We stayed at this hotel as part of our two week honeymoon of Greece and Turkey and it was, hands down, our favorite hotel!
Our room had a beautiful view of both coasts, and we spent every night watching the sunset on our balcony. While some reviews we had read, complained about the noise from the street, we didn't find that this negatively impacted our stay. It was only noisy when you were on the balcony but we enjoyed watching people walk and drive by, including watching the donkeys heading to and from town each day.
It was very convenient being within walking distance to Fira, about a 10 minute walk, with restaurants, and shopping available. In addition, there is a medium size supermarket one block away with anything you would want to purchase to make your own meals. I don't think we would like to be any closer to the town, as we caught a 6:00a.m. shuttle to the ferry on Sunday morning and were surprised when we got outside to hear the disco music still going. We spoke to others on our tour who were in a hotel closer to town who indicated they hadn't slept all night because of the noise. In fact, almost everyone who was in a hotel other than the Astir Thira had complaints about their hotel.
We were also super impressed with the staff here. Both ladies at the desk were incredibly helpful with everything from restaurant suggestions, to directions to stores to buy specific souvenirs, to helping us book a car for the day. In addition, when we accidentally broke the key off in our door lock, it was changed within 10 minutes.
The breakfast was good, decent variety for a hotel of this size and while it was sometimes challenging finding a seat, sharing a table with others was a great way to meet people!
The pool was also beautiful, clean, enough seating, and with rarely anyone using it. Also, this was the only place we stayed with FREE wifi!
As an aside for Santorini first-timers - renting a car is totally worth it! We just did one day and went from end to end of the island and then up to the highest point (not for the faint of heart but worth it!). Navigating is easier than we thought and outside the city driving is very easy
Final advice? make no mistake, this is a boutique hotel: small, quaint, clean and great service. If you are looking for something bigger, than go bigger. If you are looking for a nice, safe hotel to use as your base while you explore this beautiful island, than this is the place for you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Fira, the capital of Santorini, a few meters from the main square, is the Astir Thira Hotel. It’s a newly-built luxurious hotel with a spectacular view of the Volcano and the beautiful sunset. Our facilities offer 23 luxurious and comfortable rooms, all equipped with private bath and balcony, telephone, channels of music, fridge, colour television with greek and satellite channels, air-conditioning, hair-dryer and safe deposit box. The Hotel also offers a breakfast area, a salon with TV, Internet access and a relaxing swimming pool for enjoyment. The warm, friendly and family atmosphere as well as our helpful staff guarantee, a fantastic and unforgettable vacation. Have a nice day and many thanks for your staying at ASTIR THIRA HOTEL ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Astir Thira
- Astir Thira Fira
- Astir Thira Hotel Santorini/Fira