I'm here now as I write this. I was hesitant to book this, because there are not many photos and it was hard to tell what it was like. For the price, I figured it probably wasn't all that nice.
Let me start by saying my most important thing is cleanliness. I don't want to stay in a dirty hotel. This place met my needs in terms of cleanliness. I'd give it an 9 out of 10 on cleanliness scale.
It is definitely a modest hotel. I've read reviews on here where people are pissed about the small room size, the breakfast, the show etc. What do you expect for less than $100 dollars per night? I don't get the people that think it should be luxury for that low price. But it is definitely worth the money, in my mind.
Breakfast is modest, just like many say. But it's enough to get you going in the morning. Some bread, pastries, canned fruit, greek yogurt, coffee and cereal with milk. You'll find that most Holiday Inn's and hotels that serve breakfast in the US don't offer much more than that. That is usually the standard when breakfast is included, so I'm really not sure where the shock comes from.
The rooms are definitely small, but do you plan on staying in the room the entire time? I hope not...you're on Santorini! get out and explore! The bathroom is small. Shower is weird, small with no curtain so the water splashes out into the bathroom, but hey, if that's how they want it, I don't care. I'll get the entire place wet. So I don't get upset about such things.
The refrigerator setup was kind of annoying. When you leave and take the key, all of the electricity shuts off, including the fridge, so really, what's the point? We bought some meat and cheeses and now we really can't store them...unless we want to leave our room unlocked with the key inside, which I don't. But my solution was to just remove the magnet from the key ring so that I can leave the electricity on when I leave, just for the fridge.
The hotel is one block off of the main square and just a few more steps from all of the shops and the nightlife. It's definitely in a good area. What people say is true, it's on a busy street so ask for the pool side, because the other side faces the street. Many of the rooms open right onto the pool. We had 8, which faced the pool, but also didn't pick up the wi-fi signal, so I have to go upstairs to the lobby to get on the internet, which is lame.
Also, there are no views of the caldera. In fact, there are no views at all, except the houses that surround the property. See my panorama out the back to get an idea of what I mean. I also took pics of the room and shower.
Last thing, some people have said that the pool only gets sun for part of the day. That is true, but it seems to be the hottest part of the day, so for me, no problem.
There is not a hot tub.
The people that work here are super friendly.
Bus stop is two minutes away by foot, not five, don't know why people on these forums think stuff is really further than it is. Buses go from Fira everywhere else and back. From what I can tell, you cannot catch a bus from Fira to Akrotiri then to Perrisus. I think you have to come back to Fira, then catch another bus.
Although this hotel wasn't perfect, we still enjoyed it very much. My girlfriend thought it was super cute, and I agree, it was. It isn't luxury, but you can't beat it for the price.
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