The Gizis Hotel/Apartments is the best value you can get in terms of location and cosy accomodation.
It is not in Imerovigli village, but in its outskirts (Oia side); you can reach every main village on the island by the local bus which stops 1 minute away on foot (at Tasos Taverna).
A 10-15 minute breath-taking walk on a wide path along the caldera will take you to Imerovigli (note that some parts of the path are not illuminated).
We easily relied on local buses, but we think the best option if you can afford it is to rent a Quad (4x4 motorbike).
We stayed in the junior suite, which is simple but airy, with the GREAT added value of a private balcony (while for most of the other rooms the open part is semi-shared).
The bathroom (with hydro-massage shower: it is _not only_ hand-held, you can choose with a knob!) is maybe the less appealing commodity: the faucets are a bit green for saultiness and in the whole it's kinda ramshackle. Anyway, it does its job.
There is absolutely no complain about the staff: smiley, friendly and helpful.
Mr. Gizis is there to help you with _any_ issue you could face, and Maria will help with the language.
We had a very early check-in and addictional breakfast without any charge, and Mr. Gizis came to pick us up by car at the bus stop in Imerovigli.
The breakfast is ok but not home-made; you can ask for addictional beverages beyond the standard supply.
If you are looking for a familiar, non-posh, quiet and cozy accomodation to stay, well-connected to all the villages but away from the crowds and the plethora of souvenir shops, and if you want to enjoy a breath-taking view of the sunset on the caldera... THIS IS THE PLACE!
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- Also Known As:
- Gizis Hotel Imerovigli
- Gizis Exclusive Santorini/Imerovigli