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Updated: April 2, 2019

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  • Fira is the largest town in Santorini and has the most nightlife and shopping. There is a wide range of accommodations – everything from good cheap hotels to 5-star luxury boutiques.
  • Where To Stay in Fira: If budget allows, stay at a hotel with caldera views.
  • Best Luxury Hotels in Fira: Athina Luxury Suites and Aria Suites and Villas (the villas are more luxurious and have better views than the suites)
  • Best Honeymoon Hotel in Fira: Cosmopolitan Suites Hotel (trendy vibe, great infinity pool with views, steps from nightlife)
  • Hotel with Best View in Fira: Keti Hotel (king suite with whirlpool)
  • Best Budget Hotel in Fira: San Giorgio (friendly owners and a short walk from views of the caldera)
Cosmopolitan Suites in Fira.

The Best Places To Stay in Fira: View of the volcano from Cosmopolitan Suites.

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    Fira, Santorini
    Fira is the biggest town on Santorini and the hub of the island’s bus service (making an easy direct bus to get to most other towns on the island). Fira has the most shopping and nightlife. It can get busy (sometimes hectic) but it’s easy to avoid the crowds if you want and the town never feels overrun. The highlight of staying in Fira is doing the hike to Oia along the caldera path (which takes about 3 hours).

    Where To Stay In Fira?
    Hotels along the caldera have wonderful views of the volcano, cliffs, and sunset (though sunset views do vary throughout the year). These hotels I’ve labeled “Caldera View” below. They are, of course, much more expensive than hotels not on the caldera. If you want to save money stay at a hotel without a view and simply enjoy the caldera on long walks and restaurant visits.

The Best Hotels in Fira, Santorini

  • Cosmopolitan Suites Hotel – The best infinity pool in Fira, perched right on the cliff overlooking the caldera. This is one of the most loved hotels in Fira. Only 10 rooms here (individually furnished) so it’s perfect for honeymooners – yet located in the heart of Fira. Nightlife and restaurants are literally steps from the front door. (Hotel phone: +30 22860-25632)
  • Athina Luxury Suites – Nine luxurious suites (all with volcano views) feature modern furnishings within traditional, cave-like architecture. Private balconies, on-site bar and restaurant, excellent pool terrace. Honeymoon and Cave suites have private jacuzzis. Royal Suite sleeps 6. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 024910)
  • Aria Suites and Villas – An amazing mix of luxury and friendliness, incredible views and exemplary service. Suites are beautifully decorated. The pool is one of the best in Fira and comes with views of the caldera. This is one of the few hotels that accepts young children, partly because it’s slightly back from the edge of the caldera. The brand new villas are located down a short path from the main hotel, have fantastic caldera views, and private plunge pools. (Hotel phone: +30 2286-028650)
  • Anteliz Suites – Small family run hotel located on the foot path that runs along the caldera into Firostefani. Spectacular views. Nice pool that looks out onto the caldera. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 28842)
  • Panorama Studios and Suites – Brand new hotel with an infinity pool and spacious suites with sweeping caldera views, some with indoor or outdoor private jacuzzis. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 21760)
  • Keti Hotel – The king suite with private pool has amazing views and the most privacy of any suite in Fira. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22324)
  • Kavalari Hotel – The best “cheap” hotel in Fira with caldera view. Not as luxurious as the other 5 hotels but so affordable it’s one of my favorites. Central location, incredible views, simple clean rooms. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22455)

Map of Fira Hotels

Map of Fira Hotels in Santorini.

More Great Fira Hotels

Aigialos Niche Residences & Suites

Caldera View • 5-star luxury historic hotel. Authentic Cycladic architecture and old world furnishings mix with modern conveniences like air-conditioning and wi-fi. Complimentary room service, and small, shared outdoor pool. Mansion Suite sleeps 6.(Hotel phone: +30 22860 25191)

Anatoli Hotel

Family-owned, boutique hotel in a former winery with a pool, spa, and all-day snack bar in a quiet neighborhood less than a 10-minute walk to Fira’s nightlife, dining, and attractions. The hotel offers a wide range of rooms and 1 or 2-bedroom suites for up to 4, all with kitchenettes and private balconies. Some room categories offer sunrise rooms over the Aegean Sea (not the caldera). Absolutely great value for money.(Hotel phone: +30 22860 22759)

