With over 300 "excellents" from 4oo+ reviews, a 97% recommended rating, and a 9th ranking of 76 hotels in Fira, is it little wonder that this two star hotel gets a 6 star rating for service and location. I know from experience that searching for your ideal hotel on Trip Advisor can be revealing and frustrating, especially if the type of hotel you have in mind just does not seem to appear. For Fira, as an ideal place to stay on magnificent Santorini, you need look no further if you want well located thoroughly affordable accommodation with great service, pleasant rooms and free transit that you will realise is quite a bonus. The best choice we made on 5 Greek islands on our trip even with higher rated hotels.
Hotel Antonia has a huge amount to offer. The owner, Lefteris, is a gem. He and Mario ( night staff) provide every service you could ask for. He communicated well for our on-line booking. We stayed for 4 nights (high season) at 240 Euro ($400 NZ) for an apartment with kitchenette, large bedroom, sitting area and furnished balcony. This is very reasonable for expensive Fira because it does not have caldera views (to the west), rather it looks to the east over the sloping landscape towards the airport. It is conveniently located 200 meters from the main street that runs through Fira and the square, less than 5 minutes walk to the bus station, and only a short distance through the square to the caldera view. Perfect. Plenty of taverna and bars in this area, several mini markets, walking streets and shopping, sunset views on the caldera edge and the best gyros in the square (for lunch). For the price you will not do better than this.
The hotel does not offer breakfast and this is no problem as there are plenty of choices all around. The real bonus is the free pick up and drop off at the new port (and airport too). The port is pure chaos when the mid afternoon ferry disembarks but Lefteris makes it easy. Everyone commented on this and his reliability. We left at midnight on the Blue Star for Rhodes and Lefteris delivered us right to the port at that time of night. And yes they have a secure transit room and shower to use after checkout but if you have a late night departure. Amazingly good.
The apartment was a good size, a small well equipped kitchenette, good bathroom with some space to move and places to put toiletries, a refrigerator, safe, the air conditioner worked, a balcony with chairs and place to dry laundry, and the bed and bedding was perfect. The room was thoroughly clean and the housekeeper was unobtrusive and did a wonderful and discrete job. We used the two pools - the one that appears to be part of the next door hotel is actually Antonia's and is much better and sunnier than the other.
There were a number of young people staying in the standard rooms and they were great company and added a vibrancy. The reception area was a focal point and here you were offered bottomless cups of real coffee and famously Lefteris' own white wine, which believe me was very acceptable . He provided us with numerous complementary carafes (and restocked our fridge) during our stay which was consumed in the setting sun on the balcony. His suggested visit to Santo Wines was a highlight. Took up an afternoon and we opted for the 12 wine flight tasting (including white and red and some sweet wines) in a huge wine facility which was easily accessible by local bus (rather than an expensive tour). Try the Santorini Vinsanto 2004 vintage - truly unique wine and the local Assyrtiko variety. Santorini is know for its wine quality.
The bus station was easy to use to Oia (north), Santo wines (south), the southern beaches and the setlements to the east. The fares are cheap and it is the ideal way to see much of the island. The sunsets at Oia are accessible by bus but be prepared for crowds.
This hotel over-delivers. You will not be disappointed unless you are looking for 5 star quality and even then at Fira, such a standard at treble the price is similar to much at Antonia hotel in many respects. As good as it gets and for the price the best hotel choice we made in Greece.
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- Also Known As:
- Antonia Hotel Fira
- Antonia Hotel Santorini Fira