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Dana Villas Hotel & Suites
Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Firostefani
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Oakville, Ontario
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“Amazing Views”
Reviewed September 15, 2012

This property had the most amazing views in Santorini. I am a yoga instructor and took some amazing photos from the terrace here. The washrooms were small but the resort was very nice, great restaurant (and I loved Maria who worked there!) and amazing view. Would recommend it for people who are in good shape and can walk up the many stairs on a daily basis.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Amazing views of the caldera where all the cruise ships pull in to visit. Dana Villas is in a great location not far from Fira and all that it has to offer. It also affords amazing views of the iconic Santorini sunsets and is really a photographer's paradise! The staff here are very friendly and helpful at all times and I'd especially mention Maria who makes everybody feel so welcome at breakfast. The selection at breakfast is really good and you can't beat the view for a great start to the morning.

There are an amazing amount of steps to walk up and down as you move about the place but from what I could see it is the same in most hotels along this strip where you are basically perched on the cliff face. As long as you are in reasonable health and condition you won't mind too much. However, if you aren't you might want to consider where you stay a little carefully!

Fortunately, we didn't have to lug our bags up and down the stairs as the excellent staff were amazing in accomplishing this task. These guys would never need to go to a gym as their job is a gym workout everyday!

We had a really nice time here and would recommend it to most people. September is a great time to come. Lots of people around but not nearly as crowded as it would be in July/August in prime tourist season. The weather is also perfect in September. Very warm but not stifling or humid.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Panagiotis_Salapatas, Γενικός Διευθυντής at Dana Villas Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, 4 weeks ago
Dear Guests,

Thank you for this amazing review of your stay at Dana Villas. It is always an honor for us when guests depart our hotel with only the best of memories in their hearts and we wish to thank you for sharing your experience with Tripadvisor members that wish to visit Dana Villas in the future.

It is great to know that you had such an enjoyable stay with us and you liked our views. Your comment " photographer's paradise" is one of my favorites! Indeed we are in & out of the city center. Your praising words about the staff makes me very proud and it is something I always like to share with all of them. .

Keeping your words we are looking forward to welcome you once again so you can enjoy our new facilities and thank you so much for all your recommendations.

With Kind Regards,
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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

There is no doubt that the location of Dana Villas is breathtakingly stunning. The rooms are charming (we had a family suite of two interconnecting rooms, with two bathrooms and a little kitchen). We especially loved the cave like feel of the bedroom in room 108, except the wi-fi access was rather poor - not a such a drama as we were on holidays!
The real jewel in the crown of this accommodation is the staff. Many reviews speak about the warmth of Maria at breakfast, but a more accommodating hostess would be difficult to find anywhere.
Walking along the cliffs of Fira are great exercise and the steps at Dana give you a real workout. My calves have never looked better!
Thanks again to Maria, Alika and Sonny for wonderful stay with my family.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

Beware the room we got was not what we expected, from the website it looked great but the photos are misleading. The size of our room Villa 105 was small! small! small!.
We had just finished a boat cruise and were looking forward to Dana Villas, this hotel was suppose to be the highlight of the holiday but it was a disappointment. The room was half the size of our cabin on our boat. Once we placed our luggage in the room it was basically standing room only for one person. This meant while one person was getting ready the other sat on the small balcony, that had two chairs and a table right in front of the air conditioning unit that blowed hot air in your direction.
The bed that was a small double that was up against three walls, the fourth was the bed head, with a small 30 centimetre gap to enter .
The pool is approximately 150-200 steps down, may times the lounge chairs were taken up with empty towels by the guests staying nearest to the pool, therefore you had to got back to your balcony.
Due to no space in the room and the air conditioning blowing on the balcony, and lack of seating at pool, this made this hotel a very unattractive property therefore there are many hotels in the caldera area with same views as this one and with its high cost I wouldnt stay here again. Many people advised us to stay in Oia, we didnt, take our advise and stay there.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

