Grace Hotel – Elegant hotel with an award-winning restaurant and champagne lounge, well-appointed rooms, and breathtaking views from the largest infinity pool on the caldera.
A sophisticated hotel offering bespoke experiences, Grace customizes guests’ amenities to taste, from room scent to pillow type, plus guests personally meet the chef to go over food preferences. Many suites include private, heated plunge pools, while all offer special perks, such as iPads, flat irons, and twice-daily maid service, including turndown service with different goodies every night. Dining and drinks are incredible every day, whether at the restaurant, champagne lounge, or poolside. Expansive caldera views are available throughout the hotel, with Skaros Rock front and center, and looking out to Akrotiri, the volcanoes, Thirassia Island, and Oia.
Grace Hotel Santorini – Location
- Area: Absolutely gorgeous location in the heart of Imerovigli village, with amazing dining and attractions all within a couple of minutes from the hotel. Imerovigli sits at the highest elevation on the caldera, and the views are stellar throughout the hotel and from most of the restaurants here.
- How to Get There: The hotel sits above the caldera in the center of Imerovigli village, not far off the main road connecting Fira and Oia, making it easy to reach by bus, taxi, or rental car. It is approximately 8km from the Santorini Airport to Grace Santorini, and 12km from the ferry port.
There are always buses waiting at the ferry port for every ferry arrival, as well as buses departing hourly from Santorini Airport. There are no direct buses from the port or airport to Imerovigli; buses from both locations go to Fira, where you must then board a different bus to Imerovigli – the entire trip from the port or airport to Imerovigli will take around an hour and cost about €5 in total. Tickets are purchased on the bus, in cash only. The bus stop in Imerovigli is 8 minutes from Grace Hotel on foot, and the walk from the bus stop to the hotel is mostly flat or downhill, and easy to navigate with light luggage – though it can be tricky to find for first-timers.
Taxis are also available from the port or airport, though there are only about 25 taxis in total serving the whole island, so there can be a long wait; schedule ahead to avoid this (I use and recommend Welcome Pickups). Taxis on Santorini are not metered, so be sure to agree on a price with the driver before setting out. A taxi from the airport to Grace Hotel should be about €25 to €30, and a taxi from the ferry port to Grace Hotel around €30.
For those who prefer to drive themselves, we recommend renting a car either at the airport on arrival or in Fira. The road from the ferry port is steep and narrow, with many tricky switchbacks, large trucks, and buses. Leave that for the locals to navigate. We strongly recommend reserving a vehicle in advance, especially if you require automatic transmission. There is free parking a short walk from the hotel, near the Imerovigli Basketball Court, and another parking lot near the bus station. Imerovigli has the hardest-to-find parking in Santorini, so you may have to circle around a couple of times to find a spot.
- Handy to: The Oia-Fira Hiking Trail, Anastasi Church, Skaros Rock.
Map of Grace Santorini Hotel
Grace Hotel Santorini – The Basics
- Ages: This is an adults-only hotel, and guests must be at least 14 years old to stay here, with the exception of the villa, which is for all ages. Guests tend to be couples on a romantic getaway.
- Beach: The nearest beach is Exo Gialos, a quiet, black sand beach with intriguing wind-sculpted cliffs at its southern end. The best beach bar and restaurant is East Breeze, just a few meters from the cliffs. The north end has a small harbor, and another great beach bar and restaurant called Yalos. From the hotel, it’s a short 5 km drive to the north end, or 7 km to the south end, where the cliffs are.
- View: Exceptional caldera and sunset views throughout the hotel, centered on Skaros Rock.
- Kitchen: The villa includes a fully-equipped and stocked kitchen with a private chef available on request.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Most rooms, suites, and the villa have private, heated, outdoor plunge pools. Those include the Deluxe Room with Plunge Pool, Junior Suite with Plunge Pool, Honeymoon Suite, Superior Suite, and VIP Suite. The VIP Suite has the largest terrace, while the Grace Suite has a second, indoor plunge pool and steam room. The Villa features an indoor jacuzzi and steam room in addition to its outdoor, heated swimming pool, larger than the plunge pools at the suites.
- Parking: There is free parking in front of the hotel, which is often full. The main parking area in Imerovigli is near the Basketball Court, and there is a small lot near Sunbird Rent-A-Car; both of these are free lots. Imerovigli has the hardest-to-find parking in Santorini, so you may have to circle around a couple of times to find a spot.
- Extras: Everlasting memories (Polaroid photo on arrival, and a memory box to keep Santorini mementos), weddings and events, complimentary yoga and pilates classes, personalized in-room amenities [pillow menu, fragrance selection, food preferences, monogrammed robes (for additional fee)], complimentary yoga and pilates classes, twice daily maid service, different turndown service nightly (chocolates and brandy, popcorn and movies, tea and delicacies, etc.), 24-hour reception, 24-hour room service.
