Grace Santorini – The 2018 Review

Updated: November 6, 2017

  • Grace Santorini is the best hotel in Santorini. The location, the restaurant, the private hot tubs, the service, the suites – everything is 5 star luxury.
  • Grace has incredible caldera and sunset views.
  • The swimming pool is the largest of any hotel on the caldera.
The infinity pool and volcano view at Grace Santorini Resort in Greece. Grace is the most popular hotel for visitors from the United Kingdom and USA.

The view of the caldera from the pool at Grace Santorini Hotel – The best luxury hotel in Santorini.

Review of Grace Santorini

Grace Santorini is the most luxurious hotel on Santorini – great location, incredible views, and 5-star service. It’s located in Imerovigli (my favorite village) which is quiet and relaxing but still has a handful of great places to eat and is an easy walk to the shops, restaurants, and nightlife of Fira. Imerovigli is at the highest point on the Santorini caldera and has the best sunset and caldera views of any town.

Grace Santorini Hotel – Summary

  • Location: Village of Imerovigli – 15 minutes from airport, 25 from ferry port, 5 from Fira, 10 from Oia, 20 from Kamari Beach, 25 from Perissa Beach
  • Ages: Adults only – all guests need to be 14 years old unless staying at the hotel’s private villa
  • View: Great caldera and sunset views
  • Breakfast: Free for all rooms
  • Pool: The largest pool that has a caldera view in Santorini
  • Private Pools: Most rooms have private plunge pools
  • Restaurant: The restaurant at Grace is excellent and has sunset and caldera views
  • Phone: +30 2286 021300
  • Email: [email protected]
  • When To Book: 6 to 10 months in advance
  • How To Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands
  • Rooms: Villa with Private Pool • Two-Bedroom Suite with Plunge Pool • One-Bedroom Suite with Plunge Pool • VIP Suite with Plunge Pool • Superior Suite with Plunge Pool • Honeymoon Suite with Plunge Pool • Junior Suite with Plunge Pool • Junior Suite • Deluxe Double with Plunge Pool • Deluxe Double • Santorini Suite • List of all rooms
  • Best Room: The Honeymoon Suite is the best value room, the Private Villa is the most luxurious
  • Nearby Restaurants: Athenian House (best view, 10 second walk) • Mezzo (best restaurant near Grace, 1 minute walk) • Avocado (wonderful local food and open for lunch, 5 minute walk) • Anogi (5 minute walk)

Video of Grace Santorini

Helpful Stuff

The Suites, Location, and View at Santorini Grace Hotel

Pool and Restaurant with view of caldera and Therassia in Santorini.

The view from Santorini Grace looking west towards Skaros Rock and Thirassia (the island in the distance). To the north (right) is Oia at the tip of Santorini.

Suite with Caldera View at Grace Santorini.

All rooms have been refurbished for summer of 2016. This is a Junior Suite.

Beautifully decorated room at Grace Santorini.

The bed in the Junior Suite.

Huge luxurious bathroom on Santorini.

Large beautiful bathrooms.

Private pool, private patio, and view of caldera at Grace Santorini in Imerovigli.

Private deck with views of the caldera, sunset, and Oia in the distance.

Private pool at Santorini Grace Hotel.

The plunge pools are exactly what they sound like: small pools but not hot tubs.

Private pools at Grace Santorini suites.

Two neighboring suites at Grace Santorini. Like most Santorini hotels along the caldera there’s some privacy but don’t be expecting total seclusion.

View of Skaros Rock and Volcano from Grace Santorini.

View from a private deck.

Suite with private pool and views of volcano and caldera.

The view of Skaros Rock from inside a suite with private plunge pool on the deck. The Deluxe Double Room with Plunge Pool is the cheapest room with a private pool. If cost isn’t a concern then splurge on the Grace One Bedroom Suite with Plunge Pool. Photo: flickr/JohnM

Deluxe room at Grace Santorini.

Beds in Greece are often hard and uncomfortable (for most, I actually love hard beds). But not at Grace, where the beds are super comfy.

