The Best Hotels in Imerovigli

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 26, 2019

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View from Grace Santorini over the caldera toward Akrotiri and the volcanoes.

What is the best hotel in Imerovigli?

The best hotel in Imerovigli is Grace Santorini which has amazing views of the caldera, stunning suites, and the largest infinity pool on Santorini. Astra Suites is the best family-friendly hotel in Imerovigli village. Tholos Resort is less expensive but still has great views and Andronis Concept Wellness Resort is the best new hotel in Imerovigli. If budget allows, the hotels along the caldera with volcano and sunset views are the best places to stay in Imerovigli.

  • Astra Suites – A cliffside perch offers incredible views. Great pool, friendly staff, kitchenettes in all rooms. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 23641)
  • Grace Santorini – The best swimming pool and deck along the caldera. Each suite is unique and very charming (many have private plunge pools). The villa is utterly fantastic, has a private pool, and allows kids – the rest of the hotel is adults only. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 21300)
  • Cavo Tagoo – Awesome bar, pool, and views. Suites with private plunge pool and amazing caldera views. Located a short walk north of Imerovigli along a quiet stretch of the Fira-Oia hiking path. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 27900)
  • Iconic Santorini – Stunning, boutique luxury hotel with astounding caldera views, an infinity pool, fantastic dining, and a cozy, cave-style spa. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 28950)
  • Andronis Concept Wellness Resort – Family-friendly, wellness-focused hotel with private pools for each spacious suite, an impressive spa, and three shared pools. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 36737)

Map of Imerovigli Hotels

Map of hotels in Imerovigli, Santorini.

More Great Imerovigli Hotels

Above Blue Suites
Tiny hotel with an infinity pool and sun terrace with sweeping caldera views from high up in Imerovigli village. Of its 10 suites, 8 boast private jacuzzis and 2 offer direct pool access; the villa includes a private plunge pool. Dining is fantastic with a champagne breakfast served daily to each suite, an intimate dining terrace with only three tables, and a wonderful all-day bar. Expect friendly, personal service and true hospitality in the Greek spirit. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 24644)

Absolute Bliss Romantic hotel with cave-style suites and villas, swimming pool, and breathtaking caldera views. The hotel offers a variety of rooms, suites, and villas, all with stunning sunset views facing the caldear and Oia. All but one room category offers a private jacuzzi or heated pool. Breakfast is included and served to the room, while lunch and dinner can be served poolside or as room service. Staff is friendly and attentive. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 21310)

Aenaeon Villas
6 spacious villas in elegant Cycladic style with minimalist design and high-quality furnishings and amenities. This award-winning property boasts a shared infinity pool on the caldera’s edge. 1 villa has its own private pool, and another has a private, outdoor jacuzzi. Located high on top of the caldera in the narrow neck of the island, the views here are astounding, with sweeping sunset views over the caldera, and wide sunrise views over the Aegean. Service is impeccable and personal, and the setting is tranquil and quiet. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 27014)

Andronis Concept Wellness Resort
Family-friendly, wellness-focused resort with 3 pools (2 heated, 1 cool), a healthy delicious restaurant, and incredible views. The three pools are all unique: the spa pool is the largest on the island and long enough for doing laps, the heated cave pool is shielded from the sun, and the heated infinity pool offers gorgeous caldera views. For families, they offer special kids’ yoga and spa programs, cooking classes, tennis, and kids’ amenities in the suites and at the pool. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 36737)

Aqua Luxury Suites
Large suites and villas, some with plunge pool or hot tub, and all with above average privacy for Santorini. Perks include a full-service spa, daily breakfast delivery to each suite, and twice daily maid service. Located right on the caldera with great views. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 023107)

Astra Suites
Astra Suites offers unparalleled caldera views from each suite and villa, from the dining terrace and bar, and from the clifftop infinity pool (heated in the spring and fall). All suites include a kitchenette, a private balcony, and a complimentary bottle of Santorinian wine. Luxury suites are more spacious and secluded than standard suites, and many offer outdoor jacuzzis or private pools. The fantastic restaurant offers modern versions of traditional recipes highlighting local ingredients and great wines. Expect to feel pampered here. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 23641)

