Every spot in Thira aka Santorini is paradise so how do you choose? I read a lot of reviews on Trip Advisor and picked Strogili and I wasn't disappointed. In fact, it was more than I expected.
First, staying in Oia was great. Fira is a little loud and crowded vs Oia, and other spots (vigil area) are a little farther to get to. Parnissa is cheaper but on the beach and with no old town (good for backpackers and budget travelers, expect mosquitos). Oia is along a peak and its marble-paved old town has charm to burn. Sunsets go down southwest of the caldera this time of year so a caldera view isn't so important in terms of the sunset, but the view is breathtaking anyway. Up here, a nice breeze blows through which limits insects. Tourists do pile in and out of the old town to see the sun set anyway but living on top of the world is worth it if you want to soak in all the beauty you can. If you aren't up for climbing stairs then a hilltop is not for you but most will love it.
Strogili offers everything the others do (quiet patios down the hill, simple but delicious fresh breakfast) but at a very very reasonable cost vs some others. Rooms are quaint and clean, many with a little kitchen too. While they are not five-star new, they are clean and comfortable. Wifi is free and only occasionally spotty (it is an island, so it's all by satellite). Only spa-like stuff is unavailable, but who cares? The pool is larger than average and steps away and has its own facilities so it feels big and its view is gorgeous.
Most of all, the family-owned feel is generous and welcoming in all the little ways such as a water cooler by the pool. The abundance of flowers adds a little color some others don't. The location is great (near the bus stop and stores, away from the touristy area, but sometimes there is road noise for the first floor rooms due to the gas quads people rent). All in all, at a reasonable cost for this part of town, I don't see how anyone could find a better value on the whole island. Highly recommended.
P.S. All that white and marble... its a giant tanning booth! Bring glasses, a hat and 50 spf strength sunscreen... you'll need it!
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- Also Known As:
- Strogili Traditional Houses Hotel Oia
- Strogili Traditional Houses Santorini/Oia