Oia Hotels – The 2018 Guide

Updated: December 27, 2017

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Best hotels in Oia with infinity pool and views.

One of three infinity pools at Katikies Hotel in Oia.

The Best Hotels in Oia, Santorini

The best hotel in Oia is Katikies. It has 3 incredible infinity pools, wonderful service, incredible suites, and a fun trendy vibe. Every room has amazing caldera views. Good restaurants are within a 5 minute walk of the hotel. Other great hotels in Oia are Canaves, Mystique, Oia Castle Hotel, Ikies, Perivolos, and Andronis Hotel.

  • Canaves Oia Suites – An intimate luxury hotel with few peers on the island. The view is absolutely stunning – perhaps the best hotel view on Santorini. Nice pool and deck with views of the caldera. The Canaves Oia Hotel is around the corner, slightly smaller, quieter and a little less luxurious but still wonderful. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 071453)Reviews
  • Katikies Hotel – Similar quality to Canaves with 5 star everything. Incredible swimming pools, fantastic service, surreal architecture. All suites have their own plunge pool (honeymoon suite has a jacuzzi too). This is one of the best hotels in Greece. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 71401)Reviews
  • Mystique – An incredibly special and unique hotel. Wonderful cave suites, each with a private patio. Infinity pool with gorgeous views of the caldera. Great breakfasts served overlooking the cliff edge. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 071114)Reviews
  • Oia Castle Hotel – Luxurious boutique hotel. Wonderful views and private jacuzzis. Aqua suite has a small private indoor pool as well. One of the few hotels in Oia with sunset views. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 71831)Reviews
  • Ikies – Traditional Houses – Great choice if you want a quiet hotel away from the crowds. Small plunge pool and private jacuzzis. Beautiful 15 minute walk into Oia along a foot path. Staff are wonderful. (Hotel phone: +30 22 860 71 311)Reviews

    Video of Oia Hotels

    Hotels Shown (in order):

    Kirini Hotel
    Rimida Villas
    Olympic Villas
    Enalion Suites
    Strogili Traditional Houses
    Alexander’s Boutique Hotel
    Mystique Hotel
    Canaves Oia Hotel
    Canaves Oia Suites
    Delfini Villas
    La Perla Villas
    Grand Canava
    Atrina Traditional Houses
    Delfini Villas
    Filotera Villa Suites
    Santorini Secret
    Alta Mare Hotel
    Andronis Boutique Hotel
    Andronis Luxury Suites
    Aegeas Traditional Houses
    Oia Castle Hotel
    Fanari Villas
    Marizan Caves and Villas
    Esperas Hotel

    Best Hotel in Oia

    Best Budget Hotel in Oia
    Villa Agnadi (outside of Oia)

