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Blue Dolphins Traditional Apartments
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Ranked #2 of 20 hotels in Firostefani
St Gallen, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland
1 review
“Just perfect~”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

It was really great experience to stay at Blue Dolphins. We got an upgrade to a honeymoon room which has a breathtaking view outside the balcony and windows. It's amazing both in the day and evening. And the perfect location makes the view even great. Room is very clean. People are all very nice and help us with tickets booking and everything. We were. staying there for 2 nights, but will definitely get back there when in Santorini next time. 居然升级到最好的海景房,有个阳台和两扇窗户,人员特别友好,还帮忙联系票务代理,帮我们定了个短途旅行,去了博物馆,附近的村庄,黑沙滩,葡萄酒庄,行程不紧不慢恰到好处。不过酒店的早饭略简单了一些。但是不重要啦~其他都很好,房间也很干净,下次回来还住这里!

  • Stayed May 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
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Singapore
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

We received a free upgrade to the cave apartment at no extra cost. Thanks, Dennis! We enjoyed the luxury and spaciousness within and even our very own personal verandah, coupled with the gorgeous views of the Aegean Sea. Oh and the cave apartment was right beside one of the iconic blue domes too! It was a very well-equipped apartment, complete with kitchen where we could prepare simple meals. The cave apartment is however situated in Imerovigli, so it's a little farther away from Firostfani and Fira and it also meant we had to traipse down to the main Blue Dolphins to have our complimentary breakfast. It's about a 10-15min walk and is uphill on our way back to the hotel. However, it didn't really bother us that much and we took in in good stride as we were overjoyed with the upgrade. So if you're looking for just that little more privacy and prefer to be away from the crowds, the cave apartment is ideal....we loved it! Much thanks to Dennis and Alexis for the great service too.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

有一個無敵海景的陽台,風景很美!!
Dennis很親切,他給我們 free upgrade to a suite.
所處的位置不會太吵雜,但跟 Fira Bus Station 有一點距離。
早餐很棒,員工非常有善!
房間很乾淨,值得推薦!

I love Blue Dolphins as the quality of the room is great , the view is excellent and the staff are very nice! Dennis kindly offer us free upgrade too!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

We just left Santorini after a wonderful and relaxing stay in the Cavana Cave House at Blue Dolphins. The house was perfect for our family of four. (Parents and two college students). It is large with 2 bathrooms and a separate bedroom for us, fully equipped kitchen, lots of hot water, fresh towels daily (additional beach towels daily). Also a private lower deck with picnic table where we had dinner and appetizers and a private upper deck with lounge chairs and a lovely upper view. Dennis and Alexis were great hosts and very helpful in suggesting visits around the island. The ladies laid out a lovely island breakfast each morning with plenty of fruit, yogurt, local honey, breads, eggs, cheeses, coffee, fresh juices etc. Firostefani is a perfect location with quick access to the entire island (oia and black beach both by 15-20 minutes by car). Our teenagers could walk into Fira in the evening, we also walked to imerovigli to watch the sunset one evening, made our requisite trip to oia and had plenty of time to visit black beach, red beach, megalochori, and enjoy a fabulous hike up to ancient thira. The day we checked out we spent the afternoon at the sister hotel (the grand view) near the port to enjoy the afternoon by the pool. If you are looking for a quieter spot on the southern part of the island the grand view is beautiful with a pool overlooking the sea - if we came back for a week we would spend half at blue dolphins in Firostefani and half at the grand view!! Look no further -- book your trip here!

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

It was great experience to stay at Blue Dolphins Traditional Apartments! Locations is perfect, the personnel is very friendly and smily! Breakfast is very good and the rooms are beautifully designed! I was staying there just for 1 night, but will definitely get back there when in Santorini next time!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St. Moritz, Switzerland
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10 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

