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Vallas Apartments
Singapore
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73 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Probably the best stay in Santorini on a budget”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

We stayed in the Vista Suite with Caldera view for 6 nights. It is on the second floor with its very own private stairways up. The front door and the balcony faces part of the caldera. You can see Thirassia all the way to Oia. The view of Nea Kameni (Volcano Island) is partially blocked the roof terrace. Nevertheless, from the balcony, you can have a direct view of the sunset. We spent 5 evenings sitting there to watch the sun set with our own drinks, snacks and ice cream. These can be easily bought from a very well-stocked mini market just 100-200m on the right of Vallas (towards Imerovigli). It has everything, from drinks, canned food, bacon and ham, instant noodles, dish washing liquid, etc and even English novels. Note that you can also buy the drinks and ice cream from Vallas cafe if you aren't too keen on walking.

You can also enjoy the entire caldera view and sunset from the roof terrace. The jaccuzi, sun beds and umbrella are all at the roof terrace.

The room itself is very simple yet cozy. It has a functional kitchette where you can cooked some food (like the noodles, eggs, and bacon bought from the mini market). It has a double bed plus a sofa which can be quickly converted into a single bed. It is air-conditioned as well, which is a relief during hot days. The tv is a small 14 inch old crt type on top of the wardrobe. But who cares about the tv when one can just sit on the balcony and enjoy the marvelous view and simply enjoy life.

The bathroom is small though. When taking a shower, it is hard not to wet the bathroom floor, even with the shower curtains.

From Vallas, it is about 20 minutes walk to Fira, mostly downhill. On the other hand, returning to Vallas from Fira will be more exhausting. It's the other way round if you want to go to Imerovigli, uphill to Imerovigli takes about 25 minutes. From there, you can hike all the way to Oia. but we did not try this as my kid may not be able to do it. So we just walk to where Skaros rock is and return.

Overall, Vallas Apartments is really a good choice for the price we paid. I believe it will be difficult to find another accommodation that offers similar views and kitchette for 3 persons at that price. If I ever visit Santorini again, I will not mind staying at Vallas apartments again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2013 via mobile

Sunset Apartments lived up to their name with stunning views over the caldera as the sun went down. There is a case for saying they could do with modernisation but if you know and love Greece, you realise that they form part of an overall package that is quaint, traditional and welcoming.

Breakfast is served in the cafe just a stone's throw away...fruit juice, eggs freshly prepared any way you want them, yoghourt & honey, toast, tea or coffee and all taken in front of that breathtaking view that seems so brilliantly clear and pristine in the early morning. There is also a lovely roof garden for further relaxation, with a plunge-pool to cool you down.

The apartments are exceptionally well placed; with only a ten minute walk into Firostefani where you can get buses/ taxis to beaches,museums restaurants etc..or if you're very fit and really energetic, wear some sensible shoes, carry bottles of water and take a magical walk along the coast towards Oeia. For ordinary mortals get the bus there and back from the stop by the nearby church. If you time it right you can sometimes get a spectacular sunset at Oeia but in my opinion not much better than the one you get just by sitting on your own apartment balcony.

Santorini is incredibly beautiful and interesting and the Vallas Appartments are a great place from which to experience it all.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

We stayed for 1 week at the Vallas Apartments and took one of the Sunset view rooms. The location as other people say is fantastic with amazing views of the Calderra. Our room was comfortable and the balcony view was great. I would only say they need to update some the kitchen utensils and cutlery a bit supplied in the kitchenette. However, Markus the manager organised some extra mugs for us when we requested some more. Markus is really friendly and made us feel welcome. The apartments are located in Firostefani which is just outside the busy town centre. Its only a 10 min walk in to town but there are ample restaurants nearby so you dont even need to.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2012

Stayed in Aug 2010.
Great little hotel, but could do with some more modern furniture.
But i guess its all about the view. Get a room overlooking the Caldera! WOWWEEEEE BEAUTIFUL!
I would def stay here again or maybe choose another place over looking the caldera.
Bring your walking shoes as its quite pebbly around the areas.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kungalv, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2012

Perfect location, quiet area, still close to Thira, walking distance. Bus stop nearby, to go to Oia for example. (Is also a nice path to go there, only about 9 km). Spacious room, amazing view. A large roof terrace, nice to sit and have a glass of wine and watch a beautiful sunset. Very good breakfast, very nice staff. Very nice tavern in the next house, Mama Thira, very good food. Can recommend Vallas to anyone who visits Santorini and do not want to live in noisy Thira. Will definitely book there again next time in Santorini.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chania Town, Greece
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2012

The hotel is situated in the most beautiful location of Santorini. It is amazing to take breakfast there! The rooms are clean but they need to be renovated. The staff is nice and helpful. The other hotels near there are very expensive, so this hotel is a good choice if you want to have Kaldera view.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2012

We stayed at Vallas for 3 nights. We organised a transfer to the hotel from the airport which was a good way to go because they really look after you. The staff at Vallas are exceptional, nothing is too much trouble and they always ask how you are which is a nice personal touch. The prices of accommodation in Santorini are so expensive and Vallas Apartments are a very reasonably priced considering the view you get!

We were up-graded for the 1st 2 nights to the Rock House which is located away from the main building. The Rock House has a private balcony with amazing views, I found the inside of the apartment a little dated, it was built into the rock. There is not enough of utensils and crockery to make yourself meals in the kitchenette. Free wifi is also offered. The breakfast that is included in the rate was superb, the best throughout our travels! It includes greek yogurt, coffee, juice, cake, bread and fresh eggs cooked anyway you like which are a highlight! There are many wonderful restaurants in the area one being Vanilia. It is only a 15 minute walk to the main town of Fira. The last night we were in a room which featured a double and single bed and this room looked newer (not sure which room type it was). The pool and sun beds on the roof was a nice feature. The staff organised a transfer to the port for 20 Euro which is worth it.

I would definitely recommend Vallas to anyone wanted to visit Santorini.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Vallas Apartments
Address: Firostefani, Santorini, Firostefani 847 00, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Firostefani
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Ranked #9 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Firostefani
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Hotel Class:3 star — Vallas Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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