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Cliff Side Suites
Ranked #12 of 21 Hotels in Firostefani
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 9, 2013

My husband and I have wanted to go to Santorini for a number of years, so we decided to splash out and stay in our preferred location overlooking the Caldera, rather than one of the beach resorts on the other side of the island. We stayed in Cliff Side Suites for a week at the beginning of August, and we weren’t disappointed. We were lucky enough to have a junior suite which meant we had a private, very large terrace which had the most stunning views across the Caldera. We also had a small room between the bedroom and bathroom which had a small kitchenette area, fridge and table and chairs. Some of the other rooms had less private terraces which were either shared or had people walking past, but all rooms appeared to have the lovely view. I would agree with some of the other reviewers who commented that a really nice touch would be to have sun loungers on the terraces, as there is certainly enough space, and there are only five around the small pool area.
Breakfast is served around the pool area, and there was plenty of choice – either hot or cold, and lovely just to sit outside and eat breakfast in such a beautiful location. There is also a small bar in this area which serves drinks and snacks throughout the day. The staff are very helpful, eg. Carry your cases up and down the (very) many steps which lead from the hotel rooms up to the main street, and also very discreet – our room was kept spotless, and I only saw the cleaner once the entire time we were there.
Firostefani itself is a 15 minute walk from Thira, which is lovely walk with views of the Caldera all the way, but quite tiring in the heat and along the cobblestones! Thira is nice but can get very crowded on the days when there are cruise ships docked down in the port. There are plenty of nice restaurants in Firostefani itself, just a few yards from the hotel – they are not cheap, and drinks eg. Wine is also quite expensive, but the food is very good quality – we would recommend Pirouni, just around the corner from the hotel entrance, and the Italian restaurant just outside the entrance is good value (if you want a table with a good view, it is advisable to make a reservation in advance at many of the restaurants).
Watching the sunset at Oia is a must, but too far to walk (unless you don’t mind a 2 – 3 hour hike), but local buses serve the whole island very well and the stops are just around the corner from the hotel – fares are around 2 euros and you can travel from one end of the island to the other, and also the beach resorts of Kamari and Perissa, although the buses do get very crowded.
Sanorini is a beautiful place to stay for a relaxing, quiet holiday – I would love to go back, and would not hesitate to book Cliff Side Suites again.

Room Tip: Ask if there are any junior suites availabe - ours was room 109, and we had a lovely private terrace...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

This Hotel does not disappoint, warm welcome form the staff from the moment we arrived, smooth check it with a personal touch.

Our bags were carried to our rooms and like what others have commented on there is a lot of stairs (never a problem for our duration) our studio was small but very well appointed, two small stoves and a fridge, bathroom really quirky and very very clean (loved the olive products) best part of the studio (110) had to be the balcony, we had the best views in the hotel, even other guest commented and told us we had the best balcony.

All rooms have a great views and are all a little different. No kids to be seen (bliss)

The location in Firostefani is ideal, you have 5-6 restaurants on your door step, tried them all and all were fantastic. short walk to Fira for a more lively evening (we only went into Fira twice as we loved firostefani so much)

Big shout out to Anthi, she is amazing answered my emails before we got there, she is lovely and we had many enjoyable conversations with her , she is an asset to the team there, and because of her I've given the hotel and "excellent mark" instead of "Very good".

Sia also made our stay most welcome she was also very knowledgeable about the island.

1Tip....would be lovely to have sun loungers on terraces and balconies and not just by the pool.

The rest of the island is yours to explore and all i can say is I've found heaven in this little island and we cant wait to go back, cliffside suites was the icing on the cake!

Room Tip: Room 110 as by far the best veiws
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

This is a collection of assorted rooms and suites tumbling down the cliff side of the western side of Santorini. Painted white with light blue windows and doors it makes a very attractive holiday destination. Very pretty with no highrise hotels it is very quiet with spectacular views. The staff are extremely helpful lugging your cases around and getting you local information and booking local tours, car hire, tranfers or anything else that you need complete with a hug at your final departure. All the local bookings are made at cost price they dont add anything on. We had a junior suite which was spacious and cool with or without the aircon on, cleaned daily with clean towels in the excellent bathroom and a large comfortable double bed, we also had a private terrace which is nice as some rooms have a terrace that others have to walk through to get to their room, we wouldnt have liked that. We also had a small kitchenette which was useful. The pool area is small but perfectly useable (most hotel pools here are small due to the nature of the land) which is also where breakfast is served. Breakfast its self is very Greek with lots of egg and meat, I would rate it about a 6/7 out of 10 good but not great.

There is an excellent bus service to get you around the island and plenty to occupy you for a week. We visited a few places but were very disapointed with the red beach the rest was great. Santorini is an unusual island which is why it is well worth a visit.

