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“Villa View”
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Villa Renos
Ranked #3 of 82 Hotels in Fira
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Knoxville, TN
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“Villa View”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2007

After returning home and recovering from 24 hours of flying and sitting in airports, we had time to reflect on our Greece experience. We stayed in a wide range of hotels and Villa Renos in Santorini was by far the best overall experience. An acquaintence suggested this after he stayed there on his honeymoon. This may be one of the best views in Thira and the breakfast was to die for. We had our own patio with chairs and umbrella but also used the common areas to sit and drink our wine while watching the cruise ships arriving and leaving. The room was great with a stocked refrigerator that had the most reasonable prices for drinks we have ever seen. The owners knew English very well (and I suspect many other languages) so getting info was easy. They suggested good restaurants, knew directions, had maps and could reserve tours, cars, etc. on the spot.
Location was good- only a couple of blocks to the bus & taxi stands, a good convenience store with all the essentials, a cheap Gyro shop, shopping, museums and the tram down/up from the port, excellent restaurants across the walkway and more shopping than I could handle.

Stayed November 2007
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Rock Island, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2007

I am currently staying at Villa Renos for the weekend. First of all, Santorini lives up to everything you have ever either seen or heard about it. The island is stunning. Equally impressive is the Villa Renos. It sits on the edge of the Caldera. Every room has an outdoor balcony with an amazing view. The owners (Petros, Zina and Vasilis) make you feel very welcomed in their hotel. The rooms are clean, comfortable and quite nice. I love the French doors opening to the balcony. The breakfast served at Villa Renos is quite satisfying. Wireless internet is available as well as an in room mini bar. The nice thing is that everything is nominally priced. They don't over charge like big city hotels for these extras. This is now the off season for Santorini and while not everything is open you also don't have the crowds to contend with. You also get a break on the prices in the off season as well. I would recommend the volcano and hot springs boat tour. Having flown over from Athens to Santorini it was nice to get the perspective of seeing it from a boat. I definetly recommend a trip to Santorini. And if you come to Santorini I wouldn't stay anywhere but on the Caldera. Villa Renos is a perfect choice.

  • Stayed November 2007, travelled solo
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San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2007

This is a very nice place, with helpful, friendly people, a real home away from home. Santorini is touristy, not cheap, but the view is tremendous. I've been taking tons of pictures, with so much to see. The rooms overlook the volcano, the old port, other towns on this island and the other island, Thirassia, with lots and lots of water. When the ships arrive, Santorini is loaded with tourists, even at the end of the season.

The room is excellent, modern and convenient. The pictures on [--] are a good representation of them, spacious - even roomy. The balcony was the feature fo us. Wireless access included and reasonable prices in the minibar were nice surprises.

We took the boat trip from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. First it goes down the coast to the main port, (rather than the old port, which is just down the hill a couple of hundred meters vertically from here). The geological strata was the highlight. The second part was over to the active part of the volcano - not active now, but there are fumarole vents and the smell of sulphur. The island did not exist 500 years ago, and there is a nice brochure, in addition to the guide. The last big eruption was in 1950. After that, the boat went over to a hot spring, swim over from the boat. From there, we went over to Thirassia, the other island to have lunch and walk around a bit, with more interesting rocks and strata. Then back to the town of Oia, with very picturesque ports and town, and finally returning here.

The water is not drinkable here - too hard, and conditioning leaves it tasting salty, so buy the water. The Greek salads are great, if you like tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and onions (I omit the onions). The temperatures are very comfortable and not humid. The light jacket has been all I need. Plan to sleep late, eat late, and walk as much as you want. Stair climbing is the conditioning to prepare, as there are many ups and downs. Breakfast here is 8 am to 11 am, with lots of variety and very good.

We've had dinner three times at Dionyssos. The staff is friendly, with a broad set of choices, and the bills are very reasonable. The portions are huge, so we shared.

  • Liked — friendly people and convenience
  • Disliked — nothing bad to say, and we thought about it
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.....

  • Liked — The family who ran it and the beautiful location
  • Disliked — Nothing I didn't like
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Dublin
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Liked — the view
  • Disliked — I missed out on the chocolate pancakes
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

  • Liked — Service, Location and great views
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): £
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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