The Best Cheap Hotels in Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 5, 2021

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Cheap Santorini Hotels – Tips & Recommendations

  • – the best site (and best prices) for booking Santorini hotels.
  • Santorini is an expensive island and cheap hotels are hard to find – but not impossible. Book 3 to 6 months in advance to get the best deals.
  • Best Budget Hotels in Santorini:
    San Giorgio Hotel (Fira)
    Costa Marina Villas (Fira)
    Kavalari Hotel (Fira)
    Abelonas Retreat (Imerovigli)
    Agnadi Villa (walking distance to Oia)
    • Damigos Caldera World (Firostefani)
  • I’ve never stayed in a bad hotel on Santorini. I can’t vouch for every hotel but old dirty hotels with a shower that doesn’t work are almost unheard of on Santorini.
  • The Santorini Hostel in Fira is a good place to stay to save money. It has a nice pool and is a 5-minute walk from central Fira and the bus station. It’s the only hostel in Santorini.
  • The best way to save money in Santorini is to book a hotel without a caldera view. Typically, adding a caldera view will increase the price by 50% to 100%.
  • The hotels listed below are not the absolute cheapest but the best mix of affordability, quality, and location.
  • To save money on food, buy your breakfast (yogurt, bread, and cheese) from a market, eat a gyro for lunch (Lucky’s in Fira and Pitogyros in Oia are the best), and go for dinner at a restaurant without a caldera view.
  • The best free thing to do in Santorini is the Fira-Oia hike. Or visit one of Santorini’s beaches.

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Cheap Hotels in Fira

San Giorgio Hotel

Fira Cheap HotelA great cheap hotel a 1 minute walk from the main strip and club scene, and 3 minutes from the caldera or bus station. Clean simple rooms, free coffee, cake, and juice in the morning. Super friendly staff. Email the hotel the day before your arrival ( and they’ll pick you up for free from the airport or ferry. Hotel phone: +30 22860-23516

Petini’s Place

It does not get any more central than this. If you put an arrow in the center of Fira this hotel would be it. The main alley for bars and clubs is 10 seconds in one direction. Views of the caldera are 10 seconds in the other direction. Surrounded by shops and restaurants. Rooms are simple but bright and clean. Hotel phone: +30 2286 022157

Kavalari Hotel

Wonderful views. Some rooms are simple and inexpensive, others are larger and more expensive. Not “cheap” by most standards but one of the cheapest hotels with good caldera views. Hotel phone: +30 2286 022324

Anatoli Hotel

Family-owned, family-friendly hotel in a converted winery with a pool, kids pool, and small spa. All rooms have a private terrace. Family, Visanto, and Tsikoudia Apartments have kitchens; Tsikoudia adds a jacuzzi. Hotel phone: +30 2286 022759

Costa Marina Villas

Fantastic, family-run, family-friendly hotel with beautiful gardens. Of the 21 double, triple, and quad rooms (some lofts), all but 2 have private patios or balconies. Great location just a 5-minute walk from the main square. Hotel phone: +30 2286 028923

Hotel Thirasia

An easy 5-minute walk to central Fira. Nice pool and deck with views towards the sunrise. Triple rooms have 3 single beds, quadruple rooms have 4 single beds. Hotel phone: +30 2286 022546

Villa Renos

Family-friendly boutique hotel built in one of Santorini’s original cave houses, about 350 years old in parts, and all with stunning caldera sunset views. All rooms have private terraces; top tier rooms add jacuzzis. A combo buffet/a la carte breakfast is included, and the all-day cafe serves snacks until the wee hours. Hotel phone: +30 2286 022848

Anemomilos Suites

Warm, friendly owners. Free transport to and from the airport or ferry port. Affordable 2-bedroom apartments sleep 6 and are great for families. It’s a 10 minute walk into central Fira (ask about the donkey-trail short cut to avoid walking on the busy road). Hotel phone: +30 2286 025632

Villa Soula

Cheap hotel close to Fira center. One of the few covered pools on Santorini. Hotel phone: +30 22860 23473