Cavo Tagoo
The most stylish hotel in Santorini, Cavo Tagoo offers luxurious suites, a swanky fusion restaurant, and a heated infinity pool with expansive caldera views. This glamorous boutique hotel has thirteen posh suites, all with private jacuzzis or heated pools. The main heated infinity pool boasts magnificent views over the caldera to Skaros Rock, the old and new volcanoes, Thirassia Island, and Oia. The hotel’s award-winning fusion restaurant, blends the best of Japanese and Mediterranean flavors, with knock-out sushi, thoughtful cocktails, and a fantastic wine selection. Service is impeccable.(Hotel phone: +30 22860 27900)

Chromata Hotel
Contemporary, luxury hotel perched on the edge of the caldera with fantastic dining and drinks, a trendy vibe, and an infinity pool. Stylish Chromata offers a variety of rooms, suites, and villas, most with 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 a Mediterranean restaurant, a sushi bar, and a pool bar. A 1:2 staff to guest ratio ensures attentive, impeccable service. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 24850)

Cocoon Suites
Cozy, luxury hotel featuring 9 posh suites: 8 with open-air or cave-style jacuzzis and 1 with a private plunge pool. A delicious breakfast is included in the rooms rates, and lunch, dinner and cocktails are available into the evening at their Santorinian restaurant. Great location in a quiet corner of Imerovigli, within a 5-minute walk to the heart of the village and the beginning of the trail to Skaros. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 25230)

Dreams Luxury Suites
These are drop-dead gorgeous suites. Romantic, picturesque, and quiet location at the tail end of Imerovigli, heading south toward Firostefani. Incredible views of the caldera. All rooms have private balconies and jacuzzis. Breakfast delivered to your room every morning. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 28787)

Galaxy Suites
Luxe hotel with a trendy Modern Greek restaurant, 2 infinity pools perched on the cliffside, and breathtaking caldera views from all rooms and throughout the property. Suites spacious and boast private, outdoor jacuzzis. Galaxy’s 3-bedroom villas are ideal for families or groups of up to 6, all with indoor jacuzzis and outdoor plunge pools. Ideal location in the heart of Imerovigli. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22753)

Grace Santorini
The best swimming pool and deck along the caldera with expansive views throughout the property. Dining and drinks are incredible at the restaurant, champagne lounge, and poolside. Each suite is unique and very charming (many have private, heated plunge pools). The family-friendly villa is utterly fantastic and has a private pool; the rest of the hotel is adults only. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 21300)

Heliotopos Hotel
Family-run, boutique hotel in the Imerovigli caldera with an infinity pool on the cliff and a popular wine bar with a sunset terrace. One of only a handful of all-ages hotels on the caldera, most traditional houses here can accommodate three to five guests. No two suites are alike, but most units offer kitchenettes, and all have private balconies with sunset caldera views. With only 11 total rooms and suites, service is very personal with every detail attended to. This is a popular hotel for small wedding parties. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 23670)

Honeymoon Petra Villas
Built on the caldera’s edge with a large infinity pool, 24-hour bar, and stellar views, this five-star boutique hotel offers traditional or contemporary suites, some with indoor or outdoor jacuzzis. Suites in the Traditional Wing are the most private, while the Petra Wing suites sit closer to the hotel’s facilities. Honeymoon Petra’s infinity pool has an attached jacuzzi and is among the largest in the caldera: long enough for swimming and deep enough for diving. Beautifully located in the heart of Imerovigli village, just steps from great restaurants and the path to Skaros Rock. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22895)

