Santorini Wineries and Wine Tours

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 21, 2019

Santorini Wines, Wineries, and Wine Tours

A vineyard at a Santorini winery near Oia.

Highly recommended: A Santorini wine tour that visits multiple wineries.

  • Best Santorini Winery Tours: Santorini Small Group Wine TourSantorini Private Wine Tour
  • Santorini is famous for its wine and wineries. This is one of the highlights of a Santorini trip.
  • Wine tours are incredibly popular on Santorini and they fill up quickly – book early.
  • Many wineries offer tours and wine tasting but if you want to visit multiple wineries, book a wine tour (most wineries are small and hard to find if you don’t know the island well). Most tours include hotel pickup and drop off.
  • It’s possible to visit wineries on your own but a tour makes getting from one to the next much quicker and easier. Plus, drinking and driving is very uncool.
  • Santorini wine is wonderful and unique owing to the dry and unusual climate. Be sure to try some even if you don’t go on a tour.
  • The Santorini wineries with the best caldera views are Santo and Venetsanos. Most wine tours will visit one or both of them.
  • Santorini boat tours don’t sell out as early, so book your wine tour first.

The Best Wine Tours in Santorini

1. Small Group Santorini Wine Tour

Santorini wine and food tour.
A great small-group tour that visits three traditional wineries and vineyards scattered around Santorini. Hotel pickup and drop off makes it all super easy. Will usually visit Santo Winery or Venetsanos (both with great caldera views) or Gavalas (my favorite) and 2 others. Starts at 3:30pm and lasts a little over four hours.

2. Santorini Private Wine Tour

Private tour of Santorini winery and wine making.
This is a private wine tour for serious wine lovers. Definitely worth it for the intimacy and attention to detail, but maybe not for everyone. Most people do it as a couple but the tour allows for a group of 6. Starts at 10am or 4pm with the evening tour having a sunset vies from either Santo or Venetsanos Wineries.

3. Santorini Sunset Wine Tour

Santorini Winery with Sunset and Caldera View
Wonderful small group tour in the early evening. Visit 3 wineries and have 12 tastings. Starts at 4:00pm and usually finishes at Venetsanos Winery (pictured above) for fantastic caldera views of the sunset.

Fully Booked Wine Tours

It’s common for the above tours to sell out in June, July, August, and September. If so these tours are also excellent:
Santorini Wine Roads Tour
Half-Day Wine Adventure Tour
Santorini Sunset Wine Tour

The Best Santorini Wineries

  • Santo Wines (Pyrgos) – The most comprehensive tours of any one winery. It has a large shop filled with wines and local food specialties. Fantastic views of the cliffs and caldera. (Most wine tours visit Santo or Venetsanos.)
  • Venetsanos Winery (Megalochori) – Similar views as Santo but a little smaller, with a little more charm.
  • Gavalas (Megalochori) – My favorite winery on Santorini. Small, friendly, intimate (but hard to find if you’re driving on your own).
  • Art Space Santorini (Exo Gonia) – A spellbinding mix of wine, caves, and art. The owner guides you around the property and explains its history with a thick Greek accent. Very cool.
  • Domaine Sigalas (Oia) – A small winery a 10-minute walk from a bus stop on the Fira-Oia bus route. It has wine tastings with appetizers from March to November.
  • Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum (Vothonas) – A 300 meter long cellar (8 meters underground) that hosts a wine museum. The museum presents the history of Greek wine and the life of vine-growers in Santorini since the 1600s.

Santorini Winery Reviews

Map of Santorini Wineries

Getting To Santorini Wineries:
• Buses from Fira to Akrotiri or Perissa will stop a short walk from Santo Winery, Venetsanos, Gavalas, and Boutari. (If coming from Oia, Imerovigli, or another village you’ll need to bus to Fira and then switch buses.)
• Buses from Fira to Kamari will stop a short walk from the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum, Artemis Karamolegos Winery, Canava Roussos, Argyros Winery, and Art Space Winery. (If coming from Oia, Imerovigli, or another village you’ll need to bus to Fira and then switch buses.)
• Buses from Fira to Oia will stop a moderate walk from Vassaltis Vineyards and Domaine Sigalas Winery.
• Getting a Santorini taxi to and from wineries is possible, but in practice, a pretty big hassle.

Map of Santorini Wineries.

Pictures of Santorini Wineries

My photos of all the top wineries in Santorini from the Santorini Dave Instagram account.

Venetsanos Winery

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Venetsanos Winery – Megalochori. – A charming winery offering gorgeous views of caldera and volcanic cliffs. – As with most wineries in Santorini, assyrtiko is the most commonly used variety of grape. Used on its own or blended with other varieties like aidani and athiri. – Tours offered every hour and vary from 20-60 minutes. €6/person for tour alone or €15/person for tour and wine tasting. 6 different wines to choose from. A la carte menu with a variety of cheeses and some traditional food items like dolmathes available. – Open all year round at 10am with extended hours May to October. Closed December 15-January 15. – Popular spot for weddings and receptions (book far in advance). – Plenty of parking available if you’re driving. Take bus from Fira towards Perissa or Megalochori and ask driver to get of at Venetsanos. Stop a short walk to winery. #santorini #greece

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Santo Wines

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Santo Wines Winery – Pyrgos – A modern winery with stunning views of the caldera and cliffs. -Assyrtiko, found all over the island, is the most popular white grape variety that thrives on Santorini’s volcanic soil. Used on its own or blended with other varieties such as the Athiri and Aidani white grape also found throughout the island. -Restaurant on site. -Large shop filled with wines and local food specialties. Also offer home delivery service with UPS. -Direct buses from Fira, Perissa, and Akrotiri. Otherwise take a bus from wherever you are and change at Fira. Tell the bus driver when you get on you want a stop at Santos and they will drop you off just outside the winery. Parking available on site if you’re driving -Popular spot for weddings and receptions (book far in advance). – Daily wine tours. Can call after 9:30am to make reservations or book online. €12 per person for 20 minutes followed by 2 wines for tasting, Assyrtiko and Kameni -Open 9am to 10pm, summer months until midnight #santorini #greece

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Gavalas Winery

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Gavalas Winery – Megalochori – A small, friendly winery that has been family run for 5 generations. – Offers an intimate wine tasting experience without the views but Perissa can be seen in the distance from the outside patio. – Considered to be the oldest variety of white grape in Greece, assyrtiko is most commonly used in combination with other varieties like aidani and athiri. – 3 options for wine tasting available: 3,5 or 7 bottles. 3 bottles €10/person. 5 bottles €15/person. 7 bottles €20/person. – Tours take about an hour. – Good idea to make reservations, especially with larger groups, but drop-ins are welcome. – Hours of operation are: April 1st to October 30th 10am – 8pm. – No restaurant on site but there is a good taverna nearby that serves traditional Greek food. – Limited parking available if driving. – Bus stop is in Megalochori, about a 7-10 minute walk away. – Not all buses are direct to Megalochori, but you can change buses in Fira if yours doesn’t make a stop here. – Small selection of wine for purchase at reception. #santorini #greece

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Boutari Winery

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Boutari Winery – Megalochori -A pioneer in wine making, this is Greece’s most historical wine company dating back to 1879. -In the early 80’s, Boutari brought its experience and innovative wine making strategies to Santorini and as such, continue to provide educational seminars. -In 1990, it was the first winery in Greece to open its doors to the public for organized wine tasting and tours. -Open all year round. 10am – 7pm April to October and 10am to 3pm November to March. -The indigenous grape in Santorini is assyrtiko and is used on its own or in combination with athiri and aidani. -Indoor restaurant on site and offers 5 traditional plates using local ingredients. -View of Akrotiri. -Daily wine tours available. Drop-ins welcome but reservations are recommended. You can book online or by calling. Various tours available ranging from 5-8 wines with and without food pairing and range from €15 for 45 minutes to €85 for 90 minutes. -Plenty of parking available if you’re driving. Bus stop in Megalochori, winery a short walk from there. Some direct routes to Megalochori, otherwise transfer in Fira. #santorini #greece

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Domaine Sigalas

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Domaine Sigalas Winery – Oia – A small, scenic winery offering good views of the sunset. – Open all year round with extended hours during summer. December to March, closed on weekends but will accommodate reservations. – As with most of Santorini wineries, the most commonly used variety of white grape is assyrtiko, used alone or blended with athiri and/or aidani. – Tours and wine tasting options start at €12/person to €150/person depending on how many bottles you want to sample and if you include food. – Menu items are local and differ every month depending what seasonal items are available. If you want to try the on site food options, 48 hours notice is required to prepare. – Restaurants available within walking distance. Traditional taverna just up the road. – Parking available. – Bus stop a 10 minute walk on the Fira-Oia bus route. #santorini #greece

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Art Space Winery

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ArtSpace Winery – Exo Gonia – A unique winery dating back to 1861. It’s a spellbinding mix of wine, caves and art. – The art exhibits occupy two old wine cellars where Greek and international artists’ work are on display. – In the adjacent underground cavern, 8-12 metres below ground, an old barn, is where the modern winery lies. – The most common variety of grape in Santorini, assyrtiko, is most commonly used for these wines, but also Aidani is used on its own or in combination with assyrtiko. – Wines available for purchase at reception. – Open daily 11am to 7pm April to October. November to March open by reservation only. – The owner, Mr. Antonis, personally takes you around the winery and art space explaining its history all with a thick accent. – Reservations are not necessary during high season. Mr. Antonis tries to accommodate every visitor. – Price of tasting varies depending on how many bottles you want to try. Starting at €10 for 4 wines and €20 for 8 wines. – Cold platters of meat and cheeses available on site. – Parking available. – Bus from Fira, stop at Exo Gonia. Winery a short walking distance from there. #santorini #greece

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Estate Argyros

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Estate Argyros Winery – Episkopi Gonia – A large, modern winery located in the heart of its vineyards with ocean views. – Assyrtiko is the main variety of grape produced in the unique volcanic soil of Santorini and as such is most commonly used. Other varieties include Aidani, Arthiri and Mavrotragano, a deep, ruby red variety. – Open all year round. May to October 10am to 9pm. November to April 9am to 6pm. – Reservations for wine tasting and tours recommended but drop-ins accommodated. – €15/person for 60 minutes includes tour and 4 wines with cheese platter. – €40/person for 90 minutes includes tour and 7 wines with cold meat and cheese platter and a few selected Greek specialties depending on local ingredients. – Restaurants within walking distance. – Parking available. – Bus from Fira and stop within walking distance. Ask driver to stop at Argyros. #santorini #greece

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Gaia Winery

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Gaia Winery – Exo Gonia. – A laid back, charming winery located directly on the water. – The main grape varieties used here are the indigenous white grape assyrtiko and the red grape agiorgitiko. – Reservations are recommended but drop-ins welcomed and accommodated. – Tours and tastings: 4 wines; €8 per person for 30-45 minutes. 8 wines; €15 per person for 45-60 minutes. – Cold meat and cheese platters available on site. Dinner is also available, but you have to request and book this option 2-3 days in advance. Modern and traditional food options available. – Restaurants available in nearby Kamari. About a 20 minute walk away or can bus it there. – Bus stop about a 5 minute walk away. Direct buses from Fira, Kamari and Monolithos. – Plenty of parking available. – Open for the summer season May to October 11am to 7pm. #santorini #greece

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Hatzidakis Winery

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Hatzidakis Winery – Pyrgos. – Founded in 1997, this charming winery overlooks it’s vineyards just outside the village of Pyrgos. – This winery was the first to use the native red grape variety of mavrotragano. – Assyrtiko and Aidani, both white grape varieties indigenous to Santorini, are also commonly used. – Tour and Tasting: 6 wines with cheese platter, €14 per person. Duration aprox 45-60 minutes. – Open all year round. May to October Monday-Saturday 10:15am to 7pm. November to April Monday – Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm. – Drop ins welcome and accommodated but reservations recommended. During winter season, reservations only. – No restaurant on site but restaurants and tavernas in nearby Pyrgos. – Not an easy walk to winery or Pyrgos as it’s located just off a narrow, windy road not suitable for walking. – Bus stop in Pyrgos. Get off at the last stop. From there, winery can make arrangements to come pick you up only if you’ve made reservations. – Limited parking available. #santorini #greece

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Canava Roussos

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Canava Roussos – Mesa Gonia – This traditional, laid back winery is the oldest in Santorini, founded in 1836. – The indigenous white grape varieties of assyrtiko, athiri, aidani and the red grape varieties of mavrathiro and mandilaria are used. – Parties of up to 5 people don’t necessarily need reservations but more than that, reservations recommended. – Tour and Tasting: 4 wines (assyrtiko) €3 per sample or €6 per glass. Tours are not structured so time varies depending on the group. – Cold meat and cheese platter available with tastings. – No restaurant on site or nearby. – Parking available. – Bus stop close by and an easy walk to winery from there. Ask driver to get off at stop for Roussos. #santorini #greece

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Vassaltis Vineyards

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Vassaltis Winery – Vourvoulos – A laid back, modern winery with views of the water. – Relatively new winery, opened in 2016. – Reservations are highly recommended but drop-ins will be accommodated. Email or phone to book. – Open April to October, 7 days a week 11am to 8pm. Closed November to April. – Indigenous white grape varieties of assyrtiko, aidani, arthiri and red grapes of mavrotragano and mandilaria are used. – Tour and Tastings: 1) 3 wines and a tour, €20 per person. 2) 3 wines and amuse-bouche (Greek tapas), no tour, €15 per person. 3) 5 wines and amuse-bouche, no tour, €25 per person. This year tours are only at 3pm. This could change next year. – Restaurant on site. Seafood mostly on the menu with plenty of vegetarian options and some meat options. Traditional Greek items also available. – Parking available. – 2 bus stop options depending on if you come from the new or old road. If you are coming from the new road, bus stop about a 10 minute walk from the winery just before getting into the village of Vourvoulos. Ask bus driver to make a stop at the winery, If you are coming from the old road, you can get off at the square in Vourvoulos and check out the village. The winery is about a 20 minute walk from there. Or you can go past this and get off at the one closer to the winery. #santorini #greece

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Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum

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Koutsoyannopoulos Winery and Museum – Exo Gonia – A winery that hosts a museum nestled in a cave 8 meters deep and 300 meters long. – The museum depicts scenes of what life was like for wine growers and makers in the 1600’s. – Museum tours are conducted through an audio guide available in 14 different languages and a guidebook available in 22 different languages. – Wine tasting options: 4 wines at 10€ per person; 6 wines at 15€ per person and 8 wines at 20€ per person. Prices include museum tour. – A variety of indigenous grapes used, most commonly assyrtiko and aithani. – Open all year round: November to March, Monday through Saturday: 9am to 5pm, Sunday: 10am to 5pm. April to October, Monday through Saturday: 9am to 7pm and Sunday: 10am to 7pm. – Plenty of parking available. – Bus stop about 100 meters away from winery. #santorini #greece

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Artemis Karamolegos Winery

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Artemis Karamolegos Winery- Exo Gonia. – A modern winery with ocean views that began in 1952. – It boasts an excellent on site Greek/Mediterranean restaurant, Aroma Avlis, that has fresh seafood daily. Plenty of vegetarian and meat options available as well. – Reservations recommended for tours and wine tasting but drop-ins welcome. Book a day in advance if you want food pairing with your tasting. – Tours and Tasting options: 3 wines at 8€ per person. 4 wines at 11€ per person. 5 wines at 14€ per person. 5 PDO wines 15€ per person. 7 wines at 20€ per person. If you would like food pairing with your tasting, prices range from 65€ to 140€ depending on how many bottles of wine and what food options you select. – The indigenous white grape varieties of assyrtiko and aidani, and the red grape variety of mavrotragano are most commonly used. – Cooking classes available on site. – Wedding receptions also held here. Book far in advance. – Limited parking available. – Bus stop within 900 meters away. An easy walk, but on a busy main street. #santorini #greece

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Canava Ant. Arvaniti

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Canava Ant. Arvaniti – Megalochori – If you are seeking a truly authentic and traditional wine tasting experience, this laid-back, family run winery is for you. – Since 1958, Mr. Antonis Arvaniti’s family has ran this winery. He and his wife, Rasita, are passionate about traditional wine making methods and are enthusiastic about sharing these ways with visitors. – In addition to wines, you will find homemade products to purchase such as; lemonsanto, a liquor made with 100% Santorinian lemons, olive oil, vinegars, sun dried tomatoes, jams, and Greek fava (yellow split pea dip), all grown and packaged by the Arvaniti’s. – The indigenous white grape varieties of assyrtiko, aidani, arthiri and nyxteri and red grape varieties of mantilaria and mavrotragano are used. – The winery is open all year round 9am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm. – As the Arvaniti’s English is minimal, they use a translator for wine tours, therefore reservations are recommended, but drop-ins are welcome and accommodated as the Arvaniti’s are overwhelmingly hospitable. Book via email or phone. – There is no cost for wine tasting and tours at this time. By donation only. – No restaurant on site but there is a fantastic bakery right beside the winery that offers baked goods, snacks, sweets and some traditional Greek foods. Menu changes daily. – On the main road to Perissa, take the Fira to Perissa bus. Stop is right outside the winery and bakery. – Parking available.

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Shangri-La Paris – Hotel Review

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 21, 2019

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Incredible Eiffel Tower view from the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris’ 16th arrondissement.

The Shangri-La Paris – once the residence of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, is an historic five-star stunner of a hotel with phenomenal Eiffel Tower views. Celebrating its aristocratic roots, most rooms are fashioned in a 19th century Empire style, with neoclassical furnishings and tones of blue, white, and ecru. Many of the rooms contain luxurious marble bathrooms and king sized beds, with modern touches like flat-screen TVs embedded into the bathroom mirror or an in-room Nespresso machine for making coffee. Sitting just across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, views are phenomenal. The historic salons, with their gilded gold leaf ceilings and imperial insignias, have been officially registered as historic monuments and contain some Bonaparte family originals. Notable dining options include the two-star Michelin L’Abeille and Europe’s first Michelin starred Chinese restaurant Shang Palace, which serves the best Peking duck in Paris.

Shangri-La Paris – The Basics

  • Location: Fantastic 16th arrondissement location on tree-lined Avenue d’Iéna, one block to the Trocadéro and just across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. 350 feet from Iéna Metro Station.
  • Ages: All ages are welcome; cribs, bottle warmers, sleep sacks, high chairs, and baby bath tubs are provided for babies; robes, slippers, treats and bath toys are provided for older kids. Children of registered hotel guests (6 and under) can enjoy complimentary buffet meals in the All Day Dining venue when accompanied by a paying adult. Babysitting services can be arranged through the hotel concierge.
  • Pet Policy: One pet up to 20 pounds is allowed for no additional fee. Bowl and bed provided.
  • View: About half of all rooms and suites have incredible views of the Eiffel Tower – possibly the best of any hotel in Paris. Other views are of the beautiful hotel garden and surrounding avenues.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Complimentary Wi-Fi for guests.
  • Parking: Valet parking is €40 per night.
  • Nice Perks: In-room espresso machines. Daily newspaper on request. Complimentary shoeshine service. Umbrellas available at the front desk. Bulgari toiletries.
  • Phone: +33 1 5367 1998
  • Email: [email protected]
  • When To Book: Book several months in advance, especially for peak-season travel.
  • How To Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.

Shangri-La Paris – Amenities

  • Pool: Beautiful 15m long indoor mosiac-tile pool with outdoor terrace. Poolside food and beverage service is available. 8am-9pm daily.
  • Spa: CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La offers facial and body treatments (including pregnancy treatment), including in-room treatments, from 8am-9pm daily. Advance booking is recommended.
  • Fitness Center: The fitness room overlooks the swimming pool terrace, and is open from 8am-9pm daily. Cycling, treadmill, elliptical, stairstepper machines; free weights.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The Shangri-La Suite has an indoor jacuzzi.

Shangri-La Paris – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Three restaurants: L’Abeille (Michelin 2-Star) offers gourmet classical French cuisine, Shang Palace (Michelin 1-Star) serves Cantonese fare, and La Bauhinia features French and Southeast Asian food. Reservations recommended.
  • Lounge/Bar: Le Bar Botaniste is elegant and intimate, featuring excellent cocktails and food menus from 6pm-2am, and serving an 100% vegan afternoon tea from Afternoon 3-6pm weekdays (reservations recommended). No smoking allowed.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary. Breakfast is served from 7:30 at L’Ableille (Tues-Sat), and from 6:30-11am daily at La Bauhinia.
  • Room Service: 24 hour room service menu.

Shangri-La Paris – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Room • Deluxe Room • Terrace Room • Eiffel-View Room • Terrace Eiffel-View Room • Junior Suite • Junior Paris-View Suite • Deluxe Suite • Duplex Suite • Terrace Suite • Duplex Eiffel-View Suite • Duplex Terrace Eiffel-View Suite • La Suite Gustave Eiffel • La Suite Chaillot • L’Appartement Prince Bonaparte • La Suite Shangri-La • List of all rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is permitted in guest rooms; non-smoking rooms are available by request.
  • Wheelchair-Access Rooms: The Shangri-La Paris has 4 rooms with reduced mobility access.
  • Best Room: The 7th (top) floor Shangri-La Suite has 120-sqm of indoor living space, with a gigantic 100-sqm terrace that offers panoramic city views of all of Paris’ best sights: Eiffel Tower, the River Seine, the Trocadéro, Notre Dame, the Grand Palais, the Alexandre III bridge, the Pantheon, and more. The Eiffel Tower is viewable from almost anywhere in the suite via its 14-meter-long southern-facing window. This suite can be combined with others on the top floor to create a 4 bedroom apartment with a total living space of 500-sqm.

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Shangri-La Paris – The Hotel

Shangri-La Paris is located on a beautiful tree-lined avenue, just on the eastern edge of the city’s 16th arrondissement.

This historic building is the former residence of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte, and is suitably elegant.

Stately touches are visible everywhere you look, from the ornate floors,

staircases, and statuary…

…to charming old-world fireplaces…

…and stained glass accents.

La Bauhina restaurant is located on the hotel’s main floor, just off of the reception area, under a beautiful glass cupola.

La Bauhina serves French and Southeast Asian fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a vegan afternoon tea on the weekends and Sunday brunch.

L’Abeille restaurant is one of the Shangri-La Paris’ two Michelin-starred restaurants. L’Abeille is two-starred; Shang Palace, the hotel’s Cantonese restaurant, has one star.

L’Abeille offers French gastronomy in an elegant and airy setting, with large windows…

…that look out onto the hotel’s beautiful garden courtyard.

The decor in L’Abeille is plush and traditional, with many mirrored surfaces to enhance the natural light from the garden.

Le Bar Botaniste, the hotel’s nature-inspired cocktail lounge, is open from 6 pm until 2 am daily.

On weekdays, an 100% vegan tea is served in the lobby lounges from 3-6 pm. (Reservations recommended.)

The Shangri-La is less than a minute from the Place d’Iéna roundabout, where many of the area’s most important avenues converge. Just to the left of the statue of George Washington on a horse, you can see the beautiful rotunda of the Guimet Museum – the National Museum of Asian Arts.

It’s also less than a minute’s walk from the hotel to the Iéna Metro station, which services the #9 line.

The Trocadéro’s fantastic Eiffel Tower views are an easy 3-minute walk west.

Opposite the river from the Trocadero (crossing on the Pont d’Iéna) is a popular spot for catching Seine tour boats. This is one from Vedettes de Paris. 11-minute walk.

A 3-minute walk east of the hotel will find you at the Palais de Tokyo exhibition space…

…with Palais Galliera – the City of Paris Fashion Museum, just across the street.

From the hotel, a 14-minute walk east, parallel to the river, will take you to Avenue Montaigne’s luxury fashion houses like Louis Vuitton…

…and Dior.

A great fine dining option nearby is L’Oiseau Blanc, the Michelin-starred rooftop restaurant at the Peninsula Hotel, a 12-minute walk north.

For a more casual, yet still elevated option, head 9 minutes northwest for Wagyu beef hamburgers at Baagaa.

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Mandarin Oriental Paris – Hotel Review

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 21, 2019

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A Deluxe Suite bathroom at the Mandarin Oriental in Paris’ 1st Arrondissement.

The Mandarin Oriental Paris – family-friendly luxury in the Paris city center. The hotel has a prime location in the heart of the 1st arrondissement, among the boutique shops on Rue Saint Honoré while being a stone’s throw from the Louvre, Place Vendome, and the Jardin des Tuileries. Options abound for children, from playing in the nearby Tuileries to various kids’ activities the hotel organizes, like perfume-making classes or cooking lessons. In addition, the concierge provides guests with a handout of weekly cultural happenings that includes a section dedicated to younger guests. There’s an excellent pool and spa, and a Michelin two-star restaurant – with kids’ menu, of course. Should you want to spend a quiet evening in, the hotel offers popcorn machines for a family movie night.

Mandarin Oriental Paris – The Basics

  • Location: Central Right Bank location on Rue St Honoré, set amid high-end European shops and close to the Louvre Museum, Place Vendôme, and the Tuileries Gardens.
  • Ages: The Mandarin Oriental is one of Paris’ most family-friendly hotels. They offer cribs, bath tubs, sterilizers, highchairs, play mats, and bottle warmers for guests with babies; books, crayons, video games, and treats on arrival for older kids. Kids’ menus are available in the hotel restaurants and for room service. There is a dedicated Kids’ Ambassador and Kids’ Concierge. The hotel supplies a popcorn machine and DVDs for family movie nights, and hosts special events like Easter egg hunts, drawing workshops, and Christmas activities. The spa’s 14-meter lap pool offers family hours. Babysitting can be arranged with advaced notice.
  • Pet Policy: Very pet-friendly. Dogs stay free of charge, and are welcome in all parts of the hotel except the spa and Sur Mesure restaurant. In-room treats, personalized mats, bowls, cushions, toys animal, and mineral water are provided. Gourmet pet menus are available via room service or in Camélia restaurant. Dog-walking and dog-sitting services can be arranged through the hotel.
  • View: Views of Rue Saint-Honoré, the hotel garden, or city rooftops. Upper floor suites have panaromic terrace views, and views of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: High-speed WiFi is included in the room rate.
  • Parking: Valet parking is €45 per day, with in/out privileges.
  • Nice Perks: In-room Nespresso machines, free newspapers in lobby, Diptyque bath products, complimentary macaroons, Bang & Olufsen TVs and audio.
  • Phone: +33 (0)1 70 98 78 88
  • Email: [email protected]
  • When To Book: Book months in advance, especially for high season.
  • How To Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.

Mandarin Oriental Paris – Amenities

  • Pool: Beautiful 14-meter lap pool with waterfall. Open 7am-10pm daily.
  • Spa: Large spa with four single and two couples treatment suites, steam room. Hand, feet, body, and skin treatments are offered.
  • Fitness Center: Open 24 hours. Cardio machines, free weights, Kinesis system, and personal training with renowned trainer Nicolas Veret.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Penthouse suites include indoor jacuzzi tubs.

Mandarin Oriental Paris – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Two on-site restaurants, run by renowned chef Thierry Marx: Sur Mesure has 2 Michelin stars and offers conceptual French and European fine dining, Camélia serves traditional French fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a relaxed garden setting. L’Honoré serves health-conscious breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea. There is an in-house patisserie, open from 11am-7pm.
  • Lounge/Bar: Bar 8 is a chic cocktail lounge with a beautiful marble bar and seasonal outdoor terrace. Open from 12pm-2am daily.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary. Served in Camélia and L’Honoré restaurants from 7am-11am.
  • Room Service: 24 hours. Kids’ menu and dog menu are available. Picnic baskets can be ordered with 24-hours notice.

Mandarin Oriental Paris – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Room • Deluxe Room • Mandarin Room • Mandarin Terrace Room • Junior Suite • Deluxe Suite • Duplex Suite • Terrace Suite • Couture Suite • Panoramic Suite • Royale Orientale Suite • Royale Mandarin Suite • List of all rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not permitted in guest rooms.
  • Best Room: The 252sqm split-level Royale Mandarin Suite has a separate elevator entrance, and includes a living room, dining room, kitchen, bar, study, huge bedroom, private gym, and steam room. The vast terrace has panoramic rooftop views of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower.

