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Chromata Hotel
Ranked #12 of 50 Hotels in Imerovigli
Certificate of Excellence
vancouver
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“dream honeymoon”
Reviewed 3 July 2009

Originally booked for the Sun Rocks hotel, we arrived to a glass of champagne and the news that they did not receive our booking... having spent hours researching Santorini hotels online months before, we were genuinely a bit gutted not to be staying at the Sun Rocks, however, they were overly kind and said they had a "honeymoon" suite for us at a sister hotel... hesitant it was a scam of some sort but happy as anything since we were honeymooning, we went along in the cab 5 min up the road with no clue where we were heading, once we arrived and i spotted the SLH logo I had an even bigger smile on my face - i had stayed at the Belvedere on Mykonos before and fell in love with the chain - and true to the SLH brand, the Chromata was exactly that, a small/boutique style luxury hotel with amazing staff and stunning interior and exterior design. We were shown two rooms, the first i believe was the honeymoon suite, was nice, the second, room #15 from memory, is what we think is one of their Chromata Suites, was more than what we could have asked for: a huge living area complete with indoor dip pool, a large separate bedroom, a bathroom and a full shower room, all built into the cave walls, modernly decorated but not overdone. A definite upgrade to what we had originally booked. Huge thanks to the staff for making the time so perfect as well. The breakfast is served to your balcony, which not completely private, but no complaints, as our room was at the bottom of the hotel so it felt very private anyways. The pool is smaller but just perfect, with beds and benches, a bit of a crowd formed in the morning but both days that we stayed at the hotel we had the pool all to ourselves for the most part, also very good music played at the pool at the right volume, perfect holiday dance remixes. What else... the entire experience was great, the restaurant right on the path at the entrance to the hotel was good traditional greek food and the walk to Oia is a must do - we did it on the windiest days ever, added a bit of thrill but overall a stunning walk, 2-3 hours well worth it, we did it in thongs but some areas are a bit more rough than others. After all the research we did on Santorini I hope this review helps others, for locations Imerovigli was not even on our list but by far after experiencing the entire island (we rented a quad one day too and went to the beach where the Chromata staff reserved us beach chairs) this location is by far the best for feeling away from the crowds but close enough walking distance to restaurants and shops... sunset also gorgeous from here, don't even remember if it was that direct of a view from the hotel as most nights we were out for dinner during sunset - Oia is nice, but over-rated for the cost of hotels in our opinion, Fira is way too cruise-ship tacky...

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2009

My husband and I stayed for 5 days at the Chromata and had the time of our lives. It s very well situated between Oia and Fira and has the most amazing view on the Caldera.
This small luxurious hotel offers the quality of top rated hotel with a cozy personalised atmosphere. The rooms are amazing, each decorated differently with a lot of taste. The bathrooms are huge and top quality.
Service is the most excellent I've ever seen. Roula, the manager, is especially welcoming and very knowledgable on where to go on the island. It s this small personalised touch that makes all the difference.
Service by the pool is also amazing

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Hemel Hempstead
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2009

We stayed at Chromata after two (separate) friends had recommended it. We've been fortunate enough to stay in our share of good hotels but I have to say the service at the Chromata was the best - by a long shot! We had to do some unexpected urgent work while we were there and the staff kindly let us use their computer/office. As were the breakfasts delivered to your veranda each morning so you could enjoy the amazing view of the sea, cruise ships and volcano - total luxury. From the minute we arrived, until the minute we left nothing was too much trouble, the staff are friendly, full of knowledge and happy to help. The view is breathtaking, even the taxi driver said Chromata was known for having the best view on the island. The pool/sunbed area is small but we found most people are out and about during the day so we never had a problem getting a bed and it's a 'boutique' style hotel so you'd expect that wouldn't you? We found other guests very respectful, and the hotel has a policy of no reserving loungers with towels etc. Also, why stay in every day when you're on such an amazing island?

The hotel food/drinks are on the pricey side, we would have probably noticed less had the euro been stronger in fairness, but it's good quality and from a hotel of that calibre I think you'd find them all very similar cost wise on the island. There are plenty of cheaper restaurants around, including two really good taverna's directly outside the hotel and Fira is a 20 minute walk along the coastal roads - if you go, explore, its really easy.

We were given an upgrade on our room which had it's own plunge pool, huge bed and lounge, very white, very light and spacious. The bathroom was a walk in wet-room which was mosaic tiled, it was very small but these are hotel rooms set into caves on a Greek island so we weren't suprised or disappointed. I have to say I found a wet room a real bonus on holiday, no slipping trying to climb into a bath/shower. Hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers and beach towels are supplied and towels are changed daily, everything feels very fresh and clean. Every evening your bed is turned down, the bathroom freshened, table lamps lit and a lit candle/lantern welcomes you home each night on your veranda (lovely touch!).

