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Kykladonisia Hotel and Hostel
Ranked #64 of 79 Specialty Lodging in Fira
Reviewed August 28, 2010

The pics you see of the hostel must be somewhere else. Getting to the hostel is no too easy. You have to take a small sidestreet full of stairs and rubish in every corner until you get to the reception.
The room we got was in a separate building. It wasn't too clean. It had 3 tiny beds whose springs tortured us all night and a small loo where the shower literally hang over the toilet. There was thooth paste that must have been there for a while all over the place.
The air conditioning was ok but the little fridge made a strange noise and didn't let us sleep all night.
The guy at reception will ask you as soon as you check in to make the payment. Of course, his credit card reader doesn't work so you have to pay cash. All places I have been so far you pay when you check out. I guess here he wants to make sure you don't run away after you see the room.
If you want to stay in a nice, clean and simple place in Thira and close to everything I would recommend you GIORGO's VILLA. We stayed there for the first night as the hostel was fully booked and then regretted having discovered this place too late. They owners are very helpful, kind and on top you get a port/airport transfer which wouldn't be less then 15euros.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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2  Thank silvi081
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Reviewed August 13, 2010

We had arrived too early and the hotel was fully booked out but, Andrzej the manager, made us feel so very welcome, gave us breakfast and kept us company while the staff readied our room for us. A multi-cultural linguist with a wonderful smile, a clear communicator and so culturally responsive to the needs of all of the guests and us. Andrzej has a concise knowledge base of santorini and he guided us to the beaches, transport, shopping and watching the beautiful sunsets at firostefani. our stay wasnt long enough, i wish it had been. Thank you Andrzej and thanks to your staff for making our stay so memorable. look forward to seeing you again real soon!!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2009

We selected this hotel based on price and convenience - we planned to spend just a few nights in Thira at the beginning and end of an island hopping holiday, and decided Fira Town offered the best sightseeing and cultural opportunities, having spent plenty of time on beaches on other islands. The hotel is about a 5-10 minute (slowish) walk from the centre where the KTEL buses arrive/depart from so can be easily reached from the airport or port, but also fairly near the top of the cable car and nearby restaurants and shops selling (mostly) tat.

Rather than a hotel, it appears to be a collection of random rooms scattered over the hillside, the rooms mostly named after Cyclades islands. The rooms (or at least the ones we had) were spacious and clean. They had cooking facilities but no pans/plates/cutlery but I understand there was a communal kitchen elsewhere if required. The pool is small, but clean and good to jump into after a hard days sightseeing. Breakfast was a simply affair (bread, cereal, coffee, juice) but was OK.

Staff very friendly and cannot do enough to help (including lugging our bags up those steps!!). The hotel also attacts a range of very socialable and outgoing characters from a variety of nationalities on backpacking type trips.

If you are looking for luxury, then this is probably not for you, however, for us, this met our requirements of being value for money, clean and conveniently located, with the added bonus of a good sociable atmosphere.

Overall, the hotel was fine for our requirements.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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3  Thank DaveUK1968
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Reviewed July 8, 2009

A little hard to find at first. And a whollllle lotta stairs. If you don't feel like trucking up and down to get to the street, then talk to the staff because there is actually an easier way to get the street, walking over peoples porches. Other than that it is an absolute gem. It is a mix of low key rooms and hostel like dorms. I traveled with a friend so we got a room that was a good size with an extra bed in it. Very very clean and rooms are cleaned everyday. Pool is amazing and clean. Area is very quite but downtown is extremely close. Nightlife included. Andreas who manages the place 24/7 is terrific. He becomes more of a friend. On mornings after sleeping late from being out the night before (with other single travelers met at the hotel and Andreas often too) he would still ask you if you wanted breakfast or coffee even if you woke up too late. Every night people gather on one of the roof tops near the lobby and get drinks (from the market right at the top of the stairs) and socialize. Then go out together at night. We rented ATV's and there is a parking lot close by that we could keep them at for the week. Mamma's restaurant next door is GREAT! I would order 5 things off the menu every time. Just a great atmosphere, beautiful place (very typical Santorini with white buildings and blue doors, pink flowers) friendly staff and always someone to hang out with or take a drive to Oia.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with friends
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2  Thank jbehrendsen
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Reviewed September 15, 2007

Lovely little buildings, typical of what you'd expect of a Greek island landscape but if you don't like walking up and down a wee hill to get to your room and back then give this one a miss. Lugging bags up and down can certainly take it's toll especially in the heat of the European summer! Room was very basic and small, the bathroom was extremely tiny and you had to hold the shower nozzle whilst taking a shower. The mozzies had their share feed on me and the breakfast was extremely basic. When we asked the Duty Manager to book us a taxi the night before he was confused and thought we wanted him to get up and book it at 6am the next day and was not keen on that at all but we eventually got the message across that he didn't actually have to be up that morning for us! Gorgeous views of the Caldera and very close to walk into town and the great little shopping village there. Definitely visit Mamas restaurant next door to the hotel, she's a hoot, loves everybody and has great food!

