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Aigialos Hotel
Ranked #32 of 80 Hotels in Fira
Certificate of Excellence
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Wonderful holiday!”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

We had a week here in October and thought the whole place was just great!
The room we had, Notos, on the first floor (all are named after Greek winds) had just the most perfect view. We had our breakfast every morning on the balcony in the sun watching the ship activity in the bay and a glass of wine watching the sunset in the evening.
The service was exceptional and room service unbeliveable, with a change of towels twice a day.
The location, just on the edge of busy Fira town, is very good too as it is just a short walk away from the bustle and noise of all the cruise ship visitors, but ideally placed to walk into town or to the bus station for a trip to another part of the island.
The only slight criticism I would have is that the noise of the donkeys being led down to the port woke us up in the morning, but it is worth putting up with this for the otherwise superlative Aigialos!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lublin, Poland
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

This is my first review on TripAdvisor as for the first time I do feel internally obliged to share my recommendation. As a frequent traveler I have spent hundreds of nights in hotels around the world. And nothing before was even equal to what I experienced in Aigialos Hotel on beautiful and charming Island of Santorini! Why? The answer is as simple as abc :) Because of the unrivalled experience of hospitality, impeccable attitude towards the guest treated as a friend and this incredible ambience of gentleness of the staff! Mrs Vivi Tsota, the Manager and great team of high class professionals and great people at the same time, make Aigialos the place so exceptional that no words can fit in. What stands out at Aigialos is that you feel like a long awaited friend making a visit – Vivi, Dimitris, Ioakim, Vagelis, Stavros (sorry for not recalling the name of Mrs Chef…) seem to be a family having you as a guest. And there is no single exaggeration in it. Unprecedented experience :)

Aigialos is not just a great hotel. And not just a great destination. It is a home-away-from-home. The place beyond. True energy, true people giving a new meaning for hospitality. The staff exceeding your expectations in such way that you feel overwhelmed. From welcoming you at the airport, what made a great intro to all the stay and beyond (!), through amazing welcome at the reception, true welcome by the real hosts, not front office members, through all the chats and good time, till the transfer to the airport on departure with such feelings that make your heart bleed with sorrow of leaving - special thanks to Vivi!

Great location, close to all attractions of Thira in walking distance of 5-10 minutes. Moreover, you can follow (and you should!) the hints of the staff so as not to waste your time on looking for what is in reach. If you need a car from a reliable company or if you need to have your day organized with excursions, boat trips or anything you wish – no problem – you are just one conversation at the reception away from what you wish. Thira itself, full of restaurants, bars, shops is nearby, but coming back to Aigialos, situated aside brings you to the calm and quiet place where you can rest after all day out, enjoying real serenity. And after coming back you do not want to get out, as there are great people from the staff who will make your time very fruitful in discussions on the history and attractions of the island, it’s worth-visiting destinations etc. Spending the evenings in Aigialos allows you to enjoy these amazing sunsets that made Santorini so famous. Of course with a glass of recommended wine (thanks to Ioakim for getting me to know and to like delicious Santorini Vinsanto!) or having a great dinner on your terrace. In the morning you can either enjoy your breakfast on the terrace or go down to the cosy and bathed-in-flowers restaurant by the pool. The hotel offers many great suites all with unique views and the spirit of the history, deriving from the historic buildings the hotel is placed in. It is worth adding that there are spotlessly clean rooms with all inevitable amenities, including great wi-fi (speedy and stable connection), marble bathroom, bathrobes, safe, hairdryer, AC, and a very comfortable bed. Quality of food - very high, all with discreet yet precise and valuable recommendations, for which (and not only!) special thanks go to Dimitris, who is also a great expert in music and makes your enchantment in it something really awesome! :D