For the perfect sunset, forget all the places you need to drive/taxi to, just take a 5 minute walk up the hill to the little church closeby (you can see it from your veranda), walk round the side of the church and you'll stumble on the MOST amazing sunset. We also crammed up a side street to see it in Oia with loads of other tourists...don't bother!

If you understand the concept of a 'boutique', small, luxury hotel then this hotel will be perfect for a romantic hideaway, or a base to explore the island further. Take a trip to the beach bars at the bottom of the island and get a sunbed, beach towel and amazing lunch, or go to Meglahori to the little square and eat at Ravi - there's so much to do and you're ideally situated in the centre of the caldera, with Fira and Oia on either side. Oia is a taxi ride away but the local taxi guy will pick you up again, you may have to 'cab share' with two others but its quite good fun once you get over the shock.

And as for the person who mentioned PLASTIC chairs around the pool they are styled on the Philipe Stark Louis Ghost chair (and that's a pricey bit of plastic)....I rest my case! Go to Chromata and enjoy we'll certainly go back there.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Seattle
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2009

We were warmly welcomed to the Chromata with a glass of champaign at check-in and a second glass was waiting on our private cliff-hanging balcony upon arrival in our room. Our room (and our bathroom) was cave-like, carved into the cliff in stone; it was unique and chic, decorated in bright Santorini Blues and was very different from anything in Seattle, Washington, or anywhere in the USA. The infinity pool is small but very dramatic. Our balcony offered an incredible view of the Aegean Sea and of Thira Island island from Imerovigli to Oia. We were just steps from the pedestrian path connecting Oia to Fira. The hotel was a 10 minute walk to FiraStephani and 5 minutes more to Fira; we also walked to Oia which took about 2 1/2 hours and was fun, interesting, and well worth the hike. The staff was friendly, fun, and eager to please; service was exceptional. Breakfast was fabulous; it was brought on trays to our private veranda each morning, at the time we requested. For a unique experience, stay at the Chromata; we would recommend it to any of our friends!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2009

My husband and I just visited Greece and our last few days were spent in Santorini. We chose the Chromata for our accomodations, and to say we were pleased is an understatement. The STAFF, the VIEW, the ROOM, the in-our-room POOL was way above anything that we ever expected. Every night we had the best view on the island and without a doubt the best Staff possible. They catered to our every need, and made our stay there the most memorable of our 10 day Greece journey.. We will be back!!! The overall rating for our trip is really an EXCELLENT +++

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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los angeles, ca
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2009

I completely agree with the reviewer from Ontario. Chromata has great service, beautiful views, nice common areas, but the rooms are really small and could use some renovation. The bathroom was also so tiny that I had to move the toilet paper when I took a shower so that it wouldn't get soaked. As others have remarked, there was a strange chemical type smell in our room for a while, too.

I have to say, though, that they really do try at Chromata. The staff is very accommodating, and the views are breathtaking. Oh, and they had great bathroom amenities by Korres, too. I'd give this hotel 3.5 stars, as it reallly is not a "luxury" hotel.

If you do stay at Chromata, be sure to try the little Italian restuarant at the top of the steps off of the parking lot. It was the best food that we had during the whole trip.

  • Liked — the amazing view and the very nice staff
  • Disliked — the tiny bathroom
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2008

We stayed at Chromata for 5 days Sept. 25-30th and thought that Imerovigli was definitely the best location on the island but we would definitely look for other accommodations next time. The service and staff were exceptional, the views spectacular but the rooms were soooo tiny and the washroom and shower tinier still!!! We were in the same little pink cave as the other traveller and we too had problems with our shower drain (it was rectified on day 2 but not after suffering a sewage smell in our room). The shower and bathroom were so tiny that our sink was in the shower. I hyperventilated when I needed to use the washroom and had to blow dry my hair and apply make-up in the other room. I just wasn't comfortable in such small quarters and I wish I hadn't let my travel agent talk me out of changing hotels (she assured me that she had stayed there and sent many clients there and all were satisfied). It had many great qualities but the room size was a deal-breaker for us.

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  • Disliked — Room size
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Chromata Hotel
Address: Imerovigli Cyclades, Imerovigli 847 00, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Imerovigli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Imerovigli
#13 Romantic Hotel in Imerovigli
#16 Family Hotel in Imerovigli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Chromata Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, preserving the Cycladic architecture, Chromata 5 star hotel both astounds and enchants visitors on so many different levels; from the hauntingly beautiful interiors within each of its 22 rooms and suites conveying the heavenly lifestyle of the island, to the uniquely captivating infinity pool from where one can literally breathe in the sheer essence of the volcano. Hidden oasis of calm on its back the Chromata's alfresco Pool Cocktail Lounge and Gourmet Resto offer three types of views: volcanoscape, poolside charm and natural splendor for long languorous afternoons stretching into the night. ... more   less 
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