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Absolute Bliss Imerovigli Suites
Ranked #2 of 29 Imerovigli B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

We booked a 7 night stay in a caldera view double room with outdoor jacuzzi.
Sofia and Aphrodite welcomed us warmly upon arrival and showed us to our room which was located on the lower level of the complex. They asked if we wanted something to eat but we declined as we knew we were going out later that evening.
The upper level is at street level where you will find reception and a large viewing terrace; as you work your way down the stairs you have the start of the accommodation. When you reach the bottom of the steps, you meet the pathway that runs along the caldera - if you go right it brings you to Oia, and if you go left it brings you to Firostefani and Fira. On the opposite side of the pathway are Absolute Bliss's remaining rooms and swimming pool down a short stairwell. Our room (3) was located on this lower level. If I am not mistaken, a lot of the complexes along here are split by this pathway so it is not just Absolute Bliss. And I did note that many of the rooms/suites of other complexes adjacent to this pathway had little privacy. The ones for Absolute Biss were fine. All complexes are right beside each other and at times difficult to tell apart. Absolute Bliss was right beside Heliotopas which was beside Andromeda Villas which was beside Above Blue Suites which was beside Whites!

Yes, there are steps and it is a hike up to reception from the lower level BUT if you follow the pathway in the Fira direction, at Andromeda you will find on the left a hidden passage (look for the marble steps) with an elevator that will bring you practically to the top of the complex (only about 10 steps to climb). This was a great find!
Our room was great - it was spacious, white and blue, light and airy. The large terrace had a table, 2 chairs, 2 loungers, a parasol and our jacuzzi! The view was spectacular! An uninterrupted 180 degree view!
Our bed was I guess what you would call a super, super king! And really comfortable.
There was plenty of storage in the wardrobe (hangers all matched), an iron, ironing board, slippers, robes and our beach towels. The bathroom was modest with sink, shower, fixed hairdrier and WC. Toiletries and towels were provided daily. There was a flatscreen TV with satellite TV, a phone and some tealights and candles for those nights you would stay on the terrace or in the jacuzzi stargazing. Strong Wifi which was free was an added bonus.
The minibar was well stocked with soft drinks and the mineral water (complimentary) replenished daily. It is perfectly big enough to hold wine you buy yourself in the shops if you take out some of the sodas.
Everything was spotlessly clean and fresh. In fact, on two occasions we happened to be on the terrace when the maids came and they really do give the rooms a thorough going over - they went so far as to clean the windows daily and are meticulous about the terrace (I guess that is because it is breezy and they don't want dirt getting into the jacuzzis). They were so sweet even to close the doors so that whatever noise they made would not disturb us.
The complex was really quiet - no noise at all.
Each day the maids would leave the breakfast menu which you would drop off at reception in the evening. Good choices and delivered on time straight to your room each morning.
The staff never seemed to be off duty - Sofia was always there so I don't think she sleeps at all! No matter what you needed or asked for they were exceedingly gracious and accommodating.
We were very kindly given a bottle of Santorini wine in our room both when we checked in and the night before we left which I thought was a lovely gesture.
The only small thing I would flag is, as mentioned by other travellers, is that the shower curtain was a little too short for the shower so water did splash out and flood the floor on our first morning. After that, we just put a spare beach towel down to absorb what splashed out and tried to be more careful. I believe that there are some renovations planned for later in the year so I would presume this will be looked at.
This was my second trip to Santorini and Imerovigli and I can tell you that my recent experience at Absolute Bliss far exceeded my previous stay. Nothing was too much trouble and I truly cannot fault one single thing. Customer service and relations? excellent. Standard of accommodation? excellent. Cleanliness? excellent. View? out of this world. Peace and tranquility? couldn't be quieter. Conducive to romance and unforgettable memories? ABSOLUTELY!

TIPS:
DO wear comfortable support shoes everywhere in Santorini - my plimsoles, while flat and sturdy, did nothing to stop my calf muscles from aching after walking on cobbles and up and down steps all day! You wouldn't believe the number of women I saw in 5inch WEDGES trying to navigate the cobbled streets of Fira at night without taking a tumble!
DON'T hesitate to take a taxi to Fira - only 5 euro; taxi to airport is 20 euro.
SHOP There is a small shop on street level opposite Absolute Bliss for the basics like sun cream, hats, biscuits, drinks. Try going to Jimmy's which is in the middle of Imerovigli (7mins on foot from Absolute Bliss and 20 metres from the bus stop in Imerovigli Fira direction). It has a larger selection of things including wine.
DO consider hiring a car for a day - we waited for the bus in Imerovigli to take us to Fira in order to catch the bus to Akrotiri. Two came without stopping as they were so full (bear in mind they come only every 30mins)! So, after an hour of waiting, and since the bus stop is right beside a car hire we asked how much to hire a little runaround for 24hrs. We got a little car for 40 euro (incl insurance) which we took to actually drive to Akrotiri, Perissa, and Oia. So was well worth it for the extra comfort and freedom.
EAT at Mezzo and Blue Note (both in Imerovigli - was not impressed by Anogi also in Imerovigli. Despite the level of good service, the pork (for both the souvlaki and pork in prunes) was exceptionally tough and ended up not being eaten, but rather chopped up and taken away in a napkin to feed to the stray cats in the village - sorry!)
RESERVE a table at Argo in Fira - you won't regret it.
IF peace and quiet is what you are looking for, Fira may not be for you; lots of tourists particularly during the day when the cruisers dock, little privacy from gawpers looking down on accommodations from street level, bars and restaurants; and even more steps! Imerovigli is very quiet and only 5mins and 5 euro in a taxi from Fira.
DON'T be fooled by the cooling sea breeze in Santorini - it masks the strength of the sun so slap on lots of sun lotion!
GIVE the donkeys a break and take the cable car up and down to the old port - 4 euro each way!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

