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“Amazing Afroessa”
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Afroessa Hotel
Ranked #7 of 48 Hotels in Imerovigli
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kent
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“Amazing Afroessa”
Reviewed 22 July 2009

I went to Santorini with my boyfriend for a week and the Afroessa was the perfect choice for us!

the views really are breathtaking and i dont think i have ever taken so many pictures in my life!!!
Rooms are fine -pool area is fab- we watched the sunset many times from here

we DIDNT have a car when we stayed in Imerovigli and it wasnt a problem at all

we walked the 20 min walk to FIRA and got the bus (5 minute walk to bus stop) to OIA- the journey was only 15 mins

u can also get buses back from fira if you dont want to walk back
i was worried about not having a car but it wasnt a problem at all

there are restaurants near by too that are walkable- we walked to LA MAISON in imerovigli and really enjoyed it

special thanks to Ioanna, Mike and Edi for making our stay at the afroessa so memorable- i was one of the best hols ive had and i cant recommend the area enough

i miss the view!

this place is a little gem and i'll be back again soon!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, CA
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Reviewed 17 July 2009

This hotel is a gem. The people are wonderful!

I cant exagerate how beautiful the view is from your room. Its GORGEOUS!

The rooms are average, but good.

The people there help a lot with suggestions and what to do

GO to ahmoudi area for dinner, vanilia restaurant was good as well.

Must rent a car in santorini.

sunset from this hotel is the BEST.

take a jacket because its sooo windy!

I really reccomend this hotel becasue its 5 min drive to twn and 10 min to oia.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 9 July 2009

My wife and I did some extensive research on Trip Advisor before staying in Santorini, and given the number of glowing reviews the Afroessa Hotel had received was paramount in our decision to stay there.

What more can we say that hasn't already been said? The Afroessa is absolutely beautiful, from our immaculately clean apartment we stayed in, to the execeptionally helpful and friendly staff that served us every day. There is a very genuine feel at the Afroessa, and the staff go out of their way to make sure your needs are always taken care of. Everyone was so friendly, and we'll miss their Santorini hospitality. That said, I'll address a couple areas before closing:

APARTMENT - Spotless, tastefully decorated, and a true "Santorini" feel.

VIEW - Absolutely breathtaking, and by far the best sunset views on the entire island (including Oia) with the added bonus of seeing it right from your balcony!

BREAKFASTS - Delicious morning menu items delivered right to our door.

POOL - Given the amount of touring around the island we did during this leg of our stay in Santorini, we never had a chance to take a dip in the Afroessa's pool, but looked absolutely beautiful from above on our balcony.

STAFF - Super friendly and very helpful. Natasha smoothly checked us in when we arrived and the staff brought our luggage down to our room (no easy feat given the amount of stairs!). Everyone definitely deserved top marks.

EXTRAS - One nice little bonus the the Afroessa offers is your own personal laptop during your stay. We really appreciated this free service as it allowed us to catch up on our mail and touch base with everyone at home.

LOCATION - For those of you looking for a true escape from the tourist hordes, Imerovigli is a fantastic choice. Very serene feel to the area yet close enough to reach the centre of Fira when you crave a taste of the frenzy. the Afroessa in particular is perched on one of the highest cliffside points of the island (was strange looking out and "down" at Oia).

BOTTOM LINE - We would most definitely recommend this hotel to our friends.and family and so happy we chose the Afroessa as part of our honeymoon stay in Santotorini.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2009

After much trawling on trip advisor I booked this hotel as a surprise getaway for my partner, and as a romantic location to propose to her, and I couldn't have made a better choice. The Afroessa hotel is one of those places you hope to find, but so rarely do. A fantastic combination of a location to die for, comfortable traditionally styled and furnished rooms, and most importantly, hosts who really understand how to look after their guests.

We will be forever grateful to Ioanna, Mike, Natasha and Eddie for making us feel immediately at home, and also for helping me to arrange the most memorable and romantic evening on which to propose. Despite not having a restaurant, Mike and the team went to great lengths to arrange a lovely traditional Greek meal (prepared by a local taverna ), with champagne and wine, and arranged the most romantic table setting complete with linen table cloth, candles, and flowers.

Location wise, the hotel is very peaceful, and thankfully away from the sometimes cruise ship inflated streets of Fira. Sitting on the edge of Imerovigli, but still only a 25 minute walk along a hugely scenic footpath (or a 5 minute bus ride) away from the centre of Fira, it's perfect for a relaxing and peaceful holiday, but with the ease of getting into Fira for nights out. The footpath at dusk is especially recommended, just as the lights come up on the island!

Oh, and she said yes...

Jason & Helen

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 23 June 2009

Seriously folks! This is the most amazing resort on the island of Santorini. The staff are so accomodating to your every need. The rooms are incredibly romantic and comfortable. Ours was all white and had a lovely bathroom and patio. The view here is breathtaking! We enjoyed ourselves so much at Afroessa. I would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Florida
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Reviewed 8 June 2009

This is a very nice hotel, with accommodating staff, and a truly spectacular view. The staff was very responsive to emails and arranged for a taxi ($15e) to pick us up at the port and take us to the hotel. Honestly, I don't think there would have been any other way to find this hotel. Once we got there, Eddie greeted us and lugged our bags down a long path and then down several flights of stairs to the reception desk. (It's a good thing we were travelling light.) After we settled into our room, which was very quaint and clean, we ventured a short ways to the nearby restaurant and mini-mart. From Imerovigli, there is some bus service, but it made more sense to rent a car to get around Santorini. Nearby, we found Jimmy's rent-a-car who had much better rates than they do in Fira. The staff there was also extremely nice and helpful. We spent three fun-filled days in Santorini and went from tip (Oia) to tip (the lighthouse) and visited many other places inbetween. Unfortunately, Acrotiri is not open to tourists, and probably won't be for quite some time. We did go to Ancient Thira (tip: pay the $10e for the mini-bus because it is a killer uphill walk (~5k) in the heat, and due to road construction you can't drive up right now). The ruins were great to visit and were more extensive than I expected. It was always nice to come home to our peaceful hotel after a day out on the town!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 May 2009

This is an absolutely wonderful hotel in all respects. Ioanna and Mike are incredibly helpful hosts, and made our stay absolutely perfect.
The location was perfect for us, as we wanted something quiet and peaceful for our 4 days on Santorini. The hotel provided the ideal backdrop for my engagement proposal as we watched the sunset over the caldera. Ioanna helped setup the evening, and Mike provided the finishing touches with a superb bottle of wine.
The room (#7) was spacious and very comfortable, and we had an amazing view from our balcony. The pool was right below us, and was the perfect tonic to a hot day of walking around.
It should be noted that Imerovigli is not very close to Fira (40 minute walk), so some form of transportation would be helpful to get you around the island. The village did have a couple of good restaurants, so you can stay close to home for a night out.
For breakfast, we ordered from the hotel on 2 mornings and had great meals each time. For having limited facilities, the food was great with generous portions.

As a final note, the plumbing on Santorini is not like the mainland, so you must expect to have lower water pressure anywhere you go and the need to have bottled water on hand for drinking. This didn't present a problem for us, and the hotel even had a cold bottle of water awaiting us upon arrival.
In summary, this is an amazing hotel that is perfect for a romantic stay. The hosts will go out of their way to help make your stay perfect - all you have to do is ask. Enjoy!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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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:
#2 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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