Pillow Menu at Santorini Grace Hotel in Imerovigli.

Pillow Menu – Oh yeah!

Private villa with pool and lots of privacy.

The private villa at Grace Santorini. Attached to the hotel but just set off on its own a little bit. Private pool and jacuzzi, private spa (with steam bath), full kitchen, and 2 bedrooms each with king beds. Grace is adults-only but all ages are allowed in the villa.

Steps down to Grace Santorini from Imerovigli town.

Grace does have a lot of stairs (over 200 from most rooms to the town square up above). Hotel staff will help with luggage. If you need a luxury hotel with an elevator (but still great views) look at Canaves and Katikies in Oia.

Pool and restaurant with caldera view at Grace Santorini.

The pool, bar, and restaurants with more seating inside. (Oia is visible in the distance.) It’s open to non-guests and has tables spread around the huge pool with wonderful views of the caldera and sunset.

Bar at Grace Santorini luxury hotel.

The brand new lounge/bar at Santorini Grace.

Room Layout and Dimensions at Grace Santorini.

Layout of Honeymoon Suite at Santorini Grace.

Room Layout and Dimensions at Grace Santorini.

Layout of Grace Suite at Santorini Grace.

Room Layout and Dimensions at Grace Santorini.

Layout of Junior Suite with Private Plunge Pool at Santorini Grace.

Room Layout and Dimensions at Grace Santorini.

Layout of Junior Suite (no pool) at Santorini Grace.

Room Layout and Dimensions at Grace Santorini.

Layout of Private Villa at Santorini Grace.

Room Layout and Dimensions at Grace Santorini.

Layout of Superior Suite at Santorini Grace.

Room Layout and Dimensions at Grace Santorini.

Layout of VIP Suite at Santorini Grace.

Room Layout and Dimensions at Grace Santorini.

Layout of Deluxe Room with Plunge Pool at Santorini Grace.

Room Layout and Dimensions at Grace Santorini.

Layout of Deluxe Room (no pool) at Santorini Grace. The least expensive room at Grace but still beautiful with great views.

Steps down cliff to Grace Santorini, pool, and Skaros Rock.

The stairs in front of Grace leading to Skaros Rock.

Church for wedding photos near Santorini Grace

At the end of those stairs you encounter this little church which is very popular for wedding photos.

View of volcano, Skaros Rock, and Thirassia from Grace Santorini.

View looking out at Skaros Rock. Little church is just to the right.

View of Grace Santorini from above.

Grace from above. Hotels in Imerovigli have the best sunset views on Santorini. It does change depending on the time of year but generally the sun will set in the gap between Thirassia (on the left) and Oia (on the right). While Oia is known for its sunsets very few hotels there have sunset views. The white buildings visible on the tip are actually looking back into the caldera and do not get a direct view of the sun setting into the sea.

View of Santorini Grace swimming pool with caldera in background.

View of Grace from the south (looking north towards Oia). If you look closely you can see the stairs that lead past Grace and towards the little church.

Luxury hotels near Grace Santorini.

Similar view as above but here you can see the pools at Tholos (bottom) and Astra (top) just beyond Grace.

View of Oia from Grace Santorini.

Similar view but a little farther north and the entrance to Grace just ahead (the small set of stairs). This is the footpath that runs from Fira to Imerovigli and then on to Oia. Astra, Tholos, Kapari, and Sophia Suites are all in the clump of buildings visible. Annio Furnished Flats is the white complex with dark blue trim just to the right.

View of caldera and path towards Oia from Grace Santorini.

Continue walking on the path and in 10 minutes you’re out of Imerovigli and walking north to Oia.Visible ahead are the hotels West East Suites, Rocabella Hotel & Spa, and Santorini Princess. You can then see a hill and then another clump of white buildings – these are San Antonio Suites and Aenaon Villas.

View of Imerovigli and Grace Santorini from the north.

The view looking back towards Skaros Rock and Imerovigli from (roughly) the hill I mention above.

