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Villa Ilias Caldera Hotel
Ranked #2 of 21 Hotels in Firostefani
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Toronto
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3 reviews
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

Not a bad word to say about this hotel, perfect location, great friendly staff, great rooms. A big plus is the fact that the hotel is located up high on the cliff and hence no walking up and down the steep hill to your room like other villas in Santorini. And not to mention the staff, who are all genuinely friendly and very helpful. This place won't disappoint! A+++

  • Stayed August 2014
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed August 4, 2014

My husband spent his birthday here with the most amazing views from our balcony. I believe that room #1 was the best room at the property. The staff were very helpful and it was a 15 minute walk to Fira. I enjoyed my time here, the entire Ilias Family were very warm and welcoming especially George Sr. I would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: Room number 1 was the best!
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

I couldn't have dreamed of a better location on Santorini. It was on the charming footpath that led toward two different charming villages and restaurants and shops were very nearby. The property was beautiful, simple and so clean. Everything was made easy and they were extremely accommodating with excursions, recommendations and rental cars. I wish I could spend all my days here, I would highly encourage Villa Ilias as the perfect hotel.

Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
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Collingwood, Canada
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Reviewed August 2, 2014

I would highly recommend this hotel for anyone looking for a Caldera view. Room 14 is located on the top of the hotel with a balcony view of the Caldera in addition to a side area with 2 lounge chairs for sun bathing. Its 360 views of the area truly are breath taking and well worth the extra expense. Our main hostess Mary has a passion for her work and with her warm welcoming smile she provided exceptional customer service. The buffet breakfast was delicious and had lots of variety. The free snack and local wine tasting night hosted by the hotel was much appreciated.

Room Tip: For couples, ask for room #14 ....spectacular view.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

We cannot give enough praise to Villa Ilias. We arrived at 7am, 12 hours before check in and the staff were more than happy to accommodate us, allowing us to shower and enjoy the breakfast buffet and then fresh towels and access to the pool area. The position is fantastic, a little walk from Fira, but the best views in the area. We had panoramic views from our balcony! The rooms were lovely and clean. Wifi was quite good. The breakfast had an extensive selection of home cooked pies and cakes all baked fresh. The staff helped us book tours and taxis, and also ran a free wine and canapés evening on our first night. We had a great time and cannot wait to go back.

Stayed July 2014
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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

Villa Ilias is a terrific hotel, book here and get the most comfortable and satisfying vacation, the hotel is perfect in many ways:
Hospitality: the hotel owners and team are very hospitable with great passion for a high quality service and friendliness and cooperation, we got the best help and support and did a great job in showing us the island, where to go, what to eat , transportation and booked our 1 day boat trip
Location: firostefani is 15 minutes walk from Fira which is the heart of the island and public transportation to mostly everywhere is from Fira , the hotel is also located on the highest level of the mountain and this gives you two advantages: 1) no stairs up and down to the main road, will make ur life easy with carrying luggage and also on your stay 2) way better view than the lower levels
View: the view from the hotel sees the caldera with a very nice angle and the rest of firostefani and a bit of Fira
Cleanliness & breakfast: very clean room, housekeeping are very good and fast in finishing the room cleaning, breakfast is very nice and tasty
Overall we felt really at home, didn't want to leave and surely will go again

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Stayed with my 2 daughters july 16-19, in a cave house studio. What an amazing view! We were welcomed by Corina at check in and she couldn't have been more friendly. She informed of us all details on vila ilias and surrounding areas. George and all his staff or very nice and eager to please with any questions or even set up car rentals and tour excursions. Wednesday and Sundays in the evening there is a get together for guests in the lounge area with home made wine that is so delicious and farm fresh vegetables. The pool is not huge but is perfect size to cool off in and there is plenty of seats to just sit relax and take in the breathtaking view. Fira is a short walk away but you just take the pedestrian walkway that is lined with tavernas, markets, cafes and shops and before you know it your there. Bring your walking shoes to be comfortable. Villa Ilias also has car parking if your renting a car. Buses are reliable to go to other towns to explore. All amenities were in working order and no problem with wifi.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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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
Villa Ilias Caldera Hotel Santorini/Firostefani

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