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Afroessa Hotel
Ranked #10 of 51 Hotels in Imerovigli
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 July 2014

We stayed here for 4 days (19-22 June). This was our first time to Santorini and after extensive research we're so glad we chose this hotel. We were greeted by the friendly staff who couldn't have been more helpful. Ioanna, the owner, was there to assist in every way. We stayed in Room 8, great room set out with everything you need and right beside the pool. The sunset views were incredible probably even better than Oia. The pool was a good size and the views over the caldera were breathtaking. Overall could not fault this hotel at all and would thoroughly recommend this one to all. Would definitely stay again.

Room Tip: Room 8, even though next to pool, I'm our opinion, was the best location and being so close to t...
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

We stayed at Afroessa for a week in early June. What a great hotel and in a perfect location. The hotel itself is located at the quiet end of the village but is close to the restaurants, buses etc. The view from our balcony was magnificent and we had the added benefit of a room close to the pool. Our apartment was very comfortable with everything we required. The staff could not have been any more helpful or friendly which made our stay even better!! Many thanks to Hara, Edi, Spressa, Dora and Irene. We would highly recommend Afroessa to others visiting Santorini.

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

If you make your way to Santorini then this is the place to stay. Quiet and perfectly positioned to take in the magnificent views, which is what Santorini is about.
The hotel staff are lovely and cannot do enough for you. Great restaurants close by. Our room was not extravagant but very comfortable and adequate. When you wake in the morning, see the view and have a good breakfast brought to your balcony, you feel like your in paradise.
The only downfall was that we only had 2 nights here and not more.

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3  Thank Marto16
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We stayed in the Afroessa for four nights at the beginning of June. We didn't get the best of weather but we certainly got a warm welcome from Joanna. The other reviews do not exaggerate - she is a real star! We booked directly with the hotel and Joanna always answered my emails promptly. By the time we left we felt more like friends than hotel guests. Joanna booked a different restaurant for us every night - all were excellent. The hotel itself is full of character having been an old winery and has been really sensitively renovated. The views over the caldera are spectacular but because of the weather we shall have to return for the famous Santorini sunset and shall certainly stay with Joanna in the Afroessa again!
Recommend the walk over the headland to Oia.

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1  Thank AnneL1986
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

My wife and I returned from a 4 night stay (16-20 June) at this private piece of paradise - originally an 18th century winery perched on a cliffside in the delightful village of Imerovigli. Every glowing tribute you read on TripAdvisor is true (perhaps understated), and Afroessa made our Santorini experience unforgettable.

Location : Imerovigli is the PERFECT location - tranquil, being away from the tourist onslaught (unlike Fira and Oia) with the best unobstructed views of BOTH - the calderra and the magical sunset (unlike Oia, where you inevitably choose one or the other) from your own balcony. The hotel is a very short walk from the village centre, and they had arranged a coach transfer from the port (very reasonably priced). Eddie and Nick were enthusiastically waiting to receive guests and help with luggage on arrival with Cara handling a friendly and efficient check-in. For the more active, its worth mentioning that (i) the Imer-Oia stretch is the most beautiful portion of the roughly 2 hour hike to Oia (a must-do) (ii) the steps leading to Skaros Rock also begin 5 mins from the hotel.

Facilities : The 10 rooms are cave-like, and preserve a lot of the original elements of the winery e.g. some exposed stone walls and little niches, infusing real charm. Interestingly, our bathroom (Room 3, near the reception) had a cavity where the grapejuice would be drained after crushing in the original winery - the hotel has retained this, dropping in some artefacts and lighting, and sealing it with a glass lid (see picture) and creating a magical viewing underground experience near the sink! The rooms were comfortable, quiet and very clean, equipped with most amenities you'd expect - airconditioning, a safebox, an iron and board, a mini fridge, high-speed wifi access etc. Every room has its private balcony, with staggering views, where breakfast would be served every morning. For its location and views alone, Afroessa is amongst the most competitively priced properties on the island.

Experience : Where do I even begin ? Ioanna and her staff made us feel like family - their individual attention to every guest, recommendations and assistance with things to do from restaurants to hiring a car - everything was just perfect. From reminding us to take beach towels.. to the friendly conversations everytime we passed by ... to the complimentary vinsanto wine while lazing in the sunbeds by the pool, it is incredible how Ioanna is singularly focused on her guests, with all the attendant genuineness and warmth - my wife had tears in her eyes when we left Santorini.

In summary, Santorini is magical, and the Afroessa makes the experience superlative - I promised Ioanna that we will be back, and I cannot wait to return.

Room Tip: All rooms are exceptional and have a balcony with a view, the deluxe studio was perhaps larger and m...
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

Unbelievable view with fantastic service at a great price. We booked a standard studio and really enjoyed it. Imerovigli was a great place to stay - relaxing and not too touristy.

All of the Afroessa staff was amazing - they know how to make you feel welcome and help you to relax. Great tips on restaurants and activities too. We took their advice and had our own sunset ritual every night of our stay - a glass of wine on our private balcony!

Room Tip: Room 10 was the best! And trust all of Ioanna's advice - she is spot on!
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1  Thank Sara K
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

I'm confident in claiming that this is the best place to stay in Santorini. We had a lovely room with our own small kitchen and balcony. Waking up to the ocean every day is a sight you never get tired of seeing. The standard is very high and the service is genuine, warm and caring. We spent five days here on our honeymoon and everything was perfect. We did a nice wine tour and walked to Oia when we weren't relaxing by the nice pool. Some very nice restaurants in walking distance as well. Just book it!

Room Tip: If you can upgrade to a bigger room, very nice!
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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:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Imerovigli
#7 Luxury Hotel in Imerovigli
#7 Romantic Hotel in Imerovigli
#15 Family Hotel in Imerovigli
Price Range: £110 - £222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Afroessa Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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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Afroessa Hotel Santorini/Imerovigli

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