We stayed in the Aria Lito Mansion for a week, on what was our first visit to Santorini. We picked this hotel because of the location, and the previous reviews on TripAdvisor.
The location is superb. It's a 2 minute walk to the cable car down to the old port, there are probably 20+ good restaurants with a 10 minute walk, there are car hire places 2 minutes away, and the bus station is about 10 minutes walk away.
Despite being sandwiched between the main traffic street, and the shopping lanes full of tourists and donkeys, it was a really quiet and tranquil oasis in the middle of the town. As soon as we stepped through the gateway from the lanes to the hotel, it felt like it was a different world. There's a sign on the gateway saying 'Guests Only', and passers by looked envious as we entered the hotel grounds from the lanes!
The hotel is beautifully maintained and decorated. In the grounds are a small swimming pool, chairs on the patios outside the rooms, a garden in which to have breakfast, and a covered area in which you can eat breakfast, have a drink from the bar, or simply relax. The areas outside the rooms can be baking hot, as there is a lot of pale paving reflecting the sun. But the rooms are cool, and there is shade in the hotel grounds.
The room we stayed in was spacious and clean, and was positioned so we had a great view of the sunrise and the whole of the east side of the island. It was only about 10 yards from the pool and the outside bar - ideal!
The breakfasts were generous and tasty, and served wherever you wanted.
The staff were all very friendly, and helpful in recommending trips and restaurants while we were on the island.
I cannot fault the place. If you are going to stay in Fira, then I would highly recommend Aria Lito.
(PS Stefanos the bell boy must be the coolest man on Santorini!)
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- Also Known As:
- Aria Lito Mansion Hotel Fira
- Aria Lito Mansion Fira
- Aria Lito Mansion Santorini/Fira