If you’re looking for the best hotels to stay in when visiting Santorini, Greece, look no further! In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the best hotels in the area and why you should choose them. With its stunning views and pristine beaches, Santorini is one of the most popular Greek Islands and tourist destinations in Europe. So make sure you book a room in one of these amazing hotels!
Main areas to visit in Santorini
Santorini is one of the most popular destinations in Greece, and it’s easy to see why. The island’s dramatic cliffs, plunging into the Aegean Sea, are a sight to behold. And its villages, with their white-washed houses and blue-domed churches, are enchanting.
Legend has it that Euphemus, son of Poseidon created Santorini following a dream where he made love to a nymph. Some think that the city is the remaining link to the Lost City of Atlantis. Regardless of which myth you believe in after you witness a Santorini sunset, you will see how easy it is to become entangled in the spell of Santorini.
When it comes to accommodation, there’s something to suit all budgets and preferences. In Oia, you’ll find luxurious cave hotels with private pools and breathtaking views. Imerovigli is the perfect place to stay if you want to be close to the action but still have a peaceful base.
Fira and Firostefani offer a more traditional Greek experience, with charming hotels and apartments overlooking the Caldera.
Best Hotels in Santorini
Andronis Boutique Hotel – Oía
Andronis is a beautiful traditional hotel set in the heart of the picturesque village of Oía, on the northwestern tip of Santorini. The hotel’s rooms are dotted around the curves of its traditional cave-style architecture, and each one offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Lauda was the first restaurant built in Oía back in 1971, and it quickly became a popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike. The restaurant’s original ethos was to use regional ingredients to create fresh dishes, and that commitment to using local produce continues today.
In addition to sourcing the best ingredients from the surrounding area, Andronis also brings in top chefs to create amazing menus.
Andronis Arcadia Hotel – Edge of Oía & Perfect for Sunsets
On a recent trip to Greece, we stayed at the Andronis Arcadia Hotel, a five-star suite hotel where every suite has its own pool, and is perfectly situated to capture the magical views of the Aegean sea and the island’s stunning sunsets. This hotel is located on the fringe of picturesque Oia –which is an easy stroll from the village center, but far enough away to ensure some peace and privacy during your stay in Santorini.
Andronis Concept Wellness Resort (Imerovigli)
Andronis also have a hotel in Imerovigli. Family-friendly, wellness-focused resort with 3 pools (2 heated, 1 cool), a healthy delicious restaurant, and incredible views. The three pools are all unique: the spa pool is the largest on the island and long enough for doing laps, the heated cave pool is shielded from the sun, and the infinity pool offers some amazing caldera views. They offer special kids’ yoga and spa programs, cooking classes, tennis, and kids’ amenities in the suites and at the pool. Perfect for couples and families.
While we didn’t stay here, we had dinner at their restaurant overlooking the caldera and enjoyed a gorgeous sunset.
Santorini Secret Suites & Spa by SLH – Oía
Looking for a stylish and luxurious place to stay on your next trip to Santorini? Then look no further than Santorini Secret Suites and Spa. This all-suite resort is ideally located in the village of Oia, offering stunning views of the caldera.
The suites and villas are carved into the volcanic cliff and surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Each suite features contemporary Cycladic design elements with natural materials, and every suite has its own private pool or Jacuzzi. Plus, you’ll enjoy unrivaled views of the volcano from your suite.
Charisma – Oía
If you’re looking for a luxury hotel experience on the island of Santorini, look no further than Charisma Suites. Just a 10-minute walk from Santorini Caldera and Oia Castle, this hotel offers an airport shuttle, restaurant, poolside bar, seasonal outdoor pool, and much more, making it one of the best hotels!
Guests will also appreciate the helpful staff and central location. Whether you’re looking to relax by the pool or explore all that Santorini has to offer, Charisma Suites is the perfect place to call home during your stay on the island.
Thireas – Fira
Hotel Thireas is in the perfect location if you want to be close to the action but still have a little peace and quiet. It’s only a 3-minute walk from the center of Fira but it feels like a world away.
The hotel complex used to be a traditional local villa and has been transformed into a modern oasis, complete with an outdoor pool, free wireless internet, and all rooms featuring their own private balcony with stunning views of the sea, caldera, volcano, or town of Fira.
Marizan Caves & Villas – Oía
Nestled in the picturesque hills of Santorini, Marizan Caves & Villas offers stunning views of the Aegean Sea. The property is just 6 km from Cape Columbo Beach, making it the perfect base for exploring the island.
