The Best Boutique Hotels in Santorini

Updated: March 20, 2017

Santorini Boutique Hotels – Tips and Recommendations

  • Where to Stay on Santorini? Fira, Imerovigli, Oia, and Firostefani are the 4 main towns on Santorini – all have incredible views • Fira has the most shopping, restaurants, and nightlife • Imerovigli is quiet, charming, and has the best sunset and caldera views • Oia is a mix of both: not as busy as Fira but more to do than Imerovigli • Firostefani is a short walk from Fira but far less busy
  • Book hotels as early as possible. Many hotels are fully booked 6 to 8 months before summer.
  • Best Bars in Santorini: Kira Thira Jaza Bar (Fira) • Tropical Bar (Fira) • Two Brothers (Fira) • Hasapiko (Oia)
  • Best Restaurants in Santorini: Naoussa (Fira) • Ouzeri (Fira) • Argo (Fira) • Mezzo (Imerovigli) • Avocado (Imerovigli) • Anogi (Imerovigli) • Karma (Oia) • Roka (Oia) • Metaxy Mas (Exo Gonia)

The 13 Best Boutique Hotels in Santorini

1. Katikies – Oia

The hippest hotel in Oia. Awesome pools, great service, 5-star vibe. Hasapiko (Oia’s funkiest bar) is a 10 minute walk away. Only caveat: Katikies could feel a bit too trendy for some.
Best Boutique Hotels with pool bar on Santorini: Katikies

2. Andronis Luxury Suites – Oia

Relaxing feel with great views and pool. A bit more central (and it’s busier just out the door) than Katikies. The restaurant here is one of the most romantic on Santorini (but book early – there are only a handful of tables).
Best Boutique Hotels for Honeymooners on Santorini: Andronis in Oia.

3. Aspaki by Art Maisons – Oia

The best caldera view of any Oia hotel – it’s located out on a perch that gives incredible all-around views. This small church sits just above the hotel. Suites have private hot tubs with great views.
View from Aspaki Oia Castle Hotel.

4. Esperas – Oia

One of the few Oia hotels (and the only one listed here) with sunset views. Great restaurant with a fun evening scene.
Best Boutique Hotels with Sunset View on Santorini: Esperas in Oia.

5. San Antonio and Aenaon Villas

I took this pic on a morning walk from Fira to Oia. The closer hotel is San Antonio and the farther is Aenaon. They’re both wonderful. The one drawback (for some visitors) is there’s nothing much nearby – though there is a bus stop right on the road in front of the hotels. These are two of the best hotels for a quiet secluded visit.
View of caldera and San Antonio and Aenaon Resorts.

6. Cavo Tagoo – Imerovigli

The newest 5-star hotel on Santorini. Quiet location on the path north of Imerovigli (to Oia). 12 minute walk to Imerovigli. Service here is impeccable.
Best Boutique Hotels with pool and great views on Santorini: Cavo Tagoo in Imerovigli.

7. West East Suites – Imerovigli

Large trendy suites with incredible views. It’s a 10 minute walk outside of Imerovigli (where there are many fantastic restaurants). Drinks and music are going all day at the beautiful pool.
The huge pool at West East Suites in Imerovigli near Wedding Locations.

8. Honeymoon Petra Villa – Imerovigli

Beautiful spot overlooking the volcano in the center of the caldera (but no sunset views). Rooms have a variety of shapes, sizes, and views so do some research so you’re not disappointed.
Best Boutique Hotels on Santorini: Honeymoon Petra Resort.

9. Sun Rocks – Imerovigli

Adults only hotel with a magnificent perch on the caldera’s edge. A fun easy-going vibe is the rule here. Pool and views are wonderful.
Best Boutique Hotels with pools that have caldera views on Santorini: Sun Rocks in Imerovigli.