Angel Luxury Suites

Caldera View • Wonderful, tiny, luxury hotel (just 3 suites) with gorgeous sunset caldera views in the heart of Fira attached to Nektar Lounge (a popular wine bar) and near the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral. Though central to Fira’s nightlife and attractions, the suites remain very quiet thanks to their soundproof windows and doors. The owner personally takes care of all guests needs, from cooking and delivering daily breakfast to creating bespoke itineraries (botn and raised on Santorini, he is super in-the-know). (Hotel phone: +30 22860 24047)

Anteliz Suites

Caldera View • Small luxury hotel overlooking the caldera with a fantastic pool and fewer stairs than most other caledera hotels. Suites sleep up to 4, while the villa sleeps 6. A few suites include private outdoor jacuzzis or pools. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 28842)

Aperto Suites

Caldera View • This adults-only property has 7 small but beautifully-decorated rooms, all with satellite TV, air-conditioning, and private indoor or outdoor jacuzzi. Soothing organic décor, complimentary patio breakfast.
(Hotel phone: +30 22860 36100)

Archontiko Santorini

Caldera View • Three split-level, self-catered suites with bedrooms upstairs and living areas, bathrooms, kitchenettes below. Rooms are newly renovated and beautifully furnished. Shared rooftop terrace. Daily breakfast available. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 24367)

Aressana Spa Hotel and Suites

This modern artsy boutique hotel has a lovely mosaic swimming pool with pool bar and curtained divans. Great spa with wellness lounge: interior hot tub, steam room, and thermal relaxing beds. Sky Suite features a retractable roof. Located directly across from the Atlantis but doesn’t have caldera views. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 23900)

Aria Suites and Villas

Caldera View • Small luxury boutique hotel; 6 beautifully-appointed suites and 4 villas feature spacious rooms with balconies and fridges. Villas feature private terrace jacuzzis, with rooftop view jacuzzi for shared use at sunset. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 28650)

Athina Luxury Suites

Caldera View • Boutique, luxury hotel with spacious suites for up to 4 or 6, a caldera-view pool, and gourmet Mediterranean restaurant. A complimentary, a la carte breakfast is included in the rates and delivered to each suite daily. Perks include 24-hour room service and babysitting on request. Hands-on owners and a friendly, attentive staff are major highlights here. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 24910)

Celestia Grand

Caldera View • A glamorous collection of luxury villas with kitchenettes, spacious terraces, private heated pools, and direct sunset views. All villas have indoor jacuzzi tubs; some add outdoor hot tubs. 5-star perks include airport and port transfer, an all-day shuttle to Fira, and daily breakfast delivery. Celestia Grand sits on the caldera in Mesaria, about 2 km south of Fira, easy to access by car or bus but removed from the crowds. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 25900)

Cori Rigas Suites

Caldera View • 12 traditionally-decorated suites sleep up to 5 guests, some have private terraces and jacuzzis. Facilities also include an amazing cave-like outdoor pool, shared rooftop terrace, and gallery café. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 25251)

Cosmopolitan Suites

Caldera View • Luxury, boutique hotel with expansive caldera sunset views and a cliffside infinity pool. Suites and the villa are stylish and service is warm and attentive. Greal location in the heart of Fira near the cable car to the Old Port. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 25632)

De Sol Spa Hotel

Family-friendly, luxury hotel with a large free-form pool, kids’ pool, playground, and a holistic spa. Rooms and suites all offer private balconies, while suites and 1 to 2-bedroom villas add private pools and/or jacuzzis. Some rooms offer sunrise Aegean Sea views, though none face the caldera. De Sol is one of only a handful of hotels open year-round. Located at the south end of Fira, about 2 km from the nightlife, dining, and attractions of the village. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 36900)

Enigma Apartments and Suites

Caldera View • Family-friendly, luxury hotel in the Fira caldera offering spacious suites, studios, and apartments for up to 6, all with kitchenettes and private terraces, half with outdoor private jacuzzis, and some with loft bedrooms. Its excellent cafe is a popular spot for sunset cocktails, which can be enjoyed on the shared terrace or on your private balcony through room service. Hotel phone: +30 22860 24024

