We really enjoyed our one-night stay at the Heliotopos Hotel just after Christmas. The rooms were pretty good, clean and comfortable. The place has a lot of local island charm but do not expect the experience to be in par with a luxurious hotel in metropolitan cities. You may have some issues with space/height if you are big/tall but we certainly didn't. The somewhat cave-like dining hall was really cosy and the breakfast served was yummy with various local stuff including cheese and olives. The gentleman who appeared to be the manager (and whose name I forgot) was a nice fellow who gave us tips on optimizing our time there - where to get the bus to Oia from and the ideal time to leave for the airport (given it was winter when the airport opens up only for a couple of flight to/from Athens) all of which worked out really well for us. The best part about the hotel's location/orientation are the spectacular views of the crater (with Oia on one side) that can be enjoyed right from your room (in winter) or the terraces attached to most rooms. The main town center of Fira is a little distance away which can be covered on foot but it's not a quick/short walk. Overall we really liked the place and highly recommend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Heliotopos is a unique boutique hotel complex in the traditional dome style, with one or two storey suites and studio apartments. Built on the foundations of old island structures it has been constructed to reflect the beauty of Santorini's architecture. Located at the highest point of the crater-top (the rim of the Caldera) it offers an extraordinary, breathtaking view of the volcano, the sea and the surrounding islets from every point of the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Heliotopos Hotel Imerovigli
- Heliotopos Hotel Santorini/Imerovigli, Greece