Pelican Hotel

Steps from the main strip of Fira (can be noisy from the clubs). Free breakfast. Hotel phone: +30 22860 23114

Villa Roussa

Inexpensive hotel with a great location near central Fira. No breakfast. Quadruple rooms available. Hotel phone: +30 2286 023220

Rena’s Suites

Luxury at a modest rate. Nice pool and great location. Views of the sea (but not the caldera). Recently refurbished and looking very polished. Hotel phone: +30 2286 028130

Thea Studios

Nice pool, views of the sea (but not the caldera). Free breakfast. A good 15 minute walk from Fira but this is as cheap as hotels get in Santorini. Hotel phone: +30 2286 025357

See also: Best Hotels in Fira

Cheap Hotels in Oia

Villa Agnadi

Villa Agnadi in Oia
Great little hotel with a good-sized pool and views out over the east side of the island (not the caldera but beautiful nonetheless). It’s located in the nearby village of Finikia. A 5 minute walk along the sidewalk gets you to the Oia footpath that runs by all the luxury hotels (it’s another 10 minutes to central Oia). Triples and quadruples are great for families. Free breakfast. Hotel phone: 30 22860-71647

Aspa Villas

10 minutes from the center of Oia. Some rooms have views, some don’t. Beautiful location. Hotel phone: +30 2286 071381

Maria’s Place

Nice pool with views of the sea (not caldera). Small kitchenettes. Steps to bus stop, 5 minutes to caldera. Hotel phone: +30 22860 71221

Finikia Memories Hotel

In Finikia village, a 15 minute walk to Oia. Nice pool. Simple breakfast included. Hotel phone: +30 2286 071373

Anemomilos Hotel Apartments

Great mid-range hotel in Oia. Free breakfast, beautiful pool. One bedroom apartment and private villa available. Hotel phone: +30 2286 041309

Zoe Aegeas Traditional Houses

Great views. Free breakfast. The cave houses sleep 4 to 6 guests and are good value though wouldn’t call this “budget accommodations”. Hotel phone: +30 2286 071704

See also: Best Hotels in Oia

Cheap Hotels in Imerovigli

Abelonas Retreat

Ampelonas Hotel in Imerovigli
A spacious moderately-priced hotel in Imerovigli. Views are partly blocked by hotels on the opposite side of the foot path but the spot is nevertheless magical. Several good restaurants are a short walk away. Hotel phone: +30 22860 23282

Heliotopos Hotel

Cave-style, boutique hotel with a small pool overlooking the caldera and views from all rooms. All rooms have balconies and most have kitchenettes. Greal little wine bar on site that’s popular for catching the sunset. Hotel phone: +30 2286 023670

Dome Santorini Resort and Villas

Not exactly cheap, but “luxury for less.” 12 gorgeous suites and villas all with indoor or outdoor jacuzzis or private, heated pools. The hotel also has a shared, unheated pool, 2 Mediterranean restaurants, and complimentary breakfast served in the restaurant or delivered to the rooms. Sunrise sea views (not the caldera). Hotel phone: +30 2286 028859


Wonderful little place in central Imerovigli. Owners and staff are super friendly and helpful. Small pool is nice but since it doesn’t get much sun is a little chilly. Hotel phone: +30 2286 025950

Aghios Artemios Tradtional Houses

Friendly hotel on the quiet east edge of Imerovigli. Nice pool, gym, and tennis court, plus a bi-weekly Greek night with music and dancing. Breakfast is included in the rate, and their traditional Greek restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Hotel phone: +30 2286 024200

See also: Best Hotels in Imerovigli

Cheap Hotels in Firostefani

Hotel Sofia

Sofia Hotel in Firostefani.
Small hotel with a nice pool. Located directly on the foot path from Fira. No caldera views but a handful of restaurants with stunning views are steps away. Hotel phone: +30 22860-22802

Damigos Caldera World

Great views from some rooms. 15 minute walk to Fira. Free breakfast. Hotel phone: +30 2286 033150

