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by Santorini Dave • Updated: January 18, 2022
• Location: Near the top of the caldera in Fira
• Hotel website: cosmopolitan-santorini.com
• Hotel phone: +30 22860 25632
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Cosmopolitan Suites – Stylish, luxury boutique hotel with an infinity pool, chic suites, and sweeping caldera views in the heart of Fira.
This small, upscale hotel offers expansive caldera views from the infinity pool, bar, and in all room types. Rooms, suites, and the villa are all beautifully appointed, most with private balconies and some with indoor or outdoor private jacuzzis. Food and drinks are outstanding at their all-day pool bar and restaurant, which also prepares the delicious complimentary breakfasts and 24-hour room service menu. Service is friendly and personalized.
Cosmopolitan Suites – Location
• Area: Absolutely gorgeous location in Fira, with unobstructed caldera views from overlooking the volcanoes and toward Akrotiri and Thirassia Island. The hotel sits near the top of the caldera, just a short walk to the nightlife, dining, shopping, and attractions of Fira. The Central Bus Station is only 6 minutes away, making this an ideal spot for exploring the rest of the island.
• How to Get There:
Cosmopolitan Suites is located near the top of the caldera in Fira, just off the main walking path and the main road connecting Fira with the rest of the island, making it easy to reach by bus, taxi, or driving yourself. It is approximately 8km from the Athinios ferry port and 5km from the Santorini Airport to the hotel.
There are always buses waiting at the ferry port for every ferry arrival, as well as buses departing hourly from Santorini Airport. All buses stop in Fira. The entire trip from port or airport to Fira should take around 25 minutes (longer if there is traffic) and cost about €2. Tickets are purchased on the bus, in cash only. From the Fira Bus Terminal, it’s an 8-minute walk to the hotel.
Taxis are also available from the port or airport, though there are only about 25 taxis serving the whole island, so there is often a wait; schedule a ride through a private car service in advance to avoid this (I use and recommend Welcome Pickups). Taxis on Santorini are not metered, so be sure to agree on a price with the driver before setting out. A taxi from the airport to Cosmopolitan Suites will cost roughly €25. A taxi from the ferry port will cost around €25-€35. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more – about $45 (or €37), but is worth it to avoid the wait and for the convenience of paying ahead.
For those who prefer to drive themselves, we recommend renting a car either at the airport on arrival, or in Fira. The road from the ferry port is steep and narrow, with many tricky switchbacks, large trucks, and buses. Leave that for the locals to navigate. We strongly recommend reserving a vehicle in advance, especially if you require automatic transmission. There are several free parking lots within a 4 to 9-minute walk of the property.
• Handy to: The Oia-Fira Hiking Trail, Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, Fira nightlife, dining, and shopping.
Map of Cosmopolitan Suites
Cosmopolitan Suites – The Basics
- Ages: Cosmopolitan Suites is an adults-only hotel, open to guests 13 years and older. Guests tend to be couples, especially honeymooners, from 25 to 50 years old.
- Beach: The nearest beach is Exo Gialos, a quiet, black sand beach with intriguing wind-sculpted cliffs at its southern end. The best beach bar and restaurant there is East Breeze, just a few meters from the cliffs. The north end has a small harbor and another great beach bar and restaurant called Yalos. From the hotel, it’s a short 4 km drive to both the north end and the south end, where the cliffs are.
- View: Expansive views over the caldera centered on the volcanoes and including Akrotiri and Thirassia Island. Sunsets are visible from all private terraces, the pool, and bar. The hotel faces slightly southwest, so sunsets are partially obscured at some terraces by a rocky prominence to the northwest during certain times of the year. For direct sunset views from all terraces, visit in April, May, or October.
- Kitchen: No rooms have a kitchenette but all rooms have a wet bar.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The Cosmo and Cosmopolitan Suites have indoor jacuzzis, and the Honeymoon Suites have private, outdoor jacuzzis.
