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Aeolos Studios & Suites
Ranked #38 of 51 Hotels in Imerovigli
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 July 2007

I spent an idyllic week at the Aeolos apartments with my boyfriend in mid July. We really struggled to find accommodation in the resort of Imerovigli that was affordable & didn't have terrible reviews (the curse of using Trip Advisor). Santorini is an expensive island, Imerovigli accommodation with caldera views is expensive and there is no escaping that. I have to say though the view is worth every penny - anyone who is not moved by waking up to such a beautiful panorama everyday has no soul!

We had the smallest apartment at the Aeolos villas and it was more than sufficient. It was cleaned every day and the staff worked so hard to make our stay enjoyable. You only have to read the Guestbook to see how happy people have been with this place. We used the jacuzzi every day, enjoyed breakfast (cake, bread, juice and coffee) on our private terrace every morning and basically had the whole place to ourselves as the other guests disappeared during the day time. The air conditioning in the room was a god send and the place was so quiet at night we never heard any noise whatsoever.

The swimming pool is actually larger than it looks in the pictures - be warned though it is extremely deep! It is ideal for cooling down during the heat of the day even though it is not really big enough for swimming. To be honest though anyone who expects a big swimming pool on the side of a hill is expecting a bit too much!

Don't be fooled by the bad reviews this place has had, I have stayed in Greek accommodation that has been absolutely terrible and this place is simply beautiful.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 November 2006

Aeolos Villas does not only offer a spectacural view of the Caldera but also warm hospitality, elegance, good taste and great tips for places to visit (restaurants, traditional cellars etc.). He have made it a 'must' for our summer holidays and each year is better than the previous.
Nikos- Lena, Athens, Greece

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10  Thank elenitsa
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Reviewed 10 October 2006

The hospitality was great, and we realy enjoyed our stay at Aeolos.The service was always good, and the view breathtaking.We will be back soon.

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank luigi4466
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Reviewed 28 August 2006

Aeolos Villas is a wonderful small hotel located at the top of the cliffs overlooking the caldera. The sunsets were incredibly beautiful to watch form the outdoor pool area where we were served sweet local wine as we chatted with other guests.

Our room was located just beside the small pool which was perfect for cooling off or relaxing during the day or evening. In general, the tenor was quiet and peaceful.

Our hosts, the Cocolis family, were sweet and generous, offering advice on where to have dinner to sharing sweets for their daughter's 17th birthday.

While the space we rented was compact, it was a great deal for a fabulous, clean beautiful location. I highly recommend Aeolos Villas.

Stayed: August 2006
10  Thank ZiggyOfNewYork
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Reviewed 19 August 2006

Excellent value for money can be found at Aeolos Villas. We stayed in the Suite, which I would recommend over the studios, as the studio’s are all placed together and privacy is not guaranteed - each sharing the same balcony/sun deck. In the Suite (and Apartment) you have your own balcony and the view is breathtaking (like it is from all the Villas, in fact).

The décor and fixtures are a little dated, but for the relative value for money this is to be expected. We couldn’t fault the place for it’s cleanliness and the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. They served us our breakfast each morning at very late times (we were on holiday!) and helped us with taxis.

It is quite a walk from the main square and down the steps to the Villas, but the views are worth it. Perhaps if you are going on Honeymoon you’ll want a more exclusive and upmarket place to stay, but if you are holidaying and don’t want to spend a fortune, I can recommend the Villas.

As for the place itself, Imerovigli has to be one of the best places to stay in Santorini in my opinion. It’s ideally placed for one of the best vistas of the Caldera, it’s proximity to Fira and Oia for restaurants and bars at night, and a good a base as any for exploring the island during the day. You will never quite realise just how high up you are staying on the cliff, until you see the village from the opposite side of the Island.

I would recommend hiring a car (there are hundreds of places on the Island to do this on the island if you haven’t/don’t want to pre-book) and go explore the place. The beach at Perivolos is one of the most undiscovered and relaxing in the Med, the sunset in Oia is moving, the restaurants and bars in Fira are amongst some of the best in Greece and the views from various parts of the island have to be seen.