King Thiras Hotel

Owned by a very friendly Greek family. Easy walk to caldera view, restaurants, and a bakery. Clean, simple rooms. Hotel phone: +30 2286 023882

Blue Dolphin Apartments

Simple rooms, some with view. Large private villa that’s closer to Imerovigli is also available. Hotel phone: +30 2286 023173

Villa Ilias

Pool and sun deck have a view of the caldera. Large suites sleep 4 or 5 guests. Free breakfast. Hotel phone: +30 2286 022519

See also: Best Hotels in Firostefani

Cheap Hotels in Kamari, Perissa, & Perivolos

Smaragdi Hotel – Perivolos

Intimate, family-owned hotel with a pool and all-day snack bar. Wide range of rooms here, including economy twins, family maisonettes for up to 5, and suites with indoor or outdoor jacuzzis, all decorated with original, upcycled art made by the owner’s mother. Hotel phone: +30 2286 082701

Narkissos Hotel – Kamari

Basic clean rooms. Close to beach, restaurants, bars. Free breakfast. Hotel phone: +30 2109 236760

Santellini Hotel – Kamari

Cheerful, family-friendly hotel with a pool, just a 2-minute walk to Kamari Beach. Super clean double, triple, and family maisonettes (lofts) all come with a complimentary, homemade breakfast. Owner and staff are incredibly welcoming. Hotel phone: +30 2286 028866

Hotel Matina – Kamari

Friendly family-owned hotel. Large pool and short walk to beach, restaurants. Free breakfast. Hotel phone: +30 2286 031491

Anny Studios – Perissa Beach

Close to the beach, nice pool, small kitchenettes. Free transfer to and from airport and ferry port. Hotel phone: +30 2286 031627

Stelios Place – Perissa

Nice pool, close to the beach. Communal kitchen. Free transport for ferry port and airport. Hotel phone: +30 22860 81860

Villa Kasteli

A hostel/hotel in a great location a five-minute walk from Perissa beach. Great rates on doubles, triples, quadruples, and single beds in dorm-style rooms. Friendly staff and owner.

See also: Best Beach Hotels in Santorini

Cheap Santorini Hotels with Caldera Views

The best moderately-priced hotels with caldera views.

Damigos Caldera World

Damigos Caldera World in Firostefani.
Not all rooms have views but the ones that do are great and the ones that don’t are very well priced. Free breakfast delivered to your room every morning. Firostefani restaurants are a short walk away and Fira is another 10 minutes beyond that. Hotel phone: +30 22860-23725

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  1. Costa Marina Villas or San Giorgio Hotel in Fira

    I am stuck between Costa Marina Villas and San Giorgio Hotel. They are close in price. Is San Giorgio rooms newly renovated? Are both central and near the bus terminal? Which is better for a solo female traveller?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Both are great affordable hotels, a very short walk to the bus station. San Giorgio is closer to town and the caldera. Both are fine for solo female travellers.

  2. Staying Akrotiri

    My mother and I will be staying in Santorini late June. We are looking at hotels in Akrotiri, would that be somewhere you would recommend? We want to avoid popular nightlife places, just looking for a quiet time. Would there be shops/restaurants there?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Akrotiri is pretty quiet without much around. Unless you just want to stay by your pool and enjoy the caldera views (assuming you were at a view hotel) you’d probably wish you were closer to the main towns. Firostefani is a great choice for being in a quiet location but still an easy walk to restaurants, shops, and great views.

  3. Cheap Hotel in Santorini for Large Group

    Hello Dave. Which hotel would you recommend? We are a group of 14 people. It’s a family trip we are taking in September. Our budget is around 400 euros per night for 14 people. Some hotel suggestions would be great.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      You could get 3 or 4 rooms at San Giorgio Hotel (simple, clean, great location) and that should keep you under the 400€ mark.