Mandarin Oriental Paris – What’s Nearby?

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Nearby Market or Grocery

  • Marché St. Honoré – Outdoor market selling fruit and vegetables, baked goods, fresh ready-to-eat dishes, jewellery, and clothes. 12:30pm-8:30pm Wednesdays; 7am-3pm Saturdays. 7-minute walk.
  • Monoprix – The biggest supermarket in the 1st arrondissement. Open from 9am-10pm Mon-Saturday. 9-minute walk.
  • Rue Montorgeuil – One of the best market streets in Paris. Produce, flowers, bakeries, cheese, wine, you name it. 22-minute walk.

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Mandarin Oriental Paris – The Hotel

The family-friendly Mandarin Oriental Paris hotel has a great central location in the city’s busy 1st arrondissement.

The reception area is bright, airy, and colorful. The Mandarin Oriental’s hospitality team employs a dedicated kids’ concierge to ensure a great experience for their youngest guests.

Another view of the reception area and lobby. Large windows look out into the hotel’s courtyard garden.

The courtyard restaurant, Camélia, serves traditional French cuisine at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Many tables in Camélia are tucked into draped, secluded nooks to give the feeling of a more intimate dining experience.

Camélia also has indoor seating, and a children’s menu.

Another view of Camélia’s indoor seating.

The hotel bar, Bar 8, is also located on the ground floor.

The vibe in Bar 8 is sleek, modern, and glamorous.

Bar 8 offers “street food” from noon to 6pm and a tapas menu from 6pm to midnight.

The Mandarin Oriental Paris is located just around the corner from Place Vendôme, a 3-minute walk away.

Around the corner in the other direction, find the original Chanel boutique, located at 31 Rue Cambon. It’s as much a fashion museum as it is a shop. 2-minute walk.

The Tuileries Gardens – wonderful in its own right, but also a great scenic entrance to the Louvre Museum – is just a 4-minute walk away.

Angelina Tea House, serving the best hot chocolate in Paris, is 5 minutes away on the Rue de Rivoli.

Palais Garnier, home to the Paris Opera, is 12 minutes north of the Mandarin Oriental…

…and the opulent Galeries Lafayette Haussmann shopping mall is just one minute further.

For a more intimate shopping experience, head over to the famous covered passageways – this is the Passage des Panoramas, a 20-minute walk from the hotel.

For fine dining outside of the hotel, try Le Grand Colbert, made famous by the Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson movie, Something’s Gotta Give. 15-minute walk.

Or head to Verjus for their fantastic 78€ tasting menu, just steps from the Palais Royal and a 13-minute walk from the hotel.

For something more affordable, try Juveniles, a friendly wine-shop-turned-restaurant with cozy French home cooking. 13-minute walk.

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Relais Christine Paris – Hotel Review

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The Relais Christine hotel in Paris’ 6th Arrondissement.

Relais Christine – A luxury boutique hotel located on a quiet side street in Saint Germain des Pres. A hidden gem, set inside a former abbey and accessed through a beautiful ivy-covered courtyard. Original details of the former abbey remain, such as vaulted cave ceilings in the breakfast room. In the morning, there’s homemade honey from bees that frequent the hotel’s garden. Rooms have been recently updated with patterned fabrics and walls that mix and matched to create a classic, yet vibrant, look. Lounge areas are more traditional, with painted portraits displayed and a cozy fireplace. The Relais Christine provides an oasis of calm in one of Paris’ most bustling neighborhoods, especially for those who book one of their popular garden suites – each with a private terrace that opens directly onto the hotel garden.

Relais Christine – The Basics

  • Location: Excellent Left Bank location in the heart of St Germain De Pres. Set amid bustling shops, galleries, and restaurants, but tucked away on a quiet side street. The Louvre, Musee D’Orsay, and Notre Dame are all within easy walking distance from here; 5-minute walk to the Metro station of St Michel-Notre Dame.
  • Ages: Relais Christine is child-friendly. Cribs and highchairs are available on request. All children under 2 years stay free in a crib – maximum one crib per room. Two-level suites are great for families – some open onto a semi-private, grassy garden, and two suites have kitchens. Babysitting can be arranged through the concierge.
  • Pet Policy: Up to two well-behaved dogs (no size limit) are allowed for no additional fee. There are two cats who live in the hotel.
  • View: Garden, courtyard, or street views.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Complimentary WiFi.
  • Parking: Complimenary valet parking (private garage).
  • Nice Perks: Complimentary bike and umbrella rental; Fiat 500 S convertable rental (at extra cost); Complimentary valet parking; Bluetooth speakers; Histoires de Parfums toiletries; In-room Nespresso machines; Electric vehicle charging stations; Hotel cats; Honesty bar in lobby.
  • Phone: +33 1 40 51 60 80
  • Email: [email protected]
  • When To Book: Relais Christine’s 48 rooms and suites fill up fast; book months in advance, especially for high season.
  • How To Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.

Relais Christine – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool. There is a hot tub and sauna in the hotel spa, available to guests.
  • Spa: Spa Guerlain is located in the 13th century vaults below the hotel, and features a jacuzzi, sauna, exercise room, and two private treatment rooms (one double). Facial and body treatments, massage, hand/foot treatments, waxing, pre-natal treatments. Open for hotel guests from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm – treatments can be booked outside of these hours for an additional charge. Book treatments in advance. Age 18+
  • Fitness Center: Small fitness center in the underground vaulted spa; treadmill, stationary bike, weight machines, free weights.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.

Relais Christine – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: No hotel restaurant.
  • Lounge/Bar: Honesty bar in lobby, where guests can mix their own drinks.
  • Breakfast: An excellent breakfast buffet (additional fee), snacks, and afternoon tea are offered in one of the hotel’s lounge areas.
  • Room Service: 24 hour room service.

Relais Christine – Rooms

  • Room Types: Cosy Room • Superior Room • Deluxe Room • Duplex Junior Suite • Suite • Garden Suite • List of all rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is allowed in guest rooms and outdoor areas. Non-smoking rooms are available by request.
  • Best Room: Garden Suites sleep 3, and open onto a semi-private grassy garden area.

Relais Christine – What’s Nearby?

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Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • Rue de Buci – A Street chock full of a great variety of food vendors (meat, cheese, fruit, seafood, bread, vegetables), as well as patisseries, wine shops, and a supermarket. 4-minute walk.
  • Marché St-Germain – Traditional street market with stalls selling quality fruit, vegetables, flowers, meat, and seafood. 8-minute walk.
  • Citypharma – Pharmacy selling medications, first aid supplies, and French beauty products. 8-minute walk.

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Relais Christine – The Hotel

The boutique Relais Christine hotel is located in the heart of St Germain De Pres on Paris’ Left Bank.

The hotel is set amid bustling shops, galleries, and restaurants, but tucked away on Rue Christine, a quiet side street.

A former abbey, Relais Christine is accessed through a beautiful garden courtyard.

The main entrance leads to this elegant reception area.

Next to an elaborate mural, stairs lead down to Spa Guerlain, located in the 13th-century vaults below the hotel. Spa Guerlain features a jacuzzi, sauna, exercise room, and two private treatment rooms – one is a double.

Beyond reception, the main floor of the hotel is made up of many comfortable and well-appointed lounge areas.

These cozy spaces feature fireplaces…

…books…

…displayed artwork…

…and tabletop games for guest use.

There’s also an honesty bar, where guests can mix their own drinks.

This is the courtyard view upon exiting the hotel. On the left you can see a few trellis-covered garden seating areas.

Directly across from the hotel, there is a small movie theater that plays classic American and foreign films (with subtitles).

Just around the corner, you’ll find the Mariage Frères Tea Shop…

…with an assortment of its famous teas for sale on the main floor,

…and a tearoom above – a perfect spot for brunch or a light lunch.

Many of Paris’ most famous and best-loved restaurants are located nearby. Le Procope has the distinction of being the city’s oldest restaurant. It’s a short 3-minute walk away.

Cafe de Flore, the famous hangout of Picasso, Sartre, Hemingway, and Capote is 10 minutes away on foot…

…sitting just across the street from its historical rival, Les Deux Magots…

…and on the same block as the famous steak frites joint, Le Relais de l’Entrecôte.

There are some fantastic newer restaurants in the immediate area, as well. The French-Asian fusion cuisine of Ze Kitchen Gallerie is 2 minutes from the hotel.

And modern French favorite, Semilla, is just 4 minutes away.

Next door to Semilla, find Freddy’s – a friendly and casual wine bar with an excellent tapas menu.

Or head a few blocks south to L’Avant Comptoir de la Mer, for champagne and oysters. A 5-minute walk from the hotel.

Relais Christine is excellently located for sightseeing. It’s a 4-minute walk to Pont Neuf and the Siene River.

…and a 10-minute walk across the Seine (via the Pont des Arts, seen here) to the Louvre museum.

The famous bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, is 9 minutes from the hotel…

…with Notre Dame Cathedral sitting just across the Seine, a 12-minute walk from Relais Christine.

For something different, check out Deyrolle. It’s a posh garden store on the main floor, with a sprawling and museum-like taxidermy shop up above. 16 minutes west of the hotel.

Or walk 10 minutes southeast to visit the Cluny Museum’s impressive collection of medieval art.

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The Four Seasons Paris – Hotel Review

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Rooftop view from the Four Seasons George V Hotel in Paris’ 8th Arrondissement.

The Four Seasons Hotel George V – located in the heart of Paris’s Golden Triangle – the center of luxury, fashion and glamour. Aesthetic highlights include beautifully appointed rooms decorated in the Louis XVI style, a gorgeous marble courtyard, magnificent Jeff Leatham floral arrangements, three Michelin-starred restaurants, and the impressive architecture of its original 1928 Art Deco building. Highly recommended is a meal at Michelin 3-star restaurant Le Cinq, whose wine list, as thick as a phone book, is representative of the hotel’s impressive collection of 50,000+ bottles; oenophiles can arrange an exclusive wine tasting and tour of the cellar with the George V’s own award-winning sommelier.

Four Seasons George V – The Basics

  • Location: Great 8th arrondissement location on Avenue George V – surrounded by great restaurants and high end shopping, very near the Champs-Élysées, and walking distance to major sights like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the River Seine.
  • Ages: All ages are welcome; despite the elegant decor, the Four Seasons George V is very kid-friendly. They provide childproofing services, diaper genies, wipes, cribs, high chairs, child-sized bathrobes & slippers, rubber duckies, and kids’ toiletries. The hotel’s restaurants and room service have kids’ menus. Complimentary games, DVDs, gaming systems and activities are provided, as well as private back of house tours, seasonal events for kids, and custom Paris itineraries for families. Babysitting services can be arranged through the hotel concierge with 24-hour advance notice. No additional fee for children 18 and younger occupying the same room as their parents or guardians.
  • Pet Policy: Pet-friendly to small dogs; one dog under 15 pounds is allowed for no additional fee. (Guide dogs of all sizes are allowed.) Dog beds, bowls, treats, and bottled water are provided.
  • View: Most room views are of Avenue George V, Avenue Pierre 1er De Serbie, or the marble courtyard. Some rooms have Eiffel Tower views, the best being from the Penthouse or Royal Suites.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Complimentary WiFi for all guests.
  • Parking: Valet parking is offered for €54 per day, with unlimited in/out priveleges. The valet lot is located across the street from the hotel.
  • Nice Perks: Complimentary snacks, tea, and coffee. Daily newspaper delivery on request. In-room espresso machines. Umbrellas and waterproof city maps available at the front desk. Complimentary overnight shoeshine. Bulgari toiletries. Early morning guided runs past Paris landmarks. Requests and arrangements (including room and turn-down service) can be easily managed via the Four Seasons mobile app.
  • Phone: +33 1 49 52 70 00
  • How To Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.

Four Seasons George V – Amenities

  • Pool: 17-meter pool, beautifully renovated in 2018, with sauna and jacuzzi.
  • Spa: Five-star spa with six treatment rooms and a hairdressing and nail salon. Massage, facial, and skin treatments. Massages can be combined with a private yoga class or a personal training session. Facilities are open from 6:30am til 10pm, with treatments offered between 9am and 9pm.
  • Fitness Center: Fully equipped fitness center is open 24 hours daily, with personal trainers and service attendants available from 6:30am until 10pm. Cardio and weight training machines, free weights, pilates rings and power balls, yoga mats and blocks. Complimentary fruit and juice.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The Penthouse has a jetted infinity tub, and Royal and Presidential Suites feature steam rooms.

Four Seasons George V – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: The Four Seasons Paris shares 5 Michelin stars between its three restaurants: Le Cinq (3 stars) specializes in modern French cuisine, Le George (1 star) offers Mediterranean fare, and L’Orangerie (1 star) serves traditional French classics in a beautiful glass and steel conservatory. All restaurants offer children’s menus. Book ahead.
  • Lounge/Bar: La Galerie‘s all-day lounge serves coffee, tea, and cocktails
    from 8am until midnight. Le Bar is an intimate and sophisticated cocktail lounge that is open from 10am until 1:30 am (2:30 close on Friday and Saturday nights).
  • Breakfast: Not included in the room rate. Breakfast is served at Le Cinq from 7am-10am, At L’Orangerie from 7am-10:30am, at La Galerie from 8am-noon, and at Le Bar from 10am-noon. In the height of travel season, reservations are recommended for breakfast.
  • Room Service: 24 hours, with all hotel restaurant menus available for room delivery.

Four Seasons George V – Rooms

  • Room Types: Premier Room • Deluxe Room • Superior Room • One Bedroom Deluxe Suite • Duplex Suite • Four Seasons Suite • Premiere Suite • Empire Suite • English Suite • Parisian Suite • French Suite • Presidential Suite • Royal Suite • Penthouse • List of all rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is permitted in guest rooms and in outdoor common areas. Non-smoking guest rooms are available by request.
  • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms: Some Deluxe Rooms have wheelchair-accessible doors, lowered peepholes and light switches, grab bars for the bathtub and toilet, and roll-in showers. Request when booking.
  • Best Room: The eighth floor Penthouse (160 sqm) features a private conservatory, marble bathroom with jetted infinity tub, dressing room, Baccarat Crystal glassware, and spacious terrace with 360-degree views of Paris – including the Eiffel Tower.

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Four Seasons George V – The Hotel

The Four Seasons George V luxury hotel enjoys a prime location in Paris’ posh 8th arrondissement.

The hotel’s elegant yet airy interior features jaw-dropping floral arrangements by artistic director Jeff Leatham. This is the main reception area.

Over 12,000 flowers are driven in from Amsterdam each week to ensure that only the freshest flowers are used to create the rotating displays.

Elaborate floral arrangements feature prominently throughout the hotel.

La Galerie restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner on the hotel’s main floor, just down from the lobby.

The light and modern Mediterranean cuisine of the hotel’s elegant Le George restaurant has earned a Michelin star. Le George is open for lunch and dinner.

L’Orangerie, the Four Season’s terrace restaurant, serves Michelin-starred traditional French fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Just beyond, you can see the terrace entrance to the hotel’s most celebrated restaurant, Le Cinq, which has earned 3 Michelin stars for its modern take on French cuisine – served daily at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Also on the main floor, Le Bar offers cocktails, beer, wine, and snacks from noon each day.

Breakfast is served in Le Bar from 10 am until noon, as well.

The Four Seasons George V is walkable to many popular Paris attractions. The Arc de Triomphe is 12 minutes away to the north.

Heading south from the hotel toward the Seine, it’s just 7 minutes to the luxury shops of Avenue Montaigne, such as Louis Vuitton…

…and Dior.

Walk 10 minutes south of the hotel to Palais Galliera, the City of Paris Fashion Museum…

…and the Palais de Tokyo, which are just across the street from one another.

Five more minutes’ walk west finds you at Place du Trocadero with its amazing view of the Eiffel Tower, which sits just across the river.

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The Peninsula Paris – Hotel Review

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The Peninsula Hotel in Paris’ 16th Arondissement.

The Peninsula Paris – peaceful location in the 16th, a short stroll from the Champs Elysées and Arc de Triomphe. Opened in August 2014, the Peninsula has a refined, contemporary air while incorporating state of the art technology. Each room comes with a custom Samsung tablet that controls everything from room temperature to TV to room service. Printer/scanner/copiers and electric nail dryers come standard in every room. Each room also has a “valet box” – a discreet compartment within the dressing area where you can place laundry (to be washed) or shoes (to be shined) and an attentive staffer will whisk them away through a special access panel. Morning newspaper deliveries are made in the same unobtrusive way. But the most amazing detail of The Peninsula is the view. Dining at the rooftop restaurant L’Oiseau Blanc, patrons will be treated to an incredible view of the Eiffel Tower while enjoying Michelin-worthy cuisine. Guests who are lucky enough to book the Katara Suite have their own private rooftop garden complete with sweeping views of all the major landmarks in Paris.

The Peninsula Paris – The Basics

  • Location: Central 16th arrondissement location, in a charming, quieter tree-lined neighborhood two blocks from the Arc de Triomphe. Ten-minute walk to the Champs Élysées, 16 minutes to the luxury shops of Avenue Montaigne, and 23 minutes to the Eiffel Tower. The nearest Metro stop is Kléber (Line 6).
  • Ages: The Peninsula is family-friendly. Rooms are spacious, and there’s a great pool. Cribs, baby tubs, and baby bath products are provided for infants. Kids eat free (off the kids’ menu) when dining with their parents. Through the Peninsula’s “Family Time with Disney” Package, families can get an adjoining room at 50% off for kids under 12, which will be filled with Disney-themed toys, treats, and costumes. “Peninsula Academy” plans fun activities like chocolate making, fantasy football, and day at the Opera – though these are not complimentary. Babysitting can be arranged through the concierge.
  • Pet Policy: The Peninsula Paris welcomes pets. Well-behaved dogs stay for no extra fee, and receive a bed and personalized blanket, as well as a special welcome basket full of dog food, water, toy and a name tag.
  • View: The rooftop restaurant has 360° views over Paris.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Wi-fi is complimentary for all guests.
  • Parking: Valet parking is available in an on-site underground garage for €50/day.
  • Nice Perks: Chauffered limousines, a vintage Rolls-Royce Phantom II, Mini Cooper S Clubman hardtops, and BMW 7 Series sedans are available for in-town transportation. The “Peninsula Academy” creates custom behind-the-scenes Parisian excursions and activites for adults and families (for an extra charge). Electric bikes are available to borrow. Tablet-controlled curtains, lights, and television; in-vanity nail dryers; Oscar de la Renta bath amenities.
  • Phone: +33 (0)1 58 12 28 88
  • Email: [email protected]
  • When To Book: Book months in advance for high and shoulder season travel, several weeks in advance for mid-winter.
  • How To Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.

The Peninsula Paris – Amenities

  • Pool: Beautiful 20m indooor pool with floor-to-ceiling waterfall. Open 6:30am – 10:00pm daily.
  • Spa: The Peninsula Spa has 6 treatment booths, 2 private suites, 2 hot tubs, saunas, hammams, and experience showers. Treatments are French/Asian blend, and begin in the Asian Tea Lounge. A healthy spa dining menu is also offered. Open 9:00am – 9:00pm daily.
  • Fitness Center: The Peninsula’s 24 hour fitness center features LifeFitness brand cardio and weight machines, medicine balls, personal training, and free weights. Yoga and coach-led classes are offered daily.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None

The Peninsula Paris – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Four in-house restaurants: Lili serves gourmet Cantonese cuisine for lunch and dinner, L’Oiseau Blanc rooftop restaurants specializes in seasonal French fine dining (lunch and dinner) and has amazing views – reserve in advance, Le Lobby offers French/International breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea, and weekend brunch in a beautiful Belle Epoque dining room. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea are also served seasonally on the outoor Kléber Terrace restaurant. For €600/person (plus €150 a piece for wine pairings), guests can dine at the Secret Table, the ultimate private and romantic rooftop location with incredible Eiffel Tower reviews. The Secret Table must be reserved at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Lounge/Bar: The Peninsula has three bars: the opulent Bar Kléber, the cigar lounge, and Le Rooftop, a beautiful rooftop cocktail bar with panoramic city views.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary. Served in Le Lobby and on the Kléber Terrace from 7am-10:30am on weekdays, and from 7am-11am on weekends.
  • Room Service: 24 hour room service is available.

The Peninsula Paris – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Room • Deluxe Room • Junior Suite • Superior Suite • Deluxe Suite • Grand Premier Suite • Rooftop Garden Suite • The Katara Suite • The Historic Suite • The Peninsula Suite • List of all rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: Non-smoking rooms available.
  • Best Room: The 6th floor Katara Suite sleeps 3 and features a 90 sqm terrace and a private rooftop garden with spectacular views. An extra bedroom can be connected to the Katara Suite to form a two-bedroom suite.

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The Peninsula Paris – The Hotel

The Peninsula Hotel’s main entrance is on posh Avenue Kléber in Paris’ 16th arrondissement.

Its grand reception area features design elements that are repeated throughout the hotel’s common areas, such as polished marble floors…

…wide, airy corridors…

…and stylish seating nooks.

There are also a few luxury shops on site, located just off the lobby.

The beautiful Le Lobby restaurant is located on the Peninsula’s main floor.

Its Belle Epoque dining room is accented with tall palms, and features an elegant marble bar.

Le Lobby serves traditional French and International breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea, as well as brunch service on Sundays.

The same menu is served seasonally just outside of Le Lobby, on the hotel’s Kléber Terrace, looking out over the wide avenue of the same name.

Also on the hotel’s main floor, their Cantonese restaurant, Lili, offers gourmet Cantonese cuisine for lunch and dinner.

In addition to its grand main dining space, Lili also features a smaller dining room…

…and intimate booth seating.

The Peninsula’s historic Bar Kléber is one of two bars on site. It is located on the main floor, and is open from noon to 2am daily.

Fun fact: the Paris Peace Accords were signed here in 1973, ending the Vietnam War.

To access the hotel’s second bar, take the elevator up to the 6th floor…

…to Le Rooftop, which serves cocktails, snacks, and sandwiches from noon to 1am.

Le Rooftop also features comfortable lounge-style seating…

…and panoramic city views.

…including peek-a-boo views of the Eiffel Tower.

Also on the 6th floor, but inside, find L’Oiseau Blanc, the hotel’s spectacular fine dining restaurant with its glass-domed atrium and spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower. (In the evening, the blinds are opened for unobstructed views.)

The aviation-themed L’Oiseau Blanc is named for an historic biplane, a 75% size model of which hovers next to the restaurant.

At Peninsula’s side entrance, on Avenue des Portugais, you’ll find valet parking attendants, as well as various luxury vehicles for chauffered guest transportation…

…including a vintage Rolls-Royce Phantom II.

Those looking for a more pedestrian way to get around will find the Kléber Metro station just around the corner, a 1-minute walk from the hotel.

The Peninsula Paris is located two blocks from the Arc de Triomphe, an 8-minute walk from the hotel to the Arc entrance.

The Trocadero’s amazing Eiffel Tower views are an easy 13-minute walk south.

Opposite the river from the Trocadero (crossing on the Pont d’Iéna) is a popular spot for catching Seine tour boats. This is one from Vedettes de Paris. (22-minute walk.)

Palais Galliera, the City of Paris Fashion Museum, is 14-minutes south of the hotel….

…with the Palais de Tokyo exhibition space just across the street.

From the hotel, a 15-minute walk southeast will take you to Avenue Montaigne’s luxury fashion houses like Louis Vuitton…

…and Dior.

For fine dining outside of the hotel, walk 11-minutes east to Le Cinq at the Four Seasons, which has earned 3 Michelin stars for its modern take on French cuisine.

Or for a more casual, yet still elevated option, head out for Wagyu beef hamburgers at Baagaa. 11 minutes south.

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Le Bristol Paris – Hotel Review

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Le Bristol Hotel in Paris’ 8th Arrondissement.

One of Paris’s classic grand dames, Le Bristol Hotel is also the city’s most homey luxury property. Set in a prime location among the chic shops on Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré and steps from the Grand Palais, a stay here feels like a visit to a friend’s ornate country house, complete with resident feline – you’ll find the hotel’s Burmese cat, Fa-Raon, lounging by the fireplace or in the beautiful 1200 sq ft enclosed garden. There’s a great luxury spa and a delightful rooftop pool with sweeping city views. Le Bristol shares 4 Michelin stars (the most of any hotel in Paris) between the 3-star Epicure and their luxury brasserie 114 Faubourg.

Le Bristol Paris – The Basics

  • Location: Central and fashionable 8th arrondissement location, very close to the shops and restaurants of the Champs Élysées. One block from the residential quarters of the President of France, Élysée Palace.
  • Ages: Le Bristol is very kid friendly: Child-sized robes, slippers, kid-friendly bath products, treats, toys, and treasure hunts are offered for older kids. Baby cots are available for the littlest guests. There’s an adorable kids’ activity room adjacent to the hotel spa, and childcare is provided for parents while receiving treatments. The spa also has a special treatment room dedicated to parent/kid spa sessions. The hotel’s beautiful restaurant has a kids’ menu, and kids especially love the roofop swimming pool (fashioned to look like a boat) and the hotel cat. Babysitting can be arranged through the concierge.
  • Pet Policy: Pet-friendly. Le Bristol allows two pets of any size for a fee of €50 per pet, per night; pets receive a welcome pack that includes two bowls, mineral water, treats, and a small rug embroidered with the name of the pet. Pets are not allowed in the hotel bar or restaurant. There is a cat who lives in the hotel.
  • View: Guest rooms overlook the lovely hotel garden or elegant rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Some rooms have views of the Eiffel Tower, and there are amazing views of the city from the rooftop pool.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Wi-Fi is complimentary.
  • Parking: Valet parking for €55/day.
  • Nice Perks: Transfers and excursions are available via Mercedes E Class, S Class or V Class Limousines.
  • Phone: +33 1 53 43 43 00
  • Email: [email protected]
  • When To Book: Book months in advance, especially during the high travel seasons of spring, summer, early fall, and late December.
  • 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.

Le Bristol Paris – Amenities

  • Pool: Smallish but fun rooftop pool that’s designed to look like a ship. Surrounded by windows that give panoramic views of the city, including the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, and Sacré-Coeur. Aqua-training and swimming lesson sessions (for kids and adults) are offered. Open 6:30am to 10:30pm daily.
  • Spa: Award-winning Spa The Bristol by La Prairie offers eight treatment cabins, including one designed for couples, and one for parent/child pairs. Massage, facial, and body treatments. Open 9am to 9pm daily.
  • Fitness Center: Small, but well-equipped with Kinesis latest machines. Personal training and personalized fitness programs (including yoga) are available on request. Open 6:30am to 10:30pm daily.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The Jacuzzi Terrace Suite features an outdoor hot tub on its 120 sqm terrace that overlooks the hotel’s garden.

Le Bristol Paris – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Le Bristol features four in-house restaurants – Epicure is a 3-star Michelin, serving contemporary French cuisine in a romantic setting (jacket required), 114 Faubourg is a Michelin 1-star Michelin brasserie, Le Jardin Francaise is an elegant seasonal outdoor garden cafe, and Café Antonia is a casual spot that serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.
  • Lounge/Bar: Bristol Bar is a casually elegant cocktail & tapas bar. Live DJ every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Open from 5:30pm to 2am daily.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary. Served at Epicure from 7am to 10:30am, and at Café Antonia from 9am to 11am.