    Best Budget Hotel with Caldera View
    Rimida Villas

    Oia Hotels

    Minimalistic, 20 unit (studios, houses & suites) hotel with a carved-out rock pool. Bright, unassuming, smallish with private terraces/verandahs, mini bars & coffee/tea facilities. Upgraded suites have outdoor jacuzzis. Units 121, 114 offer the most privacy & 115 has excellent sunset views. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71501.
    Marizan Caves & Villas
    Family-run, cave-style spacious rooms, with fridges, sofa beds (some) & balconies. No 24-hour reception and no on-site pool (there’s a public pool next door). Upgraded cave houses have big balconies and outdoor jacuzzis. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 72061.
    Charisma Suites
    Charming hotel with cavern-style suites with high ceilings, ipod docks, mini bars bathtubs (some) and balconies; upgrades have private cave plunge pools or infinity pools or outdoor jacuzzis. Hotel gives out cell phones on loan for local use. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 27310.
    Fanari Villas
    Beautifully decorated, well-laid out, cave-style suites with sofa beds, wooden furniture, bathtubs/jacuzzi tubs, tea/coffee facilities and private/semi-private terraces. Top-end suites have indoor or outdoor whirlpools & sundecks (some). Laptops provided on request. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71008.
    Art Maisons Oia Castle
    Vibrantly decorated, stunning suites. Frescoes/artwork, spacious outdoor jacuzzis (hydro & air massage) on balconies with lounges. Beautiful cave pool suites with indoor/outdoor heated cave pools and 2-bedroom pool villas. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71831.
    Zoe Aegeas
    Great value, roomy, apartments (for up to 6 people, some split-level), studios and private villas with fully equipped kitchens, loaner laptops, verandahs. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71466.
    Aqua & Terra Traditional Cave Houses
    Cozy, simple, cave-house style units (up to 5 people) with kitchenettes, sofa beds and verandahs with beautiful views. Hotel Phone: +30 2286 071893.
    Andronis Luxury Suites
    Wide range of elegant suites and villas with outdoor/indoor jacuzzis, walk-in closets, indoor cave plunge pools, outdoor cave pools and heated infinity pools. The top end ‘White House’ sports an infinity pool, outdoors hot tub, own waterfall and garden (with dining & butler service options). Hotel Phone: +30 2286 072041-43.
    Andronis Boutique Hotel
    Adults-only, seasonal boutique hotel, with multi-level suites, rooms and villas with balconies with jacuzzis and terraces with plunge or infinity pools. The ‘Signature’ suites add private porches with hot tubs and infinity plunge pools. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 72182.
    Alta Mare by Andronis
    Romantic, adults-only chic suites with jacuzzis on balconies. Top of the line ‘Retreat’ suites have big outdoor patios with a hot tubs. Also possible to make use of facilities at hotel’s sister properties (transfer arranged). Hotel Phone: +30 22860 72041-43.
    Santorini Secret Suites & Spa
    Eighteen trendy suites and one villa, having spacious verandas with outdoor hot tubs, outdoor pools and outdoor infinity pools. The ‘Honeymoon’ Suite has a round bed, fitness area and a lovely steam bath with music and chromo-therapy. The villa has a fully equipped kitchenette. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 27337.
    Filotera Suites
    Four, ultra-chic types of cave suites with mini hi-fi, mini bars, mini fridges (organic products), ipod docking stations and verandahs with heated jacuzzis. The top end suite adds a heated pool. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71110.
    Delfini Villas
    Rooms and suites with mini bars, private balconies and outdoor jacuzzis. Studios and cave suites add small, fully equipped kitchenettes. The cave suite also has a bathtub with a sauna. Hotel has free private parking. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71600.
    Atrina Canava 1894
    Set in former wine caves, this property has fresh-looking suites and villas with kitchenettes, mini-bars, bathtubs and terraces with deck chairs. Outdoor jacuzzis are found in the top end suites and villas. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71807.
    Grand Canava
    One, traditional, restored, character-filled, historic residence (villa) for up to 12 people, spread out across 3 sections, with cave-style rooms, multiple bedrooms, kitchens, bathtubs, an outdoor private pool and jacuzzi. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71927.
    La Perla Villas
    Snazzy, cozy suites and villas with Dolce Gusto coffee machines, kitchenettes, massage showers, Bluetooth speakers, mini bars and patios with private plunge pools/hot tubs. Free parking available at a nearby location. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71510.
    Katikies Hotel
    Adults-only, pristine, fancy boutique hotel with rooms and suites with arched ceilings, Nespresso machines, ipod & docking stations, mini bars, really large verandahs and butler services on request. Upgrades have jacuzzi bathtubs, open-air jetted tubs & dining areas, private plunge pools, dressing rooms, fireplaces and sun decks. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 72382.
    Nostos Apartments
    Spacious, reasonably priced property with studios, rooms and apartments with kitchenettes, loft bedrooms and verandahs with sea views. The ‘Deluxe’ type has and outdoor jacuzzi on the verandah. Has a pool and pool bar. Hotel Phone: +30 2286 071604.
    Cave-style, understated luxury, 39 suite and villa property with ipod docking stations, hydromassage/jacuzzi bathtubs, jacuzzis, mini bars, coffee/tea facilities. The ‘Spiritual Suite & spa’ has a fitness room & steam bath; these luxuries are also found in the villas which add private plunge pools/infinity-edge pools. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71114.
    Alexander’s Boutique Hotel
    Lovely, cave villas, houses & suites with fully equipped kitchens, docking stations, jacuzzi bathtubs, a shared outdoor jacuzzi spa pool, antique furniture and private terraces. Top end units have home cinemas, steam rooms and private outdoor jacuzzi spa pools. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71818.
    Onar Villas
    Immaculate, good value, 5 traditional cave houses and 1 modern villa property with small rooms, Espresso machines, fridges and outdoor hot tubs. Near the top of the cliff, so not as many steps to climb. Lacks a pool. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71100.
    Spotless, traditional-style studios and apartments with kitchens, coffee machines, laptops (on request), verandahs and a hearty complimentary breakfast. Has a pool with a sun terrace. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71125.
    Enalion Suites
    Quaint, great value suites (only 5) with wooden furniture, mini bars, kitchens, outdoor heated jacuzzis, balconies (except for Junior suites) & great breakfasts. Top end suites have terraces with panoramic views. Hotel Phone:+30 22860 72276.
    Olympic Villas
    Two-pool complex with terraces and unassuming, comfortable studios, apartments and traditional cave houses with tiled floors, kitchenettes (cooking hobs) and balconies/patios. Cave houses are bigger and ideal for families. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71495.
    Rimida Villas
    Traditional cave house complex with fully equipped kitchens, small bedrooms, outdoor hydromassage tubs, cave jacuzzis and verandahs. Serves daily breakfast at each villa’s private verandah. Accepts kids above 16 only. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71192.
    Kirini Suites & Spa
    Luxe (ipod & docking stations, Nespresso coffee machines), bright suites, with bathtubs (some) and verandahs. Upgrades have open air jetted tubs, indoor jacuzzis, dressing rooms and open air plunge pools. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71214.
    Perivolas Hotel
    Serene, private residence vibe, unique hotel (no tvs/dvds) with 20 tastefully decorated houses in 300-year old restored caves with alcoves & verandahs. Deluxe suites have terraces with outdoor jacuzzis/infinity pools and the top end ‘Perivolas’ suite has a steam bath, huge indoor hot tub and a heated cave pool that stretches out to the terrace. Hotel has a splendid infinity pool and a restaurant in a converted wine cellar. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71308.
    Ikies Traditional Houses
    Outstanding boutique hotel, with individually styled suites, maisonettes and studios; Winemaker’s/Carpenter’s/Captain’s house. Has hand-painted frescoes, jacuzzi bathtubs with steam rooms and terraces with jacuzzis. Serves a champagne breakfast. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71311.
    270 Oias View
    Modern, 4 villa, 3 cave house property with Ikea-style interiors fused with traditional elements, spacious kitchens (big size fridges), private pools and landscaped gardens. Cave house VII has a fabulous carved out pool. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 72246.
    Maryloujohn Villas
    Simple, clean, budget units (6 studios & 2 apartments) in a restored captain’s house, with kitchenettes and patios. Family-run and owner has a reputation for his temperament. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71459.
    Pleasant, affordable 15 room and studio property and 2 private villas. Good hotel for families. Kitchens with ovens, outdoor heated jacuzzis and spacious verandahs. Nice restaurant that serves good food. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71410.
    Finikia Memories Hotel
    Comfortable rooms and suites with mini fridges, sofa beds (in suites) and private balconies. Erratic wifi. Has a large pool with a sun terrace and an outdoor jacuzzi. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71 373.
    Agnadi Villa
    Affordable hotel with functional studios and apartments that are dated but clean and well maintained. Kitchenettes, coffee/tea facilities, and balconies/terraces. Nice pool, good hotel for families. Hotel Phone: +30 22860 71647.

