Iconic Santorini Hotel in Imerovigli

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 7, 2019

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Review of Hotel Iconic in Santorini.

Iconic Santorini – Graceful, boutique luxury hotel with astounding caldera views, an infinity pool, sumptuous dining, and a cozy, cave-style spa.

With superb attention to detail and warm hospitality, Iconic Santorini is among the very best hotels in Santorini. The hotel features classic, cave-style architecture with 100% Greek furnishings and décor. All suites boast private verandas with sweeping caldera views; many add private jacuzzis or heated plunge pools that can be indoor, outdoor, or both. Food is truly outstanding, with Greek and Mediterranean specialties, decadent breakfasts, and a well-curated, local wine menu. The caldera-view infinity pool, holistic spa, and heartfelt service complete the Iconic experience.
 

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Iconic Santorini – Location

  • Area: Absolutely gorgeous location in Imerovigli village, with amazing dining and attractions all within a couple of minutes’ walk 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 Imerovigli village, not far off the main road connecting Fira and Oia, making it easy to reach by bus, taxi, or driving yourself. There are always buses at the ferry port for every ferry arrival, as well as buses departing hourly from Santorini airport (both buses will stop in Fira from where you’ll get a different bus to Imerovigli – the entire trip from port or airport to Imerovigli will take around an hour). The bus stop is just 4 minutes away on foot, and the walk from there to the hotel entrance is mostly flat, easy to navigate with luggage. Taxis are also available from the port or airport, though there are only about 25 taxis in total serving the whole island, so there is often a long wait; schedule ahead to avoid this – or rent a car. A taxi from the airport to Iconic Santorini should be about €20, and a taxi from the ferry port to Iconic Santorini should be about €20 too. There will be a small surcharge for luggage or for booking in advance. If renting a car, there is free parking near the Imerovigli Basketball Court and near Sunbird Rent-A-Car. Imerovigli has the hardest-to-find parking in Santorini, so you may have to circle around a couple times to find a spot.
  • Handy to: The Oia-Fira Hiking Trail (1-minute walk), Anastasi Church (3-minute walk), Skaros Rock (15-minute walk).

Map of Iconic Santorini

Map of Iconic Santorini in Imerovigli.

Iconic Santorini – The Basics

  • Ages: An adults-only hotel, only ages 14 and older are allowed. Guests tend to be couples celebrating a special occasion, usually a honeymoon, birthday, or anniversary. The average stay here is longer than at most hotels on the island, usually 4-7 nights.
  • 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 (14-minute drive). The north end has a small harbor, and another great beach bar and restaurant called Yalos (11-minute drive). From the hotel, it’s a short 4.8 km drive to the north end, or 6.7 km to the south end, where the cliffs are.
  • View: Overlooking the caldera with astonishing sunset views throughout the property, with direct views of the volcanoes, Aspronisi, Akrotiri, and Thirassia.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Several suite types include private jacuzzis and/or plunge pools. Caldera Suites and the Cave Suite offer outdoor, heated, jetted plunge pools; Grotto Suites feature indoor, heated, jetted cave pools; and the Cliff Suite and the Iconic Suite boast indoor and outdoor jetted, heated, plunge pools.
  • Parking: There is free street parking near the Imerovigli Basketball Court and near Sunbird Rent-A-Car. Imerovigli has the hardest-to-find parking in Santorini, so you may have to circle around a couple times to find a spot. The porters will meet you at your parking spot to assist with luggage.
  • Extras: Breakfast served to room at any time of day, twice daily maid service, and romance packages.
  • When to Book: The hotel is open late April to October. Reserve at least 4 months in advance (6 months is better) for stays during high season from June through September, and about 3 months in advance for the low and shoulder seasons.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +30 22860 28950
  • Email: [email protected], [email protected]
  • Website: iconicsantorini.com

Iconic Santorini – Amenities

  • Pool: Unheated infinity pool with jetted sitting area and amazing caldera views.
  • Spa: Cozy, cave-style massage spa with an indoor, heated, jetted, grotto pool.
  • Fitness Center: Small gym with cardio machines. The concierge also offers jogging and hiking routes for outdoor exercise on the caldera.
  • For Disabled Guests: This is a caldera hotel with lots of steps and no elevator. Not suitable for guests with mobility issues.
  • For Families: An adults-only hotel, only guests 14 and older are permitted. There are no special facilities or amenities for children.
  • Activities: The concierge makes personalized arrangements for island attractions, including wine tours, diving, caldera cruises, archaeological tours, and more.

Iconic Santorini – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Pergola Restaurant specializes in rich, authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, with a focus on local, Santorinian recipes and fresh ingredients. The restaurant is open for lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and for dinner from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Its extensive wine list highlights local and highly sought-after varieties. Drinks and light bites are available all day on the terraces or poolside. Private dining is available in their candle-lit cave or at the chef’s table.
  • Breakfast: A rich, complimentary, a la carte breakfast is served to each room daily through the day. The breakfast is one of the best on the island, and is a major highlight here.
  • Room Service: Available from early morning until the restaurant closes, around 10:00 p.m.

