The Anatoli Hotel is uniquely located in a residential area and conveniently within walking distance (approximately 7 minutes by foot) to Fira’s main square and central bus station. A short trek through a winding neighbourhood path would take me to the town of Fira.
I stayed at Anatoli two years ago and liked it so much that I returned there during my second visit to Santorini. I initially based my decision to stay there on their reasonable rates and all the positive Trip Advisor reviews. I wasn’t disappointed and loved it even more the second time around.
My room was pleasantly bright and roomy. It also had enough drawer & closet space for clothes and personal items. I appreciated the added convenience of having a fridge, a hair dryer & in-room safe (where I never had any issue with missing valuables). Soft fluffy bathroom towels here were a welcomed luxury, considering that the towels in most of the other hotels in I stayed in Greece, were air dried & very stiff. My sleep at this hotel was also one of the best I had during my travels, thanks to perfect sized pillows & a great mattress. This was a definite upgrade since my last stay there. I especially enjoyed the spacious balcony from my room which had a view of the charming neighbourhood (including a lovely church) and sea in the far distance. This balcony also overlooked the pretty garden terrace where hotel guests often ate breakfast.
One of the best features of this hotel was it’s large exquisite freeform swimming pool which was complimented by the surrounding neighbourhood landscape. Lounging around this pool for the day or taking a dip after touring Santorini, was sheer heaven.
The best part of the Anatoli Hotel, however, were the super hospitable owners Evaggelia, better known to us as Lia, and her husband Markos, who worked more behind the scenes as the hotel maintenance man, among his other duties. His English was not as good as Lia’s, so I really appreciated all the effort he made to converse with me.
Lia was usually at the reception area, taking reservations, welcoming guests and responding to everyone’s questions. Every morning she was there to serve her delicious & filling breakfasts consisting of coffee, eggs, Greek yogurt & her yummy homemade pastries & cookies. Lia was by far, the highlight of Anatoli; she was easy-going, warm and helpful with everything! In this regard, she always gave excellent advice on everything from local restaurants to tourist information. As an example, Lia encouraged me to visit the excavation site of Akrotiri on a bus tour of local villages. I was so happy I did this. No one else on this same tour opted to visit this archeological site & many of them told me towards the end of the tour, that they wish they had.
I noticed that Anatoli Hotel upgraded its accommodations and services since the last time I was there. The convenience of buying my tour ticket at the hotel instead of going into town to buy it, was one of these new services.
While it is true that Anatoli is not located on the Caldera side of Santorini, the charming neighbourhood surrounding of the hotel, gave it a genuine feel for this stunning Greek island.
As you can see, I cannot say enough good things about this hotel and its owners and would not hesitate to return back!
Rooms with a balcony on the second floor level, have nice views.
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