Iconic Santorini
Romantic Iconic Santorini features cave-style suites with private verandas and sweeping caldera views; many add private jacuzzis or heated plunge pools that can be indoor, outdoor, or both. Food is outstanding, with Greek and Mediterranean specialties, decadent breakfasts, and well-curated local wines. The caldera-view infinity pool, holistic spa, and heartfelt service complete the experience here. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 28950)

Remezzo
Family-run Remezzo offers traditional cave-style suites with breathtaking caldera views, a pool, four-course Greek breakfasts, and a local, authentic, homey vibe. Of the 18 rooms, suites, and villas, all but 1 have gorgeous sunset caldera views, many have kitchenettes, and a few feature indoor or outdoor jacuzzis or private, heated plunge pools. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 23030)

San Antonio
Designed for couples, all rooms and suites boast private balconies, and most feature indoor or outdoor jacuzzis. Amenities include a large infinity pool, upscale Greek-Mediterranean restaurant, and a decadent spa. Located in a secluded area on the northern edge of the Imerovigli caldera above a private bay with sweeping views and a Zen-like ambiance. (Hotel phone: +30 28860 24388)

Santorini Princess Spa Hotel
Intimate hotel located on the very edge of the caldera with a pool, Greek kitchen, and magnificent views from all rooms and throughout the property. With a focus on wellness, the hotel offers a full-service spa with a jacuzzi, sauna, and cave-style treatment room; massage services can also be done on an outdoor terrace overlooking the caldera. Although a luxury property, service is warm and never feels too formal. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 25870)

Sophia Luxury Suites
A brand new hotel with great views, beautiful suites, and a magical vibe. Most rooms have their own private outdoor plunge pools and patios with sunset and caldera views. A rich breakfast featuring local products is served to each suite daily. Excellent location in front of Skaros Rock and surrounded by fantastic restaurants and sunset vistas. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 21181)

Tholos Resort
Luxury, sunset-view hotel in the caldera with a pool, upscale Mediterranean restaurant, and a la carte breakfast delivered daily to each suite. 1 and 2-bedroom suites and the 2-bedroom villa accommodate 4 to 5 guests and boast kitchenettes and private, outdoor jacuzzis; the villa adds and indoor swimming pool. Located in the heart of Imerovigli, near Skaros Rock and tons of restaurants. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22618)

The Vasilicos
Tranquil hotel with 7 romantic, cave-style suites, a pool, and sunset caldera views over the volcanoes. The 4 Honeymoon Suites boast private, outdoor jacuzzis, while the 3 Pool Suites share direct access to the main pool. Though there is no restaurant onsite, their high-end kitchen serves local Greek fare for breakfast (complimentary, served directly to each suite), private dinners, and room service; their nearby winery provides exceptional local varieties to the suites, for tastings, and vineyard tours. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 23143)

White Santorini Suites and Spa
Fabulous boutique hotel with an infinity pool on the caldera’s edge, a spa with a second pool, and 10 spacious suites. All suites but the Junior Suite feature a private jacuzzi or plunge pool, and all suites but the White Suite are designed for 2 (the White Suite sleeps 5 with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms). Excellent location in central Imerovigli, overlooking Skaros Rock and a short walk to amazing restaurants. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 23143)

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  1. Imerovigli Hotels Sold Out 5 Months in Advance

    My wife and I are planning a trip to Greece this coming September to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. We will be in Santorini from September 20 to 23. I was surprised to see that most of the recommended hotels are almost sold out (5 months in advance).

    I was able to find the following suites still available:
    1. Superior Suite at the Astra Suites.
    2. Villa Ariadne at the Dreams Luxury Suites.
    3. Luxury quadruple apartment at the Santorini Princess Luxury SPA Hotel.
    I would very much appreciate it if you would help us select the best one of the three.
    Thank you very much

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Astra’s Superior Suite is the most polished of the 3 with the quintessential cave-style architecture, top notch service, and the best walking location. Santorini Princess is more low-key luxury, romantic feel, and Cycladic (but not cave-style design), with the best views of the 3 and the most privacy. Villa Ariadne at Dreams seems to be the most spacious of the three, but the view is not as expansive as the other two since it’s kind of behind Skaros Rock.