  4. Should We Get a Rental Car for 5 Nights in Santorini

    Hi Dave,
    We will be staying at the Kavalari hotel for 5 nights. My husband booked a rental car for a week for $150.00. Just wondering if it is worth it to rent a car and will we be using it often to go out for dinner.

    Much appreciated for your time.


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      You probably won’t use it every single day. Could you get away with renting a car for just a day or two? For sure. But you’ve got a great rate and I think it’s worth it for the flexibility and just the possibility that you might use it. You’ll use it for dinner once or twice (maybe Metaxy Mas and a restaurant or two in Pyrgos). There are plenty of great restaurants within walking distance of Kavalari so it’s not an absolute necessity.

  5. Where To Stay in Santorini for Beach, Shopping, Sightseeing, and Great Restaurants

    Hi Dave, staying 3 nights in September. Open to any village. 4 adults each needing their own bed. It should be accessible by taxi (we don’t want to carry our luggage too far). We like the beach, shopping, and sightseeing. Great food near by is a must, night life not important. A safe place to walk around after dark is the highest priority. Where should we stay? Thanks!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      No one town has everything you’re looking for but Oia and Imerovigli are probably the best bets as they have the best restaurants. But neither are close to the beach and Imerovigli doesn’t have any shopping. Fira has shopping, closer proximity to the beaches, but fewer great restaurants. Sightseeing is spread all over the island.

  6. Regina Mare Hotel in Santorini

    Love your site Dave. Is the Regina Mare Hotel a good choice for a reasonable price and still a good view?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Yes, incredible views and usually pretty reasonable rates. It’s just north of Imerovigli. Quiet but many good restaurants are a short walk away. No shopping (besides a few markets) or nightlife nearby.

  7. Santorini Epavlis Hotel

    We have booked Epavlis. Is it well located? Any good? We have two weeks, and would like to charter a sailboat for a day. Is this possible? We are experienced sailors. Should we have a hire car?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      It’s a fine hotel an easy walk to Kamari’s shops and restaurants. Is it well located? It’s good for Kamari but it does not have volcano views and you’re a long way from the caldera. If you rent a car it’s easy to get around the island and explore so not a big issue since you have two weeks. (That said, I would mix it up and spend at least one week at a different locale.) I’ve never heard of chartering a boat all for yourself but can you get a private boat for the day? Yes, absolutely.

  8. Itinerary for Fira, Oia, Mykonos and Crete

    Hi Dave !
    Great website. Very informative. We are planning a trip to Greece in September. Where should we stay in Santorini Oia or Fira? Some people recommend staying 2 days in Fira and 2 in Oia. Is it worth the effort or we should stay put in one place itself? The other question is in a 10 day trip is Santorini, Mykonos, and Crete doable or we should only visit 2 islands.
    Thanks !

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Yes, I would recommend splitting your nights between Oia and Fira. You really do get a different experience staying in a town than just visiting and it’s worth the extra effort and hassle of switching hotels. If you have a full 10 days (11 nights) for Crete, Santorini, and Mykonos then you doing all 3 is busy but doable. If by 10 days you mean 8 full days then I’d stick to 2 islands.

  9. Kamari Hotel with Good Location

    We are travelling to Santorini at end of May for 3 nights. My wife and 2 kids aged 8 and 11 have booked at Alexandria hotel in Kamari. Any reviews of the hotel? Wanted to know if hotel is close to restaurants, beach, and shops. Thanks.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Nice good value hotel. It’s a 5 minute walk to the beach and 10 minutes to main strip of restaurants and shops. Planes fly very low overhead as the hotel is close to the airport – some people don’t like the noise, some enjoy watching the planes.

