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Villa Ilias Caldera Hotel
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

It's our first time to Santorini and we stayed at Room 2 (Superior room with caldera view). The caldera view is through a window and the balcony gives you a good view of Firostefani and Fira towards the south of the island.

PROS
Pauline and George were absolutely great hosts and we enjoyed our stay at Villa Ilias very much! The rooms were clean and the bed was comfortable. This is a small family-run establishment and although some things were a little old but as long as they were clean - there's no problem at all.

The bathroom was rather small but that is to be expected from such a location. The water strength from the shower head was very powerful and temperature of the water is easily adjustable. There are daily changes of towels and turn down service which was nice.

The hotel is located at street level from the main road so we don't have to lug our luggage down an awful stretch of steep stairs so it was really manageable.

Breakfast was a nice mix of cereal, quiche, bread, juices and coffee.

CONS
We have to park our rental car across the road because the slope up to the hotel is really steep and we didn't want to risk damaging the undercarriage of the car.
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We'll be back!

Room Tip: Superior room with caldera view is good enough~!
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Altmeow
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

This small hotel is located on a prime spot in Firostefani with amazing views of the caldera. Obviously its facilities and rooms cannot be compared with with 4 and 5 star establishments. This is a small, family run hotel, build on the slopes of Fira.

Saying this, the rooms are rather small and not overly "fancy", but the value comes from the amazing views, the great location and the friendly service.

The hotel is only a short walk from downtown Fira, located in a rather quiet area of the town. There are a couple of restaurants/bars in the area but if you want to join the fun you'll have to walk down the slope to the town of Fira (wear comfortable shoes for the walk!)

The hosts/owners are just amazing and will go out of their way to help out and accomodate any request.

As mentioned above the views from most rooms (and make sure to get a room with a view!) are just breath taking. Sitting at the deck of the hotel, next to the pool, sipping my coffee while enjoying the sunset is one of the most memorable experiences of my life todate. Not to mention that all the photos we took during our stay there were postcard-worthy. Every single one of them!

Room Tip: Pick a room with a view (and preferably a balcony). It's a must!
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank pani0202
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

At fist glance, Villa Illias looks like your average Greek island hotel from the outside. I must admit I was very tentative when our taxi driver pulled up to the back entrance. But Villa Illias is really something else. If you can brave the two flights of steep stairs, request the private room at the top of the hotel. It is a very small room, enough space for a queen bed in an alcove, a small efficiency kitchen and the tiniest (but still clean and functional) bathroom we've ever had in a hotel room. But all this is worth it for the stellar views and your own private oasis on Santorini. This upstairs room has the entire rooftop balcony to itself, where you can take in 360 degree, mostly unobstructed views of the entire island. You see water from both sides, catching the sunrises and sunsets (most hotels in Santorini are only oriented to the sunsets). The rooftop deck has two comfortable deck chairs and a table and two dining chairs oriented to the beautiful caldera view from which I took many postcard-worthy photos. The hotel innkeepers are wonderful people who truly care about the comfort of their guests and are around most of the day to field questions and help with travel plans. They also put on a tasty included breakfast that gets your day started off right! There is a pool, too, oriented to the caldera, so you won't miss a moment of the fabulous view. Don't let the book's cover fool you, Villa Illias is truly a gem.

Room Tip: Choose the rooftop room.
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank GeorgiaJane1
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

Villa Ilias was great from the word go. As soon as we started chatting with them about availability and making a reservation they were extremely helpful and just lovely people to deal with. That sort of service carried on during our week stay at Villa Ilias which was last July. The room was cute and all we needed (we went for a standard room right on pool level) you could honestly step out the room and the pool was 1m away. The breakfast was great as well, they offered breads, cakes, quiches, juices, cereals - a real european breaky. The Villa was a nice walk from the centre of town, but the walk is absolutely breath taking anyway; traversing across the cliffs of santorini. I stayed with my boyfriend, and some friends of ours also stayed there - they upgraded their room and the only real difference was a small balcony on their doorstep which you can live without when you have such an amazing pool terrace! The hospitality was fantastic as i said - they were helpful in every way they could possibly be.

Thank you villa Ilias!

Room Tip: There isn't a huge difference between a standard double and superior double besides a small balcony, also if you are hoping to stay on pool level privacy can be an issue as people are constantly outside your room - though we didnt mind the shutters were fine and you hardly spent time indoors!
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Erin_B1819
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Reviewed 18 November 2011

We stayed at the villa in September and had a great R&R 3 days. The owners George & Pauline&staff Tracy were very obliging to all queries and organizing extra requests. Firstly, the location is wonderful, pleasant walking distance to the main town of Fira and great eateries on the way, like Simos Tavern (recomm by George). We had balcony view which was great looking at the caldera and the pool just below had an amazing view of caldera & cruise ships...esp in the evening. We had a wonderful wine tasting selection poolside which was FANTASTIC! Sampling the wines of the island and eating nibbles & cheese overlooking the caldera.. life doesn't get any better than that! On the day of my husband's birthday, Tracy had written a note & left yummy choc in the room. Very special place with beautiful, interesting hosts. Will be back!!!

Room Tip: balcony view is just as nice as poolside!
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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