I was lucky to have a friend who lives in Santorini who told me to stay at the Grand View as it was near her place. After I looked at the photos on the internet (and trust me the place looks exactly like the photos) I immediately booked it. It's in Megalochori which is perfect as it's about five or six minutes from the main capital Fira and five to six minutes the other way to Perissa Beach with all the beach bars - location PERFECT!
After visiting Fira I am so glad I didn't book anything there as it's too loud and too busy. A Greek family run the Grand View and anything you ask is never a problem. The breakfast is beautiful, Greek cakes, biscuits, eggs, bacon, spreads and honey to DIE FOR! yogurt, cereals, meats, coffee, a good selection, and eating looking over the caldera is just gorgeous!
Up the road you have bus stops, bakeries, take away food (Stathmos has some amazing Greek food) we used to buy and take to our room and have dinner watching the sunset.
If this hotel was in Fira you would be paying at least 250 euro a night but it is very afforable. I have stayed at five star resorts and they are never as clean as this place, they are always cleaning around the pool and the complex. The rooms are cleaned everyday and towels replaced, and not just wiped over the rooms SMELL clean when you arrive to the room.
We hired a moped to get around there's a bus stop close by as well - so it's easy to get around you just need to make time for the bus as it goes to other towns to pick up people but if you have time there's no problem.
The studios are gorgeous, and we also stayed in the honeymoon suite for two nights with the jacuzzi overlooking the caldera - just stunning! The bottom studios and balconies are by the pool which didn't bother us as we just jumped over and were in the pool within seconds, but there are balconies one up that are more private if you like that. The studios without balconies are also fine as you walk outside and there is a table and chair on a common balcony which is just as beautiful, in fact it's quite nice as it's higher than the bottom ones, so wherever you stay at this resort, you will love every room!
They also have free wifi - other hotels i've stayed at have it but the signal isn't strong, the Grand View have a strong signal.
Thanks Argiro, Anna and Sozo, and Valentina see you next year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand View is one of the few hotels overlooking the volcano from the caldera cliff with almost no tiresome steps nor downhill or uphill paths to reach the rooms as it is found at the level of a quiet car path. There is private parking right outside the hotel.The Hotel has a large pool with spectacular views of Santorini volcano and the Aegean Sea. We offer a special buffet breakfast every morning with local fresh ingredients and we also operate a pool bar with delicious cocktails during sunset hours! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand View Hotel Santorini, Greece