In short, the view from MOST of the rooms is lovely, but the hotel is overpriced given the amenities. First, travelers considering the hotel should study the website and pictures of the views carefully before choosing. We did so and requested a specific room among the "Exclusive houses". On arrival we were shown to an "upgraded" room, i.e., a "Mansion house" - the one called Tramountana to be specific). However, upon seeing the Tramountana room it was clear that the view was not as good - between the room and the caldera was a telephone pole and a power line -- not exactly picturesque. Face it, you go to Santorini for the view. Moreover, the view to the right (north, I believe, was rather obscured) yet, that is the part of the caldera one really wants to see. So, we requested and eventually were given the room (Zefyros) that we chose -- for the view - originally. It was a big disappointment/annoyance that the room we specifically booked was not ready and we were left to wait quite a while for it to be cleaned and prepared. Turns out, as best we could tell, the reason the other room was an "upgrade" was that it had an actual stand up shower. The Zefyros room had less of a shower and more of what I would characterize as a "dog washing station", i.e., a shower head on a hose mounted about 3 feet off of the ground with no enclosure. I've travelled enough in Europe to know that this is not an unusual set up. However, I've just never paid 400 euros per night for a room without a stand up shower in Europe or anywhere else. That said, you go to Santorini for the view. However, for 400 euros per night in early May, I'd like a view and a decent shower. The hotel is lovely (though simple, bordering on rustic). The staff are very nice (but not particularly knowledgeable about restaurants, sights, tours, etc.). All in all, while I would stay there again for the view, I would first: (1) shop around other hotels more, (2) look for a room with a view and an actual shower, and (3) negotiate a little on the price outside of high season.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aigialos Collection consists of sixteen, renovated neoclassical houses that were originally the fine homes of the island's noble captain families. The architecture and design of the houses bring to life the traditional way of life of the island's nobility. Restored to perfection by master masons using local volcanic stone and coloured lime plaster, the houses are linked by cobbled walkways. Situated on the rim of the caldera, sheer cliffs that rise from the sea, the hotel overlooks the island's famed volcano. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aigialos Hotel Fira
- Aigialos Hotel Santorini/Fira