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The best hotels in Santorini

Hotels Santorini

Accommodation in Santorini is definitely something that will concern you a great deal, as prices in (almost) all accommodation sites are sky high!

But let’s take things from the start…The cosmopolitan island has undergone a giant reconstruction process in the last decade (mainly hotels and rooms to rent), which has “covered” 18% (!) of the island’s surface. This, of course, has been affected by the IMMENSE demand, which has prolonged the holiday season into 7+ full months. The season starts from Easter and is completed in early November with occupancy being as high as 100%, during most months! So, with such high demand it is logical that hotels in Santorini have increased their prices.

If your budget is limited, you will have to visit the island in mid-April, when the prices at Santorini’s hotels are significantly lower. Prefer to stay at a traditional undercut site, which is pretty cool and offers Cycladic atmosphere with modern/island décor.

Mini tips: a) Accommodation sites in Santorini are too many, if you consider they are more than 1.000(!) (as many as the whole of Thessaloniki has)! b) The average price per night ranges between 130 and 160€, but of course not at the Caldera. There, it is up to 14 times higher…! c) There are accommodation sites where each overnight stay costs 2.000-3.000€! d) The unapproachable for the Greek public prices have established the island as a hot destination for foreign tourists (90%-10% ratio).

These are the best hotels in Santorini

Altera Pars Suites (Messaria)

Altera Pars Suites is the ideal choice for everyone with a limited budget that loves style and luxury amenities. It is located in the village of Messaria, in a quiet and beautiful location of Santorini, just 6 minutes away from the center of Fira. Its strategic location also gives you the opportunity to easily move to the North for walks, outings and shopping (Fira, Oia), as well as to the South for swimming and activities (Perissa, Perivolos, Kamari).

At Altera Pars Suites everything flows in harmony. The calm way of life, the politeness and attentiveness of the staff in combination with the elegance and luxury will make you love it from the very first moment. At the accommodation site you will find common areas to drink your coffee, safe luggage storage room as well as free parking. Also, breakfast room service will make you feel royal! Finally, we should mention that they offer transport service from and to the airport and the port (upon request).

The 14 newly-constructed, luxury suites of Altera Pars are the ideal place to relax and recharge your batteries after a tiring day in Santorini. They are very spacious, bright and dressed with earthly colors, while they have minimal character. Two other elements that are worth highlighting are the cleanliness and private pool or jacuzzi that every suite includes!!

Among the rooms’ many amenities we find air-conditioning, work desk, fast Wi-Fi connection, free coffee supplies, mini bar, safe, private veranda and many more. Their bathrooms also sport great design and functionality, while they include free care products, bathrobes & slippers, light rain showerheads and pool towels.

Finally, special mention should be made for the amazing breakfast of Altera Pars Suites, which you can compose yourself, according to your tastes and preferences. It comes to your room every morning, at the time you prefer!!

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Βαθμολογία Καταλύματος: ★★★★★

Cleanliness: ★★★★★
Staff Kindness-Service: ★★★★★
Room Quality: ★★★★★
Breakfast: ★★★★★
Value for Money: ★★★★★
Location: ★★★★
Benefits: ★★★★★

San Giorgio (Fira)

San Giorgio is located in a small street just 100m away from the center of Fira. Next to it you will find one of the central (free) parking facilities of the island to park your vehicle. Access to the cobbled streets of the town as well as to Oia is very easy and quick, while the area around it, although noisy, is full of super markets, restaurants, fast food shops and shopping stores that will make your life easier.

The newly-constructed San Giorgio Villa has pleasant and very attentive staff, who are ready to help you with whatever you may need, even with booking a tour or renting a vehicle. In the common area you will find a small lounge, library and pool (which is 20 meters away), while it has left luggage space for any amount of time is needed. It is also significant that it offers free transport from and to the airport and the port of Santorini.

The 11 rooms of San Giorgio do not lack in elegance and beauty compared to the ones located on the Caldera. Their only “disadvantage” is that they don’t offer a view! But this does not concern those that look for quality accommodation in quite reasonable prices. All rooms are spacious, functional and have pretty decoration. Among the amenities, the ones that stand out are the air-conditioning, fridge, comfortable double bed, free wi-fi connection, closet and more.