El Greco Resort & Spa

Luxury hotel on the road south of Fira but still walking distance to town. Good value because it doesn’t have direct caldera views. Beautiful grounds with four swimming pools and spa. Guest rooms have marble bathrooms and private balconies. Family loft suites sleep 4. On-site restaurant, café, and pool bar. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 24946)

Iriana Apartments

Caldera View • Traditionally decorated rooms (simple, nothing fancy), onsite bar/café. Double and triple rooms come with fridges and view balconies. Cave Apartments have kitchen, living room or dining room, and balcony jacuzzis, and can sleep up to 5. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22006)

Kalisti Hotel & Suites

Modern hotel on Fira’s main street (lots of traffic out the front door). Fresh and elegant rooms all have a balcony or terrace. Beautiful outdoor pool with hot tub and poolside bar. Great breakfast buffet. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22317)

Kamares Apartments

Caldera View • Traditional cave-style and whitewashed apartments feature air-conditioning, kitchenettes, and private terraces – all but standard rooms have outdoor jacuzzis. Spacious living areas. Triple and Quatre apartments accommodate up to four guests. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 28110)

Kastro Suites

Caldera View • Fresh, breezy blue and white décor in 7 suites that sleep 2-7 guests. There’s a shared sun deck with a plunge pool, and daily continental breakfast is served in the rooftop café/bar. Adjacent to the donkey trail and cable car. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 25730)

Kavalari Hotel

Caldera View • Onetime captain’s house; now 18 traditional rooms and suites with old world décor and vibe. No proper pool, but there’s a small jacuzzi in the shared courtyard terrace. The cave apartment sleeps four and has a kitchenette. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22455)

Keti Hotel

Caldera View • Recently renovated rooms feature traditional architecture and modern furnishings; some have private balconies, King suite has a private outdoor jacuzzi. Free breakfast buffet and shared sun terrace with plunge pool. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22324)

Lava Suites & Lounge

Caldera View • Quiet hotel on the footpath heading north towards Firostefani. 7 spacious rooms and suites all have original architecture and kitchenettes; some have loft beds. Shared terrace with plunge pool overlooks the sea. Rooftop lounge. Master suite has a private jacuzzi. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 23157)

Lilium Hotel Santorini

Caldera View • Boutique, luxury hotel with an infninty pool, spa, Mediterranean restaurant, and stunning caldera sunset views from every room and throughout the property. Rooms and suites are spacious and tastefully appointed, many with private jacuzzis or pools. Located in South Fira/Mesaria, about 2 km from the heart of the village within easy busing or driving distance. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 25333)

Loizos Stylish Residences

Modern, minimalist designed rooms, apartments, and suites; some with private balconies. Apartments have kitchenettes, and the Honeymoon Suite has a private indoor jacuzzi. Junior Suite is laid out over two floors Pool area is small, but beautiful. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 24046)

Modernity Suites

Caldera View • Four chic and elegant suites, all with modern décor and private balcony jacuzzis. Superior Suites sleep up to 4 guests, with living rooms and walk-in closets. Complimentary breakfast served privately in your room. Friendly staff. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 36411)

Nefeles Luxury Suites

Caldera View • This boutique suite hotel features old world furnishings and traditional architecture. Generally spacious suites have marble bathrooms and private balconies. Grand family suite sleeps 5. Small cave swimming pool and rooftop jacuzzi. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 28555)

Nonis Apartments

Caldera View • Family owned hotel with traditionally-decorated standard double rooms, cave-style suites, and two-bedroom apartments. Air conditioned and self-catered. Rooftop Honeymoon Suite features a large private terrace. Shared pool and outdoor jacuzzi. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 25269)

Oasis Hotel

Spacious, brand new accommodations in the town center. No frills, but clean and comfortable with fresh, modern décor. All rooms have private balconies, suites sleep 4. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22601)

Panorama Studios and Suites

Caldera View • Traditional property with lovely pool terrace and rooftop lounge/cocktail bar. All accommodations – from standard studio to the 90 sq. meter 3 bedroom, 2 bath Villa – have kitchenettes and balconies. Hotel phone: +30 22860 25750

Pantelia Suites

Caldera View • Six luxury suites in a beautifully reconstructed traditional Greek home, all featuring private balconies (where breakfast is served daily) and kitchenettes. Exclusive suite has two bedrooms. Small pool. Very few stairs to access hotel. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 28941)