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled on business
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2  Thank tiffmac
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Reviewed July 10, 2007

This is not so much a hostel but a collection of townhouses turned into rooms. There is only one dormitory and the rest are all private rooms situated in the heart of Fira within easy reach of shops, restaurants and the glorious views of the caldera and sunset.
The room we had was clean - no mosquitos in sight - and was cleaned every day with fresh towels and bedding. The pool is small but good enough for a dip at the end of the day and there are several terraces to choose from to enjoy a beer in the sun!
It is basic, as is much accommodation in Greece - but the staff do look after you and it is just far enough from the main street to be quiet for a good nights sleep.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank GreenteaLondon
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Reviewed June 1, 2007

Stayed at this hotel late April 07. Arrived mid afternoon via taxi that dropped us off on main road. Steps down to hotel were an effort, there were so many of them and really steep. If we had known exactly how steep, we would have used backpacks instead of suitcases. Finally arrived at reception and checked in, more steps to room. Room was very cold and small, king bed was actually two single beds, separately made and pushed together. Had to move both beds to open cupboard. Blankets on offer provided no actual warmth. Showering was an absolute trial. The shower head was balanced precariously on metal frame dangling from wall and water pressure made it fall off. Had to move bar fridge to move curtain to open window, only to discover filthy window that you could barely see out of. Breakfast was continental (more like al fresco)... left out of doors on bench in courtyard, were a slab of cake and loaf of bread, butter and jams. Mint or camomile tea bags were also left out. There was a jug of watered down juice (?) concentrate but the jug had mould growing inside. After that we took breakfast at Mamma's restaurant down the road (Excellent). Hotel does offer washing service but is more expensive than full service that is provided just down the road. Handy tip.... make list of clothes you give to hotel staff and check it when clothes are returned. I gave my clothes to hotel manager reluctantly and when they came back, they were still damp and a shirt was missing. Finally returned but easily missed. On checking out, the hotel manager carried one of our bags up to the road and then disappeared.
Overall, this place was extremely disappointing and exhausting getting to and from.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank itsa_girl
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Address: Fira Centre, Fira 847 00, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Fira
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #64 of 79 Specialty Lodging in Fira
Price Range: $58 - $108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Kykladonisia Hotel and Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All rooms are equipped with TV, mini fridge and direct digital phone line as well as air condition and private bathroom with shower, some have traditional sofas and extra seating areas. Kykladonisia swimming pool curved into a lava rock gives a refreshing and beautiful touch into the establishment, next to an internet and seating point. Hotel offers wireless for free, for those interested and has independent kitchen capabilities for guests that need to cook (no kitchenette in rooms). The settlement is in downtown Fira, on walking distance of 3 minutes to main square, 4 minutes to the bus or taxi rank, into a traditional quite settlement, 200 meters from them nearest Volcano view point. Fira town is 6 kms from the airport and 5 kms from the closest beach. Is conveniently close to the best restaurants, museums and traditional footpaths, the Via d' Oro street with its numerous jewelry and crystal shops and the nightlife Santorini is famous for. I am attaching a Map copy. In our complex there are two large terraces with magnificent views across the beautiful east side of the island where you can watch the beautiful sunrises. The settlement is in downtown Fira, on walking distance of 3 minutes to main square, 4 minutes to the bus or taxi rank, into a traditional quite settlement, 200 meters from them nearest Volcano view point. In the sunlit and relaxed atmosphere of the veranda or the terrace, the Kykladonisia offers an unbeatable low and mid budget accommodation, perfect for families, couples and small groups, close to everything, in a quite traditional settlement area, right in the centre of Fira. With views to the sunrise and a hideout swimming pool, with dorm type accommodation availability as well, and 15 more rooms and apartments this small cute establishment might be what you are looking for for a few nights in Santorini if you want to get an affordable and economic stay on this unique island. In our complex there are two large terraces with magnificent views across the beautiful east side of the island where you can watch the beautiful sunrises. ... more   less 
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