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Smaro Studios
Ranked #11 of 21 Hotels in Firostefani
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 July 2014

This hotel is placed so well the views are breath taking.
We had a very warm welcome from Maria when we arrived. They were the nicest, warmest and most helpful people. I even felt guilty having Maria climbing up the stairs every morning delivering the most amazing breakfast on your own balcony. It was great watching the cruise ships sailing in hundreds of meters below us and imagining hundreds of people having breakfast together while we were having ours on our private balcony. Although you are not expected to do so but we took our tray down to them every morning.
On departure the transport was booked, even though the breakfast is from 8.30, Maria delivered our breakfast at 7.30 prior to our 8am departure.
A fantastic stay, amazing place, fantastic people, a real gem.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

First time in Santorini and very glad we were recommended this hotel! Its a perfect location! You can walk to Thira but stay in a nice and quite area! This hotel has everything you need... Comfortable rooms (we stayed at Andreas room), good breakfast and an amazing view of the sunset and volcano! The best sunset we have seen! There are also nice restaurants and shops around! Thanks to Maria and even more to Mikis! They were excellent hosts, gave us great recommendations and made us feel like at home in beautiful Santorini!! Thank youuu!!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Отель, номера, вид на кальдеру, окрестности - все, как на картинке. И даже лучше. Это настоящий Санторини. А теперь по пунктам.
1. Очень гостеприимный, дружелюбный и при этом ненавязчивый персонал. Номер дали более высокой категории без всякой доплаты. В номере были сладости, фрукты и вино.
2. Вокруг отеля - настоящая белоснежная сказка: узкие уютные улочки, куда забредают лишь редкие туристы, тишина и покой.
3. Потрясающий вид на кальдеру. Причем закаты здесь не хуже, чем в Ойе, куда стекаются толпы туристов. Только здесь можно наблюдать закат в романтическом уединении.
4. Очень милые завтраки каждое утро доставляют прямо на личную террасу. Готовят их специально для вас, поэтому оладушки всегда теплые.
5. Номер хорошо декорирован. Мебель вся выглядит очень аутентично. Есть небольшая кухонная зона.
Это просто сказочный отель!

The hotel, rooms , view of the caldera , the neighborhood - all like the picture . And even better. This is a real Santorini. Now the points .
1. Very welcoming, friendly and unobtrusive staff .
2 . There are narrow cozy streets around the hotel. Only occasional tourists walk here. Peace and quiet .
3 . Stunning views of the caldera. And the sunsets are no worse than in Oia. But here you can watch the sunset at your private terrace in the romantic atmosphere.
4 . Very cute breakfasts are delivered directly to the private terrace every morning.
5 . Room is well decorated. Furniture looks very authentic. There is a small kitchen area in the room.
The hotel is realy wonderful!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

I stayed at this hotel in July and although I had the most wonderful experiences all over Greece during my three week stay, there is something very special about Smaro Studios. I stayed in the Georgio room which is at the top of this small hotel. The room is a bit smaller than all the other rooms (some of them are suites) but it gave me more than enough room (2 people can be very comfortable) and the view from your private balcony is breathtaking! Every morning, Maria would bring a tray of delicious breakfast treats, fresh and homemade. How could anything rival having your breakfast looking out at the sea under the glorious Santorini sun?! The sunsets rival any of the ones I've seen in other places. Very romantic. My suite was well appointed and very clean and the daily maid service kept it that way. A small kitchenette provided a fridge with welcoming drinks and snacks upon arrival. I was close to a small market where I could purchase food items if needed. I would highly recommend Smaro Studios, not only because the hotel is so lovely but because Firostephani is a perfect location. A lovely scenic walk into Fira (only about 15 minutes) and only a 3-4 minute walk to the main road where you can catch the local buses (very cheap, safe and modern) to take you to different parts of the island such as Oia. You then avoid all the hustle and bustle of Fira, which is very nice but very busy. There are a number of wonderful restaurants within a few minutes walk from Smaro which offer fantastic food with friendly and professional service. From the moment I checked in, Maria and her son Mikie made me feel welcome. I can't think of a better place to come for a once in a lifetime vacation.

Room Tip: If you're looking for privacy and don't care about having tons of space, the Georgio room is...
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

We stayed in this small hotel for 3 nights in September and we throughly enjoyed it. We had the Smaro room and it is very roomy. We arrived at around noon time and our room was not ready. Maria, the owner, sat us down in a balcony under an umbrella and served us orange juice/ cookies while we were waiting for our room to be cleaned. This is service!

George, Maria's son, is very helpful. He helped us finding a spa and arranged airport transfers for us.

The whole hotel is very clean. Having breakfast/ enjoying beautiful sunset at our private balcony is totally worth the money.

One small suggestion is not to repeat the same breakfast every day. No doubt that Maria makes good breakfast, however, having the exact same things 3 mornings in a roll is a bit boring.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 September 2013 via mobile

I stayed at Smaro Studio with my wife, and we took the second floor room. Sunset view was great. We were there together with another few couples staying in different rooms.
The owner's son Mikie is very nice. Breakfast was really great. You can have it just outside your room and have a nice sea view in the morning.
Easy access to some restaurants nearby.
Good place, nice owner and highly recommended.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

We have recently stayed at Smaro Studios and from the very beginning we were treated as special. Maria was there to help us with any problems, and even moved us to a bigger room when it became available. Breakfast was huge!! Rooms were clean, and the view wow!! Could have sat on the balcony all day looking. We really enjoyed our visit to Santorini and would recommend Smaro Studios as the place to stay. Our only problem was in not ordering a taxi a lot earlier then we did!! Difficult to get one when a cruise ship comes in! Thanks again Maria for your help in this!!

Room Tip: Get one with the view. I think most do but it is beautiful .
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: Firostefani 847 00, Greece
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Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Firostefani
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Firostefani
Price Range: £74 - £156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Smaro Studios 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Smaro Studios. Smaro Studios in Santorini is on the Caldera cliffs. A small hotel with a big history, Smaro Studios has a wonderful view of the Caldera, the volcano and the gorgeous Aegean Sea. The hotel is located in Firostefani, a peaceful village just above Fira town. Smaro Studios combines hospitality and relaxation with the enchanting traditions of a beautiful Greek island.Guest Services. Smaro Studios has 6 apartments with a small equipped kitchen, air conditioning, free WiFi access, TV with SAT channels, telephone, hair dryer, safe box and private veranda to enjoy the view of the Caldera.- Heated outdoor Jacuzzi for up to 5 persons with views of the Caldera- Upon arrival a bottle of Vinsanto wine, fresh seasonal fruit & mixed nuts- Breakfast is inclusive- Reception is open from morning till midnight- We are here to assist you with island information & tips. ... more   less 
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