Firostefani its self is pretty with enough restaurants for you to have a meal in a different one each night for a week, we liked Pironi the best with the small but very efficient Italian just at the top of the steps down to Cliff Side coming in a close second due to its excellent value.

I would say that in this resort there are a lot of steps, steep ones, and not just for this hotel for all of them so if you have mobility issues or small children it is probably not the place for you on the other hand if you are like me and like a holiday with some exercise then it is great my legs are in great shape, well at least better than before I went!

Room Tip: Choose a junior suite or above, some of the rooms can be a bit small.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We, a group of 4 female friends, stayed at the Cliffside Suites for 8 nights in late June 2013. At the time of booking we requested 2x twin rooms and in close proximity to each other.

The first room, located directly next to reception only provided a double bed, but was big, airy, clean and had an amazing view. The second (Room 117) was extremely small, only had a double bed and was not in the same category as the first - a surprise considering we had booked 2 identical rooms?

After complaining to management regarding the room and the false advertising, re photos of rooms found on the Cliffside Suites website in comparison to Room 117, we were given a bigger 'cave' room with twin beds. (We were informed initially that twin rooms could only be provided if requested at the time of booking because the hotel does not have any twin rooms).

There seems to be no process as to what rooms are given out - some are extremely small - some have kitchenettes; separate lounges; mezzanine floors - it doesn't seem to matter what you have booked going on the difference between the two rooms we booked at the same cost?

The cave rooms are definitely 'damper' than the others - so make this a consideration if you are not comfortable with this?

The hairdryers are unreliable - the one on our room didn't work at all (although reported) we ended up using our companions.

Nevertheless the views were absolutely beautiful and the hotel is walking distance to Fira.

I think they could purchase a few more sun lounges for the pool area - we were told later in our trip, by a cafe owner, that the Belvedere Hotel just up from the Cliffside Suites is a sister hotel and we could use their pool facilities which were far superior than those at the Cliffside - management didn't tell us this - so I'm not quite sure if this is correct?

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

The views from its rooms are just stunning. Located just a ten minute walk to the center of Fira by means of the Caldera foot path with incredible views all the way. Room was kept spotless for our stay duration with daily towel changes and fresh bed linen. We stayed in room 117 and were witness to an average of two daily weddings just below our room. These weddings will not bother anyone as these last for about an hour from start to finish with maybe just a little soft music. The hotel also has some disadvantages. It's not really suitable for the elderly or anyone with any walking or heart problems as there are over a hundred very unregulated steps. There is no restaurant, but it serves a good breakfast. Also it states that it has parking facilities, the hotel does not have a private parking area, but one can only park in San Girasimos church square if he is lucky and finds a place. Also very difficult to locate at first as there is no signage. So if you go there either by taxi, bus or hire car, stop at San Girasomos church square than take the foot path to the right and then take the foot path on the left of Cantuccio restaurant . Also pool area is very small with just five sun beds. Also make sure to take a sweat shirt as evenings get chilly especially in Oia. Also room 117 has just a tiny wardrobe with no drawers and we had to keep most of our clothes on the third bed.

Room Tip: All rooms have a stunning views. If you intend to stay indoors by the pool, request a room at the lo...
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

We spent one week here & have had an amazing time, the rooms are spotless & cleaned thoroughly everyday, king size bed (room 125) with memory foam mattresses, jacuzzi baths & fresh white towels. Breakfast plain & simple, tiny swimming pool with 5 sun beds. The steps down are good exercise but if you are elderly or disabled this is not the place for you, there are weddings held at the hotel in front of Cliff Side Suites several times per day but when you see the view you will understand why you would want to get married here ! My only criticism is needs more sun beds could put them on balconies & tea/coffee making facilities in room.

Room Tip: Room 125 overlooks wedding venue & pool so you can check if sun beds are free
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Firostefani is a beautiful place in santorini. There is a good market in fira which is just at a walkable distance. Cliffside has super accommodation. The view from the room is just breathtaking. The rooms are spacious. Very amazing. The staff is quite friendly and you can get easy access to other services from the hotel itself.The view during having breakfast is awesome too. The climate all through in santorini is very pleasant.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cliff Side Suites

Address: Firostefani 847 00, Greece (Formerly Grotto Villas)
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Firostefani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Firostefani
Price Range: $232 - $507 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cliff Side Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer a selection of 23 open plan cave-like studios and suites, ranging from the intimate to the truly magnificent and all ideally mix tradition with contemporary facilities. All rooms are newly refurbished in beautiful vivid tones, conveying a sense of comfort, warmth and relaxation. ... more   less 
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