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“One-Star Hotel with Five-Star View - Don't expect a good night's sleep.”

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Ampelonas Studios & Maisonettes
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“One-Star Hotel with Five-Star View - Don't expect a good night's sleep.”
Reviewed July 11, 2009

Even though the price was over 200EU a night, only double beds (as opposed to queen- or king-sized beds) are available, and ours was rock hard. Only a mattress and no box spring underneath. The mattress was supported by wood planks, 2"x4's! We were exhausted every morning due to a poor night's rest. We stayed three nights and ran out of water most mornings, usually when showering. The continental breakfast was the worst I've received after traveling overseas for eight years: bread, one glass of juice, and coffee or tea. While this may be the French continental breakfast, we received far better at our other two Greek hotels (Athens and Mykonos). Other tourists I asked on Santorini also had far better continental breakfasts (cereal, cold cuts, cheese, unlimited juice). The room has no phone or clock and the tv, mounted on the ceiling, is very small at 20" and almost unseeable. The staff refused to provide beach towels or even room towels (in exchange for used ones) to take to the beach. The caldera view is spectacular, but it wasn't worth it without a good night's rest.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 7, 2008

I can't believe no one has reviewed this little gem yet. I stayed here for just one night in May 07 (spent previous 3 nights in Oia) & found it a delightful place. Near new, spotlessly clean, great bathroom - all this for a modest price (by Santorini standards).
The best thing about Ampelonas is that there are virtually no stairs, which makes it great for older, less fit or disabled travellers. There is a sea view from every apartment, but not necessarily of the caldera, although there is a lovely terrace where you can sit to watch the sunset. Ampelonas has a gorgeous swimming pool & is set in a quiet location, with plenty of shops & eateries nearby. The kitchenette is perfectly adequate if you prefer to be self catering.
The only snag I found was that the owner had not a word of English, but an eastern European gentleman working there does a pretty good job of interpreting for you if there is a language problem.
I thoroughly recommend Ampelonas - so far it seems to be Santorini's best kept secret, but for value, location & cleanliness I can't imagine it will stay unknown for much longer. If I get the chance to return to Santorini I will certainly stay there again.

  • Liked — the great location above the caldera & the lack of stairs/steps!
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled solo
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Property: Ampelonas Studios & Maisonettes
Address: Imerovigli 84700, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Imerovigli
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Imerovigli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ampelonas Studios & Maisonettes 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ampelonas is a studios and maisonettes complex located on the top of hill, in the picturesque Imerovigli, in Santorini. It offers self-catering accommodation with views of the Volcano, the Sunset and the Aegian sea. Guests enjoy a beautifully-shaped pool with a big sun terrace with amazing view to the Volcano and the Aegean sea. The breakfast served at the sun terrace around the pool. Close free parking. Free Wi-Fi is available. ... more   less 
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