Discover with Greeka the best hotels in Santorini! We have compiled for your benefit a list of all the essential information you could need when choosing your accommodation in Santorini Greece; from luxury hotels and posh villas to hotels with amazing volcano views and more!
WHAT ARE THE BEST HOTELS & ACCOMMODATION?
Discover our selection for 2021: • +20 Best Hotels by type • Best Hotels by location (in the Caldera region).
Below, you can find a wide selection of the best hotels and accommodation in Santorini, covering all budgets, types, and needs. From luxury hotels and villas to affordable luxury, value for money and family hotels, no aspiring visitor can feel left out.
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Reigning at the top destination charts worldwide, Santorini Greece is an incontestable choice for experiencing the very essence of Greek summer. Combining the centuries-old Cycladic traditions with luxurious aesthetics and brimming with romantic atmosphere, it is no wonder why so many travellers return to relive their summer memories. Santorini hotels are among the most lavish and fancy in the Cyclades; an excellent destination for honeymooners and couples. We have carefully compiled this guide of the island’s lodging alternatives, divided into clear categories for your convenience.
Santorini is a hotel-oriented holiday destination. This means that accommodation holds a significant role in your overall experience of the island. Booking the lodging that is closest to your personal taste ensures a much more pleasant stay. Santorini is a special place and although we connect islands primarily with open water swimming and sandy beaches, this beauty offers breathtaking views unlike any other of her Cycladic sisters. What better way to take in an exquisite seascape than from the comfort of your own private space? Hard to surpass. Offering a wide selection of boutique hotels, suites, and villas situated in different villages and towns, you can choose a lively nightlife or a relaxing tranquil place for your family. It is important to mention that accommodation in Santorini is high-priced compared to other Greek islands, and daily expenses can compare to that of big European cities; all in all, it will be money well spent.
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Hotels in Santorini by type
Discover our selection of the best hotels in Santorini by type: luxury hotels with honeymoon suites, family hotels, best villas, affordable luxury, value for money, budget hotels, best beach hotels, designed hotels, caldera view, infinity pools, and cave pools.
Santorini has become synonymous with luxury vacation. The island possesses a very romantic atmosphere and the vast majority of hotels pursue offering lavish stays and posh, 5-star services. This is one of the reasons why honeymooners choose Santorini as their destination. Even if you are not that type of traveler, spending some extra money on your accommodation is strongly recommended when visiting Santorini. Pampering yourself with infinite sea views in a comfortable and relaxing environment is the best way to experience this one-of-a-kind volcanic island.
Most of the luxury hotels are located in the villages across the caldera (Oia, Fira, Imerovigli, and Firostefani) and are mainly small boutique hotels with no more than 10 suites. Most of the suites have terraces with splendid views of the Aegean sea and the volcano as well as private pools jetted tubs or jacuzzis. An estimated price range for a luxury room begins from €400 and can reach a few thousand euros per day. It depends on the location, views, services, and private amenities such as swimming pools and jetted tubs.
Our recommendations for luxury hotels:
Katoikies, Canaves Oia Luxury, Andronis Boutique, Katoikies Chromata, Pegasus Suites and Spa, Homeric Poems, Celestia Grand and more.
Affordable luxury hotels
Affordable luxury options can be located on the island, both in the caldera villages (Oia, Fira, Imerovigli, and Firostefani) as well as in the villages close to the beach. Sometimes a luxury hotel offers some of its rooms at more approachable prices. The reason for that usually falls under categories of size (may be smaller than the other rooms), more simple and minimal amenities, or even because of a less privileged sea view. Also, there are hotels on the island that prefer to focus exclusively on travelers wanting to experience a luxury lifestyle but at a more reasonable price. Those boutique hotels have almost the same characteristics as luxury hotels with small details, basically on private amenities, interior design, location, and services that slightly lower the price. An estimated price range for affordable luxury accommodation is €220- €350 per night. Lastly, another factor that might affect pricing is the season. Accommodation during lower seasons such as spring and autumn is cheaper than in summer.
Our recommendations for affordable luxury hotels:
Ilioperato, Xenones Filotera, Regina Mare, Agali House, Athermi and more.
Hotels with Value for money
Santorini has a number of hotels that even though they may not be in the lavish spectrum, also avoid being categorized as budget options. The aspect that mostly defines this category is that they lack that worldwide famous volcano and sea view or the 5-star services and top-notch private amenities. A few of them are located in the caldera villages but do not possess the undisturbed sea views of other, more location-favored hotels. The vast majority of value-for-money hotels can easily be found farther away from the tourist crowds, in towns such as Pyrgos, Megalochori, or closer to the beaches of Kamari and Perissa. This key factor has kept their pricing on moderate levels. The hotels are in excellent condition, with lovely, comfortable rooms and ample outdoor spaces with a shared swimming pool. The setting is that of a cozy, more casual hotel that could also be spotted on other Greek islands. The price range for these hotels is approximately €120- €220 per night.