Le Bristol Paris – Rooms

  • Room Types: Upper Room • Deluxe Suite • Deluxe Garden View Room • Prestige Room • Junior Suite • Junior Garden View Suite • Junior Deluxe Suite • Junior Prestige Suite • Luxury Suite Saint-Honoré Suite • Presige Elysee Suite • Josephine Baker Suite • Terrace Suite • Jacuzzi Terrace Suite • Penthouse Suite • Panoramic Suite • Paris Suite • Royal Suite • Honeymoon Suite • Imperial Suite • List of all rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is allowed in all guest rooms and suites. If a non-smoking room is preferred, notify the hotel when booking, and the room will be “desmoked” before your arrival.
  • Best Room: The Panoramic Suite sleeps three, and includes a private dining room, living room, kitchen, huge marble bathroom, and flowered terrace with views of Montmartre, Opera Garnier, and Sacre Ceour.

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Le Bristol – The Hotel

Le Bristol Hotel is located on Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré in Paris’ chic 8th arrondissement.

The Bristol’s grand lobby features ornate decor and larger-than-life floral arrangements.

There’s also a boutique shop that sells jewelry, books, and high-end souvenirs.

Beyond the lobby, however, the hotel’s common areas and restaurants have a more relaxed feel.

Past the marble pillars, the most casual of the hotel’s restaurants, Café Antonia, serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea.

Le Jardin Francaise, a seasonal garden cafe, is located in the hotel’s outdoor courtyard.

114 Faubourg has earned a Michelin star for its upscale bistro fare. The Bristol’s fine dining restaurant, Epicure (not pictured), has earned 3.

Le Bristol Bar is located on the hotel’s ground floor, and open every day from 5:30 pm til 2 am. There’s a live DJ here on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6.30 to 9.30 pm and from Thursday to Saturday until 12:30 am.

Despite its fancy appearance, Le Bristol is very kid-friendly. There’s a children’s activity room adjacent to the spa, and an enclosed rooftop swimming pool that fashioned to resemble a yacht.

Le Bristol is a 9-minute walk from the Grand Palais.

It’s just 13 minutes to the luxury shops of Avenue Montaigne, such as Louis Vuitton…

…and Dior.

The Tuileries Gardens are a 17-minute walk east.

And the Arc de Triomphe is 23 minutes to the west.

For a unique fine dining experience outside of the hotel, try Le Laurent, A secluded 1-star Michelin in a former hunting lodge of Louis XIV. (6-minute walk.)

Or head to Le Cinq, the wonderful restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel, a 17-minute walk away.

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Le Royal Monceau Paris – Hotel Review

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 21, 2019

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Hotel Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris is located in the city’s 8th Arrondissement.

Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris – stunning Philippe Starck-designed luxury hotel that mixes cool artsiness with antique elegance. Located in a tranquil part of the 8th arrondissement, guests here have easy access to the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and one of Paris’ prettiest parks, the Parc Monceau. Perfect for the culture-savvy traveler, Le Royal Monceau maintains a unique emphasis on contemporary art through its in-house art gallery and bookstore, and supplies each room with an acoustic guitar. A dedicated “Art Concierge” curates a weekly selection of exhibits and events around town, as well as offers custom tours of the hotel’s private collection. The hotel’s private cinema hosts Sunday night champagne-and-gourmet popcorn screenings, and the gorgeous 16,000 sq ft. Clarins spa has one of the largest private pools in the city.

Le Royal Monceau – The Basics

  • Location: Central 8th arrondissement location, between the Arc de Triomphe and Parc Monceau, very near the Champs-Elysées. Situatued in an upscale neighborhood, amid shops and cafes, and within walking distance to the Grand Palais, luxury shopping on Avenue Montaigne, and the Eiffel Tower.
  • Ages: Family-friendly. Cribs, baby beds, and baby bath products are available for infants and toddlers, and DVD players, Wii and PlayStation gaming systems available on request for older kids. There are kids’ menus available in the restaurants and room service. Kids are welcome in the hotel swimming pool from 10am to 5pm daily. Babysitting services can be arranged through the concierge.
  • Pet Policy: Small dogs (up to 11 pounds) stay free. Bowls, beds, and treats provided.
  • View: Some rooms feature views of the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Parking: Valet parking rate is €40/day.
  • Nice Perks: In-house contemporary art gallery and bookshop. Sunday night film screening in the hotel’s 99-seat cinema. An acoustic guitar, art books, and artwork from the hotel’s private collection are featured in each room. Clarins bath amenities. Daily newspaper delivery.
  • Phone: +33 (0) 1 42 99 88 00
  • Email: [email protected]
  • When To Book: Book months in advance, especially for the high travel seasons of April-September, and December.
  • 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.

Le Royal Monceau – Amenities

  • Pool: A gorgeous, Philippe Starck-designed 23-meter indoor swimming pool, part of the hotel’s Clarins spa, is available to guests from 6:30am to 10pm Monday to Saturday; 7:30am to 8:30pm Sundays. Kids are welcome from 10am to 5pm.
  • Spa: Le Royal Monceau’s Clarins Spa offers facial and body treatments, nail care and waxing, make-up services, and massage packages. There is also a hair salon. Treatments are available 9am – 9pm (last appointment at 8:15 pm) Monday to Saturday; Sundays 8:30am – 8pm (last appointment at 7:15 pm).
  • Fitness Center: Small, but well-equipped two-room gym with Technogym cardio machines, mats, and free weights. Private fitness coaching, yoga facilities, and pilates equipment and instruction are available. Open 6:30am to 10pm Monday to Saturday; 7:30am to 8:30pm Sundays.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.

Le Royal Monceau – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Le Royal Monceau has three restaurants on-site: Matsuhisa offers gourmet Peruvo-Japanese cuisine under the direction of renowned Japanese chef Nobu, Il Carpaccio boasts one Michelin star and features Italian cuisine with desserts by Pierre Hermé, and La Cuisine serves daily breakfast and weekend brunch. Seasonal terrace seating is available for all restaurants.
  • Lounge/Bar: Two bars. The Long Bar serves cocktails, breakfast, snacks, and tapas; open Thursday to Saturday from 8am to 1am, Sunday to Wednesday from 8am to midnight. The Viñales Club is a private cigar lounge open only to Raffles hotel members, by reservation only.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary. Served daily in La Cuisine restaurant from 7-10:30am, and in the Long Bar from 8am to noon.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Le Royal Monceau – Rooms

  • Room Types: Studio Room • Deluxe Collection Room • Executive Room • Junior Suite • Gallery Suite • Signature Suite • Lifestyle Suite • Prestige Suite • Penthouse Suite • Royal Monceau Suite • Katara Presidential Suite • Raffles Presidential Suite • Presidential Suite 241 • List of all rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: All rooms at Le Royal Monceau are non-smoking.
  • Best Room: The Raffles Presidential Suite features three bedrooms, a private gym, a huge living and dining room, private entrance and a personal elevator with direct spa access.

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  • Pierre Hermé – Award-winning and creative macarons (try the signature “Ispahan” – a blend of rosewater, raspberry, and lychee). 11-minute walk.
  • Ladurée – Fancy pastries, and macarons to write home about. 12-minute walk.
  • Avenue Montaigne – All the best luxury brands on one street: Chanel, Marni, Gucci, Céline, Jil Sander, Saint Laurent, Fendi, Chloé, Ralph Lauren, Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Armani, Prada, etc. 20-minute walk.

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York’s Best Luxury Hotels: The Grand, Judges Lodging, Hotel du Vin
York’s Most Historic Hotels: Grays Court, Middlethorpe Hall Hotel and Spa, The Bar Convent
York’s Best New Hotel: Hotel Indigo
York Hotels with Pools: Mount Royale (outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, plus sauna and steam room), The Principal (small, but quiet), Middlethorpe Hall Hotel and Spa (a warm indoor pool with a Jacuzzi and spa attached), The Grand, York Marriott, Moxy (budget hotel with a pool), Novotel York Centre, Best Western Kilima
York Hotels with Kitchens: The Lawrance Luxury Aparthotel, Minster’s Reach Apartments, Dennington Luxury Apartments, Staycity Aparthotels Paragon Street
Best Views: The Principal (views over the town and of the Minster), Grays Court (some rooms have up-close views of the Minster), Hilton York (great views of the city walls), The Queens Hotel (views overlooking the River Ouse)
Best York Hotels for Foodies: Most of these hotels are within a 15 minute walk of the historic centre, where you can explore York’s thriving food scene. However, The Grange has an Ivy Brasserie on site, Judges Lodging is just behind the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms, and Dean Court Hotel is within a 3-minute walk of York’s best restaurants.
Best Neighbourhood Hotel in York: In the leafy area of The Mount, St George’s Hotel is about 1 and a half miles from York’s city centre. St George’s is very close to the York Racecourse, and is in an area with lots of pleasant parks, relaxed pubs, and good food is never too far away.
Best York Hotel with Free Parking: Mount Royale
Best Cheap Hotel in York: The Elmbank Hotel
Transport: York Train Station is just across the Ouse River from the city centre, and most hotels are no more than a ten minute walk. However, if you have lots of luggage, York has a comprehensive bus system that’ll help you get around the old city. The closest airports are Leeds-Bradford International (31 miles away) and Doncaster-Sheffield Airport (nearly 50 miles away).
Mount Royale
York’s outstanding example of proper Yorkshire hospitality. This charming, family-run hotel is just south of the city centre, about 10 minutes’ walk from York train station. All rooms and suites are equipped with necessary mod cons, plus a few pleasant surprises (look out for the complementary macarons), and the beds are extremely comfortable. Bathrooms are comparatively large, with big baths. Breakfast includes a continental selection, as well as a hearty Full English. The garden and outdoor swimming pool are a pleasant respite from the bustling town centre.
[Phone 01904 628856] [Maps]
Grays Court
Arguably the best located place in town, this small, boutique hotel backs right onto York’s city walls, which can be entered from the hotel grounds. Its 12 rooms and suites are beautifully decorated in a traditional style, many of them featuring four-poster beds. Some rooms have uninterrupted views of York Minster. The Bow Room restaurant is very highly recommended – especially the bespoke tasting menu – while the Jacobean Long Gallery is an atmospheric place to enjoy a drink.
[Phone 01904 612613] [Maps]
Middlethorpe Hall Hotel and Spa
The ideal place for a country retreat (that’s only 2 miles from York), Middlethorpe Hall is a gorgeous mansion, built in 1699. Set in expansive grounds that include a kitchen-garden and beehive area, each of the hotel’s spacious rooms has been lovingly restored to resemble Middlethorpe’s glory days. Dine in the double AA rosette restaurant, or unwind in one of the house’s many salons. The warm indoor swimming pool is a real highlight on rainy days, and the spa offers a comprehensive range of pampering treatments.
[Phone 01904 641241] [Maps]
The Principal
The biggest hotel on this list at 155 rooms, The Principal has a range of rooms and suites to suit different budgets. Every room has a TV, wifi, tea and coffee, plus ‘tuck box’ with some complementary snacks, such as Kitkats. The hotel is decked out in Art Deco style, but look out for the original Victorian tiling in the area by the gym – which, incidentally, features a small swimming pool. The numerous bars in the hotel boast different vibes and menu offerings. With an entrance leading from the forecourt at York train station, plus fully accessible rooms, it’s great for those who require accessibility.
[Phone 01904 653681] [Maps]
The Grange
A historic hotel covered with ivy – which is appropriate, considering a branch of The Ivy Brasserie is tucked away in the hotel’s basement. The bar, meanwhile, has a real log-burning fire that makes for a cosy atmosphere in winter. The rooms are light and airy for a period building, with Hypnos mattresses to ensure a very comfortable night’s sleep. Helpfully, the rooms are equipped with a fridge and small bottle of milk, and rollaways are available for children up to 12. The area is just north of York Minster, but incredibly quiet – not as frequented by the tourist crowds.
[Phone 01904 644744] [Maps]
The Churchill
A quirky hotel just a few metres away from The Grange, stepping inside The Churchill is like stepping back to the 1940s. Rooms are World War 2 themed, showcasing the hotel’s unique sense of humour. In the luxury rooms, you’ll find a roll top bath and four poster bed. Restaurant is small, but perfectly formed, with a pleasant outdoor seating area. Look out for the smoking area – or Churchill’s cigar bunker, as they call it.
[Phone 01904 644 456] [Maps]
Middletons
Close to the River Ouse, Middleton’s is housed in six historic buildings, set around a paved courtyard. This is a good option for those on a budget, as it has a few touches of luxury – all rooms come with a Lavazza coffee machine and pillow menu. Look for the cottage rooms if you’re travelling with kids, as they feature bunk beds and a living area. The Conservatory restaurant – which uses a lot of Yorkshire produce in its dishes – serves generous portions at a reasonable price. There’s also a small fitness centre available to all guests.
[01904 611570] [Maps]
Hotel Indigo
As one of the newest hotels in town, every room in this boutique hotel has air conditioning, rainfall showers, and HD televisions at your disposal. The rooms have a variety of different themes, including ‘Shabby Chic’, ‘Chocolate’ and ‘Yorkshire’ – but the one thing that unites them all is the spa-inspired bathrooms. There’s a small gym on the ground floor. Be sure to spend some time in the bar, as they make a point of serving local spirits and ales.
[Phone: 01904 231333] [Maps]

Piraeus Port near Athens, Greece

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 19, 2019

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Two large passenger/car ferries docked at Piraeus Port outside of Athens.

Piraeus is the largest and busiest ferry port serving Athens, with ferries going to almost all of the Greek islands in the Aegean.

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Where is Piraeus Port?

Piraeus ferry port is located about 10km south of central Athens and 45km west of the Athens International Airport. Piraeus is well-connected to central Athens and the airport via reliable metro, train, and bus service.

Athens has a second ferry port called Rafina. It has fewer sailings than Piraeus but can be convenient if you’re coming or going via the airport and don’t need to see or stay in central Athens. From Athens airport to Rafina takes about 20 minutes and costs around €40 by taxi (€55 between midnight and 5am); 40 minutes and €6 by bus.

Transportation Between Piraeus Port and Central Athens

The best way to get from Central Athens to Piraeus Port is generally via metro. If you have a lot of luggage, limited mobility, or are short on time taxi is a better option because you can be dropped directly to your gate. To get from Piraeus port to Athens, consider Welcome Pickups car service over a taxi: they can be pre-booked, cost the same as a cab, and you’ll skip waiting in line at the taxi rank.

Taking the Metro between Central Athens and Piraeus Port

The metro is a cheap and easy way to get between central Athens and the port. It’s a direct route from Monastiraki or Omonia stations (you’ll need to transfer in Monastiraki if you are coming from Syntagma station), and the Piraeus metro station is located just across the street from the port. Keep your metro ticket with you for your entire ride, and don’t forget to validate it at the validation machines before getting on the metro, or you risk incurring hefty fines. Lastly, be aware that on this heavily-touristed stretch of metro, pickpockets are not uncommon; if you keep your wits about you, your wallet out of your back pocket, and a hand on your zipped bag you should be fine.

  • 20-30 minutes.
  • Metro tickets cost €1.40.
  • The metro runs from 5:30am until about midnight. If your ferry leaves at 7:30am, leaving downtown Athens at 6am should give you plenty of time. (Metro timetable)
  • There is direct metro access to Piraeus Port from Monastiraki and Onomia stations (green line/#1). If you start from Syntagma station, take Line blue line/#3 to Monastiraki and transfer there to the green line/#1. This will add an extra 5 minutes to the trip.
  • The Piraeus metro station is located right just opposite the port entrance near gate E5 – follow the crowd across the street; the ticket booths will be to your left once you pass through the gate.

Taking a Taxi between Central Athens and Piraeus Port

If you’re pressed for time, are traveling with a lot of luggage, or have limited mobility, taking a taxi or car service to/from Piraeus is recommended; the driver will be able to drop you directly at your gate. Going by taxi will also be more comfortable than taking the metro, which is often extremely crowded. Be sure that your driver turns the meter on when you get in the cab; not doing so is a common way that taxi drivers try to get tourists to overpay for their trip. Note that it’s not uncommon in Greece for taxi drivers to let in additional passengers headed in a similar direction (they pay their own separate fare, not split yours) – but the original driver has a right to refuse this. If you’d prefer not to share a cab, let the driver know.

  • 20 to 30 minutes.
  • A taxi from central Athens to Piraeus port will cost €25 to €30.
  • Greek taxis have a 4-passenger limit.
  • In Athens, hail a cab by flagging one down as it goes by or wait at a taxi stand at Monastiraki, Syntagma, and other major tourist squares.
  • At Piraeus, wait in line for a taxi at one of multiple taxi ranks located within the port.

Private Car Service at Piraeus Port

Welcome Pickups is my favorite car service in Athens, and is a great alternative to a taxi for those who have planned their ferry trip in advance. Transport is pre-booked, so everything’s taken care of before your arrival, and there’s no standing in line for a taxi or navigating to the taxi rank or metro station. Drivers speak English, monitor the ferry schedules in case of delays, and are available by text to answer travel questions throughout your stay in Athens. They can even provide travel extras such as SIM cards and maps. Child car seats can be pre-ordered in advance of your trip.

  • 20 to 30 minutes.
  • €25 to €30 from Piraeus port into central Athens.
  • Welcome Pickups drivers operate 24/7.
  • Drivers will meet you at the ferry gate, holding a sign with your name.

Getting from the Piraeus Cruise Ship Terminal to Central Athens

Cruise ships dock at the far southern end of Piraeus port, a 20-minute walk around the harbor from the metro station. If your cruise line does not offer shuttle bus service to central Athens, take a taxi, pre-booked car service, or the Χ80 Piraeus-Akropolis-Syntagma Express bus that connects Piraeus cruise terminals with Athens city center. Bus stops are located at the cruise terminal gates directly outside of gates E12 and E11; from there, the express bus route stops at the Piraeus Archaeological Museum, the Acropolis, and Syntagma Square.

  • The X80 takes 30 minutes to get from the cruise terminals to central Athens.
  • For this bus, you need a €4.50 24-hour transit ticket.
  • During cruise season, buses run every 35 minutes from 7am to 9:30pm.
  • Tickets can be purchased on board the bus (exact fare only) or at any public transport ticket kiosk.

Transportation between Piraeus Port and Athens Airport

The best way to get from Athens airport to Piraeus Port is generally via the suburban train. It’s safer, more comfortable, and more reliable than the metro or bus, and far cheaper than a cab. Trains from the airport to the port run only once an hour, however, so the bus, car service, or a taxi are better options for those without a lot of time to spare between their flight and their ferry.

Taking the Suburban Train between Athens Airport and Piraeus Port

  • 65 minutes.
  • Train tickets cost €10.
  • Trains leave the airport once an hour from 6:09am until 10:09pm. (Airport-Piraeus timetable)
  • Trains leave Piraeus once an hour from 4:44am until 08:44pm. (Piraeus-airport timetable)
  • The suburban train station at Piraeus is in the same place as the metro station in Piraeus, directly across from the port entrance on Platform 3 near Gate E5.
  • The suburban train at the airport uses the same station as the metro train, a 10-15 minute walk from the arrival gate, but is located on the other side of the platform.

Taking the Bus between Athens Airport and Piraeus Port

The bus is the cheapest option when traveling between Piraeus port and the airport. It usually takes about an hour, and there are many stops along the way. The bus is generally reliable, but often crowded and always uncomfortable.

  • 60-90 minutes, depending on traffic.
  • Bus tickets cost €6. Children aged 6-18 and seniors over 65 are €3. Children under 6 are free.
  • The X96 bus runs all day and night between Athens Airport and Piraeus port, departing every every 15-30 minutes. (Bus timetable)
  • At the airport, the bus stand is located just outside of arrivals, between exits 4 and 5.
  • At Piraeus port, the bus stop is located opposite the port entrance near gate E5, just outside the metro station.
  • Tickets can be purchased from bus drivers, from the ticket kiosk at the bus departure area at the Athens airport, and from airport and Piraeus metro stations.

Taking a Taxi between Athens Airport and Piraeus Port

Though it costs more, a taxi is one of the fastest modes of travel between the airport and Piraeus port, and the increase in price can be justified by the convenience of not having to rely on a train or a bus timetable, as well as the comfort of not having to endure a long ride in a crowded metro car or bus. One big advantage of taking a taxi from the airport is that the driver will be able to drop you directly at your Piraeus ferry gate – ideal if you’re pressed for time, are traveling with a lot of luggage, or have limited mobility. Be sure that your driver turns the meter on when you get in the cab; not doing so is a common way that taxi drivers try to get tourists to overpay for their trip. Note that it’s not uncommon in Greece for taxi drivers to let in additional passengers headed in a similar direction (they pay their own separate fare, not split yours) – but the original driver has a right to refuse this. If you’d prefer not to share a cab, let the driver know.

  • 40-60 minutes, depending on traffic.
  • Standard taxis charge a flat rate for trips between the airport and Piraeus: 54€ in the day (5am to nidnight) and 70€ at night (midnight to 5am).
  • Greek taxis have a 4-passenger limit.
  • At the airport, the taxi stand is located at the arrivals area, between Exit 2 and 3.
  • At Piraeus, wait in line for a taxi at one of multiple taxi ranks located within the port.

Private Car Service between Athens airport and Piraeus Port

Welcome Pickups is my favorite car service in Athens, and is a great pre-planned alternative to a taxi. Transport is booked in advance, so everything’s taken care of before your arrival; no standing in line for a taxi or navigating to the taxi rank or metro station. Drivers speak English, monitor the ferry schedules in case of delays, and are available by text to answer travel questions throughout your stay in Athens. They can even provide travel extras such as SIM cards and maps. Child car seats can be pre-ordered in advance of your trip.

  • 40-60 minutes, depending on traffic – car service and taxi are the fastest ways to get between the airport and Piraeus.
  • Flat rate for trips between the airport and Piraeus: 54€ in the day (5am to nidnight) and 70€ at night (midnight to 5am).
  • Welcome Pickups drivers operate 24/7.
  • Drivers will meet you at the ferry gate or airport arrivals, holding a sign with your name.

Taking the Metro between Athens Airport and Piraeus Port

Though it’s one of the cheaper options, taking the metro between Athens airport and Piraeus port is not recommended; metro trains are crowded and uncomfortable, and the journey entails a transfer at hectic Monastiraki station. Bus, suburban train, car service, or taxi are better options. If you do take the metro, don’t forget to validate your metro tickets at the validation machines before getting on the metro, or you risk incurring hefty fines.

  • 85 minutes.
  • A metro ticket between the airport and Port cost 10€. Children under 6 are free.
  • The metro runs from 5:30am until about midnight. (Metro timetable)
  • To get to Piraeus port from the Athens airport on metro, take the blue line/#3 to Monastiraki station, where you will transfer onto the green line/#1 to Piraeus. To get from Piraeus to the airport, do the reverse.
  • The metro station at Athens airport is only a 10-15 minute walk from the arrival gate, outside of the airport itself. Follow the signs up one level to the main station area to buy your tickets, then go down the escalators to track level to board the train.
  • The metro station at Piraeus is located directly opposite the port entrance near gate E5. After arriving at Piraeus, follow the crowd across the street; ticket booths will be to your left once you pass through the gate.

Piraeus Port Ferry Tickets

How Early to Arrive for Piraeus Ferry?

  • Piraeus is a big port; arrive early to ensure enough time to collect your tickets and find your ship – an hour is a safe bet. There are port shuttles on site, but depending on the location of your ferry and the port shuttle schedule, walking to your gate could take 20 minutes or more. Many ticket booths are closed off-season, so allow extra time in winter, early spring, and late fall.

Should I buy my ferry tickets in advance or at the port?

  • Big ferries like the Blue Star rarely sell out, but the smaller, faster, catamaran-type ferries sometimes do, especially during high season. If you’re traveling between June and September and are taking a smaller ship, it’s a good idea to purchase tickets in advance. During the spring, fall, and winter, it’s generally not a problem to show up at the port an hour early and purchase tickets there. Ferryhopper.com’s helpful search function makes it easy to research ferry routes, schedules, and prices, whether you’re buying in advance from their website or purchasing at the port.

Where are the ticket kiosks in Piraeus Port?

  • The main ticket offices and travel agencies for most major lines are located inside the port gates, in a large building to the left of the vehicle entrance near gate E7. Ferry operators also maintain smaller booths for collecting already purchased ferry tickets near the port’s main pedestrian entrance (near the metro at gate E6), as well as at individual ship gates. Many of these smaller ticket booths will be closed off-season, so be sure to allow yourself some extra time.

Do Greek ferries use e-tickets?

  • Certain Greek ferry companies, such as Golden Star Ferries and Aegean Speed Lines, now offer electronic tickets, eliminating the need to collect physical tickets at the port. After booking tickets on FerryHopper.com, a confirmation email with links to web check-in will be sent. After checking in online on the day of your departure, you are able to download your boarding pass to print on your own or keep in your phone/tablet to present at departure.

Can I get my Piraeus Port tickets delivered in advance?

  • Tickets booked through FerryHopper.com can be delivered via courier to Athens area hotels for a surcharge. This can be a great timesaver, as Piraeus port is large and ticket collection can be confusing. Important Note: Ferry schedules can and do change; once you are in physical possession of your tickets, any cancellation or modification can only be processed in person, by returning the tickets to the Ferryhopper offices or a travel agency that works with your ferry company.

Piraeus Port Ferry Schedules

FerryHopper.com will have the most up-to-date schedules and fares for Greek ferries and is the best way to buy ferry tickets. Most ferries do not sell out, but for peace of mind, book tickets 2 to 3 months in advance.

Piraeus Port Map

Map of Piraeus port outside of Athens, showing ferry and cruise ship gates, bus stops, taxi stands, and cafes.

Generally, ships serving the Cyclades islands will use ferry gates E6, E7, E9, and E10; ferries to Crete will use gates E2, E3, E6, and E7; Ferries to the Dodecanese will depart from E1. Cruise ships use the two gates at the far south end of the port – E11 and E12. (Always check your ticket for gate information as ships sometimes get shuffled around, especially during the high season.)

Staying near Piraeus Port

Although it’s easy to get between Piraeus and central Athens, if you arrive on a late flight and need to catch an early morning ferry, you may choose to stay near the port in Piraeus. Great museums and a charming marina district make Piraeus an ideal place to stay for travelers who are looking to explore beyond the museums, ruins, and bustling squares of Athens – or are simply looking to avoid the hordes of capital city tourists.

