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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cliff Side Hotel Firostefani
- Cliff Side Firostefani
- Cliffside Suites Santorini
- Cliff Side Suites Santorini/Firostefani