Our recommendations for value-for-money hotels:
Casa Florina, Aqua Blue, Meli Meli, Dream Island, Aria Lito, Finikia Place, Agnadema and more.
There are numerous villas built on the island in many locations. Some of them are parts of an upscale complex, while others are individual buildings. Renting a villa is a good idea for those seeking privacy and luxury combined with a spacious environment. Since Santorini is a honeymoon-oriented destination, many room types are on the smaller side and can only efficiently accommodate couples. Furthermore, it is very common for hotels to be adult-exclusive. This makes a villa an ideal option for big groups of friends. In terms of price, although it might cost more than a room or suite for 2, it is really reasonable when you are travelling and splitting the expenses with more than 4 people in a group arrangement. Most of the villas can accommodate a minimum of 4 individuals. The majority of villas on the island consist of a number of comfortable bedrooms, a sitting room that is usually separated from the dining room, a roomy kitchen, a swimming pool and a terrace. Occasionally they may be equipped with a serene garden and parking space. Most of them are two-storey buildings. Depending on the location they can also be graced with beautiful sea views. Lastly, due to their considerable size, they are regarded as a fitting holiday option for travelers that want to spend time relaxing and dining at home.
Our recommendations for villas:
Windmill villas, Villa Agrikoia, Ducato Wine Villas, Aloia Villas, Aenaon villas, Hemera Villa and more.
Although Santorini is not considered a cheap destination, compared to other Greek islands, it offers some budget accommodation options. You will need to make compromises regarding the location and sea views, but you will find nice and clean rooms to stay. The interior decoration may be a bit oldy but if you just want a nice room to sleep and spend more time outdoors exploring the island instead, then an average budget hotel can perfectly fit your needs. The price range for budget hotels ranges from €70 to €120 per night.
Our recommendations for budget hotels:
Costa Marina Villas, Anna traditional apartments, Reverie, Blue Bay villas, Nikolas Hotel and more.
If you are a design enthusiast, thrilled for places with a particular style to host your vacation, then Santorini should gain a place on your bucket list! Here, you can find some of the finest examples of Cycladic architecture blending harmoniously with the volcanic origins of the island and the Aegean sea that surrounds it. The cubic-shaped whitewashed houses, along with the cave houses crafted in the cliffs place Santorini’s villages among the most interesting architectural regions in Europe. The Cycladic building principles dictate white and simple lines, while strict laws preserve its traditional architecture and heritage. In Santorini, you will encounter minimalism at its finest. Discrete modern touches from prestigious and acclaimed interior designers and architects underline the uniqueness of a setting and turn it into a masterpiece. Most hotels in Santorini adhere to the Cycladic architecture principles. Some of them were old structures that got restored and repurposed into luxury hotels, while others were built from scratch.
Our recommendations for Design hotels:
Villa Santorini 520, Tholos Resort, Anemolia villa, Heritage Villas, North Luxury Villas, Canaves and more.
Hotels with Infinity pool
Infinity pools are considered the modern signature structures of Santorini. They are parts of hotels and villas and are mostly located in the villages of the caldera: Oia, Imerovigli, and Fira. The characteristic of these pools is that they create an illusion that they are on the same level as the sea. This optical trick derives from their architecture, being built at the edge of the cliff overlooking the Aegean sea. They are very photogenic and create a peaceful atmosphere. Some hotels have larger pools than others or more compelling views. We have created a selection of the best hotels with infinity pools in Santorini. It is strongly recommended to book a hotel with a swimming pool when visiting Santorini since the island is primarily known for its amazing sea views. Hardly anything beats the feeling of serenity and freedom created by swimming in a private balcony-shaped pool and savoring a fine wine, while the phenomenal Santorini’s sunset takes place in front of you like a live work of art.
Our recommendations for hotels with infinity pools:
Pegasus suites and spa, Homeric poems, Cosmopolitan suites, Grace Hotel and more.
Hotels with Cave pool
In the last few years, this novelty has bloomed in Santorini and continues to attract thousands of travellers every summer; and justifiably so. This new design trend on the island is very popular among honeymooners, travel bloggers, and Instagrammers are known as cave pools. These types of pools are mostly located in the caldera villages such as Oia, Imerovigli, and Fira. Part of them is crafted in the cliff creating an atmosphere of a cave-built-in pool and part of them is outdoors overlooking the famous caldera. It is a very photogenic and aesthetically satisfying structure, adding a refreshing and completely unique feature of accommodation in Santorini. Many yogis and meditation gurus have chosen them as a wellness-enhancing resort.
