Kamari Hotels – Where To Stay

Updated: October 20, 2017

Hotels and restaurants at the best beach in Santorini.

The 10 Best Hotels in Kamari

Kamari is a wonderful beach town on the east coast of the island – the opposite side of the island from the caldera. The town is filled with restaurants, bars, and shops and always has a very relaxed feel. It’s an easy bus or taxi ride from Kamari to Fira (to get to Oia you’ll have to change buses in Fira). In summer there are late buses running from Fira to Kamari – the last one will leave Fira after midnight sometimes as late as 3:30am. A taxi from Fira to Kamari will be about 15€. Taxi from Oia to Kamari is 20€ to 25€. Kamari is also where you’ll find the fantastic outdoor cinema – which is a must.

Perissa is the other main beach town in Santorini. The beach there has nicer sand and the town has a little more laid-back charm (it feels less resorty and more like a California beach town). But there’s better traditional Greek food in Kamari and it’s much faster and easier to get to Fira (or Oia) from Kamari than from Perissa.

The best hotel in Kamari that’s right on the beach is Sigalas – the other hotels listed below are either across a pedestrian road from the beach or back a few streets – which isn’t a big deal but at Sigalas you can walk straight from your room or the pool to the sea.

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26 Questions and Comments

  1. Kid-friendly Towns in Greek Islands

    We are planning a trip next summer which will be a few days on Mykonos, ferry to Santorini for a few days and then a week at The White Palace in Crete (we went there last August and our boys are desperate to go back).
    I have a few questions:
    Where is the best town to stay in Mykonos that is child friendly (10 & 7) and relaxing but with good food?
    Where is the best town to stay in Santorini that will have easy access to things to do, good views, and the ferry port?
    It looks like there are multiple sailings between the three islands every day, is that right?
    Great website by the way.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      In Mykonos, Ornos is the most kid-friendly town. Great beach, good restaurants, and easy access to Mykonos Town (by bus). In Santorini, Fira is probably the town you want though Firostefani and Oia are also fine choices for a family. Fira is closest to the ferry port (though it’s still a 15/20 minute drive by bus). Usually 2 ferries per day between Crete and Santorini, and 2 to 4 between Mykonos and Santorini (in summer).

  2. Rose Bay Hotel vs Boathouse Hotel in Kamari

    We are planning a trip to Santorini 28-Sep through 05-Oct. The first 4 nights we’ll be staying on the Caldera, and the last 3 nights we’ll be staying in Kamari. We’d like to stay close to the beach or on the beach at an affordable price and have narrowed it down to Rose Bay Hotel and The Boat House Hotel. Which would you recommend, or do you recommend something else?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Both are very nice and good choices. The Boat House is right on the waterfront and it’s easier to hop down to the sea for a swim. It also feels more in the thick of things. The Rose Bay is a 2 minute walk away but back from the seafront just a little. The Rose Bay does have a larger nicer pool.

  3. Where To Stay in Santorini?

    Hi Dave

    We are three couples whos husbands are all celebrating their 60th birthdays next year. We are looking at May 2018. We are all foodies and like a good glass of wine. We also like nice views, and us ladies also like dancing. Any suggestion on the best part of the island to stay. Thank you. Karen

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Imerovigli has the best food and views in Santorini. Fira is the only town with any significant nightlife and dancing. Dancing starts late on Santorini so it is nice if you’re staying nearby and can walk straight back to your hotel instead of searching for a taxi.

  4. Cheap Hotels in Kamari, Santorini

    Can you recommend some good Kamari hotels that are less expensive than the hotels above (which look very nice but are above our budget). We need a nice hotel, clean, a pool would be great, in 2 or 3 star category. Thank you.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Good quality hotels in Kamari that are less expensive: Selini Ηotel and Hotel Matina. Both have pools and good central locations.

