Throw all of the American notions about what a hotel is like out. Agali House is built into a cliff and thus it is comprised of several levels connected by stairs. You will climb lots and lots of stairs, but that's just the way it goes. First the Good: Agali Houses is beautiful from an architectural and design standpoint. The colors, the design just makes you feel good. The pool seemed small to us, but turns out, it is one of the bigger pools. Each room is like it's own condo and you have your own patio. The location is excellent. It's far enough way from the hub of town (the bus terminal is twenty minutes away) but close enough to get to everything. Also, some of the best restaurants in town are at the top of the steps. Also, the bus stop to Oia is right at the top, as well. It was also very quiet. The bad: Breakfast is not great. There is a small selection to choose from, and the hostess brings you a basket of breads and meats. I saw a lot of it go to waste. Seems to me, it would be more cost effective and convenient to have a full buffet like other hotels with more variety in cereals, fruit, etc. While it seems most rooms are awesome, ours wasn't and it wasn't what I was booked. We were told we were "upgraded" to an apartment, but when I saw another room that was what I had originally booked, I felt like it was more of a downgrade. We didn't need a kitchenette, and it was so far away from the pool, etc. It had a funky smell. Many of the rooms had shade covers over the patio, ours didn't, and it was very hot and made it uncomfortable to hang out on the patio. The curtains don't really block out the sun in the morning. Finally, our room did not have a shower. After a long day on the beach, etc, it would be nice to take a shower, but there was just a sprayer in the tub. When I asked to change rooms, I was told they were fully booked, but it was still only 2 pm in the afternoon. Ultimately, I think this is a nice place, we just had an off experience.
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- Also Known As:
- Agali Houses Hotel Firostefani
- Agali Hotel Firostefani
- Agali Houses Santorini/Firostefani