    90 Questions and Comments

    1. Art Maison Aspaki vs Art Maison Oia Castle

      HI Dave;

      What is the difference between the Art Maison Aspaki and the Art Maison Oia Castle in terms of luxury, type of room, location, and views?

      Thanks for your help,
      Mohamed Essack

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Aspaki has caldera views and feels more like a true hotel with a restaurant (great views) and small pool and deck. Oia Castle is more a collection of luxury villas (some with private pool). It has no restaurant. It has sunset views and looks down on beautiful Ammoudi Bay but does not look into the caldera like Aspaki. One last difference is that Aspaki has few steps/stairs to gain access (probably the fewest of any view hotel) while Oia Castle is down plenty of steps to the rooms.

    2. Katikies Villas vs Hotel


      I have learned so much from your website. Thanks for all the great information. I will be spending 3 nights in oia. I have Andronis Boutique Hotel booked with bookgreece.com ( can cancel reservation) and my travel agent is holding Villa Katikies for my husband and I. I love the infinity pool at the Katikies Hotel but after reading some reviews I am concerned I will not have access to them. Are the villas as nice as the hotel? What resort would you recommend and have you ever heard of bookgreece.com?

      Also I will be taking a ferry from Mykonos to santorini and wanted to get to santorini as early in the day as possible. I know you recommend taking the Hellenic ferry vs Sea Jet but that would get me into santorini at least 4 to 5 hours later.

      Thanks so much for your help.

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        1) I prefer Katikies hotel to the villas. The hotel has the stunning pools, the villas are quieter and more low-key. If you stay at the villas you’ll still be able to use the pools at the hotel.
        2) I would stay at the hotel. I have not heard of bookgreece.com.

    3. Katikies Hotel vs Villa Katikies

      Can you comment on the difference between the Katikies Hotel and Villa Katikies? Thanks!

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Katikies has the 3 pools, restaurants, and front desk staff. Villa Katikies has just one pool and no restaurant (and is much quieter). Guests of the villas are free to use facilities at the hotel. They’re about a 1 minute walk from each other.

    4. Views from Canaves Suites?

      Canvas Suites

      Hi Dave,
      We are planning on going in June to Oia and have booked Canvas Suites. Could you tell me if that’s a good choice (eg can you see sunset or caldera?)

      Thanks for your guidance!
      Zoe Tassios

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Canaves has great caldera views (more important than sunset views in my opinion) but not direct sunset views as the town itself blocks the sun setting into the sea. To get sunset views you need to walk about 10 minutes into town where everyone gathers to watch.

    5. Pool at Aspaki Suites

      Good Afternoon Dave

      Thank you for your time and effort on this site. Your walking videos are so helpful!

      Could you tell me if you know where I can see the pool at Aspaki Suites? My son is interested in staying there and cannot find a good photo of the pool, restaurant and bar area.

      Thank you

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        This is the pool at Aspaki (I took this photo on my last tour of the hotel in 2015):
        Swimming pool at Aspaki Suites

        Restaurant and bar area have nice views but are also small. Great hotel – probably the best views of any Oia hotel as it sits out on a small promontory.

    6. Hotels in Oia Open in Early March

      Hi Dave! Great site! We are checking in on 4th March and checking out 6th March. We would like to stay in Oia.
      Can you tell us what places will actually be available at that time?
      Thank you!


    7. Kima Villas in Oia

      Hi Dave,

      Great site, it is so helpful for my fiancé and I who are planning our honeymoon in Santorini. We are wondering what your thoughts on Kima Villas Suites? We found it on a few different sites and saw that it has great reviews, looks beautiful, is in a great location, and pretty affordable. You didn’t mention it on your site though so I was wondering if you could provide us with any input! We would love privacy and a pool. Thanks so much! Ellen

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Cave hotel with great views and central location – but lots of steps up and down.

