7 Reviews of Santorini Hotels for All Budgets

Looking for Santorini hotels can be stressful and overwhelming. With a plethora of charming suites and villas with breathtaking infinity pools to choose from, deciding where to stay might be hard, but don’t worry because I’m here to help you.

Santorini has been repeatedly voted the most beautiful island in the world by travelers and travel experts alike.

It’s undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of Greek islands, with its unique setting, fascinating history, alluring energy and dramatic landscape.

Pericles Rosa in a jacuzzi having a glass of white wine in a luxury hotel in Santorini, Greece
Oh yeah, Santorini is all about the views and there is a price that you pay for it. But it’s worth it though 😉

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Hotels in Santorini: What you Need to Know

Santorini is known for its luxury boutique hotels with glamorous infinity pools providing extraordinary views of the Aegean Sea. There are no all-inclusive resorts or big hotel chains on the island, only small privately-owned hotels.

The hotels in Santorini are quite expensive, especially during the high season, and also if they offer a view of the volcano.

However, the hotels located on the beachside are less costly and much better value for money than the ones located on the caldera side.

The rooms sell out quickly and the secret to finding good rates is to book in advance and travel in the months of May and September when the weather is still good but the island is less crowded.

But if you want to visit Santorini in the summer and dream about staying in one of those luxury Santorini Hotels with an infinity pool and a room with a view, you should definitely go for it.

If there is a place where you can justify splurging money in a hotel room, it’s Santorini. In other big cities, such as New York, London and Paris, you will spend the majority of your time sightseeing. 

But in Santorini, with its enchanting views and romantic atmosphere, you will want to spend more time at the pool or in a jacuzzi staring at the caldera, as I did.

Pericles Rosa standing in an infinity swimming pool admiring the caldera view in Santorini, Greece
It’s not every day that we have the chance to make a dream come true!

* If this is your first time on the island, I highly recommend that you read my guide to Where to Stay in Santorini. Where you can find thorough information about the best places to stay in Santorini and also other hotel recommendations.

7 Reviews of Santorini Hotels

I stayed at seven highly-rated Santorini hotels in the most popular towns on the island during my last ten-day visit.

Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, Oia, Kamari and Perissa are home to the majority of the hotels in Santorini and are the towns where I stayed. Each one of them has advantages and disadvantages and a selection of cheap, middle-range and luxury hotels.

The seven hotels reviewed here range from budget to luxury, apartments to private villas, with a volcano/beach view or no view at all, and with a private plunge pool to a shared one.

Below, you find the reviews as well as other hotel options.

1 – Kasimatis Suites – Imerovigli

Imerovigli is a dream village and home to many luxury hotels and upscale restaurants. It provides one of the best caldera and sunset views.

Kasimatis Suites is a four-star family-owned suite complex in a great location in a very quiet area of Imerovigli, overlooking the famous Santorini caldera and the serene Aegean Sea.

Offering six types of rooms, from a cave room to a deluxe suite with an outdoor hot tub, Kamisatis was my choice when I stayed in Imerovigli.

I booked a “Cave double room with pool view”, that’s 13m2, has a private bathroom with shower and a veranda with pool view above the room accessed from the hotel’s main stairs.

The room was a reasonable size for one person, clean and tidy, the bed a bit soft but comfy and the toiletry products excellent.

A cave double room at Kasimatis Hotels, Imerovigli, Santorini
My cave double room with a pool view.

They offered a breakfast menu and I chose the Greek one. It was one of the best breakfasts I had during my whole trip to Greece.

Imerovigli is a dream village and home to many luxury Santorini hotels and upscale restaurants
Breakfast with a view!

However, considering the cost, I don’t think it was the best value for money and the service could have been warmer.

But you should still consider the Kasimatis Suites. It might be better if you opt for a Premier Suite or a Deluxe Suite with a private hot tub.

Just remember that Imerovigli is considered one of the best places to stay in Santorini, and the prices will be high.

Other Hotels in Imerovigli

If you would like to book another mid-range hotel in Imerovigli, my recommendations are: Aliko Suites, Whitedeck Santorini and Honeymoon Petra Villas

If you prefer a better quality Imerovigli hotel, the best options are: Cavo Tagoo, Grace Santorini, Chromata Hotel, Astra Suites and Iconic Santorini

If you prefer a cheaper hotel, check: Merovigliosso, Ampelonas Apartments, Rhapsody Apartments and Burned Rock Suites

2 – San Giorgio – Fira

Considered one of the best budget hotels in Santorini, San Giorgio offers rooms, suites, apartments and studios beautifully decorated with modern amenities, including central heating and air-conditioning.

The hotel also has a nice pool and it’s located on a noiseless street in the center of Fira, close to a public parking lot, and dozens of restaurants and shops. 

I booked a double room, that was smaller than the Kasimatis’s one. But it was very nice and tidy, with its own Wi-Fi router and one of the best beds I slept in in Santorini. And no wonder, since I was informed that they change the mattress every two years.

The service was excellent and the staff was super friendly.

The hotel doesn’t serve breakfast, but there is a good bakery nearby.

