Fira Hotels – The 2018 Guide

Updated: October 9, 2017

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Fira is the largest town on Santorini and the hub of the island’s bus service (making it easy to get to almost any other town). Fira has the most shopping and nightlife in Santorini. It can get busy 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).

Cosmopolitan Suites in Fira.

View of volcano from Cosmopolitan Suites in Fira.

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)
  • Aria Suites – 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. (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 2286-028842)
  • Aigialos Luxury Traditional Houses – Large rooms with private balconies. Incredible views of the water and volcano. Located very close to the center of Fira. (Hotel phone: +30 2286-025191)
  • Kavalari Hotel – The best “cheap” hotel in Fira with caldera view. Not as luxurious as the other 4 hotels but so affordable it’s one of my favorites. Central location, incredible views, simple clean rooms. (Hotel phone: +30 2286-022455)

Best Luxury Hotel in Fira
Aria Suites

Best Honeymoon Hotel in Fira
Cosmopolitan Suites Hotel

Hotel with Best View in Fira
Keti Hotel (king suite with whirlpool)

Best Budget Hotel in Fira
San Giorgio

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 2286 025191

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 2286 036100

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 21 0431 2512

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 2286 023900

Aria Suites

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 2286 028650

Astir Thira Hotel

Charming, family-run budget hotel near Fira town with old-world style and a nice pool area. Comfortable double or triple rooms, some with balconies and partial volcano views. Family rooms sleep 4.
Hotel phone: +30 2286 022585

Athina Luxury Suites

Caldera View • Nine luxurious suites 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

Hotel Atlantis

Caldera View • Bright and airy 4-star with balcony rooms (volcano view rooms look towards the caldera, village view rooms look towards the street). Breakfast is complimentary, and served all day. Small semi-covered swimming pool offers sun, shade, and limited views. Exceptional service. Somewhat noisy at night. Location is so central the Atlantis is often a meeting point for groups.
Hotel phone: +30 2286 022232

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 2286 025251

Daedalus Hotel

Budget hotel (for Santorini), just down the street from the main square. Double rooms and suites can sleep up to 4, all with small balconies. Landscaped grounds include a big pool area with sunbeds and pool bar service. Breakfast included.
Hotel phone: +30 2286 022834

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 2286 024946

Golden Star

Central Fira hotel with large outdoor pool and sun deck. 24 double or triple rooms, all with balconies and fridges. The furniture is dated and wifi unreliable, but the staff is friendly.
Hotel phone: +30 2286 023191

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 2286 022006

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 2286 022317

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 2286 028110

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 2286 025730

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 2286 022455

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 2286 022324

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 2286 023157

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 2286 024046

Loucas Hotel

Caldera View • A central location and great views compete with tired furnishings, unreliable wi-fi, and mediocre breakfasts. Facilities include an onsite restaurant and cocktail bar, swimming pool, and shared outdoor jacuzzi.
Hotel phone: +30 2286 022480

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 2286 036411

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 2286 028555

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 2286 025269

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 2286 022601

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 2286 025750

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.
Hotel phone: +30 2286 028941

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 2286 023114

Pension Petros

Colorful, family-run hotel with old world furnishings, located near the town square. Guests share a small sun deck and covered pool. Rooms are comfortable, with fridges and air-conditioning. Wi-fi is provided, but spotty.
Hotel phone: +30 2286 022573

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 2286 022157

Philippion Boutique Hotel

Great budget option walking distance to town. Clean and spacious rooms have built-in beds and balconies. Some have two bedrooms. Nice pool with sun chairs and bar service. On-site restaurant and bar.
Hotel phone +30 2286 025590

Porto Carra

Caldera View • Nothing fancy, but friendly and simple accommodations, offering double and triple rooms with a beachy vibe. Facilities are sparse: sun terrace and cocktail/coffee/snack bar. Adjacent to the donkey trail with great caldera views.
Hotel phone: +30 2286 022979

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 2286 022849

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 2286 023516

Santorini Reflexions Volcano

Caldera View • Basic, clean, and spacious accommodations on the Caldera. Most rooms have private balconies, some have views. (Avoid Room 1.) Indoor cave pool with jacuzzi; shared sundeck overlooks the sea.
Hotel phone: +30 2286 024270

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 2286 022855

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 2286 022405

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 2286 025292

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 2286 023831

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 2286 022755

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 2286 022020

Villa Soula

Cheap hotel located a short walk from central Fira. Rooms are traditionally furnished and sleep 1-4. Covered outdoor pool and lounge. Rooms are clean and comfortable, but light sleepers beware: walls are thin.
Hotel phone: +30 2286 023473

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.