Pelican Hotel

Clean and comfortable rooms sleep up to 3 guests in the heart of Fira’s town square. Rooms are equipped with fridges, air-conditioning, good wi-fi reception, and bathtubs. Garden courtyard restaurant. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 23114)

Petini’s Place Guest House

Clean and simply furnished rooms in the busy center of Fira; all with double beds, air conditioning, and fridges. Shared sun deck. Steps from clubs and nightlife. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22157)

Petit Palace Luxury Suites

Caldera View • Romantic, boutique hotel on the caldera with a pool, cliffside massage, and an elevator (rare in Santorini). Popular with couples, most suites here are designed just for 2, some with round beds, a few with private pools, and all with private terraces. Located in Mesaria, about 2 km south of Fira, removed from the crowds but easy to access by bus or driving. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 23944)

Porto Fira Suites

Caldera View • Spacious traditional suites with modern décor and king-sized beds. Marble bathrooms have jacuzzis or rain showers. Cave-style infinity pool features shaded areas. Rooftop terrace bar. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22849)

San Giorgio Villas

Clean and comfortable rooms within close walking distance to the caldera and main square. Each room has tiled floors, modern furnishings, small balconies. Guests have access to a shared pool and sun terrace next door. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 23516)

Scirocco Apartments

Caldera View • Charming traditional property with shared breakfast terrace and swimming pool. All 17 modern or cave-style rooms have private balconies. Cave houses and some apartments sleep up to 5 guests and have kitchenettes. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22855)

Sofi Rooms

Caldera View • Small, family-run hotel is a good bargain with great views. Just 5 rooms; all are clean and comfortable (if not large or luxurious) and feature air-conditioning, fridges, and wi-fi. Shared terrace overlooking the volcano. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22405)

Hotel Thireas

Caldera View • Modern, beautifully decorated rooms with private balconies and (mostly) great views. Large sundeck with pool overlooks the sea. Family cave suite is roomy and sleeps 4, but is lacking in views. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 25292)

Trieris Villa & Suites

Caldera View • Fresh and modern boutique right on the Caldera. Villa has 3 bedrooms, each with en-suite bath. Honeymoon suite features cave architecture. All have private balconies, views, and jacuzzis. Shared pool. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 23831)

Tzekos Villas

Caldera View • Charming cliffside boutique hotel with spacious rooms (some with loft beds) and chic, minimalist décor. Lovely pool area with pool bar serving drinks and snacks. All guest rooms have balconies – junior suites have private jacuzzis. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22755)

Villa Rose

Good value, family-run studios and apartments that sleep 2-4, located minutes from the caldera and central square. All units have balconies and fridges; the 2 bedroom apartment has a kitchenette. Shared outdoor pool and hot tub. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22020)

Volcano View Hotel

Caldera View • 5-star hotel with 3 dazzling pools, a cliffside massage cabana, and caldera sunset views. One of the larger hotels in Santorini, Volcano View offers a wide range of rooms and suites with up to 2 bedrooms; all rooms include private balconies or terraces. The hotel features a Greek restaurant, pool bar, and complimentary breakfast buffet. Onsite entertainment includes a weekly Greek night, wine tasting, and piano night. Located about 2km south of Fira, the hotel offers a free shuttle into town several times a day. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 24780)

Staying in Fira – Things To Know

Fira Center.

The main walking street in central Fira.

Fira cheap restaurants.

Cheap restaurants in the main square of Fira. The Crepe House (to the right) has tasty Nutellla crepes but I’d give the other places a pass.

Fira main square and restaurants.

The main square/main street in Fira. Most restaurants here are not great with two exceptions Lucky’s Gyros and Mama’s House.

Best gyros in Fira.

Lucky’s Gyros in Fira. Great cheap food.

Good Greek Italian restaurant in Santorini.

Mama’s House in Fira. Fantastic Greek and Italian food in Fira.

Best restaurant near hotels in Fira.

The best restaurant in Fira – Ouzeri. Nothing fancy and no view but wonderful Greek comfort food.

Greek restaurants with view in Fira.

Great views and inexpensive traditional Greek food at Naoussa in Fira.

