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Altana Traditional Houses and Suites
Ranked #12 of 48 Hotels in Imerovigli
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“Simply Amazing Stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2009

The Altana was a dream come true for our honeymoon. From the moment we arrived, the twin brothers (Mario and Cristos) took great care of us. The room was very nice and the staff would get you anything you needed. The mini bar was very reasonably priced. The brothers were very attentive to their customers. They went out of our way to make our stay special. Our ferry to Crete was cancelled and we ended up staying with them an extra day. The ferry was off and on three times They coordinated all of the changes and all we had to do was sit back and enjoy ourselves. We did not have much time prior to arriving to research the island but the brothers provided great recommendations for food and excursions around the island. The staff made our reservations for dinner and also for a rental car. Everything was perfect. They went the extra mile to make sure we had a great stay. The location of the hotel was great because it is only a 20 minute or so walk to the capital town of Fira but it is far enough away that it is quiet. There is a great traditional greek restaurant (Tavern Imerovigli) only a few minutes walk away with amazing food. We had saganaki and greek salad too many times because it was so good. The Altana was a great place to stay. We did not want to leave.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2009

The Altana hotel is one of the truly great places this well traveled person has ever been to. The owners are attentive to your particular needs, the rooms are beautiful, the facilities are perfect and the view from your front door is breathtaking. If you are going to Santorini, staying at the Altana is a must!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2009

My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Altana for three nights in Santorini. We never wanted to leave! The hotel views are breathtaking. Our room was out of a storybook. Everything was beautiful Marios, Christos and Sonya where the most amazing hosts. We had gotten a frommers guide but found that is was not that useful for Greece. Christos provided us with a map of the island and highlighted areas for us to visit. he was spot on! Every where he suggested was amazing. He let us know it was worth the climb to the swimming area in Oio and even gave us names of restaurants. They also sent us to the Domain Sigalli (sp?) vineyard. Amazing! Fabulous wine and beautiful vineyard.

I am convinced the Pool provides the best views of the sunset on all of the island. You are at the top and you watch the moon rise as the sun sets!

Besides the rooms the hotel has a little setting area in what was once a 1700's pub. Breakfast was lovely and we tried some fun cocktails made with fresh island ingredants. We learned about the history of the hotel and the area. It is so obvious that they love what they do ... and they pass the love on to their guest. We would go back in heartbeat!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2009

Every year, i chose to spend a few days in Santorini. After having stayed in quite a few hotels, i decided - some 5 years ago - that Altana is THE place for me to stay. Situated at the highest point of Imerovigli, it offers breathtaking views and the most private jacuzzi pool in the village (everyone who passes by cannot help but notice and envy it!) with view to both sides of the island, not to mention that it is ideal for those not too keen on climbing steps! The family that owns the hotel are always very welcoming and serving, always trying to do their best to satisfy all of our requests. The hotel's recent renovation has made it even more beautiful and has significately upgraded the rooms (at least, the one we are staying in every time we visit). Everyone says that Santorini gets very crowded and has a wild night life....well, for me, Santorini is my relaxing spot and my Altana room is my sanctuary. My partner and I find it the perfect place to rediscover ourselves and relax. Mario and Christo thank you again for everything! I hope that i will keep coming for many many more years...

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2008

If you're going to Santorini (and you should) please stay at Altana. The hospitality, decorating, and view are rare. Mario marks a map with options for sightseeing and dining. This alone is extremely valuable in a tourist location. Every recommendation was exactly right. It was tempting to never leave the veranda, because the view was spectacular, looking out into the ocean-filled crater formed by volcanic eruption. The hotel itself is nestled into the hill.

Each room is unique. Ours had great sitting area, refrigerator and counter, and a bathroom with shower. The decorating could be featured in a magazine, it was so perfect and relaxing. My husband and I also loved a sunset dinner on the veranda, which featured a menu with typical local specialties.

Some friends stayed elsewhere on Santorini, and did not get the personal attention and advice that made our three days a trip of a lifetime. Though we stayed at 5 star hotel in Athens, Altana is the experience I would want to repeat. Romantic, and part of the sea. Imagine yourself as a mermaid or the captain who would have lived here in the 1800s. Please consider for your visit to Santorini. The only person who would not be able to enjoy a stay at Altana would be someone with significant difficulty walking. There are steps, which are part of the charm. We would love to go back.

  • Liked — Unique location in harmony with nature. Great advice on the area
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Chicago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2008

My husband and I just returned from a fabulously romantic stay at the Altana Traditional House in Santorini. It was quaint, private and had such a wonderful view of the Aegean Sea. Proprietor Sonya Tsaousi-Bekiari and son Mario were so hospitable and accommodating from suggestions of what to do and where to eat. A true trip to remember and a definite place that we would recommend for a honeymoon or a couples getaway!

  • Liked — It was quaint with your own balcony with a wonderful view of the Aegean Sea!
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2007

We stayed at Altana a few years back, but after reading some negative
reviews I wanted to post a quick review. The location of Altana is spectacular. I loved being at the top of the island. We did stay at other properties in Santorini, with a higher star rating, but I think
if we went back we would choose Altana. The little balconies out front made for a perfect place to lounge, enjoy the company, some wine and the sunset. Everything is our room was clean, and the room was bright, and except for the huge thunderstorm it was very quiet and relaxing. Believe me, you do not need a TV or a large bathroom to have a wonderful time in Santorini.

  • Liked — The Location
  • Disliked — That I had to leave
  • Stayed September 2005, travelled as a couple
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Property: Altana Traditional Houses and Suites
Address: Imerovigli 84700, Greece
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Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Imerovigli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Imerovigli
#5 Romantic Hotel in Imerovigli
#8 Luxury Hotel in Imerovigli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Altana Traditional Houses and Suites 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This charming boutique hotel brings centuries-old style, history and hospitality luxuriously to life at the highest point of Santorini’s breathtaking volcanic Caldera, in Imerovigli. The restoration project of a Traditional Mansion owned by a family of generations of Captains that began in 1979 established Altana Hotel in 1983 as the first high standard guest house in the area of Imerovigli and certainly among the first on the Santorinian Caldera. This historical building complex dating back over a century, between 1779 and 1883 has been preserved, restored and renovated to meet the highest standards of modern luxury. The 6 apartments and 8 suites at Altana, each unique, blend traditional local architecture and aesthetics with modern amenities that tastefully cater for any true traveler's comfort. A unique sensitivity to detail and restored original objects revive the simple elegance of tradition and pay homage to the history of the mansion. A deeply personal service philosophy offers a unique hospitality experience in a setting surrounded by an endless horizon of blue in a bird’s eye view of the Santorinian Caldera, the Volcano, and the whole of the Southern Aegean Sea, including the neighboring islands. Enjoy a dip under the sun in the highest swimming pool on the island and feel free against the sea breeze. Lose your breath to the vibrant sunrises and mystical sunsets from your private veranda. Relax in your suite’s private Jacuzzi pool or rejuvenate your mind and body with a plethora of massage, yoga, chi-kung and beauty treatments. Enjoy homemade breakfast till noon or experiment with local homemade delicacies, sweets and wine-tasting at ‘Kafeneion’, our preserved cave-house bistro. Sample a world of gastronomy with our cooking lessons, gourmet degustation & private candle-lit dinner experiences, which incorporate our own organically grown produce straight from the volcanic soil of the Altana farm. Savor the atmosphere of relaxation and discovery that will inspire some of the most romantic and exciting moments of your life. Dive into the magic of something old and discover something new...welcome to Altana, let us immerse you into the magic of Santorini. ... more   less 
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