  10. Golden Sunset Villas vs Kavari Hotel

    Hi Dave,

    What do you think about the Golden Sunset Villas in Oia vs the Kavalari Hotel in Fira? Leaning toward the Golden Sunset because I’ve heard it will be a little less crowded in Oia in June than it will be in Fira. Howeve, Golden Sunset is a little more expensive and don’t want to pay more to get less.
    I’d really appreciate your opinion. Thanks and Happy New Year!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Both are nice moderately-priced hotels and fine choices. But don’t stay at Golden Sunset hoping for a quieter spot. It’s smack in the center of the sunset viewing area. Trying to leave your hotel anytime around the sunset will require a good deal of patience to wade through the crowd. Kavalari is in the center of Fira and gets a steady stream of pedestrians passing its front entrance but nothing like the crowds in and around the Golden Sunset Villas.

  11. Hotel Sofi in Santorini

    Hey Dave,
    What do you think of Sofi Rooms located in Fira?


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Clean, simple rooms with great view and central location. Good value.

  12. Atlas Boutique Hotel in Kamari

    Love the info you are providing! Had Santorini on my bucket list for years! Lucky enough to be eventually going in October. My partner has booked the Atlas Boutique Hotel in Kamari Beach. Your thoughts?
    Nicola Lomax

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Clean, simple, and small rooms. I think some/most of the bathrooms have no divider between toilet and shower so if you don’t take care then everything gets wet (not a big deal, and you do get good at it after a few years of practice). Small pool. Short walk to beach and many restaurants.

  13. Andromeda Villas & Spa in Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    What are your thoughts on this hotel:
    Andromeda Villas & Spa Resort.
    We are looking at staying 4 nights.
    Thanks so much in advance.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Wonderful location and views. Not a luxury hotel – rooms and service can leave something to be desired but good value if you’re primarily interested in pool with a view.

  14. San Antonio Suites Review

    Hey Dave. All your help has been fantastic thank you for all your insight. One place I haven’t read much about was San Antonio suites. I have a room booked there at the beginning of June. I’ve only read good reviews but I’d like your insight. We are both 30. And was wanting to know if we’d be better off somewhere else. Thank you.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Great place with marvelous views and suites. Only caveat is that there’s not much nearby in the form of restaurants, shops, or pretty much anything. I’d recommend having a rental car if you stay here though there is a bus that stops steps from the front door and the walk to either Oia or Imerovigli is beautiful (40 minutes to Imerovigli, 50 to Oia).

  15. Abrazo 8 Villas in Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    I’ve been waffling between booking an Airbnb or a room at the Abrazo 8 Villas in Imerovigli. Max we’re looking to spend is around $225 a night and the view is a top priority – do you have any experience with/knowledge of the Abrazo? Or are there any other hotels in that price range (but with good views) that you recommend?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Abrazo 8 is a nice property but does not have caldera views (the views you see on the website look east – they’re fine views but not the magical caldera views that you are probably dreaming of). It’s in a semi-isolated location. Likewise, most Airbnb rentals do not have great caldera views – they’re usually back from the cliff a bit (though also cheaper than the view hotels).

  16. Amber Light Villas in Santorini

    Hey Dave, we’re currently doing 5 days at the Hotel Keti, but thinking about splitting time between there and the Amber Light Villas. I don’t see any mention on the site even though the photos look amazing and the rooms are very large. Is it too good to be true? Thanks!
    Jarrod Jenkins

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Amber Light Villas are nice but in the middle of nowhere with very little within (easy) walking distance. Views are pleasant but they are not caldera views – they look east not west.

  17. Cheap Santorini Hotel for 4

    Hi, a group of 4 of us are planing a trip to Santorini at the end of April. We are looking for affordable accommodation for only 3 nights could you guide us to where would be a good place to stay and see us much as possible in such short stay. Thank you so much and hope to hear from you soon.


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      San Giorgio is a nice clean hotel with central location close to caldera, restaurants, and bus station.

  18. Vedema Resort for Family

    Never been to Greece or Santorini before, and may be our only time. I know you say caldera views are what we should shoot for, but we are considering Vedema. Do you think we would be making a mistake? Is the area not the best? We are also considering Mystique, but the price is more than we really want to spend. Do you have any better recommendation for a family of 4 adults, 2 parents and 2 20yr olds?
    Lisa Hague

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The caldera of Santorini is ultimately Santorini’s greatest asset. Waking up to breakfast on your balcony with the sun arising to the East slowly illuminating the twin island of Thirasia is an experience not to be missed. Equally, watching the sun set over the sea is one of the island’s greatest experiences. But it can all come at a cost.

