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Afroessa Hotel
Ranked #5 of 48 Hotels in Imerovigli
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
1 review
“Trip of a Lifetime”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2011

My husband & I along with another couple were in Santorini between the 18th of August through till the 23rd. This was my husband's 2nd time back & my third. For the couple travelling with us this would be their 1st time ever. Both my husband & I had been during our past with Friends & felt that we needed to go together as for some reason Santorini resonates within for the two of us.

I had researched many hotels & settled upon AFROESSA. I was looking for a Hotel that was small & boutiquish if you will with an amazing view of both the Caldera & the famous Santorini Sunsets. All I can say is that upon arrival to our hotel it was close to midnight & we could barely see our hands in front of us. Both my husband & I were anxiously awaiting our very 1st morning view to see whether or not the website would live up to our expectations. Well; our view was outstanding & for moments it literally took our breathe away. Afroessa was everything & more!!! This small 10 room Hotel was exceptional clean & extremely well maintained. Service was impeccable & everyone from Ionna (the owner), Aliki (reception), Ionna's son's, Eddy (maintenance) & the girls who cleaned our rooms were more than hospitable. Words nor pictures can explain this hotel, it's view & their service. AFROESSA exceeded our expectations & made this recent trip a trip of a lifetime!!!

I could not imagine staying anywhere else & it is for that reason that I would highly, highly recommend this hotel to anyone travelling to Santorini. You will come to see for yourself that it will live beyond any expectation & you will fall in love with this amazing Family who you will consider to be a part of your own family by the time your trip comes to its end!!!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Rockville, MD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2011

Writing another glowing review of the Afroessa Hotel almost feels like piling on, but you can't help but sing the praises of a place like this. It's a small, boutique hotel that delivers all the wonderful things that Santorini has to offer. We loved the location in Imerovigli -- between Fira and Oia -- we felt like we were tucked away from the scrum of both towns, which were incredibly packed when we were there. The Afroessa is located right on the path between the two, so once you park your car in the nearby public lot, you can easily walk to many restaurants, and enjoy the views along the way. We took advantage of the nearby small market to buy wine, cheese, meats, olives and bread to enjoy a picnic on our balcony our first night there -- why watch the sunsets from anywhere else on the Island when you have the best view right from your own private balcony. We also greatly enjoyed the pool. While breakfast isn't included, the room service menu is very good. It wouldn't be a stretch to say this is the most beautiful and romantic place we've ever stayed. (The pictures on their website are spot on.) Finally, I can't say enough good things about the staff. (A special thank you to Aliki for making the place feel like our home away from home.) Everyone associated with the Afroessa is just wonderful. They steered us to fabulous restaurants and helped us develop a strategy for navigating the sites of the island. We hope to return to Santorini, and if we do, this is where we will stay - no question.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2011

We stayed here with two other couples, and it was incredibly memorable to say the least! The hotel arranged our transportation from the port, which was very efficient. On the road to Imerovigli, there aren't too many views, and once we were dropped off at the parking lot, Eddie came to help us with our bags. When you enter through the front door, your jaw will literally drop. The views are to die for!!! We were speechless. We were so touched by the views that my one friend actually got teary-eyed while watching the sunset. It was that monumental. The hotel views are just spectacular. Words or pictures can't do it justice.

The staff is just wonderful. They are so accommodating, and they genuinely wanted our stay with them to be the best possible. Nothing beats relaxing with a bottle of Sigalas wine by the pool or terrace, watching the sun slowly melt into the horizon. These memories will be with me forever!

Our standard studio room met our needs -- AC, shower with a curtain, TV and refrigerator. We had a small ant problem on the first day (I suspect that the previous guests ate in bed), but once we informed the front desk, the situation was taken care of quickly. The room was on the small side, and the comfort of the bed was okay, but we were hardly in our room.

Aliki arranged a trip with Santorini Sailing for us, and the experience was mind-blowing! It was my favorite activity of our entire 2-week trip.

Thank you, Ioanna, Aliki and Eddie!