Our recommendations for hotels with infinity pools:
Pegasus suites and spa, Sun rocks, Dana villas, Fanari villas and more.
Hotels by the beach
For the avid swimmer, the open sea is an indisputable part of their summertime. Especially when the crystal clear waters get combined with the rare lava sand on the seashore, we can’t blame you for desiring easy access to it! There are a number of hotels nearby that grant you exactly that. The beaches of Perissa and Kamari are the most famous and with the most developed tourist infrastructure, along with souvenir shops, beach bars, restaurants and grocery stores. Many family hotels with swimming pools and comfortable amenities are located there making the place a paradise for a family with kids. Perissa and Kamari maintain a sweet balance between budget and luxurious lodging.
Our recommendations for Hotels by the beach consist of:
Aqua Blue hotel, Anassa deluxe, Aegean Plaza, Bellonias villas, Alesahne beach hotel and more.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ):
- When should I book my hotel?
Santorini is the most popular Greek destination and hotels sell out quickly. It is highly recommended booking your accommodation at least 5 months in advance. If you decide to travel during high season, you are advised to book your hotel as soon as February.
- Where can I book my hotel?
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Is there another way to make a hotel reservation?You can contact the hotel by phone or mail. In some cases you might find some cheaper rates but it is not recommended.
- Is there another way to make a hotel reservation?
You can contact the hotel by phone or mail. In some cases, you might find some cheaper rates but it is not recommended.
- Will I find last minute accommodation?
It is highly unlikely to find last-minute accommodation during high season.
- How many days should I book?
Santorini is not a huge island and things to do are very specific. Also, there are not many beaches to spend your day by the sea so 3-4 days are considered a good amount of time to spend on the island.
- What types of accommodation are found in Santorini?
Santorini has mainly small luxury hotels, boutique hotels, villas, and suites. There are also some rooms to let and bnbs on the island that are considered a relatively cheaper option.
- Is accommodation in Santorini expensive?
Yes, Santorini pursues a luxury lifestyle so accommodation is expensive. Nevertheless, there are some budget hotels as well as affordable luxury and value for money options too.
- Where are most luxury hotels and villas located?
The Caldera villages (Oia, Imerovigli, Fira, Firostefani) is mainly where the most luxury hotels are located. The parts with better sea and volcano views in these villages are the most privileged locations and where some of the most expensive hotels are found.
- How much does accommodation in Santorini cost?
Depends on the type and location of the accommodation. Luxury resorts and villas can cost from 500-1000 euros/per night during high season. Budget options cost from 70-120 euros/per night whereas, affordable luxury accommodation is around 300 euros/per night.
- Where is the best place to stay if you are travelling on a budget?
You can find cheap accommodation options if you compromise with the location and the sea view. The villages of Pyrgos, Perissa, Fira, and Kamari are where budget hotels are found. Discover more tips in our post Visit Santorini on a budget.
- Is Santorini a family/kids friendly destination?
Santorini is a honeymoon/couples oriented destination. Many Hotels accept only adults and room types are frequently only for two persons. But this has not prevented many families from paying a visit to this marvelous island. We have made a selection of the best family/kids friendly hotels on the island. You can find them by checking the filter engine.
- Which is the best location to stay for easy and quick access to the beach?
The beaches in Santorini are natural and raw, adorned with black or red lava sand. They are not considered as the most popular of the Greek islands but they are certainly clean and worth visiting. The beach and village of Perissa and Kamari are two very good options if you want to seek accommodation by the beach.
- Where should I stay?
Santorini has a crescent moon shape. Its west part is the famous and largest caldera in the world facing the submerged volcano as well as the islets of Nea Kameni, Palea Kammeni, and Thirasia. Although this part of the island has barely any beach and consists mainly of huge, steep cliffs, the villages built on top are considered a true wonder. Their location, right at the edge of the Caldera results in astonishing sea-views, and breathtaking sunsets. It is where the most expensive hotels are built. These villages are Oia, Imerovigli, Fira (the Capital of the island), and Firostefani. The vast majority of the hotels located in these villages have incredible sea views but differ according to their exact location. The most privileged hotels are those with uninterrupted sea views.
The east part of the island is where the beaches are. Those long black lava sand beaches have experienced a big tourism growth and the seaside villages of Perissa and Kamari are very popular among travellers who prefer quick access to the beach. There are few more villages on the island that are less busy but very charming and ideal for those seeking to stay away from the crowds. Emporio, Megalochori, and Akrotiri are some of them.
Overall, Oia and Imerovigli are picturesque villages with a calm, romantic atmosphere and upscale Santorini hotels. Fira is the capital of the island and the center of activities. Its paved streets are bustling with numerous shops, restaurants, and bars whereas, the volcanic beaches of Kamari and Perissa also offer nice hotels in Santorini for visitors who want to be closer to the beach.