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Heliotopos Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Imerovigli, Imerovigli 84 700, Greece   |  
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Ranked #20 of 42 hotels in Imerovigli
Chicago, Illinois
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74 reviews 74 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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“Great Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

We stayed in this Hotel in November 2011.

We decided to take a trip to Greece and of course wanted to experience the islands. It was near the end of tourist season, which is always a quiet time to travel.

The Heliotopos is in Imerovigli, which was a great hotel. We were given a room with 2 levels, one with a seating area, and then the bedroom downstairs. Check in was a breeze, and we were greeted with such a nice and relaxing attitude. This was a nice way to represent the island.

We decided to walk to Fira, which was a 30-40 minute walk. There is little signage, which made it confusing and not many people walking, so I would try to get better directions if doing this again.

Breakfast was good. I had Leek Pie for the first time ever and now crave it agian!

Overall we had a great stay and would go back. There is likely more to do in the summer, and it would be worth another visit to experience that.

  • Stayed November 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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Rennes, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We stayed in this hotel the first W/E in March and the staff was very helpful and friendly, but not intrusive. We felt as if we were staying at the home of a gracious host. Our room was comfortable and we LOVED the electric bed warmers, since it was still a bit cold during the time of our visit. It really felt at home. My daughter was not feeling well one evening and they brought some warm soup to the room for her. Breakfast was good and we were offered fresh eggs, they also went to the store for hot chocolate mix when we asked if they had it rather than saying no. I would choose this hotel for anytime of the year I have the opportunity to visit Santorini.

  • Stayed March 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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Montgomery, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

We were married at the Heliotopos in 2007 and were offered a free vow renewal if we returned to Santorini for our 5th anniversary.

We arrived at the hotel around 10 am after around 30 hours of travel. (We had a 15 hour layover in London and did some sightseeing) Our suite wasn't ready so early, so they gave us a different room to take a nap and had our room ready for us when we woke up.

We rented a scooter, which I highly recommend if you want to visit the beaches, ruins and wineries the island has to offer. One of the greatest memories of my life is riding on the back of a scooter with my new husband, on a cliff overlooking the caldera. Breathtaking.

Our wedding was lovely, and Lila took care to make sure everything was perfect. It was so nice to tell her a few preferences and have her create such an amazing event. Everything was just as I'd pictured it.

Our wedding was rained out (something Lila told us had never happened before) so we postponed until the next evening and the hotel arranged for us to have dinner in a local tavern in the hills. The owners there were great and fed us a four course dinner with wine on the hotel. Before this dinner, Lila took us to a winery on her own time to show us around and help us order a case to be shipped home.

The views all over Santorini are some of the most amazing in the world, but the Heliotopos really went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with our entire experience. They even delivered a breakfast tray to our room the night before our very early morning flight home so that we wouldn't be hungry during our travels.

Their breakfast was typical European continental. Cheese, meats, breads and spreads, cereals and yogurt. Some fresh squeezed orange juice, made from oranges that had just come in from Crete, and coffee. I found the Greek coffee to be a bit grainy and stuck with latte.

One thing to consider when traveling to Santorini is the buildings are made from cinder block. This means they are not water tight. If you find yourself caught in rain, expect to have some wet floors in your hotel room. We had some trouble with water, but the staff was quick to rush in to clean and look for a solution.

I hope to spend several anniversaries at Hotel Heliotopos!

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We stayed at Heliotopos for 3 days recently. The views from the hotel are breathtaking. In fact it probably offers one of the best sunset views in winters across the island. I am quite tall and had trouble fitting into the room we were given. Yiota responded immediately by showing us a room which I would fit into. The rooms were great with a nice bedroom below and a living room and kitchenette upstairs. We had a small balcony to ourselves. The service was great and so was the breakfast. Would highly recommend it to travellers. Just a heads up on the food besides breakfast. It is average but the hotel owners did suggest it would be basic before we ordered, hence no complaints infact really appreciated the honesty.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Foster City, California
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24 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

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!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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St. Petersburg, Florida
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

After reading many positive reviews on TripAdvisor, we decided to select Heliotopos Hotel for our first trip to Santorini. Although the view from our hotel room was outstanding, it was about a 35 min walk to the capital city of Fira, which is the closest place to find food, shopping and entertainment. Renting a car is advised if staying anywhere in Imerovigli. Because we visited Santorini in the off season of December/January, our choices for dining were extremely limited (Most of the restaurants close during this time).

When we asked hotel management for recommendations for a restaurant they offered nothing and encouraged us to dine at the hotel. This was a mistake. The food was awful... the selection was limited and nothing seemed fresh right down to the cold canned tomato paste/sauce that was served with my sub-par, tasteless Chicken Souvlaki. My boyfriend was just as unhappy with his meal. We had experienced many Greek dishes in Athens before making the trek to Santorini, some better than others, but nothing was this bad. Because of the rave reviews we decided to try the breakfast, even after this discouraging first meal. The selection for breakfast was: Spinach pie, Greek cookies, cereal, bread, honey and jams. None of which were impressive or really tasted good at all.

When asking about trips, excursions or other restaurants the hotel staff was not helpful. They acted as if they were the only place open on the Island. There was one woman, whom we did not encounter until day 3, who was more helpful when she heard we were going on a boat excursion and offered to call and ensure the boat was running (which we essentially already did ourselves).

The view from the balcony of our room was fantastic. The inside of our room was quaint and simple, but cute. We had problems with the electricity going out several times but management was quick and helpful in resolving the issue. The shower leaks onto the bathroom floor, a lot. We resorted to wearing flip-flops in the bathroom to keep our feet dry. When we requested additional towels and linens, we were told they were not on site and we would have to wait for the outsourced cleaning crew.

All-in-all we were disappointed and confused about how this hotel received such high ratings. Perhaps it was because it was the off-season.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Love this hotel! It takes your breath away! The staff is the best :) Our room was perfect. It is very romantic and has amazing sunset views. The breakfast is very good and the staff is always there to help! We stayed here for our honeymoon and I hope to return every anniversary.

  • Stayed October 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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Additional Information about Heliotopos Hotel

Address: Imerovigli, Imerovigli 84 700, Greece
Location: Greece > Cyclades > Santorini > Imerovigli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Imerovigli
#14 Luxury Hotel in Imerovigli
#21 Romantic Hotel in Imerovigli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Heliotopos Hotel 4*
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

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