Great place, great staff and a fabulous view. The rooms are fine, albeit a little old in decor but the view made up for that. The 200 steps might frighten off some but certainly worth it.
While the restaurant is ok there are plenty of quality cheap eats within walking distance

Room Tip: Go for a room near the pool, there are only 30 rooms at Dana Villas
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

My boyfriend and I recently had a wonderful stay at Dana Villas, from August 30th to September 2nd. We had originally booked our stay for four nights. However, due to the cancellation of our ferry from Mykonos to Santorini because of strong winds, we had to change our stay to three nights. We communicated with Dana Villas via email about our change of plans - the hotel was very understanding and was able to rearrange our transport from the ferry stop to the hotel quickly. 

The staff was incredibly welcoming and helpful - most knew us by name and room number by our second day. They helped us with our bags down the steep steps and greeted us with a fruit basket and bottle of wine . Our room was better than advertised, very clean and had a direct view of the beautiful caldera. 

The high quality of the hotel food surprised me - I enjoyed everything I tried on the menu . The dishes often rivaled what we had at good, local restaurants. My favorites were the Dana potatoes and Saganaki. It was very tempting to stay on our private terrace or lounge by the pool and just order from the hotel menu instead of venturing to town. 

I highly recommend Dana Villas to anyone looking for reasonably priced accommodation in Santorini at a place that is staffed by very friendly people. In fact, I am counting the days until I can return! 

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Panagiotis_Salapatas, Γενικός Διευθυντής at Dana Villas Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, May 2, 2017
Dear Helen,

Thank you for this 5* review of your stay at Dana Villas. It is always an honor for us when guests depart our hotel with only the best of memories in their hearts and we wish to thank you for sharing your experience with Tripadvisor members that wish to visit Dana Villas in the future.

It is lovely to hear that our staff was able to assist you on such a matter. I am glad to know that you enjoy our location, your room and our services! So happy to read that you liked our cuisine!

Once again we wish to thank you for your kind words about our hotel and we also hope you enjoyed our beautiful island. We look forward to welcoming you again in Dana Villas some day

With kind regards
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

We stayed at Dana villas for a week ,our second time at this exceptional hotel. Our room was great, the views a to die for, from sunrise to sestet., relaxing on sun lounge, by the poolside or in the jacuzzi you can't go wrong. All the staff are fantastic, a special mention to Maria , she's beyond brilliant ,loves her work and it shows by the care she gives to us. Not only greeted with a smile,but a freshly squeezed orange juice every morning and personnel greetings to match.
Despite the 200 or so steps to get from top (road level) to the bottom( pool,breakfast) its all worth it. Also being about 15-20 minute walk away from the busy Fira ( lots of tourists), you can enjoy a more quiet and serene atmosphere. There a few close by restaurants if you don't walk to Fira. The walk along the Caldera is beautiful. We will be back.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Panagiotis_Salapatas, Γενικός Διευθυντής at Dana Villas Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, May 2, 2017
Dear Guests,

Thank you for your outstanding review. Reading your comments about our sunsets and describing your experience gives me the feeling like i am enjoying one already. Thank you for your kind and warm comments about our staff and your special mention to Maria!

Since the time you visited us we have made several changes that we truly believe that you will enjoy trying this time one of our new signature cocktails.

We can't wait to welcome you back.

Kind Regards,
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Property: Dana Villas Hotel & Suites
Address: Firostefani 847 00, Greece
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Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Firostefani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Firostefani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Dana Villas Hotel & Suites 4*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dana Villas in Santorini ...Imagine a quiet setting, a beautiful view, and a traditional settlement cascading down the Santorini caldera .. and all this just a few minutes away from the bustling island capital, Fira. Dana Villas offers luxurious suites and an open air swimming pool on the dramatic Santorini caldera. Breathtaking views of the volcano and the magnificent Santorini sunset make it hard to part with the magic of Dana Villas. ... more   less 
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