Best Fira restaurant with caldera volcano views.

Argo – The best restaurant with caldera views in Fira.

Fira quiet restaurant.

Ellis Tavern in the south end of Fira. If you need a quiet restaurant away from the crowds this is a good choice. It’s the sister restaurant to Naoussa. Ellis is higher end dining with higher prices. Naoussa is more traditional Greek food.

Fira traditional food.

Nikolas Taverna – Good traditional Greek food in Fira.

Fira gelato.

Zotos on the main caldera path – The best gelato in Fira.

Fira dessert.

Loukoumades – Greek honey balls- with Nutella and ice cream. The best dessert in Fira at Theoni’s Kitchen.

Fira fish eat.

Fish spa in Fira. A fun experience if you haven’t tried it before.

Fira shops.

Shops and shopping on one of the alleys through Fira.

Fira breakfast.

Most mid-range and above hotels will offer free breakfast. If you have a room with a view it will usually be served on your front terrace.

Aria Villas in Fira.

My favorite place to stay in Fira – the brand new villas at Aria Suites.

Fira cheap hotels.

Cheap hotels are located back from the caldera on the streets leading east from the town square. Most are a short walk to shops, restaurants, and caldera views.

Fira bakery.

A good bakery on Fira’s main road.

Fira jazz bar.

The Kira Thira Jazz Bar. The coolest bar in Fira.

Hip Jazz bar in Fira, Santorini.

The entrance to Kira Thira Jazz Bar.

Fira Tropical Bar.

My favorite bar in Fira: Tropical. Incredible views and a fun vibe. Rock n Roll and alternative music is the norm.

Fira sunset bars.

Down below at Franco’s they play classical music and it has more of a wine-bar feel.

Fira sunset views.

The view from Tropical looking north west towards the sunset. Franco’s Bar is down below.

Fira wine bar.

If you want to sample a wide range of Santorini wines go to the Assytrico wine bar on the caldera path in Fira. Nicely shaded when it’s super hot.

Wine bar in Fira, Santorini.

Good wine and greek food at Assyrtico.

Fira Koo Club.

Koo Club is the place for late night dancing.

Dance club with DJ in Fira.

Enigma is the other dance club in Fira. More trendy, more attitude, and feels more like a club than the more relaxed atmosphere at Koo.

Fira Two Brothers Bar.

Two Brothers Bar in Fira. Crazy friendly fun.

Fira party bar.

Inside of Two Brothers.

Fira Murphy's Bar.

Murphy’s Bar in Fira. It certainly has its shortcomings (high prices and unfriendly staff) but it does attract a big boisterous crowd and you’ll probably end up here at some point (especially if you visit in the low season).

Fira beer and wine.

Beer and wine at a souvlaki shop Fira.

Fira museum.

The Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira. It’s small but definitely worth a visit (especially if you’ve already been to Akrotiri).

Fira volcano view.

The view from Fira looking out towards the volcano – the island in the middle of the caldera.

Fira cable car.

Cable Car from the Old Port to Fira Town.

Fira Old Port.

The Old Port below Fira. Not a lot here but worth the walk down (and cable car back up).

Fira stairs.

Stairs from Fira to Old Port.

Fira cable car line.

Line for Fira cable car. The cable car is mainly used by cruise ship passengers. They come up in the morning and go down in the late afternoon/early evening. If you walk down in the afternoon you’ll likely have no lineups for the ride back up.

Opening times for Santorini Cable Car.

Opening times for Cable Car. Roughly 6:30am to 11pm.

Cable car prices in Santorini.

Cable car prices. No return tickets, only one-way tickets. (i.e. For a round trip you need to buy two one-way tickets which will be 10€ for an adult and 5€ for a child.)

Fira water view.

Looking down on the Old Port from a hotel in Fira.

Fira View.

View of Thirassia and the volcano (to the left).

Fira view hotel.

Fira view from hotel looking north towards Imerovigli and Oia.

Fira swim suites and bikinis.

The Hondos Center has a wide selection of swim and bathing suites.

Fira toiletries.

Toiletries and cosmetics are widely available in Fira. The Hondos Center has the largest selection.

Fira coffeee.

The Pure – Best Coffee in Fira.

Fira movies.