Piraeus Hotels

  • Phidias Piraeus Hotel
    Modern and spacious rooms sleep up to four. Located in a quieter area near the Archaeological Museum, Naval Museum, and the shops and restaurants at Zea Marina. Guests receive a complimentary smartphone with unlimited calls and data, as well as shuttle service to and from the port, X96 bus stop, and metro station. • Map
  • Piraeus Dream Hotel
    Modern and recently-renovated rooms (double, twin, triple, and family room with bunk beds), rooftop restaurant, quick 4-minute walk to port. • Map
  • Hotel Achillon
    Low-key and affordable hotel about as close to the port as you can get. Rooms range from singles to quadruples that sleep four and superior doubles that sleep five. Quick 4-minute walk to gate E9. • Map
  • Mayflower Premium Apartments
    Spacious, modern, and well-decorated home-like apartments in the center of Piraeus – a 10-minute walk from the port. All units have well-appointed kitchens, comfortable Cocomat beds, and rainfall showers; some feature large terraces. Two-bedroom apartments sleep up to six people. • Map
  • Piraeus Theoxenia
    Clean, modern, and luxurious – though the decor and furnishings are beginning to look a little dated. Italian restaurant/bar on site, 24-hour front desk, breakfast buffet, rooftop pool and sunbeds. Suites sleep four people. 6-minute walk to the port (gate E9). • Map
  • The Alex
    Ultra new and ultra-modern boutique hotel amid the Kastella neighborhood’s chic shops and restaurants. Spectacular rooftop terrace with bar, restaurant, and incredible views over the yachts and fishing boats of Zea Marina. Shuttle service to Piraeus Port. • Map
  • Piraeus Port Hotel
    Clean and contemporary mid-range hotel in central Piraeus. Comfortable and spacious rooms, all with terraces or with balconies; family rooms sleep 3. Great and reasonably-priced breakfast starts at 6am to accommodate early morning ferry passengers. 10-minute walk to the port and metro station. • Map
  • Monogram Premium Suites
    With one modern suite on each of the building’s six floors, Monogram features minimalistic industrial decor and bold styling. Guests are given smartphones pre-loaded with local maps, restaurants, and points of interest. Located in a quiet neighborhood around the corner from beautiful Zea Marina. Transfer service to the port can be arranged through the concierge. • Map

Piraeus Restaurants

  • Varoulko Seaside – Michelin-starred, elegant fine dining in charming but touristy Mikrolimano marina, with a wonderful view of the sea. • +30 21 0522 8400 • Map
  • Paleo Wine Bar – Excellent wine bar in an historic warehouse building near the port (gate E5) and metro station. The wine list is extensive and well-curated, the food menu is abbreviated but mouth-watering. • +30 21 0412 5204 • Map
  • Abakos Steakhouse – Stylish, casual, and reasonably-priced steakhouse one block from the port (gate E9). Wood-fired meats, great wine list, killer picanha (Uruguyan steak). • +30 21 0452 5251 • Map
  • Arlekinos – Cozy and well-priced taverna, 8-minute walk to the port (gate E9). The menu excels in grilled meats and traditional meze, including many Cretan dishes. • +30 21 0413 2555 • Map
  • Stoa Rakadiko – Charming and quirky taverna near the port, with a beautiful atrium interior of stone walls and floating umbrellas. Extensive mix of traditional and innovative dishes, with many vegetarian/vegan options. 6-minute walk to the gate E8. • +30 21 0417 8470 • Map
  • Street Souvlaki – Best souvlaki in Piraeus in two locations: one a block from the port (gate E10) and one near Zea Marina. Sit at one of the indoor and outdoor tables, or order for take-away. Open from 11:30 until the wee hours (3am Sunday-Thursday, 4am Friday and Saturday). • +30 21 0417 0866 • Maps: Port, Marina
  • Bread Factory – Not only great bread, but also an amazing selection of pastries, ice cream, snacks, sandwiches, and hot meals. All across the street from the port at gate E9. • +30 21 0422 5318 • Map
  • Yperokeanio – The best seafood tavern in Piraeus. Its name means “ocean liner,” and its nautical-themed decor is charming and old-fashioned, not hokey. This restaurant is popular for a reason, so book reservations in advance. 3-minute walk from the port (gate E12). • +30 21 0418 0030 • Map
  • Margaro – Casual taverna, famous since 1944 for having the best fried fish and Greek salad in the Athens area. (It’s so good that it’s all they serve.) Near the port by the cruise terminals at gate E12. • +30 21 0451 4226 • Map
  • Hams and Clams – Awful name, awesome food. Waterfront oyster bar near Zea Marina. Great ceviche, fantastic cocktails and a great wine list. • +30 21 0418 6683 • Map

Things to Do in Piraeus

  • Archeological Museum of Piraeus – Small but interesting museum highlighting the evolution of the port of Piraeus (ancient Greece’s most important harbor) and the surrounding region from the 18th century BC to the 4th century AD. Pottery, bronze statues, and grave monuments of the 5th and 4th centuries B.C. are displayed, among other treasures – don’t miss the ancient amphitheatre out back. Located near Zea Marina. €4 admission. • Open 8am-3pm November to April, 8:30am-4pm April to November. Closed Tuesdays. • Map
  • Hellenic Maritime Museum – Maritime and naval artifacts and models from the region, including many from World Wars I and II. Located near Zea Marina. €4 admission. • Open 9am-2pm Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30am-2pm Saturday. Closed Mondays and Holidays. • Map
  • Pasalamani/Zea Marina – Charming marina neighborhood that was once one of the main harbors for the ancient Athenian warships. Now it’s a quiet, pleasant spot to watch Greek fishermen in their colorful boats, gawk at megayachts, and shop, sip, or nibble by the sea at one of the abundant waterfront restaurants, boutiques, and bars. • Map
  • Mikrolimano Marina – Another, smaller, picturesque marina filled with small fishing boats and luxury yachts. The boardwalk is lined with pricey fish restaurants that cater to tourists (including the Michelin-starred Varoulko by the Sea). • Map
  • Peiraiki – This is the peninsula just south of central Piraeus, beginning roughly at the Piraeus port cruise terminals and wrapping south and east along the coast to Pasalimani. This area houses the Naval Academy, and is peppered with some of the best fresh fish restaurants in the region (including Margaro and Yperokeanio, listed above). A leisurely walk along the coastal road to Pasalimani takes about an hour, and is especially enjoyable at sunset. Longer, if you stop for a bite at one of the many seaside restaurants along the way. • Map

Piraeus Port Photos

Piraeus Ferry Port in Athens

The ferry port in Athens is almost directly across the street from the subway station. Follow the crowds as they leave the train and you can’t miss the ferries. Straight ahead from the metro station is gate E6. Smaller-numbered gates are to the right, larger-numbered gates are to the left.

Places to buy food near Athens ferry port.

There are many places to buy food and snacks before boarding the ferry. These shops are located directly across from the ferry port and open 24 hours.

Where to pick up tickets at Athens ferry port.

The ticket kiosks to pick up ferry tickets are to the left as you enter the port area near gate E6. Plan to arrive an hour before departure to get your tickets.

Closed ferry ticket offices at Piraeus ferry port.

Off-season or after hours, the main ticket booths may be closed. In this case, use a travel agency (located in the larger white building behind and to the right) to purchase tickets, or – if you simply need to pick up your tickets – use a smaller ticket booth near the gate of your ship.

Ferry ticket office storefronts in Piraeus port.

These travel agencies are on the ground floor of the white building that’s shown in the background of the photo above. You can purchase tickets at any of these.

Travelers in a queue for a ferry ticket booth

This ticket booth is located at gate E4. Ticket booths at individual ferry gates open about an hour before the ferry is due to depart.

A man and young girl with suitcases, walking along a port road

Piraeus is a very large port, and if you arrive by bus or metro you may have a long walk to your ferry gate. (A taxi can drop you right at your gate.) There’s an in-port shuttle bus that runs between gates E1 and E5, but depending on the location of your ferry and the port shuttle schedule, walking to your gate could take 20 minutes or more.

Snack shop at Piraeus port.

There are a few small snack shops located inside the port, offering drinks and small bites to eat.

Sheltered bus stop at ferry port

The port shuttle bus stop at gate E3.

Travelers with suitcases walking to a ferry

Approaching the Blue Star Galaxy at Piraeus gate E4.

Passengers with suitcases boarding a ferry

Passengers boarding the Blue Star Galaxy car/passenger ferry to Chania, Crete.

Traveling to Piraeus from the Athens Airport

Airport buses to Piraeus.

The bus stop at Athens airport is located immediately outside the Arrivals level exit doors (follow the signs). Buy tickets at the kiosk visible to the right of the buses. You cannot buy tickets onboard the bus.

Athens airport X96 bus to Piraeus.

X96 is the bus from the airport to Piraeus. The X96 bus to Piraeus runs 24 hours and departs about every 15-30 minutes. The trip from the airport to the ferry port takes between 60 and 90 minutes and costs €6 (half-price for children and seniors).

Bus schedule from Athens airport to Downtown and Ferry Port.

Bus schedule from Athens airport to Downtown and Ferry Port. This is displayed both inside and outside the terminal.

Bus tickets for Airport buses.

Bus tickets for Airport buses. The blue one is a reduced fare for children and seniors. (Fares have increased since this photo was taken.) These tickets need to validated once you board the bus.

Validate bus ticket with this machine.

Validate bus tickets with this machine (onboard the bus).

Luggage storage onboard the X96 bus from the Athens airport to the port of Piraeus. (The X95 bus to downtown Athens has the same layout.)

Luggage storage onboard the X96 bus from the Athens airport to the port of Piraeus.

X96 bus stop in Piraeus.

The X96 bus stops at Piraeus beside gate E7, very close to the Piraeus metro station.

The taxi queue at the Athens airport. Taxis from the Athens airport to Piraeus cost about €50.

The taxi queue at the Athens airport, located between exits 2 and 3. Taxis from the Athens airport to Piraeus cost 54€ in the day (5am to nidnight) and 70€ at night (midnight to 5am) and take about an hour. In Greece, there is a 4 passenger limit per taxi.

Traveling to Piraeus port from central Athens

The Monastiraki metro station that has direct trains to the Piraeus ferry port. Omonia metro station also has direct trains.

The Monastiraki metro station that has direct trains to the Piraeus ferry port. Omonia metro station is on the same line (Line 1) and also has direct trains to Piraeus. If you start from Syntagma station you’ll need to take Line 3 to Monastiraki and change to Line 1. This adds an extra 5 minutes to the trip.

Buying metro tickets at the metro station.

Buying metro tickets at the metro station. To get from Athens to Piraeus click the button on the top left of the screen for 1.40€.

Ticket validation machine at metro station.

Validate metro tickets with this machine (just after you enter the station but before you go down to the tracks). If you buy a ticket but fail to validate, you can be fined up to 60 times the price of the fare.

Piraeus metro station at ferry port.

This is the metro station at Piraeus (the Athens ferry port). After you exit the train walk to the end of the train station (the far end of this picture) out the doors, and turn left. The ferries to the Cyclades (both Blue Star and Highspeed) are just across the street at gates E6 and E7. Follow the crowds and you can’t miss it.

View of Piraeus ferry port, metro station, and airport bus.

A view from the back of a Blue Star ferry as cars and foot passengers board the ferry. You can see the metro station slightly to the left of center, the walkway (not currently in use) that crosses to the port, and the X96 bus stopped at the bus stop (almost dead-center of the picture).

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Singapore Boutique Hotels

Updated: August 17, 2019

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The 8 Best Boutique Hotels in Singapore

1. Naumi – Bugis

Naumi is Singapore's best boutique hotel in the Bugis District.
The swanky Naumi boutique features design-focused rooms, a top-notch Indian restaurant, and a rooftop infinity pool with stunning cityscape views. Art and fashion are the leading themes here, with rooms inspired by Chanel and Warhol. The entire hotel is run like a club lounge, with personalized experiences arranged for each guest by dedicated Naumi Aides. Centrally located in Bugis, walking distance to shopping, dining, Little India, the Museum District, and the Merlion. Hotel phone: +65 6403 6000

2. Hotel Fort Canning – Museum District

Singapore's boutique rainforest Hotel Fort Canning
This elegant, five-star boutique is in the heart of downtown, but tucked away inside a huge national park, giving the whole thing the feel of a remote, tropical resort. Amenities include three pools (freeform, lap, and kids’), an extravagant spa, a fusion restaurant, and a jazz bar. This former British Army outpost from 1926 sits on the highest point in Singapore, and is surrounded by lush rainforest. HFC is just a short walk from the National Museum, The Substation art gallery, plus The Quays, Bugis, and Little India neighborhoods. Hotel phone: +65 6559 6769

3. Lloyd’s Inn – Orchard

Lloyd's Inn is a family-owned boutique hotel in Singapore's Orchard District
Featuring outdoor showers in all rooms, a garden pool, and unfinished walls and floors, this family-owned boutique blends nature with simplicity. Rooms are decorated in a greyscale palette with blonde woods and lush greenery outside; suites add an outdoor dining space or soaking tub. Situated in the Orchard area, Lloyd’s is walking distance to several traditional-style restaurants and cafes, plus designer shopping on Orchard Road, Fort Canning Park, The Quays, and the Museum District. Hotel phone: +65 6737 7309

4. One°15 Marina Club – Sentosa

Singapore's boutique One 15 Marina Club Hotel
Part of the yacht club, this 26 room waterfront hotel has great family amenities, including an infinity pool and children’s pool, arcade, and trampoline. Featuring six inspired bars and restaurants, including a bistro inside the pool, this boutique’s dining options rival those of much larger resorts. Their incredible spa includes butler service and full suites. Located in the affluent Sentosa Cove, this hotel is walking distance to the shops and dining at Quayside Isle and the Tanjong Golf Course, with easy access to beaches and attractions, including Universal Studios and the Luge. Hotel phone: +65 6305 6988

5. The Scarlet – Chinatown

Singapore Chinatown's romantic boutique Scarlet hotel.
Designed for couples, seduction is the theme of this hotel, with sexy snakeskin and plush velvet upholstery, neo-Baroque furnishings, and heavy gold décor. Housed in a row of nineteenth century shophouses and an Art Deco building, The Scarlet boasts a rooftop bar and Jacuzzi, plus two stellar restaurants. Rooms are lavishly appointed, some with soaking tubs, one with an outdoor terrace and hot tub. Sitting on the edge of Chinatown, its street closes to cars on weekends and fills with sidewalk cafes and bars. Walking distance to spas, hawker food, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, and the Downtown Core/Financial District. Hotel phone: +65 6511 3333

6. Wangz Hotel – Tiong Bahru

Wangz boutique hotel in Singapore's hip Tiong Bahru neighborhood.
This stylish boutique, built in a round tower, offers spacious rooms with city view baths and showers and nature-inspired art. This hotel features a rooftop tapas restaurant and an inspired lobby lounge, offering British high tea by day and cocktails by night. Room rates include breakfast in their rooftop restaurant and minibar drinks. A popular spot for locals on staycation, Wangz sits in the hip Tiong Bahru neighborhood, walking distance to trendsetting restaurants and bars and historic Chinatown. Hotel phone: +65 6595 1388

7. The Warehouse Hotel – The Quays

Singapore's boutique Warehouse Hotel features a glass-sided rooftop pool.
This boundary-pushing boutique in an 1895 warehouse features a glass-sided rooftop pool for underwater city-view swimming, sophisticated décor, and an inspired bar. Rooms are chic with exposed beams and muted tones, some with mezzanines or pitched ceilings. Playing up the hotel’s red light past, the lobby has a collection of historic criminal paraphernalia (brass knuckles, opium pipes, and more) in a showcase, while rooms come with a vice menu of kinky adult toys. The hotel overlooks the Singapore River on Robertson Quay with great restaurants and bars nearby. Hotel phone: +65 6828 0000

8. The Vagabond Club – Little India

Singapore's The Vagabond Club boutique hotel in the Little India District
With themes of art and globetrotting, this hotel is known for its over-the-top décor, like the glittering banyan tree, life-sized elephant relief, and giant rhino sculpture that serves as the reception desk (all three in gold). The walls of these mid-century converted shophouses are decorated with original artwork, all of it unique and some of it controversial. This hotel is unique for its artist-in-residence program, where visiting artists and performers create one-of-a-kind works and talk with guests about the creative process. The Vagabond Club sits at the edge of Little India for fab dining and temples, near the Rochor Canal and Kampong Glam neighborhood, a traditionally Malay enclave. Hotel phone: +65 6291 6677

Singapore Neighborhoods

The best areas in Singapore for visitors

  • Chinatown: Under British rule, this was the area where most Chinese immigrants lived. Many building here are heritage sites, and feature mixed local and Victorian architecture. Famed for street food, bars, shops, temples, and mosques.
  • Little India: Now known for great food, a boho arts scene, shopping, and gorgeous temples and mosques, this area was once a colonial Euro hotspot which gained its Indian identity from migrant workers hired by livestock traders.
  • City Hall: Home to the city’s major museums, galleries, national monuments, historic sites, and parks, including the National Museum of Singapore, the Singapore Art Museum, Fort Canning Park, and The Substation.
  • The Quays: Stretching from the Marina up both sides of the Singapore River, the three historic wharf areas are: Boat Quay (near the Merlion, marina, and river’s mouth), Clarke Quay (once the old warehouse area, now converted into restaurants and clubs), and Robertson Quay (largest of the original wharfs, now high end restaurants, chill bars, and art galleries, home to many expats)
  • Bugis: From the ‘50s-‘80s, this area was known for being the main gathering spot for ladyboys. The city has since redeveloped the area, and it’s now known for its night market, malls, Arab Street, and several temples and mosques.
  • Tiong Bahru: With its original Art Deco buildings, this was once the place where wealthy businessmen kept their mistresses. It is now the trendiest neighborhood in the city, with fashion boutiques, cutting edge restaurants, bookstores, and coffee houses. Tourists haven’t discovered it yet; this is where to go for true local flavor.
  • Sentosa: Known as Singapore’s Playground, this rainforest island off the south coast (once a British army outpost) is home to three beaches, posh resorts, and several amusement parks.

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The Best Santorini Hotels

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 17, 2019

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The Best Hotels in Santorini

Santorini is known for its fantastic hotels and the best luxury hotels on Santorini are essentially boutique hotels – small privately owned hotels. There are no large impersonal chain hotels on Santorini. There are no all-inclusive hotels or mega resorts in Santorini.

The towns along the caldera on the west side of the island (Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia) are where you’ll find most of the five-star hotels on Santorini. The views and settings in these 4 villages are magical. It’s easy to walk between Fira, Firostefani, and Imerovigli but Oia is a two-hour hike (or 10 minutes by bus or taxi) north of Imerovigli so feels like a separate part of the island.

Of any destination in Europe, Santorini is the one place where splurging on a great hotel is money well spent. In so many destinations (Paris, London, Rome) you spend a majority of your day out and about. But in Santorini, with those incredible views, it’s common for people to spend a good chunk of their holiday lounging on their deck, jaw dropped, staring out into the caldera.

1. Grace Santorini – Imerovigli

Grace Hotel in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 21300
Grace is the best hotel in Imerovigli. It has amazing views of the caldera and sunset and looks out on the iconic Skaros Rock. All rooms are unique and enchanting. The restaurant is fantastic and the pool is among the best along the caldera. The catch? You need to book at Grace months (sometimes years) in advance. Review of Grace Santorini.

2. Katikies Hotel – Oia

Katikies Hotel in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71401
Katikies is the best hotel in Oia. Trendy vibe, great location (easy access by taxi unlike some of Oia’s hotels), 3 swimming pools, wonderful breakfast. Their intimate restaurant is one of Santorini’s finest and has only 4 tables. Katikies is one of the few hotels in Oia that has an elevator if you’re worried about climbing steps. Review of Katikies Hotel.

3. Tsitouras Collection – Firostefani

Tsitouras Collection in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 23747
Run by 2 energetic owners (George and Eleni) who are filled with passion, charm, and helpfulness. This is a magical little hotel with fantastic views, suites, and service. And rare for Santorini: few steps and little climbing are required to get to and from the hotel. Nice pool too. Review of The Tsitouras Collection.

4. Canaves Oia Suites – Oia

Canaves Oia Suites in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71453
Picturesque white washed cave suites. The pool overlooks the caldera and has a pool bar. Some suites have a private pool. The magical 3-bedroom villa sleeps up to 7 and has a full kitchen. The restaurant is one of Oia’s best and the hotel has an elevator (good for people that find the many stairs challenging). Review of Canaves Oia Suites.

5. Carpe Diem – Pyrgos

Carpe Diem Resort in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 34090
This understated, romantic retreat offers elegant accommodations, exceptional dining, a decadent spa, and an infinity pool with panoramic views over the island. All suites offer ample space, utmost privacy, exclusive plunge pools (6 heated, 4 unheated), and both sunrise and sunset views. Dining is phenomenal at the private restaurant Gaia, led by Santorini’s most influential chef. Unparalleled, bespoke service completes the experience with a 1-to-1 guest-staff ratio, 24-hour butler service, and a host of experiences and packages tailored to guests’ desires. Review of Carpe Diem.

6. Astra Suites – Imerovigli

Astra Suites Hotel in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 24763
Many magazines have called Astra Suites the best hotel in Greece and it’s hard to summon much of an argument. Suites are huge and beautifully decorated. All have a kitchenette and private terrace. The infinity pool looks out into the caldera and sunset views are among the best on the island. Review of Astra Suites.

7. Cavo Tagoo – Imerovigli

Cavo Tagoo Hotel in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 27900
Stylish, luxury hotel with incredible views of the caldera and sunset (looking north towards Oia). All suites have a private hot tub or plunge pool and face the caldera. Pool is awesome and bar/restaurant has a hip trendy vibe. Located in a remote section along the caldera about a 15-minute walk north of Imerovigli. Bus stop is steps from hotel. Review of Cavo Tagoo.

8. Athina Luxury Suites – Fira

Athina Luxury Suites in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 24910
Athina Luxury Suites enjoys a privileged location on the Fira caldera, overlooking the volcanoes at sunset and steps to the island’s best dining and nightlife. Each suite is completely unique, but all feature upscale minimalist design and sweeping sunset views from their private balconies; many add private, outdoor jacuzzis. The pool overlooks the caldera, and the restaurant is dynamite. One of only a handful of family-friendly hotels on the caldera, Athina offers babysitting and has several suites large enough to accommodate groups of 4 to 6. Review of Athina Luxury Suites.

9. Perivolas – Oia

Perivolos Hotel in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71308
Cave hotel with minimalist design, incredible infinity pool, and greats views. Every suite has a kitchenette, some have private pool. Review of Perivolas Hotel.

10. Cosmopolitan Suites – Fira

Cosmopolitan Suites in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 25632
Great location in the heart of Fira and one of Santorini’s best infinity pools. The suites are not huge but at Cosmopolitan it’s all about the views, location, and pool. The 2-bedroom villa is wonderful and good for a larger group or family (but kids have to be older than 13). Nightlife is steps from the front door. I love this place. Review of Cosmopolitan Suites.

11. Istoria – Perivolos Beach

Istoria Beach Resort in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 85051
This brand new hotel is the most luxurious property on the eastern half of the island. Istoria has a lavish infinity pool, sophisticated dining, holistic spa, and a posh, serviced beach on a long stretch of black sand. All suites are well-appointed with fine linens, leather, and bespoke furnishings; most have a private, outdoor jacuzzi or plunge pool. Review of Istoria.

12. Aria Suites – Fira

Aria Suites and Villas in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 28650
The best luxury hotel in Fira for families. A 3 minute walk to shops and restaurants, but still relatively quiet. Only a handful of suites (all of them large) so book early. One of the few luxury hotels on Santorini that allows young children (largely because it sits back from the caldera’s edge). Very few steps to access the hotel so good for those with limited mobility. And just opened in 2017 are four new huge villas (pictures above) that are pure luxury with fantastic views and private plunge pools. (They’re a 30 second walk from the hotel and main pool.) Review of Aria Suites.

13. Homeric Poems – Firostefani

Homeric Poems in Firostefani
Hotel phone: +30 22860 24661
Luxury hotel with a cliffside infinity pool and stunning caldera views conveniently located in the heart of Firostefani. All rooms and suites offer terraces with expansive caldera views. The newly renovated Cave Suites sleep up to 4 with a loft layout, while the Grand Suites offer their most luxe accommodations and include an indoor jacuzzi tub and an outdoor private plunge pool. An a la carte breakfast is included and served to each room daily; the pool bar and room service menu feature upscale Santorinian and Mediterranean recipes. Review of Homeric Poems.

14. Iconic Santorini – Imerovigli

Iconic Santorini Hotel in Imerovigli.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 28950
Boutique luxury hotel offering astounding caldera views throughout the property and from each suite, many of which feature private, heated jacuzzis, or plunge pools. Iconic Santorini features cave-style architecture, a fantastic Greek restaurant, holistic spa, and a magical infinity pool. Service is hands-on and heartfelt; expect to be pampered here. Review of Iconic Santorini.

15. Celestia Grand – Mesaria/South Fira

Celestia Grand Villas in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 25900
A glamorous collection of luxury villas, all with kitchenettes, spacious terraces, private heated pools, and direct sunset views. All villas have indoor jacuzzi tubs; some add outdoor hot tubs. Villas range from studio up to 2-bedroom units with some villas divided over 2 floors. 5-star perks include airport and port transfer, an all-day shuttle to Fira, and daily breakfast delivery. VIP services include helicopter charters, private caldera cruises, and personal chef service. Celestia Grand sits on the caldera in Mesaria, about 2 km south of Fira, easy to access but removed from the crowds. Review of Celestia Grand Villas.

16. Kirini – Oia

Kirini Hotel in Santorini
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71236
Boasting a tranquil, full-service spa with a cave pool, an infinity pool overlooking the caldera, and an upscale restaurant and bar. Views are phenomenal from every suite, most of which include a private jacuzzi or private pool. Service is attentive and personalized. Review of Kirini.

17. Andronis Concept Wellness Resort – Imerovigli

Andronis Concept Wellness Hotel in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 36737
The best hotel for families in Santorini, Andronis Concept Wellness is completely unique in the area, offering 3 community pools, a superb spa, and amazing suites all with private, heated, plunge pools. Its spa is the largest in Santorini, featuring a range of skin and massage treatments, signature sunset yoga, and integrated spa-fitness-meal packages. Family perks include kids yoga, cooking classes, and kids in-room amenities. The restaurant’s menu is overseen by a nutritionist and features healthy, delicious dishes using local ingredients, many of which are grown onsite. Review of Andronis Concept Wellness Resort.

18. Santorini Princess Spa Hotel – Imerovigli

Santorini Princess Spa Hotel near Imerovigli.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 25870
The hotel might have the best sunset view of the caldera hotels and has views from Oia to Akrotiri and all the islands, volcanoes, and Skaros Rock in between. There’s a fabulous infinity pool, full-service cave spa, contemporary Greek cuisine, and amazing cocktails. Service is attentive but never stuffy, and the ambiance is warm and inviting. Review of Santorini Princess Spa Hotel.

19. Chromata Hotel – Imerovigli

Chromata Suites in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 23227
Long one of the island’s best hotels the recipe is still the same: great views, nice pool, fantastic service, and beautifully decorated suites that cascade down the side of the cliff. Every room has a sea view and private veranda. The Chromata and Honeymoon suites are pure luxury. Review of Chromata Hotel.

20. Belvedere Suites – Firostefani

Belvedere Suites in Santorini
Hotel phone: +30 22860 25650
Views and location are 5 star. Rooms are not in the luxury category but still nice and good value. Suites are worth the extra money (for the view). Review of Belvedere Suites.

21. Canaves Oia Hotel – Oia

Canaves Oia Hotel in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71844
A flawlessly beautiful property with dazzling sunset views, incredible Greek-Mediterranean dining, and a refreshing pool. Every cave-style suite features hand-crafted architecture, a private terrace with breathtaking caldera views, and perks including a pillow menu and complimentary wine. Most suites add a private plunge pool. Review of Canaves Oia Hotel.

22. Anteliz – Fira

Anteliz Hotel in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 28842
Anteliz Suites has a magical mix of dreamy sunsets, tranquil surroundings, supreme hospitality, and easy access to Fira’s best dining and nightlife. Highlights include a pool with an attached jacuzzi, a dining terrace with caldera views, and elegant suites with private, heated pools or jacuzzis. Anteliz also has fewer stairs than most other hotels on the caldera. Review of Anteliz Suites.

23. White Pearl Villas – Oia

White Pearl Villas in Santorini
Hotel phone: +30 69880 64128
Romantic, adults-only, luxury villas with caldera sunset views, all featuring a private Jacuzzi or pool. Each spacious villa is between 30 to 60 sqm and includes a kitchenette and private terrace. With only 11 villas in total, service is intimate and personalized. These private villas are spread throughout various sites, all within a short walk of the hotel’s partner cafe Passaggio, one of the best on the island. Excellent location on the prized Oia caldera, within steps of amazing dining, shopping, and attractions. Review of White Pearl Villas.

24. Above Blue – Imerovigli

Above Blue Hotel in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 24644
A charming, luxury boutique featuring private jacuzzi suites and a villa with a private plunge pool, all with jaw-dropping, sunset caldera views. Champagne breakfasts are delivered daily to each suite, while dinner service is hosted on their intimate dining terrace. Above Blue’s infinity-edge pool, warm hospitality, and unique suites complete the experience. Review of Above Blue.

25. Ikies Traditional Houses – Oia

Ikies Traditional Houses in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71311
Ikies is in a quiet location at the south end of Oia (just beyond Perivolas). There’s a small pool and some rooms have private patio and jacuzzi. The full breakfast is made to order and delivered to your terrace. Suites come in a variety of sizes. Views are amazing. Review of Ikies Traditional Houses.