  2. Imerovigli Hotel for Honeymoon

    Hi Dave,
    This is extremely helpful! My husband and I are going for our honeymoon early September and we would like to stay in Imerovigli. We are looking for a suite with an outside hot tub, we would like for this to be as private as possible, so people around cant look into it. I have been looking at Absolute Bliss, Santorini Princess and Tholos as possible options. Any of those or any other at their same cost what you would recommend?
    Thank you!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      True privacy is hard to come by in any of the main villages of Santorini, so you’d be better served by staying a property just outside of Imerovigli rather than in the heart of the village. Santorini Princess is the most private of the three you’ve chosen, an absolutely stunning property with superior views and excellent service. Only the Honeymoon Suite here has a private outdoor jacuzzi. Although the jacuzzi is not completely hidden from view, it offers much more privacy than other hotels on the island. If the Honeymoon Suite at Santorini Princess is booked up, check out neighboring Cavo Tagoo. This is a similarly priced hotel (actually a little cheaper) just a few meters away with the same stellar views plus a private jacuzzi or heated pool in all suites. Most suites have a gated entry, and there are only 2 floors with no hotels in the surrounding area, so if you book a top floor room, no one should be able to see in.

  3. Cheap Hotel in Imerovigli

    Hi Dave – We are looking for a reasonably priced hotel in Imerovigli. We do not necessarily need a fantastic view, just looking for a good place to land after a day out adventuring on the island. Do you have a recommendation for us?
    Thanks,
    Jamey & Derek

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Merovigliosso has inexpensive budget studios. Steps from the caldera and plenty of great restaurants within a 5 minute walk. Small pool that is refreshing (and often very cold since it doesn’t get much sun).

  4. Nefeli Homes vs Kasimatis

    Hi Dave,

    Trying to decide between a Premier Suite at Kasimatis Suites or a Superior Cave with outdoor hot tub at Nefeli Homes. I think with Kasimatis you get the sunset view (from all the rooms though?) but I read is in need of some work-refurbishment and breakfast is poor and with Nefeli is the caldera view which is incredible, better breakfast but no sunset view. Which one would you advise on? (We will be coming from a 6-night stay in Milos.)

    Thanks!
    Maria

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I really like Kasimatis (especially for families) but would still go with Nefeli Homes which just has a bit more charm. It’s easy to enjoy the sunset views from other locations a short walk from Nefeli.

  5. Santorini Hotel with Privacy

    Hello Dave,

    In terms of privacy, which hotels are the best that you would prefer for honeymoon? I am looking for a hotel with most private balcony/pool area where no one is able to see us at all.

    Thanks

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      In Imerovigli, Homeric Poems has the most privacy. The king suites at Keti Hotel in Fira also have a lot of privacy.

  6. San Antonio Hotel Santorini

    Hi Dave

    Would you take the time to give me a review of the San Antonio hotel north of Imerovigli? I’m looking for a luxury/romantic hotel with stunning views which won’t break the bank too much. I have also been looking in the Oia region, so any feedback would be awesome.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The San Antonio is both a wonderful luxury hotel – and a bit of an oddity. First up it is located neither in Imerovigli nor in Oia nor is it within comfortable walking distance to one or the other. It is about halfway between the two and that means either a 5.5km hike to central Oia or a 4km walk uphill to Imerovigli (or bus/taxi). That said, the popular walking track runs past the hotel so it is convenient to walk. It means that you will be more dependent on the hotel’s facilities – bars and restaurants than you would at an Oia or Imerovigli hotel. So after a night of strolling and sunset watching, you still have to get back to your hotel which you can do by bus, cab, or on foot (from Imerovigli – I wouldn’t walk from Oia to San Antonio after dark).