    8. Aris Caves in Oia

      Great site Dave!!!
      Spending 6 nights in Santorini in June. Last 4 nights at Aris Caves in Oia…I don’t see them on your video (maybe i missed them) but is this a good choice?
      And then looking for a different vibe for the other two nights…any suggestions?

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Aris Caves are wonderful. Small kitchens in all suites, great location, and great view (but no sunset view, need to take a short walk for that). There are a lot of steps to get down to the suites – the tradeoff is that you get a good deal of privacy (for Oia). Hard to recommend something with so little to go on, but I would certainly encourage you stay somewhere other than Oia for your other 2 nights. That’s the easiest way to ensure you get a “different vibe”.

    9. Charisma Suites in Oia

      I am hearing some people say that Charisma Suites are really starting to get discovered and could be the go-to for couples looking for a more small-scale boutique experience in OIA, but perhaps one of the more luxurious options.

      Are you hearing similar things? The rooms and views look amazing.

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Charisma Suites is beautiful. It’s one of the few hotels in Oia that has direct sunset views – though this means it doesn’t have a complete caldera view, so there is a tradeoff. It’s at the far northwest tip of Oia and thus quiet while still being a short walk to the shops and restaurants of the town. There are a lot of steps and it’s tricky to find the first time (so have the hotel meet you at the parking lot when you arrive and they’ll carry your bags for you). Only 7 suites, so it’s good if you’re looking for some small and intimate.

        1. Location of Charisma Suites

          I know that Charisma Suites isn’t on your video, but along the route you take where would it be?

          1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

            At 32:35 – located between Marizan and Esperas.

        2. Infinity Pool Suite or Honeymoon Suite

          Do you think it’s worth paying up for the infinity pool suite at Oia Canaves Suites instead of just booking the honeymoon suite? We are going for the magazine cover Greece look and feel, and this room looks pretty amazing.

          Let me know your thoughts, and thanks!

          1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

            The big difference is the honeymoon suite has more privacy (it’s on a higher level and the private balcony and plunge pool are a little quieter). However, the infinity pool is much larger than the one in the Honeymoon Suite. I’d go with the Infinity Pool Suite but your preferences might differ.

    10. Katikies, Vedema, Michelin Restaurants

      Hi Dave,
      It is a great website with a lot of information, very impressive! We will be in Santorini for the first time and would like to make it a special experience. Unfortunately we may have 1 or 2 days in total. I booked the Katikies for one night and am a little confused to go for Vedema for the second night for a different scene. What would you think? should we stay only in Oia?
      Are there any Michelin star restaurant on the Santorini, the guide does not return any suggestions for the island?
      Thanks in advance,

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        For just 2 nights I would not switch hotels. Katikies is great, I would stay there for both nights. Santorini does not have any restaurants with Michelin stars but these are my favorite restaurants on the island.

    11. Delfini Villas

      Hi Dave–we’re going to visit Santorini for 4 nights Starting March 27. We’re going to have a private tour guide for two days so we won’t have a car. So because it’s the off season and we’ll want to easily be able to walk to dinner each night and have a good choice of nearby restaurants, I’ve concluded Oia is the place to stay. Imerovigli is the only other place I’ve considered.

      Based on comments you’ve made in your blog, I’ve made a reservation at Delfini Villas, which is perfect in many ways–great caldera views, easy to sunset views, good price, many nearby restaurants, personal hot tub, etc. But there are a few drawbacks. The first and most important is that my wife and I will be staying in the Eclusive room while our adult daughter will be staying in the Studio, which I now gather are in separate complexes of Delfini. My question is, do you know how far apart the two areas are and how easy it is to go between them? Secondly, I’ve read a lot of the reviews of Delfini and most are super positive. But a recurrent theme in some of the comments is that one of the staff persons treats some guests with disdain for no apparent reason. Do you know anything about this?

      Finally, because you think so well of Imerovigli, and because both you and the person who will be guiding us both recommend Aqua Luxury Suites highly, I would also consider staying there. It’s just that I have a feeling that in late March Imerovigli would be a pretty dead place for restaurants in the evening, and we don’t really want to be taking cabs back and forth or walking at night in what could be brisk/rainy weather. If you think I’m wrong about Imerovigli and that Aqua is so much nicer than Delfini that it’s worth the potential hassle, please let me know.

      I would also ask if you have any other upper mid-range hotel suggestions in either location, but despite the fact that we will be there in the “off-season”, there are very few places in this category that have 2 rooms for a reasonable price and have free cancellation, at least on Booking.com. If I’m wrong, let me know.

      Thanks very much in advance for your advice.

      Marc Tipermas

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        The two areas of Delfini are 5 minutes apart – an easy walk on the main foot path. The cave suites are substantially nicer. They also have more steps and will not have the foot traffic walking above. I’ve never heard anything about the difficult staff person.

