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“A fabulous boutique hotel on a beautiful island” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Carpe Diem Suites & Spa

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Carpe Diem Suites & Spa
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Pyrgos
Certificate of Excellence
Cheshire
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61 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A fabulous boutique hotel on a beautiful island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

We booked this through Voyage Prive at an incredible price for such high quality accommodation. I prefer the smaller boutique hotels to the large chains and so this really suited me. Valentino is very friendly and helpful. The breakfast served on your private balcony is delicious. I noticed that some people moan about the pools being cold - never been an issue for us - very refreshing as it was so hot and once you get in you soon get used to it. Many couples seem to use this as a retreat for a relaxing holiday by the pool. We prefer to explore and it is such a lovely island we can highly recommend walking to the Pyrgos roundabout and heading out on a local bus - the conductors are mostly grumpy and unhelpful but all part of the experience! It is a steep hill out of the hotel so wouldn't recommend it for the unfit unless you hire a car. You can take a 10 or 15 min walk from the hotel to the Santorini wine place - highly recommended - especially at sunset as the views are stunning. Wine is very good - the first time we went we shared the 6 glass wine tasting with cheese for 11 Euros. The second time we went we asked for a glass of the reserved white, which is not included in the wine selection but we can highly recommend. Also very good value at 3 or 4 euros per glass. The only small point to mention is that if you do want to stay on your balcony and sunbathe then you may want to check which room you have as our upstairs room was in the shade most of the day. The communal area was very quiet when we were there and has plenty of sunshine though. A great place to stay - highly recommended.

Room Tip: Try and get a room that has more sunshine on the terrace if you plan staying around the hotel.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

Carpe Diem is a very nice place to stay when you are in Santorini. gorgeous view from the hotel over the island, very clean and nice rooms and on the top very friendly staff. the hotel is highly recommendable especially for couples how like a quiet place (the hotel has only 10 suites).

The only and minor thing which we could complain is that the water of the pool was quiet cold (maybe because of the travelling time in October) and that the Suites below are not so private as the upper suites - but nevertheless Carpe Diem is a place were you have to be once in your life. We already advertised the Hotel to our friends.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Frank77_19
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

We stayed here for five days on our 25th anniversary trip. The hotel is situated in an exclusive spot on top of a hill in pyrgos. The hotel is wonderful. Service from Valentino and her staff was superb with nothing a problem... The rooms were comfortable and clean with a small splash pool. Only down side was splash pool was freezing as we arrived early October but this did not spoil any of our break. The food was excellent, the view amazing and all in all a superb and romantic setting. You need to have transport to get to and from this hotel as the walk up to the village from the hotel is very steep and not for the faint hearted.

Room Tip: Junior suite has better views and cannot be overlooked if you want privacy.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank DouganNewcastle
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

We had a really good time and were looked after very well. We could not fault the hotel, and the staff, lead by the wonderful manager Valentina Gheorghita, were all professional and friendly. The menu was just right for the sunset and twilight dinners which we had on the private terrace with the most wonderful views.
This is not a hotel for a family holiday. We will go back and we would have no hesitation in recommending it.
You will need your own transport. Public transport is an issue and we overcame this by hiring a quad bike. All that you need to get round the whole island (but not for the nervous minded or back seat drivers!).
We had a perfect and relaxing week at Carpe Diem.

Room Tip: All the rooms have the same view so they should all be great
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Crispin E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

If you are looking for a relaxing and small boutique hotel with lovely amenties and very attentive and welcoming staff then look no further.. Though away from the traditional coast perch of Fira and Oia, Pyrgos has a very nice northery view back down the island and with car rental so cheap in Santorini this very central island spot allows you to quickly and easily acess the entire island. It is also very close to the best restaurants on the island especially Metaxi Mas which has the best Greek cuisine in Santorini. We can highly reccommend the massage and spa services which are second to none and Valentina, the hotels manager, is extremely lovely and very helpful.. She even speaks 8 languages!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Jason W
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

Just back from a week in santorini with my husband and we stayed at the delightful, boutique suites Carpe Diem in Pyrgos. The accommodation was stunning, clean, tranquil and lived up to what you see on the website. Breakfast was served each morning on our veranda and there was always a good choice. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and were always smiling. The views over the island of Santorini were lovely. I would not hesitate to recommend Carpe Diem to anyone looking for a relaxing break in Santorini.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Jill R
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Townsville, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2012

If you are looking for 5-star Paris or 5-star New York you are looking in the wrong place. Carpe Diem is 5-star in its own way.

Pyrgos is a stunning location, close enough to Pyrgos and Fira town centre. But far enough away to be out of the hustle and bustle during peak tourist season. Slightly further from Oia (about 25mins). We hired a quad bike and enjoyed travelling around the beautiful island.

Upon arrival in Santorini the hotel offered us private transfers between the airport and the hotel. When we arrived at Carpe Diem we Bridgette welcomed us and our bags were taken to our suite. We were invited to enjoy a drink while Bridgette gave us some information about the island. We were then shown to our room and given a quick orientation about some of the things in our room and what the hotel offered.

The daily breakfast (free) is brought to your room upon request and you can tailor it to your desires. I can't think of anything the breakfast was missing. We also enjoyed lunch there on one occasion and the food was of a similarly high standard.

The suite itself is very large with modest but comfortable furniture. The TV was small, the bathroom fairly standard. But we didn't really spend much time sitting around in the suite. But you shouldn't choose the hotel for the bathroom or furniture.

The views from the private courtyard is exceptional. You look out over Fira and Oia in the distance. The caldera on the west side of the island and Kamari beach on the east side. You honestly feel like the king (or queen) of the island when you step out onto your courtyard. The plunge pool is also very nice (but it is a little cold). A couple of comfortable deck chairs are provided and come in handy for those days spent wasting away in the sun.

We stayed in the suite, but the junior suite seemed as good as the larger ones and they do seem more private, so its probably worth booking the junior suite and saving some money for something else.

If you were to look at the hotel on face value you would probably decide its 4-star but what makes it 5-star is the incredible location and views, the warm, welcoming and very helpful staff and the gnereal atmosphere of the hotel.

I will return to Santorini and I will stay at Carpe Diem.

Room Tip: Choose the junior suite to save some money and have a bit more privacy.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Carpe Diem Suites & Spa
Address: Main Street, Pyrgos 84701, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Pyrgos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Pyrgos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Carpe Diem Suites & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Carpe Diem suites Hotel in Pyrgos Santorini, swarming with panoramic views from every corner, promises an abundance of romantic times for any couple. ... more   less 
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