- Parking: There is free parking in the public lot nearby.
- Extras: 24-hour room service, 24-hour reception, twice daily maid service, in-room massage, concierge, wine tasting, portable Bluetooth speaker.
- When to Book: The hotel usually operates from April 1 to October 31. Reserve at least 4 months in advance (6 months is better) for stays during high season from June through September, and about 3 months in advance for the low and shoulder seasons.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +30 22860 25632
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
- Website: cosmopolitan-santorini.com
Cosmopolitan Suites – Amenities
- Pool: Unheated infinity pool perched on the caldera’s edge with expansive views over the volcanoes to Akrotiri and Thirassia Island.
- Spa: There is no spa onsite, but the hotel offers in-room massage on request.
- Fitness Center: No gym.
- For Disabled Guests: This is a caldera hotel with lots of steps and no elevators. It is not suitable for guests with mobility issues.
- For Families: Cosmopolitan Suites is an adults-only hotel, open to guests 13 years and older only. There are no amenities or facilities for children.
- Activities: Wine tastings and in-room massage can be arranged on request. The concierge team is happy to coordinate yacht cruises, helicopter tours and transfers, as well as wine, diving, archaeology, food, or photography tours.
Cosmopolitan Suites – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: The 4-table Pool Bar Restaurant is open all day for drinks, while the kitchen only serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner during certain hours. The menu is small but excellent, serving Greek and international light bites for lunch and dinner, and hearty al la carte breakfasts every morning. Ingredients are super fresh and high quality.
- Lounge/Bar: The Pool Bar serves drinks all day until late in the evening.
- Breakfast: A complimentary a la carte breakfast is served every day to each suite at the time of your choosing between 8 am and 11 am (early breakfasts can be arranged on request).
- Room Service: Available 24 hours a day.
Cosmopolitan Suites – Rooms
- Room Types: Cosmo Standard • Cosmo Superior • Cosmo Suite • Cosmo Honeymoon • Cosmopolitan Suite • Cosmo Villa
- Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any of their room categories. Smoking is allowed on the private outdoor terraces and in the outdoor common areas.
- Best Room: The best rooms for couples are the Cosmo Honeymoon and the Cosmopolitan Suite. Both suites feature king-sized beds and amazing caldera views. The open-plan Cosmo Honeymoon offers 30 sqm and a private, outdoor jacuzzi, while the 1-bedroom Cosmopolitan Suite offers 44 sqm and an indoor jacuzzi.
- For Families: This is an adults-only hotel open for guests 13 years and older. There are no amenities or facilities for children. For families with older kids, the Cosmo Villa is the best option. The villa sleeps up to 6 guests and is split over 2 floors with 2 king-sized bedrooms, a separate living area with 2 sofa beds, and 2 bathrooms.
Cosmopolitan Suites – Local Transport
- Walking: The hotel is located in the heart of Fira, right above the caldera and on the Oia-Fira hiking trail. The island’s best restaurants, bars, shops, and attractions await just a few meters away. Fira is the best village for walking, as nearly everything anyone could want can be found within 5 minutes in any direction.
- Bus: The Central Bus Station in Fira, a 6-minute walk from the hotel, is Santorini’s bus hub. All routes to the port, airport, beaches, and other villages travel through Fira, making this a super convenient spot for exploring the whole island. Tickets are bought on board and range from €1.80 to €2.50 per person in the daytime, depending on the route. Night buses (12:30 am to 5 am) run less frequently and cost a little more, from €2.30 to €3.10. Buses can get very crowded, especially during the high season, so much so that they often fill to capacity and are unable to take on more passengers. There are only 23 public buses serving the island.
- Taxis: The nearest taxi stand is at Stathmos Taxi in Fira. There is often a wait here as there are only 25 taxis serving the entire island (with guests from about 1,000 hotels, villas, and Airbnbs). Book ahead to avoid the wait, and have the driver meet you closer to the hotel. There will be a small surcharge for advanced reservations and for carrying luggage, usually just a couple of Euros. The average rate from Fira to the port is between €10 to €15, and from Fira to the airport is around €25.