Advertisement for movies playing at the Open Air Cinema in Kamari (about a 20 minute drive from Fira).

Fira jewelry.

Jewelry shopping in Fira.

Fira shopping.

Shopping in Fira.

Fira square caldera.

Fira square on the caldera. Looking south.

Fira square.

Fira main square on the caldera. Looking north.

Fira view.

View looking north with Fira on the right and Imerovigli and Oia in the distance.

Fira bus schedule.

Posted bus schedule at Fira bus station.

Fira Taxis.

Taxi stand in Fira. Right beside the bus station.

Ferry ticket pick up in Santorini.

If you made online reservations for a Sea Jet or Hellenic ferry you pick them up at Nomikos Travel in Fira.

Ferry ticket pickup in Fira, Santorini.

If you made online reservations for a Blue Star ferry you pick them up at Nomikos Travel in Fira.

Fira Market

Small fish and vegetable market on Fira’s main street.

Fira donkeys.

Donkeys on Fira’s main roads.

Car rental companies in Fira.

There are lots of places to rent a car in Fira. Walk north on the main road and you’ll quickly find a half-dozen car rental companies.

Fira parking.

Best place to park in Fira. Parking can be hard to find if you’re here between June and September. But you’ll just about always be able to find a spot at the parking lot beside Hotel Nemesis on the road leading south out of Fira. All parking in Fira is free.

Fira sidewalk to hotels.

The sidewalk south of town. If you stay at Nemesis or south of there you’ll be outside of central Fira. The sidewalk is good along this stretch but it is a busy road and there’s no shade. After Nemesis is Astir Thira, Philippion Boutique Hotel, El Greco, and then Majestic. None of these hotels have caldera views but they are generally good value for what you get.

Fira El Greco Hotel.

El Greco hotel looking north towards Fira. From El Greco to Fira is about a 10 minute walk.

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  1. Pantelia Suites in Fira

    We are traveling to Santorini in May for 3 nights and chose Pantelia Suites, caldera view suite via your site. I hope it’s worth the money. Your thoughts, please?

    BTW, what a fantastic site and informative site. Really going to recommend this to my friends and family.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Great choice steps from the center of town but down an alleyway from the busy area. Naoussa restaurant is right next door (recommended).

  2. Good Mid-Range Hotel in Fira

    Hi Dave,

    I hope you can help. My boyfriend and I are going to a wedding at Kamari this August. As it’s peak season and we are only now just booking, flights and accommodation will be expensive. We are flying from Manchester so flight should be max £300 however I’m trying to decide which hotel to stay at? Our budget would be £1000 for two for 5 nights. We’ve decided on Fira as it’s more affordable than Oia. Have you got any suggestions – I do want views but if I can get accommodation which is very nice and much cheaper without the views I’d likely consider that. I’m also doing my own research but thought I’d ask you as your site is very thorough.

    Thank you in advance!


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Hotel Kavalari is nice with good views and often has rates that might be within your budget.

  3. Santorini Hotel Room with Not Too Many Steps

    Hi Dave, your website is huge wealth of info! We are thinking of staying in either Heliotopos or Callia Caves around 4th week of November. My queries are 1. Are there too many steps to walk up and down in these two places? (my wife has a knee problem – not severe though) 2. Which one of these two best located for Caldera/sunset view with private terrace?
    Are there any other hotels/apartments (with a small kitchenette) you recommend for three people?
    Appreciate your advice.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Heliotopos in Imerovigli has the better sunset and caldera view. There are plenty of steps – some rooms have far more, some rooms not too many. Room 21 is right next to the reception level (about 30 steps from the road/parking area above). Rooms 22-23 (cave rooms) and room 26 (suite) have an additional 10 steps. Room 21 is a family studio and sleeps up to 4. Room 22 also an extra bed, as well as in 26.

  4. Fira Hotel with Kitchen

    Hi. Can you recommend a hotel in Fira with a kitchen? And also a view if possible, but the kitchen is more important.

    Thanks – Paul.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Few hotels in Fira have kitchens but take a look at Nonis Apartments and Kamares Apartments. They don’t have full kitchens where you’ll be able to cook dinner but they do have kitchenettes and kitchenware to make simple breakfasts and lunches.

