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“Amazing hotel & staff” 5 of 5 stars
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Iliovasilema Suites
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   , Imerovigli 84 700, Greece   |  
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Ranked #27 of 45 Hotels in Imerovigli
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“Amazing hotel & staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

I noticed when submitting reviews for a recent trip that I never gave this hotel the praise it deserves!!! We fell in love with this resort and staff when we visited in the summer of 2011. There were so many hotels to pick from in Santorini and we couldn't have been happier with our choice. Everything was amazing and so memorable. A beautiful infiniti pool, rooftop bar, and picturesque setting. I could gaze into the Aegean sea forever. Exceptionally romantic!

  • Stayed May 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We were in Santorini for our Honeymoon and on recommendation from Trip Advisor reviews, we decided to stay at Iliovasillema Suites. Excellent choice! From the first day of our 7, the staff was beyond accommodating! We booked the junior suite but as we were there for our Honeymoon and they weren't too busy they upgraded us to the Superior Suite. The room was fantastic! The view was unbelievable, overlooking the Caldera and the Volcano! We ordered the continental breakfast which was an excellent choice! Imerovigli is quiet and a little off the beaten path. We rented 4 wheelers and were able to get around the island with no issues. We would definately recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the area!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 October 17, 2012

We decided to stay here after doing a Greek Islands tour that was a bit hectic and wanted a bit of downtime. Going by the reviews we chose the iovasillema Suites. From the friendly greeting at reception until our departure our stay was exceptional, and who couldn't fall in love with that view, paradise!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We spent two nights at the Iliovasilema in October 2012 and had an amazing time. I can't begin to imagine what other hotels in Santorini have to be rated above this one because the hotel delivered on virtually everything we could have wished for - and was significantly cheaper than many others in the vicinity.

First off location. Imerovigli is THE perfect place to stay in Santorini. Being just a short 25 minute stroll away from the main town of Fira (and it's a beautiful walk along the clifftops), it's far enough away to avoid the crowds and massive influx of daily cruiseship tourists which beset the main town - and, of course, it provides ringside seats for the spectacular sunsets.

The hotel itself it set into the cliffs and is one of the pristine white hotels you see in all the pictures. The rooms are on the small side, but this is expected of all hotels set into the cliffs (if you're after big spacious rooms, Santorini is not the place for you). Ours was clean and had everything we needed - included a sea view and a terrace where we could spend evenings enjoying a chilled glass of champagne whilst watching the sunset. Our bed was on a mezzanine level, so required climbing a ladder to reach it - we loved this quirky touch, but it may not be suitable for those less mobile. There were ample sunbeds on every level of the hotel, a pool and a bar which were all excellent.

The staff were very friendly, very welcoming and very helpful. Our only minor gripe was that the bar closed early each evening due to lack of staff - but this was understandable in mid-October and wasn't a major issue for us.

Due to the number of uneven steps on the cliffs (which affect most of the hotels with views of the caldera) this hotel, like many others, is unsuitable for those with mobility issues and young children.

All in all we loved the Iliovasilema and would definitely recommend it. Great, great value and a very special place.

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at the iliovasilema suites in July 2012, having chosen this hotel after much research for a hotel to suit our special occasion holiday. The research paid off and this hotel was all we could have wished for!

We'll restrict our review to the hotel itself but would just say that Santorini, and more specifically Imerovigli, make a fabulous holiday choice for couples wanting a relaxing holiday with many restaurant options, fabulous views and a lovely climate - even in July the temperature was perfect for fair Scottish skin!

The hotel itself then - we have so many good things to say (and we are pretty fussy!).....

The style, privacy and intimacy of the hotel is wonderful, due to a large extent to the small number of suites, which is fairly typical for the island, but also due to the staff (more praise on them below!). Breakfast being brought to your terrace every morning for you to fall out of bed and head straight to eat was a new experience for us and felt very indulgent. The combination of the privacy of your own terrace to lounge in the sun, admire the view and enjoy the spa bath as well as the facilities of the main pool, lounging area and bar was ideal and food/drink was available to be delivered to wherever you wanted within these places all day.

