I did A LOT of research before booking a hotel on Santorini and even had a different hotel booked before I came across Villa Koronios on Booking.com. From the reviews here on Trip Advisor and reviews on Booking.com I decided to cancel my original reservation and book with Villa Koronios. I was NOT disappointed and so happy that I chose this place in the end. This family-run hotel, is just outside the main, and VERY busy, center of Fira which can be reached from the hotel in less than 10 minutes walking. The center can be very loud at night so we were happy to be at Villa Koronios which is in a nice quiet setting with some neat views of the eastern part of the island. Maria & Nektarios run the hotel, although Maria does all the talking to the guests since her English is far better than Nektarios, who picks you up and drops you off at either the airport or ferry dock. When we were there, I had to go to Imerovigli for a 7pm party one night and Nektarios tried to arrange a taxi for me. When he couldn't arrange one, I told him not to worry and started to walk to the center to try and hail a taxi there. Before I could get very far, Nektarios pulls up next to me on his scooter, motions for me to get on, and says (in Greek/broken English) that he'll take me all the way to Imerovigli (10 minute drive), no charge. What a guy and what fun ride!
Maria is an excellent host and very informative about Santorini. You can arrange several tours right at the hotel. My recommendation is the afternoon/sunset sailing excursion that stops at the volcano and gives you a chance to climb to the summit. Awesome! Maria also personally prepares the breakfast for all of her guests, which includes coffee, juice, toast, sweet pastries, ham, cheese, hard boiled eggs and veggies. Whatever else you might need during your stay Maria will really try her best to accommodate you. Super sweet lady.
The room was very spacious with great air conditioning (needed in July) and a mini fridge. The bathroom was a bit small and the shower such that if you didn't position yourself right, there was serious flooding potential using the handheld shower....but after being in Europe for almost a month, it seems to be the European way. Just deal with it! The hotel also has a very nice pool, although there are so many things to do and explore on the island you may not even use it!
We were sad to leave Maria & Nektarios and the amazing hospitality at Villa Koronios. When we go back to Santorini we will definitely stay here again!
- Also Known As:
- Koronios Villa Hotel
- Koronios Villa Hotel Fira
- Koronios Villa Santorini/Fira
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