26. Aenaon Villas – Imerovigli

Aenaon Villas in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 27014
Perched on one of the highest points in the caldera, Aenaon Villas is a serene hideaway with expansive views of the caldera sunset and the Aegean sunrise. Its 6 luxury villas offer a blend of traditional Cycladic design with modern minimalism. Amenities include bespoke service and a caldera-view pool; 2 villas have their own private water features: 1 with an outdoor jacuzzi and 1 with an outdoor pool. Review of Aenaon Villas.

27. Maregio – Oia

Maregio Hotel in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 72218
Gorgeous hotel at the Oia windmills in traditional, whitewashed cave style with direct sunset views over Ammoudi Bay. All suites and the villa include private, outdoor, heated plunge pool. Maregio offers more private accommodations than other nearby caldera hotels, thanks to their high walls and location at the western tip of the island. Review of Maregio Suites.

28. San Antonio – Imerovigli

San Antonio Hotel in Santorini
Hotel phone: +30 22860 24388
This is a stunning hotel. If you want quiet and seclusion with amazing views and infinity pool then this is the place. The perfect hotel for a romantic honeymoon. The only caveat is that there’s not a lot nearby – there is a bus stop just out the door but most people will want to rent a car if they’re serious about sightseeing. The walk to Imerovigli is a gorgeous 40 minute hike along the caldera path (and Oia is 50 minutes in the opposite direction). Review of San Antonio.

29. Andronis Boutique Hotel – Oia

Andronis Boutique Hotel in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 72182
Refined, luxury all-suite hotel on the Oia caldera with a decadent restaurant and 2 pools, 1 heated and 1 cool. Each hand-sculpted cave suite is completely unique, though all offer private, heated jacuzzis or pools and spectacular caldera views from their private terraces. Dining at Lauda Restaurant is a highlight and features a menu designed by a Michelin 3-star chef. Review of Andronis Boutique Hotel.

30. Vedema Resort – Megalochori

Vedema Resort in SantoriniHotel phone: +30 22860 81796
Family friendly, five-star resort with spacious suites, a fantastic restaurant, and a pool in a medieval village in the heart of Santorini’s wine country. Vedema Resort offers 1- and 2-bedroom suites and 3-bedroom villas interspersed with gardens, which create much more privacy than you’ll find in any caldera hotel. Located within the traditional village of Megalochori, there are several restaurants, shops, and tasting rooms within walking distance, plus Vedema offers free transportation to Fira and Perivolos Beach. Review of Vedema Resort .

31. Myst Boutique Hotel – Oia

Myst Boutique Hotel in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71660
Brand new, luxury hotel with an infinity pool and a fantastic restaurant in a quiet neighborhood just a short walk from central Oia. This adults-only hotel offers stylish rooms with private terraces and outdoor Jacuzzis in all but 2. Light fare, modern Greek comfort foods, and a full bar are all available throughout the day; breakfast is included in the room rate. The infinity pool and all rooms offer views of the Aegean Sea (not the caldera), many with sunset sea views. Located in a serene neighborhood of Oia, Myst offers seclusion and privacy with easy access to the village’s best dining, attractions, and the caldera, just a 12-minute walk away.Review of Myst Boutique Hotel.

32. Oia Castle Hotel – Oia

Oia Castle Hotel in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71831
Every suite is unique and amazing. Very romantic and wonderful sunset views. The Cave Pool Suite is one of the best on the island. Review of Oia Castle Hotel.

33. Mystique – Oia

Mystique Hotel in Santorini.
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71114
Incredible views, great food, private terraces, one of the quieter hotels in Oia yet still walking distance to the center of town. Review of Mystique.

34. Canaves Oia Epitome – Oia

Canaves Oia Epitome in Oia, Santorini
Hotel phone: +30 22860 72499
Decadent boutique hotel with a pool in a secluded location just 500 meters from the heart of Oia. Generous suites and villas offer private plunge pools or swimming pools, private verandas, and sunset sea views (not of the caldera). The two fantastic restaurants highlight modern takes on Greek-Mediterranean cuisine, while their signature champagne breakfast offers a different menu daily.

35. Esperas Santorini Hotel – Oia

Esperas Santorini Hotel in Oia, Santorini
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71088
Authentic, cave-style, boutique hotel under the Oia windmills with a pool and unobstructed caldera views throughout the property. The pool, restaurant, bar, and 7 of the 21 studios and houses offer direct sunset views. Each studio and house is unique, having been sculpted from the cliffside by hand; 6 have private plunge pools or jacuzzis. Decor is traditional, service is heartfelt, and the location is surprisingly private. Review of Esperas Santorini Hotel.

36. Remezzo –Imerovigli

Remezzo Hotel in Imerovigli, Santorini
Hotel phone: +30 22860 23030
Family-owned boutique hotel with a pool set in a converted 1800s winery on the Imerovigli caldera. Almost all rooms, suites, and the villa offer gorgeous sunset caldera views, some with private outdoor jacuzzis and pools. Breakfast is a major highlight here, where every morning sees a new, 5-course Greek spread featuring family-recipes. An ideal choice for a homey, local feeling. Review of Remezzo.

Where should I stay on Santorini?

Deciding where to stay is the first and trickiest decision visitors to Santorini need to make. It’s not an easy choice.

Map of Santorini Towns

Map of Santorini.

1) Caldera vs Beach

This is the first decision to be made.

Do you want to stay in the towns along the cliff with the stunning views looking down into the caldera?

The caldera towns are the best place to stay in Santorini.

The west side of the island that looks out into the caldera and where Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, and Firostefani are located. This is where you want to stay to experience the magical side of Santorini.

Or, do you want to stay at one of the beach towns on the opposite side of the island? It’s still a pretty setting but lacks views of the caldera and volcano.

Where the Santorini beaches are located.

The east side of the island is where the beaches are found.

Santorini has the shape of a doorstop. A cliff on one side (the caldera’s edge) that slopes down to the beaches on the other side. It’s about a 10 or 15-minute drive from one side of the island to the other.

If you stay at one of the Beaches the choice is pretty simple and not overly important. There are 2 main towns: Kamari and Perissa (Perivolos beach is an extension of Perissa). Kamari is more developed and has more shops, bars, hotels, and restaurants. Perissa has a slightly better beach. I’d recommend Kamari for the restaurant and bar scene (never crazy). Kamari also has a shorter trip into Fira. There’s a boat that travels between Kamari and Perissa so it’s easy to enjoy both on the same day.

2) What Town on the Caldera?

Most people decide to stay along the Caldera. It’s a good choice and what I recommend. It’s what makes Santorini unique. But now you have to decide which town – and it’s not an easy decision.

But heh, it’s a good problem to have. Too many great places to stay.

There are 4 main towns along the caldera: Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia.

Fira – The Most restaurants, nightlife, shopping. Great views.
Firostefani – Quiet. An easy walk to Fira. Great views.
Imerovigli – Very quiet. A bus, taxi ride, or 25 minute walk from Fira. The best views on the island. A half-dozen wonderful restaurants.
Oia – Many restaurants, some high-end shopping, but little nightlife. Romantic. Great views.

Fira Hotels

Fira has the most hotels, shopping, nightlife, and restaurants of any town in Santorini.
The view from Fira looking into the caldera.

The largest town on the island and the center of the restaurant, shopping, and nightlife scene. The view of the caldera from Fira is spectacular but sunset views will often be impeded by the presence of Thirassia – a small island to Santorini’s west. Fira is2 also the bus hub so every other town is just one bus trip away. Conversely, a trip between 2 other towns will often involve a change of buses in Fira (e.g. Oia to Kamari requires a bus from Oia to Fira, and then Fira to Kamari – not a big deal but it can get tiring after a few days of busing around the island). If you’re in Santorini to party and hit the clubs then you’ll be spending plenty of time in Fira. Of course, the booming nightlife can be loud if your hotel is near the town center. Noise levels are strictly limited along the caldera so if your hotel is perched there you probably won’t have a loud-music problem.

The Best Hotels in Fira

Villas at Aria Suites in Fira, Santorini.
Aria Suites(Hotel phone: +30 22860 28650)
Great pool and location. Superb luxury suites & villas. The villas (pictured above) have better views and private hot tubs.

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Oia Hotels

Oia hotels with steps.
Oia: Romantic and charming but still lots to do.

The most romantic and enchanting town on Santorini. Criss-crossed with lanes and alleys and jaw-dropping views around every corner. People gather here every night – sitting on walls and steps and rooftops – to watch the sunset. Though Imerovigli might have better views the magic of Oia is the town, the people, the wine, and the setting. It can be busy but it never feels overwhelmingly crowded. Some of the best places to eat are found in Oia and only Fira has more shops and restaurants. There are many places to get a drink late into the evening but for dancing and partying you’ll want to hop a bus or taxi to Fira. The walk from Oia to Fira (in either direction) takes about 2 hours and is one of the magical highlights of a visit to Santorini.

The Best Hotels in Oia

Cave Hotel in Santorini, Greece.
Katikies Hotel(Hotel phone: +30 22860 71401)
Simply put, one of the best hotels in Greece. 5 star everything.

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Imerovigli Hotels

The incredible caldera views and hotel swimming pools in Imerovigli, Santorini.
The incredible views and romantic atmosphere of Imerovigli.

The best views of any town. Imerovigli is at a higher elevation than any other town along the caldera which gives it the best views of both the sunset and the volcano. Whereas sunset views from Fira can sometimes be impeded by neighboring islands most Imerovigli hotels have a clear view of the setting sun. This is the quietest of the 4 towns and there is no nightlife here. Though the town is small it has some of Santorini’s best restaurants and a few shops and markets. Firostefani is a 15-minute walk away along the clifftop path and Fira another 10 minutes where the choices to eat and shop expand exponentially. Buses go every 30 to 45 minutes in both directions: south to Fira and north to Oia.

The Best Hotels in Imerovigli

Luxury hotel in Imerovigli, Santorini.
Astra Suites(Hotel phone: +30 2286 023641)
Incredible views, nice pool, kitchenettes in all suites.

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Firostefani Hotels

The wonderful views and luxury hotels of Firostefani, Santorini.
Fira’s close neighbor Firostefani. Quieter but with similar views.

An extension of Fira and an easy 15 minute walk along the caldera path from all the shops and restaurants of Fira. It’s hard to tell where Fira ends and Firostefani begins – it all seems like the same town as you wander between them. The views here are just as wonderful as Fira. Many people go into Fira for dinner and then walk back later in the evening but there are plenty of good restaurants in Firostefani. There is no nightlife – for clubs and bars you’ll definitely be heading to Fira – but the lack of partying makes for a quieter town.

The Best Hotels in Firostefani

The pool and volcano views from Tsitouras Collection in Firostefani, Santorini.
Tsitouras Collection(Hotel phone: +30 22860 23747)
Wonderful setting, pool, views, and suites. Charming and helpful owners.

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Kamari Hotels

Hotels near Kamari beach.

The beach at Kamari.

Kamari has a wonderful family-friendly atmosphere, a pedestrian beach-front walkway, and loads of restaurants. It’s a 15 minute bus ride to Fira making day trips to the caldera towns easy to execute. It’s a pebble beach but the swimming is cool, refreshing, and wonderful. I still recommend that visitors stay along the caldera (because that’s what makes Santorini so unique and spectacular) but spending a few days or a week in this easy-going town is no hardship.

The Best Hotels in Kamari

Luxury hotel with pool in Kamari Beach.
Santorini Kastelli Resort(Hotel phone: +30 22860 31530)

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Perissa Hotels

Hotels near Perissa Beach in Santorini.

Perissa Beach.

Perissa Beach has nicer sand than Kamari, but it’s also farther from Fira than Kamari which makes visiting the caldera a bit more of an outing. Many new luxury hotels and beach clubs are opening in Perissa, especially on the south end, though there are still plenty of great low-key restaurants and bars. The south end of Perissa Beach is known as Perivolos Beach and has a good mix of luxury and affordable hotels. At the tail end of Perivolos Beach is Agios Georgios Beach, which has a handful of fine dining restaurants and luxury beach clubs.

The Best Hotels in Perissa

Istoria Hotel in Santorini
Istoria Hotel(Hotel phone: +30 22860 85051)

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Santorini Hotels with Private Jacuzzi or Plunge Pool

Santorini Hotel with Private Hot Tub.
Suite at San Antonio Hotel near Imerovigli.

There are several hotels on Santorini with private pools of one sort or another – swimming pools, plunge pools, jacuzzis, hot tubs, 2-person baths.

Larger pools (whether private or for the entire hotel) are usually not heated so while people might wonder about the benefit of having a hot tub on a semi-tropical island they get plenty of use by visitors. During July and August nights will usually remain warm but in May, June, September, and October it can get cool after the sun goes down and a small heated pool can be a welcome addition to a suite.

One of my favorite new hotels on Santorini is Sophia Suites in Imerovigli. A stunning location with incredible views and all suites have private plunge pools.

Santorini Hotels with Private Plunge Pool or Jacuzzi

FAQ on Hotels and Santorini

What is the best hotel in the Santorini beach towns?

Kastelli Resort (Hotel phone: +30 22860 31530) is the best hotel along the beach.
The hotels at the beach towns don’t have the luxury status as those along the caldera but Kastelli comes pretty close. It has large rooms and 4 pools of varying size are spread around the grounds. The beach and lots of restaurants are a 2 minute walk away. Breakfast is huge and very good.
5 Star Hotel in Kamari Beach, Santorini.

As I say above, I don’t recommend staying at the beach as the caldera is what makes Santorini so unique. But if you still want to stay there then Kamari is the best town (the closest to Fira) and Kastelli is the best hotel.

Can you recommend some hotels to stay that aren’t quite so expensive?

On Santorini you get what you pay for. That said, if you’re willing to compromise a little on the view, the amenities, or on having a pool there are several places that offer very good value.

Here are some good hotels without the five-star price tag.

In Fira there is Keti Hotel and Kamares Apartments. Both have great views.

In Firostefani both Villa Maria Damigou and Villa Ilias are simple hotels on the caldera. Not all rooms have views but many do at very reasonable rates.

In Oia Delfini Villas and Zoe Houses have a simple charm and units with wonderful views.

If you’re in Santorini for great views and don’t care much about the location of your hotel then there are a collection of hotels a 20-minute walk south of Fira that have a great perch on the caldera’s cliff. They have very good rates in comparison to the hotels in the main towns. Take a look at Volcano View, and Lilium Santorini Villa.

What’s better? A sunset view hotel or a caldera view hotel?

I’d choose a caldera view. It’s there all day. The sunset is only there for a few minutes. And it’s also fun to join the crowds and drink a bottle of wine on the steps of Oia as the sun sets – so it’s not as if you’re foregoing the sunset by choosing a hotel with a caldera view.

What hotel has the best views on Santorini?

Imerovigli has the highest elevation of any village on the caldera and thus has some of the best views of the caldera and sunset.

If I could only pick one hotel for the title of Best Caldera View it would be Santorini Grace. Simply amazing views in 3 different directions (north to Oia, west towards Thirassia, and south towards Fira).

Nearby hotels that look more towards Oia are Kasimatis Studios, Galaxy Suites, Avaton Resort & Spa. These 3 probably have the highest perch on Santorini. The views are amazing out over the caldera. Great sunset views with Oia off to the right.

Near Grace are Astra Suites and Tholos Resort. These 3 hotels are on the point of Imerovigli and have near straight on view of Skaros Rock. It’s the postcard picture of the Santorini caldera. But they have a slightly lower elevation than Kasimatis, Galaxy, and Avaton.

Midway between Imerovigli and Oia is Aenaon Villas. Perhaps a little isolated for some (perfect for those looking for solitude) but the views here are extraordinary with both Imerovigli (to the left) and Oia (to the right) within view.

In the opposite direction (towards Fira) but still in Imerovigli are Chromata and Altana Traditional Houses and Suites. Great views though depending on the time of year the sunset can be slightly obscured.

In Fira, I’d recommend the Keti Hotel has the best views. In Firostefani, the hotels with the best views are Belvedere Suites, Tsitouras Collection, and Homeric Poems.

Oia has many hotels with similar views, but standouts include Ikies, Canaves, Katikies (these hotels look in the caldera but don’t have perfect sunset views) and Esperas Traditional Houses (which looks towards the sunset and Ammoudi Bay but not into the caldera).

What’s the best hotel in Santorini not on the caldera?

Vedema 5 star resort near Pyrgos, Santorini.
Vedema Resort is located in the quiet village of Megalochori, 10 minutes from Fira. This is a great place to avoid the crowds (but there are no caldera views). The Presidential and Athenian Family suites are huge and great for families. The pool is one of the largest on Santorini. The food is top notch and there are a couple of great local restaurants (and a winery) within a short walk.

What are the best Santorini hotels for privacy, quiet, and solitude?

The best Santorini hotels for privacy, solitude, and quiet.

Three hotels stand out as providing a quiet and peaceful setting far from the crowds of Fira and Oia. All of these would be great for a honeymoon, romantic getaway, or just privacy and relaxation. (Aenaon Villas is pictured above.)

When should I book my hotel?

As early as possible. The best luxury hotels start filling up 6 to 12 months in advance. Bookings for weddings are often made 1 to 3 years in advance. You can usually always find a place to stay on the island but if you’re booking your room within 2 to 3 months of a summer visit the very best hotels will likely be fully booked.

What is a cave hotel and where are they found?

Cave hotels are much like what they sound. Rooms that are built into the side of the cliff. They typically have curved ceilings and asymmetrical architecture. They can be one-room suites or have multiple rooms. They will usually have a terrace that sits outside the underground portion of the dwelling. Cave houses stay remarkable cool during the heat of the summer. They are usually found in the villages of Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia. Most of the luxury hotels listed above have cave suites.

What town has the best restaurants on Santorini?

Fira has the most choice – and the best selection of inexpensive food (just walk away from caldera and into the center of town). Oia, nearby Amoudi Bay, and Imerovigli have a higher concentration of top-notch restaurants. If I could only eat in one town for the whole trip it would be Imerovigli. These are my favorite restaurants in Santorini.

When is the best time to visit Santorini?

September is my favorite month, but anytime between May and late-October is great. If you’re not in Santorini to suntan and not bothered by a bit of grey sky then March, April, and November can be great times to visit. The beach towns get very quiet outside of June to September. The caldera towns have a longer tourist season but even their shops, restaurants, and hotels start to close in early November. Most luxury hotels are open from March 1 to November 15. In recent years more hotels and restaurants are staying open year-round as off-season travel to Santorini has increased. The slowest months are December, January, and February when Fira is the only town with any pulse.

Is there a must-do thing we have to experience on Santorini?

My number one recommendation is to walk the cliff-path along the top of the caldera from Fira to Oia. It takes 2 to 4 hours and has absolutely incredible views of the volcano.

Santorini Hotel Reviews

Santorini Hotels by Town

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Caldera view from Aria Suites & Villas in Fira.

Great views, several good museums, and tons of restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. The largest and busiest town on the island, Fira is also the hub of the island bus system, so every other town is just one bus trip away.

All Oia Hotels

Oia, Santorini at sunset.

Oia sunset with Esperas Hotel under the windmills.

Romantic, with excellent views, restaurants, and high-end shopping. Santorini’s northernmost cliff town is also its most charming and photogenic, with more of a traditional village feel than you’ll find in Fira or Imerovigli. Every evening, travelers from all over the island stream in to enjoy the sunset from Oia’s terraces and rooftops. It’s a 20 minute bus or car ride from Oia to Fira.

All Imerovigli Hotels

View from Astra Suites in Imerovigli.

Caldera view from Astra Suites in Imerovigli with Skaros Rock, the volcanoes, and Thirassia Island.

Quiet cliff town with the island’s best caldera views and a handful of markets and wonderful restaurants. An easy bus trip, taxi ride, or 25-minute walk from Fira, Imerovigli is a great choice for those seeking luxury cliffside accommodation that’s convenient to – but well removed from – the hub of activity.

Hotels Between Oia and Imerovigli

View from Aenaon Villas between Oia and Imerovigli.

Caldera view from Aenaon Villas overlooking the volcanoes and Skaros Rock.

Private and somewhat isolated cliffside hotels with great caldera views. Located along the cliffside path between Oia and Imerovigli, these hotels are great for travelers seeking a peaceful, private retreat. Car, bus, taxi (or daytime hike) is required to get to the shops and restaurants of the nearest towns.

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View from Homeric Poems in Firostefani, Santorini.

Homeric Poems’ pool and caldera view in Firostefani.

Relaxed cliff town, excellent views, no nightlife. Adjacent to Fira, Firostefani provides a relatively quiet retreat with easy access to the island hub, ideal for those who want to be near – but not in the center of – the action. Central Fira is about 15 minutes away on foot via a cobblestone cliffside path. The Oia to Fira bus stops in Firostefani going both ways.

All Megalochori Hotels

Bell tower near Vedema Resort in Megalochori, Santorini.

Entrance to Megalochori village under the bell tower near Vedema Resort.

Small, traditional village with wineries, good food, and great views (from some hotels, the village itself is back from the cliff and doesn’t have views). Megalochori has a charming town square that’s ringed by churches, pottery shops, great little family-owned tavernas, as well as some of the island’s best wineries. Hotels here are mostly situated along the cliff, with lovely views out over the caldera. 10 minutes south of Fira by car.

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Sunset view in Pyrgos, Santorini.

Sunset view from Pyrgos village near Carpe Diem Hotel.

Charming hilltop village; cultural attractions, panoramic island views. The winding streets, small shops and restaurants, and traditional village feel of Pyrgos make this an ideal spot for those seeking the “real” Santorini experience, away from the cruise ship crowds. Pyrgos is also the island’s most magical spot over Easter weekend – on Good Friday, the entire village is lined with candles, and there’s a procession from the church of Agios Nikolaos Theotokaki. 10 minutes to Fira by car.

All Kamari Hotels

Santorini Kastelli Resort in Kamari.

The Pistachio Pool at Santorini Kastelli Resort in Kamari.

Busy but relaxed beach town; family-friendly atmosphere, lots of great and affordable restaurants. Kamari is a pebble beach, but the swimming here is excellent. From Kamari, it’s easy to walk or water taxi to Perissa beach, bus into Fira or Oia, and hike (or catch a shuttle) up to the nearby ruins of Ancient Thera. 15 minutes by car to Fira.

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Aqua Blue Hotel in Perissa Beach, Santorini.

The beach club at Aqua Blue Hotel in Perissa, Santorini.

Black sand beach town with great, inexpensive, low-key bars and restaurants. Perissa is more spread out than Kamari, with a less commercialized feel and a bit of a backpacker vibe. There’s water sports rental on the beach, a taxi boat to Kamari, and the beach road is closed to cars in the evening. 20 minutes by car or 30 minutes by bus to Fira.

All Perivolos Hotels

Istoria Hotel on Perivolos Beach, Santorini.

The beach club at Istoria Hotel in Perivolos, Santorini.

Black sand beach town that’s adjacent to Perissa but quieter, with more upscale bars and restaurants. Perivolos is connected to Perissa along a well-lit beach road, providing easy access to Perissa’s nightlife and the water taxi to Kamari. 20-minute drive to Fira.

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Kalestesia Hotel in Akrotiri, Santorini.

Caldera view and pool at Kalestesia Hotel in Akrotiri, Santorini.

Remote and quiet village on the island’s southernmost tip. Not a lot in the way of shops, but there are some great fish taverns and small beaches along the water, fantastic caldera views, a nearby lighthouse, and a world-famous archeological dig site. Akrotiri village is on the island’s main bus line, but it’s easier to explore the island from here by car – it’s a 20-minute drive into Fira.

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Kirini Hotel in Oia, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 14, 2019

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Review of Kirini Santorini Hotel in Oia, Santorini

Kirini Santorini – Elegant caldera hotel with a tranquil spa, two pools, and an incredible restaurant.

This heavenly, all-suite hotel boasts traditional, cave-style architecture and sweeping sunset caldera views throughout the property. Most suites include a private jacuzzi, pool, or both, and range from 30 to 40 sqm, with the higher categories featuring the largest verandas. The main infinity pool offers spectacular views, while the heated spa cave pool is hidden from the sun. Its spa features a steam room and three private suites, one of which is on the rooftop, perfect for couples’ sunset massages. Service is incredible and personalized with their 1:2 staff to guest ratio. Their Katikies Club, which all guests become part of just by staying, offers exclusive experiences from sailing to wine tastings, VIP access to the archaeological site, and more.

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Kirini Santorini – Location

  • Area: Excellent location on the caldera at the entrance to Oia. The hotel is within 3 to 20 minutes’ walking distance to the best restaurants, shops, and attractions in the village, but in a quiet section removed from the hordes of cruise ship tourists.
  • How to Get There: The hotel is located on a footpath just off the main road into Oia, making it very easy to travel to and from, whether by taxi, driving yourself, or riding the bus. 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, where you’ll get a different bus to Oia – the entire trip from port or airport to Oia will take at least an hour). From the Oia Bus Terminal, it’s just a 14-minute walk to the hotel. Taxis are also available from the port or airport, though there are only about 25 taxis serving the whole island, so there is often a wait; schedule ahead to avoid this – or rent a car. A taxi from the airport to Kirini Santorini will cost roughly €25. A taxi from the ferry port to Kirini Santorini will cost roughly €30. For those driving themselves, Kirini offers free valet parking onsite (a major perk).
  • Handy to: The Oia-Fira hiking trail (1-minute walk), Oia Bus Terminal (14-minute walk), and the restaurant/shopping heart of Oia (13-minute walk).

Map of Kirini Santorini

Map of Kirini Santorini Hotel in Oia.

Kirini Santorini – The Basics

  • Ages: An adults-only hotel, only ages 13 and older are allowed. Guests tend to be couples celebrating a special occasion, usually a honeymoon, anniversary, or even having their wedding here.
  • Beach: The closest swimming spot (though it is not a proper beach) is at Ammoudi Bay, the port immediately below Oia, 1.8 kilometers (27-minute walk from the hotel). This is a popular spot for swimming and cliff diving; though it’s too rocky and small to do much lounging. Ammoudi Bay is the main port of Oia, and is served by several spectacular seafood restaurants. It’s a steep trek down and back again, but it’s relatively easy to catch a cab at the bottom to bring you back up the hill. (Buy a snack at one of the restaurants, and the waiter will be happy to call one for you.)
  • View: Overlooking the caldera with excellent sunset views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Most room categories feature a private jacuzzi, pool, or both. Wet Junior Suites and Honeymoon Suites feature outdoor jacuzzis; Superior Suites have indoor jacuzzis; Kirini Suites have indoor jacuzzis and outdoor plunge pools; while the Master Suite has a private pool.
  • Parking: Free valet parking onsite.
  • Extras: Boutique with exclusive Greek-designed products; hospitality room for early arrivals or late departures; choice of in-room luxury amenities; Katikies Club exclusive experiences; small weddings and events.
  • When to Book: The hotel operates from April 1st until November 15th. Reserve at least 4 months in advance (6 months is better) for stays during the 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 71214
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: katikies.com/kirinisantorini

Kirini Santorini – Amenities

  • Pool: Two pools. One infinity pool with caldera views and one indoor, heated cave pool at the spa.
  • Spa: Holistic spa with an extensive treatment menu, all performed in private suites. The best spa suite for couples is the rooftop suite with sweeping sunset views. The spa also offers a steam room in addition to the cave pool.
  • Fitness Center: Small but well-equipped gym that can be reserved for private workout sessions.
  • For Disabled Guests: This is a caldera hotel with lots of steps. There is an elevator, but it does not serve every floor. This hotel is fine for guests with mild mobility issues who can stay on one of the higher floors, but it is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs.
  • For Families: An adults-only hotel, only guests 13 and older are permitted. There are no special facilities or amenities for children, and none of the suites can accommodate more than 3 guests.
  • Activities: Exclusive activities are available through the Katikies Club for an additional fee: wine tasting, caldera cruises (catamaran, speed boat, or Riva boat), VIP access to the archaeological site, car tours of the island, private dining, exclusive spa treatments, and private transfers with champagne.

