My wife & I stayed at the Acroterra Rosa for a week in mid September and were extremely impressed with the hotel. We are fairly used to five star accommodation and quite discerning in our tastes, not to mention my wife also being pregnant and having numerous dietary requests throughout the stay. The service was pretty much impeccable throughout.
One of the highlights of the hotel is definitely the view, one you simply never tire of staring at. It's such a broad panorama of the cliffs and caldera, really stunning and it helps that you can so easily enjoy it from the pool area. The hotel is just by the side of a road and quite open, but then the road itself was very quiet so didn't disturb you when relaxing by the pool.
The pool is great with one exception, it is extremely cold. We swam quite a lot BUT it was an effort to get in. Not sure whether this is because of the time of year or not (probably not as it was around 28 degrees everyday). The pool area is really nice and generally the taste in music was good and very relaxing. We had breakfast out by the pool each day too. The food at the hotel is excellent, the chef is an absolute star and nothing was too much trouble. He made fresh pancakes several times (complimentary on occasion at night when we returned from a day or evening out) and the fresh bread at breakfast was superb. Although not a huge range of food at breakfast, everything was extremely fresh, eggs made to order etc. Coffee and orange juice also great. Overall I couldn't fault the food at all, which is so important when you are staying in the same place for several days. The restaurant staff also went out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Everyday they set up a special table at our request outside, no trouble at all. Their attitude was superb, always happy to serve with a smile. Happy to chat but not intrusive. Very professional always and very friendly. The restaurant manager and both waiters were exactly the same - standards never slipped once, no matter what the request. The hotel is very new, (opened this year around April I believe) so everything is spotlessly clean too. Rooms have balconies and are a good size. Beds big and comfortable.
We hired a car for the whole week we were there, mainly because the hotel is located around a 30 minute drive from Oia (the most picturesque town) but it's not a difficult drive. Oia is at the other end of the island (to Akrotiri) and you pay a huge premium to stay there - so obviously for a similar price you won't get this kind of service or quality. Depends on your priority. We found being 30 minutes away was ok, we were able to drive to Oia a couple of times, visit Fira (the capital and also really worth seeing) a couple of times and be far enough away to avoid the crowds for the majority of the trip. (Oia gets pretty busy with tourists, especially near the castle ruins at sunset). We also tried a couple of top restaurants, neither of which were worth the visit. 1800 in Oia was very disappointing, as was Selene (meze not the fine dining) which was pretty awful really. The best restaurant we found was 'Sea Side by Notos' which is worth the trip to Perivolos.
Overall we had a fantastic stay and would highly recommend it.
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