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“Heaven on earth”
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Villa Renos
Ranked #4 of 80 Hotels in Fira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 October 2007

We were a family group of four adults and the first thing that sprang to mind the moment we arrived at the Villa Renos and stepped out of our hotel room onto our balcony was, "this is surely heaven on earth!". The view over the blue Aegean from that hotel balcony was utterly breathtaking and I felt as if I'd surely 'gone to heaven'. Before we booked through our travel agent, we had read such positive reviews of the Villa Renos on tripadvisor that we decided that was where we also wanted to spend our four nights in Santorini, as part of our Greek cycladic island sojourn (including Mykonos and Paros). We were not disappointed! Petros, Zina and Vasillis Mateka were the most wonderful hosts of this beautiful family-run hotel. They made us feel so welcomed and part of their family, so much so that we already miss them very much now that we have returned home.
My husband and I stayed in Room 4 and my brother and sister-in-law stayed right next door to us in Room 5 so we shared the large balcony which included a spa pool for our own use. The other 3 rooms on the other upper level above us had their own hot-tubs each and there was a private little honeymoon suite on the level beneath us which again had their own private spa pool. What a treat for us all! We would come back to Villa Renos after a hot day out sightseeing or shopping and retreat to our little havens and there we would stay until the spectacular sunset ended another glorious day. As for the start of each day for us, the delicious home-cooked breakfasts that awaited us each morning on the hotel's dining/breakfast room balcony was a gourmet's joy to behold (I am an avid cook). Delicious home-made Greek yoghurt topped with crushed pistachio nuts, fresh orange juice from oranges locally grown, fresh fruit and the most delicious spinach and cheese phyllo pastry rolls or Santorini-style tomato meatball fritters, delicious cold cut meats and beautiful cheeses
accompanied by hot toast. To die for! We loved this hotel so much we are in fact planning to return there same time next year in 2008. Would recommend this beautiful hotel to anyone who would like to experience the warmth and hospitality of a beautiful family and a vista so divine that you would think you had in fact gone to heaven.....

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2007

We booked Villa Renos after reading other reviews on Tripadvisor and it was everything we had hoped for. We will certainly return. its location is perfect in Fira close to everything. The hotel is small with only 8 rooms,our room 7 had its own beautiful mosaic outdoor jacuzzi and the views from the private balcony were breathtaking. It also had a very comfortable bed and indoor jacuzzi bath in the marble bathroom. For friends it would be an ideal place as it has 3 rooms next to each other on its own large terrace with a large outdoor jacuzzi We also loved the breakfast with homemade delights everyday.Vassili and his family could not do enough for their guests. Their advice regarding restaurants etc was also excellent.We will post photos asap. we would also highly recommend Ambrosia restaurant in Oia for a truly special meal. Grainne and Paul Dublin

Stayed: September 2007
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Reviewed 14 October 2007

This is just a great place. We stayed here for 2 days on our honeymoon. In retrospect, I would have like to stay for a few more days. The room was well-decorated, clean, and spacious. It has some of the best views in Santorini. You can spend the entire day on the patio. The staff are friendly too. They gave us good advice on restaurants and things to do.

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Reviewed 11 October 2007

In August 2007, as part of our European honeymoon, we spent five fabulous nights at the stunning Villa Renos. We were immediately impressed with the charming personality and valuable advise of Vassilis Matekas as we contacted him directly to make our reservation. It was the relationship that we developed with him over the phone that confirmed we had a special place to stay in Santorini.

Our room was comfortable and very spacious. There is no need to watch the famous sunsets from any other place on the island than your very own private terrace. The panoramic views are simply breathtaking. Villa Renos is centrally located with fine restaurants and excellent shopping nearby.

This boutique hotel is run by a very welcoming and friendly family, Petros, Zina and Vassilis. They provide professional service with a personal touch. No request is overlooked and you are always greeted with a genuine smile.

