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“Unmatched Experience in Santorini” 5 of 5 stars
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Altana Traditional Houses
Thira, Imerovigli 84700, Greece   |  
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Ranked #8 of 42 hotels in Imerovigli
Los Angeles, California
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“Unmatched Experience in Santorini”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Christos and Marios, you guys are amazing. You made our trip.

Our stay in Santorini could have been much different. Our first trip to Greece, and our first stop was the Altana Traditional Suites, we didn't know what to expect. The trip up the hill on our way to Imerovigli took us through winding streets with more ATVs and scooters than we had ever seen; we passed by Fira, where the crowds and energy were just as overwhelming; and suddenly we stop at an unassuming pathway. A short walk through and we walk out to the most amazing view either of us had ever seen. Altana is perched atop the cliffs of Imerovigli, with an incredible view of the caldera, pictures really don't do it justice.

We stumbled down the steps to the "front desk" which is really more of a bar in the common room, where we were greeted by Christos. Christos and Marios were the most attentive and friendly hosts; it was like we were sitting in their living room every time we stopped in. Over the course of our stay we got to know them, and had some great conversations over drinks at their fantastic bar. They bring fruits and vegetables from their family farm, and we were treated to some amazing mixology from Marios while Christos whipped up a "snack" that turned into a feast of sandwiches, fresh vegetables, and a delicious dip.

The rooms we stayed in were both beautiful, and they upgraded us to the honeymoon suite after our first night (i challenge you to find a better view from a *shower* anywhere). Very tastefully decorated, and the views are just incredible. Under the guidance of Christos, we got an ATV and explored the island. He basically planned our trip for us, it was amazing! We would go down at breakfast and talk to him and Marios about what we were thinking for the day, and soak up their suggestions, then hit the road to fill our days as much as possible. We completely fell in love with Santorini, and Altana in particular, in no small part due to these two amazing hosts. I can't recommend this place enough, I'm shamelessly promoting it with everyone I know.

My only regret is that we didn't have more time.

Room Tip: Any room is well worth it. Don't hesitate
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

We paid €450 per night and we're extremely disappointed and felt ripped off. Last thing you expected is that a honeymoon suite have a double bed! Me and my new wife could barely fit on the bed. Very obvious oversight on their behalf as you can imagine the bed is essential for any honeymoon.


There was nothing luxurious about this €450 per night honeymoon suite. Air conditioner was more like a fan, the bathroom had a funny smelt the whole tim and all the amenities were very basic. They didn't even have room service so it felt very much like a bed and breakfast. Even the "free breakfast" was just jams and bread.

The view was lovely but the room, price and how basic everything was was really disappointing. I could have got a whole lot more with the price we paid.

We felt absolutely ripped off.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

The Altana - completely authentic, displaying it's historic roots at every turn, traditional style mixed with the warmest of Greek welcomes from Christos and Marios. Unbeatable views over the Calderas...! Thanks so much for a wonderful couple of days ....

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Altana_T_H, Owner at Altana Traditional Houses, responded to this review, October 10, 2012
We want to take this opportunity to thank all our guests, visitors and friends of Altana, for their support, love and...reviews of course!! We are nearing the end of our 30th season and we are delighted to have enjoyed all this positive energy but also all the information and feedback that helps us as we strive to be better every year! ...Always keeping the Altana spirit alive, a huge THANK YOU and our BEST WISHES to all the travelers that have made all these years very special indeed!!

Christos, Marios & the whole Altana Team.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Just returned from 4 amazing nights at Altana Suites. Starting off with probably the best location on the island, with breathtaking views and spectacular sunsets. Altana has managed to create a unique balance of luxury and sopistication, with all the charm and history that comes with this historic old captains house, everything from the charming decor to the fresh herbs and perfectly chosen pieces scattered throughout the property. What takes this to another level is the service from all the staff. Mario and Chris made our stay a delight from their spot on recommendations for everything from restaurants to museums, their exquisite cocktail creations and their genuine hospitality and charm. A truly special place. Ross & Alana

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

6 nights in Altana were exactly what we needed to emerge in the beauties, culture and purity of the island of Santorini!
Santorini is without a doubt the "Queen of Aegean Sea". The dramatic views of the Calderas, the gastronomy with the numerous fantastic local products, the culture and history you see while walking around the island and discovering its rich past, the crystal clear water of the seas...

However, what made us write this review and made these holidays special, was the hospitality, passion, warmth and friendliness of Christos and Marios who are the bright stars of Altana.
They are the owners, managers, friends and everything else they need to be to make your stay, an unforgettable one!

Altana is a perfect choice if you want to get the Real Santorini Experience!

  • Stayed September 2012, 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 September 10, 2012

Where do I begin? So much to say about Altana Traditional Houses but I think its charm is in the owners, the twins Marios and Christos who embody what it means to be a warm and welcoming host and provide some great hospitality - always taking time out to chat to their guests even though they had a million things to do, always making sure our needs were taken care of from the transport to giving us recommendations of restaurants and sights to offering us their killer home made drinks! Not to mention they have such lovely and friendly staff who were always helpful with a smile. It really made a difference and I am very grateful!
In terms of location, you can't ask for a better place to stay in Santorini. As others before me have said, the views are breathtaking and go on for miles and miles. The pool was so refreshing and the rooms are quite charming. My friend and I stayed in the 2 bedroom suite and we had so much space - we had our own bathroom and our own double beds with a huge living area which had 2 day beds. Very very comfortable and relaxing. I am definitely coming back next summer!!!! Thanks again Marios and Christos... you guys are awesome!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

I have to admit, I am a Santorini fun - and when I think of Santorini, only Imerovigli comes to mind. Please don't get me wrong: Oia is beautiful, Firostefani is picturesque, Fira is vibrant, but Imerovigli is the real thing... It's quiet, still traditional, but most of all it's right on top: it is the only spot where you can actually see the whole island: Acrotiri on the left, Oia on the right and Palia Kameni (and the volcano) right in the middle - after all Santorini is all about the view, right? And Altana has the best view on the island - doesn't matter which veranda you stand on (not true: the one from the honeymoon suite is simply breathtaking...). The suites are so tastefully decorated, the mattresses so comfy, the bathrooms so modern and clean - it simply doesn't get any better!! Well actually it does: wait until you try Christos' and Marios' hospitality... Those two are gifted, so friendly and helpful, yet so professional and reliable - congrats boys! You have a real jewel there!

Room Tip: Ask for the Honeymoon Suite or the one with the outdoor Jacuzzi
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  • Stayed June 2012, 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: Thira, Imerovigli 84700, Greece
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Location: Greece > Cyclades > Santorini > Imerovigli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Imerovigli
#8 Romantic Hotel in Imerovigli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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