- When to Book: The hotel is open from mid-April to November 1. Reserve at least 4 months in advance (6 months is better) for stays during high season from June through September, and about 2 months in advance for the low and shoulder seasons.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +30 22860 21300
- Email: email@example.com • firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: aubergeresorts.com/gracehotel
Grace Hotel Santorini – Amenities
- Pool: The largest infinity pool in the caldera, with gorgeous views of Skaros Rock, Thirassia, the volcano, and of each tip of the island itself.
- Spa: No spa, but in-room spa treatments are available.
- Fitness Center: Small but well-equipped gym with cardio machines, free weights, and state-of-the-art cable machines. Complimentary yoga and pilates classes are available daily.
- For Disabled Guests: This is a caldera hotel with lots of steps and no elevator. Many of the smaller suites have loft bedrooms. Not suitable for guests with mobility issues.
- For Families: This is mostly an adults-only hotel, and guests must be at least 14 years old to stay in the rooms and suites, though The Villa is available for guests of all ages. It is not recommended for very young children due to the number of stairs in the hotel.
- Activities: Grace offers exclusive Bespoke Experiences that center on wellness, wine, photography, culture, and caldera cruises. Additionally, their dedicated team of concierges can arrange private helicopter tours, island excursions, dive tours, and much more.
- Other Facilities: Chapel, boutique, wedding, and event spaces.
Grace Hotel Santorini – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: Varoulko is Grace’s signature restaurant; the chef, Lefteris Lazarou, was the first in Greece to earn a Michelin star. Offering exquisite sea-view dining, Varoulko is open all day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the main restaurant, and for snacks and cocktails at their pool bar. The menu features inspired Mediterranean flavors with a focus on seafood (though meat, vegetarian, and vegan options are possible). The atmosphere during lunch or at the pool bar is casual, while dinner service is an elegant fine dining experience. The restaurant is open to the public, so reservations are highly recommended. Lunch is served until 6:00 p.m., and dinner is served until 11:00 p.m. • $$$$.
- Lounge/Bar: 363 Bar has recently been named the Best Hotel Bar in Europe, and is an especially popular spot for sunset cocktails. With a wide array of bubbles, local wines, and superb cocktails, this lounge is a favorite of guests and locals alike. Do not miss their signature Grace Cocktail. Open from 4:00 p.m. until midnight.
- Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast is served every morning at Varoulko from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Breakfast is a decadent 5-course affair featuring local products and superior recipes. The set menu changes every day, and can be tailored to guests’ preferences. Guests may order something entirely different than the set meal, if they prefer, at no additional charge.
- Room Service: Available 24 hours.
Grace Hotel Santorini – Rooms
- Room Types: Deluxe Room • Deluxe Room with Plunge Pool • Junior Suite • Junior Suite with Plunge Pool • Honeymoon Suite • Superior Suite • VIP Suite • Grace Suite • The Villa
- Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any of their room categories. It is allowed on the private outdoor terraces and in the outdoor common areas.
- Best Room: The Grace Suite is the highest suite category, perfect for couples. It is the most private of their suites and features an outdoor plunge pool with panoramic caldera views, and an indoor plunge pool with sunset views. The suite features a king-sized bed, an open-plan layout, a steam room, and a 2-person shower.
- For Families: Most rooms and suites at Grace are for adults only (ages 14 and up). The one exception is their luxurious Villa, which is open to guests of all ages. The Villa can be arranged as a 1 or 2-bedroom unit, and features an outdoor, heated swimming pool, 2-level sun terraces, an outdoor fireplace, and gazebo, with panoramic caldera views throughout. It also boasts its own private spa with an indoor jacuzzi, steam room, and treatment room as well as a fully-equipped, fully-stocked kitchen with an optional private chef.
Grace Hotel Santorini – Local Transport
- Walking: The hotel is located in the center of Imerovigli, above the caldera, and on the Oia-Fira hiking trail, with the village’s best restaurants, shops, and attractions all within a 5-minute walk. The nightlife and shopping in Fira, just a 30-minute walk south.
- Bus: The nearest bus is in Imerovigli village, near Sunbird car rental, an 8-minute walk from the hotel. Buses that stop here go north to Oia and south to Fira. A transfer in Fira is required if heading to the airport, port, or beaches. Tickets are bought on board, and range from €1.80 to €2.50 per person in the daytime, depending on the route. Night buses (12:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.) run less frequently and cost a little more, from €2.30 to €3.10. Buses can get very crowded, especially during the high season, so much so that they often fill to capacity and are unable to take on more passengers. There are only 23 public buses serving the island.
