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Villa Ilias Caldera Hotel
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Firostefani
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 July 2013

From the moment I made an enquiry months ago via email, George's service was exceptional. He would reply so prompltly and so kindly. Whatever he promised us came to fruition. We arrived on the 13th of July and was meant to stay for 6 days but we all fell in love with Santorini and we extended our stay. George managed to accommodate us for the extra few days. We stayed in the traditional cave studio for 4 people and it was perfect!! The views from the moment we arrived were breathtaking. I would wake up and sit on our deck and admire the views and wished I would never leave. Our cave studio was immaculatey cleaned every day with fresh towels whenever needed and even bathroom products were supplied to us.
The breakfast supplied every morning was top notch!! Healthy in every way, fresh bread, freshly made pittes and amazing cakes by the wonderful Marina. I must mention Pauiline also who always greeted us with a smile and assisted us with whatever we needed.
George, Pauilne and all their friendly staff should be commended for their service. We were all made to feel so welcomed.
We definitely recommend this hotel and we just cannot wait for the day to return to this magical island and stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

Villa Ilias, what a place. I spent about a week here in July and loved every minute of my stay. Ask for a villa with balcony and Caldera view. It won't disappoint! Breathtaking views.

George and his staff are very welcoming, Marina the cook put together a lovely spread for breakfast. Overall the hotel is very clean and close to everything, Walking distance to restaurants, about 10mins walk to Fira Central and buses.

Would definitely go back and spend another week with George and his staff. Perfect location and amazing views.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

We arrived in the middle of the night on a low-cost flight from Spain and George had arranged a driver to pick us up. He was happily waiting for us at 3am and gave us an overview of the island then helped us into room 14. When we finally woke up and went outside we were blown away by the view that had been obscured by the darkness of night. The private balcony was a real treat.
Breakfast was great. Everyone at reception was so helpful. Housekeeping was excellent. The location is ideal for a walk down to the busy restaurant area. We rented a scooter at a place recommended by the staff and that helped us explore all of Santorini over just a few days. We loved Villa Ilias and Santorini. Thanks for the wonderful memories.

Room Tip: Room 14 was worth the extra cost to have the private area all to yourself. The pool can get crowded...
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

We loved the Villa Ilias! The family who owned it took great care of the property, it had only around 10 rooms and was in the quiet part of Fira called Firsteffani about a 15 minute walk from the busier noisier areas. The walk is amazing along the edge of the cliff with great views.The rooms were updated, pool was cool and relaxing, breakfast was really good every day and it had amazing views of Santorini. When I go back I will stay there as it was above our expectations.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Craig M
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

Villa Ilias was a great choice for us. We arrived from a flight at 7 am and even though we were not booked in till later that day, we were met at 7 am and taken to our cave house. We were invited to have breakfast that morning too which we appreciated. We loved the cave house and the balcony which was like another room as it was so big.
Wonderful kind people at Villa Ilias and we were given free t shirts as we left.
We would love to return one day, keep up the great service, Villa Ilias!

Room Tip: We loved the cave house which is a little bit away from the main accommodation but so quiet and auth...
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

We usually prefer a hotel located at a peaceful area, but just a short walk distance to restaurants, and the teeming part of the settlement. In Santorini we were looking for a caldera view room with breakfast at a reasonable price.
Villa Ilias was the ideal choice!
Icing on the cake:
1,) the amazing view we could enjoy not only from our window, but from the terrace,
2,) the immaculately clean and quite large room with a kitchenette (fridge, glasses - later found why they were important)
3,) the very kind and helpfull owners and staff,
4,) the home made cakes and frittatas for breakfast.

WiFi worked properly on my phone (iOS), but my notebook (W7).( I was not too sad to delay some work, which seemed very important to finish previously.)
The bathroom was small, but we have seen smaller bathrooms in Paris and London. We spent the day with excursions or on one of the beaches, and
we could enjoy the sunset at the pool or the night lights of Fira from our terrace (with a glass of tasty Santorini wine - optional, but highly recommended :-))) if we were not walking in Fira
That was more than enough for us to feel well in this hotel. We did not use the opportunity to watch SAT tv or DVDs offered a large selection at the reception, where be found also table games.

Room Tip: Write your preferences to George, and trust him. He will give you the best available.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Laszlo J
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

I visited Santorini in mid-late October. I stayed at Villa Ilias and it exceeded my expectations. Not only was I blown away by the beauty and originality of the island, but also by this hotel. We were treated as if we were family by the owners. Even on our last day after check out, they kept our bags locked safely away so that we can spend the day before our flight without having to lug around our luggage. We returned hours later and they gave us a place to change and our bags back. The owners were absolutely delightful and the price of the stay was SO inexpensive. LOVED EVERY SECOND. When I visit Santorini again, I will definitely be staying at this hotel.

Room Tip: Rooms near the pool have an amazing view.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jessica G
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Additional Information about Villa Ilias Caldera Hotel

Address: Firostefani 84700, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Firostefani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Firostefani
#3 Family Hotel in Firostefani
Price Range: £74 - £177 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Ilias Caldera Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Damigos family has been a part of Santorini history for over a century. Villa Ilias is the former residence of one of our ancestors, George Ilias Damigos. It is built on this specific location to capture breathtaking views that are unique only to Villa Ilias and perched 1,000 feet above the Aegean Sea and the most famous volcano in the world. ... more   less 
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Villa Ilias Hotel Firostefani
Ilias Hotel Firostefani
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