In reading about Santorini, it appears Firostephani is a quieter location and walkable to Firo’s restaurants. Any recommendations on hotels with caldera views? Read some mixed reviews for Agali house noting over 100 steps to and from hotel. We would appreciate any hotel recommendations people have from personal experience. Thank you
Two nights at Hotel Mylos last late April. Great view, adequate room (not fancy), nice breakfast. We had private balcony, could not imagine much better.
I have stayed at my tiny budget gem, Villa Fotini for years, just about 10 yards from the rimside path ... butyou want a caldera view balcony if possible. I have been recommending various other Firostephani places for years now, and have had unanimous good feedback from people at many budget levels. Here are some caldera-view hotels they've taken as my recommends, and liked: Note - none with a whole bunch of steps... many are accessible on their inland side just off the main N-S- road.
MODERATE (no pool) - Hotel Mylos, Sunset Hotel (large shared rooftop terrace), Gaby Apartments, Blue Dolphins
MODERATE (pool) - Villa Ilias, Agnadema apartments
UPSCALE (pool) - Dana Villas
For best advice, it's best to give approximate dates you plan to go... Also to give some idea of the level of luxe -- elaborate lobbies? Uniformed staff? Jacuzzis? etc.
Check the Sunset Hotel in Firostefani.
Thank you all for your recommendations on hotels. We are looking ahead for a trip in September 2020, and a moderate priced hotel. So great recommendations.
If you have any dining recommendations in Firostefani, we’d really appreciate hearing about those too.
In Firostephani, Aktaion is the longest-established Taverna in all of Santorini... continuous since 1947... for good reason. It's right by the rimside path with lovely view from tables by the wall or on its porch, and solid traditional fare at low prices. (Tavernas are not taverns, they are informal restaurants, red-check tablecloths etc). Other restaurants with caldera views (haven't eaten there) are Cafe Remvi, Milos Cafe, Mama Thira's.
FIrostephani, as noted elsewhere, is an easy 15-20 minute stroll into heart of Fira Town with its many restaurants... for a sunset dinner without crowds, where they honor a reservation & have good traditional food at great prices (hard for 2 people to spend more than €35-40 including house wine).... STANI's -http://www.stani.gr/ It has several floors but view is from rooftop terrace (with covering). I usually stop by there earlier, when shopping/sightseing in Fira & choose the table we want. OR you could have your hotel call & ask in Greek for a table by right by the caldera-view railing.
My husband and I will be at the Agali Houses next month (10/28-30), so I'll let you know our experience when we get back. I'm leery about the steps too, but decided to go for it.
We stayed at Dana Villas a couple years ago. Lovely view of the Caldera. One caveat: 192 steps from our room! Our room was located by the pool and breakfast room. Other than the daily workout it was a great location to restaurants and public transportation.
We just returned from a stay at Lithies Traditional Homes and it was fabulous! We chose the "Eros" home which was perfect for two people.(Living room, large bath, comfortable bed, quality linens, small kitchen with a washing machine, patio and terrace) Beautiful view of the caldera; wonderful breakfast on your patio; small pool, wine in the afternoon and gorgeous sunsets. Maria is the ultimate hostess and she will pamper you every day. Sony is her right hand man, and he will carry your luggage up and down the steps when you arrive and when you depart. It's about 80 steps from the road, but they are not steep. We felt that it was an excellent value for the service and quality on Santorini, and it truly was a highlight of our trip. Book early, as it is a small establishment.