      Visitors are typically prepared to part with heard-earned cash for the sight of the Santorini caldera. And it is unique. The traditional rim locations are (from North to South), Oia, Imerovigli, Firostefani and Fira. Of the four locations probably Imerovigli take top honours, though Oia (with the Mystique Hotel) carries the cachet of the most popular locale.

      The Vedema Luxury Resort is the antidote to the caldera-overdose and is certainly well worth considering. It is located in the folksy village of Megalochori (Big Village) in the south of the island with nary a sea view in sight. Instead, you have a cosy self-contained resort complex that is surrounded by vineyards with an impressive pool, cellar dining options and the choice of large and airy villas to smaller studios for one or two persons. For four people consider a larger unit on the outer edges of the complex and relax in a way that you may not if on the caldera and unavoidable sunset crowding. It’s a solid choice, if you don’t need a caldera fix every day.

      If you want to look at something that is caldera-based, but a little left-of-centre and equally stunning as the Imerovigli-Oia nexus, look in the gaps in between. Aenaon Villas, almost hiding from the crowds (where’s the sign?) might just be the antidote. For a family of four adults you might just like it here. It’s quiet and a little out of the way (between Oia and Imerovigli), but it is so nice … A little more up-beat is the ‘resort’ of the Santorini Princess Spa which may appeal to a group like yours. It’s also within walking distance of Imerovigli, while the Aenaon, for all its select splendour requires a car and Oia is a 15 minute drive away.

      Note that almost all caldera rim locales – for all their stunning ambiance – require a lot of walking up and down steps and that is not suitable for everyone. The three options mentioned here are all generally ‘flat’ – the hilliest of the trio being the Aenaon – and that is not a lot.

  19. Honeymoon Hotel for June – Late Booking

    Booking our honeymoon for June this year. We’re a little behind schedule here so we need make reservations soon. Any insight on White Santorini Hotel?
    Also, Athens: Athens Gate (2 nights), Mykonos: Palladium or Semeli (3nights) and 4-5 nights in Santorini?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      White Santorini is a wonderful hotel with fantastic views. Suites with private hot tubs are highly recommended. For Semelia vs Palladium it comes down to wether you want to be near the beach or in town (I prefer being in town but both have their appeal). Palladium is not right on the beach but is a short 5 minute walk down (and walking back is a good hill). There’s a bus stop to Mykonos Town right outside the hotel. Semeli has a little trendier vibe.

  20. Moderate-Priced Hotel in Oia or Firostefani

    Hi Dave,

    Great website!! I am just wondering if you can recommend any accommodation in the mid price range? Staying in either Oia or Firostefani.

    We are staying 4 nights at the beginning of August and looking to spend between $1500 – $2000… in your opinion, what hotels are the best in this range?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Barbara Carrott

  21. Vedema vs Aressana

    Hi Dave,
    Would you know how Vedema compares to Aressana in Santorini? I want to stay at the better of the two. I know the Vedema doesn’t offer caldera view but it has other perks. Aressana is closer to town, but I’m wondering if that’s all it has going for it. I don’t see it mentioned at all on your site. Please give your opinion.


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Vedema is definitely the better hotel. And Aressana doesn’t have caldera views anyways – it’s just steps to the caldera view but nothing from the actual hotel.

  22. Day Trips from Santorini

    Hi Dave.

    Great website.

    I’m going to be in Santorini Oct 14 to 21 and was wondering – where can my friends and I do day trips to from Santorini? Ios? Anywhere else?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      At that time of year ferries are less regular. Your best/only option is Ios (until the 17th of October). You could go in the morning, get there about 11:30, wander around the town, have lunch, then catch the 3:40 ferry back to Santorini. Not sure if this is worth it but you don’t really have any other options.

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