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“Magical Altana” 5 of 5 stars
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Altana Traditional Houses
Thira, Imerovigli 84700, Greece   |  
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Ranked #7 of 42 Hotels in Imerovigli
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“Magical Altana”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed in Altana in July 2012 and it wasn't just a hotel for us it was an experience. Chris- one of the owners went out of his way to make sure we had the most memorable holiday in Santorini. When we arrived Chris sat with us and asked us what we wanted to see and do in Santorini and drew us a map with the best beaches, restaurants, sunset spots and vineyards. We had such an incredible time because he took the time to get to know us and sent us to spots he knew we would love.

As a hotel Altana is very individual and special. Each room has a wonderful story and the history is fasinating. The pool has the most amazing veiw and is one of the most beautful sunset spots. Altana exceeds your expectations with ever little touch. For example there is a buzzer at the pool if you need any drinks etc so when we ordered water I expected 2 bottles to arrive but an ice bucket arrived with a bottle of chilled water, two beautiful glasses with fresh lemon and some home made snacks fresh from the families farm that morning- which were delicious! Chris even designed us our own cocktails -the Hamilton and the Matthews so make sure you try them if you visit!

I can see why this hotel isn't for everyone if you like generic busy hotels but if you appreciate luxury in a setting full of character and a personal touch to service and hospitality then this hotel is for you!!

We had the most special time in Santorini and it was intirely down to Altana. I can't wait to go back!!

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  • Stayed July 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012 via mobile

Here's some bullet points:
- you are on an island in Greece and in a hotel built in 1700s. So almost everything will be smaller like the beds, the pool, but not the bill.;)
- you've got quite a bit if a walk (which includes) many, many stairs to get to the nightlife, but that is true for anywhere in imerovigli.
- if you are lucky enough to eat a true Santorini dinner that the guys prepared for you, you will never forget that meal. Ever.
- For people who have to fall asleep to the sound of the tv in the background. Spoiler Alert: you're going to want to bring a radio.
- I cannot imagine being introduced to the island of santorini by anyone else. They love to share the secrets.
- for winos like myself and my husband, buy a couple bottles of $4 santorini wine at the bodega around the corner. You won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012 via mobile

My daughter and son in law chose this location as their wedding venue. Christos and Mario were hosts extraordinaire! Absolutely nothing was too much for them. The wedding party of of about 20, was indulged with every possible demonstration of hospitality, generosity, patience and an enormous sense of fun. The wedding wasn't just an event it was 7 day festivale! Truly a memorable experience. Thank you Mario and Christos you went way beyond any possible expectations!

Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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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.

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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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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:
#3 Family Hotel in Imerovigli
#7 Romantic Hotel in Imerovigli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 10
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