(Quick note on location: Imerovigli is a small and quiet village lined with many hotels. Le Mansion was our favorite dinner spot. For a bit more action, Firostefani would also be a good choice, as it is very close to Fira. But I was so happy that we did not stay in Fira, because there was no way that I could handle the congestion with the cruise ship crowds!)

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2011

We recently stayed at the Afroessa for a week's holiday in Santorini. After doing a lot of research beforehand we were really pleased with our choice. Imervigoli is ideally situated between Fira and Oia. It's a very relaxing spot away from the road so no noise from scooters!
What makes the Afroessa a cut above the rest is the staff. Aliki, Johanna and Eddie are so friendly. They recommended good restaurants and booked us tables for them....a must if u want the best views!
The room had everything we wanted and the bed was very comfy but the best thing about the room was the balcony with an amazing view of the Caldera.
We really enjoyed our stay and would go back in a heartbeat

  • Stayed July 2011
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Lugano
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2011

Hv been in Santorini after 30 years and since the moment of booking the friendliness and wish to help of owner and staff were obvious. In need to help for the online reservation I contact by phone. (by the way, I recommend always contact an hotel by phone even when booking via internet: it gives always better results..). They promptly solved our booking problem and from then onward we have been pampered.
Hotel has just 10 rooms and there are few people in charge, so be sure you explain to them when and how you intend to arrive, and do not except more than an exceptional service based on the wish of having the visitor happy. They proposed pick-up on arrival, explained where the port is located, how to reach the hotel, they sent people to look for us to drive us the right way. They gave us room number 7, that is in fact a small suite (and in my further study best room in the hotel). Rooms are equipped with fridge and enough complements to prepare food and drink on one's own. The view, no need to say, is among best ones in the island (I consider Imerovogli a much better location than Oia or Firostefani!!).
Once it is clear that the hotel is in the typical Santorini Caldera style and so small, one cant expect anything better.
I definitely recommend it to experienced traveller that can appreciate a small gemstone in a priviledged location. I do not recommend to people unable to understand what the small hotel luxury means.
Hotel is definitely intended for honeymooners and not at all for families.

Room Tip: Stayed at number 7 - I think best in the hotel
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2011

Owner Ioanna, Aliki and Eddie are the great team running this bijou multi-level hotel perched 300 meters above the caldera in Imerovigli with stunning views. We had a great stay. Eddie will deliver your breakfast to your room or by the small pool area where we took it every day. A wonderful plus is that their food/drinks menu is cheap and well prepared. Their 4 euro Greek salad was the best we had in our 2 weeks in Greece. Taverna Imerovigli which has a view over the caldera is a 10 minute walk into town and a good traditional option for dinner. We also tried nearby La Maison which we were told was the best restaurant in town but found it just so-so. A nice walk in the morning is along the side of the caldera passing by the Grace Santorini and other hotels to the Sun Bakery in town where you can get cappuccinos to go. Transport for 4 of us cost 19 euros each way for the Afroessa to/from Santorini's ugly port.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2011

Our little cave room was a slice of heaven. With a beautiful pool, a view to die for, and an amazing staff, we would love to come back. Alike helped me through the booking and greeted us each morning. Joanna was there in the evenings and always said hello. Ask to see the pictures of the hotel when she bought it!

  • Stayed July 2011
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Property: Afroessa Hotel
Address: Imerovigli 847 00, Greece
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Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Imerovigli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Imerovigli
#4 Luxury Hotel in Imerovigli
#7 Romantic Hotel in Imerovigli
#15 Family Hotel in Imerovigli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Afroessa Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel "Afroessa." Afroessa hotel praises romance. Our guests experience the exceptional view from our "old canavas" rooms, set atop Santorini's hillside. The original site of a winery built in 1700, it was renovated in 1998 on its existing foundation. Our ten studios, each with its own unique archway are built on five levels, with their own magical view of the Caldera. Each studio is individually decorated giving each its own distinct character, yet maintaining the traditional style. The beds are built into the foundations and the furnishings and decorations chosen so as to enhance the warm and romantic feelings created by the surroundings. The priceless moments which you will experience during the enchanting sunsets from your balconies and the relaxing pool bar, with chill-out music will forever remain in your memories, reminding you of the serene calm and magic of Afroessa. ... more   less 
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