The views are breathtaking from the hotel. It's perfectly placed at the highest point and it gives the feeling of being in a picture postcard! It doesn't lose it's impact after many days spent admiring it. Also the sunsets from the hotel give the best and most romantic experience, Oia did show a beautiful sunset but its somewhat crowded so a one off visit was good then it was hotel sunsets as our preference!

Our room was lovely, one of the junior suites on the same level as reception, we had a spa bath which is a real treat and we thoroughly recommend! The size, decor and facilities of the room were perfect. The junior suite is the optimum choice in our minds!

The staff were incredibly helpful and attentive and deliver a truly high standard of service, being just there when you need something but always in the background. They all made us feel we were special guests, for example remembering when you arrived back to the hotel after an evening out whether you had already ordered the next days breakfast and if not asking what you would like and what time to deliver it. They work an incredible amount of hours and always have a smile. We made great use of the staffs knowledge in making our dinner reservations across the island, they made all of our reservations for us and every meal we had was wonderful, with us always arriving to the restaurant finding we had been booked into the best table....thank you so much Agnes!!!

So all in all we can't praise them enough and can't wait to go back!

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

The hotel is situated in Imerovigli, the best location in Santorini, as the views of the caldera are incomparable and Fira is only 25 mins away on foot; a beautiful walk along the edge of the caldera. The staff are first-class and extremely helpful. Agnes on reception is charming and full of great suggestions as to activities on the island and Yiannis was always attentive and ever-smiling. The continental breakfasts are served on your private terrace and were both filling and tasty. Every room has a stunning view; our room was comfortable and impeccable; the hotel is quiet, serene and scrupulously clean and the plunge pool provided a cool respite from the heat.

The open-air bar is perched at the top of the hotel and was a perfect spot to enjoy the stunning sunsets. The hotel provides excellent value for money compared to the other more expensive hosteleries located nearby and I am looking forward to returning.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Firstly this is an unbeatable location – high on the cliffs overlooking the Caldera with magnificent views of the sunsets towards Oia, while far enough away from the crowds of Fira (still walkable) and, in any case, plenty of decent local dining options in Imerovigli (recommend Anogi, although no sea view here). In terms of the hotel, a few minor hiccoughs in service that dropped them getting the highest level 5 ranking – on arrival we were put in a inferior grade room than the one we had booked and it was not until we had queried whether we had the correct room that the hotel admitted a mistake but there were no other rooms available and we had a wait until the next day to me moved. Not a great start to a vacation when all you want to do is unpack. Felt that we were fobbed off a little and that the hotel knew perfectly well that the room we had booked was not available – would have been better if they came clean at the beginning rather than them pretending of an oversight - especially as we had received an e-mail direct from the hotel reconfirming the room type. On that note, it is worth mentioning that the Studio room is very small and the larger “Apartment” or “Suites” are probably to be recommended for any stays over a couple of days in length. All the rooms have balconies with tables overlooking the caldera where your breakfast is served (particularly ask for the Greek yoghurt is replacement for the cheese / ham toastie) and the privacy and outlook is very romantic. The swimming pool (very deep), although small is a refreshing way to cool down after taking in the rays on the deck. The sunloungers can be busy, particularly if you want access to the few with the shade from the single large umbrella. In conclusion, a reasonable choice for Santorini with great views and peaceful for a romantic and relaxing stay. Although staff were outwardly friendly and helpful, let down by a couple of niggling service issues.
Pros – location, view, peaceful, private balconies, pool
Cons – haphazard service

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: , Imerovigli 84 700, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Imerovigli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#18 Family Hotel in Imerovigli
#21 Luxury Hotel in Imerovigli
#23 Romantic Hotel in Imerovigli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Iliovasilema Suites 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In Imerovigli, one of the most beautiful villages of Santorini Island, you will find the ILIOVASILEMA HOTEL APARTMENTS ("Iliovasilema" is the Greek word for "sunset"). Iliovasilema is situated on the enchanting and world famous Caldera. Built 350m above sea level, offers to its guests the most fascinating view of the volcano and the little islands of the Aegean Sea, as well as of the dazzling sunset. Iliovasilema was initially built in year 1996, has been renovated and remodeled in year 2002 and still grows, following always the rules and the tradition of the Cycladic architecture! ... more   less 
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