I want to keep this concise and balanced. We stayed for a week in June. It is a two star Hotel with nice verandas and decent rooms and secluded location. Beds are doubles and hard, but decent beach hotel quality for a 2*. Close to the ruins and Red beach which while scenic is not great for swimming without beach shoes (lava gravel is hard on the feet). We tried 3 of six restaurants on the beach and Nicolas caves was the best. All were very good; The 5 massive Jumbo shrimp for about 8 euros at Stolidas caves were awesome. In Akrotiri town, Marias rocked the souvlaki and the Tsatziki was the best I have had and I've worked in Greek restos.
The bathrooms are small and the showers confining if you have a large body. A couple latches to affix the curtain would help. The shower is hand held, so you must turn off the water while you lather, and then rinse. I believe it is an ecological choice, as water is sparse on the Island. Also the hot water is only ever warm (solar heated) which also didn't bother me as the weather is hot. AC worked very well and cooled the room quickly. No screens on the windows so you cant open them at night which would have been my preferred mode of room cooling. Toilets are a gravity flush which take a bit of practice to get the hang of.
The room is a good size, cleaned daily and well. The mini-fridge while a bit loud ( we unplugged it at night) is handy. We spent little time there, but the staff and owners were always friendly and accommodated our requests which were few. Breakfasts were limited in scope, but sufficient and tasty; wonderful local heirloom tomatoes daily, an egg option, sliced meats and cheese, bread, a couple deserts and good strong percolated coffee. Also, Tasty yogurt and honey, granola and a sweetened cereal for the kids. The mini chocolate croissants were wicked.
The main drawback for us, as we were on a budget, was that the last local bus back to the hotel leaves Fira at 9:00 PM and if you are at Parisis or Kamiri for better beaches, or Oia for the sunset you must transfer at Fira. A taxi from Fira is 15 euros, though they will generally ask for 17 and you need to barter.
The location is quiet and secluded, so if this is what you are looking for it is Ideal, if you don't mind a cramped shower. It's proximity to the archeological site is great for checking that off your list, as well as red beach. Both are worth the seeing while there.
We would have enjoyed a location with more nightlife, but the local food really is amoung the best on the Island so that was a plus. The town of Akrotiri is a fair walk up hill I estimate about 1-1.5 km. the walk down is much easier, but if you come to Santorini you will get accustomed to stairs and climbing.
Again, the staff were friendly, and it was a great base from which to explore the Island, baring the few mentioned inconveniences.
Not our Ideal, but many enjoy the seclusion, quiet, good local cuisine, pleasant staff and atmosphere, inviting terraces, ocean views and decent value. Hope this helps.
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