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“Great Place, Amazing View ” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Ilias
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Firostefani Santorini, Firostefani 84700, Greece   |  
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Ranked #4 of 19 Hotels in Firostefani
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great Place, Amazing View ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

My wife and I stayed here for three nights on our honeymoon. We had a room with a Caldera view and a balcony. The location is perfect as it is away from the crowds of Thira but close enough to walk. The view is amazing. Showers are a little tight but good enough. The bed was big and comfortable. The staff here are very friendly. When we came they offered us water, juice and a snack. The staff then told us about the island (where to eat, where to see the best sunset, where the beaches are). They also set up activities for us and had a nice welcome gift. Breakfast was the best we had in Greece with a nice selection of cakes, quiche, and juices. After our first night, my wife and I already decided that we would love to come back here.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Orange, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We stayed here four nights in July. As other reviewers noted, this is an excellent location - easy walk via pedestrian path to Fira but far enough out to have quiet and serenity. Beautiful view (everyone stopped along the path to take pictures!). Mary in the office was quite helpful to give suggestions on activities and answer lots of questions. There is a mini-mart 3 minutes walk away for snacks and drinks. Views were stunning. The bathroom was quite small and dated even by European standards, so if you are a big man you may be uncomfortable. But overall a great value and wonderful stay!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Short answer is that when I logged in to write this review, my first instinct was to re-book for another visit. Santorini is a uniquely gifted island, and Villa Ilias makes the experience absolutely perfect. Among the features noted in other reviews: 1) excellent location - easy walk to the main town but far enough out to have quiet and serenity; 2) wonderful staff who double as breakfast hosts, concierge, and ambassadors of Greece (thank you, Mary and George!); 3) very nice facilities - breakfast patio sheltered from wind, rooms with caldera view and pool. We were a family of 4 and stayed in the "cave room" with a private bedroom plus two additional twin beds and small kitchen, and had drinks every night on its patio. Fantastic choice for either couples or families or solo - the first night the hosts put out food and wine and invited the guests to meet each other. Happy and peaceful; optimum place to enjoy the caldera view...

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed at Villa Ilias for four nights last month and it was wonderful. Centrally located and accessible straight from the road, so no lugging your bags. We started off in a room with a side view of the Caldera and then moved to the room upstairs which has a larger balcony and full view of the Caldera. That's the room you want if you can get it. The staff are so helpful and lovely, George is the owner but the main team at reception were Mary, ( another) George and Persephone, who were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. The location is excellent because you are not quite in the thick of the hustle and bustle of Fira but close enough to walk down. The only slight problem is the small bathroom in the first room but overall Highly recommend.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

What a view! What a perfect place. Even though it was 9 months ago I can still feel the sunshine and imagine myself sitting on that balcony!! We had a room on the corner, above the pool, looking out over the caldera. We were able to eat out breakfast on our little balcony and it was also the perfect place for a drink in the evening. The staff were very helpful and ensured we were booked on transfers to and from the accommodation. Our room was very pretty, clean and comfortable. The location is perfect, far enough away from the busily 'city' center and well placed for walking in both directions. We were able to watch the cruise ships arrive, and leave, so knew when not to walk down to Fira! Stay here - you will not be disappointed:)

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The location of Villa Ilias is perfect, within easy walking distance of Fira but away from the hustle and bustle. The views are fantastic, it was telling that most people who walked by took a photograph directly next to the hotel. The staff were lovely, kind, friendly and very efficient, particuarly Mary and Persephone. There was a problem with our transfer to the airport so George took us there in his own car which was very kind. Delicious breakfasts which we had on our balcony. My only negative would be the bathroom which was dated and small but everything else outweighed this - it was fantastic.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

What a fantastic place! The view from the pool area is incredible, overlooking the caldera and the bay. The rooms we're clean and had everything we needed. The location was great, just a 10 minute walk from Fira where all the restaurants and bars are. But the best part were the staff, lovely and helpful.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Firostefani Santorini, Firostefani 84700, Greece
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Location: Greece > Cyclades > Santorini > Firostefani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Firostefani
#3 Romantic Hotel in Firostefani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Ilias 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Damigos family has been a part of Santorini history for over a century. Villa Ilias is the former residence of one of our ancestors, George Ilias Damigos. It is built on this specific location to capture breath taking views that areunique only to Villa Ilias and perched 1,000 feet above the Aegean Sea and the most famous Volcano in the world. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Villa Ilias Hotel Firostefani
Ilias Hotel Firostefani
Villa Ilias Santorini/Firostefani

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