      The location is spectacular and occupies a section of the caldera rim that is shared by only one other hotel the Aenaon Villas (more about them in a minute). The hotel is a large establishment – a bit of a resort one might say so you will be sharing your space with plenty of other people. That, in turn, means that it has more of a ‘group’ atmosphere rather than a more personalized private room and balcony feel that many prefer.

      It shows in the staff too, whose attitude is more geared to dealing with many people at once rather than individuals. The room facilities are what you might expect from a hotel of its category so you will be well-pampered on that score and the views while different from the main caldera viewpoints are quite spectacular and unique.

      Sharing the same locale and overlooking the San Antonio is the smaller, cozier, more private, and personalized ambiance of Aenaon Villas which may appeal more if you want that slightly isolated location yet crave quieter, personalized, and romantic attention. Compare the two sites and gauge in relation to your own particular needs and desires. Taste and preference are too individual to dictate so only you will know what works in your case.

      Bottom line, both are good but for different reasons; both are “isolated” from the main traffic so unless you have a car you will be calling a cab or jumping on a bus frequently. Both enjoy spectacular views in both locales you will be well away from the crowds that throng other locations.

  7. Where To Stay in Imerovigli

    Hello Dave,
    My husband, daughter (30ish), and I are planning a trip to Greece for 2 weeks September-October. Have looked at so many properties that look beautiful. We will need accommodations for 3 and a nice property. Also we were wondering what properties would have less stairs or less steep stairs yet afford us privacy? Do you feel that more amenities are better; pool,restaurant etc? We want caldera view.

    Any thoughts on Astra Suites, Aria Suites, Avista, Tsitouras Collection, Santorini Princess, or Aris Caves? We would need luggage service also. As you can see we have looked at quite a few options but want the best town to stay in and not too many strenuous steps.

    Thank you for your feedback.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Astra Suites is the most luxurious of those hotels but lots of steps. Aria Suites is another favorite of mine but back a little from the caldera so views aren’t as “perfect” (unless you get one of the villas which are right on the caldera’s edge). Aria has almost no steps to access. Tsitouras is another wonderful hotel with very few steps. All 3 of those hotels are superb.

  8. Gold Suites in Santorini - Location and View

    Hi Dave…thanks for all of the information you’ve provided here – huge help! We’re travelling to Santorini next July 2018…staying 6 nights. Looking for good options to stay. We’ve heard good things regarding the Gold Suites view and service. Could you provide your thoughts on Gold Suites, such as location/vicinity to restaurants, how old/new and any other info you may have.
    Thanks!
    Christie Johnson

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Great hotel with straight-on sunset views towards Oia. Excellent restaurants are minutes away (Avocado just up the stairs and Mezzo and Athenian House a short walk in the opposite direction along the caldera path).

  9. Vasilicos in Santorini

    Dave, do you have any feedback on the Vasilicos? Thank you.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Great place. Small hotel (only 6 or 7 units) with great caldera views. It’s got a heated pool (one of the few on the island). It’s a converted home and has that feel.

  10. On The Cliff Hotel

    Santorini Dave,

    My Wife and I are going to Santorini for our Honeymoon next month and are considering staying at the On The Cliff Hotel in Oia. Is this hotel recommended? Looks like a very nice hotel with amazing views along with rooms with private Jacuzzi tubs which is always nice.

    Chris Dumesnil

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Sorry, I’m not familiar with this hotel.

  11. Mythique Villas in Santorini

    Hi Dave
    Do you have any idea about Mythique Villas? Do you think it would be a good property to stay in for a honeymoon couple?
    Eitika Munot

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Very nice place with wonderful views but a little isolated with few shops and restaurants close by (about a 15 minute walk to section of Oia with places to eat, 25 minutes to where you watch the sunset). There are some closer restaurants in Finikia but they’re not along the caldera. You’re right on the Fira-Oia footpath and it’s about a one hour walk to Imerovigli if you headed in the opposite direction of Oia.

