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“No gain without pain: no view with out climbing uphill”

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Kafieris Apartments On The Cliff
Zurich, Switzerland
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“No gain without pain: no view with out climbing uphill”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

View view and view is perfect. The kitchen was well stocked and one of the best kitchens I have seen. New towels replaced every day

This hotel is on the top of a cliff and without private transport is difficult.one has to walk uphill 20- 30 min from town.the hotel offers free pick up and drop at the port/airport. When we asked if they could drop us till the fira bus stand instead of the port, they refused citing hotel policy. No free trips!!! The toilet was bit average. The shower did not have any shower curtains and floor would get wet.
Out room bed was very creaky , every movement one made on the bed made a noise :-(

Room Tip: View from the top floor was very good
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Just needed a simple week of sun to end the summer. budget concept was fine as we didn't intend to spend much time at the hotel.
Found this after a (too) quick search and booked via Expedia.

One bonus was a complimentary pick up and drop off at the airport. Expedia stated we should contact the hotel to arrange the pick up, which i did via email. no reply; tried again; no reply, contacted Expedia who helpfully contacted the hotel and confirmed we would be icked up.
We weren't.
So got a taxi across the island.
Response to question about the missing lift was a shrug.

We were too early for check-in (expected) but would have really welcomed an invitation to sit down with a coffee or something after the overnight flight and travel. Nevertheless waited until lunchtime for the true horror.

Room 2. Just don't do it. The balcony had three views. A view of Room 1's balcony; a view of a blank wall; or a view in through the laundry room. Room was grotty and the bathroom an absolute horror. The towels had been specially treated to have a sharp abrasive feel at all times. Asked for a different room which we had to wait two days for. This was No.9, which was small but fine with the kind of views you'd hope for in this location.

Breakfast was included, but was one cup of hot drink, one glass of the cheapest orange coloured dilute liquid I've seen, some bread, tiny portion of sliced meat and cheese and preserves.

Why two stars? Because there were only two good points: 1st: the lady who seems to do everything single-handed; bulgarian i think, and really tries her best with the situation she finds herself in (I thought there was a working time directive in the EU? Not in Firostafani!). 2nd: the view from the top floor.
End of.

Room Tip: Don't ger room 2, or probably room 1 either, the only ones we could vouch for are the few second...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, West Virginia
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

we visit the hotel for our honeymoon and viki made it memorable!!!!the hotel was ok for the money that we paid.whatever and whenever we asked viki had always an answer for us!!!!we enjoy the famous sunset!!!!if you visit kafieris apartments you have to ask for viki and you will not regret it!!!the only thing that it's not so good is the cleaning of the hotel.the maid never answer to our question and never smiled!!!!

Room Tip: ask for 7a or 7b
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Alicante, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

Before I start the comment I want to hightlight:
- The staff (Viky) is very good and kind
- The views from the terrace are amazing (as the majority of good hotels in Firostefani)
- Breakfast is OK

BUT

We were very disappointed when we booked a room with sea views and instead of the expected views of the caldera (the beautiful ones and the ones any tourist would be interested into when at Firostefani) our room had "parking views" with a far away see background (not the caldera).

Our room was ROOM 4.

Also the kitchen stuff was old and in some cases broken (kitchenette and kettle).

If you are looking for beautiful sea views make sure you ask for Caldera views and that you don't get room 4. It could spoil your vacation if you are only staying in one hotel and you plan to have good views.

Room Tip: Do not choose room 4 or sea views, ask for caldera views.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed July 12, 2013

Kafieris Apartments is located in Firostefani which is one of the quieter areas of Santorini when compared to Fira, Imerovigli or Oia, but the views are just as grand in my opinion. If you're looking for more excitement you might want to stay in one of the other areas, but for my wife and I, it provided some peace and quiet. The hotel is at the top of a hill, so it takes some energy to get up there. The best part of our room was that we had a great view of the caldera. The hotel appears like it's been around for a while, but it hasn't had any updates in a long time. The bed was a bit firm for our liking, but we slept fine. There was a small kitchen where we could have done some cooking, but we preferred to go out most nights since food wasn't all that expensive. We did use the refrigerator to cool some drinks and we kept some cheese and meat to make sandwiches for lunch. Viki, the only person I saw at the front desk was very attentive and helped us arrange a boat trip and gave us suggestions for some restaurants. It's a very solid budget hotel. I wouldn't come here looking for luxury, but if you want a decent place to stay on an island where accommodation is pretty expensive, I suggest you take a look.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2013

This was my first visit to Santorini. We arrived on the boat, rented a car and drove to Firostefani to find the Kafieris Apartments. Little tricky to find it, we had to call them so they can lead us on the road but once you find it, easy to navigate.
The apartments are on one of the highest levels of Santorini. We get room with the view. From the first look out of the window, i was speechless. It's simply breathtaking view from the balcony. Absolutely gorgeous scenery with the entire caldera in front of you.
The apartment it self is pretty decent, get a small kitchennett with the refrigerator, so you can get some stuff and cook it inside.
The only concern i had was the bed. It's a great bed, don't get me wrong, but it makes a lot of noice. To the point of every time you want to turn in the bed u thinking twice, cause it will definately wake up someone else.
They have a small bar on the roof ot he building with a hot tub and few of the beach chairs. You can totaly watch the famous Santorini sunset from there if you don't feel like going out.
Wifi in the lobby, i have a feeling the modem located somewhere in front, so sitting on the balcony you hardly get a reception.

Room Tip: Get a room with the view. But if you are a light sleeper, check the bed first.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, ON
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed June 7, 2013

Small room which seems to be the standard in Greece. The bathroom has got to be the smallest I've ever seen: the shower is literally 2"x2" box in the corner. Bring your own hair conditioner (again, didn't see it in any Greek hotel). Hard bed, although I personally didn't mind. Breakfast could use some fruit or greek yogurt. However, you can ask the hostess for extras at no extra charge.
The hotel is located in the middle between Immerovigli and Fira. Take the waterfront path behind the church to go to Fira. The inland path is shorter but is sketchy, confusing and unlit.
If you are willing to overlook small inconveniences, you will be rewarded with sincere hospitality and a breathtaking view of the caldera and the village of Immerovigli from your balcony at a third of the price of other hotels. Have a sip of local wine on the rooftop terrace with an even better view. Vicki really made us feel as if we were guests in her house.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kafieris Apartments On The Cliff
Address: Firostefani, Firostefani 847 00, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Firostefani
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #15 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Firostefani
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Hotel Class:2 star — Kafieris Apartments On The Cliff 2*
Number of rooms: 13
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