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Santorini Hotels - Sea View, Sunset View, and Caldera View

I am researching hotels (in Oia and Imergoville) for a trip in July for someone else (not mine - mine is in early sept - but told her i would research for her since i was anyway!) and reading some comments/reviews and now confused as this friend wants a sunset view.

There is hotel called The Vew Hotel by Secrets - https://www.santorini-secret.com/our-hotels/view-hotel-by-secret/ and they refer to the view as having a sunset view, but then i read a review that the person complained they were not looking at the caldera. Just trying to understand woudl the hotel be facing the caldera but facing west or north and see the sunset but just not the caldera?

The hotels response:

"View Hotel is situated in the place of Foinikia facing the Sea & Sunset, not on the Caldera. All the pictures on the web pages are from the backside of the island with the view from the hotel"

Can you guys help explain LOL and any insight to this hotel?

Also if you have any insigt to these hotels in Oia (Views or any other input)

https://www.aperantosantorini.com/

https://www.oiasunsetvillas.com/

here are a few i am looking at in Imerovigli any insight on views or other info.

https://www.aperantosantorini.com/

https://www.calderamemories.com/

https://www.rocabella-hotel-santorini.com/

https://www.akra-suites.gr/

( this last one one looks like the view could be blocked by other buildings

(I have emailed all of them, wiating responses and looked at pics and mapped them out on a map!)

I have learned from a view hotels they say sea view but it did mean East Sea View.

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Thanks Travelmom - they are sold out !

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If a hotel has caldera view that will be front and centre in their pictures and literature.
Sunset view is just that, a view to the west where the sun sets after it passes the caldera.
Sea View is as you say view of the sea to the east. In most places a sea view is a luxury, and highly coveted. In Santorini its a disappointment.

Caldera Memories and Rocabela definitely have caldera views. Acra Suites certainly has some rooms with a caldera view but it is quite possible that some of the rooms do not. While the sun does set to the west it lingers over the caldera for a couple of hours.

On our last trip we could not afford caldera view so we took a nice hotel with a sea view to the east just a 15 minute walk into Fira.. Each afternoon we walked to a caldera view cliffside bar and made a reservation for about a half hour before sunset starts. While the drink prices were expensive we had an unobstructed view while right behind us the crowd was 6 people deep all struggling to find a spot with a view.

This was the sea view from the hotel. https://www.flickr.com/photos/stanbr54/38335706981/in/album-72157689937827955/
The next 7 images are from the coctail bar. Just hit the arrow on the right side of the picture
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stanbr54/38335911071/in/album-72157689937827955/

The next images were the next night at a different bar. There are 23 images just click the arrow. You can pretty much follow the sun as it goes over the caldera and sets to the west.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stanbr54/38305219002/in/album-72157689937827955/

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Thanks Chris. Will check it out for my trip in sept

Stanbr so it it says caldera view but the main thing is sunset view she wants then I just have to trust the answers from the emails I sent to hotels ?

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Beside the view, one important thing to consider is distance from the main path. You want to stay farther away from the path unless mobility is an issue.

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I apologize for misunderstanding your question. My reply was based on being in Santorini numerous times, with most requests for advice looking for Caldera view.
For sure you can rely on the Description posted by the hotels. Any hotel that brands itself as a sunset view will be facing west where the sun sets. There are a number of hotels that face west so you get sunsets but not over the caldera.

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What your friend doesn't realize is that she actually wants a caldera view. You don't really want to be in Santorini and not have a caldera view. Go to a bar and watch the sunset.

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Emily very good point.

As when I go in sept that is what I am looking for. Lol

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I can't imagine going to Santorini without the iconic caldera view. One of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen.

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Stacey…..you most definitely will have both a straight on caldera and sunset view @ Villa Renos in Fira… it sits on the cliff.

I visited Oia but not for sunset…it was mid day….the paths are very narrow and crowded and my experience was once you stepped off the path to go into a shop it was difficult to re-enter the path with the crowds.

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In Oia and Finikia, which are on the north tip of the island, it is very possible to have a sunset view that is not over the caldera. From Oia the caldera is south, not west.

We stayed at a great resort in Oia called Hotel Aethrio (https://www.aethrio.gr/). We had a private patio with an incredible sunset view, but it was looking west, not over the caldera. You can see the views on the hotel website Gallery page.

For us it was the perfect place. A "caldera" view would be no nicer (in our opinion), but would cost at least twice as much.

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Barkinpark--could you clarify why it is better to stay away from the main path? Is it because of the crowds? Would this be the case for a villa in Firostefani (on the edge of Fira)?

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IF I can answer Dab, I stay in FIrostephani, and can't see reason to avoid the main road, unless the front door opens directly on it ... almost never the case... and one has a street-level unit (again, seldom the case). It will help if you can give name of yr lodging.

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Thank you for the reply Janet. I have a reservation at Yposkafo Villa. Are you familiar with it? The villa is directly on the path, but it seems to be up a few steps with a wall blocking the path. The villa looks lovely.

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Take a look at Google Maps and see if your hotel is too close to the main path or road. There are lots tourists traversing the path linking Fira and Imerovigli. I was told by a friend who thought he got a super steal: villa suite with terrace and caldera view for less than 200 Euros per night. Unfortunately, he didn't realize that his terrace faced the main path. While he was enjoying his outdoor breakfast with his wife, some rude tourists actually walked up to their terrace to photograph their villa. Not a romantic way to start the day.

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Lithies Traditional Homes in Firostefani is a terrific option for staying on the Caldera. Beautiful accommodations and five star service from Maria. Highly recommend!

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This thread has been awesome and most helpful actually for my own trip! Love Lithies Traditional Homes in Firostefani! awesome caldera....i wouild think sometimes can't see sun. BUT honestly for me it is the caldera.

any input on the below for location:
https://www.sunnyvillas.gr/