    12. Mystique Vibrant Suites

      Hi Dave! Thanks for all of the great information on your site! My fiance and I will be traveling to Greece (Crete then Santorini) in early May 2016 for our honeymoon. I was looking at Mystique and think it would be great for us. Are the Vibrant Suites still nice even though they are the lowest category suites? Their website indicates they are located on the upper levels of the hotel, and I want to make sure they are still private enough. Thanks!

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Mystique is a wonderful hotel and the Vibrant Suites are still very nice. There is good privacy in this area of Oia – not a lot of walk-by traffic – and Mystique is down some stairs from the main road so I’d be surprised if privacy was an issue.

    13. Rose's Cave in Oia

      Hi Dave,
      My boyfriend and I are planning a holiday to Greece with four nights spent in Santorini, from what I’ve read (and your site has been incredibly helpful) I think we would really enjoy staying in Oia. We’re looking to stay in self-catered accomodation with a budget of roughly £100, I’ve been considering Rose’s Cave, would you recommend this or have any better ideas?


      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        That looks like a good location in central Oia. I think I know where it’s located and you will have a great view (with many steps).

    14. Chroma Suites in Oia

      Hi Dave. First of all thank you for a really good and informative site. Me and my fiance is looking for a romantic hotel for our honeymoon.
      We are both young and has a limit each night at around 270 euro. We really like “Chroma Suites”, do you know anything about if? I’ve read some bad reviews, but overall it sounds good.

      We´ve been looking at these hotells as well:
      Armeni Village Rooms & Suites
      Alexander’s Boutique Hotel
      Aris Caves
      Onar Villas

      If you have any other tips, that would be great. We would like a nice view, if possible overlooking the sunset, balcony/terass and pool in the hotel.
      Thank you so much for your help! Best regards Joel & Hege, Norway.

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Chroma Suites have a great location nestled into the cliffside of Oia. But they do get a lot of walk-by traffic (so privacy is not their strength) and they do not have sunset views (the area where most people watch the sunset is about a 3 minute walk away). The view into the caldera is spectacular. There are only 3 suites here so it doesn’t have a hotel feel, more private residence. It’s owned by Armeni Village and their offices are a short walk away where you can always find someone (plus they usually give out a cell phone so you can easily phone if you need something taken care of).

    15. Privacy at Katikies and Santorini Secret

      Hi Dave! Thanks for this absolutely wonderful website! I aced it, read every single page!

      I’ll be staying 2 nights at Dreams Luxury, Imerovigli, and 3 nights at Oia this coming October. Which hotel at Oia has more privacy, is more luxurious, less people looking into your private area: Katities or Santorini Secret?


      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Both have pretty good privacy. There are a few suites at Santorini Secret near the foot path that can be seen from above but most are very private. Katikies is a larger hotel and thus less privacy from other guests but very few suites can be seen from the foot path.

    16. Santorini Secret, Filotera Suites and Theodora Suites

      Hi Dave,

      What an amazing website – the most informative guide I’ve ever come across!!
      My boyfriend and I are visiting Santorini for 4 nights Mid-October to celebrate my birthday. We are staying by Kamari beach at the Hippocampus hotel for the first 2 nights and in Oia for the following 2 nights. I’m struggling to choose a hotel and was hoping you could do as you have done for many before and let us know which you think we should pick! The budget is c. £250 per night, outdoor hot tub is a must and I’d ideally like a Caldera view over a sunset view. Top 3 are Santorini Secret, Filotera Suites and Theodora suites… your opinion would be much appreciated. Could you please also recommend a restaurant in either Oia / Fira / Imerovigli with good food and a sunset view? Thanks in advance for your help!

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        It would be between Santorini Secret and Filotera – both wonderful. I think the pool at Filotera is a little bigger while the pool at Santorini Secret is more picturesque as it’s “almost” an infinity pool.

    17. Esperas or Mystique?

      We’re deciding between the Superior suite at Esperas or the Allure suite at Mystique — we’re looking for a combination of great veranda, great view and great hotel. What do you recommend? Thanks very much.

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Both are great hotels. The biggest difference is the view. Esperas has a sunset view but doesn’t have a complete caldera view. Mystique has a wonderful caldera view but no sunset view. Esperas is much closer to central Oia but has more steps. Both hotels have a good deal of privacy (compared to other Oia hotels).

    18. Best Restaurant in Oia

      Hey Dave,

      What are some must hit restaurants in Oia?


      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        My new favorite restaurant in Oia is Roka.

    19. Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, or Oia

      Hello Dave
      I’m undecided on whether to go to Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli or Oia. I’m on the island with my girlfriend for 3 night and we’d probably be spending a lot of our days strolling around exploring, stopping off in taverna’s and eating the local food. Would you be able to advise me what is the best area to go for this.
      Dave C

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        As long as you don’t mind a good walk then I’d recommend Imerovigli. If you wanted to keep your walks a little shorter then Firostefani is a good backup.

    20. Mystique vs Katikies

      Hi Dave, I am trying to decide between the Katikies Honeymoon Suite or the Mystique Secrecy Villa. I am drawn to Katikies because of the pools, location and dining options. How does Mystique compare? The room at Mystique looks much bigger and more modern — I’m concerned about the room at Katikies because I don’t feel like I can get a good idea of the setup from the pictures on the website. How do they compare to each other? What are the pros/cons?