The home cooked breakfasts prepared by Zina were exceptionally fresh. Traditional Greek style delicacies were served with the produce locally grown on their farm. Breakfasts were a real treat to look forward to every morning, not only for the quality gourmet food but for the outstanding service and for the lovely conversations. We especially enjoyed dining on the balcony facing the scenic outlook. It was such a perfect start to our day. We asked Petros if he grew prickly pears, the fruit from the cactus plant, and he certainly did. From that point, we were served freshly peeled prickly pears, which we loved. We missed out eating them in Italy as the season had not started but we made up for it in Santorini.

After travelling through Europe for five weeks, Villa Renos provided us with a relaxing opportunity to enjoy Santorini. Thank you so much for making our stay with you so perfect, we have unforgettable memories. We would certainly recommend Villa Renos to everyone visiting Santorini. This is a desirable destination and we will certainly continue to stay at Villa Renos. We love it.

See you soon, many thanks, Angela and Ezzy – Melbourne Australia

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2007

9th October,2007
I just had to write this review after returning from our Santorini holiday, as we still have such wonderful and vivid memories of Renos Villas (definitely the highlight of our entire trip). By the way, the plane flight from Athens to Santorini only takes 35 mins. The villas are located on top of the caldera rim with spectacular views of the Aegean Sea, the volcano island, Fira town and surrounding cliffs. Each day we watched the world go by, as a never ending parade of large cruise liners, privately owned yachts and small boats entered and departed the bay. We NEVER became bored with the ever changing scenery from our balcony (WOW!!!). We soaked up the sunshine (36-40c), relaxed on sun lounges, enjoyed our spirits and wine, watched brillant sunsets and swam in our small plunge/spa pool with the million dollar views. We miss the gentle peel of town clock bells, the colourful and white washed surrounding villas, the teams of donkeys with their tinkerling bridle bells as they passed below in the alleyway at daybreak and sunset, and of course our traditional Greek breakfasts. The Greeks also have cake and desserts for breakfast! YUMMY! Renos Villas is right near Fira town with its maze of cobble-stoned walkways, restaurants, bars, jewellery, souvenir and clothing shops. The National Bank ATM is no more than 100 metres from your doorstep. Car/bike hire and bus stop are nearby, as is the donkey rides and cable cars. All in all, Renos Villas is perfectly located to everything yet remaining quietly detached from all outside noise once in your room. A big thank you to Vasilis, Petros and staff for making our stay soooo fantastic!!!

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 October 2007

Our only regret is that we could not stay longer!

Our experience at Villa Renos not only met but exceeded our high expectations. We booked our stay well in advance and had plently of time to build up our hopes for a great trip to the Greek Islands!

The view was amazing and never before have we simply wanted to hang about a hotel and look out at the view.

We booked a deluxe room and enjoyed our own private jacuzzi.
The room was very comfortable, well equipped, clean and of a high standard.

Others have rated the breakfast highly and I can agree that is was delish!

We cannot fault this hotel for anything and when we return to Santorini this will be the choice again.

Stayed: September 2007
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Reviewed 5 October 2007

I couldn't have imagined a more perfect way to experience Santorini and the Greek Islands for the first time. From the moment we were greeted at the airport we were well looked after by the wonderful family-owned hotel. Everyone there was lovely, and I really looked forward to the wonderful home-cooked breakfast every morning. It was a real treat. Our rooms were beautiful and comfortable, and had the most incredible views in all of Santorini. I don't know why anyone would want to go to Oia to watch the sunset, when you can watch it poolside on your balcony! Thank you for a great time, and making my first trip to Santorini so special. I will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Villa Renos

Address: Fira 84700, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Fira
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Fira
#2 Romantic Hotel in Fira
Price Range: £130 - £255 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Villa Renos 2*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Villa Renos is a small family-run hotel with a warm and friendly ambiance, located at the capital of Santorini, Fira town, on the crest of the spectacular cliffs of Santorini. All the rooms are have their own private balconies facing the famous sunset and the volcano. Everything is in walking distance from the hotel (restaurants, taxis, museum, buses). The area we are located in is quiet as there are no cars or clubs around. Come stay with us and let us make your holidays unforgettable. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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