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Ira Hotel & Spa
Ranked #7 of 21 Hotels in Firostefani
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great hotel, perfect location, stunning view!”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

What a great place! We hadn't been initially sold by the pics of the rooms and were VERY pleasantly surprised by how beautiful IRA was. Our room was lovely with a lovely balcony and VERY cute and clean!
The location was PERFECT! Very close to Fira but not too close to feel like we were in the middle of (what we deemed) the unpleasant overly touristic area. But with plenty of restaurants nearby and just 10 mins from Fira and very close to Imerovigly.
The hotel was also very private and had AMAZING views of the caldera. I really don't think we could've picked a better location.
The only thing to mention is that there wasn't much of hospitality from hotel... No drinks served by the pool and the managers didn't seem to acknowledge us much. That was totally fine by us and didnd't bother us one bit. But in case you look to be pampered by hotel staff, this will not be the case here..

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

We spend five days at Ira hotel. It is an amazing hotel, with very friendly and helpful staff. The place is very beautiful with attention to detail and exceptional views. It is super clean, the breakfast is good and they always add something new to the buffet everyday so if you are there for long you will not get bored of it. The location is great because you can just walk to fira but still have a calm place. Our room was spacious with nice decoration and a big bathroom. Just the hotel you need for a wonderful place like Santorini!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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beirut
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

We spent a week in the hotel, the staff were very friendly and the place is clean and cozy. Perfect for honeymooners, in a calm part of santorini just 5 minutes away from busy area of fira yet very calm and romantic. And doesn't have too many stairs.

Room Tip: choose the room with the private balcony and have your own private view of the sunset.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

My GF and I travelled to Santorini for a week (27th July - 3rd Aug), after much deliberation we booked Hotel IRA due to the good ratings. We were not disappointed. We stayed in the Zeus room - junior suite i think and it was excellent with wonderful views of the Canderra. The breakfast served was plentyful with a good range of cereals, pastries and fruit. Fresh OJ and coffee everyday as well, which was great.

the Staff are very attentive and we had no issues with securing a lounger every day. Perhaps we had a lucky week and not many of the guests were too worried about the pool.

The hotels best attribute (IMO) is the location. Firostefani is a beautiful town with many restaruants (we recommend Garini room top bar for sunset drinks and Saltsa for local Greek food with a twist.), based there you are only a 15-20 minute stroll in to the capital Fira, which is fantastic in its own right but a lot busier/touristy. the Walk from firostefani to Fira is beautiful with breathtaking views. North of the hotel (2.5 hr walking or 15 mins in a coach/taxi) os Oia. We walked it, which was fun but hot. recommend leaving 9am or b4 otherwise the heat can be unbearable (depending on time of year of course). Oia again is beautiful but pretty hectic, best place for sunset if you don't mind crowds. Personally we preferred Firostefani for the sunset as not as [--] but still fantastic views.

only slight grips was a very week WIFI connection, intimitant in the room, better by the pool. not a major problem though.

all in all we had a wonderful holiday and we are looking forward to visiting Santorini and possibly hotel IRA again (good to try new places too, right).

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

We spent four days at the Ira Hotel. A really splendid place with absolutely stunning views. We had the Ira room - a lovely large room with a private balcony. Breakfast was very good and all the staff were really helpful and friendly. And the views! From our room we could see not only the Caldera and othe small islands but also both ends of Santoini itself - from Oia to Akritiri. Santorini is an island to visit at least once and this must be the hotel to stay at and the one place to visit on the island is Oia. We'll certainly be going back to Santorini and the Ira Hotel.

Room Tip: Pay extra for a room with a balcony - it's well worth it.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Florianopolis, SC
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

It was beyond my expectations. The hotel is on a cliff ( steps everywhere - be prepared it is Santorini) with the most spectacular view I could imagine. My room was Zeus with a private balcony and every time I opened the door there was the breathtaking view from the - cratera - volcano. Nothing better than sit and watch it.
The room is ok, clean and comfortable. The Wi-Fi did not work properly inside the room but who cares??There is a Jacuzzi in the lower level bathroom. Good swimming pool and the breakfast has everything to please everyone. One of the best things about the hotel besides the view it is the staff. Thanks Maria to make our staying so lovely. She helped us answering all the questions and also solving all our books and rentals. I wish I could meet one Maria in all hotels around the world. When I booked this hotel I could not realize how good is its location.

Room Tip: any suite with the view
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

After spending a few days in Mykonos, my best friend & I went for a (too) short weekend in Santorini. We absolutely fell in love with the island - and the view, staff and experience at Hotel Ira was a big reason why!

The overall atmosphere here is definitely "boutique" with a unique setting (you feel like you're in your own tiny Greek village, not a hotel "complex"). The location of the hotel provides you with the best possible view from a variety of locations - your balcony (which you definitely want), the lounge, the pool, etc... Breakfast was great (my advice - get there earlier rather than later for best selection, if that's important to you). The highlight was definitely the fresh-squeezed OJ, possibly the best I've ever had.

But what made the difference was truly the friendly, personalized, top-notch service. From the first moments we arrived until we the minute we left, we were impressed - carrying our bags to our room (no small feat with all the steps), bringing us buckets/ice for our champagne (which we brought ourselves), excellent restaurant recommendations, calling/arranging for a rental car for us (which was delivered to the hotel and we returned the next day to the ferry port). Everything was done with a smile and no questions were left unanswered! Maria made an excellent "concierge" as well as very efficient manager.

Rooms - we had no shower, just a massive tub with a moveable "shower head." This was not a concern for us. It just made "getting ready" a bit more interesting. =)

Pool - we didn't use it but it's definitely meant for cooling off and refreshing. Not swimming laps. If you need exercise in Santorini, I recommend taking the steps...over and over again.

Bed - we had a giant king-size bed (big enough that we didn't mind sharing and didn't even notice the other person was there). Slept like a baby. Zero complains here.

All in all - we loved this place! We would've stayed longer if we had more time!

Room Tip: Don't skimp on a room in Santorini! You. Must. Have. A. Balcony.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Ira Hotel & Spa
Address: Firostefani 847 00, Greece
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Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Firostefani
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Firostefani
#4 Luxury Hotel in Firostefani
#5 Romantic Hotel in Firostefani
#6 Family Hotel in Firostefani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ira Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 22
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