Its bathroom is incorporated in the rest of the space and it has light rain showerhead and free care products. Finally, we should emphasize that the cleaning service comes by at least once a day, the towels and sheets are changed often, while breakfast is not offered.

The cost per night during high season starts at 150€, a price that, in combination with the modern aesthetic and its amenities, establish it as one of the most VFM options in Santorini.

Βαθμολογία Καταλύματος: ★★★★
Cleanliness: ★★★★
Staff Kindness-Service: ★★★★
Room Quality: ★★★★
Value for Money: ★★★★★
Location: ★★★★
Benefits: ★★★★

Aerino Villa (Firostefani)

The small Aerino Villa guesthouse steals the impressions from the very first moment. It is located in one of the best areas in Santorini, Firostefani. From the villa you will have view of Fira, Imerovigli, the volcano, Therasia, as well as the endless blue of the Aegean. Close to the guesthouse you will find plenty of stores with food, drinks and souvenirs, as well as the settlement’s central cobbled street, which leads to the Three Bells of Fira. Also, in close distance you can find a free public parking area.

The Aerino Villa guesthouse has exactly everything you have imagined of Santorini. Endless view, beautiful Cycladic décor and comfy rooms. The managers of the Villa are pleasant and willing to help you with anything you may need. In its common area you will find a hot tub, outdoor lounge and tables with a view at the caldera. Also, there is transport service from/to the airport and the port, upon extra charge. Its biggest advantage is the quality/location/price ratio, which is pretty good for the standards of Santorini. Finally, you should know that from its balcony you can enjoy Santorini’s famous sunset (view that is equal and even better than the one in Oia).

Its three rooms are spacious and very bright, while they sport Cycladic architecture and bright colors. The interior decoration is minimal, with plain and pretty elements and it offers plenty of amenities, including comfortable beds and Cocomat mattresses, a fridge, free Wi-Fi, hand-made furniture and flat screen satellite TV. In its bathroom you will find free care products, light rain showerhead and bathrobes. But what steals the show in the room is the unobstructed view of the Aegean, a view that captivates and enchants you.

The cost per night in high season starts at 150€, a price that includes amazing breakfast in the room with a view of the Aegean Sea!

ΒAccommodation Score: ★★★★
Cleanliness: ★★★★
Staff Kindness-Service: ★★★★★
Room Quality: ★★★★
Value for Money: ★★★★
Location: ★★★★★
Benefits: ★★★

Above Blue Suites (Imerovigli)

Above Blue Suites is located in Imerovigli, on the highest point of the Caldera! This settlement is the best option for accommodation in Santorini as, due to its location, it offers an unobstructed view of the Aegean’s endless blue. Moreover, most accommodation sites in Imerovigli (like Above Blue Suites) offer privacy, so that you are able to relax, away from the eyes of the tourists.

Above Blue Suites offers approachable luxury that, in combination with the incredible view and privacy, is all what a visitor in the island asks for. The staff is attentive, polite and at the same time discreet, while they are at your disposal 24/7, for any information you may need. In the facilities you will also find free parking and a pool, where you can sunbathe or even have dinner in the evening, with the “company” of the most famous sunset in the world.

Each one of the ten suites of Above Blue Suites has its own name, which matches its decoration and atmosphere! The cave suites are bright, pretty breezy, while they have a jacuzzi or balcony with a pool or a plain balcony. Some of the benefits are satellite TV, luxury queen bed, safe, air-conditioning, mini bar, fast wi-fi connection, fridge and more. Inside its elegant and functional bathroom, you will find free care products, slippers, bathrobes and a hot tub for relaxation. Also, the cleaning service is quite frequent, so the rooms always remain clean and fresh.

The cost for the simple suite starts at 240€ (high season) and can get as high as 870€ for the 130m² villa. The price is reasonable for Santorini’s standards, if one considers the location, quality of accommodation and benefits, which also include the excellent breakfast with a pretty wide range and exquisite flavors.

Accommodation Score: ★★★★★

Cleanliness: ★★★★★
Staff Kindness-Service: ★★★★★
Room Quality: ★★★★★
Value for Money: ★★★★
Location: ★★★★★
Benefits: ★★★★