I'd seen this hotel when visiting Red Beach in previous years and always liked the location - right on the shores of Akrotiri Beach, by the last bus stop before it returns to Fira. I was looking on a return visit to Santorini to visit the re-opened archaeological diggings at Akrotiri (among other things) and decided to stay here. I'd lost the business card Mathios gave me last year, but I turned up on the day and Mathios had a room available (I had been checking on Booking.com just in case).
As we'd discussed last year, by going direct, Mathios was able to offer me a room up high (Room 17) with an amazing view. This room had a double bed, dressing table, chair, wardrobe (with drawers) and a small fridge, along with an adequate bathroom. There was a small terrace outside with two deckchairs, plus an additional two seats and a little table, all overlooking the sea. One window faced the water and along to the tavernas on the path leading towards Red Beach and the other window looked towards Vlychada Marina. There is a path that leads beyond the room up above the road to the diggings, so don't be surprised if people appear from the next room when you're sitting on the terrace.
Inside the wardrobe was a small room safe, for no extra cost, as well as two extra warm blankets, which was certainly needed as the winds were strong and we had a very strong thunderstorm on one of the nights - but my room had no shaking during all the thunder and I was toasty and warm.
I only had the breakfast on two or my three days, but on each day there was a hot, egg-based option, bread, yoghurt and honey, two types of cereals, pastries, ham and cheese, along with tea, coffee and juice. I'm sure they use the veranda in summer for breakfast, but due to the weather, mine was definitely taken indoors. Breakfast is served between 8.00 a.m. and 10.00 a.m.
The rooms were cleaned very well daily and the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful.
I was allowed to keep my room until 5.00 p.m. for no extra charge as I had a later flight. This may change if the hotel is fully booked, but it wasn't a problem in my case.
I made use of the location to be first in the door at the diggings one morning (at 8.00 a.m.), and apart from the chap taking tickets on the door, I had the place to myself for the first 25 minutes - apart from an amazing morning chorus of birdsong. As the first bus from Fira doesn't arrive until gone 9.00 a.m., this was such a bonus and reminded me of why I wanted to stay at Akrotiri Beach in the first place.
I ate at the Cave of Nikolas a couple of times and their staff were very welcoming and hepful. Kyma / The Waves is being rennovated, but I've eaten there in the past and had excellent meals.
If you want to go sea kayaking, there is a company that houses its boats in the midst of all the restaurants, and will give you a discounted rate since they don't have to arrange transportation. I didn't go in the end, due to the wind, but it looked like they were having fun on the good weather day we had.
For a non-pretentious, friendly and welcoming little hotel in a lovely area of Santorini, I very much enjoyed my stay. The bus stops right outside the hotel snack bar, which makes accessing it very easy.
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