View of caldera from Oia

That path leads all the way to Oia (walking it is one of the highlights of a trip to Santorini). Here’s a view from Oia looking back at Imerovigli. You can just make out Skaros Rock.

View of Imerovigli and caldera from Firostefani.

Now let’s go south from Imerovigli. Here’s a view of Skaros Rock from Firostefani – the closest village to Imerovigli as you go south and about a 10 minute walk from Grace. Part of the volcano is visible to the left. Thirassia island is in the center of the photo and Oia a bit to the right.

View of Imerovigli from Belvedere and Homeric Poems hotels in Firostefani.

A little farther south. The View of Imerovigli from the Belvedere and Homeric Poems hotels in Firostefani.

View of Skaros Rock from Fira.

And then a little farther south. This is in the stretch between Firostefani and Fira. This is the same footpath that will eventually pass Grace and lead to Oia.

View of Imerovigli from Fira.

A 20 minute walk south of Imerovigli and you get to Fira, the largest town on Santorini. Imerovigli and Skaros Rock are visible as is Oia in the far distance (to the left).

Good restaurants near Santorini Grace.

A restaurant in Fira looking directly out on the volcano. Fira has the most nightlife and places to eat on Santorini.

Best restaurant near Grace Santorini: Mezzo Restaurant in Imerovigli.

But while Imerovigli doesn’t have a lot of restaurants (only 8 to 12 depending what you include) they are all good and many are great. This is Mezzo, my favorite restaurant in Imerovigli and just up the steps from Grace. (You can see the Grace swimming pool down below.)

Good restaurant near Grace Santorini.

Avocado restaurant in Imerovigli. It’s up in the main part of Imerovigli and doesn’t have views, but the food is absolutely incredible. Avocado is open for lunch and dinner whereas Mezzo is only dinner.

View of Grace Santorini from Kapari.

Kapari Hotel also has a great restaurant (specializing in local food). You can see the pool at the Grace private villa in the distance.

View of Grace Santorini from Sophia Suites.

The view of the volcano from the private jacuzzi (honeymoon suite) at Sophia Suites. Once again, the pool at the Grace private villa is visible.

Luxury hotel just as good as Grace Santorini.

Astra Suites is almost as luxurious as Grace. A good alternative if Grace is fully booked (which often happens).

Good hotel cheaper than Grace Santorini.

Tholos Resort – wonderful hotel with great views. Not as expensive as Grace or Astra.

Great hotel near Grace Santorini.

Absolute Bliss has incredible views (and perhaps the best sunset views on Santorini). The private patios have more privacy than many units at Grace or Astra. That said, it does lack some of the magic and character of the other hotels. The owners are super-friendly and helpful.

Best budget hotel with caldera view in Imerovigli.

Need a less expensive hotel? Kasimatis Suites is not as luxurious but has some large suites, wonderful views, and a nice pool. It’s also one of the more kid-friendly places in Imerovigli (those are my 2 boys getting ready to jump in the pool.) Oia is visible to the right. Thirassia to the left. Kasimatis is a good option for last minute bookings.

View of Santorini Grace from Imerovigli.

One final look at Grace, Skaros Rock, the volcano, and the far southern tip of Santorini (and the village of Akrotiri) in the far distance.

Menu at Santorini Grace

Lunch menu at Grace Santorini Restaurant.

Lunch menu at Grace Santorini.

Dinner menu at Grace Santorini

Dinner menu at Grace Santorini.

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33 Questions and Comments

  1. Room with Private Pool in Early May

    Hey Dave,

    Planning a visit April 30 – May 6th (2018) looking to stay at Grace, Astra, Mystique or Canaves. Will the weather be nice enough for a suite/room pool or is it a bit of a waste this early in the year?

    Vanessa

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      The small plunge pools/hot tubs should be heated and will be great for the cool nights in early May.

