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Villa Ilias Caldera Hotel
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Firostefani
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

We stayed in a Cave Studio with amazing view. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Mary made sure we got picked up from the port and arranged our drop to the airport. Not too much breakfast option but was good enough. We had a great view of the sunset from our room. We enjoyed our stay so much. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Absolutely LOVED our cave apartment that we stayed in for 3 nights at the end of April. I traveled with my best friend (both of us females, late 20s) and we rented one of the traditional cave apartments. It had 4 beds in it (1 double bed and 3 twin beds). Obviously we didn't need that much room but having the private terrace and amazing views is why we booked it. Our flight from Athens to Santorini was canceled and by the time I called the hotel to inform them that we wouldn't need the transfer from the airport, Georgios answered the phone and as soon as I said "I'm calling because my flight got canceled in Athens and..." and Georgios replied "Is this Jessica?" he knew immediately who I was and said it would be no problem to arrange another transfer in the morning. (This is something that would NEVER happen in the USA, such kindness and attention to detail!)

When we arrived, the driver was waiting for us with my name on a sign. He drove us the hotel (about 10 min drive from airport, if that) and we were met by Georgios in the lobby. It was about 8:00am and they had just put out breakfast so he suggested we have a seat and enjoy breakfast before checking in. Food was great! Homecooked quiche, breakfast meats and cheese, chocolate cake, hard boiled eggs, and the most delicious peach juice I've ever had! After that, Georgios walked us down the apartment. It was about a 2 min walk from the main hotel, down some stairs. The room was PERFECT! Had a very good size kitchen, bathroom, and amazing views of the caldera from every room! Pictures attached.

Georgios also arranged a transfer to our ferry boat which cost 10 Euro each. Such a good deal considering how long it takes to get to the ferry dock.

The hotel is perfect if you want to stay out of the craziness of Fira but close enough to walk into town when you want. It was about a 7-10 min walk into Fira...but that was with crazy winds blowing. You could probably do it faster during the summer months when the weather is better. The walk is a lot of cobblestone and stairs and hills, so I wouldn't recommend the walk for anyone who has health issues. But I'm sure Georgios could arrange drivers for you if you'd like!

All in all, I would DEFINITELY stay at Villa Ilias again and am already missing our amazing view from our cave apartment. Thank you Georgios and family!

Room Tip: Stay in the cave apartment, you will NOT regret the views! AMAZING! Best sunset I've ever seen f...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Jessica M
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

We are presently staying at the Cave House and the Cave Studio and are liking every moment.
Mary is great help to plan all our visits and any thing we need.
The place is well located and comfortable enough for our visit.
Breakfast is quite good and the view is spectacular.
Nice and clean in general.
I would say its an excellent return for what you are paying for.
Very happy to be here.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

Very friendly n helpful owners were mostly themself at the reception very humble.. v chked in at 3 am in the morning the place amaizes me with the amount of trust n cleanliness standards in the whole island aswell ..excellent view from our room and the pool area .. room itself was small but cute(bathroom with toilet was too tiny you cant take a shower without wetting the whole bathroom ).. location was excellent jus out and you are in to fira stefani .. with the best of eating shopping options n amaizing view for sunrise sunset and moonrise too if u can.. breakfast is a very small /basic spread at the reception area itself .. overall v happy with the experience :)

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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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!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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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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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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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:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Firostefani
#3 Family Hotel in Firostefani
#3 Romantic Hotel in Firostefani
Price Range: £73 - £162 (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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