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Villa Ilias Caldera Hotel
Ranked #2 of 21 Hotels in Firostefani
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“Location and value makes this a great bet when staying in Santorini”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2006

We stayed at Villa Illias in Firostefani, Santorini for four nights from June 1st checking out the 5th 2006. We arrived by cruise ship and made our way from the port by mini bus for a total of ten Euros for my wife and I. We booked initially had booked three night directly through fax and were made very aware of any cancellation penalties, and enjoyed our stay so much that we asked and received the okay to stay an extra night.

We were in room 2 on the second floor of the hotel. It was 110.00 Euro per night and was one of the more expensive rooms in the hotel. Our room was well equipped, with a nice little balcony over looking the island towards the south and Fire. There was a table and two chairs as well as a folding rack for drying those hand washed unmentionables. As a previous report mentioned there was a nice sized refrigerator, and the room came with plates, cutlery, and a coffee pot as well as air-conditioning and a TV (which was just hooked up to antenna so received only a few Greek channels)

There were two twin beds and a large hanging closet for your bags and cloths. The bathroom was clean and serviceable, and had one of those funky half tub shower fixtures popular in Greek Hotels. Our bathroom door had a habit of not staying closed. The room was very clean and was completely free of any odors.

The west-facing window opened to let a stiff breeze into the room and offered a sunset view even into June. There is a warning to not leave the window open in a stiff breeze or risk breaking it and believe me, it was windy and there was a bit of a trick to opening and closing the right combination of windows and balcony to have a breeze rather than a storm flowing through our room. We never used the air conditioner.

We saw some of the other rooms and the less expensive ones were much smaller.

There definitely was a lot of wind while we visited, but it was breezy at most of the hotels near the top of the caldera. Hotels further down seemed to have less wind.

The pool area was small as was the pool, which was kinda cold, even my Canadian standard. We were about the only ones to brave the water; even kids found it too cold. Even though the area was small, we always found a sun bed if we wanted it. This was also the breakfast zone, Every morning a simple serve yourself buffet was set up which was okay but basically was the same choice everyday. One type of sliced cheese, one sliced meat, a choice of a few pastries, rolls, coffee, tea, and fresh orange juice (which could have used a stirring)

There is dial-up Internet available in the lobby using the hotel’s computer.

Location is what really makes the Hotel Illias what it is. Firostefani is a quieter, less touristy than Fira, the islands main town. It’s not hard to get from the cab to the hotel because it’s at the top of the Caldera, and it’s in a quiet area only a short stroll to some wonderful restaurants in Firostefani. There are several small grocery stores to stock up on pop, beer or whatever and in general prices in this part of the Island were far better than in Fira.

That said, the main town of Fira was maybe a ten-minute walk along the footpath that follows the caldera rim free of car traffic and probably the most picturesqest walkway on the planet. There are literally Kodak moments at every turn.

There is a bus that stops near the hotel and for 1.10 Euros and twenty minutes takes you to Oia and one of the most picturesque places on earth.

We’d stay again at George and Maria fine little hotel.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2006

We ended our vacation on Santorini, an amazing Island with beautiful views on every corner. Hotel Ilias was not so nice. We stayed on the pool level studio #8. From the outside the hotel is quaint. Views that are amazing. Once you go into the room a different story. Our room could not have been more than 9' * 9'. Two twin beds a 13 year old might fit in were squeezed together. The mattress was so uncomfortable I folded the comforter up to lie on it so I did not feel the springs. The bed and the room were truly mood killers. When sitting on the toilette in the tiny bathroom you rest your hands on the bathroom sink and not by choice. If you have a belly you probably could not use it. We would not stay here again.

Stay away from the Taxi's if possible. They will charge you full fare and will also pick up other travelers and charge them also full fare. Busses are quite good and frequent.

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Property: Villa Ilias Caldera Hotel
Address: Firostefani 84700, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Firostefani
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Firostefani
#3 Romantic 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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