Kirini Santorini – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Anthos is open all day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks. The atmosphere is casual yet refined during the day, and romantic in the evenings. The menu features Greek dishes along with other Mediterranean favorites using fresh, local ingredients. The wine list focuses on Santorini’s and Greece’s finest varieties, with wine tasting sessions available at sunset every evening.
  • Lounge/Bar: The Pool Lounge and Cocktail Bar serves refreshing and inspired cocktails and light bites from Anthos’ kitchen throughout the day.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast is available every morning from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. There is a buffet supplemented by an a la carte menu at Anthos, or breakfasts can be ordered ahead and served to the suite at no additional cost.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Kirini Santorini – Rooms

  • Room Types: Junior Suite • Senior Suite • Wet Junior Suite with Open Air Jetted Tub • Superior Suite • Honeymoon Suite with Open Air Jetted Tub • Kirini Suite with Plunge Pool • Master Suite with Private Pool
  • 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 Kirini Suite with Plunge Pool is the best room. Offering 45 sqm of indoor space, it is the hotel’s largest suite. This 1-bedroom suite boasts a king bed, separate living room with a small dining area, plus a large veranda (almost the size of the room) with an al fresco dining table, heated plunge pool, and 2 sun loungers.
  • For Families: An adults-only hotel, only guests ages 13 and older are permitted. There are no special amenities or facilities for children, and no rooms sleep more than 3 guests.

Kirini Santorini – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located at the entrance to Oia, along the Oia-Fira trail. Walk 14 minutes west to get to the center of Oia, where you’ll find an endless choice of restaurants, shops, and attractions, as well as the bus terminal. Head east to find the traditional village Finikia, which has a couple of great restaurants (10-minute walk) and Sigalas winery (22-minute walk). The Oia Castle ruins are just 22 minutes away, while Ammoudi Bay is just 5 more minutes past the castle at the bottom of the caldera.
  • Bus: The hotel is right in between 2 bus stops. The closer of the 2 is at the entrance to Finikia village, a 13-minute walk east on the main street in front of Alonistra Oia Houses. The Oia Bus Terminal is 14 minutes west of the hotel. All buses that go through Finikia also serve Oia, but the Baxedes bus to Oia does not pass through Finikia. Buses here serve all of the major villages and beaches on the island, often with a change in Fira. 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. Because of this, it’s better to catch the bus at the Oia Bus Terminal, which is the first stop, if you are leaving the hotel to explore. Coming back, get off the bus in Finikia, so you have a shorter walk to the hotel.
  • Taxis: The nearest taxi stand is at Stathmos Taxi, near the Oia Bus Terminal. 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, plus you can have them meet you directly at the hotel near the parking area. There will be a small surcharge for advanced reservations and for carrying luggage, usually just a couple of Euros. The average rate from Oia to Fira is €15, and from Oia to the airport runs about €25.
  • 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.

Kirini Santorini – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Anemomilos Restaurant: Located next to the hotel of the same name; refreshingly local vibe, not touristy at all. Great food, friendly atmosphere. 3-minute walk.
  • Melitini: 100% Greek menu using local Santorinian, Cycladic, and Greek ingredients only. Quaint, cozy interior, and stellar caldera views from the rooftop terrace. 9-minute walk.
  • Lefkes: Cozy, romantic restaurant in a converted wine cellar in the charming Finikia village. 9-minute walk.
  • PitoGyros: Hands-down, the best gyros in Oia. Seating is limited. 13-minute walk.
  • Candouni: Cozy, family-owned restaurant with live Greek music and absolutely delicious food. 15-minute walk.
  • Roka: Authentic Santorinian menu with solid dishes, especially the meatballs and octopus. 16-minute walk.
  • Lotza: Simple, honest Greek comfort food with stunning caldera views. 17-minute walk.
  • Ammoudi Bay Restaurants: Each of these waterfront restaurants is phenomenal, offering the freshest fish on the island. The steep 27-minute walk down takes longer coming back up, but your waiter will be happy to call you a cab.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Mes Amis: Amazing little spot on a covered patio looking over the caldera. Super casual, fantastic views, and great food. 3-minute walk.
  • Passaggio: The best coffee in Santorini, solid breakfast, killer cocktails, and pretty okay sunset views from the balcony, just a little back from the caldera. 7-minute walk.
  • Meteor: Excellent coffee and breakfast with sweeping caldera views, though a little on the pricey side. Turns into a bar at night. 17-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Perivolas Market: Small store with a decent selection of drinks, wine, and bread. 3-minute walk.
  • Village Super Market: Good selection of staples at a fair price (for Santorini). Located just across the road behind Passaggio. 7-minute walk.
  • Elliniki Diatrofi Supermarket: Great selection of local cheeses, wine, liquor, fresh produce, and staples. Open until after midnight, sometimes as late as 2:00 a.m. 13-minute walk.
  • Proton Supermarket: Small market, but usually has the best prices. This is where most locals shop in the area. 14-minute walk.

Kirini Santorini – The Hotel

The hotel entrance has a garden and private parking.

The entrance to Kirini is near their private parking area, surrounded by a garden.

The hotel is spread across several levels.

Built into the caldera, the property spreads down from the top over several levels.

The hotel has 2 elevators and a lot of stairs.

They have an elevator, but like all caldera hotels, there is still a fair number of stairs to climb. However, the sweeping views certainly make it worthwhile.

The reception area is bright and welcoming.

The main reception area is sunny and polished…

The concierge lobby features Santorinian cave style architecture.

…while the concierge lobby is decorated in true Santorinian cave style.

Anthos Restaurant has an indoor cave style dining area.

Anthos Restaurant also plays up the cave-style architecture in its indoor dining area.

Anthos Restaurant's outdoor dining area is by the pool.

Anthos’ outdoor dining area sits next to the infinity pool, and showcases gorgeous views of the caldera, especially at sunset.

Sunset wine tastings take place every evening at Anthos.

Anthos is also where the sunset wine tastings take place every evening, featuring wines from Santorini and Greece expertly paired with local cuisine, local and international cheeses, and charcuterie.

The Sun Deck has an infinity pool with hydrotherapy jets, sun loungers and Bali beds.

The infinity pool overlooks the caldera, and includes a section with hydrotherapy jets. There are a few sun loungers on this level, as well as some covered Bali beds one level below, in front of the pool. Most suites have their own private jacuzzis or pools, so the shared pool is rarely crowded.

The Sun Deck is a welcoming common area.

View of the Sun Deck.

The Pool Lounge and Cocktail Bar serves light bites and cocktails.

The pool is served by the Pool Lounge and Cocktail Bar all day, with food from the kitchen at Anthos.

The spa also has an indoor, heated cave pool.

The hotel’s second pool is an indoor, heated cave pool inside the spa.

The full-service spa has 3 suites and offers several treatments.

The full-service spa offers an extensive list of treatments for individuals or couples in their 3 spa suites.

The Senior Suites are hand-carved and feature unique layouts.

All suites here are completely unique due to the geography of the caldera, and the fact that each room has been carved out using hand tools. Here is one example of a Senior Suite. It features a separate living area in front of the bedroom

Some Senior Suites have open-plan layouts.

A different Senior Suite features more of an open-plan style, with the bathroom at the back. All Senior Suites are about 35 sqm.

Senior Suite bathrooms have either walk-in showers or bathtubs.

An example of a Senior Suite bathroom. Some have walk-in showers without bathtubs.

The larger Superior Suites have a large indoor jacuzzi.

Superior Suites are a little bit larger (40 sqm) than Senior Suites, and add an indoor, 2-person jacuzzi.

The jacuzzi is big enough for 2 adults.

A closer look at the jacuzzi.

Master Suites have a huge terrace with a private swimming pool.

Master Suites have the same interior size as Superior Suites, but their terraces are huge, and feature a private swimming pool.

Master Suite terraces also have Bali beds, al fresco dining tables, and amazing caldera views.

Master Suites are the most private suites in the hotel, and have their own Bali beds, dining area, and sweeping views of the caldera.

The view of the caldera and Thirassia Island from the Master Suite veranda is fantastic.

View of the caldera with Thirassia Island from the Master Suite veranda.

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Santorini Princess Spa Hotel in Imerovigli

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 14, 2019

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Review of Santorini Princess Spa in Imerovigli, Santorini

Santorini Princess Spa Hotel – Luxury hotel with spectacular views, free-form pool, and cave spa.

An intimate hotel located on the very edge of the caldera with magnificent views of the entire length of the island from Oia to Akrotiri, plus Thirassia Island and the new volcano. With a focus on wellness, the hotel offers a full-service spa with a jacuzzi, sauna, and cave-style treatment room, with the option of having spa services done outdoors overlooking the caldera. Rooms are designed and decorated in a contemporary style with Cycladic influences, black and white marble floors, and cool silver tones; all with caldera views. Their modern Greek kitchen makes exceptional meals, and the lounge is the perfect spot for a sunset cocktail. Although a luxury property, service never feels too formal; the staff takes care to make each guest feel truly at home. Popular for weddings and proposals.

Santorini Princess Spa Hotel – Video

Santorini Princess Spa Hotel – Location

  • Area: Absolutely gorgeous location, among the very best views on the island, though it may feel remote to some. The hotel is in a very quiet area, just north of Imerovigli village, a 23-minute walk or 5-minute drive to the beginning of the village and its restaurants and attractions.
  • How to Get There: The hotel sits on the side of the caldera, just off the main road connecting Fira and Oia. It is best to book a taxi or drive yourself to the hotel. There are always buses at the ferry port for every 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 at least an hour). From the nearest bus stop, it’s a 4-minute walk to the hotel. Taxis are also available at 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 Santorini Princess will cost roughly €25. A taxi from the ferry port to Santorini Princess will cost roughly €30. For those driving themselves, Santorini Princess offers free valet parking (a major perk).
  • Handy to: The Oia-Fira Hiking Trail (1-minute walk), OVAC Restaurant and Bar at Cavo Tagoo (4-minute walk).

Map of Santorini Princess Spa Hotel

Map of Santorini Princess Spa Hotel in Imerovigli.

Santorini Princess Spa Hotel – The Basics

  • Ages: An adults-only hotel, guests 12 and older only are allowed. Guests tend to be couples celebrating their honeymoon, anniversary, or getting married here. Most guests are over 35 years old, except in July and August, when the age skews a few years younger.
  • Beach: The nearest beach is Koloumpos Beach, about 6.5 km northeast. But Exo Gialos is a better beach and not much farther, just 5.5 km to the north end or 7.4 km to the south end’s impressive wind-sculpted cliffs.
  • View: Unbeatable caldera views from every room in the hotel, from Oia to Akrotiri and everything in between.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The Honeymoon Suite has a private, outdoor jacuzzi on its terrace, heated in April, May, and October.
  • Parking: Free parking onsite.
  • Extras: Welcome drink and snack (usually wine and baklava), fewer steps than most caldera hotels, weddings and events, and a chapel (anyone can enter, but only Orthodox weddings can be performed in the chapel).
  • When to Book: The hotel operates from late April/early May until the end of October. Reserve as early as possible, at least 6 months in advance. This is a small hotel and incredibly popular. It sells out fast.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +30 22860 25870
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: santoriniprincess.com

Santorini Princess Spa Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: Free-form pool with caldera views. Heated in April, May, and October.
  • Spa: Full-service spa in a traditional Santorinian cave with a jacuzzi, sauna, and extensive service menu for face and body, plus couples’ treatment packages.
  • Fitness Center: No gym onsite, but they partner with a nearby hotel for guests to use their gym.
  • For Disabled Guests: This hotel has fewer stairs than most hotels in the caldera, but it is not wheelchair accessible. It is fine for people with mild issues going up and down stairs, if staying in a ground floor room; there are no elevators.
  • For Families: An adults-only hotel, only ages 12 and older are allowed. There are no special amenities for children. There are 2-bedroom/2-bathroom apartments for groups of up to 4 guests.

Santorini Princess Spa Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Santorini Princess’ restaurant is open all day, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. (kitchen closes at 11:00), serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktails. The menu spotlights modern Greek fare, and the flavors are beyond excellent.
  • Lounge/Bar: The lounge area sits above the pool with amazing caldera views, perfect for sunsets. Solid cocktails menu with unique signature blends and well-made standards. The lounge area is part of the restaurant, so it’s operated on the same schedule, and you can order food here.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast buffet from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. served in the Breakfast Room. Fantastic spread of Greek specialties alongside familiar favorites.
  • Room Service: Available all day at no additional charge.

Santorini Princess Spa Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Apartment for Two • Apartment for Three • Superior Apartment • Apartment for Four • Honeymoon Suite (Accommodations here are called apartments, but they are more similar to junior suites as they do not offer kitchenettes, but do have seating areas.)
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any of their rooms. Smoking is allowed on the private terraces and in the outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: The Honeymoon Suite is a spacious 65 sqm, and is the only room type with an outdoor jacuzzi (heated in April, May, and October) with views of the caldera and volcano. Designed in a cave style with some exposed natural rock, this romantic room features a hand-shaped, arched ceiling, and a 4-poster canopy bed.
  • For Families: An adults-only hotel, guests must be at least 12 years old to stay. There are no special amenities for children, but they do have 2 larger suites with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 75 sqm each, which can accommodate up to 4 guests.

Santorini Princess Spa Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking: Santorini Princess is located at the northern edge of Imerovigli, right on the Oia-Fira Trail. The nearest restaurant is OVAC, at neighboring Cavo Tagoo hotel, just 4 minutes’ walk southeast of Santorini Princess. 10 minutes south is a traditional restaurant, Taverna Tasos. Walk 23 minutes south to reach Imerovigli village; all of the restaurants, attractions, and boutiques in the village are accessible on foot within 20-30 minutes of the hotel.
  • Bus: The nearest bus stop is on the main Fira-Oia road, just across from Cavo Tagoo Hotel – a 4-minute walk from Santorini Princess. Passing buses go north to Oia and south to Firostefani, and Fira. From Fira you need to change buses for the other major villages and beaches on the island. Buses here serve all of the major villages and beaches on the island, often with a change in Fira. 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.

Santorini Princess Spa Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • OVAC: Mediterranean-Asian fusion with spectacular sunset views and a romantic ambiance. Stupidly expensive, but everything on the menu is absolute perfection. 4-minute walk.
  • Le Moustache: Elevated Greek and Mediterranean dining and excellent cocktails with panoramic sunset views over the caldera. 22-minute walk.
  • Avocado: Traditional Greek menu, charming space, super friendly staff. Cycladic recipes and a fantastic selection of Santorinian wines. 25-minute walk.
  • Anogi: Al fresco dining with local specialties and classic Greek dishes. Rich flavors and large portions, so come hungry. 26-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. 29-minute walk.
  • La Maison: Contemporary, Greek fine dining with sweeping caldera views. Food, wine, and service are all phenomenal. 31-minute walk.

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. 28-minute walk.

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). 31-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

Nearby Attractions

  • 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 the full length of the path from Santorini Princess takes 1 hour 35 minutes to Oia Castle, or 50 minutes to the trail’s end in Fira, near Keti Hotel (add at least 15 minutes for a detour at Skaros Rock). 1-minute walk.
  • Imerovigli Basketball Court: Not an attraction, but good to know. This is the main parking area in Imerovigli. 26-minute walk.
  • Anastasi Church: The most picturesque, blue-domed church in Imerovigli offers gorgeous caldera views overlooking Skaros Rock. Popular for weddings and photo shoots. 30-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. 30-minute walk or 7-minute drive.
  • Skaros Rock: Impressive volcanic rock formation housing the ruins of a medieval castle and town, dating back to 1207. The monastery at its base, Panagia Theoskepasti, is the only part of Skaros that is still active. 33-minute walk to the trailhead; 7-minutes from there to reach Skaros.

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Supermarket Nissi: The friendliest market in the area, and usually the best prices in Imerovigli. 28-minute walk or 5-minute drive.
  • 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). 29-minute walk or 5-minute drive.

Santorini Princess Spa Hotel – The Hotel

The cobblestone entance of the hotel in Imerovigli is welcoming.

Entrance to Santorini Princess Spa hotel in Imerovigli.

The exterior of the hotel features cobblestone paths.

Exterior of the hotel overlooking the caldera.

The hotel offers great views in all directions.

View from above the entrance, facing southwest toward Skaros Rock, the new volcano, and the tip of Akrotiri on the left and Thirassia Island center-right. Imerovigli is the highest point on the caldera, boasting amazing sunset views.

The spa has 2 unique cave-tyle soaking chairs.

The spa, with its twin pedicure soaking chairs…

The spa has a cave-style jacuzzi.

…cave-style jacuzzi…

The spa also has a cave-style treatment room for 2.

…and cave-style treatment room for two.

The infinity pool is heated in the cold months and offers fantastic caldera views.

The free-form infinity pool overlooks the caldera. It is heated in April, May, and October, and offers plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas…

The pool also features a few stylish cabanas.

…as well as a couple of stylish cabanas.

The bar's excellent cocktails complement the amazing caldera views from everywhere in the hotel.

Bar service is available poolside or in the lounge area of the restaurant above the pool, with sweeping caldera views and especially breathtaking views at sunset. Cocktails are superb here, whether one of their custom drinks or a classic flavor.

The hotel restaurant offers delicious and modern Greek dishes.

The restaurant is open all day, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. (with the last food order in by 11:00 p.m.) Sumptuous, Greek modern dishes make up the menu.

Buffet breakfast is served in the cave-style Breakfast Room.

The daily breakfast buffet is set up in the cave-style breakfast room and can be enjoyed there, at the lounge, or in your room.

The property also features the small chapel of St. Spyridon.

At the far end of the property, you will find the chapel of St. Spyridon, patron saint of potters, the island Corfu, and the Tolstoy family.

The Oia-Fira hiking trail is just 1-minute from the hotel.

Also, at this end of the property, you will find the entrance to the Oia-Fira hiking trail. That’s Oia in white in the center, and Thirassia on the left.

The entry-level Apartment for Two features modern design and decor.

An Apartment for Two, the entry category. Rooms are inspired by traditional, local architecture, but the décor and design is decidedly modern.

All rooms are luxurious and modern.

Rooms begin at 30 sqm and go up to 75 sqm, all with luxurious black and white marble floors, silvery color palettes, and modern amenities.

All rooms have a small seating area, and face the caldera.

All rooms face the caldera, and have a small seating area with a table.

Bathroom are spacious and well-lit.

Bathrooms are well-lit and comfortable with glass showers that are larger than is typical in the area.

Private patios are perfect for enjoying sunsets and caldera views.

Private patios offer unobstructed caldera views for all guests, perfect for enjoying room service at sunset.

Patio size increases with room categories.

Higher category rooms have larger patios.

The caldera views from the private balconies are amazing.

Typical view from the private balconies.

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 14, 2019

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Review of Belvedere Suites in Santorini.
 
Belvedere Suites – Upscale, family-friendly hotel in a quiet neighborhood with a pool and unobstructed views over the volcanoes to Thirassia and Skaros Rock.
 
A casual luxury hotel, Belvedere Suites is perfectly situated on the caldera’s edge overlooking the volcanoes in a tranquil yet accessible neighborhood. Its large pool is fronted by a sundeck with sweeping views, and boasts poolside service for drinks and snacks all day. Contemporary rooms and suites are well-appointed in neutrals and white to emphasize the blue shades of the Mediterranean. Several amazing restaurants, bars, and attractions sit steps away from the hotel, though the immediate area remains quiet at night.
 

Belvedere Suites – Video

Belvedere Suites – Location

  • Area: Absolutely gorgeous location in Firostefani, with spectacular views over the caldera to the volcanoes, Thirassia and Aspronisi islands, and Akrotiri. The hotel sits in a quiet neighborhood with several excellent restaurants nearby, and is just a short walk to romantic Imerovigli and the capital Fira.
  • How to Get There: The hotel sits above the caldera in Firostefani, 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 Firostefani – the entire trip from port or airport to Firostefani could take around an hour). The bus stop is just 3 minutes away on foot near St. Gerasimos Church, 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 Belvedere Suites should be about €15 to €20, and a taxi from the ferry port to Belvedere Suites should be about €15 to €20, too. There will be a small surcharge for luggage, or for booking in advance. If renting a car, there is free parking in the lot at their sister property Santorini Palace (a major perk) (5-minute walk).
  • Handy to: The Oia-Fira Hiking Trail (1-minute walk), nightlife in Fira (16-minute walk), and Skaros Rock (31-minute walk).

Map of Belvedere Suites

Map of Belvedere Suites in Firostefani.

Belvedere Suites – The Basics

  • Ages: All ages are allowed at the hotel. Guests tend to be couples celebrating a romantic occasion; usually a honeymoon, anniversary, or birthday.
  • 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 there is East Breeze, just a few meters from the cliffs (12-minute drive). The north end has a small harbor and another great beach bar and restaurant called Yalos (9-minute drive). From the hotel, it’s a short 4.1 km drive to the north end or 5.9 km to the south end, where the cliffs are.
  • View: Most rooms and suites have sweeping caldera views over the volcanoes and toward the sunset. 5 of their 31 units have interior views of the hotel.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
  • Parking: Free parking nearby at their sister property, Santorini Palace, about 5 minutes away on foot.
  • Extras: Wine cellar.
  • When to Book: The hotel is open from April 1 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 3 months in advance for the low and shoulder seasons.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +30 22860 25496
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: belvederesantorini.com

Belvedere Suites – Amenities

  • Pool: Large, unheated pool with a sundeck and plenty of loungers that overlook the caldera.
  • Spa: No spa onsite, but guests have access and free transfers to and from Lotus Spa at their sister property El Greco. 24-minute walk.
  • Fitness Center: No gym onsite, but guests have access to the fitness center at their sister property El Greco, less than 2 km away.
  • For Disabled Guests: This is a caldera hotel with lots of steps and no elevator. Not suitable for guests with mobility issues.
  • For Families: This is an all-ages property and offers babysitting service on request. The pool offers a wide view over the caldera but is set back from the edge, so it’s safer for little ones. VIP Suites are suitable for groups of up to 4.
  • Activities: The concierge is happy to arrange boat tours and excursions to nearby islands, wine tours and tastings, and visits to the ruins at Akrotiri.

Belvedere Suites – Food and Drink

  • Lounge/Bar: The Pool Bar is open all day, from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., serving fantastic cocktails, a full breakfast, and a wide selection of light bites. The wine list emphasizes the best labels from Santorini, Greece, and beyond.
  • Breakfast: A complimentary buffet breakfast is served at the pool bar every morning from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. with a wide range of pastries, cereals, fruit, meats, and coffee.
  • Room Service: Available all day from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Belvedere Suites – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Room • Junior Suite • VIP Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any of their rooms. Smoking is allowed on the private terraces and in the outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: The VIP Suite is the best room category. Divided over 2 levels, these 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom suites offer a queen bed upstairs and a sofa bed downstairs with a living room, a bathroom with a rain shower, panoramic views from the balcony, and an entrance near the wine cellar.
  • For Families: This is an all-ages hotel with babysitting services and suites for up to 4 guests. The VIP Suite, described above, is the best option for families of 4. Larger groups will need to book an additional room.

Belvedere Suites – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located near the main square of Firostefani, above the caldera, and on the Oia-Fira hiking trail, with amazing restaurants, bars, shops, and attractions just a few meters away. Easy access to all dining and attractions in romantic Imerovigli as well as the nightlife and shopping in bustling Fira; both villages are within 15 minutes of the hotel.
  • Bus: The nearest bus stop is a 3-minute walk from the hotel, near the parking lot at St. Gerasimos. 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 in Fira, about 16 minutes south. 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 the driver meet you near the hotel instead. There will be a small surcharge for advance reservations and for carrying luggage, usually just a couple of Euros. The average rate from Firostefani to the airport or port is around €15 to €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.

 

Belvedere Suites – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Aktaion: The oldest taverna on the island, Aktaion has been serving authentic Santorinian flavors since 1922. 2-minute walk.
  • Da Vinci Restaurant: Fantastic Italian restaurant with spectacular caldera views. 5-minute walk.
  • Pelican Kipos: Stellar, wine-centric restaurant with over 600 varieties of local and international wines in a charming garden setting. Wine tastings and cellar tours available daily. 13-minute walk.
  • Argo Restaurant: Argo features a rich menu of Santorinian and Mediterranean flavors with modern, international influences. With amazing views over the caldera, this is a popular spot for sunset dining. Reserve in advance to ensure a view table. 14-minute walk.
  • Lucky’s Souvlakis: Hands-down the very best gyros in Santorini. Eating at Lucky’s is an absolute must when in Santorini. Authentic, filling, and affordable. 14-minute walk.
  • La Maison: Contemporary, Greek fine dining with sweeping caldera views. Food, wine, and service are all phenomenal. 15-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. 22-minute walk.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • Volkan on the Rocks: Great brewpub in Firostefani with amazing views and an outdoor cinema. 5-minute walk.
  • Kira Thira Jazz Bar: A Santorinian standby since 1976, Kira Thira is a cozy, casual bar with fantastic sangria, strong drinks, and an eclectic selection of music. 13-minute walk.
  • Tango Champagne and Cocktail Bar: Refined lounge with a romantic vibe and picture-perfect sunset views. 14-minute walk.
  • Tropical Bar: Great cocktails and a magnificent view make this a popular spot for catching the sunset. The drinks menu strips down to basic offerings after sundown, but at happy hours (9:00 to 11:00p.m.), all cocktails are half price. Aussies take note: they sell VB here. 14-minute walk.
  • MoMix: Half bar, half mad science lab, MoMix (short for Molecular Mixology) creates wild cocktails served in test tubes, as edible bites, or in bubble form. 15-minute walk.
  • PK Cocktail Bar: The best bar in Santorini, PK Cocktail Bar offers superb sunset views, creative cocktails, and 3 levels of seating in the caldera. 15-minute walk.
  • Buddha Bar Beach: Upscale cocktail bar, restaurant, and shisha lounge with views over Skaros Rock to the caldera. Pricey but on point. 21-minute walk.

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Galini Café: Super friendly, all-day café with superb coffee and amazing views. Best loved for their breakfasts and brunch, especially the crepes, bennies, and French toast. 2-minute walk.
  • To Briki: Fantastic café, the best place to try traditional Greek coffee. Breakfasts are superb, and the sunset views are gorgeous. 3-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

  • Under a Fig Tree: Upscale boutique featuring Greek-designed fashion, accessories, and swimwear right on the Oia-Fira trail. 10-minute walk.
  • Little Dot: Trendy boutique offering men’s and women’s street, surf, and swim wear. 11-minute walk.
  • Pegasus Boutique: Next to the hotel of the same name, this little boutique offers clothing, shoes, swimwear, and accessories by Greek designers. 13-minute walk.
  • White House Santorini: Specialty shop for all-white summer garb for men, women, and children. Located across the walking path from Idol Restaurant in Fira. 13-minute walk.
  • Ammos: This shop has 2 locations in Fira, 1 in Kamari, and 1 in Oia. All offer a wide selection of international and Greek brands. 13-minute walk to either of the Fira locations.
  • Noi: Upscale women’s boutique offering elegant summer clothing, shoes, and accessories on Santorini’s famous Gold Street. 13-minute walk.
  • Caldera Jewelry/Golden Santorini: Right across from Noi, Golden Santorini/Caldera Jewelry has offered fine gold and precious stone jewelry since 1976. 14-minute walk.
  • Spicy Boutique and The Lace: These sister boutiques are located right next door to each other in the heart of Fira. Both shops sell Greek-designed women’s clothing and accessories. Spicy offers edgier styles, while The Lace caters toward a femme crowd. 14-minute walk.
  • The White: Across from Spicy, The White is a luxury boutique selling hand-crafted clothing and footwear by Santorinian designer Sophia H. 14-minute walk.
  • Drakkar Santorini: International and Greek designer-brand clothing for women. 14-minute walk.
  • Nick the Greek: One of the oldest jewelry shops in Santorini, Nick the Greek sells fine gold jewelry and luxury watches from Greek and international brands. 15-minute walk.
  • Koukla: Eclectic, artsy jewelry in a range of styles and prices. 15-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 10 minutes. Add at least 30 minutes for a detour at Skaros Rock when you head north. Heading south to the trail’s end in Fira, near Keti Hotel, takes about 20 minutes.
  • St. Gerasimos Church: This blue-domed church is the most recognizable landmark in Firostefani. Many tours meet here as their starting point, and the village’s main parking lot is here. 3-minute walk.
  • St Mark the Evangelist: One of only a few Catholic churches in Santorini, St. Mark is recognizable by its colorful bell tower. It’s right next to The Tsitouras Collection. 5-minute walk.
  • Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral: This imposing cathedral dominates the main square in Fira. Fully renovated after the ’56 earthquake, this landmark church is surrounded by a series of grand archways, and is adorned with frescoed walls and ceilings inside in gold and vivid colors. 16-minute walk.
  • 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. 31-minute walk.