- Scooters/Motorcycles: Scooters are the main mode of transportation for the locals, but if you’re unfamiliar with the terrain, it can be very dangerous. The roads here are zigzagging, hilly, narrow, and have sheer drop-offs with no guardrails and no street lights in most areas. Lots of dirt roads and potholes.
- ATVs/Quads: ATVs are a fun and popular mode of transportation with tourists, but for the locals stuck driving behind them, they move too slowly and hold up traffic in an area where getting around is already a hassle. For those who don’t ride quads regularly (i.e. most people), they can be dangerous at high speeds and on turns. Crashing your ATV is a sure-fire way to ruin your vacation.
Cosmopolitan Suites – What’s Nearby?
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Idol Restaurant: All-day restaurant serving elevated versions of traditional Santorinian dishes with 3 dining terraces and panoramic views.
- Momo: Brand new, casual, Indian and Thai restaurant with a clay tandoori oven and fantastic curries.
- Ouzeri: Exceptional spot for meze (Greek tapas), offering a modern take on traditional Santorinian flavors and Mediterranean favorites.
- Argo Restaurant: Argo features a rich menu of Santorinian and Mediterranean flavors with modern, international influences. With amazing views over the caldera, this is a popular spot for sunset dining. Reserve in advance to ensure a view table.
- Lucky’s Souvlakis: Hands-down the very best gyros in Santorini. Eating at Lucky’s is an absolute must when in Santorini. Authentic, filling, and affordable.
- Pelican Kipos: Stellar, wine-centric restaurant with over 600 varieties of local and international wines in a charming garden setting. Wine tastings and cellar tours available daily.
- Falafeland: Top-notch vegetarian and vegan street food spot with amazing falafel and veggie burgers, and cozy outdoor seating. There are a handful of meat dishes here too, which are prepared separately from the vegetarian/vegan items.
- Aktaion: The oldest taverna on the island, Aktaion has been serving authentic Santorinian flavors since 1922.
- Mylos Bar Restaurant: Modern Greek restaurant with a creative menu and plenty of vegetarian options located in a picturesque windmill with caldera views.
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Casablanca Soul Bar: With house and deep house DJs or a live band every night, tasty cocktails, and a truly friendly staff, Casablanca is always a favorite for locals and travelers alike.
- Kira Thira Jazz Bar: A Santorinian standby since 1976, Kira Thira is a cozy, casual bar with fantastic sangria, strong drinks, and an eclectic selection of music.
- Enigma Club: The oldest dance club in Santorini (since 1979), Enigma opens late and keeps the party going until 7 the next morning. A hotspot for visiting celebrity DJs who spin the best dance music from Greek and international artists.
- Two Brothers: Open almost all day, from 10 am to 6 am the next day, Two Brothers is almost 2 different bars in the daytime versus the night. During the day, the bar is quiet and chill, with basic drinks and a solid 2-for-1 happy hour. Late nights, it becomes the wildest bar in Santorini: crowded, crazy, loud, and fun.
- Tropical Bar: Great cocktails and a magnificent view make this a popular spot for catching the sunset. The drinks menu strips down to basic offerings after sundown, but at happy hours (9 pm to 11 pm), all cocktails are half price. Aussies take note: they sell VB here.
- PK Cocktail Bar: The best bar in Santorini, PK Cocktail Bar offers superb sunset views, creative cocktails, and 3 levels of seating in the caldera.
- MoMix: Half bar, half mad science lab, MoMix (short for Molecular Mixology) creates wild cocktails served in test tubes, as edible bites or in bubble form.
- Tango Champagne and Cocktail Bar: Refined lounge with a romantic vibe and picture-perfect sunset views.
