This hotel is our biggest boast of "good finds" after several years of regular travel around Europe, from our London base. It's a fantastic dollop of luxury perched on one of the world's famously scenic views, with a hot tub on the private balcony! I was looking for something special in the Greek Islands, as a surprise celebration for our first wedding anniversary - at Villa Renos I struck gold.
We're normally fairly simple travellers - but this is fantastic value for money and worth spending a bit more for a luxurious, personal stay with a stunning view over the volcanic islands. Importantly, it's a small family-run hotel that is very friendly and offers scrumptious breakfasts with lots of home-grown produce, from the family's plot that they farm on the eastern side of Santorini. The homemade fig jam, Greek pasty treats, honey balls, scrambled eggs from the family chickens, crepes, freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh coffee were just some of the fare on offer.
As I planned this surprise trip in March (my husband was told to pack his bags and he'd find out where he was going at the airport!) some Greek travel agents were negative about us travelling in the off-season and unhelpful. But then my husband's step-mum (an Aussie travel agent) told me about this marvelous hotel on Santorini - Hotel Villa Renos - and said I must get there. She suggested planes would be flying daily, even if the ferries weren't regular at that time of the year.
A transport strike in Athens could have ruined the start of our holiday, but that Vassilis Matekas, the owner of Hotel Villa Renos, had the foresight to email and warn of the strike the night before our arrival, and guide us through to the right ferry company after we confirmed that indeed our flight had been cancelled. (Olympic Airlines sold us the ticket that day, without warning us of the impending strike). Without the thoughtfulness of Hotel Villa Renos, we would have wasted a lot of money on Athens' taxis and lost a full day. This is why personal contact with a family hotel makes all the difference to the success of a holiday. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On arrival we were given a warm welcome and extra consideration to make us feel special on our anniversary. Vassilis was readily available for local advice and assistance throughout our stay. While I appreciate it must be superb in summer, it was actually very interesting holidaying on Santorini in the off-season. We took to the roads on a scooter and four-wheeler (I had no previous experience) and it was great fun exploring without hordes of tourists around.
Hotel Villa Renos is located in the prime location on Fira overlooking the caldera, at the top of the tight matrix of cobblestone paths - fascinating for walks with stunning views. It's hardly surprising, but a highlight at the end of each day was to watch the sun set over the island-dotted ocean, enjoying a glass of wine in the hot tub, on our own balcony.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Villa Renos is a small family-run hotel with a warm and friendly ambiance, located at the capital of Santorini, Fira town, on the crest of the spectacular cliffs of Santorini. All the rooms are have their own private balconies facing the famous sunset and the volcano. Everything is in walking distance from the hotel (restaurants, taxis, museum, buses). The area we are located in is quiet as there are no cars or clubs around. Come stay with us and let us make your holidays unforgettable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Renos Hotel Fira
- Renos Hotel Fira
- Villa Renos Santorini/Fira