We booked a week stay at this hotel through a well known travel company and paid just short of £1000 EXTRA for a sea view. When we were shown to the room we had to ask where the sea view was. "Over there" was the answer so you can guess it wasn't very obvious! It turned out that we had to position ourselves in front of a small window, look past parked cars/water tankers/vans in the lane outside, around a tree, across a monument, over buildings, across more roads, across to the other side of the island and finally there was a patch of blue. When sitting on our terrace the only view we had was of the car park. The only glimpse of this 'sea view' was through a three inch gap in the wall and that was only when you bent down. See photos attached.
We have asked and paid for sea view rooms before and our interpretation is that you should be able to see the sea when relaxing on your balcony/terrace or in your room. You couldn't see this view at all under those circumstances and therefore someone has totally misrepresented the situation.
The terrace was shared with another room and had 2 tables and 4 chairs - no lounger (but then who wants to sunbathe next to a car park).
Our other major problem was the shower. The cleaner told us off because it leaked and gave us extra towels to put on the floor. It would have been better if the hotel could have used some of their profits and installed a shower screen rather than the ill-ftting curtain. We had to push it behind the soap tray at one end, close it as tight as possible the other end and then push the surplus length of curtain that was puddled on the floor away from the drain. Once done you could turn on the water but could not move becuase if your arm stuck to the curtain the water leaked out. I can accept a lot of things in different countries but this would be such a simple thing to rectify.
I don't want to be totally negative. The position of the hotel is good due to its high spot and the available parking. The breakfasts are, as other reviewers have said, impressive and the staff very polite. Also Santorini itself is amazing. I expect if you were given one of the Caldera view rooms you would have thought life was pretty good, but not us!
We were so grossly overcharged for this virtually non-existent view of the sea that we didn't use the restaurant and cannot comment on that. If the difference in cost had not been so great we may have felt more inclined to accept things and give the hotel a reasonable review for some of its better qualities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the highest point of the Caldera, 250m above the sea on the top of the traditional village of Imerovigli, with spectacular views of the village, the cliff, the volcano, the famous sunset and the Caldera rim 10 km from Santorini International Airport and 10 km from Athinios Port 3 km from the capital of the island, Fira located La Maltese Estate, a neoclassic mansion-captain’s house, a true sample of luxury and culture have been renovated and converted to a luxury exclusive Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Maltese Hotel And Restaurant
- La Maltese Estate Villa Santorini/Imerovigli