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Villa Ilias Caldera Hotel
Ranked #2 of 21 Hotels in Firostefani
Certificate of Excellence
Toulouse, France
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Just like a dream”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Just a little bit of paradise :) This place is just perfect if you wanna have some rest and appreciate a beautiful view. This hotel is also a good place to be if you wanna try the greek food with all the restaurants around and to visit the rest of the Island. Pauline and Giorgios, the owners, will help you with all your questions about where you can go and how.
As you can see, I just loves it ;)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

We stayed at Villa Ilias for a few nights on way to and from other islands. We were made so welcome by George and our room was perfection. Stunning views and very comfortable. I would highly recommend this accomodation. Can't wait to return.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

Thoroughly recommend Villa Ilias to anyone visiting Santorini. We selected this establishment based on reviews on Tripadvisor and we were not disappointed. We booked one of the Caldera view rooms and it was magnificent to wake up every morning, open the shutters and be greeted with such an awesome view. The rooms was a expected for the price. Clean with enough space. The WiFi was fast enough also. The hosts and staff were friendly and very helpful. Guaranteed to stay there again...

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Denton, Texas
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3 reviews
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

I can't imagine a better place to stay on Santorini. The location was perfect, the owner/hosts were friendly and helpful, the breakfasts were great and our room with a king sized bed overlooking the pool and caldera was perfect.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rocky River, Ohio
2 reviews
Reviewed October 13, 2012

This was a sweet...family owned inn! Beautiful views and a short walk to the shopping in Fira! We would definetly stay again! The pool area is close to all the rooms and the view from there is breathe taking. The reception area is a great place to relax and read a book or just relax...but we had a balcony and that's where we spent our mornings!

  • Stayed October 2012
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

My son(10yrs) and I visited this Htl on Sept - had booked it via Htl's online - one day after booking, I received an e-mail from the owner ,saying that they will give us a traditional studio ,instead a std room with caldera view that we booked - didn't want to argue, I was working for 10yrs in a travel agency, I knew how this works...I knew what they were going to say to me(oh, lastminute booking, oh book/out, oh upgrade, etc) - when we arrived ,owner's wife said that studio is a a few meters away, not in main building!!!we followed her down the street and then downstairs(maaany stairs)and there it was, a room that was totally isolated (very scary at night) and definately had nothing to do with htl, which I also booked it cause it had pool outside the rooms - If I was 25yrs I would probably would had found it an interesting experience, but I'm 45 and found it a bad joke!!!! No explanation whatsoever from his wife - my son though, was excited anyway being in Santorini, we were there for 3nts only, they would definately not going to give us our money back if we said to them ''look,we are now leaving this it's totally unacceptable'', so we stayed and tryed to enjoy as much the hours outside this room - I just want to let you know that for 3 days ,NONE , owner, wife, other ,bothered to come and see us or ask us if we are ok, give us other room in the main building(as we saw people checked out), or offered us a free taxi to the airport as a conpensation, nothing ... I was so anticipating for these 3nts in Santorini and if it wasn't for all the others we saw,done,visited on the island , it would had been a totally disaster.

Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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NewBrunswick Canada
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Location will often take you to a hotel, but hospitality, exceptional service and cleanliness will keep bringing you back. We have just completed our fifth trip to Santorini and have stayed at the Villa Ilias each time. The hotel is well located with exceptional views of the caldera and just a 10 minute walk to Fira. Each night we enjoyed watching a beautiful sunset with a bottle of wine from our balcony, or while sitting around the pool area. When available, we often stay in the rooftop room which offers a fantastic view of both sides of the island.The owners, George and Pauline are wonderful hosts and make every guest feel welcome and special from the moment they arrive. We love the complimentary breakfast consisting of a freshly baked Greek pie/quiche each day, along with Greek yogurt, eggs, cereal, an assortment of breads, juices and fresh fruit and a delightful sweet cake made by Marina. Cleanliness is certainly a priority at the Villa Ilias, and the housekeeper, Anna worked diligently to make sure our room was spotless each day. We loved our quick chats with Anna too.........We travel to Europe frequently and have stayed in many nice hotels, however, the Villa Ilias still remains at the top or our list with it's location, and all around exceptional hospitality and service. If we are fortunate enough to return to Santorini again, we could not imagine staying anywhere else!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Villa Ilias Caldera Hotel

Property: Villa Ilias Caldera Hotel
Address: Firostefani 84700, Greece
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 Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Firostefani
#3 Family Hotel in Firostefani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Ilias Caldera Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Damigos family has been a part of Santorini history for over a century. Villa Ilias is the former residence of one of our ancestors, George Ilias Damigos. It is built on this specific location to capture breathtaking views that are unique only to Villa Ilias and perched 1,000 feet above the Aegean Sea and the most famous volcano in the world. ... more   less 
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Villa Ilias Hotel Firostefani
Ilias Hotel Firostefani
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