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What is a Santorini Cave Hotel?
Cave hotels are very popular in Santorini (and Oia especially) and are pretty much what they sound like – rooms and suites that are built into the cliffside to form a cave. Many of the best hotels in Santorini are caves hotels in one way or another – though the definition is slippery. The typical cave room is decorated simply and sparsely, but when done right they’re close to magical. Another plus is that they stay cool inside even when it’s very hot outside in July and August. (And for locals they were warm in winter when it was cold outside.) Cave hotels often have a mix of cave suites and regular suites which can make it a little tricky to know what you’re getting.
Five of the best cave hotels on Santorini
All are stunningly gorgeous – Perivolas is the hotel seen in the video above.
• Perivolas Hotel (Oia, +30 22860 71308) • Full Review
• Oia Castle Hotel (Oia, +30 2286 071831) • Full Review
• Aris Caves (Oia, +30 2286 071511)
• Iconic Santorini (Imerovigli, +30 2286 028950) • Full Review
• Tsitouras Collection (Firostefani, +30 2286 023747) • Full Review
And the recently refurbished Sophia Suites in Imerovigli is wonderful.
Santorini cave hotels that are a little cheaper
Santorini Airbnb Cave House & Villas
I’m not a huge fan of Santorini Airbnbs. But if you need a Santorini cave house then Dream Blue (+30 21080 02307) is a privately owned home that sleeps 6, has a fully equipped kitchen, a hot tub, 2 bathrooms, and free wi-fi. It’s 600€ and up a night (depending on season and number of guests) but it’s an amazing house and worth it if you can afford it. The owner also rents a smaller house, My Blue, with traditional Santorini architecture. It sleeps up to 4 and is a little more affordable.
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