This hotel is right on the main road to Fira- you can actually walk to Fira and all the shops/restaurants from the hotel. The jaw dropping views of the sea that Santorini is famous for are on the other side of this road, so you must cross the street to see these sunset views. A few of the hotel rooms face the view, but most do not. The rooms are clustered around a number of different swimming pools with hot tubs. The water was clean and clear, but the hot tub was not that warm, which was a bummer, as nights in Santorini get cool in May. The beauty of the pool areas, entry and lobby were marred by the surly attitudes of some of the staff. The hotel offers a free breakfast buffet:like all the other hotels we stayed at in Greece, it did not offer much in the way of fresh fruit(some stale looking oranges, and apples that were mushy). They have water dispensers with drinking water and several staff members were quite rude about letting us Americans/Anglos know that it was NOT okay to fill up your water bottle before walking into town. That got old really fast, given the amount of money we were spending for our room and meals.
Overall, since Santorini is not much of a beach town, the way Mykonos is, I think that the focus on the pool areas of the hotel is a waste. I never saw many people using the pools, and at night, which was a great time to use the hot tub, no one was in them, probably because the air was chilly and the hot tub was lukewarm.
Overall: rooms were decent, grounds were nice, food was okay. Would stay there again but really bargain for a discount on room rates.
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- Also Known As:
- El Greco Fira
- El Greco Hotel Fira
- El Greco Santorini/Fira
- El Greco Hotel Santorini