I really liked my stay at San Giorgio. The location is very handy, close to everything.

San Giorgio is the perfect place to stay in Santorini if you: are on a budget; plan on taking public transport; want to focus on sightseeing; or would rather party and not spend too much time in your room.

If you’re on a budget and don’t want to stay at San Giorgio, there are many other good hostels in Santorini.

Other Hotels in Fira

Other budget hotels in Fira that I recommend are: Antonia Apartments, Costa Marina Villas, Pelican Hotel and Kavalari Hotel.

Luxury: Cosmopolitan Suites, Anteliz Suites and Athina Luxury Suites

Mid-range: Evgenia Villas & Suites, Oasis Hotel and Hotel Thireas

3 – Hotel Sofia – Firostefani

Hotel Sofia is one of the best value-for-money Santorini hotels.

It’s in a beautiful location, was recently renovated and offers spacious and fully equipped rooms (with shower, TV, air conditioning, hairdryer and refrigerator) at reasonable prices.

There is a charming swimming pool surrounded by sunbeds and umbrellas in the hotel’s garden overlooked by a blue-domed church. There is also a windmill in front of the hotel.

I loved my stay at Hotel Sofia. The setting is amazing, the service was very friendly and there was a complimentary bottle of water and a small bottle of white wine waiting for me upon arrival.

To top it all, my room had a captivating view that wowed me and made me feel very happy.

Hotel Sofia doesn’t serve breakfast, but there are cafes and restaurants nearby, although prices can be a bit expensive.

There are two parking lots close by that are very handy in case you rent a car. 

Firostefani was my choice the first time I visited the island. I adore this village and consider it one of the best places to stay in Santorini!!

More Hotels in Firostefani

Other hotels in Firostefani that I recommend are:

Luxury: Homeric Poem, Tsitouras Collection and Belvedere

Mid-range hotels: Ira Hotel and SpaAgali Houses and Mirabo Villas

Budget Hotels in Firostefani: Villa Maria Damigou, Ellinon Thea Boutique Hotel, Ambience Suites and Afrodete Hotel

4 – Nissia Beach Apartments & Suites – Kamari

Kamari, a family-friendly coastal town, is home to many beachfront Santorini hotels that offer good accommodation that is great value for money.

Nissia Apartments, a seaside complex, is located right in front of Kamari’s unique black sand beach. It provides great views of Santorini’s magnificent sunrise and the Aegean Sea.

This self-catering hotel offers a swimming pool, a hot tub and a variety of accommodation types, all with a fridge, kitchenette and air conditioning.

You can choose between traditional studios (with seating area), spacious apartments (with living room) and maisonettes (with second bedroom upstairs).

I booked a 30m2 apartment that sleeps up to 4 people, fully equipped with a balcony and outdoor furniture, flat-screen TV, radio, dining area, kitchenware, fridge, stovetop, coffee maker, wardrobe, air-conditioning, etc.

Nissia Apartments
The apartment is very spacious and has excellent value for money.

The outdoor area of my apartment was adorable and I loved it. The breakfast served on the beach was a must.

The location is great, close to supermarkets, restaurants and bars and the hotel also offers sunbeds and umbrellas on the beach for its guests.

Nissia Apartments is excellent value for money and has very helpful staff. It is the perfect choice for those who will spend a bit more time in the hotel complex.

More Hotels in Kamari

Other hotels in Kamari that I recommend are:

Luxury: La Bellezza Eco Boutique, Cavo Bianco and Tamarix Del Mar Suites.

Mid-range hotels: Bellonias Villas, Kamari Beach Hotel, Sea Side Beach Hotel and Dioskouri Art Villas.

Budget Hotels in Kamari: Hotel MatinaSantellini Hotel and Makris Beach

5 – Aqua Blue Beach Hotel – Perissa

Perfectly located on the famous Perissa Beach, Aqua Blue is one of the most beautiful luxury Santorini hotels and features three outdoor pools, including one for kids, and a private beach with sunbeds and umbrellas.

Rooms at Aqua Blue are bright and modern, with air conditioning, flat-screen TV, fridge, private bathroom, hairdryer, balcony or veranda, double-glazed windows and safety boxes.

The hotel has a buffet restaurant for breakfast and dinner, as well as a lounge bar serving drinks by the pool.

The reception area is decorated in an elegant and sophisticated style and is open 24 hours.

 I fell in love with Aqua Blue as soon as I walked through the door.

The staff is polite, the pool area featuring whitewashed houses and a colossal mountain in the backdrop is gorgeous and my standard double room was chic, comfy, and had a balcony with a sea view.

Aqua Blue is undoubtedly one of the best hotels in Santorini and I wished I could’ve stayed there longer.

It’s great value for money and should be a desired destination for families, groups of friends, honeymooners or anyone who desires a high standard in their accommodation.

Other Hotels in Perissa

Other luxury hotels in Perissa that I recommend are: Antoperla Luxury Hotel & Spa and Istoria.

If you would like to book a mid-range hotel in Perissa, my recommendations are: Meltemi Village Hotel and Anastasia Princess Luxury Hotel & Suites.