- Taxis: The nearest taxi stand is at Stathmos Taxi, all the way down in Fira, so not very practical. Plus, there is often a wait as there are only 25 taxis serving the entire island. Book taxis in advance to avoid waiting. The average rate from Imerovigli to Fira is roughly €10, and from Imerovigli to the airport or port is around €25 to €35.
- Scooters/Motorcycles: Scooters are the main mode of transportation for the locals, but if you’re unfamiliar with the terrain, it can be very dangerous. The roads here are zigzagging, hilly, narrow, and have sheer drop-offs with no guardrails and no street lights in most areas. Lots of dirt roads and potholes.
- ATVs/Quads: ATVs are a fun and popular mode of transportation with tourists, but for the locals stuck driving behind them, they move too slowly and hold up traffic in an area where getting around is already a hassle. For those who don’t ride quads regularly (i.e. most people), they can be dangerous at high speeds and on turns. Crashing your ATV is a sure-fire way to ruin your vacation.
Grace Hotel Santorini – What’s Nearby?
- The Athenian House: Elegant fine dining with spectacular sunset views. Contemporary and imaginative Greek dishes incorporate modern gastronomic techniques and locally-sourced ingredients. Most of all, they’re delicious. (Google maps shows a 3-minute walk but it’s actually next door.)
- La Maison: Contemporary, Greek fine dining with sweeping caldera views. Food, wine, and service are all phenomenal.
- Avocado: Traditional Greek menu, charming space, super friendly staff. Cycladic recipes and a fantastic selection of Santorinian wines.
- Anogi: Al fresco dining with local specialties and classic Greek dishes. Rich flavors and large portions, so come hungry.
- Le Moustache: Elevated Greek and Mediterranean dining and excellent cocktails with panoramic sunset views over the caldera.
- Vezené: Mediterranean-Asian fusion with spectacular sunset views and a romantic ambiance. Stupidly expensive, but everything on the menu is absolute perfection.
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Buddha Bar Beach: Upscale cocktail bar, restaurant, and shisha lounge with views over Skaros Rock to the caldera. Pricey but on point.
- Volkan on the Rocks: Great brewpub in Firostefani with amazing views and an outdoor cinema.
Best Nearby Cafes
- Hlios Bakery: Good coffee, basic pastries, and deli sandwiches. Not exceptional, but they’re cheap and they deliver (cash only for deliveries).
- To Briki: Fantastic café, the best place to try traditional Greek coffee. Breakfasts are superb and the sunset views are gorgeous.
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
- Pegasus Boutique: Next to the hotel of the same name, this little boutique offers clothing, shoes, swimwear, and accessories by Greek designers.
- Under a Fig Tree: Upscale boutique featuring Greek-designed fashion, accessories, and swimwear right on the Oia-Fira trail.
- Oia-Fira Hiking Trail: One of the top attractions on the island is this scenic 10.5 km hiking trail connecting Oia and Fira. A mix of sidewalk, cobblestones, and dirt trail, this route boasts gorgeous vistas the entire way. Hiking northwest, the full length of the path from the hotel to Oia Castle takes from 2 to 4 hours; heading south to the trail’s end in Fira, near Keti Hotel, takes about 30-40 minutes. Add about an hour for a detour at Skaros Rock either way. 2-minute walk from the hotel.
- Agios Georgios Church: Small white church on a platform over the caldera, marking the start of the trail to Skaros Rock. Gorgeous, panoramic views from here.
- Anastasi Church: The most picturesque, blue-domed church in Imerovigli offers gorgeous caldera views overlooking Skaros Rock. Popular for weddings and photo shoots.
- Imerovigli Basketball Court: Not an attraction, but good to know. This is the main parking area in Imerovigli.
- Skaros Rock: Impressive volcanic rock formation housing the ruins of a medieval castle and town, dating to 1207. The monastery at its base, Panagia Theoskepasti, is the only part of Skaros that is still active.
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- Jimmy’s Market Cava: Market and deli with a great selection (especially the wines) plus great coffee and breakfast sandwiches (more consistent and better quality breakfasts than Hlios, but they don’t deliver).
- Supermarket Nissi: The friendliest market in the area, and usually the best prices in Imerovigli.
Grace Santorini – The Hotel
The Suites, Location, and View at Santorini Grace Hotel
Note: These photos and captions are from an old review but I thought I’d leave them up as they might still be interesting and helpful for some readers.
Menu at Santorini Grace
Good Hotels near Grace Santorini
If Grace is fully booked (as often happens), all of these hotels have incredible views and are within a 5 minute walk of Grace.