10. Tsitouras Collection – Firostefani

The friendliest boutique hotel on Santorini. If you want luxury without the attitude this is the place. Not many steps to access this hotel from the road so a good choice if you have trouble with stairs.
Best Boutique Hotels on Santorini: Tsitouras Collection in Firostefani

11. Belvedere – Firostefani

Get the quieter vibe and better views of Firostefani – but the shops and nightlife of Fira are just a 5 minute walk away (downhill to Fira, uphill coming back). Great pool and wonderful, jaw-dropping views.
Best Boutique Luxury Hotels Close to Nightlife on Santorini: Belvedere in Firostefani.

12. Cosmopolitan Suites – Fira

The best boutique hotel on Santorini for easy access to clubs and nightlife. The pool is awesome and I’ve been known to down a bottle of wine over the course of an afternoon as I sit at the edge and stare out into the caldera. Highly recommended.
Best Boutique Hotels on Santorini: Cosmopolitan with infinity pool in Fira.

13. Keti – Fira

This is the king suite with private whirlpool and it’s one of the best deals on the island. Awesome for those who want privacy (located down at the bottom of the hotel with just one nearby room) but still want to be close to the action of Fira. I’ll admit the free breakfast here sucks but who cares, I still love this place.Best Boutique Hotels with plunge pool and privacy on Santorini: Keti Hotel close to shopping and nightlife in Fira.

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8 Questions and Comments

  1. Month in Greek Islands with 3 Kids


    We have 3 kids aged then 6,4 and 2 and are wanting to spend a month in Greece in July this summer. We live in Ibiza and are wanting beautiful beaches and scenery, a laid back vibe and great food. We have never been to Greece before and want a combination of quiet, unspoilt islands (Paxos?) through to those with a little more going on (thinking Santorini/Crete/Corfu).

    Where would you recommend if we spend maybe a week on 2 smaller islands and 2 weeks on one of the larger ones to avoid too much packing and unpacking?

    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The easiest and best combination is fly to Santorini (1 week), ferry to Naxos (2 weeks), finish in Mykonos (1 week) and fly back from there. Some alternatives would be Paros instead of Naxos which would allow for day trips to both Naxos and Antiparos (or even stay on the quieter Antiparos). If you want quieter still then try Ikaria (2 hours from Mykonos by ferry).

  2. Hotels Fully Booked for February

    Hi Dave! I’m planning a trip out there next year in February and I’m planning on spending 5 days in Santorini. Most hotels are fully booked; however, what are your thoughts on Aroma Suites? In addition, how’s the weather like in February? Any good stuff to do around that time of the year as well? Thanks again! Knox

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Aroma Suites is great. Good central location in Fira (where you probably want to stay if visiting in February) and wonderful views. February will likely be cool and overcast (on average) but clear beautiful days are still possible. Do pack a rain jacket and some warm clothes. Hotels are not fully booked for February, they’re just not open and thus not showing availability.

  3. Which Island for Mother/Daughter Trip

    Hi Dave!! My mom (53) and I (22) are planning a trip to Greece in June 2017 for a week.
    We were thinking 4 days in Athens and 3 days either in Mykonos and Santorini. We both have been to Greece before (she 26 years ago and me last year) but are looking forward to enjoying and discovering it together. I have been to Mykonos and love it but she hasn’t been to any Greek Island. We are from Mexico so the beach isn’t that important to us (Cancun haha).
    We are really interested in sight-seeing, shopping and food. Which island would you recommend to us? We feel that maybe Santorini is too couple-y and romantic for a mother-daughter trip. We are having a big dilemma!!! Please help us!! We were also considering a 100 – 200 Euro per night budget for the hotel. Any recommendations would be welcomed.

    Alicia Fernandez

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Since you’re not that interested in beaches (the main reason to go to Mykonos) and are into sightseeing (the main reason to go to Santorini) then I would definitely recommend Santorini. So much to do and see and lots of great restaurants. Yes, many couples on Santorini but many non-couples (and families) too and I’d be shocked if you ever felt out of place. I don’t see that being a worry at all.

  4. Boutique Hotel in Oia with Sunset View / First Choice Fully Booked

    I know you recommended Esperas for a sunset view but they are sold out for our dates in July, 2017. Do any other hotels have sunset views? Preferably a boutique/romantic hotel, 4+ stars. Thanks!

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