Santorini Boutique Hotels

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 2, 2018

  • 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 best boutique hotel with sunset view is Art Maisons Oia Castle in Oia.
  • The best boutique hotel with caldera view is Cosmopolitan Suites in Fira.

The 13 Best Boutique Hotels in Santorini

I’ll be honest: there isn’t a huge difference between these hotels and my favorite luxury hotels in Santorini. There’s a lot of overlap between the two lists. On this page I did try to pick the small boutique hotels that offer a more intimate experience. But it’s very subjective. Even now as I look over the list I’m wondering why I didn’t include the marvelous Perivolos Hotel in Oia and I can’t come up with much of a reason (besides the fact that it’s often fully booked and you probably won’t get a reservation).

Needless to say: book these hotels as far in advance as possible.

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. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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. Its sister hotel Oia Castle has awesome sunset views (instead of caldera views) and suites with private cave pools.
View from Aspaki Oia Castle Hotel.

5. Esperas – Oia

One of the few Oia hotels with sunset views. Great restaurant with a fun evening scene.
Best Boutique Hotels with Sunset View on Santorini: Esperas in Oia.

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. 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.

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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20 Questions and Comments

  1. Rocabella Hotel

    Man this is helpful! I am looking at getting married in Santorini in August. The main place I was looking at was Rocabella. I didn’t come across that resort in your guide yet. Is there a reason, do you not like it? It’s rather expensive, would you have any other recommendations for a venue? I would love to have a sunset view, possibly even the ceremony at sunset.
    Do you know anything about photographers in Santorini? My high priorities are the photography and a great backdrop for the pictures so I want to make sure I get an awesome photographer.

    Thank you so much!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Rocabella is wonderful. And great views. Restaurants are a 15 minute walk away (Imerovigli). Nightlife is a 15 minute bus ride (Fira). So it’s in a quiet area. For a great photographer take a look at Nathan Wyatt.

  2. Itinerary for 2018 Trip to Greece

    Kalimera Dave

    I used your guide when I went to Greece in 2016. I did Athens-Santorini-Mykonos-Athens.
    Now I am planning my 2018 trip.
    I am thinking to do Athens-Milos-Santorini-Athens-Zakynthos-Athens.
    I would like to hear your opinions.

    Thank you.
    Lilian Tan

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Santorini and Milos are wonderful but Zakynthos is not worth the effort of crossing the entire country to see. Choose a closer island in the Cyclades for your 3rd island.

  3. Atlantis Hotel vs Kalisti

    Hi! Your website is great. We’re deciding between Atlantis hotel and Kalisti. Kalisti seems a lot nicer but Atlantis has better views. Any advice would be appreciated!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      You have it exactly right. Kalisti is the nicer hotel but no views. Atlantis has wonderful views (from some rooms) but is more of 3.5 star hotel. Pool is much better for relaxing at Kalisti. They are directly across the square/street/path from each other so location is identical.

  4. Fanari or Sea Captain's House in Oia

    Hi Dave
    Your site is the best!!!!!! Great information.
    I am staying 3 nights in Santorini. I am between Fanari Villas or 1864 The Sea Captains House. Which do you recommend? Also, any recommendation on a 3 day itinerary?
    Thank you-Jan Warmund

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Both are very nice. Sea Captain’s House perhaps slightly more luxurious and has full caldera views. Fanari has sunset views but then you don’t get the full view of the caldera. (I would always take a caldera view over a sunset view.)

      In 3 days do the Oia-Fira hike, a boat tour, a wine tour, and drive south to the beaches, Pyrgos, and Akrotiri.

  5. Hotel Pools for Non-Guests

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for the wonderful site! My sister and I will be traveling to Santorini this summer. While it’s not in our budget to stay at a 5 star hotel, is it possible to gain access to any of these rooftops/pools/restaurants during the day if we are not guests?

    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Non-guests are not able to access the pool or deck of any pool. If you want to use a pool and your hotel doesn’t have one then go to Lioyerma Bar & Pool in Oia (just have to buy food/drinks to use the pool).

  6. Fileria Suites in Santorini

    Hi Dave. This is by far the BEST online travel guide I have ever come across! Brilliantly done!!! Quick question – on a first visit to Santorini (on a somewhat conservative budget), what are your thoughts on staying at the Fileria Suites in Oia? Tash

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      It’s a nice hotel (brand new) but no caldera view. Very central location steps from good restaurants, the main walkway, and incredible views of the caldera.

  7. 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 Hotel Expert

      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).

  8. 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 Hotel Expert

      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.

  9. 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 Hotel Expert

      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.

  10. 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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