Santorini is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, and from May to October it is taken by storm by many tourists.
Unlike many others, it is by no means a cheap island. The advice when booking ahotel in Santorini is to do it online a few months in advance, in order to take advantage of offers that will save you a lot of money.
On the west coast, in the towns of Fira, Oia, Imerovigli and Firostefani are concentrated the largest number of structures. Hotels in Santorini are located either near the best beaches or tourist centers, where there are stores, clubs and restaurants.
Let’s see below some categories of hotels that can best suit the needs of a traveler, depending on the budget and the number of participants in the vacation.
Romantic getaways often don’t have the right atmosphere when you happen to be in a hotel surrounded by families with children: the noise of younger guests may somewhat disturb the intimacy you are intent on finding.
However, there are adult-only hotels that admit guests who are at least 16 years old. These hotels are often luxury accommodations, with special attention paid to space, so as to ensure peace of mind for all guests.
They offer several additional high-end amenities, such as spa treatments, massages, fitness area, private pools, exclusive dining, and much more.
La Mer Deluxe Hotel & Spa is located 3 minutes from Kamari beach; the hotel offers elegant rooms, equipped with TV, DVD player, whirlpool and wi-fi. The property offers an American breakfast buffet. The spa includes an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a sauna, and a steam room. A gym is also available.
The Andronis Luxury Suites ranks first as a love nest for a romantic trip: it will impress you with a mix of classic luxury and modern minimalist style. With its breathtaking views of the volcano, the Aegean Sea and the surrounding islands, its delicious Mediterranean restaurant and relaxing massage center, this hotel will win you over. The ultimate? The Andronis suites, carved out of the cliff, equipped with whirlpool tubs with décor that mixes traditional Cycladic and contemporary styles.
The Art Maisons Oia Castle will give you a magnificent view of the sea and Oia and here you will be pampered by the particular architectural elements that characterize the structure, inspired by the presence of the volcano, but combined with the typical Cycladic style and equipped with all the comforts. Its sunset terraces, romantic rooms and swimming pools are ideal for a romantic getaway!
Perivolas Hotel follows the lines of an amphitheater, jutting out with a terrace over the white cliffs of Oia. Once the homes, wine cellars and stables of Santorini’s fishermen and farmers, this ensemble has now been transformed into a complex of secluded private accommodations, with a spectacular pool overlooking the cliff, from which fabulous sunsets can be admired.
Santorini is known for its luxury hotels, which most of the times are real boutique hotels, with only a few rooms available in order to guarantee a great service to every single guest.
The towns along the west coast, overlooking the caldera, are the ones where you can find in greater number the 5-star hotels.
If there is one destination in the world where it is worth indulging in the utmost luxury, this is certainly Santorini. Here, in fact, with the incredible views that can be admired, it is easy to spend most of the time in the sun on a panoramic terrace, relaxing and looking towards the caldera.
Hotel Katikies is located in Oia and offers 3 swimming pools and trendy ambiance. Its restaurant is all about privacy: there are only four tables in all. The atmosphere here is decidedly romantic. The Katikies is one of the few hotels in Oia that has an internal elevator available for its guests.
If there is a luxury hotel par excellence, this is the Grace Santorini. It offers amazing views of the caldera and the iconic Skaros Rock. It has great food and beverage service. The only catch is that if you want to stay here, you need to book months in advance.
In Santorini, finding a cheap hotel is often very difficult, but not impossible. However, the advice is to book well in advance.
If you are a group of friends, a young couple or a family on a tight budget, low cost hotels are a great deal to still be able to enjoy the natural spectacle of Santorini.
You will hardly be dissatisfied with your accommodation, as the standards guaranteed are on average good. The cheapest hotels are those that do not offer rooms with views of the caldera, a feature much sought after by tourists.
TheSan Giorgio Hotel is located a minute’s walk from the main street of Fira and very close to the clubs where the nightlife comes alive. The rooms are simple but clean and at guests’ disposal there are coffee, juices and cakes in the morning for breakfast. The day before check-in you must indicate by e-mail the time of arrival, so that a shuttle will wait for you at the airport or port.
Villa Agnadi is located in the small village of Finikia, and a 10-minute walk takes you to the center of Oia. It is a small hotel with a swimming pool, overlooking the eastern part of the island. Both triple and quadruple rooms suitable for families are available. Breakfast is included in the rate.
TheMeravigliosso Hotel is located in the center of Imerovigli. It is a small structure, managed in a cordial and friendly way by the owners and the staff, always ready to help you. At guests’ disposal also accommodations in small apartments, excellently furnished.
Family hotels are facilities that have at heart the stay of adults and young guests. Playful activities are often proposed for the little ones to entertain them both during the day and in the evening.
There are play areas dedicated to them and reserved swimming pools, as well as a friendly entertainment staff. Although often the hotels for families are not very cheap, given the services they provide, on the island you can still find cheaper structures, which fit the budget needs of all households.
The resorts on the west coast of Santorini are undoubtedly the best for families, to have all the services at hand.