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Smaragdi Hotel
Ranked #3 of 40 Hotels in Perissa
Certificate of Excellence
UK
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2008

This was our second time on the island of Santorini. Both times we have stayed in or around Perissa. This part of the island makes for a great base and is quieter than other parts.
We picked Smaragdi Hotel for 2 reasons. One the price and two it has a good star rating. we were definately not disappointed. Right from the first day we and all other guests were made to feel welcome. Stamos the Manager is a complete nut but a gem. The whole family have worked hard to make Smaragdi one of the best self catering accomodations on the island. The rooms are good sized and clean with air con if you need it. The rooms are cleaned and towels and bed linen changed every other day. The pool area is great with plenty of sun loungers and chairs and tables. The pool is always clean but with all pools in Greece are warmed by the sun so in the early part of the season a little cold but refreshing after a day in the sun. The bar area is comfortable with the option of being inside or out. All drinks are delivered to your table usually with the Stamos wit. The food is good whether it be breakfast lunch or dinner. The only down side to the food is that the breakfast is the same every day. The Smaragdi is good for kids with a play area and gated entrances to keep them in. The pool goes from 1m to 2.5m. The beach is at the end of the road 25m away. A must on the island is to get out and about. If you go off season try taking a dusty track to the beach and if you are lucky you will find a beach of your own. Take a look down small roads and pathways and you will find the delights of the island. We spent our holiday last year in the Dominican Republic and i have to say that i would pick Santorini and the Smaragdi any day. The people are great and the weather is great from May to October. Main tips are... Get involed when at the apartments and you will be looked after and rewarded with the great Greek wit by the whole family and get out and about look further than what you think is a dead end and you will be rewarded every time.
Treat yourself one day for lunch or dinner and spend it in Thira or Oia over looking the Caldera. Its has got to be 8th wonder of the world.

  • Liked — Very friendly
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2008

Having just read the reviews of the Smaragdi Hotel on this site, I thought I’d add my own thoughts. I’ve been coming here; often twice a year, since 1999 and I’ve never had any problems. There are many other people who also come back to the Smaragdi year after year so they must be doing something right.

Although listed in the Kosmar brochure as being in Perissa, the hotel itself is more towards the Perivolos end of the resort which is much quieter and set back from the beach road by about 200 yards. The walk into Perissa itself will take about 10 to 15 minutes although there are plenty of bars, coffee shops and restaurants in either direction along the beach road to help you on your way.

The hotel is totally family owned and run by Dimitris, Smaragda (a queen amongst women), Maria and Stamos and they really do make you feel at home. Smaragda speaks very good English as do Maria and Stamos who look after the pool and bar areas. If you do have a problem, they will do everything they can to sort it out for you.

A word of warning - if you’re coming with Kosmar, please note that the views of the hotel in the brochure are NOT representative of the rooms that they use - the Kosmar rooms are set at the back and the sides of the main complex. Some people have complained about the size and location of the rooms but in my opinion these complaints are unwarranted. The rooms are allocated by the Kosmar reps, not the hotel. If you are not happy with the room that’s been allocated to you, it may be possible to take another room if there are any available but be aware that you might have to pay extra – speak to Smaragda about this. In my opinion, if you’re on holiday you’re not likely to spend a great deal of time in your room other than sleeping and getting dressed. The rooms are clean and comfortable with constant hot water (a bonus), TV (BBC World, BBC Prime and Greek channels), direct dial telephone and ceiling fans with air conditioning available for a small daily cost. They are also serviced every other day when the towels and bedding are changed. Quite frankly, what more do you need!

The pool area is where most of the action happens. There is a very well stocked bar, open every day from about 11am with draught Greek beer and bottled English beers together with all of the usual stuff you’d expect. There is an extensive menu of snacks and main meals, all excellent quality and well worth the money. They will often have daily specials available too. If you’ve had a busy day and can’t raise the energy to walk to one of the many local restaurants, the food here is just as good and a lot cheaper.

Perissa itself (the main resort) is about 10 to 15 minutes walk away and whilst the main street can get busy at night, it’s hardly the ‘mini San Antonio’ another reviewer mentioned. If it ever gets to that stage, I’ll stop going back! There are plenty of bars and restaurants and you’ll soon get to know which ones are better than others – ask the people at the hotel about the places they recommend. Restaurants that I would personally recommend are God’s Garden (near the Water Park in Perissa), Odyssey (Tito, the chef, serves some of the best food on the island, a little more expensive, but well worth it for a special treat) and the Lava restaurant on the beach road, which serves the most authentic Greek food you’re likely to get in Perissa. For before or after dinner drinks, go to Dorians Bar on the main street where you’ll get delicious cocktails in a lovely setting. This is one of the longest established bars in Perissa, having been around for over 20 years.

To see the volcano and caldera, you’ll need to go the west coast of the island and the main towns, Thira (Fira) or Ia (Oia). The first view of the volcano from the cliffs in Thira is just amazing but be wary of nipping into one of the many cafes looking directly over to it – they are very expensive and you will pay through the nose for drinks and food. If there are American cruise ships in, it will be very busy and quite possibly even a little more expensive.

Ia is famous for the sunset but to be honest, you can see it just as well in Thira or on the road to Akrotiri where the volcanic excavations are taking place.

In my opinion, Santorini is not particularly child friendly so if you must take them, be prepared to spend a lot of time trying to keep them amused. There are no kids clubs or anything like that and in Perissa the only real kid’s facility other than the beach or hotel pool is the Water Park.

All in all, the Smaragdi is an ideal place for a quiet, relaxing holiday. If it’s all night bars and clubs you’re after, please go somewhere else.

  • Liked — Everything
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  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Smaragdi Hotel
Address: Perissa Santorini, Perissa 847 03, Greece
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Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Perissa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Perissa
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Perissa
#4 Romantic Hotel in Perissa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Smaragdi Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 46
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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