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by Santorini Dave • Updated: May 21, 2019

Reviews of all the best hotels in Santorini. New hotel reviews will be added daily for the next few months. To read about only the top luxury hotels read my post on the Best Santorini Hotels.

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Fira Hotels

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Caldera view from Aria Suites & Villas in Fira.

Great views, several good museums, and tons of restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. The largest and busiest town on the island, Fira is also the hub of the island bus system, so every other town is just one bus trip away.

Oia Hotels

Oia, Santorini at sunset.

Oia sunset with Esperas Hotel under the windmills.

Romantic, with excellent views, restaurants, and high-end shopping. Santorini’s northernmost cliff town is also its most charming and photogenic, with more of a traditional village feel than you’ll find in Fira or Imerovigli. Every evening, travelers from all over the island stream in to enjoy the sunset from Oia’s terraces and rooftops. It’s a 20 minute bus or car ride from Oia to Fira.

Imerovigli Hotels

View from Astra Suites in Imerovigli.

Caldera view from Astra Suites in Imerovigli with Skaros Rock, the volcanoes, and Thirassia Island.

Quiet cliff town with the island’s best caldera views and a handful of markets and wonderful restaurants. An easy bus trip, taxi ride, or 25-minute walk from Fira, Imerovigli is a great choice for those seeking luxury cliffside accommodation that’s convenient to – but well removed from – the hub of activity.

Hotels Between Oia and Imerovigli

View from Aenaon Villas between Oia and Imerovigli.

Caldera view from Aenaon Villas overlooking the volcanoes and Skaros Rock.

Private and somewhat isolated cliffside hotels with great caldera views. Located along the cliffside path between Oia and Imerovigli, these hotels are great for travelers seeking a peaceful, private retreat. Car, bus, taxi (or daytime hike) is required to get to the shops and restaurants of the nearest towns.

Firostefani Hotels

View from Homeric Poems in Firostefani, Santorini.

Homeric Poems’ pool and caldera view in Firostefani.

Relaxed cliff town, excellent views, no nightlife. Adjacent to Fira, Firostefani provides a relatively quiet retreat with easy access to the island hub, ideal for those who want to be near – but not in the center of – the action. Central Fira is about 15 minutes away on foot via a cobblestone cliffside path. The Oia to Fira bus stops in Firostefani going both ways.

Megalochori Hotels

Bell tower near Vedema Resort in Megalochori, Santorini.

Entrance to Megalochori village under the bell tower near Vedema Resort.

Small, traditional village with wineries, good food, and great views (from some hotels, the village itself is back from the cliff and doesn’t have views). Megalochori has a charming town square that’s ringed by churches, pottery shops, great little family-owned tavernas, as well as some of the island’s best wineries. Hotels here are mostly situated along the cliff, with lovely views out over the caldera. 10 minutes south of Fira by car.

Pyrgos Hotels

Sunset view in Pyrgos, Santorini.

Sunset view from Pyrgos village near Carpe Diem Hotel.

Charming hilltop village; cultural attractions, panoramic island views. The winding streets, small shops and restaurants, and traditional village feel of Pyrgos make this an ideal spot for those seeking the “real” Santorini experience, away from the cruise ship crowds. Pyrgos is also the island’s most magical spot over Easter weekend – on Good Friday, the entire village is lined with candles, and there’s a procession from the church of Agios Nikolaos Theotokaki. 10 minutes to Fira by car.

Kamari Hotels

Santorini Kastelli Resort in Kamari.

The Pistachio Pool at Santorini Kastelli Resort in Kamari.

Busy but relaxed beach town; family-friendly atmosphere, lots of great and affordable restaurants. Kamari is a pebble beach, but the swimming here is excellent. From Kamari, it’s easy to walk or water taxi to Perissa beach, bus into Fira or Oia, and hike (or catch a shuttle) up to the nearby ruins of Ancient Thera. 15 minutes by car to Fira.

Perissa Hotels

Aqua Blue Hotel in Perissa Beach, Santorini.

The beach club at Aqua Blue Hotel in Perissa, Santorini.

Black sand beach town with great, inexpensive, low-key bars and restaurants. Perissa is more spread out than Kamari, with a less commercialized feel and a bit of a backpacker vibe. There’s water sports rental on the beach, a taxi boat to Kamari, and the beach road is closed to cars in the evening. 20 minutes by car or 30 minutes by bus to Fira.

Perivolos Hotels

Istoria Hotel on Perivolos Beach, Santorini.

The beach club at Istoria Hotel in Perivolos, Santorini.

Black sand beach town that’s adjacent to Perissa but quieter, with more upscale bars and restaurants. Perivolos is connected to Perissa along a well-lit beach road, providing easy access to Perissa’s nightlife and the water taxi to Kamari. 20-minute drive to Fira.

Akrotiri Hotels

Kalestesia Hotel in Akrotiri, Santorini.

Caldera view and pool at Kalestesia Hotel in Akrotiri, Santorini.

Remote and quiet village on the island’s southernmost tip. Not a lot in the way of shops, but there are some great fish taverns and small beaches along the water, fantastic caldera views, a nearby lighthouse, and a world-famous archeological dig site. Akrotiri village is on the island’s main bus line, but it’s easier to explore the island from here by car – it’s a 20-minute drive into Fira.

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  1. AvatarAris Caves in Oia

    Hi Dave:

    We are traveling to Santorini for the first time in October and curious to hear what you think of the Aris Cave Hotel in Oia.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Nice small hotel (no restaurant but many within a short walk). Great views. Lots of steps to get up to the main pathway so not a good choice if you have limited mobility.

  2. AvatarSantorini Luxury Resort

    Does Santorini have anything like a true luxury resort? As opposed to the boutique hotels on the caldera that I mainly see.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The Vedema in Megalochori is the closest you’ll find to a resort. No caldera views but wonderful suites, service, and amenities.