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        The rooms at both are modern, luxurious, and wonderful. The Secrecy Villa at Mystique is 70 sq.m. and the Honeymoon Suite at Katikies is 55 sq.m. – so the Mystique is bigger. One significant difference is that Katikies sits directly on the main pedestrian street that leads into central Oia while Mystique is located after a small break in that path so though on the map they look to be very near to each other, Mystique requires walking on a somewhat busy road for a minute or two to rejoin the foot path. Some people find this inconvenience makes a big difference. On the other hand it does mean that the area directly outside of Mystique is a bit quieter than the public area as you exit Katikies.

    21. Oia Castle or Absolute Bliss

      My wife and I are headed your way this October. Your site has been such a tremendous help. We will be on Santorini for 5 days. What do you think about 3 days at Absolute Bliss followed by two at the Oia Castle Hotel (Honeymoon Sunset Suite)? We would love to just do all 5 at the Castle, but that adds up quickly and this way we get to spend time in two great towns. Or should we just stay at Bliss for 5? That Castle Sunset Suite sure looks gorgeous. Thanks for your advice!
      Ben Pavlovic

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        The Honeymoon Sunset Suite is fantastic and has more privacy and is more unique than anything at Absolute Bliss – so you get what you pay for. Splitting your time between Oia and Imerovigli is also a good choice – very different villages in different locations (you’ll do totally different things while staying at both). If you can swing it then I’d do both.

        1. Ben Pavlovic

          Hey Dave! So we ended up going with Bliss for 3 nights. Then we’re moving to Oia for our last two nights and are between Katikies and Perivolas. Sounds like you prefer Katikies, correct? Thanks!

          1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

            Katikies to be more central and a bit more of a trendy/pool-bar sort of vibe. Perivolas is much quieter and not nearly as central. Both great hotels.

    22. Kirini, Katikies, or Grace?

      Hi Dave,
      I am torn between Kirini, Katikies, and Grace. What would you recommend doing? Would it make sense to spend half the time in Imerovigli at Grace then the other half in Oia at either Kirini or Katikies or should I stick to one of those hotels? Which would you pick if you were given the option of any of those places? Thanks!


      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Splitting your time between Oia and Imerovigli is a great idea (if you have more than 2 nights at each). All 3 hotels are wonderful but if I could only choose one it would be Grace.

        1. Grace, Katikies, Andronis

          Hi Dave !
          I just returned from Santorini and I have to say I agree with you Grace was my favorite; it was just stunning and the service was superior to that of any hotel I’ve ever stayed in. After, we stayed at Katikies for about 24 hours then were ‘upgraded’ to a bigger room in Andronis Luxury Suites. I was wondering if that is common? I don’t think the two hotels are affiliated and I agreed to the upgrade because the room in Andronis had such an amazing view from the terrace. Maybe Katikies overbooked? I kind of felt like they were pushing me to choose that room in Andronis even though we were already in a very nice superior suite at Katikies. Also, I used your website to plan my holiday (I acknowledged you in my survey at Grace) but I noticed you didn’t say much about Andronis. Their restaurant was one of my favorites because of the wine tasting which I believe is the best table in all of Oia. We were there for four hours and didn’t want to leave. Just wondering what your thought is on what happened. Thanks!!


          1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

            Yes, Grace is wonderful isn’t it? As for the Katikies to Andronis switch, I’ve never heard of that either. But, all the hotel owners know each other so I’m guessing Katikies was overbooked and contacted Andronis and pre-arranged a room for someone – they just had to find that “someone”. I too, think Andronis is wonderful and know exactly the view and table you’re talking about. I have had trouble with communication with them in the past. Often when I contact them (both as SantoriniDave and anonymously as a potential guest) they fail to respond to questions or respond once then ignore follow up questions. I should say that’s not totally uncommon for Santorini hotels but it’s more common with Andronis than others.

    23. Atrina Traditional Houses in Oia

      Hi Dave. What a brilliant site, so helpful.
      Myself and partner have booked flights to Santorini for a week Oct 5th – 12th. Thinking of booking to stay at Atrina Traditional Houses, number 1 on trip advisor! I can’t see anything on your site about it? (apologies if I’ve just not looked hard enough!) Do you have any thoughts? It seems reasonably priced for quality service and views and fits our budget.
      Thank you for your time in advance! Vanessa

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        The reviews on TripAdvisor can be helpful (if you know enough to weed out the fake ones) but the rankings are meaningless. Perivolas, for example, is one of the best hotels in Greece but #16 in Oia. The more you ignore the rankings the better off you’ll be. That said, Atrina is a great place with a good location but don’t be expecting the very finest hotel in Oia.

    24. Charisma Suites in Oia

      Hi Dave,

      Incredible site. We will be in Oia for 3 nights in July. What do you know about the new Charisma Suites? Is it near the same luxury level as Katakies, Andronis, etc? Also, do you get both Caldera and sunset views given its location at the end of the strip? Thanks much in advance.


      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        It is nice but perhaps not as luxurious as the very best hotels. It is located directly next to Marizan a the end of the strip of hotels in Oia. It has great sunset views but no caldera views.

