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Afroessa Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Imerovigli, Imerovigli 847 00, Greece   |  
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Ranked #5 of 42 hotels in Imerovigli
Saint Louis, Missouri
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30 hotel reviews
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“Paradise personified”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

I don't think I will ever forget the serene beauty experienced on our visit to Santorini, exemplified by our stay at Afroessa, a gem of a hotel in the small town of Imerovigli.

The first secret tip I would offer is location - stay in Imerovigli. It is located at the center of the island and hence affords perhaps the best views of the whole caldera, with sunsets comparable to that from anywhere on the island (even Oia, which is famous for them). Plus it is much quieter, more affordable, and close to Fira (without being stuck in the tourist-mire of that busy town).

Afroessa is run by Joanna along with the hospitality of Aliki and Eddie - who all made our stay pleasant with their personal service, from carrying our bags from the shuttle (which they offered to arrange - definitely recommended if you arrive by ferry - as taxis are impossible to find!), to offering advice on the island, arranging a taxi to the airport, etc.

What is greatest about this hotel, cut-into the side of the caldera like few other hotels, is of course the view - from your balcony, from the reception area - but most of all, from the pool / patio area - where you can lounge, get some sun, and experience the lovely weather and memorable sunsets.

It is also located right on the hiking trail (we could actually see hikers walking by our room window) that goes all the way from Fira to Oia. Advice: consider hiking to Fira (a busy section) or the much longer 2+ hour journey to Oia (more scenic, quiet, and hilly) - but go early in the morning before it gets hot, take water, and be prepared to bus it back (from Oia).

The rooms at Afroessa are nice if not luxurious. The shower echoes the cave-like environment with a wall studded with stones. There is a safe, a little kitchen area (which was nice for storing wine to drink while watching the sun set, or breakfast supplies) - while breakfast was not included for us, we did order from their very reasonable breakfast menu (a la carte) on one morning - and they deliver right to your balcony!

In keeping with the superior service - Joanna even let us stay a little late (for check-out), as our flight was later in the day. These little bits of hospitality and attentiveness just add to what on its own is one of the most beautiful locations in the world. I would return in a heart-beat and have already recommended Imerovigli and Afroessa to all my friends!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Afroessa hotel is located at Imerovigli town (highest one of Santorini) and will offer you a breathtaking view of Thirasia island and Ia town. Tranquility, confort, delicious homemaid breakfasts and superb service will make you feel like home. Our room is vintage style decorated, very clean and cosy. Hotel staff were very friendly and didn't hesitate to advice us when required. Perfect stay for honeymooners!!

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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

This location along with Joanna, Aliki and Eddie made our stay in Santorini perfect. All of the reviews are written by travelers who want to give others a heads up. WELL believe what you read because it is all true. We based our trip this past week on these reviews and it was just as reported. We have traveled the world over and without the benefit of Tripadvisors we have had some real bad experiences. Rest asured that this is really great. We will be back without hesitation next year. efharisto

Room Tip: All the rooms have great views. There are no down sides everything is perfect.
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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We stayed here for four nights in July and absolutely loved it. We arranged for a pick up with the hotel which was quick and affordable. The staff was very nice and gave us lots of great recommendations. They also gave us two free glasses of wine upon arrival. The room was great we had a standard studio with a private balcony overlooking the caldera it was amazing! It had all the amenities - air conditioning, tv, wifi, and a kitchenette with a mini fridge. The hotel itself is really charming. It's very hot in Santorini in July but the pool is very refreshing! The breakfasts in the morning were great. We really enjoyed eating omelettes on our balcony. The location of the hotel was great as well. A quick walk to some nice restaurants in Imerovigli and a few minutes walk to the bus station which will take you to Fira/Oia, etc. We walked from Fira to the hotel one afternoon and it took about 45 minutes -- it's a beautiful walk! Overall we couldn't have been happier with our choice and we highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

My wife and I stayed here and loved every second of our time at the Afroessa. Upon arrival we were greated by Alkili who checked us in quickly. We arrived as the song was setting and were blown away by the Santorini sunset. Within minutes of arriving to our room wine was delivered so we could sit on out balcony over looking the pool/ocean. This just added to the special way yoou feel as a guest. The hotel itself is very well kept. The rooms are clean and the bed is comfortable. Renting scooters or 4 wheelers is a couple minute walk from the hotel. The hotel is a perfect location for travel around the island to Oia and Fira. Don't pass up the opportunity to stay at this special hotel!

  • Stayed August 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 3, 2012

My wife and I recently stayed at Afroessa while on our honeymoon. It was a wonderful place to stay and I couldn't think of anything that I was unhappy with while we were there. The staff was friendly - the owner nursed my head after an injury - the views were incredible - we could see the sunset from our room and the common area - and our room was spotless and comfortable. The location was very close to the bus stop in Imerovigli so it was easy to get around to Oia, Fira and other parts of the island. Overall, we had an excellent stay and would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a quiet, romantic and clean hotel on Santorini.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We stayed here for our recent Honeymoon...we had a perfect time. The host and her staff are very helpful and really help with local tips/pointers! This is the perfect place to stay in Santorini... with spectacular views and a lovely coastal walk to Fira (the capital). You also can have a bite to eat on your balcony whilst the sunset going down. You won't regret staying here. We simply loved it! Thank you Afroessa... we are already planning to come back.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Address: Imerovigli, Imerovigli 847 00, Greece
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Location: Greece > Cyclades > Santorini > Imerovigli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Imerovigli
#4 Romantic Hotel in Imerovigli
#10 Family Hotel in Imerovigli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Afroessa Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel "Afroessa." Afroessa hotel praises romance. Our guests experience the exceptional view from our "old canavas" rooms, set atop Santorini's hillside. The original site of a winery built in 1700, it was renovated in 1998 on its existing foundation. Our ten studios, each with its own unique archway are built on five levels, with their own magical view of the Caldera. Each studio is individually decorated giving each its own distinct character, yet maintaining the traditional style. The beds are built into the foundations and the furnishings and decorations chosen so as to enhance the warm and romantic feelings created by the surroundings. The priceless moments which you will experience during the enchanting sunsets from your balconies and the relaxing pool bar, with chill-out music will forever remain in your memories, reminding you of the serene calm and magic of Afroessa. ... more   less 
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Afroessa Hotel Imerovigli
Afroessa Hotel Santorini/Imerovigli, Greece

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