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“Great Locations, Lovely rooms, mediocre breakfast!”
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Dream Island Hotel
Ranked #14 of 79 Hotels in Fira
Certificate of Excellence
London, UK
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15 reviews
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“Great Locations, Lovely rooms, mediocre breakfast!”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

This hotel is in a great location, 2 minute walk down the hill into the main shopping/eating area of Fira, which is very lively and entertaining in the evenings. The hotel itself is really nice with all rooms facing to the sea- the pool area is lovely, as are the rooms. The suites are obviously much nicer than the standard rooms, but the standard rooms are more than adequate, with really nice bathrooms and a small outside seating area.

The only thing that lets this hotel down is the breakfast. There were very little options and those options that were available weren't the best. We went elsewhere for breakfast everyday after the 1st day!

The hotel does not offer lunch or dinner, but being so close to so many restaurants means this is not a problem. There is a takeaway 'gyro' cafe in Fira called 'Obelix', which will deliver take away great greek kebabs and salads up to the hotel, and the hotel staff are happy for you to eat around the pool!!

We opted to hire a quad bike for 25 euro's a day, which meant we were able to get around the island at our leisure. You can get around the entire island and back in a few hours, it really is quite small, but travelling around is very enjoyable as there is so much to see on the way. we found some great Taverna's on our travels that we would have missed otherwise! The Dream Island hotel have a car park by the entrance, where we parked our quad bike.

Our favorite places were Fira, Oia and the Harbour, where there are some of the most fantastic fish restaurants I've ever seen- the sunset here is amazing. We LOVED Santorini !

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 15, 2011

We changed our plans at the last minute due to the protests in Athens in July and decided to travel direct to Santorini instead of staying a night in Athens. The hotel we booked in Santorini could not accommodate us for the extra night and so we came across Dream Island on trip advisor.

The hotel is family run and we were picked up from the airport late at night by the owner and his and son for no extra charge. The owners were lovely and very helpful with directions and giving us free bottles of water on arrival because the water is not safe to drink on Santorini.

The hotel is built around a beautiful pool area with deck chairs overlooking the sea. The rooms and hotel are well decorated and clean. There was a large choice of foods available for breakfast which was included in the room rate.

The hotel is conveniently located about a 10 minute walk from the centre of the main town of Fira which is very busy with tourists from the cruise ships. The only negative for this lovely hotel is that it does not have views of the amazing Santorini caldera, however to compensate the price is a lot less than other hotels that do have those views. The views of the ocean from Dream Island are beautiful, they just aren't amazing like the caldera views. Despite this I would still recommend this hotel to family and friends because I could have easily spent a relaxing week there.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

Firstly, everything you have read by other reviewers is mostly all true. Dream Island Hotel is an oasis with in an oasis. The hotel is about less than 10 mins walk north of the main hub of Fira. This is ideal as it is away from the clubs and hussle and bussle of the main town on Santorini.

The pool and deck chairs around the magnificent pool is my favorite spot for sun rise.

The free airport/hotel transfers is a god send. The family atmosphere and attention to service should be the envy of the 5* hotel chains.

This place has made my "must return to" list. Enough said.

Positives: Inclusive transfers, swimming pool and deck chair area, free wifi, great service, renovated rooms and excellent communications prior and during visit with management.

Challenges: I really wanted to give this place a 5* rating BUT to be fair to my other reviews i had to note things like; the beds are a touch harder than what some people may be use to AND the breakfast offering could be improved.

Would I come back? ABSOLUTELY. Make no mistake. this is the place for you on Satorini.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

My boyfriend and I happened upon Dream Island the day we arrived in Greece. We walked into a travel agency and booked the first ferry out along with the hotel special they had that day. We felt SO lucky to have ended up at Dream Island. The hotel is newly built and beautifully decorated by the wife/mother of the family. The father and daughter were waiting for us at the ferry terminal to take us there and even offered a ride to take us back the day we left. We ended up reserving an extra night we were so pleased. Breakfast is available each morning and it is quite the buffet spread. We got to have our scrambled eggs and sausage we missed from the US. There are not very many rooms so there is not too much noise and sometimes you feel that you have the place to yourself. I would visit this place again in a heartbeat. It is a little on the spendy side, but if you are looking for comfort, peaceful, clean and safe and don't mind spending this much I would absolutely recommend staying here!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

We have just come back from Dream Island Hotel and I want to share this great experience. The hotel has a fantastic location (very near to the centre town but in a quiet street), the services at the hotel are very good (swimming pool, free transfer to the airport, breakfast..), but the best thing it's the exceptional attention from the family who lead the hotel. They are lovely and the make you feel like at home.Thank you for everything and I hope you like the wine.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed September 17, 2011

What can one say when the owners personally pick you up and deliver you to the port or airport? It certainly was appreciated given that the port of Santorini is not that welcoming nor does the steep and winding roads look particularly appealing on a bus either.

The Dream Hotel is certainly unique. Given that it is a family run hotel, it has that extra special feel to it whereby personal attention is taken for granted. However, it did at times feel surreal with the family dog running around the place with a bucket around its head and the little boy playing with battery operated toy airplane in the pool area...

Still, one cannot fault the place. The rooms are clean, modern and attention to detail has been given to all aspects of the room, although the painted window took a little getting used to. Time on the balconies were nice to spend the end of the day after a day of leisure out and about. The breakfast was delightful and Fira town is only a 5 minute stroll away, including the bus station too. The pool area has a very relaxing feel to it with a lovely view of the Aegean sea, and is blessed with sunshine all afternoon, even till around 6PM, when the focus then becomes the sunset overlooking the caldera...The family are lovely and are always there for you.. even checking out and paying for the room did not seem an issue.. it seems to flow with the relaxed feel of living on a beautiful island.

All in all, we had a very pleasant stay at the Dream Hotel and would have no hesitation recommending it to anyone, especially for those who do not wish to pay exorbitant prices to stay somewhere overlooking the caldera, yet looking for something stylish and comfortable.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

Eleven members of our family stayed at the Dream Island Hotel in August 2011 for a week, to celebrate the marriage of our son and daughter-in-law on Santorini. I have travelled quite extensively over the years, including most of Europe, North and Central America, the Far East and Australia and I can honestly say I have never been made more welcome at any hotel I have ever stayed in. Georgia and her whole family are lovely people who really cannot do enough for you. They picked us up from the airport, took us to the wedding ceremony, decorated the newly-weds room amazingly, took hundreds of pictures which they gave us, put flowers in our room for our wedding anniversary, etc, etc!

The hotel is superbly situated in Fira, close to the hustle and bustle but far enough away to be quiet and peaceful. It has lovely views, a delightful pool, rooms which are not huge but comfortable, very clean and well equipped (in which everything works) and a charming breakfast room. We very rarely return to the same place - because there are so many new places to see - for this hotel we will make an exception!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Dream Island Hotel
Address: 25th March, Fira 847 00, Greece
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Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Fira
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Fira
#10 Romantic Hotel in Fira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Dream Island Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This "dreamy" hotel was built in 2006 according to the best requirements and specifications for you, since our aim is your best stay on our island all year long. We provide transport to and from the harbour and the airport. Our services include daily room cleaning, laundry, internet, safe box, mini bar, hair dryers, television, telephone, air-conditioning and best of all dreamy holidays and exceptional experiences for our guests. ... more   less 
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