This past May/June 2012, we stayed at Smaragdi Hotel in Perissa, Santorini, Greece for eight days. We had stayed there for a week in 2010 and were really looking forward to returning. It was like going home to visit family. There is nothing impersonal about the hotel or its personnel. They are all just lovely people, from the owners, George and Maria and their parents, Dmitri at the front desk, the cleaning ladies to the lovely lady who works in the kitchen. Their smiles are as warm as the Greek sunshine. If you need anything or have any questions, your satisfaction is guaranteed.
The rooms are spacious and bright and tastefully decorated. Each one has a place to sit outside to eat or relax and the bathrooms are spotless and modern. The beds are comfortable and there is air conditioning and Wifi in each room. There is a bottle of water in your room when you arrive and there is a grocery store a 15-minute walk away. There is a kitchenette in each room.
The common areas around the hotel are welcoming and clean. There are gardens and walkways and the pool is beautiful. It is so relaxing to sit on a lounge chair under an umbrella and read or just relax. There is a good library of books in many languages that past guests have left behind.
Maria takes time to explain about the hotel and what to do around Santorini. She can organize airport/port pick-up and drop-off, excursions and car rentals. The public bus stops by the beach in the summer, a short walk away from the hotel or a 15-minute walk away at other times. The schedule is at the front desk. Fira is about 30 minutes away by bus, with a change for the bus to Oia. It’s easy and inexpensive.
While in Santorini, I can recommend a catamaran tour . We have done it twice and would do it again without hesitation. Maria will look after the reservation and recommend a company. You are picked up and returned to Smaragdi. Take the sunset tour rather than the morning tour. That way you get to see beauty at its best. I also recommend doing the walk from Fira to Oia. It’s about five miles long. Do it around 3:00 when it's cooler and wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes. The views are to die for and sometimes you have a view of the water from to your right and to your left.
If you have never been to Santorini, you will be pinching yourself to be sure that you are really there. If you have never been to Greece, you will find that Greek hospitality is second to none. The warmth of the Greek sunshine is but a reflection of the warmth of the Greek people. George and Maria are the epitome of this warmth.
You will not be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Smaragdi Hotel lies at one of the most famous beaches of Santorini, Perivolos. It is an A class Hotel, which follows the traditional Cycladic architecture at its exterior and interior decoration. The hotel offers all modern comforts to its guests such as a large swimming pool, pool bar, breakfast room, playground, currency exchange, Jacuzzi, Free WIFI high speed Internet etc.The hotel rooms are spacious, sunlit and well taken care to the last detail. They are all fully equipped in order to make your stay here more pleasant. The hospitable atmosphere, in combination to the trained and pleasant personnel, which is always at your disposal, will make you feel at home. Arrival Transfer Free arrival transfer from airport/port (08:00-23:00, minimum 2 nights stay is required). Please inform the hotel through email or fax (you will find these contact details on the confirmation email you receive after you make your reservation) with the arrival details at least 14 days prior to your arrival in order to be able to book your transfer. Free arrival transfer is provided only if you have prebooked transfer appointment 14 days in advance. Contact details can be found on the booking confirmation. Kindly note that departure transfer is upon extra charge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Smaragdi Hotel Perissa
- Smaragdi Hotel Santorini/Perissa