64 Questions and Comments

  1. 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.
    Karan
    Muscat

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      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.

  2. 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 DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      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.

  3. 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 DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      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.

  4. 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 DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      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.

  5. Theoxenia Hotel in Fira

    We are planning a trip to Santorini in April 2016. 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 DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      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.

  6. 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!

    Elizabeth

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

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

  7. Anatoli Hotel in Fira

    We are going to Santorini the first few days of June 2016 and have booked a room at the Anatoli Hotel in Fira. Is that a good choice? We are not nightclub types.
    Irene

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      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.

  8. 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,
    Justin

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      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.

  9. Fira in August

    What an awesome page, very informative! THANKYOU.

    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 🙂
    Nicola

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

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

  10. 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,
    Shirley

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      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.

  11. Absolute Bliss or Anteliz Suites

    Thank you so much for the wealth of information!

    My wife and I are coming for our honeymoon and can’t decide between Absolute Bliss and Anteliz Suites. Any thoughts on if one is better?

    Thanks,
    John

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Absolute Bliss is nicer and has way more privacy. Choose Anteliz Suites if you want to be closer to Fira’s nightlife and shops. Absolute Bliss is a 25 minute walk from Fira. Anteliz is less than 10.

  12. Oia Sunset Villas

    Thanks for all the information. If you are ever in Seattle and need recommendations…

    We are traveling at the end of October and have booked at the Sunset Villas in Oia. Have you heard any feedback about their villas? Is it walkable to the shops and restaurants in Oia and Ammoudi Bay? Also, I want to explore the whole island…at the end of October would you rent a car or an ATV?

    Thanks again!
    Autumn

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Oia Sunet Villas are nice and good value. But they do not have a very good location and do not have views of the caldera (the views look north towards Ios and have views of the sea and the fields below the villas). They are not far from Oia, distance wise, but the walk between them and Oia is down a dusty road and not all that pleasant. No big deal if you have a rental car and there is lots of parking unlike in Oia. There no shops or restaurants nearby. Amoudi is the same, not far on a map but it’s not a walk that you’d really enjoy. FYI, it’s my opinion that almost all of the reviews written on Tripadvisor about Oia Sunset Villas are fake.

      I much prefer and recommend a car over an ATV (more pleasant and much safer).

  13. Nonis Apartmens in Fira

    Hi Dave..

    We are looking at staying in the Nonis Apartments in Fira towards the end of June next year. Are they ok? We want somewhere with a pool and sea view.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It is a nice 3.5 star hotel. Small pool, great views, 5 minute walk to central Fira.

  14. West East Resort in Santorini

    Dave – have whittled selection down to 2 hotels: West East and the Vasilicos. Both are pretty new and therefore don’t have much of a track record on booking websites. Are you able to shed any light on them or give a view as to which one you’d go for?

    Thanks very much,

    Jamie Dunnett

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I don’t know Vasilicos but did tour West East Resort a few weeks back and it’s great. Beautiful pool and view. Pool suites are very cool. It’s a “modern-style” hotel not the traditional cave suites that spill down the cliffside in the other caldera towns. West East Resort is located about a 15 minute walk to the restaurants of Imerovigli.

  15. Enigma Suites in Fira

    We will be in Santorini Oct 17-19th. Before I saw your website, I booked a room at Hotel Enigma in Fira. I cannot tell if there is a good view or where exactly it is. What are your thoughts on this property? Thanks!
    Jody Strain

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      A small hotel (8 suites) right in the heart of Fira. The entrance is off the main strip and descends from there. Lots of steps to the lower suites. Great views.

  16. Oia or Fira in Late October

    Hi Dave,

    Me and my boyfriend are travelling to Santorini on 24th October of this year. We are currently torn between staying in Oia or Fira. We enjoy eating at nice restaurants, exploring winding streets and shops and occasionally going out for a drink. We had originally thought Oia would be best but we are a little bit worried that it will be too quiet at this time of year. Can you shed any light on which would be better or are they very similar?

    Many thanks 🙂
    Lizzie

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      They are very different towns. Considering what you’re after I would recommend Oia. It stays pretty busy until early November when the cruise ship traffic stops.