  2. Best 3 Hotels in Santorini

    Hi Dave,
    My husband and I would like to stay in Santorini for 4 nights. Where would you suggest we stayed? The views, the pool and the service must be impeccable. Where do you suggest we look and what would your three choices be. I’d stayed in the past but this is my husband’s first visit and I want to WOW him.
    Thanks so much in advance.
    Mrs Slocum

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Look at Grace, Katikies, and Cavo Tagoo (brand new so everything is fresh and new).

  3. VIP and Honeymoon suite at Grace

    Hi Dave,

    My husband and I just got married and we are planning to stay at the Grace in July. There is very limited availability and the rooms we are choosing between are the Honeymoon Suite (of which there are 3) and the VIP Suite. The cost difference is significant so before booking the VIP we want to make sure that it will be worth it. We do consider that this is a once in a lifetime trip so we don’t mind the expense but wish we could find out how the views differ? Are the honeymoon suites those few at the bottom of the hotel or are they dispersed throughout? Is the VIP suite much nicer inside? Is there a difference in terms of privacy? We don’t want to miss the opportunity to have the best view and experience in Santorini so if there really is a difference, we would love to know what it is so we can make the right decision for us.

    We have done much research, have seen the floor plans and watched your video, but we cannot quite determine where the honeymoon suites are located? I believe we can see where the VIP suite is. We figure that we will spend time at the hotel pool in the mornings and the watch the sunset from our private balcony. My husband is photographer and we plan to take many photos.

    Thank you,
    Nina

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      The VIP suite does have more privacy than the honeymoon suites and is a little more luxurious – the biggest difference is the size of the terrace (68 vs 15 sq. m.). I believe 2 of the 3 honeymoon suites are at the bottom/northern side of the hotel, just above the chapel. The 3rd is up two levels, also on the northern side of the hotel.

  4. Booking Hotel for June 2018

    My husband and I are planning to visit in June 2018. Based on your descriptions of each town, Imerovigli sounds like the best town for us. We would love to stay at Grace or Astra, but booking.com says nothing is available for our dates. Your recommendation of when to book said 6-10 months in advance, so am I looking too early or is everything truly already booked? I contacted Astra directly and their response was due to the current Greece economy, they will not be accepting 2018 reservations until they release their 2018 rates in August 2017. Do you know if that is the case for other hotels in the area as well? What is your advice on waiting to book until then? I would hate to wait until then and then have trouble finding any availability at all.
    Aubrey Owens

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      It’s good to book as early as possibly but yes, you’re a little too early. Take a look on Booking in late August, 2017 or early September – that’s when they should post rooms for summer 2018. You shouldn’t have any trouble getting a suite at that time (unless you’re booking the Grace Villa which is always a little bit up for chance).

  5. Private Plunge Pools at Grace Santorini

    Hi Dave, I’m looking into staying at Grace in June. Ideally would love a plunge pool, but see that some rooms have a Jacuzzi inside too? is that just the Grace Suite? Also, one room shows to have a hammam… are all the showers like that or only the room that specifies it? Thanks so much!
    Jaime

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Grace is one of the more distinguished choices for a caldera view hotel on Santorini. There is a wide array of accommodation options available and it would be too hard to describe them all here. Rather, look at their accommodation options on their website. Rooms and suites range from Deluxe Room with no pool or Jacuzzi, but an outside seating area right up to The Villa which is the ultimate in luxury with two bedrooms and 400 sq m of your own private space.

      Detailed floor plans on the site above show the configuration of the rooms and no two ultimately mirror each other in entirety. Junior suites have a plunge pool and outdoor sitting area plus a lounge and bedroom. Superior suites offer Jacuzzi pool and hammam plus a generous amount of floor space. The Grace suite you mention has an indoor Jacuzzi as well as a plunge pool. Showers overall are very spacious in all categories of rooms. So, in reality, lots of available room/suite combinations to choose from.

      Worth mentioning is the fact that the rooms are exceptionally well-appointed overall and pay attention to even the smallest detail – including pillow and perfume menus to match your mood and senses perfectly. Another nice touch is the provision of portable Bang & Olufsen blue tooth speakers so that you can connect your music collection from your tablet or phone and take it to where you want it. Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, and CD players (for what they are worth) are also laid on as part of the extensive set of guest facilities.