Iconic Santorini – Rooms

  • Room Types: Classic Suite • Cycladic Suite • Caldera Suite • Grotto Suite • Cave Suite • Cliff Suite • Iconic Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any of their suite categories. It is allowed on the private outdoor terraces and in the outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: The best room is the Iconic Suite, the largest and most lavishly-appointed suite onsite. This 1-bedroom suite offers an indoor and an outdoor heated, jetted, plunge pool, the best caldera views, and an oversized king bed. Perks include complimentary airport or port transfer, a bottle of champagne, and courtesy laundry service.
  • For Families: An adults-only hotel, only guests ages 14 and older are permitted. There are no special amenities or facilities for children. All rooms have a maximum occupancy of 2 guests, so families will need to book at least 2 rooms. However, some Deluxe Rooms have adjoining options. These rooms include a king-sized bed, seating area, and a private terrace with an al fresco dining space and sun loungers. Deluxe Rooms are not listed on Iconic Santorini’s website, but they are listed on Booking.com.

Iconic 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 just a few meters away. Easy access to all dining and attractions in Imerovigli as well as the nightlife and shopping in Fira, just a 24-minute walk south.
  • Bus: The nearest bus is in Imerovigli village, near Sunbird car rental and Posidonia Tavern, a 4-minute walk from the hotel. Buses here serve all of the major villages and beaches on the island, often with a change in Fira 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 to walk or bus to. Plus there is often a wait here as there are only 25 taxis serving the entire island (with guests from about 1,000 hotels, villas, and Airbnbs). Book ahead to avoid the wait, and have them meet you directly at the hotel. There will be a small surcharge for advanced reservations and for carrying luggage, usually just a couple of Euros. The average rate from Imerovigli to Fira is roughly €10, and from Imerovigli to the airport or port is around €20.
  • Scooters/motorcycles: Just don’t, unless you’re Evel Knievel! 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: This is a super popular mode of transportation with tourists, but the locals absolutely hate them. They move too slowly and hold up traffic in an area where getting around is already a hassle. ATVs with smaller motors have been banned from the roads, and a full ban is expected to pass soon.

Iconic Santorini – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • La Maison: Contemporary, Greek fine dining with sweeping caldera views. Food, wine, and service are all phenomenal. 1-minute walk.
  • Anogi: Al fresco dining with local specialties and classic Greek dishes. Rich flavors and large portions, so come hungry. 5-minute walk.
  • 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. 6-minute walk.
  • Avocado: Traditional Greek menu, charming space, super friendly staff. Cycladic recipes and a fantastic selection of Santorinian wines. 7-minute walk.
  • Le Moustache: Elevated Greek and Mediterranean dining and excellent cocktails with panoramic sunset views over the caldera. 8-minute walk.
  • OVAC: Mediterranean-Asian fusion with spectacular sunset views and a romantic ambiance. Stupidly expensive, but everything on the menu is absolute perfection. 24-minute walk.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

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). 3-minute walk.
  • To Briki: Fantastic café, the best place to try traditional Greek coffee. Breakfasts are superb and the sunset views are gorgeous. 10-minute walk.

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. 3-minute walk.
  • Under a Fig Tree: Upscale boutique featuring Greek-designed fashion, accessories, and swimwear right on the Oia-Fira trail. 5-minute walk.

Nearby Attractions

  • Oia-Fira Hiking Trail: 1-minute walk. 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 about 2 hours. Heading south to the trail’s end in Fira, near Keti Hotel, takes about 27 minutes. Add at least 30 minutes for a detour at Skaros Rock either way.
  • Anastasi Church: The most picturesque, blue-domed church in Imerovigli offers gorgeous caldera views overlooking Skaros Rock. Popular for weddings and photo shoots. 3-minute walk.
  • 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. 4-minute walk.
  • Imerovigli Basketball Court: Not an attraction, but good to know. This is the main parking area in Imerovigli. 6-minute walk or 3-minute drive.
  • 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. 15-minute walk.

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). 2-minute walk.
  • Supermarket Nissi: The friendliest market in the area, and usually the best prices in Imerovigli. 2-minute walk.

Iconic Santorini – The Hotel

The reception terrace offers panoramic caldera views.

View from the reception terrace at Iconic Santorini. On the left are the villages of Firostefani and Fira. The island wraps around to the southwest where you can see Akrotiri village. What looks like an island on the right is a volcano. The terrace in the center belongs to the Iconic Suite.

The reception is staffed 24x7.

Reception is open and staffed 24 hours a day.