  17. Winter in Fira

    Hi Dave,

    My friend and I are looking to spend some time in late December early January on Santorini. I am leaning towards Fira, but are there better place in light of the time of year we are going?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Fira is where you want to be if you visit Santorini between late November and early March. It’s the only town with a pulse during winter.

  18. Petit Palace in Fira

    Hi Dave, great site 🙂 am going to Santorini in August and all the hotels you recommended are booked so I have booked the Petit Palace as looks and sounds nice! Do you know of it? Is it ok? Thanks Natalie 🙂

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It’s a nice hotel but a long way out of Fira with not much around it. It’s at least a 20 minute walk into town. There’s also a free shuttle and a bus that goes right by the hotel.

  19. West East Suites in Santorini

    Hi Dave,
    Looking at a new hotel on booking.com that is West East Suites.
    Any insider knowledge on it at all?
    thanks
    Andy

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I do not know this hotel but by the looks of it appears to be located about an 8 to 10 minute walk north of Imerovigli. So, a little isolated but still walking distance from restaurants in Imerovigli. It does have views of the caldera.

  20. Most Hotels are Fully Booked – Location of Gianna Suites

    Hi Dave,

    Great site! Checked out some of the hotels mentioned in the comments of other readers and most are fully booked on the dates we will be in Santorini. I found a bed and breakfast, Villa Gianna, what are your thoughts on this bed and breakfast and its location to the center of Fira?

    Thank you.

    Maia

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It is not located in Fira (as some maps show). It’s a 15 minute walk to central Fira with not much around it. The walk directly into Fira is not great, it’s better to walk up the hill (towards the caldera) to Firostefani and then walk into town along the caldera path. (This does mean you have to go up a significant hill but makes for a more pleasant walk). It’s not a bad location if you have a rental car as parking is easy to be found here. There are no views of the caldera from Gianna. This map of Gianna Suites shows the correct location.

  21. Sunset Dinner Cruise on Santorini

    Hi Dave, great post, got a lot of useful tips!
    I will be in Santorni for 1 day only the end of this month and wanted to know if you reccomend a “sunset dinner cruise” which takes goes to the volcano hot springs and Thirisia… 4 hour duration…. Then I was as planning on heading the Fira in the evening…. Thoughts?
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      These are fine but with only 1 night I would spend it wandering around Fira or Oia not on a boat.

  22. 2 Days on Santorini – Worth it?

    Hi Dave. Great site! Loads to read! I’m really amazed at finding such a great source of information! I’ll def be back to read more. Just quick question for my trip. I’m going for a business trip to Athens during end of May, and since I’m already in Greece, I was thinking of doing my own personal trip to Santorini. However I’ll be travelling solo and I’ll be limited to just a day and a half. My work trip ends at around 7PM on a Saturday, and I’d need to be back at the Athens airport by 9PM on the following Monday. Do you think it’s worth it to go to make a trip or should I just stay in Athens?

    Thank you so much!
    Evelyn

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The last flight on Saturday from Athens to Santorini leaves at 9:35pm so you should be able to make that. You could be at your hotel by 11pm (with a little luck) and even have time for a late evening meal looking out on the caldera. You’d have a full day Saturday and a good portion of Sunday. I’d go for it.

  23. Hotels are Fully Booked in Fira

    hi Dave,
    We are travelling to santorini on June 22 – June 25 2015, (A family of 3 people)
    Can you suggest some good hotels ( about 100-250 pounds for 3 days ) in town centre.
    All the rooms seemed to be booked 🙁
    We have already booked air tickets to santorini and finding it hard to find rooms.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      If you’re having trouble finding hotels then search booking.com for available rooms. Use the filters to select for price range.

  24. Anamnesis Apartments

    Hi Dave, I am planning to visit in May and was looking at the Anamnesis Spa Luxury Apartments – we are not too fussed about a great view, just want something affordable, clean and close or central to the main shopping/restaurants in Fira. Wondered if you knew anything about this accommodation and whether it would fit what we are looking for?

    Our flight is likely to arrive quite late from Athens (10/11pm) and I noticed that a lot of hotels don’t have late check-in times. Will this be an issue for us or will most still be able to check us in if we contact the hotel in advance to let them know when we are arriving?

    Thank you
    Helen

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Anamnesis is a 5 minute walk to central Fira, the bus station, and views of the caldera. Late checkin is usually not a problem but I would send an email before arrival notifying them of your late arrival.