      Finally, the Santoro restaurant makes a special effort in the presentation of its haut-cuisine dishes and is dining in true style especially in evening as you watch the sun set over the sea. All in all, The Grace is an excellent choice with plenty of options to select from.

  6. Hotel for Santorini Wedding

    Could you please advise which hot should we stay with our guests? We are getting married in LeCiel in October 2017. We were looking at Rocabella, Princess Spa Hotel and Dana Villas. All of them look great and have good reviews. It’s such a difficult decision.
    Many thanks in Advance
    Zoriana

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      All are very nice hotels – the Princess being the most luxurious but all have great views. Rocabella and Princess are a short walk from Le Ciel. Dana Villas is walking distance but for a wedding you’ll be dependent on a taxi. Dana has many more restaurants nearby. Rocabella and Princess have few stairs to access your room. Dana will require a good climb every time you leave your hotel.

  7. Hotel Where Kardashians Stayed in Santorini

    Do you know what hotel the Kardashians stayed at while on Santorini?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      They stayed at the Volcano View Hotel – which I wrote about here. Great place but not much around it and you can feel a little isolated there. (Unlike Grace which has lots within an easy walk and good shopping and nightlife if you do the 15 minute walk to Fira – or 5 minute taxi ride.)

  8. Hotel near Pyrgos

    Hi Dave, I’m visiting Santorini next year in September for a friend’s wedding. The wedding venue is in Pyrgos. Can you recommend anywhere to stay which is close-ish to Pyrgos? We were hoping to stay somewhere with the views of the caldera.

    Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Good hotels near Pyrgos with a caldera view are Lilium Villas, Petit Palace, and Volcano View Hotel. All are about a 5 minute drive to Pyrgos (but not really walkable).

  9. Greece in Early June

    Hi Dave,
    We’re planning to go to Santorini in early June, 2017. What’s the weather going to be like in the month of June? Is there any other islands besides Santorini that you would recommend for us? We like the beach, good food, shopping, sight seeing. What would you recommend to do, and where to go in those places. My friend said that Mykonos is very nice too. Do you think the Mystique hotel is nice?
    Please advise.
    Thanks.
    Tina

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      June typically has great weather. Sunny, warm, and the big crowds haven’t arrived yet. The water can still be a little chilly for swimming but warms quickly throughout the month. Mykonos, Ios, Naxos, Paros, Milos, Folegandros are all wonderful islands a short ferry ride from Santorini (Mykonos is the farthest away and takes about 2.5 hours). Mystique is in Oia, not Imerovigli like Grace. It’s a luxurious Starwood hotel with incredible caldera views. The pool is much smaller than Grace and it doesn’t have sunset views.

  10. Restaurant Prices at Grace / Petra Honeymoon Hotel

    What are the prices like for drinks and dinner at the Grace Hotel? Also what is your opinion of the Petra Honeymoon hotel?

    Jennie Choi

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Drinks at Grace: 14€-18€ for cocktails, 8€ for beer, 9€-11€ for glass of wine, bottles start at €30 and they have a wonderful Assyrtico for €38.
      Meals at Grace: €35 and up.

      Petra Honeymoon is wonderful though rooms do have a wide range of qualities so it’s hard to generalize. Petra doesn’t have a direct sunset view like all the rooms at Grace.

  11. Moderately Priced Hotel near Le Ciel

    Hi Dave
    I am getting married at Le Ciel Imerovigli October 2017.
    We have between 50 and 60 guests joining us. I would like a recommendation for the best area to stay with reasonably priced villas / hotels for the guests. Central location would be good as they arent the quietest bunch!!
    Thanks in advance
    Karla Berry

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      A great option close to Le Ciel is Santorini’s Balcony. Great views and not crazy expensive. I took this picture on a walk just a little while back. This is Santorini’s Balcony and the path off to the left leads to Le Ciel in about a 3 minute walk. (The restaurants of Imerovigli are a 7 or 8 minute walk in the other direction.)
      Good inexpensive hotel near Le Ciel for a wedding.