The infinity pool has jacuzzi jets in the front, and a cave at the back.

One floor down from the Iconic Suite’s terrace is the infinity pool, with the rear portion shaded by a cave, and the front portion with jacuzzi jets and seats.

The pool's cave features 3 fountains.

Inside the cave with 3 fountains.

The infinity pool offers excellent caldera views.

An impressive view from the infinity pool. There is a row of sun loungers in front, overlooking the caldera.

The poolside sun loungers offer great caldera views.

View from the poolside sun loungers.

The restaurant's main dining terrace is by the pool.

Pergola Restaurant’s main dining terrace is right next to the pool…

The restaurant offers more seats on a higher terrace.

…though there is also more seating on a higher terrace.

The restaurant features an open kitchen and traditional decor.

The restaurant also has a cozy dining room with an open kitchen and traditional décor and design.

The hotel offers romantic, candle-lit, private dining in a small cave.

Private dining is available on request in their romantic, candlelit cave.

The excellent and extensive breakfast is complimentary.

Breakfast is definitely the highlight of the kitchen, offering a variety of hearty, rich, sweet, and savory recipes. Breakfast is complimentary and can be served at any time of the day.

The hotel gym is very small.

There is a small gym onsite with cardio equipment.

The spa offers couples' massages, and has an indoor, hydrotherapy pool.

The cave-style spa is ideal for couples’ massages, and includes an indoor, heated, hydrotherapy pool.

The spa's indoor pool is heated.

A closer look at the spa’s grotto pool.

The hotel is located in the center of Imerovigli village.

Outside of the suites, facing the hotel and Imerovigli village.

The entry-level Classic Suites feature traditional architecture.

The Classic Suites are the entry level category and feature traditional, Cycladic architecture.

Classic Suites feature a king bed, sitting area, and a desk.

These suites offer a king-sized bed, sitting area, and a writing desk.

The bathrooms boast of luxury amenities.

The bathrooms feature glass showers, natural sea sponges, and luxury amenities.

The private patios are separated by potted plants.

The Classic Suites each have a private patio separated by large groups of potted plants.

Cycladic Suites are larger and have an open-style layout.

The Cycladic Suites are the next category up. These suites offer similar amenities and décor in an open-style layout, but they have more room to spread out. This is the king-sized bed…

The living room is very spacious.

…and the larger living room…

The bathroom has a traditional cave-style design.

…and the bathroom.

The Grotto Suite patio offers panoramic caldera views.

This is the private patio from a corner Grotto Suite. From here, guests can see Akrotiri on the left, the volcanoes and tiny Aspronisi Island in the center, and part of Thirassia Island on the right.

Grotto Suites have 2 floors, with the bedroom on the top floor.

The Grotto Suites are split over 2 levels. The upper floor has the bedroom…

The bathroom has pressed concrete architecture.

…and the bathroom.

The heated indoor pool is located on the bottom floor.

The stairway leads downstairs to the heated, indoor pool.

The indoor pool has a built-in jacuzzi.

The grotto pool features jacuzzi jets and a sitting area.

The Caldera Suite features a heated, outdoor plunge pool.

One category up, the Caldera Suite offers an outdoor, heated plunge pool with splendid views over the caldera.

The suite's balcony has a small dining table and sun loungers.

Its wraparound balcony has an al fresco dining table and sun loungers.

The suite has a cave-style living room.

The Caldera Suite opens up to a cave-style living room.

The Caldera Suite's bedroom features a king bed.

There is a separate bedroom with a king bed.

The Cycladic-style bathroom features pressed concrete and marble dust.

The bathroom is designed in Cycladic style using pressed concrete and marble dust.

The Cliff Suite is a top tier suite and offers excellent caldera views.

The Cliff Suite is one of Iconic Santorini’s top tier suites, with magnificent views of the caldera from its glass-fronted veranda.

The veranda has 2 shaded lounge chairs.

Its spacious veranda has 2 shaded lounge chairs…

The veranda also has a private, heated, plunge pool.

…and a private, heated, plunge pool.

The Cliff Suite has an indoor as well as an outdoor pool.

Inside, there is a second, heated, jetted, plunge pool. This is one of 2 suites onsite with both indoor and outdoor pools (the other is the Iconic Suite).

The Cliff Suite has an open-plan layout.

The suite opens up to a beautiful, open-plan layout with upscale, Cycladic style.

The bedroom has a king bed, exposed lava rocks, and concrete furnishing.

A closer look at the king-sized bed. There are natural, exposed rocks in the walls, and concrete built-in furnishings.

The sitting area is adorned with locally-made, brightly-colored textiles.

The sitting area highlights locally-made, brightly-colored textiles.

The bathroom is spacious and has luxury amenities.

The bathroom is larger than most in the area, and features a glass shower, natural sea sponges, and luxury amenities.

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