This was our first hotel in Greece. We tried not to spend too much, yet have decent accommodations that meet our travel plans for the days of stay. Here are the impressions:
Location: The hotel is close to Akrotiri, which is a smaller village that is less touristy. Yet one can walk to beaches on two sides of the island, including the famous Red Beach. It is a nice walk through vineyards (mostly), and you can visit the ancient excavation site too. The only negative is the typical in Greece absence of sidewalks, so a walk to the Akrotiri center is a bit uncomfortable, with cars passing close by. The nearest beach is down below, so it is a workout to get back, but that's pretty much everywhere on Santorini except Perissa (where the beach is really nice, by the way!). There are less people, no tourist crowds, so it is nice this way. But if you want to experience that as well, then it is better to split your stay and move to Fira, Immerovigli, or Oia for half the stay.
Accommodations: a small room that is not that small, actually, by European standards. Pretty basic set up. They should go easy on "starching" the bed linens - they are almost hard - but clean. Another advice would be to fix little things like squeaking doors, windows, set up a keyless lock from inside (a common omission in Greece - you need the key inside too!), and minor other things. Otherwise it is good, and the AC works too :). The view is fantastic! That alone would cost you double in Oia.
Other: Their breakfast is very good. They really nailed the omelet! :) There are fruit, yogurt, drinks, cereals, baked stuff, and more. Try the grape jam! The two sisters and their father, who manage the property are very friendly and nice. They speak decent English, albeit with a heavy accent. You can arrange for an airport pick up. There's a bus stop right across, and a bus schedule is available. The direct bus is to Fira. One bus change will get you mostly anywhere on the island. You can also rent an ATV - it looks like fun, although it may be a scary ride, if you go to Oia.
Overall, I was pretty happy with this hotel, and I would recommend it to anyone desiring a quieter cheaper place with an awesome view and away from tourist crowds.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel Goulielmos is situated at the village Acrotiri at the cladera rim of Santorini. It has a scenic view into the volcanic caldera and to the sunset. The simple but nice equiped rooms have a view to the caldera or to the garden. Taverns, the Balos-Beach and a rent a car are situated in about 5 minutes distance by foot. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Goulielmos Hotel Santorini/Akrotiri, Greece