  12. Above Blue Suites or Tholos

    Hey Dave

    Which hotel will be your pick between Above Blue Suites and Tholos Resort? I will be coming from a long flight so this first day need a very pretty looking white interior romantic hotel to relax with Caldera view followed by breakfast in private balcony. I won’t get jacuzzi in this price range but will compromise on that, unless you suggest any other option in the area in same price range. Thanks. I’m booked for May 10th arrival this year.
    Jiya

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Both are nice with great views but Above Blue is a bit more luxurious.

  13. Astra Suites or Honeymoon Petra Villas

    Hello, Dave!

    I am wondering what your opinion is on Honeymoon Petra Villas vs Astra Suites?

    Or do you have a better recommendation?

    This will be for our honeymoon, so we are looking for a place where we can sit on our patio and enjoy good views with good drinks with a relative amount of privacy (considering it is santorini).

    Thanks so much!

    Andrea

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Both are great but you do need to be careful with what suite you book at Honeymoon Petra Villas as rooms are spread out in different areas and some are tiny. Better to book at Astra if you’re going with the cheaper rooms. Both have great views of caldera but Honeymoon Petra doesn’t really have sunset views (sort of from a few spots but not from the rooms for the most part).

  14. Gold Suites?

    Hi Dave. Great information!
    What are your thoughts on Gold Suites vs. other hotels in that price range? We are planning on visiting next September and noticed some of the pools and Jacuzzis are not heated. Do we need to look for something heated at that time of year?
    Also – if we wanted to spend another 3 nights on an island with more of a beach feel, what island and hotel would you recommend? We were thinking maybe Crete?
    Thank you!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I’m pretty sure the main pool at Gold Suites is unheated but the private jacuzzis for the suites are heated. (This is similar to almost all hotels on Santorini.) For a great hotel on a beautiful beach try Ios Palace Hotel – on Ios about a 50 minute ferry ride from Santorini.

  15. Hotel with Private Balcony on Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for all the info on your site. It’s very useful.

    What I’ve noticed about the hotels in Santorini is that unless you’re located in a room on the highest level/at the top, others can always look down onto you when you’re on your balcony. But even at the top, people can see into your balcony when they’re walking up the staircases.

    Is there any hotel that you can recommend that offers the most privacy, in terms of no one being able to look onto your balcony? I’m looking into booking Astra Suites, possibly a Superior Suite. I’m mainly interested in sunset views and I like the central location of Imerovigli.

    Thanks.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The patios at Absolute Bliss have more privacy than Astra (and most other hotels in Imerovigli). That said, I prefer Astra.

  16. Andrew

    Hi Dave,

    Just wondering if you could help me choose between these 2 hotels on Santorini: Hotel Galini in Firostefani and Vinsanto Villas in Imerovigli. We’re traveling in mid-June and will only be staying for 3 nights; obviously we want to make the most of our short stay.

    Thanks for any insight you can give.

  17. Honeymoon Petra Villas on Santorini

    Dave, really appreciate the insights.

    We are going to Santorini in July for our honeymoon. What do you think of the Honeymoon Petra Villas, did not see this mentioned above. Looking for clean and relaxing hotel with super views, but also walking to eat and explore the island. For the money, would you recommend anywhere else as better value?

    Cheers!
    – Aaron Parola

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Honeymoon Petra Villas have a wonderful location with incredible views. There are many restaurants within an 8 minute walk. Fira (nightlife and more restaurants) is about 15 minutes by foot. The less expensive rooms are very small here so either get one of the suites or villas, or come with the expectation that it’s all about the views and not the room.

  18. Pegasus or Astra Suites for Honeymoon

    Good morning Dave,
    Thank you for sharing all this about the different hotels in Santorini. However, we are going for our honeymoon in June and I am wondering which hotel to choose: Pegasus Suites or Astra Suites (better view and location).

    Kind regards,
    Marisa

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Astra is the better hotel but both are wonderful. Pegasus is 5 to 8 minutes closer by foot to Fira, which can make a difference for convenience. Astra is set within the winding paths of Imerovigli and has a more magical setting (though there is more walk-by traffic). The view from both is spectacular – but different.