I stayed alone for two nights now in May in a Romantic Suite and it was a very relaxing short trip. Dennis and Alexis from the team were a big help as well. Even though I arrived very early in the morning they arranged that I could check in already so I had a great start with a healthy local breakfast on the terrace of the Blue Dolphins. Alexis gave me later great tips and hints on where to go, what to see and where to eat, which helped a lot. The location of the Blue Doplhins is ideal since you can discover the island in both directions. Dont forget to wear propper shoes when discovering. The room was very clean and had a tasteful interior. Keep up the good work.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Between May 6th and 13th, 2013, we stayed at the Blue Dolphins Traditional Apartments. Our transfers to and from the airport were seamless and we arrived at the small resort speedily and with ease. The location of the apartments is good as it is within walking distance of Fira and about eight miles from Oia along a scenic hiking path. The Blue Dolphin's Manager, Dennis, greeted us and showed us to our wonderful apartment consisting of a small very clean bedroom with a comfortable full sized bed, traditional arched ceiling, fine bedding, and splendid views out the shuttered windows. The apartment also had a small dressing area with dressing table, closet, and storage; a living/kitchenette area with a fridge stocked with free local wine and sparkling water plus corkscrew, three kinds of glases, and hot pot as well as a small dining table; and a large bathroom with good ventilation, a good sized sink, and a shower big enough to wash a horse in. Most importantly there is a splendid and large wraparound balcony overlooking Fira, the caldera, and the coast. The balcony is the selling point. From the balcony you finally see the view that appears on all the Greek travel posters. The balcony boasts wooden lounge beds with comfy pads, a table and chairs, additional built in seating made of stone and stucco, a large sun umbrella, numerous blossuming pot plants, and a truly hypnotic view that will make it hard to leave. As the light and wind changes from minute-to-minute, the view is captivating. Balcony security is provided by a locking exterior metal door from the balcony, while the apartment also has a good lock on the front door--although you must be careful to lock the large windows as well. In the apartment, heat is effectively provided by two passive heating panels set into the walls of the bedroom and living/kitchenette area; while AC is provided by a unit over the front windows facing the bed. The apartment has a music system and a fair sized flatscreen television with good reception of many channels. Due to the length of our stay, Dennis generously arranged for a free car to be dropped off at our apartment and picked up by the company after two days of free use, which is a much easier way to get around on Santorini than the buses. Staying at the Blue Dolphins also gets you discounts at many local cafes, discos, and shops. The Blue Dolphins provides an excellent free breakfast with German, English, and Greek touches including remarkably good Greek yougurt, hard boiled eggs, sliced meat and cheese, endless coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice that still tastes of the flowers and fruit, local breads, outstanding local jam and honey, etc. The breakfasts provide an opportunity to meet and talk with the other guests, who come from all over the world. Each morning either Dennis or Alexis (the owner) stopped by the breakfast balcony to answer any guest questions and provide guidance on where to go, what to do, and how to book various activities (i.e., snorkeling, cars, day trips) that had arisen. Both Dennis and Alexis provided a full orientation upon a guest's arrival plus a written list of best restaurants, shops, and tours/sites not to be missed that is quite useful. Their advice was sound and they were generous with their assistance. The only downside to the reasonably priced Blue Dolphins was the lack of a swimming pool actually at the apartments (although you could go to a remote affiliated pool across town for free via taxi) and the need to leave our apartment after our week was over. Please note that occasionally nearby construction or maintenance may result in noise, dust, or fumes during the day; which we experienced on three days of our seven (next door construction, agressive chemical plant spraying from below, and work on sanding down the surface of the Blue Dolphins itself on our last evening, which drove us from the balcony). However we think this is not a regular issue, we were just there when the work had to be done in the Spring. Also note that the walk to Fira is both steep and long, not easy for the elderly, out of shape, or disabled. However, no place we have stayed at has had a more beautiful view, better food, or more helpful staff. We hope to come back as soon as we can. We strongly recommend the Blue Dolphins Traditional Apartments to our friends.

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  • Stayed May 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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Address: Firostefani, Greece
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Location: Greece > Cyclades > Santorini > Firostefani
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Firostefani
#2 Family Hotel in Firostefani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blue Dolphins is situated in the village of Firostefani, which is a 10 minute walk from the capital village of Fira (through a beautiful pedestrian path on the caldera). We have the privilege of being at a magical location in terms of view and peace of scenery, but also close to the restaurants, bars and nightlife of Fira, the capital of Santorini. Blue Dolphins is also connected to the picturesque village of Imerovigli which is also just a 10 minute walk through a pedestrian path on the caldera. ... more   less 
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