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Mini Market Sigalas: Small market with a good selection of staples, snacks, and wine near St. Gerasimos Church. 4-minute walk.
  • Creta Alpha Market: Convenience store with a decent range of drinks, food, and sundries. 5-minute walk.
  • Green Market Organics: Small but well-stocked grocery store in Fira with specialty items (gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan, etc.), organic, and local products. 18-minute walk.

Belvedere Suites – The Hotel

The hotel offer panoramic views of the volcanoes, Aspronisi Island, and Akrotiri.

Belvedere Suites is perched on the edge of the caldera in Firostefani and boasts exceptional views of the volcanoes, Aspronisi and Thirassia Islands, and Akrotiri to the southwest.

One can see Thirassia Island, Skaros Rock, and tip of Oia from the hotel.

Facing due west, the hotel offers unobstructed views to Thirassia Island. Skaros Rock and the very tip of Oia can be seen to the northwest.

One can see Firostefani and Imerovigli from the hotel.

Turning a little further, Firostefani seems to blend into Imerovigli village behind Skaros Rock.

Check-in is frequently done on the reception terrace.

Check-in is often done on the terrace in front of the reception office here. In the background, the blue-domed church is St. Gerasimos, marking the main square of Firostefani.

The sun deck, pool, and bar are located on the lower levels of the hotel.

The sun deck, pool, and bar are on the lower floors, built into the side of the cliff. Like most caldera hotels, Belvedere has no elevator, just stairs (seen here, crisscrossing in the foreground).

The main sun deck is 1 floor above the pool.

The main sun deck is 1 floor up from the pool.

The pool and terrace offer amazing caldera views.

The pool and terrace overlook the caldera, with a few dining tables, a wraparound glass railing, and unobstructed views.

The Pool Bar serves breakfast buffet daily.

The breakfast buffet is set up daily at the Pool Bar in the covered area adjacent to the pool.

The Superior Room balconies have small sitting areas to enjoy the view.

The Belvedere offers 3 room categories with private balconies or patios. Seen here is the balcony for a Superior Room.

Most balconies feature concrete dividers and a glass railing in front.

Most balconies face toward the caldera, with a glass railing in front and concrete dividers in between.

Superior Rooms feature either 1 queen or 2 single beds.

Superior Rooms can have either 1 queen bed or 2 single beds.

Rooms have a contemporary decor with Cycladic design elements.

All rooms feature traditional Cycladic design elements with contemporary décor.

The rooms have a neutral colour palette.

The walls, floors, and furnishings keep to a neutral palette.

The bedroom has an ensuite bathroom.

The bathroom is adjacent to the bedroom…

The bathroom has a natural stone sink.

…and features a natural stone sink…

The bathroom had a Greek-style open shower.

…and a traditional, open-style shower.

The wine cellar is adjoining the entrance to the VIP Suites.

The top tier VIP Suites have their entrances off the wine cellar.

The living room has a sofa bed and access to the balcony.

The VIP Suites open up to a living room with a sofa bed on the bottom floor.

The private terrace can be accessed from the living room.

The living room leads to a private terrace…

The volcanoes can be clearly seen from the hotel.

…with clear blue views over the caldera and volcanoes.

The bathroom is on the lower level of the suite.

Along with the living room and balcony, the bathroom is located on the suite’s lower level.

The bedroom on the upper floor has a queen bed and a small couch.

The bedroom is on the upper floor, and features a queen bed and small sitting area.

The bedroom offers a gorgeous view.

Best of all is this gorgeous view right in front of the bed.

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Chromata Hotel in Imerovigli, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 14, 2019

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The infinity pool is surrounded by the restaurant and sun loungers.

Chromata Santorini – Contemporary, luxurious hotel perched on the edge of the caldera with fantastic dining and drinks, a trendy vibe, and an infinity pool.

This stylish hotel fuses Santorinian cave-style design with a modern twist. Rooms, suites, and villas are all whitewashed, featuring hand-carved, cave-style architecture with subtle pops of color, all designed to enhance their expansive, caldera views over the volcano. Most categories have private jacuzzis or pools. The shared infinity pool overlooks the caldera, and is open to the sun for most of its length, with a portion covered in a cave. Amazing dining options include an all-day Mediterranean restaurant, a sushi bar, and a pool bar. A 1:2 staff to guest ratio ensures impeccable service, and their Katikies Club, which all guests become part of just by staying, offers exclusive experiences like sailing, wine tasting to VIP archaeological site access, and more.

Chromata Santorini – Video

Chromata Santorini – Location

  • Area: Absolutely gorgeous location in the heart of Imerovigli village, with amazing dining and attractions within 1 to 10 minutes of the hotel. Imerovigli is the highest elevation on the caldera; views are stellar throughout the hotel and at most of the restaurants here.
  • How to Get There: The hotel sits above the caldera in the center of Imerovigli village and the main road connecting Fira and Oia, making it easy to get to whether 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 at least an hour). The bus stop is just 3 minutes away on foot; the walk from there to the hotel is a gentle downhill slope, 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 Chromata Santorini will cost roughly €25. A taxi from the ferry port to Chromata Santorini will cost roughly €30. If renting a car, there are a few free lots nearby, and the staff will assist with parking.
  • Handy To: The Oia-Fira Hiking Trail (1-minute walk), Anastasi Church (3-minute walk), Skaros Rock (15-minute walk).

Map of Chromata Santorini

Map of Chromata Santorini in Imerovigli.

Chromata Santorini – The Basics

  • Ages: An adults-only hotel, only ages 13 and older are allowed. Guests tend to be couples celebrating a special occasion, usually a honeymoon, anniversary, or even having their wedding here.
  • 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 (15-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 5 km drive to the north end or 7 km to the south end, where the cliffs are.
  • View: Overlooking the caldera with excellent sunset views from the rooms and throughout the hotel.
  • Kitchen: The Saint Nicholas Cave House Villa has a full kitchen.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Many suites and the villa have private jacuzzis or heated plunge pools. The Superior Jetted Tub Suite, Honeymoon Jetted Tub Suite, and Chromata Jetted Tub Suite have indoor jacuzzis. The Master Suite, Chromata Infinity Pool Suite, and the Saint Nicholas Cave House Villa have heated, outdoor plunge pools.
  • Parking: There are a few free parking lots nearby, and the staff will assist with parking.
  • Extras: Butler service on request, turn down service, choice of in-room luxury amenities, Katikies Club exclusive experiences, weddings and events.
  • When to Book: The hotel operates from April 1st until November 15th. 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 22237
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: katikies.com/chromatasantorini

Chromata Santorini – Amenities

  • Pool: Infinity pool (unheated) with expansive caldera views, and a small shaded portion.
  • Spa: Access to the spa (with complimentary transportation) at their sister property Kirini in Oia.
  • Fitness Center: Access to the gym at their sister property Kirini in Oia.
  • For Disabled Guests: This is a caldera hotel with lots of steps and no elevator. This hotel is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs or with mobility issues.
  • For Families: An adults-only hotel, only guests 13 and older are permitted. There are no special facilities or amenities for children. Many suites can accommodate up to 3 guests, but only the villa can accommodate up to 5.
  • Activities: Exclusive activities are available through the Katikies Club for an additional fee: wine tasting, caldera cruises (catamaran, speed boat, or Riva boat), VIP access to the archaeological sites, car tours of the island, private dining, exclusive spa treatments, private transfers with champagne.

Chromata Santorini – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Chroma Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks all day. The menu features modern Mediterranean plates with regional specialties, local ingredients, and an impressive selection of local and international wines. Sunset dining is amazing here.
  • Lounge/Bar: Chroma Champagne Bar and Sushi is open for lunch and dinner, serving sumptuous sushi and sashimi with a solid selection of champagnes and bubbly cocktails. Great sunset views from here and candlelit dining.
  • Lounge/Bar: The Cocktail Bar and Aperitivo Bar serve poolside drinks from midday through the evening.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast is served daily from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The buffet is supplemented by an a la carte menu and is served at Chroma. Or guests can order a la carte the night before, and have it delivered to their room at their time of choice at no extra cost.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Chromata Santorini – Rooms

  • Room Types: Double Room • Junior Suite • Senior Suite • Superior Jetted Tub Suite • Honeymoon Jetted Tub Suite • Chromata Jetted Tub Suite • Master Pool Suite • Chromata Infinity Pool Suite • Saint Nicholas Cave House Villa with Private Pool
  • 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 Chromata Infinity Pool Suite offers a spacious 86 sqm open plan living space with a king-sized bed. Its generous bathroom features an open-style shower and a deep soaking tub with jacuzzi jets. A large veranda boasts a private, heated plunge pool and an al fresco dining area with panoramic views of the caldera over the volcano. Located on the lower level, this is the most private suite in the hotel.
  • For Families: An adults-only hotel, only guests ages 13 and older are permitted. There are no special amenities or facilities for children. Only the Sani Nicholas Cave House Villa accommodates groups of 4 or 5 guests. This 2-floor, 165 sqm villa features 2 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (one with a jacuzzi), a separate living area, a full kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining spaces, 2 balconies, and a private, heated plunge pool.

Chromata Santorini – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located in the center of Imerovigli, with the village’s best restaurants, shops, and attractions just a few meters away along the Oia-Fira hiking trail. Easy access to all dining and attractions in Imerovigli as well as the nightlife and shopping in Fira, just 25 minutes along the path.
  • Bus: The nearest bus is in Imerovigli village, a 3-minute walk from the hotel. Buses here serve all of the major villages and beaches on the island, often with a change in Fira. 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.

Chromata 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). 2-minute walk.
  • To Briki: Fantastic café, the best place to try traditional Greek coffee. Breakfasts are superb and the sunset views are gorgeous. 9-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. 2-minute walk.
  • Under a Fig Tree: Upscale boutique featuring Greek-designed fashion, accessories, and swimwear right on the Oia-Fira trail. 4-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 26 minutes. Add at least 30 minutes for a detour at Skaros Rock either way.
  • Imerovigli Basketball Court: Not an attraction, but good to know. This is the main parking area in Imerovigli. 5-minute walk or 3-minute drive.
  • 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. 5-minute walk.
  • 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. 5-minute walk.

Chromata Santorini – The Hotel

The lobby entrance is simple and welcoming.

At the entrance of Chromata Santorini’s lobby.

The welcoming lobby is staffed 24/7.

The lobby is cozy, welcoming, and staffed 24 hours.

The hotel has a lot of stairs connecting everything.

The stairway leading to the rooms, suites, pool, and dining is just across the footpath. Like most caldera hotels, expect a lot of stairs.

The views from the stairs and amazing.

All that climbing is rewarded with unobstructed views of the caldera and the volcano.

The Chroma Champagne Bar and Sushi serves excellent sushi.

On the way to the pool and restaurant, you’ll pass Chroma Champagne Bar and Sushi. The sushi here is super fresh, some of the best on the island. And the views at sunset are unbeatable.

The sushi bar has a shaded portion.

There is a shaded portion of the sushi bar, too.

Chroma Restaurant by the pool serves creative Mediterranean dishes.

Chroma Restaurant is on the same level as the infinity pool. The main restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a creative Mediterranean menu. The bar here serves directly to the pool loungers.

The desserts at the restaurant are fantastic.

The food here is always on point, but the desserts are over the top.

The sun deck also has sun loungers, and is usually quiet.

The poolside has limited lounging space, so it is supplemented by the Sun Deck. Many suites have their own pools or jacuzzis, and all have their own private balconies with sun loungers, so it’s usually not too crowded here.

All suites have private pools with amazing caldera views.

These are the private pools for the Master Suite (on top), and the Chromata Infinity Pool Suite (on bottom). The layout and location makes the Chromata Suite a little more private than the other rooms and suites. This photo was taken from the balcony of a Senior Suite above.

The Senior Suite is popular for couples on their honeymoon.

Entering the open plan Senior Suite. This one is prepared with rose petals for a honeymoon celebration.

The suites are hand-carved and has unique.

All of the suites onsite were carved into the caldera using hand tools, making each unit completely unique in approximate size and layout, with nothing exactly symmetrical.

The suites are all white with bright pops of color.

All rooms are completely furnished and painted in white, save for the rainbow bed runner and some hints of blue.

The suites sometimes even feature a small desk in a corner.

There is a small desk area in this particular suite.

The bathroom is spacious and has a large vanity area.

The bathroom features an open style shower, large vanity, and a free-standing soaking tub.

The bathtub is small and simple.

Closer look at the bathtub.

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Celestia Grand Villas in Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 14, 2019

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Review of Celestia Grand Suites in Santorini.
 
Celestia Grand – A glamorous collection of villas with private pools and direct sunset views in a quiet neighborhood south of Fira.

Celestia Grand offers seven luxuriously appointed villas, all with kitchenettes, spacious terraces, caldera views, and private, heated pools. All have indoor jacuzzi tubs; some add outdoor hot tubs. Villas range from studio up to two-bedroom units, with some villas divided over two floors. Each villa is completely unique, built in a classic, Cycladic style that incorporates the island’s natural geography with hand-sculpted ceilings, lava rock walls, and whitewashed stucco. Five-star perks include airport and port transfer, an all-day shuttle to Fira, and daily breakfast delivery. VIP services include helicopter charters, private caldera cruises, and personal chef service.
 

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Celestia Grand – Location

  • Area: Celestia Grand is located about 2.5 km from Fira in Mesaria (sometimes called South Fira), with expansive views over the caldera and stunning sunsets. The Mesaria area is a central location for exploring all that Santorini has to offer, with nightlife, dining, wine country, traditional villages, and ancient ruins all within a 5 to 15-minute drive.
  • How to Get There: Celestia Grand offers complimentary airport or port transfer for all guests; this is the best and easiest way to get to the villas. The villas sit above the caldera in South Fira on the main road connecting Fira with the rest of the island, 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. The bus from the ferry port passes by the hotel; ask to be dropped off at Volcano View (the hotel next door). The bus from the airport will stop in Fira, where you must get off to catch a second bus heading south to reach the Volcano View stop. A bus from the port to Celestia Grand should take 20 to 30 minutes, while the entire bus trip from the airport to Celestia Grand could take over an hour. (Of course, you could also bus to the Fira station, then taxi to the hotel.) 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 Celestia Grand should be about €15 to €20, and a taxi from the ferry port to Celestia Grand should be about €10. There will be a small surcharge for luggage, or for booking in advance. If renting a car, each villa has its own dedicated parking space (a major perk).
  • Handy to: Fira nightlife, dining, and shopping (9-minute drive), wine country (5-minute drive), and Pyrgos traditional village (5-minute drive).

Celestia Grand – The Basics

  • Ages: This is a family-friendly property, and guests of all ages are allowed. Pets are also permitted. Guests tend to be a mix of couples and families, with most families traveling in the summer months.
  • 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 there is East Breeze, just a few meters from the cliffs (12-minute drive). The north end has a small harbor and another great beach bar and restaurant called Yalos (13-minute drive). From the hotel, it’s a short 6.4 km drive to the north end or 5.1 km to the south end, where the cliffs are. For a unique beach experience, visit Caldera Beach (13-minute drive), which is the only beach in Santorini’s caldera. This beach is more serene and secluded than Exo Gialos, though that means fewer services – just 1 restaurant and a dive shop. Caldera Beach is 7.1 km away. Kamari Beach, 6.9 km southeast (15-minute drive), is the best organized beach nearby. Kamari is very popular with families, with several beach clubs, restaurants, and affordable umbrella and lounge chair rentals.
  • View: Absolutely amazing views over the caldera, centered on the volcanoes with views from Akrotiri all the way to Oia. Each villa has an unobstructed, direct sunset view.
  • Kitchen: All villas have a kitchenette.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: All villas feature private, heated pools. The Junior Villa has the smallest: a plunge pool with jacuzzi jets. Artemis and Sapphire villas add outdoor jacuzzis. All other suites have indoor jacuzzi tubs.
  • Parking: Each villa comes with its own dedicated parking space.
  • Extras: Airport/port transfer, complimentary shuttle to Fira from 9:15 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., 24-hour reception, 24-hour concierge, in-room massage, breakfast delivery, weddings and events, VIP services.
  • When to Book: The hotel usually operates from the first of April until the end of October. 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 25900
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: celestiagrand.com

Celestia Grand – Amenities

  • Pool: No shared pool. All villas have private pools.
  • Spa: No spa. In-room spa treatments are available on request.
  • Fitness Center: No gym. In-room personal trainers are available on request.
  • For Disabled Guests: This is a caldera property with mostly multi-level suites that use stairs. There is no elevator on site. This hotel is suitable for guests with mild mobility issues; the Junior and Honeymoon Villas have the fewest stairs.
  • For Families: This is a family-friendly property, and guests of all ages are allowed. All suites can accommodate at least 3 guests, though the larger 2-bedroom villas – Ianthi, Aphrodite, Artemis, and Sapphire – are better suited for larger groups. Family amenities and services include high chairs, baby cots, and babysitting on request. There is also a doctor on call.
  • Activities: The concierge is available 24 hours to arrange any experience, from wine tastings to caldera cruises and more. VIP Services include helicopter tours, island hopping, private cruises, and more.

Celestia Grand – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: No restaurant onsite, but private, candlelit dinners can be arranged, or a personal chef can prepare any meals.
  • Lounge/Bar: No bar, but any drink request (especially wine) can be provided by room service.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary, a la carte breakfast is delivered to each villa daily at the time of your choosing.
  • Room Service: Available 16 hours a day.

Celestia Grand – Rooms

  • Room Types: Junior Villa • Erotas Villa • Superior Honeymoon Villa • Ianthi Villa • Artemis Villa • Aphrodite Villa • Sapphire 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: Every villa is incredible, but the Sapphire Villa is the best. This 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom villa has the largest terrace with the best views onsite. Like the other villas, it boasts a private, heated pool, but it also adds a huge, cave-style jacuzzi that affords dazzling views with more privacy. The second bathroom has a hydromassage tub.
  • For Families: This is a family-friendly property, and all ages are allowed, as well as pets. All villas can accommodate at least 3 guests, but the best options for families are the 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom villas that sleep up to 5 guests: Sapphire (described above), Artemis, Aphrodite, or Ianthi. Like Sapphire, Artemis offers a private pool and outdoor jacuzzi with a hydromassage tub in 1 of the bathrooms. Aphrodite is similar, but instead of an outdoor jacuzzi, it has hydromassage tubs in both bathrooms. Ianthi is similar to Aphrodite, with its 2 indoor jacuzzi baths, but Ianthi has the option of connecting to the Junior Villa to sleep 3 more guests (a total of 8). Connecting to the Junior Villa adds an extra outdoor, heated, jetted, plunge pool.

Celestia Grand – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located about 2.5 km south of Fira at the edge of the caldera, and there is not much within walking distance of the hotel. Celestia Grand offers a complimentary shuttle into Fira from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., which allows a good deal of time to dine, shop, and see the sights. For staying out late, for exploring the island, or for longer stays, it is best to rent a car or hire taxis to get around.
  • Bus: The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to Fira from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Outside of these hours, you may catch the bus at the unofficial stop in front of the hotel. If traveling anywhere north, catch the bus in front of the mini market right across the street, and ride to the Central Bus Station in Fira. All routes to the airport, other villages, and most beaches require a change in Fira. On the way back, tell the driver to stop at Volcano View, which is the hotel next door. If heading south to the port, you can flag down the bus from Volcano View. 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 in Fira, about 33 minutes’ walk away, so not very practical. 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 the driver 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 the hotel to the port is around €10, and from the hotel to the airport is around €15.
  • 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.

Celestia Grand – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Caldera Restaurant: Upscale, local fare with a great wine menu and spectacular sunset views at their sister property Volcano View. 3-minute walk.
  • Elia Restaurant: Fine dining, Mediterranean restaurant with dazzling caldera views at their sister property Petit Palace. 7-minute walk.
  • Selene Restaurant: Selene offers 4 experiences in 1 location: a fine-dining dinner restaurant; a casual, all-day taverna; a deli that showcases local products; and a hands-on cooking class. 6-minute drive.
  • Metaxi Mas Taverna: The best restaurant in Santorini. Metaxi Mas cooks up rich, delicious, Santorinian and Cretan recipes paired with local wine and raki in a homey, authentic taverna. 8-minute drive.
  • Lucky’s Souvlakis: Hands-down the very best gyros in Santorini. Eating at Lucky’s is an absolute must when in Santorini. Authentic, filling, and affordable. 11-minute drive.
  • Ouzeri: Exceptional spot for meze (Greek tapas), offering a modern take on traditional Santorinian flavors and Mediterranean favorites. 11-minute drive.
  • Falafeland: Top-notch vegetarian and vegan street food spot with amazing falafel and veggie burgers, and cozy outdoor seating. There are a handful of meat dishes here too, which are prepared separately from the vegetarian/vegan items. 11-minute drive.
  • Pelican Kipos: Stellar, wine-centric restaurant with over 600 varieties of local and international wines in a charming garden setting. Wine tastings and cellar tours available daily. 12-minute drive.
  • Argo Restaurant: Argo features a rich menu of Santorinian and Mediterranean flavors with modern, international influences. With amazing views over the caldera, this is a popular spot for sunset dining. Reserve in advance to ensure a view table. 15-minute drive.
  • Idol Restaurant: All-day restaurant serving elevated versions of traditional Santorinian dishes with 3 dining terraces and panoramic views. 15-minute drive.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • Franco’s Bar: Franco’s has 2 locations, 1 in Fira and 1 in Pyrgos. Both bars are well-loved for their gorgeous sunset views and delicious drinks. Franco’s Fira overlooks the caldera centered on the volcano, and Franco’s Pyrgos is on the highest point of the island, with expansive views over all of Santorini. The Pyrgos bar is a 7-minute drive away, while the Fira bar is a 15-minute drive.
  • PK Cocktail Bar: The best bar in Santorini, PK Cocktail Bar offers superb sunset views, creative cocktails, and 3 levels of seating in the caldera. 10-minute drive.
  • Tango Champagne and Cocktail Bar: Refined lounge with a romantic vibe and picture-perfect sunset views. 15-minute drive.
  • Kira Thira Jazz Bar: A Santorinian standby since 1976, Kira Thira is a cozy, casual bar with fantastic sangria, strong drinks, and an eclectic selection of music. 15-minute drive.
  • Tropical Bar: Great cocktails and a magnificent view make this a popular spot in for catching the sunset. The drinks menu strips down to basic offerings after sundown, but at happy hours (9:00 to 11:00p.m.), all cocktails are half price. Aussies take note: they sell VB here. 15-minute drive.
  • MoMix: Half bar, half mad science lab, MoMix (short for Molecular Mixology) creates wild cocktails served in test tubes, as edible bites, or in bubble form. 15-minute drive.
  • Casablanca Soul Bar: With house and deep house DJs or a live band every night, tasty cocktails, and a truly friendly staff, Casablanca is always a favorite for locals and travelers alike. 15-minute drive.

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Zeas Bakery: There is a 24-hour bakery across the street, but it’s not a good one. Head a little ways south to reach Zeas Bakery. Fantastic pastries, sweets, and breads, plus great coffee and pre-made sandwiches. 11-minute walk.
  • Coffee Island: Off the main tourist track, this little shop has fantastic coffee drinks (maybe the only spot you can get a flat white in Santorini), a great selection of coffee by the kilo, and absolutely the best prices. 8-minute drive.
  • Galini Café: Super friendly, all-day café with superb coffee and amazing views. Best loved for their breakfasts and brunch, especially the crepes, bennies, and French toast. 16-minute drive.

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

  • Nick the Greek: One of the oldest jewelry shops in Santorini, Nick the Greek sells fine gold jewelry and luxury watches from Greek and international brands. 9-minute drive.
  • Koukla: Eclectic, artsy jewelry in a range of styles and prices. 9-minute drive.
  • Little Dot: Trendy boutique offering men’s and women’s street, surf, and swim wear. 14-minute drive.
  • Noi: Upscale women’s boutique offering elegant summer clothing, shoes, and accessories on Santorini’s famous Gold Street. 14-minute drive.
  • Caldera Jewelry/Golden Santorini: Right across from Noi, Golden Santorini/Caldera Jewelry has offered fine gold and precious stone jewelry since 1976. 14-minute drive.
  • White House Santorini: Specialty shop for all-white summer garb for men, women, and children. Located across the walking path from Idol Restaurant in Fira. 14-minute drive.
  • Ammos: This shop has 2 locations in Fira, 1 in Kamari, and 1 in Oia. All offer a wide selection of international and Greek brands. 15-minute drive to either of the Fira locations.
  • Spicy Boutique and The Lace: These sister boutiques are located right next door to each other in the heart of Fira. Both shops sell Greek-designed women’s clothing and accessories. Spicy offers edgier styles, while The Lace caters toward a femme crowd. 15-minute drive.
  • The White: Next to Rastoni restaurant, The White is a luxury boutique selling hand-crafted clothing and footwear by Santorinian designer Sophia H. 15-minute drive.
  • Isia: High-end, women’s clothing and accessories with unique pieces inspired by traditional Greek designs. You can find it on the footpath between Diesel and Cava Mejjo. 15-minute drive.
  • Drakkar Santorini: International and Greek designer-brand clothing for women. 15-minute drive.

Nearby Attractions

  • Agios Dimitrios Church: Next door to Argyros Mansion, this church was renovated in 1868, and has remained much the same since then. 4-minute drive.
  • Wine Country: The southern half of Santorini is covered in vineyards, many of which offer tours or wine tastings of the island’s famous varieties such as Assyrtiko, Mavrotragano, and Vinsanto. Among the best nearby wineries are Venetsanos Winery (4-minute drive), Hatzidakis Winery (9-minute drive), and Art Space Winery (9-minute drive).
  • Pyrgos: Pyrgos is a charming traditional village located at the highest point on the island, with expansive views of Santorini from Akrotiri to Oia, from the caldera to the Aegean, and of everything in between. Among the winding footpaths are the ruins of an old castle, traditional architecture, neoclassical mansion, shops, restaurants, and cafes. 5-minute drive.
  • Argyros Mansion: Historic, 19th-century, neoclassical mansion, the former home of generations of winemakers. Restored with care, the mansion offers a look into Santorini’s past. 6-minute drive.
  • Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral: This imposing cathedral dominates the main square in Fira. Fully renovated after the ’56 earthquake, this landmark church is surrounded by a series of grand archways, and is adorned with frescoed walls and ceilings inside in gold and vivid colors. 9-minute drive.
  • Old Port of Fira: A.K.A. Fira Skala, the Old Port has a few tavernas, shops, and pretty sea views. The only connections from the port to the village are the cable cars, donkeys, or walking up the 587 steps. Nowadays, the Old Port is mostly used by cruise ship passengers, arriving daily by the thousands in the high season. To avoid the largest crowds, plan excursions around the cruise ship calendar. The beginning of the stairway down is a 14-minute drive away.
  • Akrotiri: Excavations of a Bronze Age Minoan settlement. Similar to Pompeii, the entire town was covered in volcanic ash thousands of years ago, which preserved the ruins. 17-minute drive.
  • Shipwreck: The wreck of the MS Sea Diamond cruise ship rests between the caldera’s edge at Mesaria and the new volcano. Though the Greek government has ordered the Sea Diamond’s removal, as of now the shipwreck remains in the same spot where the boat sunk in 2007. A few dive shops offer guided scuba dives inside the ship.

