21 Cheap (But Good) Hotels on Santorini

Updated: March 20, 2017

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Cheap Santorini Hotels – Tips and Recommendations

  • Santorini is an expensive island and cheap hotels are hard to find – but not impossible. Book early to find the best deals.
  • 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 best way to save money 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 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 is the best), and go for dinner at a restaurant without a caldera view.
  • Booking.com is the best site for finding cheap hotels on Santorini.

The Best Cheap Hotel in Fira

San Giorgio

Hotel phone: +30 22860-23516
A great cheap hotel 1 minute from the main strip in Fira, 2 minutes from the club scene, and 3 minutes from the caldera. Clean simple rooms, free coffee, cake, and juice in the morning. Super friendly staff. Email the hotel the day before your arrival ([email protected]) and they’ll pick you up for free from the airport or ferry.
San Giorgio Hotel in Fira

More Budget Hotels in Fira

  • Caldera Butterfly Villas – Fira

    Great views and nice pool. 20 minute walk to central Fira. (There are sidewalks the whole way but I wouldn’t call it a relaxing walk as it is on a busy road. Rental car recommended.)
    Hotel phone: +30 2286 024856Reviews

  • Keti Hotel – Fira

    Wonderful views. Many steps and a maze of walkways to get to hotel. Some rooms are simple and inexpensive. “Cheap” considering the amazing views.
    Hotel phone: +30 2286 022324Reviews

  • Pension Petros – Fira

    Very central location. Clean, simple rooms. Free wifi.
    Hotel phone: +30 2286 022573Reviews

  • Anemomilos Suites – Fira

    Warm, friendly owners. Free transport to and from the airport or ferry port. Huge 2-bedroom apartments sleep 6 and are great for families.
    Hotel phone: +30 2286 025632Reviews

  • Villa Soula – Fira

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

  • Villa Roussa – Fira

    Great price, great location near central Fira. Free wifi, no breakfast. Quadruple rooms available.
    Hotel phone: +30 2286 023220Reviews

  • Pelican Hotel – Fira

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

  • Rena’s Suites – Fira

    Luxury at a modest rate. Nice pool and great location. Views of the sea (but not the caldera). Recently refurbished and looking very polished.

The Best Cheap Hotel in Firostefani

Hotel Sofia

Hotel phone: +30 22860-22802
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.
Sofia Hotel in Firostefani.

More Budget Hotels in Firostefani

  • Villa Maria Damigou – Firostefani

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

  • Blue Dolphin Apartments – Firostefani

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

  • Villa Ilias – Firostefani

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

  • Thea Studios – Firostefani

    Nice pool, views of the sea (but not the caldera). Free breakfast. A good 15 minute walk from Fira with substantial hills.
    Hotel phone: +30 2286 025357Reviews

The Best Cheap Hotel in Imerovigli

Ampelonas Apartments

Hotel phone: +30 22860 23282
A wonderful inexpensive 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.
Ampelonas Hotel in Imerovigli

More Budget Hotels in Imerovigli

  • Merovigliosso – Imerovigli

    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 025950Reviews

The Best Cheap Hotel in Oia

Villa Agnadi

Hotel phone: 30 22860-71647
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 12 minute to central Oia). Triples and quadruples are great for families. Free breakfast.
Villa Agnadi in Oia

More Budget Hotels in Oia

  • Aspa Villas – Oia

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

  • Maria’s Place – Oia

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

  • Finikia Place – Oia

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

  • Anemomilos Hotel Apartments – Oia

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

  • Zoe Houses – Oia

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

Cheap Hotels at Kamari and Perissa Beaches

  • 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 031627Reviews

  • Stelios Place – Perissa

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

  • Narkissos Hotel – Kamari

    Basic clean rooms. Close to beach, restaurants, bars. Free breakfast.
    Hotel phone: +30 21 0923 6760Reviews

  • Drossos Hotel – Perissa

    Very cheap hotel with pool and free wi-fi. 5 to 10 minute walk to beach. Restaurants nearby.
    Hotel phone: +30 2286 081639Reviews

  • Hotel Matina – Kamari

    Very friendly family-owned hotel. Large pool and close to beach, restaurants. Free breakfast.
    Hotel phone: +30 2286 031491Reviews

The Best Cheap Hotels on Santorini with a Caldera View

  • Villa Maria Damigou
    Hotel phone: +30 22860-23725
    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.
    Villa Maria Damigou in Firostefani.

More Budget Hotels with Caldera Views

You wouldn’t call these hotels cheap but they are the best moderately-priced hotels with caldera views.

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18 Questions and Comments

  1. San Antonio Suites Review

    Hey Dave. All your help has been fantastic thank you for all your insight. One place haven’t read much about wad 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 DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      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).

  2. 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 DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      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).

  3. 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 DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      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.

  4. Cheap Santorini Hotel for 4

    Hi, a group of 4 of us are planing a trip to Santorini at the end of April 2017. 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 DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

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

  5. 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 DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      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.

  6. Honeymoon Hotel for June 2017 – Late Booking

    Booking our honeymoon for June 2017. 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 DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      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.

  7. 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 2017 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

  8. 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 DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      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.

  9. 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 DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      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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