  19. San Antonio Resort in Santorini

    Hi Dave
    Great site and wished I’d discovered it before booking our holiday. We are staying at the San Antonio in Imerovigli in June for 10 nights and now I am worried it is going to be too isolated. I knew it was outside of the village but reading some reviews on trip advisor, they say we will need a car. Whilst we are quite fit for our age (both in 60’s) and don’t mind walking, we don’t want to drive everywhere either. Can we walk to decent restaurants from our hotel and is there a decent taxi and bus service to other areas?

    Kind regards
    Joan

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The good news is that the San Antonio is a beautiful hotel with incredible views. You’ll love the hotel itself. But yes, it can feel a little isolated and there is not much within a short walk. Imerovigli is the closest town and has several wonderful restaurants but it’s a good walk (perhaps 20 to 30 minutes). It’s a beautiful walk and fine one-way, say, walking in for dinner, but the return walk (especially in the dark) will likely feel like more of a hassle. Finding taxis on the island is notoriously difficult. They’re around but there are not a lot of them and finding them when you need them (or when a ferry is arriving or departing, which is often) can feel impossible. The bus is a better bet. There’s a bus stop just outside the hotel with buses going in both directions (north towards Oia, and south towards Imerovigli and Fira). The buses run regularly, but often by the time they get to the San Antonio (in either direction) they are packed. You’ll still get on but be prepared to be smushed in. The hotel should really have a shuttle bus, not sure why a luxury hotel located out here doesn’t. Of course, if you rent a car that takes care of most of these issues but then it makes it hard to enjoy a bottle of wine with dinner (which seems like a necessity when you’re on Santorini).

  20. Junior Suite with Jacuzzi vs Honeymoon Suite at Pegasus

    Hi Dave
    I have booked our 2 week honeymoon at the Pegasus Suites in Santorini in a Junior Room with jacuzzi. Is it worth paying extra c £700 to upgrade to the Honeymoon Suite? I cannot see much difference to justify the price, except that the room is slightly bigger?

    Any advice is appreciated

    Kind Regards

    Charles Wong

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The room size is bigger (377 ft square vs 323) and the positioning of the jacuzzi. In the Honeymoon Suite it’s right up against the edge so you can view the caldera. In the Junior Suite it’s towards the back of the patio with chairs in front. Personally, I’d upgrade, but I agree it’s not a huge difference.

  21. Aelia by Eltheon

    Hi Dave we have booked our flights for June and don’t want to spend a fortune on accommodation. If I’m honest I’m split between where to stay as we love our days round the pool, a spot of sightseeing but more so enjoy eating out every night and that’s where we choose to spend our money.

    I have found a hotel that’s really cheap called Aelia by Eltheon. For its price the review seem really strong however I was wondering your thoughts on it?

    Is it close to good food places or would you recommend against it?

    Otherwise we have a budget of around £2000 and want a hotel that is decent and clean with a nice pool close to good restaurants.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Thanks James

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Nice hotel but no caldera view. Lots of good restaurants within a very short walk.

  22. Avista Suites or Dome Santorini

    Hi Dave! Great site, it’s been very helpful.

    I’m planning my honeymoon for the month of June in Santorini and can’t decide between Avista Suites or Dome Santorini resort; they are both within the same price range. What would you recommend?

    Ella

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Avista is the much better choice. Great views and located in central Imerovigli with many good restaurants just out the door. Dome does not have caldera views (it looks east, not west) and does not have much nearby.

  23. Senses Boutique Hotel

    Hi Dave,

    Great site. Planning a first time trip to Santorini at end of April for 4 nights with husband and two teenagers. Came across Senses Boutique hotel on booking.com as the Master Cave suite can accommodate all of us for what seems a very reasonable price. What are your thoughts on this hotel? Or would you recommend anything else? It wouldn’t be a problem for us to take two rooms somewhere as long as it didn’t work out more expensive. Also, just wondering about the weather at this time of year, would we need a jacket if walking around at night? Many thanks, Julie Darling

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Senses is very nice. Good pool too. It’s slightly back from the caldera – it’s not one of the hotels that is down the cliff, it’s back just a little. Still great views. (No sunset view though.)

