I can only echo many of the other comments about the fact that the hotel gets many things right but then let's itself down by some details, all of which are in its grasp to correct. The location is superb, the hotel is kept spotlessly clean, the food is delicious and the staff are all very friendly and helpful - but! Anything that is not within the standard package is expensive and the room facilities are on the basic side for a hotel with ambitions to rate itself highly. The comments of others on Media systems/Wi-Fi/bathrooms and room furniture are spot on. To be fair, the room was a good size (we had a Senior Suite) the bed was large and very comfortable and it was wonderful to just walk out of our room onto the terrace and have the sunbeds right there, with nobody trying to "reserve" them in advance. Whether it was a change in policy, recognition that the restaurant had been virtually empty for several nights or the end of the season I cannot guess, but a new menu was introduced on our final night and this seemed more reasonable whilst still offering excellent food.
Just to return to the positives for a moment, the location is unique. You arrive and there is this small courtyard in front of an equally small building as you leave the road. However, you then go into reception and through a tunnel to the main hotel. This is perched high up on the rim of the caldera and the views are just out of this world. You can see right across the remains of what was a large island until it blew up about 3500 years ago. The boats, ferries and cruise liners criss-cross the sea in front of you and throughout our week in late September there was hardly a cloud in the sky. Only weather issue was the wind that could get a bit nippy at times. The only other buildings around you are the small apartment hotel next door and this was only an issue when they had a wedding on one afternoon/evening.A few jets cross each day, but this is no Heathrow!
In general, Santorini is not cheap but it is a very interesting and spectacular place to visit. There is a wide choice of restaurants in the main towns and we found some really good ones that were more reasonably priced as well as some cheaper ones that were very welcoming and offered more than adequate food (there is one - the only one for miles - a few hundred yards up the hill from San Antonio). If the strategy to resolve the problems of the Greek economy is to charge as much as possible then you need to offer something exceptional. The island is exceptional, as witnessed by the numbers of tourists, but I must remain sceptical whether the food and drink pricing levels of San Antonio can sustain it in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Twenty six luxurious suites, harmonically crafted into the encompassing interior of the rock, merge into shapes following the earth's own command. Façades covered with red solidified lava and black volcanic stones, outdoor lounges full of comfort and uninterrupted views to the Caldera... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- San Antonio Hotel Santorini
- San Antonio Suites Santorini/Imerovigli