  25. Costa Marina Villas in Fira

    Hii,
    I will be visiting santorini by end of may with my husband this year, we have booked hotel Costa Marina in Fira can you please tell me are all the tourist spots nearby.
    Ankita

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Costa Marina is a good budget hotel but does not have caldera views. It’s a short walk to central Fira and views of the caldera. The Museum of Prehistoric Thera is a 5 minute walk as is the bus station which is the hub to go to all corners of the island.

  26. Hotel Ira vs Villa Ilias

    Great site Dave. Very informative!
    We will be in Santorini in July for a wedding. My friends have booked their hotel and we are having a hard time deciding where to book ours. Bride and Groom are staying at the Vedema Resort, one couple at the Grand View and another at Aria Lito Mansion. We were thinking of Villa Ilias or Ira Hotel. We would like to have the caldera views and be walking distance to Fira for the restaurants and shops. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Hotel Ira and Villa Ilias are very close to each other in Firostefani. They’re about a 15 minute walk to central Fira. Both hotels are nice with good views (but depending on room). Hotel Ira has more steps to access and is slightly more upscale.

  27. Split Time between Fira and Oia?

    Hey Dave,

    My husband and I our starting to plan our honeymoon. I have been to Santorini before and had the time of my life! Cant wait to go back with him… We are planning to stay for about a week, would you recommend staying in Fira half the time and then Oia for a few nights? or just take the bus to visit Oia and have dinner a few times? I am open!

    Thanks! Love your site!

    Rachel

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I recommend splitting time between towns (any towns, not just Fira and Oia) – you see another side of a place when you stay there as opposed to just passing through for a few hours. With a week’s time to spend on Santorini you won’t feel rushed so I’d go for it.

  28. Azzurro Suites near Fira

    Hi Dave,

    Do you know anything about Azzurro Suites in Fira? I think it’s a new hotel and I haven’t read any reviews on it yet.

    Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Azzurro Suites is 2 or 3 km south of Fira and a 20 minute walk to Fira’s shops and restaurants. It’s on the caldera side of the road and has views of the caldera. It’s a new hotel and doesn’t have a website yet.

  29. Town with Nice Restaurants and Walks

    Hi Dave, myself and my husband want to visit Santorini in June for my 50th birthday. We want to stay somewhere special which will give us a fantastic view. We like to eat in nice restaurants in the evening and stroll through the small streets. We are not nightclub people but don’t want total seclusion. I have read all your comments about the caldera towns and definitely would prefer this side of the island but there is just so much choice. I like elegance and good service.

    Can you help.

    Thank you so much.

    Carole Paley

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It sounds like you might prefer Oia. Read: best hotels in Oia.

  30. Hotels in Fira

    Dave,

    Your web site is great, and full of tons of useful info. We are planning a trip to the islands and will stop in Fira, and were hoping you could help decide between the following:

    – Anteliz Suites

    – Hotel Villa Renos

    – Cosmopolitan Suites

    – Porto Fira Suites

    Thanks for you advice.

    Chris S.

    1. DaveDave The Guide to Greece

      All of these are nice hotels with great views. Anteliz is “around the corner” and technically in Firostefani not Fira – it gets a lot of foot traffic going by on the path and has the least amount of privacy (at least around the pool). Villa Renos is the most central. Porto Fira is down a lot of steps and removed a bit from central Fira above. Cosmopolitan is the most luxurious. Can’t go wrong with any of them though.

  31. Adamant Suites in Fira

    We have decided to stay in Fira instead than originally Imerovigli due to proximity to restaurants and unavailability of hotel I had chosen before for our April trip (Absolute Bliss). Would you please share your thoughts on Adamant Suites, is it comparable, in terms of amenities. Is the location good? I did not see it in your video.
    Thanks again for taking the time to answer questions. I found yours to be the most helpful site for planning a trip to Santorini.
    Ruth

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Adamant Suites is the sister property of Tzekos Villas (I’ve updated the video links above) and shares the same pool. The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the center of Fira.

  32. Hotel Atlantis Views

    Do all rooms at Hotel Atlantis have views? We need a hotel with very few steps to get to the lobby. How close can a car get to the hotel?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Volcano View rooms have views of the caldera. Village View rooms are on the opposite side of the hotel and don’t have a caldera view. A taxi can pull right up to the front door of the hotel and there are no steps to get to the hotel (though there are steps within the hotel).

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