A quaint no frills space with kitchenette, refrigerator- and lots of open space. The bed was large and comfortable, and the air conditioning worked well. We stayed at Nikos three nights during mid-August (the high season for the Greek isles). Our fourth night we spent at a "luxury" hotel in Firostefani on the caldera side, and we decided we preferred Nikos to the tourist-laden and romantic genercism that was Firostefani (and Fira, and Oia, and Kamari).
All rooms are on the second-floor and have a large private balcony that faces the sea, which is about a km away. The balcony was perfect for having breakfast upon- we moved the small table and chairs located in the room onto it and frequently spent the early mornings watching the sunrise and taking our first meal. The staff is nice and accomodating, but do not expect a concierge or 24 hour service. The wonderful thing about Nikos is that it is away from the throng of tourists that swarm Fira, it is clean, and contains all of the necessary amenities- but luxury it is not. The city center of Fira is a mere 5 minute walk from Nikos, and there is a place to grab a bus directly across from the motel. However, beware of the drivers as you walk to the hotel, as they are notorious for honking at, or in the alternative being completely oblivious to, pedestrians.There were few (if any) other guests while we were there.
Disadvantages: Nikos is on the main road, thus don't be surprised if you're kept up late at night with the noise of mopeds, honking, and revelers driving and walking by. However, if you have the same experience as we did in Santorini, you will not be able to hear any of this by Day 2 because you will be exhausted from the day's excursion. We had difficulty finding Nikos once we arrived into town- it is not a very well-known hotel around the island and could not get a hold of the hotel via telephone for half an hour.
Advantages: Away from the crowds, low-key, for the adventuring type who does not mind "roughing" it a bit, easily accessible, quiet (despite the high season)
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- Also Known As:
- Nikos Apartments Fira
- Nikos Apartments Santorini/Fira