  • Stayed: May 2006, travelled as a couple
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17  Thank james_s_collins
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Reviewed 6 August 2006

To my opinion, the Aeolos Villas is neither a welcoming nor a customer-orientated hotel. It seems to be no more, no less than a business. It is not a bad place to stay, the rooms can be fine, the rates are among the best you can find for a hotel on the cliff, the caldera view is impressive, but its not a place where your needs are really attended to.

I have stayed at the Aeolos villas for a week, in a standard studio. I have reserved a long time ago and had specifically asked for a room with private veranda or balcony, and a view. Availability had been confirmed. However, the room I was given was right beside the reception area (which is outside), by the pool. There was one verenda and one small table for three rooms, with a very limited view of the caldera.

I did complain to the owner. At first, he would not accept my comments and told me he could reimburse me and I could go somewhere else if I was not satisfied. After a while, he offered to move me to another room the following day. The offered room was smaller but more to my liking. It also happened to be a fortunate change since the first room I was given (#5) had a strong humidity smell..

The room itself was clean and confortable but its facilities did not match my expectancies.The web site of the hotel indicates that rooms have a cuisinette. True, there was a mini fridge, 2 hot plates and basic tableware for 2 (2 glasses, 2 cups, 2 plates). However, there were no pans and no cooking tools in the room. When I asked for a pan at the desk, I was told that I could buy one at the market. The room did not have a coffee machine either.

The web site of the hotel also mentions «internet by client's PC» among the services that are offered. When asked about the way to connect to internet, the owner answered that he did not recommand the hotel internet system for it uses the regular phone line and, thus, costs around 3 Euros a minute. He suggested going to an internet cafe.

Breakfast was fine but quicly became boring since you get the same every morning. You don't have some item to choose from. You are served a tray with bread, toasts, 2X50g portions of preserves (apricot and berries), small portion of honey, juice and tea or coffee.

The pool is small but sufficient if you just want to cool down or have a quick dip. Swimming is not really possible and because of it small size, you will probably not want to get in the pool when somebody else already is.

Located between Fira and Oia, the hotel is well situated for those who have a car or those who want to have a quiet holiday. It is right on the edge of the cliff and provide a splendid view of the caldera. The view is clearly the best asset of the hotel. It is also close to small markets and some interesting restaurants. The stair (24 steps) from the road to the hotel is steep and has no handrail. Carrying luggage up and down the stair can be difficult and you are expected to manage without help.

Overall, I would say that the Aeolos Villas hotel is a fair place to stay if you only want to sleep there and enjoy the view in the morning or at sunset without using any other services. If you want a little more than that and if your budget allows you to spend a bit more, your might be better to look at other options.

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled solo
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10  Thank Eye_in_the_sky
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Reviewed 23 June 2006

I had a bad stay at the Aeolos hotel a couple of years ago, and stopped by the hotel on a recent trip to see if it had changed....It hadn't. Studio rooms are very cramped and humid. There is little to recommend of this place. Reader, notice however: the reviews that are negative are given an unusally high number of votes for "this review was not helpful"? what does this mean to you? To me, it means that the hotel owners have been very active on this website and instead of making improvements at the hotel, they are making comments on the website. Caution is HIGHLY recommend if you book this hotel for a long stay.

Stayed: June 2006
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Additional Information about Aeolos Studios & Suites

Address: Imerovigli 84700, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Imerovigli
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#27 Romantic Hotel in Imerovigli
#29 Luxury Hotel in Imerovigli
Price Range: £101 - £239 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Aeolos Studios & Suites 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique Hotel on top of the cliffs of the Caldera of Santorini island facing a breathtaking view are built according to the Aegean architectural style and located at the picturesque village of Imerovigli, on an altitude of 330 m. offering wellness by the outside pool or at the studio's indoor Jacuzzi, with aromatherapy, in tranquility and relaxation for a memorable vacation. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Aeolos Villas Santorini Hotel Imerovigli
Aeolos Hotel Santorini
Aeolos Hotel Imerovigli
Aeolos Studios & Suites Santorini/Imerovigli

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