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Mini Market: There is a small mini market directly across the street from Volcano View, selling drinks, snacks, beach gear, souvenirs, and cigarettes. 3-minute walk.
  • Lidl: Discount grocery store offering basic staples. Inventory is inconsistent but doable if stocking for a short trip. 8-minute walk.
  • AB: Small but well-stocked grocery store with fresh fruits and veggies, wine, prepared foods, and more. This is where most locals shop. Prices are reasonable. 16-minute walk.
  • Green Market Organics: Small but well-stocked grocery store in Fira with specialty items (gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan, etc.), organic, and local products. 6-minute drive.

Celestia Grand – The Hotel

The view terrace in front of the reception is the only common area in the hotel.

Celestia Grand is a collection of 7 villas overlooking the caldera. All villas are completely self-contained, with their own private pools, terraces, and parking. The only shared space is this view terrace, which is in front of the 24-hour reception and concierge office.

The Sapphire Villa is the most luxurious villa.

The Sapphire Villa is the best villa onsite: an unparalleled luxury space.

The villa's large terrace offers panoramic caldera views.

This villa has the largest terrace on the property, with a large, heated pool and breathtaking sunset views. Here, Akrotiri is on the left, the volcanoes are to the right, Thirassia Island is in the back right, and little Aspronisi Island is in the center.

The villas features an outdoor jacuzzi.

This is 1 of only 2 villas with an outdoor jacuzzi, seen here on the right.

The pool glistens in the evenings.

Sapphire Villa’s pool at night.

The villa's terrace offers view of the ferry port, Akrotiri, and the volcanoes.

View from Sapphire’s terrace to the ferry port, Akrotiri, and the volcanoes.

The living room has a sofa bed.

This villa features an elegant living room with a sofa bed…

The kitchenette is very small.

…a tidy kitchenette…

The second smaller balcony offers great views too.

…and a second balcony.

The master bedroom has a king bed, sitting area, and direct access to the pool.

The master bedroom features a king-sized bed, a sitting area, and direct access to the pool.

The spacious master bathroom has a 2-person shower.

The oversized bathroom boasts a marble vanity and 2-person shower. The steps in the center lead to…

The master bathroom leads to a cave-style jacuzzi with spectacular views.

…an ultra-luxe, cave-style jacuzzi.

The cave jacuzzi offers spectacular sunset views.

View of the sunset from the cave jacuzzi.

The second bedroom also has direct access to the terrace with the pool and jacuzzi.

Sapphire’s second bedroom also has direct pool access, with the option of a king bed or 2 singles.

The second bathroom also features marble and glass.

The second bathroom, also in marble with a glass shower.

The Aphrodite Villa has a heated pool.

Aphrodite Villa offers similar features as Sapphire, including a heated pool on the caldera.

The villa has a spacious living area with a sofa bed.

This villa boasts a clean, contemporary living area with a sofa bed.

The kitchenette is surprisingly spacious.

The kitchenette is larger in this villa.

The villa's master bedroom has an arched ceiling.

Aphrodite’s master bedroom is built in a traditional cave style with an arched ceiling.

The master bathroom has a luxurious vanity.

The ensuite master bathroom features a spacious marble sink and vanity…

The jacuzzi is a unique cave-style one.

…as well as a cave-style jacuzzi overlooking the caldera.

The second bedroom has 1 king or 2 single beds.

The second bedroom features a breezy, earthy décor with 1 king or 2 single beds.

The ensuite bathroom has a hydrotherapy bath as well.

The second ensuite bathroom features another marble vanity as well as a tiled hydrotherapy bath.

Aphrodite Villa offers views of the port, Akrotiri, Aspronisi, and the volcanoes.

Aphrodite’s view faces over the caldera to the ferry port, Akrotiri, Aspronisi, and the volcanoes.

The villa's private, heated pool offers great caldera views.

Ianthi Villa is next door to Aphrodite, and also features a private, heated pool with caldera views over the port, Akrotiri, and the volcanoes.

The outdoor infinity jacuzzi offers excellent caldera views.

The views are even better from its infinity jacuzzi.

Ianthi Villa has a stylish living room with a dining table.

Ianthi Villa features a stylish living room with a dining table…

The villa has a small kitchenette.

…a small kitchenette…

The villa has a second balcony with caldera views as well.

…and a second balcony with caldera views.

Ianthi Villa's master bedroom is very bright.

The master bedroom in Ianthi is sunnier than most.

The master bathroom has a jacuzzi tub with an open shower.

The marble and tile master bathroom features a jacuzzi tub combined with a Greek-style open shower.

The villa's second bedroom has a cave-style design.

The second bedroom boasts a cave-style design.

The second bathroom has a glass shower and marble vanity.

The second bathroom features a glass shower, and marble sink and vanity.

The Ianthi and Junior villas can be connected for groups of 7.

For larger groups, Ianthi Villa can connect with the Junior Villa, which adds space for 3 more people and this heated, jetted, plunge pool.

The balcony has a small dining table.

The al fresco dining table of the Junior Villa.

The villa's balcony offers spectacular views.

And the spectacular view from the Junior Villa’s balcony.

The sun terrace is very spacious.

This villa has a spacious sun terrace with lounge chairs.

The Junior Villa has an open-plan layout.

Inside, the villa has an airy, open-plan design…

It features a king bed.

…with a king-sized bed.

The spacious bathroom has a jacuzzi tub, Greek shower, and dual vanities.

Its large bathroom is done in a traditional, Cycladic style using pressed concrete and marble dust with a jacuzzi tub, open-style Greek shower, and dual vanities.

The indoor jacuzzi is big enough for 2.

A closer look at the indoor jacuzzi.

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Cosmopolitan Suites in Fira, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 13, 2019

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Cosmopolitan Suites – Stylish, luxury boutique hotel with an infinity pool, chic suites, and sweeping caldera views in the heart of Fira.
 
This small, upscale hotel offers expansive caldera views from the infinity pool, bar, and in all room types. Rooms, suites, and the villa are all spacious and beautifully appointed, most with private balconies and some with indoor or outdoor private jacuzzis. Food and drinks are outstanding at their all-day pool bar and restaurant, which also prepares the delicious complimentary breakfasts and 24-hour room service menu. Service is friendly and personalized.
 

Cosmopolitan Suites – Video

Cosmopolitan Suites – Location

  • Area: Absolutely gorgeous location in Fira, with unobstructed caldera views from overlooking the volcanoes and toward Akrotiri and Thirassia Island. The hotel sits near the top of the caldera, just a short walk to the nightlife, dining, shopping, and attractions of Fira. The Central Bus Station is only 6 minutes away, making this an ideal spot for exploring the rest of the island.
  • How to Get There: Cosmopolitan Suites is located near the top of the caldera in Fira, just off the main walking path and the main road connecting Fira with the rest of the island, 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. All buses stop in Fira. The entire trip from port or airport to Fira should take around 25 minutes (longer if there is traffic). 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 Cosmopolitan Suites should be about €15 to €20, and a taxi from the ferry port to Cosmopolitan Suites should be about €10 to €15. There will be a small surcharge for luggage or for booking in advance. If renting a car, there are several free parking lots within a 4 to 9-minute walk of the property.
  • Handy to: The Oia-Fira Hiking Trail (1-minute walk), Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral (5-minute walk), Fira nightlife, dining, and shopping (2-minute walk).

Map of Cosmopolitan Suites

Map of Cosmopolitan Suites in Fira.

Cosmopolitan Suites – The Basics

  • Ages: Cosmopolitan Suites is an adults-only hotel, open to guests 13 years and older. Guests tend to be couples, especially honeymooners, from 25 to 50 years old.
  • 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 there is East Breeze, just a few meters from the cliffs (10-minute drive). The north end has a small harbor and another great beach bar and restaurant called Yalos (9-minute drive). From the hotel, it’s a short 3.8 km drive to the north end or 4.2 km to the south end, where the cliffs are.
  • View: Expansive views over the caldera centered on the volcanoes and including Akrotiri and Thirassia Island. Sunsets are visible from all private terraces, the pool, and bar. The hotel faces slightly southwest, so sunsets are partially obscured at some terraces by a rocky prominence to the northwest during certain times of the year. For direct sunset views from all terraces, visit in April, May, or October.
  • Kitchen: No rooms have a kitchenette but all rooms have a wet bar.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The Cosmo and Cosmopolitan Suites have indoor jacuzzis, and the Honeymoon Suites have private, outdoor jacuzzis.
  • Parking: There is free parking in the public lot nearby.
  • Extras: 24-hour room service, 24-hour reception, twice daily maid service, in-room massage, concierge, wine tasting, portable Bluetooth speaker.
  • When to Book: The hotel usually operates from April 1 to October 31. 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 25632
  • Email: [email protected], [email protected]
  • Website: cosmopolitan-santorini.com

Cosmopolitan Suites – Amenities

  • Pool: Unheated infinity pool perched on the caldera’s edge with expansive views over the volcanoes to Akrotiri and Thirassia Island.
  • Spa: There is no spa onsite, but the hotel offers in-room massage on request.
  • Fitness Center: No gym.
  • For Disabled Guests: This is a caldera hotel with lots of steps and no elevators. It is not suitable for guests with mobility issues.
  • For Families: Cosmopolitan Suites is an adults-only hotel, open to guests 13 years and older only. There are no amenities or facilities for children.
  • Activities: Wine tastings and in-room massage can be arranged on request. The concierge team is happy to coordinate yacht cruises, helicopter tours and transfers, as well as wine, diving, archaeology, food, or photography tours.

Cosmopolitan Suites – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: The 4-table Pool Bar Restaurant is open all day for drinks, while the kitchen only serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner during certain hours. The menu is small but excellent, serving Greek and international light bites for lunch and dinner, and hearty al la carte breakfasts every morning. Ingredients are super fresh and high quality.
  • Lounge/Bar: The Pool Bar serves drinks all day until late in the evening.
  • Breakfast: A complimentary a la carte breakfast is served every day to each suite at the time of your choosing between 8 am and 11 am (early breakfasts can be arranged on request).
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours a day.

Cosmopolitan Suites – Rooms

  • Room Types: Cosmo Standard • Cosmo Superior • Cosmo Suite • Cosmo Honeymoon • Cosmopolitan Suite • Cosmo Villa
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any of their room categories. Smoking is allowed on the private outdoor terraces and in the outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: The best rooms for couples are the Cosmo Honeymoon and the Cosmopolitan Suite. Both suites feature king-sized beds and amazing caldera views. The open-plan Cosmo Honeymoon offers 30 sqm and a private, outdoor jacuzzi, while the 1-bedroom Cosmopolitan Suite offers 44 sqm and an indoor jacuzzi.
  • For Families: This is an adults-only hotel open for guests 13 years and older. There are no amenities or facilities for children. For families with older kids, the Cosmo Villa is the best option. The villa sleeps up to 6 guests and is split over 2 floors with 2 king-sized bedrooms, a separate living area with 2 sofa beds, and 2 bathrooms.

Cosmopolitan Suites – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located in the heart of Fira, right above the caldera and on the Oia-Fira hiking trail. The island’s best restaurants, bars, shops, and attractions await just a few meters away. Fira is the best village for walking, as nearly everything anyone could want can be found within 5 minutes in any direction.
  • Bus: The Central Bus Station in Fira, a 6-minute walk from the hotel, is Santorini’s bus hub. All routes to the port, airport, beaches, and other villages travel through Fira, making this a super convenient spot for exploring the whole island. 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 am to 5 am) 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 in Fira, about 5 minutes away on foot. 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 the driver meet you closer to 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 Fira to the port is between €10 to €15, and from Fira to the airport is around €15 to €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.

 

Cosmopolitan Suites – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Idol Restaurant: All-day restaurant serving elevated versions of traditional Santorinian dishes with 3 dining terraces and panoramic views. 1-minute walk.
  • Momo: Brand new, casual, Indian and Thai restaurant with a clay tandoori oven and fantastic curries. 3-minute walk.
  • Ouzeri: Exceptional spot for meze (Greek tapas), offering a modern take on traditional Santorinian flavors and Mediterranean favorites. 4-minute walk.
  • Argo Restaurant: Argo features a rich menu of Santorinian and Mediterranean flavors with modern, international influences. With amazing views over the caldera, this is a popular spot for sunset dining. Reserve in advance to ensure a view table. 4-minute walk.
  • Lucky’s Souvlakis: Hands-down the very best gyros in Santorini. Eating at Lucky’s is an absolute must when in Santorini. Authentic, filling, and affordable. 4-minute walk.
  • Pelican Kipos: Stellar, wine-centric restaurant with over 600 varieties of local and international wines in a charming garden setting. Wine tastings and cellar tours available daily. 4-minute walk.
  • Falafeland: Top-notch vegetarian and vegan street food spot with amazing falafel and veggie burgers, and cozy outdoor seating. There are a handful of meat dishes here too, which are prepared separately from the vegetarian/vegan items. 5-minute walk.
  • Aktaion: The oldest taverna on the island, Aktaion has been serving authentic Santorinian flavors since 1922. 12-minute walk.
  • Mylos Bar Restaurant: Modern Greek restaurant with a creative menu and plenty of vegetarian options located in a picturesque windmill with caldera views. 13-minute walk.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • Casablanca Soul Bar: With house and deep house DJs or a live band every night, tasty cocktails, and a truly friendly staff, Casablanca is always a favorite for locals and travelers alike. 2-minute walk.
  • Kira Thira Jazz Bar: A Santorinian standby since 1976, Kira Thira is a cozy, casual bar with fantastic sangria, strong drinks, and an eclectic selection of music. 2-minute walk.
  • Enigma Club: The oldest dance club in Santorini (since 1979), Enigma opens late and keeps the party going until 7 the next morning. A hotspot for visiting celebrity DJs who spin the best dance music from Greek and international artists. 3-minute walk.
  • Two Brothers: Open almost all day, from 10 am to 6 am the next day, Two Brothers is almost 2 different bars in the daytime versus the night. During the day, the bar is quiet and chill, with basic drinks and a solid 2-for-1 happy hour. Late nights, it becomes the wildest bar in Santorini: crowded, crazy, loud, and fun. 3-minute walk.
  • Tropical Bar: Great cocktails and a magnificent view make this a popular spot for catching the sunset. The drinks menu strips down to basic offerings after sundown, but at happy hours (9 pm to 11 pm), all cocktails are half price. Aussies take note: they sell VB here. 3-minute walk.
  • PK Cocktail Bar: The best bar in Santorini, PK Cocktail Bar offers superb sunset views, creative cocktails, and 3 levels of seating in the caldera. 4-minute walk.
  • MoMix: Half bar, half mad science lab, MoMix (short for Molecular Mixology) creates wild cocktails served in test tubes, as edible bites or in bubble form. 4-minute walk.
  • Tango Champagne and Cocktail Bar: Refined lounge with a romantic vibe and picture-perfect sunset views. 4-minute walk.
  • Franco’s Bar: Well-known for gorgeous views and delicious drinks, Franco’s is one of the best spots to take in the Fira sunset. 5-minute walk.
  • Volkan on the Rocks: Great brewpub in Firostefani with amazing views and an outdoor cinema. 8-minute walk.

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Enigma Café: Excellent café with fantastic coffee and cocktails, plus simple and delicious breakfast and sandwiches. 4-minute walk.
  • Coffee Island: Off the main tourist track, this little shop has fantastic coffee drinks (maybe the only spot you can get a flat white in Santorini), a great selection of coffee by the kilo, and absolutely the best prices. 6-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

  • White House Santorini: Specialty shop for all-white summer garb for men, women, and children. Located across the walking path from Idol Restaurant in Fira. 1-minute walk.
  • Little Dot: Trendy boutique offering men’s and women’s street, surf, and swim wear. 1-minute walk.
  • Noi: Upscale women’s boutique offering elegant summer clothing, shoes, and accessories on Santorini’s famous Gold Street. 2-minute walk.
  • Caldera Jewelry/Golden Santorini: Right across from Noi, Golden Santorini/Caldera Jewelry has offered fine gold and precious stone jewelry since 1976. 2-minute walk.
  • Ammos: This shop has 2 locations in Fira, 1 in Kamari, and 1 in Oia. All offer a wide selection of international and Greek brands. 3-minute walk to either of the Fira locations.
  • Spicy Boutique and The Lace: These sister boutiques are located right next door to each other in the heart of Fira. Both shops sell Greek-designed women’s clothing and accessories. Spicy offers edgier styles, while The Lace caters toward a femme crowd. 3-minute walk.
  • The White: Across from Spicy, The White is a luxury boutique selling hand-crafted clothing and footwear by Santorinian designer Sophia H. 3-minute walk.
  • Drakkar Santorini: International and Greek designer-brand clothing for women. 3-minute walk.
  • Isia: High-end, women’s clothing and accessories with unique pieces inspired by traditional Greek designs. You can find it on the footpath next door to Cava Mejjo. 3-minute walk.
  • Nick the Greek: One of the oldest jewelry shops in Santorini, Nick the Greek sells fine gold jewelry and luxury watches from Greek and international brands. 4-minute walk.
  • Koukla: Eclectic, artsy jewelry in a range of styles and prices. 4-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 20 minutes (add at least 30 minutes for a detour at Skaros Rock when you head north).
  • Catholic Church of St. John the Baptist: Often referred to simply as the Catholic Church, St. John’s is recognizable by its brilliant yellow and blue exterior and clock tower. 2-minute walk.
  • Old Port of Fira: A.K.A. Fira Skala, the Old Port has a few tavernas, shops, and pretty sea views. The only connections from the port to the village are the cable cars, donkeys, or walking up the 587 steps. Nowadays, the Old Port is mostly used by cruise ship passengers, arriving daily by the thousands in the high season. To avoid the largest crowds, plan excursions around the cruise ship calendar. The beginning of the stairway down is a 4-minute walk away, plus 16 more minutes to hike down.
  • Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral: This imposing cathedral dominates the main square in Fira. Fully renovated after the ’56 earthquake, this landmark church is surrounded by a series of grand archways, and is adorned with frescoed walls and ceilings inside in gold and vivid colors. 5-minute walk.
  • 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. The trailhead leading to Skaros begins at Agios Georgios Church in Imerovigli. 42-minute walk.

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Sklavenitis Supermarket: Great little market with friendly staff and a good selection of produce, snacks, drinks, and more at a fair price. 7-minute walk.
  • Green Market Organics: Small but well-stocked grocery store in Fira with specialty items (gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan, etc.), organic, and local products. 8-minute walk.

Cosmopolitan Suites – The Hotel

A small olive tree marks the entrance to the reception of the hotel.

At the entrance of Cosmopolitan Suites. The volcano is right behind the hotel, and reception is right behind the little olive tree.

The reception is staffed round the clock with friendly staff.

The reception desk is staffed 24 hours a day. Members of staff are friendly and super helpful.

The reception is decorated in a neutral palette with boho textiles.

The cozy seating area in the reception office. The neutral palette and boho textiles are a motif that runs throughout the hotel.

The hotel features a Cycladic design with exposed rocks.

Moving past the reception office toward the lounge area and caldera. The billowing curtains belong to the terrace of a Cosmo Superior room. The hotel features contemporary Cycladic design and features exposed natural rocks, as seen here, throughout the rooms.

The common lounge area gives amazing panoramic views of the caldera.

The common lounge area is an ideal perch to watch the sunset over the caldera. From here, you can see Akrotiri on the left, the volcanoes in the center, and Thirassia Island on the right. Aspronisi is the tiny island right behind the volcano, easier to see on a less hazy day.

The Pool Bar Restaurant is immediately below the common lounge area.

Moving closer to the edge to see a cruise ship and a yacht. The bit of sail peeking out beneath the terrace is over the Pool Bar Restaurant, which is immediately below.

To the right one can see the infinity pool and the sun deck.

Turning to the right, the infinity pool and sun deck come into view. Also, note that the stairways here have handrails, which is not very common in Santorini.

The Pool Bar serves the limited sun loungers by the pool.

A closer look at the infinity pool and sun deck. The Pool Bar serves to the sun loungers throughout the day. Seating is limited, so many guests use the lounge chairs on their terraces and call room service instead. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

The infinity pools offers spectacular views of the caldera.

Spectacular view from the infinity pool. The sun sets right behind Thirassia Island on the right.

The small Pool Bar Restaurant by the pool has only 4 tables.

View of the infinity pool from above facing southwest. The little Pool Bar Restaurant is visible in the top left of the photo with just 4 tables.

Once can see Fira, Akrotiri, and the volcanoes to the left of the pool.

Looking up a bit, you can see the heart of Fira built all along the caldera’s edge. The large white dome is the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, Fira’s most recognizable landmark. Most of Fira’s restaurants, bars, and shops are in this direction. Akrotiri is the peninsula stretching out to the right. At night, you can see the Akrotiri Lighthouse at its tip. The volcanoes are on the top right, and on the bottom right you can see the Old Port of Fira aka Fira Skala, where the cruise ships land.

The pool-level suites feature double-sized day beds.

Turning left to face the hotel. The rooms and suites on the pool level have double-sized day beds, while the upper floor Cosmo Honeymoon suites have private jacuzzis on the terraces.

The Cosmo Superior Room terrace has a nice sitting area.

The private terrace of a Cosmo Superior. This particular room is the one adjacent to the reception.

Superior Rooms have a separate sitting room.

Though considered a room and not a suite, it does have a separate sitting room…

The Superior Room's sitting room has a dining table and a sofa.

…with a dining table and a sofa.

Guests are welcomes with champagne and fruits.

Guests checking in receive welcome champagne and fruits.

The stylish Cosmo Superior Rooms feature a king bed.

Cosmo Superiors feature king-sized beds and stylish décor.

The rooms come with satellite TV service and a bouquet of movies.

The flat screen TVs come with satellite service and a selection of movies.

The Superior Room's bathroom is divided into a shower in one room and toilet in the other.

The bathroom is adjacent to the bedroom with the shower and toilet in separate rooms.

The traditional bathroom have stone sinks and pressed concrete vanities.

Bathrooms feature stone sinks, pressed concrete vanities, and glass showers.

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Perivolas Hotel in Oia, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 13, 2019

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Perivolas Hotel – Cave-style luxury hotel with sweeping caldera views and a beautiful pool.

Set on the caldera’s edge at the entrance to Oia, this mainstay offers luxury facilities and amenities, including an infinity pool and spa. Rooms and suites follow traditional, Santorinian architectural style: hand-dug caves with windows in front, skylights above, rich wood accents, and marble dust and concrete built-in beds, sofas, and shelves. Emphasizing the view and tranquility, rooms are minimalistic in design and do not have TVs. All units face the caldera, with dreamy sunset views from their private terraces – enjoy dinner with a view in private, or from the restaurant terrace. Expect top-tier service in every aspect from this hotel, family-owned and run for 3 generations.

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Perivolas Hotel – Location

  • Area: Excellent location on the caldera at the entrance to Oia. Perivolas is within 3 to 20 minutes’ walking distance to the best restaurants, shops, and attractions in the village, but in a quiet section removed from the throngs of sunset tourists.
  • How to Get There: Room rates include transfer to and from Santorini airport or port. For drivers, they offer private parking about 2 minutes’ walk away. The hotel sits on a pedestrian path, just off the main road to Oia, making it very easy to travel to and from anywhere, whether by taxi, driving yourself, or riding the bus.
  • Handy to: The Oia-Fira hiking trail (2-minute walk), Oia Bus Terminal (14-minute walk), and the restaurant/shopping heart of Oia (14-minute walk).

Map of Perivolas Hotel

Map of Perivolas Hotel in Oia.

Perivolas Hotel – The Basics

  • Ages: 16 years and older only. This adults-only property mostly hosts couples celebrating an occasion; usually a honeymoon, anniversary, or birthday.
  • Beach: The closest swimming spot (though it is not a proper beach) is at Ammoudi Bay, the port immediately below Oia, 1.8 kilometers (27-minute walk) from the hotel. This is a popular spot for swimming and cliff diving; though it’s too rocky and small to do much lounging. Ammoudi Bay is the main port of Oia, and is served by several spectacular seafood restaurants. It’s a steep trek down and back again, but it’s relatively easy to catch a cab at the bottom to bring you back up the hill. (Buy a snack at one of the restaurants and the waiter will be happy to call one for you.)
  • View: Overlooking the caldera with excellent sunset views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Perivolas Suites have an indoor jacuzzi, and an outdoor cave pool (partially covered). Perivolas Luxury Suites offer an indoor jacuzzi and steam room. New Perivolas Suites have an outdoor swimming pool with hydrotherapy jets. Deluxe Suites have either an outdoor jacuzzi or an outdoor pool.
  • Parking: Free parking in the private lot nearby.
  • Extras: Complimentary airport or port transfers, boat tours with their private fleet (additional fee), complimentary champagne cocktail on arrival, nightly turndown service.
  • When to Book: Perivolas usually operates from mid-to-late April until the end of October. Reserve at least 3 months in advance (4 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 71308
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: perivolas.gr

Perivolas Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: Free-form infinity pool overlooking the caldera. Not heated.
  • Spa: Small, full service spa with an outdoor jacuzzi with caldera views, and indoor steam room, sauna, and jet shower. Full service menu of face and body treatments.
  • Fitness Center: Located just across the street, it features a 2 meter lap pool outdoors. The indoor gym has huge windows facing the caldera, and offers cardio machines and free weights. Yoga and Pilates trainers are available on request.
  • For Disabled Guests: The hotel is unsuitable for guests with mobility issues, as it is on the caldera and filled with stairs.
  • For Families: 16 years and older only, no young children allowed, and no family-centric amenities.
  • Activities: Boating, private dining.

Perivolas Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant and Bar: The restaurant here is private, reserved for hotel guests only. The interior portion of the restaurant is a former wine cellar, while the outside terrace offers magnificent sunset views. The menu changes seasonally, and features fresh, local produce, seafood, and meats prepared in a contemporary Greek style. They also offer romantic private dining, a 7-course degustation menu with wine pairing, and a 5-course full-moon dining experience. The restaurant is open for breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., for lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and for dinner from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Drinks and cocktails are available all day, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary for all guests, Perivolas offers buffet selections and a small a la carte menu, which can be taken in the restaurant or delivered to your room.
  • Room Service: Available from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. for drinks or food.

Perivolas Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Lifestyle Studio • Junior Suite • Suite • Superior Suite • Deluxe Suite • New Perivolas Suite • Perivolas Luxury Suite • Perivolas Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed inside any of the rooms. It is allowed on the private terraces and in the outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: The Perivolas Suite is the best room onsite, with a king bed in the main lounging area, a small double-bed room, sunken jacuzzi indoors, and a heated cave pool with a caldera view. A skylight illuminates a small olive tree in the living room.
  • For Families: Ages 16 and older only. No family-friendly rooms. Though there are larger suites with 2 beds available, in order to maintain a calm, peaceful atmosphere, the maximum occupancy for each room is set for 2 people.

Perivolas Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located at the entrance to Oia, along the Oia-Fira trail. Walk 14 minutes west to get to the center of Oia, where you’ll find an endless choice of restaurants, shops, and attractions, as well as the bus terminal. Head east to find the traditional village Finikia, which has a couple of great restaurants (10-minute walk) and Sigalas winery (22-minute walk). The Oia Castle ruins are just 22 minutes away, while Ammoudi Bay is just 5 more minutes past the castle at the bottom of the caldera.
  • Bus: Perivolas is right in between 2 bus stops. The closer of the 2 is at the entrance to Finikia village, a 13-minute walk