Boutique Hotels in Santorini – Tips
- Best Boutique Hotel in Oia: Maregio Suites
- Best Boutique Hotel in Fira: Cosmopolitan Suites
- Best Boutique Hotel in Imerovigli: Aenaon Villas
- Best Boutique Hotel in Firostefani: Tsitouras Collection
- Fira, Imerovigli, Oia, and Firostefani are the main towns in Santorini. All have incredible views. Stay in one of these four towns.
- Fira has the most shopping, restaurants, and nightlife.
- Imerovigli is quiet, charming, and has the best sunset and caldera views. Fantastic restaurants but no nightlife.
- 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.
The 17 Best Boutique Hotels in Santorini
I’ll be honest: there isn’t a huge difference between these boutique hotels and my favorite luxury hotels in Santorini. There’s a lot of overlap between the two lists. The majority of hotels in Santorini could be defined as boutique hotels by most metrics: an intimate feel, lots of local color, independently owned, with fewer than 100 rooms (all unique in layout and decor), and highly personalized service. Since most Santorinian hotels fit that bill, this article focuses on hotels with 10 or fewer rooms. Needless to say: book these hotels as far in advance as possible; tiny hotels fill up fast.
1. Tsitouras Collection – Firostefani
The friendliest boutique hotel on Santorini. If you want a luxury boutique without the attitude this is the place. Pure delight. Not many steps to access this hotel from the road so a good choice if you have trouble with stairs. Amazing pool. Full Review of the Tsitouras Collection.
2. Aenaon Villas – Imerovigli
Alluring villa collection with a caldera view pool and featuring a blend of traditional Santorinian design with contemporary minimalist décor. Located at one of the highest points on the caldera, Aenaon Villas offers both caldera sunset and Aegean sunrise views. Top tier villas add an outdoor jacuzzi or pool. Full Review of Aenaon Villas.
3. The Vasilicos – Imerovigli
The Vasilicos offers dazzling caldera views, traditional cave architecture, barefoot elegant style, and supreme attention to detail. The hotel boasts a heated pool, though more than half of the suites have private heated plunge pools. Dining and wine tastings are particular highlights here. 5-minute walk to restaurants in Imerovigli or Firostefani. Full Review of the The Vasilicos.
4. Carpe Diem – Pyrgos
A romantic getaway with understated style and lots of privacy. Each suite offers unique features, but all include private plunge pools and both sunrise and sunset views over the island (not the caldera). Carpe Diem specializes in bespoke experiences, sumptuous dining, spa indulgences, and impeccable service. A car rental is recommended for staying here. Full Review of Carpe Diem.
5. 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. Full Review of Cosmopolitan Suites.
6. Celestia Grand – Mesaria/South Fira
Spacious, luxury villas with private heated pools, sunset caldera views, grand terraces, and kitchenettes; some add indoor or outdoor jacuzzis. Breakfast is delivered daily. Located in a quiet stretch of caldera between Fira and the ferry port, Celestia Grand offers an all-day shuttle service to Fira and airport/port transfers. Full Review of Celestia Grand Villas.
7. Aria Suites and Villas – Fira
Wonderful, family-friendly, luxury hotel with a pool, an all-day pool bar, and champagne breakfast delivered to each room daily. Suites and villas offer up to 2 bedrooms and sleep as many as 6 guests. Suites are arranged around the pool and have fewer steps than most caldera hotels; villas add private plunge pools and are located a short walk from the main hotel. Full Review of Aria Suites and Villas.
8. Maregio Suites – Oia
All-suite hotel with gorgeous, cave design and heated, plunge pools on the private terrace of each unit. Beautifully located below the windmills in Oia, offering direct sunset views over picturesque Ammoudi Bay. Breakfast is especially great here, highlighting local produce and recipes. Full Review of Maregio Suites.
9. Oia Castle Luxury Suites – Oia
Charming suites in an enviable location on the caldera below the Byzantine castle ruins (the most popular sunset viewpoint in Santorini). Each suite boasts direct sunset views, a private balcony, and a private jacuzzi, pool, or both – all hand-built in traditional, cave style. Breakfast is served onsite daily, and guests have access to the pool, bar, and Mediterranean restaurant at their sister hotel Aspaki Exclusive Suites, a 5-minute walk away. Full Review of Oia Castle Luxury Suites.
10. Vora Villas – Imerovigli
Design-forward villas with infinity jacuzzis that seem to hang over the caldera’s edge, offering stunning views. Two villas feature full kitchens, and the third, set in a vintage cave house, offers a larger outdoor terrace. Fantastic location in Imerovigli, near Skaros Rock, domed churches, and excellent restaurants.
11. Ikastikies Elegant Suites – Firostefani
Sweet, family-friendly hotel with traditional architecture, fantastic caldera views, and spacious 2-bedroom suites (some with kitchenettes, one with a private pool. Breakfast is served to each suite daily. Ideally situated in the heart of Firostefani near several amazing restaurants and a pleasant 10-minute walk along the caldera to reach the nightlife and shopping in Fira.
12. Zoe Aegeas Traditional Houses – Oia
A homey, welcoming hotel with caldera views. Each spacious house and the villa have kitchenettes and private patios or terraces; the largest sleeps up to 6. Excellent location in Oia, just a short walk from restaurants, boutique shopping, and the castle ruins. Owned and run by a charming Greek couple.
13. Gabbiano Traditional Cave Houses – Oia
Wonderful apartments on the Oia caldera, all with private, outdoor jacuzzis, sweeping views, and fully-equipped kitchenettes. Can be booked with or without breakfast. Exceptional example of Greek hospitality and fantastic, walkable location near dining and shopping. Full Review of Gabbiano Traditional Cave Houses.
14. Canaves Sunday – Oia
Petite luxury hotel with an infinity pool, upscale caviar and oyster restaurant, and caldera views throughout the property. Each 1 and 2-bedroom suite offers ample space and impeccable furnishings, some with outdoor jacuzzis or private infinity pools. Larger groups may opt to rent the whole property out as a 10-bedroom villa.
15. Filotera Suites – Oia
Stylish, all-suite hotel with an infinity pool on the caldera, a modern Greek restaurant and bar, and breakfast delivered to each suite. All contemporary cave suites feature with outdoor jacuzzis on their private terraces; the Cave Grand suite has a jacuzzi and private, heated pool.
16. Alta Mare by Andronis – Oia
Chic hotel with an infinity pool, cave-style architecture, and sophisticated décor. All suites boast private terraces with open-air, infinity, or cave jacuzzis. Superior Suites also offer swim-up access to the main pool. Guests here have access to all restaurants, pools, and spas at any Andronis hotel (transfer included).
17. Santorini Heights – Pyrgos
Adults-only retreat in traditional Pyrgos village, offering a serene stay with lots of privacy and panoramic views from one of the highest points on the island. All suites and the villa boast full kitchens and private terrace with jacuzzis or heated pools (the villa has both). The units are self-service, though daily breakfast delivery is included. A car rental is recommended for staying here.