      If that doesn’t work Gizis is also close and is cheaper than most hotels in this area (though still pretty darn nice).

  12. Hotel for Dogs on Santorini

    Dave,

    Any hotel that will take a small dog (2kg)? Plan on visiting in October.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Many: Cavo Tagoo, Kirini, Charisma Suites, to name a few.

  13. Iconic, Astra, Kapari, or Grace

    My wife and I are planning on a trip to Santorini. We can’t seem to decide which hotel to go with and was wondering if you could help us out by sharing your insight into these hotels: Iconic, Astra, Kapari, and Grace. All have very good reviews but wondering why Grace (which is our top choice at the moment) is only at #14 in TripAdvisor’s ranking.

    Thanks!
    Dennis

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      All of those are great hotels but Grace is just a little bit nicer (and recently renovated too) so I’d recommend it. The rankings on Tripadvisor are a joke.

      1. Dennis

        Thanks so much Dave! My wife and I have booked our room at Grace. Yep, we’ve read too that Grace has just recently been renovated so we’re looking forward to that. We’ve informed the hotel in our booking that we were referred by santorinidave.com. Thanks again!

  14. Pools and Budget Restaurants with Views

    Your Blog is absolutely amazing!!! I can’t wait to go to Santorini and I am reading all your brilliant tips! Thanks.
    I am traveling on budget, as going all around Europe. Do you know if I could go for drinks and food to any of the hotel with Infinity Pool? I would love to use facilities and buy the pass for one day. Do you have any tips for me?
    Also what’s the best budget/view restaurant?
    Thank you Dave. You Rock!!!!!

    Emily

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      You can access hotels that have restaurants and eat there (Grace, for example, has a very good restaurant and non-guests are welcome to eat there) but no, you can’t use the pool at any hotel. Pools and facilities are only for guests. Naoussa restaurant in Fira has great views and very good food. I wouldn’t call it budget, but if you got a moussaka and a glass of house wine I bet it would come in under 15€.

  15. Wedding Venues on Santorini

    We are looking to get married in Santorini next year and plan to come out this June to check things out, any ideas or tips on places, areas. Probably only be small party of family and friends but would like to keep everyone close by if possible. By the way your site is amazing and really shows the place off, we have been to many islands in Greece but this looks as if it tops the lot.

    Please advise.
    Excited is not the word ??
    Melanie / Paul

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Grace is obviously great for a Santorini wedding (but you’ll need to book over a year in advance). Aspaki and Andronis (both in Oia) are two others that come to mind – but there are many. It’s good you’re doing a research trip as it’s such a personal decision. Just walk around Oia and Imerovigli and pop your head in at any hotel along the caldera that looks beautiful (they pretty much all do) and ask about hosting a wedding/reception.

  16. Cheap Hotel near Grace Santorini

    Grace looks wonderful and looking forward to visiting it – my parents will be staying there in early July. My boyfriend and I (late 20s) will be in Santorini for 3 nights and would love someplace a short walk from Grace. It doesn’t have to have a view (as I’m sure we’ll be spending plenty of time at Grace with my parents) but want it to be nice, central, and maybe a small pool. Any suggestions for a budget hotel in Imerovigli?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Merovigliosso is a friendly and inexpensive hotel about a 5 minute climb from Grace. It’s in the flat “town” part of Imerovigli and the bus top and several good restaurants and 2 markets are within a short walk. It has a small pool. Rooms range from simple and clean (the studios) to pretty spiffy (superior apartment). The photos on the website give the impression that the hotel has great views but in reality it’s separated from the cliff and views by a small road/cul-de-sac (which doubles as a parking lot). The Superior Apartment does have a patio on it’s upper floor with nice views but for the most part consider this a no-view hotel. The owner is super friendly and great for island info.

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