  24. Nefeli Homes in Imerovigli

    Hi Dave,

    We are looking at Nefeli Homes standard room for a 4 night stay in the middle of July ($325 euro for 4 nights which seems amazing value). Do you have an opinion on that hotel?? Are there better options around for similar $$ Basically we are after a decent pool with views of the Caldera. We wan’t to be out and about or simply lounging by the pool during the day so the room isn’t a high priority. Tim

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Nefeli Homes has a great location in Imerovigli. Love the view from here looking south and at Fira and the volcano (though you can’t see the sunset from Nefeli). And the pool is very small, more like a plunge pool, but good for a dip to cool off.

  25. Remezzo Villas, Vallais Villa, Irida Studios in Imerovigli

    Hi Dave
    Thanks for this great site. After spending a week on Crete with the family, we are looking for a reasonably priced hotel with a great view in Imerovigli in August for our first trip to Santorini. We like Remezzo Villas, but were wandering if you know anything about Vallais Villa and Irida Studios? Please could you comment about their relative locations. Thanks
    Maj

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      These are all wonderful places with great views – can’t really say which one is best. Remezzo is on the north side of Imerovigli (and thus the longest walk to Fira, if that was of interest). The view from here looks towards Oia and the sunset. Vallais is right within Imerovigli and looks out on Skaros Rock. Also has a good sunset view but the least amount of privacy of the 3 hotels. Irida is slightly to the south of Imerovigli and looks more southerly with less of a direct sunset view. It’s the closest of the 3 to Fira.

  26. Remezzo or Abyssanto

    Dave

    We are recent retirees in 60’s from Australia and trying to decide between these 2 to book for next June. We saw you excellent walking tour video just now and they seem to be close. Remezzo is more expensive, but can’t work out exactly why so what is the point of difference and which would you recommend. We love walking and don’t mind steps Love your website, so much information.
    Regards,
    Frank McDonald

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Both have a great location and views. Remezzo a little more luxurious.

      1. Frank McDonald

        Thanks Dave, as the location and views are about the same, we will probably go with the cheaper option and spend our savings on dining out for our 3 nights on Santorini. We are also spending 3 nights each on Mykonos and Naxos. We are looking at Portobello Hotel on Mykonos and Grotta Hotel on Naxos. What do you think of those ?
        Regards
        Frank

        1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

          Both are nice hotels. The location of Grotta is a little out of the way for walking to the town beach (but great for catching a bus to the other beaches on the island and an easy walk to restaurants along the port).

  27. Boutique 28 or Pantheon Villas

    Hi Dave

    Please help we’re going round in circles! Cannot decide between staying in kamari at Boutique 28 hotel or Pantheon Villas. It says Pantheon Villas is off the beaten track. I just wondered if you knew of this hotel and how far from any nightlife etc it is?

    Thank you

    David Bareham

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Pantheon Villas is a 10 minute walk north of Imerovigli along the beautiful caldera foot path. I would much prefer to stay here than in Kamari. 28 Hotel is a 5 minute walk from the beach front and restaurants. Nice hotel and beach but you’re not on the caldera which is why you come to Santorini.

  28. Absolute Bliss or Sophia Suites

    Hello Dave, Your website has been an incredibly help, my husband and I are heading to Santorini next August for our 25th
    anniversary. I have booked Absolute Bliss (Honeymoon Suite) but I also like the look of Sophia Suites. I can cancel Absolute Bliss, what are your thoughts on a junior suite at Sophia?
    Angela Hartley

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I like the suites and the feel of Sophia Suites better and they have more character. Absolute Bliss does have more privacy though.