    25. Hotel for Family in Oia


      We are thinking of staying at the Anemomoilos Studios or Villa Agnadi when we visit Santorini for 3 nights. We are a party of 6 with two small children (age 3 &4) and we would like to be close to the centre of Oia, and we need a pool. Are any of these any good, or do you have any other recommendations please?

      Many thanks


      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Villa Agnadi is one of the best deals around but it’s a 15 to 20 minute walk outside of Oia. Most of the walk you can do along the Oia footpath and is quite nice. Anemomilos is closer to Oia but has smaller rooms and the pool is not quite as nice. Neither hotel has views of the caldera. The views of the sea you find on their websites are of the east side of the island (not the caldera). Anemomilos has 2 different buildings a short distance from each (and some villas that are on the caldera).

    26. La Perla Villas or Rimida Villas?

      Hi Dave, truly great site which I am using for all my Greek stops! (Athens, Santorini and Mykonos) Seeing that I am a male traveling alone, I am a bit price sensitive, but want to get as close to a 4 or 5 star experience/ accommodation as possible. Which of the following Oia Hotels would you suggest between La Perla Villas or Rimida Villas? Sea views and decent proximity are also important to me (as far as can be accommodated). Thanks for your help!

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        La Perla is closer to town and slightly more upmarket. Rimida is after the break in the footpath that requires you to walk on the road for a minute or 2 before getting back on the path. The pool at Rimida is shared with another hotel and a very short walk from your room. The pool is back from the edge of the caldera a little bit, the pool at La Perla is perched right on the cliff. Both are nice hotels.

    27. Carpe Diem in Santorini

      What an amazing site – thank you for the tremendous work in putting this together. My partner and I have chosen Santorini over Mykonos as we like upmarket and (non scene but) friendly hotels. We like the look of Carpe Diem, do you have any views on location and property?

      Keep up the great work,


      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Carpe Diem is very nice with good views of the island but not the typical caldera views that Santorini is famous for (the ones on the cliff that look out into the volcano). It’s in Pyrgos, a quiet town south and a little inland of Fira. There are some good restaurants here but no nightlife. Most restaurants, clubs, and shopping are in Fira (and to a lesser extent Oia). So, it’s a good hotel if you’re looking for something quieter and don’t need a caldera view.

    28. Hotel with Pool/Sunset Views/Good Location

      My husband and I are going to Santorini during mid-May. The more we read the more we get confused on where to stay (Oia or Imerovigli). What we want is a typical white cave setup with private balcony and outdoor jacuzzi/infinity pool, easy access to restaurants, sunset view locations (preferably from our private balcony). From what I read, Oia is the village that’s on all the pages/books related to Santorini (white washed exterior/interior with blue dome) and Imerovigli is more quite, not much restaurant options and no white-blue combination construction. Is that correct?

      If Oia we are considering Mystique or Fanari else Absolute Bliss. Kindly guide us.


      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Other hotels to check out: If you want the sunset views (few hotels in Oia have sunset views) then try Esperas. If you want caldera views (but a close walk away from sunset views) then try Delfini. Your comparison of Oia and Imerovigli is spot on. Another big difference is that most hotels in Imerovigli have a sunset view. Absolute Bliss has incredible sunset views.

    29. Hotel with Private Balcony in Oia

      Hi Dave – your site is amazing. My husband and I are returning to Oia for our 25th wedding anniversary. We were last there on our honeymoon so your video was so cool for us to watch and see how much has changed in 25 years. We are looking for a hotel with a private balcony and overlooking the caldera. We really would just like to spend a lot of time relaxing in the beauty of the view and having the sun all day. We are going for 12 days at the beginning of June and are looking at a budget of around $5000 but are flexible.
      Can you recommend a hotel for us that has the private balcony with the view and sun as described.

      Thanks so much for your help.


      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Delfini Villas have private balconies and amazing views of the caldera.

      2. Atlantida Villas in Oia

        Thanks Dave – it is looking like those are full for our dates, however I will contact them directly. What do you think of the Atlantida Villas?

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

          A simple “budget” hotel with caldera views on the outskirts of Oia. It’s a 20 minute walk into central Oia (be sure to have a flashlight for the walk back at night). There’s also a bus stop on the Oia to Fira road that passes close by (5 minute walk). If you want a sunset view without walking into Oia, go in the opposite direction for about 10 minutes and he’ll have a very quiet direct view of the sunset. A 5 minute walk towards town gets you to where the hotel path starts, Perivolas Hotel is right at the start.

          1. Atlantida Hotel in Oia

            Hi Dave, I am loving your site. We are staying at Atlandida with our children in July – is it child friendly? We were told it had views and it looks that way on their website – is that the case? Thanks for your help! Kayscha

            1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

              Yes, great views of the caldera. Hotel is fine for kids as long as they can make the walk into Oia (about 20 to 30 minutes). This is one of the cheapest hotels in Oia with a caldera view.

        2. Connecting Flight in Athens to Santorini

          Our flight is scheduled to arrive in Athens at 10:20 a.m. from Canada. Do you think it is OK for us to book the Aegean flight at 1:20 pm for Santorini? How much time does it take to clear Greek customs, pick up our luggage, transfer to that airline and check in?

