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“Excellent caldera view and great hosts!”
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Arc Houses
Ranked #31 of 48 Hotels in Imerovigli
London, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Excellent caldera view and great hosts!”
Reviewed 27 May 2012

We had a fantastic time staying at Arc Houses. We stayed in the Mediterranean suite and Stone room in May 2012. Flora, the hotel manager, was kind enough to upgrade us to the Mediterranean suite for some of our stay. The rooms were spotless and both had a great view, although the M suite has a private balcony and is bigger. For the price it is difficult to find anywhere better. But the best thing of all about staying here is Flora, for whom no request is too much trouble. She was incredibly helpful and arranged all the activities we wanted to do on the island, from car rental to the caldera cruise to booking a cooking class at Selene. Also there were 2 very small kittens (12 days old) when we were there who were very cute! There are cats everywhere on Santorini, so great if you are a cat lover. Some reviewers have said the rooms and bathrooms are small - well they are comparable in size to the rooms you will get elsewhere in Imerovigli for this price. Anyway it is quite romantic snuggling up in a small space! I recommend it without hesitation!

Room Tip: Mediterranean room is the best - biggest, private balcony and best view
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dahab, Egypt
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2012

Beautiful location and hotel. Our room had the best view in Santorini! There was no need to go anywhere else to catch the sunset - you could just sit outside your room. I imagine the room in summer could get quite hot and the bathroom was quite small, but otherwise it was lovely. Flora is a wonderful host, and was so helpful in advising us where to go. She also organised car rental which was great value and very easy. We went to Art Space and would recommend a visit there, if only to buy some vinsanto! We also enjoyed dining at the Imerovigli tavern which was close by and we wished we had gone there more as some of the other places were expensive.
I also highly recommend getting the transfer from the port to the hotel, as it would be very difficult to find the hotel yourself and the transfer really is the easiest way to find it.
Absolutely recommend staying here

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 13 November 2011

This is an absolutely charming hotel set in one of the most breathtaking spots one could imagine. It truly made me feel like I was getting the authentic Santorini experience. Flora is a lovely hostess and couldn't have been more helpful. I would absolutely recommend this hotel to others.

Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Bangalore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2011

This place has one of the most amazing views in Santorini. Flora, the hostess was wonderful and extremely helpful with everything. We stayed at stone house; very well done room though the bathroom is a bit on the smaller side. But everything else made up for it and we have no complaints!

Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cork, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2011

My wife and I stayed here at the end of August and absolutely loved it. Flora, the owner, and her family were really warm and friendly. Flora gave us great advice on places to visit and even helped us to find the best car rental company to deal with. The setting of Arc Houses is stunning, with expansive panoramic views of the Caldera. Pictures do not do it justice! We stayed in the Mediterranean suite which is nice and private; higher up than the other rooms. The room was nice and clean, with beautiful flowing, white interior walls. The private balcony outside offers some of the best views in Imerovigli and we spent hours just watching the sun set over the Caldera. I cannot recommend Arc Houses highly enough, especially for couples.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed 27 October 2011

We arranged for a pick-up transport at the airport from the hotel, however there was a miscommunication and the pick-up wasn't there. However, Flora apologized immediately for the inconvenience and rewarded us with an upgrade for the room, which was very professionally handled. Upon arrival, Flora briefed us on where to eat and what to see. She gave us a book guide, a map (complete with recommendations) and the bus schedule. All of them are very useful!
We stayed 2 nights at the cave room, which was incredible, complete with a stove, fridge and kitchen utilities. The room is quite small but was not cramped. The shower however was quite small, as we found in many B&B's and hotels in Europe. On the 3rd and 4th night, we were upgraded to the stone room which has a private terrace facing the caldera. This room is even more superb, with bigger space and big window facing the caldera. The rooms were cleaned daily. The bed were not soft but also not hard. It was nice for us, and we slept very well throughout our visit.
There is a bus stop less than 5 minutes walk, which was very comfortable as we rely very much on the bus to take us everywhere in Santorini. There is a supermarket near the bus station on the way to the hotel, also a bakery and several restaurants.
Within 30 minutes walk, full of breathtaking views along the way, we can reach Firostefani. And you can reach Oia and Fira directly by bus within 10-15 mins.
Overall, I am very happy with my stay at Arc Houses and especially with the utmost friendly owner, Flora. We can't wait to be back!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2011

Arc Houses was our first immersion with Greece. Having over 24 hours of travelling in our bones, we arrived at Arc Houses and were greeted by Flora, our wonderful hostess. The Houses themselves are right on the cliff overlooking the Caldera, with the higher rooms offering a better view from it's patios. Flora was nice enough to upgrade our rooms since we arrived in low season.

The weather was quite cold for April 2011 and the rooms were a little humid, but the heater did quick work to help with that. A quick note that some to these rooms, which probably applies to many more hotels in this area, tend to be quite humid due to it's concrete surroundings, which I'm sure is not in issue in the heat of summer.

The location (northern part of the island) was central enough for us to walk to the main village of Fira via the wonderful pedestrian path. We stayed in the Mediterranean room, which was the highest of them all with a beautiful patio. Getting there was an (good) adventure in itself as access to the Hotel requires going through small alleys, but most places are identical.

Santorini is definitely not lacking in hotels and rooms, and to be frank, there are nicer places then the ARC Houses, but Flora, the view and the surroundings, as well as the price made it a top choice for us. Would we be back? Yes we would.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Arc Houses
Address: Malteza Square, Imerovigli 847 00, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Imerovigli
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Hotel Style:
#20 Romantic Hotel in Imerovigli
#20 Family Hotel in Imerovigli
Hotel Class:3 star — Arc Houses 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ARCHouses hotel is situated in Imerovigli - known for the breathtaking view to the Caldera - at the highest point of the settlement. The hotel lies 50m. from the church of Panagia Maltesa ( Maltese ) and 1.8 km from Fira, the capital of the island. The hotel offers magnificent views of the volcano, the Aegean Sea and the, undoubtedly, most famous sunset in the world.The ARCHouses complex is a mixture of traditional cycladic and modern architecture. The architect and householder of Archouses, Mrs. Flora Nastouli, has designed all spaces with much love giving attention to every detail. The fine structural lines and the quality of materials used (linen & silk) create an elegant and luxurious ambience that adds extra comfort in your vacation. ... more   less 
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