  5. One Bedroom in Kamari

    Hi planning to go in June with my son 8 years and aunt to Santorini. I would like affordable clean exotic place on the beach. One bedroom appartment would be best. Any recommendations? I feel very overwhelmed with the selection and everything looks great.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      The hotels all look great because they are all (generally) of a high quality. It’s rare that you find a hotel on Santorini that isn’t good or better. Booking.com is the best website for booking hotels. Just be sure a hotel has a rating of 8.0 or higher and you’re almost guaranteed to like it. That said, the Kastelli Resort is one of the best in Kamari and has large one-bedroom suites. Not right on the beach but a very short walk away.

  6. Where To Stay for Nightlife, Bars, Shopping, and Luxury


    My boyfriend and I are considering Santorini for two weeks next July! We are 23 and want some nightlife, bars, shopping! But also a little luxury 🙂 you seem very helpful so I hope you can point me in the right direction. Never been to Santorini or anywhere in Greece before! Thank you!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Most of the nightlife, bars, and shopping are in Fira. Kamari and Oia also have shopping and a few bars but not to same extent and I wouldn’t call it nightlife (all of the clubs are in Fira). So Fira is probably where you want to stay. It also has a far great selection of luxury hotels.

  7. Best Clubs and Nightlife on Santorini

    Where’s the best night life in Santorini?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Kamari does have a few places that stay up late but most of the nightlife/dancing/clubs are in Fira – about a 15 minute bus/taxi ride from Kamari.

  8. Good Value Hotel in Santorini

    Hi. Great website, wish I’d come across it sooner! Frantic looking for a last minute holiday to go this next weekend and REALLY fancy Santorini. However struggling a bit to find something at such short notice AND that’s not silly money. Any suggestions please, really love the sound of Imerovigli and the other west of the island resorts that you so fondly talk about? The views, classy accommodation and trendy areas for night life, perfect!!! Please help, thank you.
    Joanne McLoughlin

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I agree. Santorini is beautiful and Imerovigli is my favorite town on the island. Try Merovigliosso for a hotel with a great central location (though not really a direct caldera view) and pretty cheap (by Santorini standards).

  9. Kamari or Caldera?

    Hi. I’m looking into the RK Beach Hotel in Kamari. Do you recommend it? Is it better to stay in Caldera?
    Karen Sharabi

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Nice hotel with a great location on the Kamari boardwalk. But yes, I would still recommend staying along the caldera – much more special and unique.

  10. Alia Hotel in Kamari

    We’re thinking of going to the Alia hotel, Kamari the first 2 weeks in June next year is this a good choice as we’ve never been to Santorini before. Any info will be gratefully received, many thanks.

    Liz Daw

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Alia hotel is very nice and about a 10 minute walk from the main strip of restaurants along Kamari beach. It does feel a little out of the way but perhaps you’ll like the quiet. The pool area is great. With 2 weeks I would definitely recommend spending a few of those days in the much more charismatic towns along the caldera: Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, or Oia. You won’t regret it.

  11. Sunshine Hotel at Kamari Beach

    Looking at Sunshine Hotel in Kamari. Any thoughts?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Nice budget hotel right at the beach with it’s own restaurant (that overlooks the beach) and sun beds. Great location. The hotel itself is across a small pedestrian path from the beach (so not directly on the beach). Bus stop to Fira is a 2 minute walk away. Good pick.

  12. Boathouse or Kastelli Hotel in Kamari

    Thank you for all this information! Do you have anything to share on The Boathouse hotel in Kamari? We like that it’s beach front and affordable. If not, we’d go with Kastelli, but fear we’ll regret not having a sea view and beach access directly from the hotel. Amy information would be great. Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Both are very nice hotels. The Boathouse is on the beach (the quieter end so you don’t get a lot of loud walk by traffic). The Kastelli is back from the beach but there are more restaurants nearby.

  13. Best Town for Luxury Hotels and Great Food


    Any tips on the best part of the island and hotels for families who like good restaurants and luxury hotels?

    Fiona Murray

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Imerovigli probably has the best mix of great hotels and great restaurants.

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