          Thanks Dave.

          1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

            There are no guarantees but personally I would be very comfortable booking that flight connection. It should be fine.

    30. Anemomilos in Oia

      Hi Dave! Thank you so much for all of the helpful information! I am currently studying abroad in Sweden, and am planning a trip to Santorini for the beginning of April. I was wondering if you had any thoughts on the hotel Anemomilos in Oia? Also, we will have 3 full days in Santorini, do you think that is enough time? Thank you in advance.

      -Emily Wright

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        A nice inexpensive hotel an easy walk to shops and restaurants in Oia. But it doesn’t have a direct caldera view – it’s across the street from the caldera path (and the hotels that hang on the cliff of the caldera).

    31. Charisma Suites in Oia

      Hi, what are your thoughts on Charisma Suites in Oia?

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Great location at the northern Tip of Oia. Just below the Golden Sunset Villas (with the windmills). Looks down on the path that leads to Amoudi Bay. Tucked away off the main path so not much foot traffic. You don’t get a straight-on view of the caldera (i.e. you can’t see the towns of Imerovigli and Fira on the caldera cliff) but you do get direct sunset views.

    32. Zoe Aegeas or Esperas or Filotera

      Hello Dave,
      Thank you for posting the video, that was quite helpful to someone like me who has not yet been to Oia. My wife and I will be going in October, no kids.
      Would you share your thoughts comparing Zoe Aegeas Traditional House v. Esperas v. Filotera? (There seem to be two Zoe House listings on Google Maps, one near Esperas and one near Filotera). Our preference would be to find a comfortable hotel that had such a great caldera view we would not want to leave the room, other than to go out for lunch / dinner / her photography.
      Thank you.

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Zoe and Filotera have caldera views. Esperas has sunset views but doesn’t look “into” the caldera. All are an easy walk to many restaurants. (Don’t trust Google Maps, it’s terrible for Santorini.)

    33. Hotel with No Steps

      Hi Dave, want to visit Santorini late May, but most hotels seem to have too many steps involved for my husband to manage daily several times. What can you suggest?

      Roz Guthrie

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Canaves Oia Suites has an elevator (the only hotel in Oia that does) that goes right up to the walkway level. I believe they give guests a key that allows private access to the elevator.

    34. Armeni Luxury Villas in Oia

      Hi Dave, any thoughts on the Armeni Luxury Villas in terms of location, accessibility and proximity to restaurants and shopping? We’re planning for end of July for 4 nights.
      Jay Dawar

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Great location, very central (right around Santorini Secret and Andronis), lots of restaurants in the area. It is down about 75 steps from the main walkway through Oia.

    35. Less Expensive Hotel with Santorini Look and Cave Suites

      Hi Dave!, This page is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! I love it but I been having a hard time finding the perfect hotel. I am taking my mom to her dream place “Santorini” and I want her to experience the typical stuff, so I want to book a “not that expensive” hotel but I want it to be the typical white with blue roof, cave rooms on the caldera, I don’t care if its a hotel, pension or house but it has to be the cave, white with blue roof and a lot of stairs type. Hope you can help!!!

      Ruth Zamudio

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Try Esperas or Atrina Traditional Houses – both wonderful hotels with beautiful views and a little “cheaper”.

    36. Pezoules Hotel in Oia

      Hi Dave! Thanks for all the helpful information on this site. I don’t see Pezoules in your video of Oia hotels – where is it in relation to the others? Would you recommend it?

      Thanks 🙂

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        It’s down the path to Armeni. Good hotel with great views but not recommended if you lack mobility: lots of steps to go anywhere, shops, restaurants, etc.

    37. Katikies or Andronis?

      Thank you for all the wonderful information! We are planning a trip to Santorini and your website has be invaluable. We were wondering why you do not have Andronis listed as one of your top hotels and what the difference is between Katikies vs Andronis . The travel agent we are working with wants to book rooms at the Andronis. Thank you for your help!

      Anne Glassburn

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Andronis is great but I would still prefer Katikies. The units at Katikies are just individually wonderful. Both Katikies and Andronis are close to central Oia but Andronis definitely gets more foot traffic past its property – it’s right in the thick of things – whereas Katikies has a bit more breathing room. One thing to note is the difference between Andronis Luxury Suites and Andronis Boutique Hotel. The Luxury Suites are more modern and minimalist with a much nicer pool and above ground suites. The Boutique has a more traditional feel with all the suites being caves (much like Katikies).

    38. Walk To Imerovigli

      Can I walk from Oia to Imerovigli? Are there hotels better located than others to make the walk?

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        You can walk from Oia to Imerovigli but it’s not an easy stroll. More like a moderate hike. It takes 90 minutes at the least and is along a good path (but not sidewalk quality). Some hotels are closer than others to the start of the path but it’s a pretty moderate difference since the rest of the walk is much longer than getting from one end of Oia to the other. (But certainly it would help shorten the walk.) If you look at this video of Oia hotels the ones at the start are closer to Imerovigli. As the video proceeds we are walking away from Imerovigli.

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