The caves have been carefully converted into luxurious villas, each with its own private pool. The property also features a bar, a garden, and room service for your convenience. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the hotel. You can rent a car from the hotel or simply enjoy the nearby hiking and fishing. Naval Museum of Oia is 300 meters from the location.
Aqua Terra Cave Houses – Oía
Aqua & Terra Traditional Houses offers beautiful, peaceful, and traditional houses that have been renovated in the lovely town of Oia. Each house has a heated plunge pool with hydromassage jets for the guests to enjoy. You can also get views of the Aegean Sea and the Caldera from your private or shared verandas.
The nearest beach to the houses is Baxedes and it is only 3 km away. If you’re looking for a bit more excitement, downtown Fira is only 14 km away from Aqua & Terra Traditional Houses.
Absolute Bliss – Imerovigli
Absolute Bliss is a stylish and romantic hotel located on the highest point of the black volcanic rock of Santorini. The hotel offers breathtaking views of the Caldera and the colorful sunsets.
The wonderful caldera views are complemented by generous Greek hospitality, private verandas, and the simplicity of traditional Aegean architecture. The luxurious suites are well located for exploring the village of Oia and the small island of Thirasia.
The town of Fira is 2 km away. Absolute Bliss is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views of Santorini.
Canaves Epitome – Oía
Canaves Epitome offers one-bedroom suites and one to two-bedroom villas, all with heated, outdoor plunge pools or swimming pools on private terraces and sunset views over the Aegean Sea.
What sets Epitome apart is its privacy: the suites and villas are spread out from each other within the property, and the hotel itself sits just outside of Oia village, away from the bustling footpaths, yet readily accessible.
Katikies – Oía
The first thing that strikes you about the hotel is its location. Perched right on the edge of a cliff, it offers stunning views of the sea and the nearby islands.
The second thing that you notice is the hotel’s unique architecture. The main building is an 18th-century home that has been painted a pale ochre, and the other buildings are a jumble of white cubes that seem to be tumbling down the cliff.
But what really sets this hotel apart is its level of service. From the moment you arrive, you are made to feel like a VIP. The staff go out of their way to make sure that you have everything you need, and the food is simply outstanding.
Grace Hotel Santorini – Imerovigli
Located 1.2 miles from Fira in Imerovigli, Grace Santorini is part of the Auberge collection of hotels. The hotel has one of THE best swimming pools and a deck along the caldera with expansive views throughout the property. While most of the hotel is adults only, they have a family-friendly villa that has a private pool.
You are welcomed with champagne when you check in and at Varoulko Seaside Santorini, you can experience Michelin-awarded Chef Lefteris Lazarou’s unique recipes that explore traditional and modern Greek cuisine.
Astra Suites – Imerovigli
A lovely infinity pool, romantic dining, and panoramic caldera views are what you can expect at this all suite hotel in Imerovigli. At Astra Suites the rooms are spacious and include a kitchenette and a private balcony. Luxury suites are more spacious and secluded than standard suites and offer outdoor jacuzzis or private pools.
Guests are welcomed with a complimentary bottle of Santorinian wine. They have a fantastic restaurant that offers modern versions of traditional Greek recipes and a great selection of wine.
Cavo Tagoo – Imerovigli
This is one of the best and most stylish hotels in Santorini. This glamorous boutique hotel located in Imerovigli has thirteen posh suites, all with private jacuzzis or heated pools. The suites at Cavo Tagoo are designed in a contemporary Cycladic style with bespoke furnishings throughout in suede, copper, and wood.
The heated infinity at the swanky hotel pool boasts magnificent views over the caldera to Skaros Rock, the old and new volcanoes, Thirassia Island, and Oia. Vezené, the hotel’s caldera-view restaurant, is a Greek-inspired bistro with an open fire grill, featuring local and line-caught seafood and grass-fed sustainable meats.
Windmill at Golden Sunset Villas – most unique Hotel in Santorini
If you want a truly unique experience on your next trip to Santorini, consider renting the windmill at Golden Sunset Villas. This iconic structure has been painstakingly renovated and now sleeps 2-4 people in style. You’ll enjoy direct views of the sunset from the huge deck, and the small kitchen and bathroom are perfect for couples or families.
There are a few other “windmill” rentals on the island but none are as authentic as this one. So if you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, be sure to book your stay at Golden Sunset Villas well in advance.
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