And if you prefer a budget one, check: Villa Kastelli, Margarenia Studios and Stelios Place

6 – Anemomilos – Oia

Located in the famous and picturesque town of Oia, Anemomilos offers well-equipped and spacious rooms, studios and private villas.

The hotel facilities include a restaurant, a seasonal swimming pool, a children’s pool and a TV room. A parking area and a lounge are also available.

Although Anemomilos is not in the center of Oia, it’s super convenient, close to a supermarket and a public bus station with every corner of the village still within walking distance.

I booked a budget double room decorated in traditional Cycladic style, with a sitting area, private bath and shower, flat-screen TV, wardrobe, refrigerator and air-conditioner.

The room was very spacious and had a beautiful pool view. 

The staff was very courteous, helpful and friendly and the private parking is very handy.

Anemomilos is a great option for those who want to stay in Oia and are on a budget.

7 – White Pearl Villas – Oia

Among all the Santorini Hotels that I stayed at, White Pearl Villas was my favourite one.

The cave houses are nestled against the cliffs of Oia, with striking architecture and they provide spectacular views of the caldera.

Each is carved into the volcanic rocks and has a unique layout, a jacuzzi or plunge pool; hidden fibre optic lighting and an ultra-romantic ambience.

The decoration and the amenities are also outstanding!

My villa had a queen size bed, spacious sitting area, mini-fridge, espresso maker, a vintage-style amplifier that you can connect to your handheld device, hairdryer, bath and beach towels, high-quality toiletries and even a handy phone that works as a city guide and a hotspot.

An outdoor area with sunbeds, an umbrella, and a table with two seats is very enticing and the perfect place to relax and admire the vistas.

Words are not enough to explain how much I loved my villa.

Watching the boats floating peacefully on the cobalt-blue waters from my plunge pool was unforgettable.

I felt like I never wanted to leave but would just stay there staring at the sea and the breathtaking view forever.

I was so moved and blessed!

Hotels with private pool in Oia
One of my best memories of Santorini.

To top it all, the staff is unbelievably friendly. Anastasia, the hostess who took me to my villa and explained everything about it, was so welcoming and warm that I felt like I was talking to a friend.

Upon my arrival, there was a bottle of white wine waiting for me and after our conversation, she left some red wine for me with a very sweet message.

One of the best things about my Aurora Grace Villa is that it’s located in a very secluded and peaceful part of Oia, close to other luxury Santorini hotels.

If you’re looking for villa accommodation in Santorini, whether for two or four people, look no more. White Pearl Villas is superb and offers everything you need for a remarkable holiday.

Other Hotels in Oia

The cheap hotels in Oia that I recommend are: Heliophos Boutique and Maryloujohn Villas

If you prefer a mid-range one, check: Kastro Oia Houses and Aperanto Suites

If you would like to book a honeymoon suite or another luxury hotel in Oia, my recommendations are: Canaves Oia Suite & SpaKatikies HotelKirini SantoriniCharisma Suites, Andronis Luxury Suites and Mystique

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Needless to say, these are honest reviews, as always! I didn’t receive any discount or complimentary stay from any property listed here.

You should definitely consider booking one of these seven hotels when you plan your trip to this dream island.

In the end, no matter where you stay, one thing is certain: wandering around the streets and cobbled alleys of Santorini will leave you completely in awe!!

Safe travels and have fun in Greece.


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Planning a Trip to Santorini

Where is Santorini?

Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece’s mainland (check the map here).

How to get to Santorini?

There are only two ways to get to Santorini: by boat or airplane.

∗ There are ferries connecting Santorini to other Greek islands. The most common routes from/to are: Athens, Crete and Mykonos.

From and to Athens: the conventional ferry takes around 6 to 8 hours and the high-speed ferry takes between 4-5h. I recommend that you buy your ticket online in advance. You can check prices and timetable here.

∗ By airplane: there is an international airport in Santorini that receives flights from Athens during the whole year, and international flights during the high season.

The companies that operate from Athens to Santorini airport are: Aegean Air, Ryan AirVolotea and Sky Express (only in high season).

You can book your flights with Skyscanner, the website I use and trust.

You can book your shared arrival transfer from Santorini National Airport to your hotel or cruise port with a discount here; and your Private Departure Transfer: Santorini Hotels to Airport or Ferry Port here from US$ 16,50.

I highly recommend that you hire a car while in Santorini!! It’s much easier, faster and more convenient.

Best time to go?

The best time to visit Santorini is from May to September when the sun is shining, the temperatures are high and the chances of rain are minimal.

To avoid crowds pick the months of May and September because the weather in Santorini is still good at this time of the year.

Santorini Tours

There are several companies offering tours as it’s one of the best things to do in Santorini in one day. I recommend booking your tour online in advance with Viator, a TripAdvisor company or Get Your Guide, which offers many different tours.
Some interesting Santorini tours are:

More tour options with Get Your Guide:

Are you planning to visit Santorini? What did you think of these hotels that I stayed in? Leave a comment below 😉

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