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The Greek island of Santorini is a beautiful jewel and a favorite destination that’s lined with fabulous beaches and stunning cliffside views. Travelers can explore ancient sites, wineries, go hiking along the caldera or take a sailing trip on the sparkling waters. Most visitors stay in Fira or Kamari, but there are more secluded options as well. Almost all hotels are independently run, but range from budget to boutique – many with a romantic setting. Here are the best hotels in Santorini.
Best Overall: Zorzis Hotel
With a high number of returning guests, the Zorzis Hotel is a favorite in Perissa because of its 10 beautiful accommodations and fabulous staff that caters to guests’ every need. Each spacious room has cheerful blue-and-white furnishings, soundproof windows, balconies and individually controlled air conditioning. A dreamy and inviting pool area is surrounded by lush gardens, a Jacuzzi and sun loungers. Daily Greek breakfast is served in the charming breakfast room, while the bars, restaurants, bakeries and shops are all within walking distance of the hotel. TripAdvisor members noted that nothing is too much trouble for the owners, who go out of their way for guests.
Best Budget: Santa Elena Hotel
For an affordable option in Santorini without all the bells and whistles, the Santa Elena Hotel is an excellent choice. Surrounded by vineyards, and just a short walk to the beach, open air cinema,and shopping areas, the hotel has a beautiful setting and clean, adequate rooms. Rooms have basic furnishings with wooden headboards, a dresser, and a box television, with balcony seating for views of the garden, sea and pool area. Guests can sip a cocktail by the pool, utilize the barbecue area and enjoy the included breakfast with locally sourced ingredients. A bus stop is located right by the hotel. TripAdvisor members felt that the hotel was a great value and that the caretakers were very accommodating.
Best for Families: Tamarix Del Mar Suites
Families visiting Santorini should consider staying at the Tamarix Del Mar Suites, located in Kamari, on the eastern side of the island. Each of the 22 spacious suites have a different layout and décor, but feature bright and cheerful shades of blues, a minimum of 322 square feet of space, fully-equipped kitchens and open-floor designs. Kids have their own dedicated playroom and pool (attached to the adults’ pool), while parents can enjoy the Jacuzzi or sauna in the spa lounge. High chairs and babysitting services are available upon request. The volcanic-sand beach is just a short walk from the hotel. TripAdvisor members appreciated the breakfast bar with fresh fruits and both Greek and Western fare.
Best Luxury: Cori Rigas Suites
There’s an array of luxurious hotels in Santorini, but the Cori Riga Suites in Fira is an excellent choice for a quiet getaway, with just 12 rooms and personalized service. Each hotel suite is designed differently, from loft-style configurations, private or shared terraces, porter service, lavish baths and plush robes and slippers. The charming outdoor Art Café has fresh cuisine, sublime views of the Caldera cliffs and the sunset, and is set along the walking trail to Oia Village. A Greek breakfast is included in the price and served in the breakfast room. Beautiful courtyard gardens have grape vines growing overhead, and the centerpiece of the hotel is the dazzling pool area.
Best Views: Casa Florina
If you prefer a smaller inn with fantastic views, consider booking a room at the Casa Florina, located on the highest point of the cliff of Imerovigili. The location grants some of the island’s most magnificent vistas of the Aegean Sea, sunsets, the volcano, village and surrounding islands. Spotless rooms have minimalist décor inspired by Cycladic architecture, ambient lighting, plush bathrobes and balconies with sea views or village views. The welcoming hosts cook up a fresh breakfast each morning (which can also be served in your room) and are happy to arrange tours, rentals and transportation for guests (it takes a solid steep 20-minute walk to get to Fira).
Best Romance: Celestia Grand
Santorini is known as a romantic destination, and for the perfect getaway with that special someone, consider staying at the Celestia Grand. A popular choice for honeymooners, the hotel is located in Fira (about a five-minute drive from the heart of it) and consists entirely of spacious villas with unbelievable views. The honeymoon villas include your own private pool and terrace, curved white walls and domed ceilings, a grotto style bathroom with a cave shower, as well as a hand-crafted hot tub overlooking the caldera. Candlelight dinners and in-room massages can also be arranged. Greek breakfast is provided each morning and the concierge helps to arrange dinner reservations, sailing trips and other requests.
Best on the Beach: The Boathouse Hotel
While most hotels located on a beach have a high price tag, the 17-room, Boathouse Hotel delivers a fantastic beachfront location at a surprisingly affordable cost. The family-owned hotel is perched on the quiet side of Kamari Beach, about a 15-minute bus ride to the main town of Thira. In addition to relaxing on the sand, guests can go for a dip in the lovely pool lined by Tiki umbrellas and cushioned lounge chairs, have a bite to eat at the restaurant or grab a drink from the pool bar. Rooms have white linens, traditional dark wood furnishings and marble floors, plus balconies with a seating area. Free airport pickup is also available.
Best for Nightlife: Petina’s Place
If experiencing the Santorini nightlife is a priority, then you should stay in Fira, the undisputed nightlife town in Santorini. For a hotel near the nightclubs, Petina’s Place guesthouse is a convenient, no-frills option that puts guests in the center of the action. Located near the taxis and bus stop, the guesthouse is close enough that you can hear the music from the clubs, but far enough away that it isn’t overly loud. Minimalist rooms have simple, modern furnishings that are comfortable and clean with flat-screen televisions and spacious baths with rainfall showerheads. A rooftop patio grants beautiful views of the area. Be aware that there is no pool or restaurant.
Best Boutique: Santellini Boutique Hotel
There are numerous boutique hotels in Santorini, but the Santellini Boutique Hotel in Kamari is a perennial favorite with TripAdvisor members. Located on a pedestrian-only road just off the main strip with easy access to restaurants and bars, the 26-room, white and turquoise hotel was built in 2003 and was recently renovated in 2015. Modern rooms have colorful wall prints, wooden furnishings, eco-friendly bathroom amenities, rainfall showerheads, individual air conditioning and heating, as well as private balconies. Guests can cool off in the fresh water swimming pool, relax on the rooftop sun terrace or enjoy a cocktail from the pool bar. A Greek-style, continental breakfast is included with room rates.