It was one of the greatest experiences during our Honeymoon trip in Greece. I have never thought of being treated as a Princess ever! Sofia is so nice and shows her hospitality at the greatest level. She even upgraded our room to the suite when she knew we were having our Honeymoon!
And no need to mention the breath-taking view and fantastic food and staffs! The design of the hotel is so dedicated and you can feel how sweet and considerate the owner is to provide the best service!
All I can say is "Thank you very much for everything, Sofia!' I will definitely come back again once I have a chance!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2013 via mobile

We recently stayed here for 3 nights and were so happy with everything during our stay. Our host Sofia was so lovely and went out of her way to look after us, the rooms are clean and bright and the views will take your breath away. Yes there are lots of stairs, but there are lots of stairs everywhere you go in Santorini and it is all part of the charm. After staying in Imerovigli and visiting all other areas of the island, we were very happy to be staying in Imerovigli, it is walking distance to Fira but nice and quiet without the hundreds of cruise ship tourists that Fira has.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Thank Vaskat
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

Me and wife stayed here for 4 nights as part of our honeymoon. For half a year we looked forward to the luxury, the views and the balcony with jacuzzi. We were not disappointed. The view and jacuzzi on the balcony was stunning, and the first evening we saw the sunset while in the jacuzzi.
The service and atmosphere of the hotel felt luxurious, Sophia the manager was very forthcoming, helpful and professional. The cleanliness of our room and the hotel was excellent, the room was also very sweet. Breakfast was served and eaten every morning in the sun on the balcony, which was beatiful. The choices were numerous and delicious.

Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

A welcome relief from the chill of our previous stop, London, for our 25th anniversary. Warm welcome, useful introduction on arrival to the room, the village and the island. Clean room, comfy bed, delicious breakfasts, and most importantly, staff that always made us feel welcome and important. The view is absolutely captivating, the spa on the deck a most relaxing afternoon and evening pastime to sip chambers and watch the sunset. Several local eateries of a range of standard, but all welcoming and genuine. Thira a decent walk, which was required to balance the caloric intake excess (though a short and easy bus ride if needed). A truly pleasurable 6 day stay, thank you.

Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

My husband and I stayed 8 nights at this lovely boutique hotel for our first visit to Santorini. We booked a Double Room with Jacuzzi and while the room was simple, it was immaculately clean and tastefully appointed. The selling point was really the terrace; It was massive! A jacuzzi, small table & chairs as well as 2 sun loungers made it the perfect place to enjoy the gorgeous views. From breakfast in the morning, to sunbathing in the afternoon to sunset in the hot tub, it was well worth it booking more than the basic room.
What really propelled this stay to fantastic was the lovely hotel staff. Sofia went above and beyond to make sure that we enjoyed our stay. She was fantastic at making recommendations and didn't hesitate to book things for us and get everything organized. Breakfast was delivered promptly every morning and we really enjoyed being served every morning in our room. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. We felt pampered, completely comfortable and relaxed for the entirety of our stay.
Imerovigli, in our opinion, was the perfect place to stay on the island. We visited most locations yet found the crowds at Fira and Oia too much. It was nice to be able to return to the serenity of Imerovigli.
Our only minor complaint, like another reviewer brought up, was our bathroom was really, really small and the shower curtain was too short leaving the bathroom floor perpetually wet.

Room Tip: Splurge for the outdoor jacuzzi - it's worth it!
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

Wonderfully located hotel with beautifully appointed rooms. We watched the sunset each night with a bottle of wine, lounging by our private pool. Sophia was incredibly helpful and George delivered a tasty breakfast each morning. Quiet and private, perfect for our honeymoon!!

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Address: PO Box 360, Imerovigli 847 00, Greece
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Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Imerovigli
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Imerovigli
Price Range: £95 - £291 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Absolute Bliss Imerovigli Suites 2*
Number of rooms: 13
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