- Franco’s Bar: Well-known for gorgeous views and delicious drinks, Franco’s is one of the best spots to take in the Fira sunset.
- Volkan on the Rocks: Great brewpub in Firostefani with amazing views and an outdoor cinema.
Best Nearby Cafes
- Enigma Café: Excellent café with fantastic coffee and cocktails, plus simple and delicious breakfast and sandwiches.
- Coffee Island: Off the main tourist track, this little shop has fantastic coffee drinks (maybe the only spot you can get a flat white in Santorini), a great selection of coffee by the kilo, and absolutely the best prices.
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
- White House Santorini: Specialty shop for all-white summer garb for men, women, and children. Located across the walking path from Idol Restaurant in Fira.
- Little Dot: Trendy boutique offering men’s and women’s street, surf, and swim wear.
- Noi: Upscale women’s boutique offering elegant summer clothing, shoes, and accessories on Santorini’s famous Gold Street.
- Caldera Jewelry/Golden Santorini: Right across from Noi, Golden Santorini/Caldera Jewelry has offered fine gold and precious stone jewelry since 1976.
- Ammos: This shop has 2 locations in Fira (both close by), 1 in Kamari, and 1 in Oia. All offer a wide selection of international and Greek brands.
- Spicy Boutique and The Lace: These sister boutiques are located right next door to each other in the heart of Fira. Both shops sell Greek-designed women’s clothing and accessories. Spicy offers edgier styles, while The Lace caters toward a femme crowd.
- The White: Across from Spicy, The White is a luxury boutique selling hand-crafted clothing and footwear by Santorinian designer Sophia H.
- Drakkar Santorini: International and Greek designer-brand clothing for women.
- Isia: High-end, women’s clothing and accessories with unique pieces inspired by traditional Greek designs. You can find it on the footpath next door to Cava Mejjo.
- Nick the Greek: One of the oldest jewelry shops in Santorini, Nick the Greek sells fine gold jewelry and luxury watches from Greek and international brands.
- Koukla: Eclectic, artsy jewelry in a range of styles and prices.
- Oia-Fira Hiking Trail: One of the top attractions on the island is this scenic 10.5 km hiking trail connecting Oia and Fira. A mix of sidewalk, cobblestones, and dirt trail, this route boasts gorgeous vistas the entire way. Hiking northwest, the full length of the path from the hotel to Oia Castle takes from 2 to 5 hours (add at least an hour for a detour at Skaros Rock when you head north). 1-minute walk from the hotel.
- Catholic Church of St. John the Baptist: Often referred to simply as the Catholic Church, St. John’s is recognizable by its brilliant yellow and blue exterior and clock tower.
- Old Port of Fira: A.K.A. Fira Skala, the Old Port has a few tavernas, shops, and pretty sea views. The only connections from the port to the village are the cable cars, donkeys, or walking up the 587 steps. Nowadays, the Old Port is mostly used by cruise ship passengers, arriving daily by the thousands in the high season. To avoid the largest crowds, plan excursions around the cruise ship calendar. The beginning of the stairway down is a 4-minute walk away, plus 16 more minutes to hike down.
- Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral: This imposing cathedral dominates the main square in Fira. Fully renovated after the ’56 earthquake, this landmark church is surrounded by a series of grand archways, and is adorned with frescoed walls and ceilings inside in gold and vivid colors.
- Skaros Rock: Impressive volcanic rock formation housing the ruins of a medieval castle and town, dating to 1207. The monastery at its base, Panagia Theoskepasti, is the only part of Skaros that is still active. The trailhead leading to Skaros begins at Agios Georgios Church in Imerovigli.
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- Sklavenitis Supermarket: Great little market with friendly staff and a good selection of produce, snacks, drinks, and more at a fair price.
- Green Market Organics: Small but well-stocked grocery store in Fira with specialty items (gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan, etc.), organic, and local products.
Cosmopolitan Suites – The Hotel
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