This hotel was, hands down, the best stay of our 3 month tour through Western Europe; the very best among an excellent array of hotels and B&Bs in Paris, Firenze, Milano, Taormina and beyond...There's little I can say that hasn't already been said, but here's a quick recap for those afraid to unleash any bridled expectations: peerless, impeccable, holistic service - expect the very best; intimate surrounds (6 or so suites altogether, versus the hundreds you might find at mass resorts); a quiet location just a minute's walk from Fira's main drag where great seafood and souvlakia await; generous breakfasts brought to your spotless, airy room, more spacious than anything you'll find elsewhere in Europe at this price (the La Boheme suite provides plenty of room for two or more); and a quiet poolside bar to soak up the haunting beautiy and impermanence of this perfection, teetering as it is on the edge of oblivion. Im sure the competition is fierce in Santorini, but this would have to be up there amongst the very best.
One thing to note: the Aria Suites are in Fira, so if you plan on spending most of your time in Oia (reputedly the best sunsets on this island), then stay in Oia. Unfortunately, the transport in Santorini is horrid. Taxis are very limited, and the buses around the island infrequent at best, and dangerously over-crowded or non-existent at worst - we were almost trapped in Oia after a sunset and dinner - not enough buses, no taxis, huge crowds - we only escaped to Fira with the benefit of my wife's mother-tongue. That said, there's plenty of places to catch the sunset in low-key Fira (try Franco's Bar for starters) and we didn't regret staying at Aria Suites for one second.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aria Suites is an elite boutique hotel in Fira with view of the volcano and the historic Acrotiri, and is a hotel filled with the light of the Greek, Mediterranean sun. The six deluxe suites as well as all the outdoor areas give out the sense of simple yet exquisite Cycladic luxury. One of the pleasant surprises for the guest, the few steps you need to go up in order to reach the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aria Hotel Fira
- Aria Suites Santorini/Fira