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“Friendly, Quiet, Convenient”
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Astir Thira Hotel
Ranked #55 of 81 Hotels in Fira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 January 2014

Located just outside of the very happening town centre area of Fira, this was a nicely located quiet hotel, however i'm very glad i wasn't paying its full price rates.

The room was as expected for the Greek Islands, rather simple, hard bed and poor shower, which is why i was surprised at the reported full price rates - luckily i got a good deal on booking dot com.

The shower was completely hand held, as the wall bracket holding the shower head was broken.

On a positive note, i arrived late evening and although i found no water options in the room (bottled water, even at a price), the town centre being very close offered late night options for food and general supplies.

Unfortunately i was there only the one night, so i wasnt able to experience the pool or other services. However the view in the morning from my room was simply stunning, "overlooking" the bay where the ferry's are.

The free ride to the ferry was very helpful and friendly, make sure you make the most of this, as the taxi drivers on the island can rip you off if you're not switched on

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

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!

Room Tip: The rooms on the second floor over looking the street have the most incredible views of the sunset...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2013 via mobile

We were a group of 3 females staying in the triple ground floor volcano view room. Each morning we were enchanted by the sight of donkeys trotting past on their way to town. The room was very clean. My best impression is of the lovely staff who posted my lost cardigan back to me in Sydney at no charge. They were always kind, helpful & very patient. Thank you so much. Tip: skip the pleasant basic breakfast at the hotel at least once for one in town at a cafe on the cliff with dramatic views.

Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

The Astir Thira was a short walk from the center of town. The staff was helpful and kind. There was FREE wifi. During a midnight thunderstorm, rain oozed in under our door. We had an adequate room. Our friends paid more for a view of the caldera, but they got the blazing western sun in the afternoon as well. I think this hotel is a good value.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

Hotel is relatively new, and only a 5 minute casual walk into the centre of town. We stayed in a room by the pool and loved it. You can booked a room with a sunrise or sunset view, but we preferred by the pool as one needs only to walk out to the front of the hotel and see a spectulnar
Sunset. Breakfast is continental only. Free wifi everywhere in the hotel. Rooms are comfortable and clean. The hotel is a good 4 star rating

Room Tip: I erred on the restaurant as there in not one. Breakfast is self serve in a dining area which is ve...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

The Astir Thira has a lot going for it: great location, clean, and in our case, spacious, clean room, and very helpful, interested staff. We were warned that operators can be tired of tourists at the end of the season, but there was no evidence of that at this hotel. We did find the bed very hard and uncomfortable, though and this detracted from what was a great stay.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

Although only a one night stay in mid September, we would be happy to go here again. We did have a lower level room beside the pool, but if staying longer we would want a better room. Lovely room once in side and very clean, also a very good quality breakfast. Located only 5 mins walk from Thira bus station this is ideal for trip to Oia and to Kamari in one day. The rest of the town is also in easy walking distance, even the 530 steps down the donkey path.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Astir Thira Hotel

Address: Fira 84700, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Fira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #55 of 81 Hotels in Fira
Price Range: £90 - £203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Astir Thira Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 23
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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Hotel Astir Thira
Astir Thira Fira
Astir Thira Hotel Santorini/Fira

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