovigli have the best sunset views on Santorini. It does change depending on the time of year but generally the sun will set in the gap between Thirassia (on the left) and Oia (on the right). While Oia is known for its sunsets very few hotels there have sunset views. The white buildings visible on the tip are actually looking back into the caldera and do not get a direct view of the sun setting into the sea.
View of Grace from the south (looking north towards Oia). If you look closely you can see the stairs that lead past Grace and towards the little church.
Similar view as above but here you can see the pools at Tholos (bottom) and Astra (top) just beyond Grace.
Similar view but a little farther north and the entrance to Grace just ahead (the small set of stairs). This is the footpath that runs from Fira to Imerovigli and then on to Oia. Astra, Tholos, Kapari, and Sophia Suites are all in the clump of buildings visible. Annio Furnished Flats is the white complex with dark blue trim just to the right.
Continue walking on the path and in 10 minutes you’re out of Imerovigli and walking north to Oia.Visible ahead are the hotels West East Suites, Rocabella Hotel & Spa, and Santorini Princess. You can then see a hill and then another clump of white buildings – these are San Antonio Suites and Aenaon Villas.
The view looking back towards Skaros Rock and Imerovigli from (roughly) the hill I mention above.
That path leads all the way to Oia (walking it is one of the highlights of a trip to Santorini). Here’s a view from Oia looking back at Imerovigli. You can just make out Skaros Rock.
Now let’s go south from Imerovigli. Here’s a view of Skaros Rock from Firostefani – the closest village to Imerovigli as you go south and about a 10 minute walk from Grace. Part of the volcano is visible to the left. Thirassia island is in the center of the photo and Oia a bit to the right.
A little farther south. The View of Imerovigli from the Belvedere and Homeric Poems hotels in Firostefani.
And then a little farther south. This is in the stretch between Firostefani and Fira. This is the same footpath that will eventually pass Grace and lead to Oia.
A 20 minute walk south of Imerovigli and you get to Fira, the largest town on Santorini. Imerovigli and Skaros Rock are visible as is Oia in the far distance (to the left).
A restaurant in Fira looking directly out on the volcano. Fira has the most nightlife and places to eat on Santorini.
But while Imerovigli doesn’t have a lot of restaurants (only 8 to 12 depending what you include) they are all good and many are great. This is Mezzo, my favorite restaurant in Imerovigli and just up the steps from Grace. (You can see the Grace swimming pool down below.)
Avocado restaurant in Imerovigli. It’s up in the main part of Imerovigli and doesn’t have views, but the food is absolutely incredible. Avocado is open for lunch and dinner whereas Mezzo is only dinner.
Kapari Hotel also has a great restaurant (specializing in local food). You can see the pool at the Grace private villa in the distance.
The view of the volcano from the private jacuzzi (honeymoon suite) at Sophia Suites. Once again, the pool at the Grace private villa is visible.
Astra Suites is almost as luxurious as Grace. A good alternative if Grace is fully booked (which often happens).
Tholos Resort – wonderful hotel with great views. Not as expensive as Grace or Astra.
Absolute Bliss has incredible views (and perhaps the best sunset views on Santorini). The private patios have more privacy than many units at Grace or Astra. That said, it does lack some of the magic and character of the other hotels. The owners are super-friendly and helpful.
Need a less expensive hotel? Kasimatis Suites is not as luxurious but has some large suites, wonderful views, and a nice pool. It’s also one of the more kid-friendly places in Imerovigli (those are my 2 boys getting ready to jump in the pool.) Oia is visible to the right. Thirassia to the left. Kasimatis is a good option for last minute bookings.
One final look at Grace, Skaros Rock, the volcano, and the far southern tip of Santorini (and the village of Akrotiri) in the far distance.
Menu at Santorini Grace
Lunch menu at Grace Santorini.
Dinner menu at Grace Santorini.
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