We just returned from Santorini and were so happy that we stayed at Avianto. The view from the hotel and from all of the rooms is breathtaking. We were so mesmerized by it that we spent several evenings sitting on our balcony, sipping wine and staring at the caldera.
Margarita was an excellent hostess. Every morning, she would check in with us and offer suggestions about what to do for the day. This proved to be useful because it was a little chilly (in the mornings and at night) and windy while we were there. She helped us figure out our best bet for beaches on the colder/windier days. She also prepares a fantastic breakfast. Every evening, you get a list of items that you can request for breakfast. All of the food is fresh and grown and prepared locally. The tapenades, rusks, Greek coffee, local sparkling wine and feta pies are so good.
The rooms are very nice - well-appointed and very clean. We stayed in the Fabulous Suite for 4 nights and the Marvelous Suite on our final night. The Fabulous Suite is the smallest in square footage, but we thought it had the best spot on the balcony. It's on the higher level of the hotel and in the corner, so it's slightly more private. The breakfast table is covered, which helped keep us warm on the windier days. The Marvelous Suite's interior is much more spacious, but the balcony is a little more cramped.
Imerovigli was a good choice for us. It's a very sleepy town, so it's a good choice if you're looking to avoid the crowds. It's about a 15-20 minute walk to Fira from Avianto. Along it, you have stunning views of the Caldera and the neighboring towns. Fira gets very crowded during the day, particularly on Wednesdays when the cruise ships arrive. I'm glad we didn't stay there because I think the crowds would have taken away the relaxed feeling we had.
We highly recommend Avianto and would stay there again if we ever return to Santorini.
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