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Villa Ilias Caldera Hotel
Ranked #2 of 21 Hotels in Firostefani
Certificate of Excellence
Newburyport, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
33 hotel reviews
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“Loved this place!”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

We stayed at Villa Ilias for three nights in April. We had a cave studio and it was delightful. The rest of our family was next door in a larger apartment with an adjacent patio. We watched the sunset every evening, sometimes wrapped in blankets since it was early in the season. We can't recommend this hotel enough, everything was perfect. The rooms are plain but the view and location are the best. George and his staff were wonderful, recommending places to go and things to see. Breakfast was delicious, all homemade and yummy. It is located on the main footpath to Fira and Imvoregli, and we walked everywhere. Would recommend renting a car for at least a day to see the whole island. We loved it!

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Quebec City, Canada
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

I stayed in a standard, pool level room at Villa Ilias. Although a bit windy & cool in early April, the view across the Aegean Sea is spectacular. The room, though small, was clean & very comfortable. In addition to a large clothes closet, the room features a mini-bar & small cupboard complete with dishes, a safe, coffee maker, TV, wifi & good selection of toiletries in the bathroom.

All the staff are friendly & helpful, especially Maria the receptionist, also the cleaning person & the woman in the breakfast room.

Villa Ilias offers complimentary ferry pick you & delivery.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

My wife & I stayed here for a couple of nights! Loved the place. The people who run the place are nice, warm and helpful. The rooms are a wee bit small but they moved us into a cave house at a relatively low price. The cave rooms are highly recommended as they have a small veranda area where you can sit and watch the beautiful sunsets of Santorini! The view from this hotel is breath taking. Santorini on the whole is beautiful and doubt there's any hotel that doesnt offer views of the picture perfect sunset.

Room Tip: Book only cave rooms! The regular rooms are pretty small.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2013

Stayed here early sept. Best located hotel in the resort,directly on the main footpath to fira and imvoregli (no steps),we stayed in room 2 ,fantastic views over the town, the caldera,and across the island to the airport, george his wife and family are lovely people nothing is a problem. Will go back and stay with george for sure. Try the bakers down the road 2.50 euros a pint and really lovely people. One of the best places i have been too, if you want the wow factor then this is one of the places to go !! Just to add i wouldn't recommend this resort for people with mobility issues, or children, its definatly An adult resort, peaceful and tranquil , enjoy!

  • Stayed September 2013
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New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

Villa Ilias is located in Firostefani, which is approximately 10-15 minutes walking distance from Fira town. We stayed at one of their standard room located at pool level. Although our room and bathroom was kind of small, but I can't complain given the location, service, and great caldera view for our stay here. We enjoyed their freshly made breakfast and gorgeous sunset view from the terrace. I would not hesitate to book this hotel again!

Room Tip: We stayed in room number 7 by the pool side. Unfortunately, the wifi connection did not work proper...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

We stayed in the Cave house, two apartments joined together with a gate between. We had 4 adults and a toddler in one and 3 adults in the other. Very comfortable, clean and tidy and perfect for our family holiday in Santorini. Firostefani was definitely the place to stay and George and his staff at Villa Ilias were amazing and all spoke good English. The breakfast each morning was delicious and the Greek yoghurt is YUM! Close proximity to shops and restaurants and an easy walk to Fira without being amongst all the other tourists. A great place to stay.

Nothing to do with Villa Illias but don't hire your bike from the guy across the road!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 October 2013

I was there for 3 nights on September 21, 22, 23. I really love everything and view from my window was stunning. I highly recommend this hotel. The breakfast was good. Everybody in this hotel spoke English very well. Santorini was the best experience ever.

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Additional Information about Villa Ilias Caldera Hotel

Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): £
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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Ilias Hotel Firostefani
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