I am always suspicious of glowing reviews. Really, is any place that good? The Iconic Santorini exceeded our expectations in every regard. The view of the caldera is stunning, no really, stunning.
The grounds. As with just about every hotel room picture ever taken the rooms are smaller than they appear. While on the cozy side the rooms are well appointed with comfortable furniture, especially the bed. The bath is nicely sized with a roomy walk-in shower. Then there is the outside. Depending on the room (ours was a Caldera View) you have a small table for breakfast, two lounge chairs and a Jacuzzi; easily doubling the interior square footage. Everything is kept spotless.
The staff. Vella, the GM manages by walking around chatting with guests assuring things running according to plan. Need anything? The girls at the front desk have the answers. All activities were arraigned by the girls and they never steered us wrong. Service is never far away, from a cool drink to a delicious meal. Never once encountered someone who was having a bad day.
“Free breakfast” usually means unsatisfying food. Not so at this hotel. It takes surprisingly little time to become accustomed to pushing “0” and having a made to order fresh breakfast appear on your porch overlooking the caldera.
A first for us was Chef Kostas. He actively sought us out to see what should be served for dinner. The kitchen will prepare any dish for which fresh ingredients can be found. Find out what is fresh and have chef prepare to his liking, you will not be disappointed.
The hotel is positioned well, a 30 minute walk to Fira and a 20 minute cab ride to Oia. Both are nice places to shop but can get a little crowded if several cruise ships are in port. It’s a good idea to count the cruise ships at anchor while enjoying breakfast on the porch. More than three; stay away from town.
The sunset cruise was especially nice. Seeing the island from the sea is special. Arrange (through the front desk of course) for a small boat. Toured one winery and enjoyed it. There is a three winery tour that is supposed to give a great view of the island from the land side. The ruins were nice as well.
Our stay was delightful. The staff took a beautiful location and made it as good as it gets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A timeless experience awaits guests of the Iconic Santorini, a unique boutique cave hotel located in the picturesque Greek island village of Imerovigli. Situated on a spectacular hillside setting and literally carved from Santorini’s volcanic caldera wall, this tranquil retreat offers breathtaking views of the azure waters below from each of the five hotel levels. Every room or suite is distinct and all provide personal veranda seating high above the majestic wonders of this ancient volcanic island rising from the Aegean Sea below. First class service and luxury amenities combine with unparalleled serenity and magnificent views to create a truly unforgettable experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Icons Hotel Imerovigli
- Iconic Santorini, a Boutique Cave Hotel Imerovigli, Greece