  5. Aigialos Suites in Santorini

    Aigialos Suites.
    You have an awesome knowlege of Santorini. We have booked 7 nights at the Aigialos suites. Is it possible to tell me if I have made the correct choice?

    Charmaine Carter

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Aigialos is wonderful. A quiet spot at the south end of Fira (and down some steps) that is close to everything but without the crowds milling about the entrance like you can get at some of the more central hotels. The pool is tiny (more like a plunge pool) with very little lounging area – so don’t stay here for a pool scene – but otherwise a great choice.

  6. Aressana or El Greco

    We are planning a holiday to Santorini in early September and I can’t decide where to book. I really like the look of the Aressana but also have been looking at El Greco. Is the Aressanna really worth the extra cost? Also we like to spend some of our holiday relaxing by a pool and now worried about the Aressana as the pool looks quite small and I saw that there is a sister hotel without a pool and they can also use can also use it.

    Marina Wiley

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I would go with Aressana as it’s located right in the heart of Fira – steps from shops, restaurants, and great views. El Greco is still walking distance to Fira (so not a terrible location) but it’s out on a busy road to the port that doesn’t have much character. The pool is nicer at the El Greco, so if that’s an absolute priority then it’s a good choice. That said, the pool at Aressana is pretty big by Santorini standards (often just a plunge pool). Neither hotel is right on the caldera with views.

  7. Theoxenia Hotel in Fira

    We are planning a trip to Santorini in April. We would like to book at Theoxenia Hotel Santorini. Is this a good place to stay? We did not see any information regarding this establishment in your reviews. Any insights you could give us would be appreciated.
    Patresa (Pat) Premick

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      A very nice hotel smack in the middle of Fira. Close to everything (shops, restaurants, bus station). It doesn’t have a pool but you can use the pool at sister hotel Aressana which is a 3 minute south. Theoxenia is one of the few hotels that you can access without a lot of steps as it’s right at the top of the caldera. It is slightly back from the edge of the caldera (the opposite side of the lane) so while views are still very good it’s not quite like being at the very edge with nothing out in front of you.

  8. Asteras Villas in Fira

    Hi Dave,

    Do you have any comments on Asteras Villas? The website looked great, but I haven’t read anything about it on your website.

    Thank you!


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Very nice place in central Fira. Down the hill below Atlantis. Lots of steps up and down. Great views.

  9. Anatoli Hotel in Fira

    We are going to Santorini the first few days of June and have booked a room at the Anatoli Hotel in Fira. Is that a good choice? We are not nightclub types.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Nice hotel with good pool and deck but it is a 12 minute walk to town with lots of hills. Nothing much close to it.

  10. Hotels in Fira

    Love the website. Sounds like Fira is the place we want to be.

    I have brought our list down to four hotels. Which one do you think is the best place to stay?

    Petit Palace, Mill House, Majestic, or Volcano View.

    Thanks so much for your input,

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Those are all fine hotels but none of them are in Fira. Mill House in Firostefani (a 15 minute walk to Fira). The rest are south of Fira without much nearby. Majestic is a 10 minute walk from Fira (on the opposite side of the road from the caldera, so no views). Volcano View is a good 20 minute walk from Fira. Petit Palace is a 25 minute walk to Fira and the most luxurious of the 4 hotels you enquired about.

  11. Fira in August

    What an awesome page, very informative! THANK YOU.

    My best mate and I are staying in Santorini for a week in mid August. Reading your site…Fira sounds like the place to stay.

    We’re both single, love restaurants, nightlife, sun baking, and shopping. Can you please suggest and/or confirm town we should stay and nice hotel with a pool?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Fira is a great choice with many restaurants, clubs, and shops. Aria Suites is my favorite hotel in Fira – beautiful suites, nice pool.

  12. Keti or Kavalari Hotel in Fira

    Hi Dave,

    I’m staying in Santorini for one night on 26th October, and i’m having trouble decide between Hotel Keti and Kavalari Hotel. Which one is better? (in terms of views, less steps, room quality) Or would something like Oia Mare Villas in Oia be better? (My friends preference).

    Many thanks,

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Keti is the nicer hotel and more luxurious suites. Kavalari has fewer steps (but still plenty) – Keti is on the lower footpath and thus is farther down the cliff. Both have wonderful views. Keti has more privacy.

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