It was my third time to Santorini, first one to Aigialos, and for sure I will come back, but from now on there will be the only address there – Aigialos Hotel, Thira :) I spent three nights at the hotel, September 2012. Suite Evros. Highly and unconditionally recommend until the staff I met there in September remains intact.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Claremont, California
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We stayed at the Aigialos for 3 nights in the Levantes House. It was a charming little, traditional Greek syle house. The best thing about it was the view at the table right outside our front door on our private balcony. We thoroughly enjoyed breakfast every morning (The yogurt with honey is the best I've had anywhere, ever - I highly recommend it!) and a glass of wine in the early evening right there while marveling at the stunning view! The walk to town took only a few minutes and the scenery on the walk is awe inspiring in itself. The location of the hotel has to be, without doubt, one of the best in Fira. It is just far away enough from town to enjoy your own private serenity and still close enough to the shops and restaurants that you can walk it, leisurely, and be in town within 5 minutes. The staff was very accomodating and friendly, all of them - I don't recall everyone's name. But I do recall and I must make mention, as you will see in other reviews also - Demetrius truly stands out and we were so fortunate to experience Aigialos along with his outstanding, warm and friendly service! I would have no desire to stay at any other hotel in Fira - Aigialos is the only one for us!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Jersey
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25 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

The view, spectacular! The service, unparalleled! The location, excellent! We spent three glorious days and nights in Santorini and highly recommend Aigialos as the place to stay. The rooms are lovely, each with its own terrace, and the staff goes out of their way to make your stay absolutely trouble free. Vaggelis Tsochas met us at the airport and transported us to the hotel where he gave us an overview of the island and made recommendations for things to do and places to see. Each morning, a fabulous breakfast of our choosing was delivered, with a smile I might add, to our terrace and we ate overlooking the caldera out to the volcano. Truly heavenly! If you are planning a trip to Santorini, don't hesitate to consider Aigialos as the place to stay!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Columbia, Missouri
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57 reviews
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Gorgeous views, fantastic rooms, superior service, excellent location. We had the pleasure of eating dinner on a balcony each night so while eating delicious food we got to watch the sun set over the caldera. Aigialos is incredible and I highly recommend staying here. The only downside is that if you are friends with them on Facebook they post gorgeous pictures all the time that make you want to drop everything and get to Santorini as soon as possible!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Bridgetown, Barbados
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed September 28, 2012

The staff have to be complemented for making this little hotel special. ViVi and her staff really go out of their way and the little hotel is charming.
Their location, out of the hustle and bustle and looking across the impressive caldera would be hard to beat. However, the rooms while charming cannot be classified as luxury. We felt the price was not justified, but I guess the demand is there. we have nothing to compare it to on Santorini. The tiny pool and restaurant/bar area was adequate while we were there as many people seem to opt for room service. My wife and I prefer to sit in a restaurant area ourselves. Perhaps another reason for the high cost is that Santorini is probably a very short stay destination, 2-3 days. The little town is quite interesting. we found Greek prices surprisingly, higher than in the Spanish Balearic islands by around 20-40%. Not sure why.
I reccomend you ride the mules back up from the old port - I had no concept of so may mules but you literally have to push between them when walking down. they are all very well mannered, no kicking or biting!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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San Francisco, California
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20 reviews
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Aigialos is a boutique hotel with a bed and breakfast soul. Everyone at the hotel was kind, helpful and wonderful. Every hotel in Santorini is expensive. This is no exception, but I had such a good experience here that I can say it was worth it.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Aigialos Hotel
Address: Ypapantis street, Fira 847 00, Greece
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Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Fira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Fira
#13 Romantic Hotel in Fira
#20 Luxury Hotel in Fira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Aigialos Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Aigialos Collection consists of sixteen, renovated neoclassical houses that were originally the fine homes of the island's noble captain families. The architecture and design of the houses bring to life the traditional way of life of the island's nobility. Restored to perfection by master masons using local volcanic stone and coloured lime plaster, the houses are linked by cobbled walkways. Situated on the rim of the caldera, sheer cliffs that rise from the sea, the hotel overlooks the island's famed volcano. ... more   less 
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