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Santorini's Balcony
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Paris, France
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012

Just amazing! Everything you can wish for if you are looking for a simple and quiet place. It is in the middle of nowhere, you have one restaurant nearby and one supermarket but you need to take the bus or walk to get to Fira or Oia. But I think this is exactly why it has so much charm. The hotel is situated near a walk path that will take you to the mountains and then to Oia (around 2h walk in plain nature). The accomodation is rather simple, good bed, minimum cooking ustensiles. Very good wifi in the rooms.
On the downside:
The breakfast is not amazing, very very simple stuff (one cake, usually a bit dry, eggs, ham and cheese). The juice is not fresh, it's artificial. No lunch or dinner provided, you have to buy your own stuff, which is cool, every room has its on terrace you have privacy and the sunset is right in front of you.
There is no umbrella near the pool or on the terrace which is very annoying because as much as you enjoy the sun, it gets very hot during the day and I think it's really a must that the owner should invest on.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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Thank 34Pris
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2012

I have just returned from a weeks stay at Balcony. It was fantastic from start to finish. Tony our host and his team were so accomodating and helpful. His welcome was geniune and made us feel at home immediately. The uninterupted view was unspolit and breathtaking You can be sure to enjoy the sunset with your glass of Vinsanto from the comfort of your lounger and no crowds. The accomodation was charming balancing the traditional style with modern comforts and beautiful attention to detail including fresh flowers in our room. The room service was every day and everything was immaculate. there is an authenic taverna at the end of the road which served delicious traditional food and a picturesque short walk along the cliff brought you to Iris a family run Taverna with breathtaking views. There is a bus stop just benind Balcony which you can get to Oia in 15 minutes and Fira in 10 minutes. This is an undiscovered jewel of Santorini if you want beauty, peace, comfort and charm this is the place for you..

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

I've been meaning to write this review for a while now, but I am just getting the time right now, so better late than never!
My wife, 1 year old son, and I stayed here last year in May (2011). It was low tourist season in Greece and we had the hotel almost all to ourselves. This was wonderful! We had been slightly worried about how our baby would react to the time difference, crying, moodiness, etc. so we asked to be put in a room a bit away from everyone else so that if he got loud it wouldn't bother any other guests. Mr. Sacrates was so kind and said that he was sure that our room was perfect. It was! I'm guessing that he had already thought about "the baby factor" when he saw that we had reserved a baby bed for our room.

Our room was more like a suite than a normal room, it had a little kitchen and a big bathroom, and the bedroom was just lovely. We were really happy about the little kitchen set up as we had to make and wash our sons night time bottle. So that was perfect. Socrates even gave us free milk for the first night because we had forgotten to buy some before the stores closed.

In all I would just like to say that yes, we chose to stay there because of the view on the caldera, pool pics and all, but we will return there because the people are what makes this place different from all the other hotels on the rim. Just plain Good People.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Thank Jackson P
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Wilmington
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2011

This was our first visit to Santorini and everything about this hotel was perfect. We stayed for 5 nights and I wished we could have stayed for 5 more. The room was lovely and each had a private balcony, the views were breathtaking and our hosts were wonderful. This property is beautiful and situated on the caldera but set away on its own which makes you feel like it is your own private getaway even though you are close to Oia and Fira. The bus stops right in front of the hotel if you choose to take advantage of it's convenience. A delicious traditional greek breakfast, which varies each day is served every morning out by the pool area which is beautiful and a lovely way to start each day. Truly a magical experience. The way Santorini should be experienced and I can't wait to return.

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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Thank 4mariachristine
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Hong Kong, China
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2011

The first impression of this hotel was breathtaking. The swimming pool the balconies and the caldera view is awesome! The fact that IT is not as packed as those hotels in Fira makes MY stay even more enjoyable because coming from a crowded city, the last thing I want to experience on these resort islands is the crowded feeling.

However, probably because it was not during busy season, our room might have been vacant for a while, thus, the bathroom stank when we got in. However after opening the window for a while, all the bad smell has gone.

This place is close to the Fira town, only a few minutes away. Yet, taking cab is a rip off. It was like 7 Euro for one trip. Therefore we have decided to rent a car instead. If you plan to rent a car, this will be a wonderful location for your stay.

One thing to mention, the service at this hotel is extremely good. On the first day, the receptionist offered to give us a free ride to the Fira town even without us asking. For a few days, we were too lazy to go down for the breakfast and they would give you a call at 10:30 in the morning and offer to bring the breakfast to your balcony table! The service is really nice. Having a full breakfast at the balcony facing the the caldera is probably a once-in-a-life time experience if you do not live on Santorini!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Grace S
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Adelaide, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2011

We stayed here for 7 nights and it was wonderful. Perfect location - quiet and away from the crowds of Fira and Oia but readily accessible- walk, catch the bus out the front of the hotel, or rent a car/bike. The hotel is immaculately clean and the staff were welcoming, friendly and helpful. Our room was perfect - traditional furnishings, colour and decor, which is reflective of Greece - rather than a sterile, modern atmosphere. The hotel is the perfect size with spectacular views - words cannot describe. Having looked at other accomodations when in Santorini it was lovely not to have to walk down and up huge numbers of stairs to access the hotel nor be surrounded by other hotels, lots of people and reduced privacy. Another bonus is that right next door is Taverna Tasos, which is a delightful restaurant with beautiful Greek food - the best we ate in Greece. We were delighted with our time at Balcony and would happily return.

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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Thank GM88
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Melbourne
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32 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2011

This is my 3rd time to Santorini and this time was the most relaxing. The hotel is away from the action and although other resorts are nearby it felt like we were the only people on the island. Views from the pool are spectacular! It is close enought to walk to Fira (although wear runners) and Oia - we went the long way over the mountains but worth it. The staff are friendly enough but dont interupt the peaceful atmosphere here. Breakfasts are average - cereal, bread, yoghurt etc. We had a room for 4 and had 2 bedrooms seperated with a bathroom and small kitchenette, the cleaner did an excellent job...one bedroom was quiet small but overall clean and nice. Would stay here again - for Santorini it was good value for money.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank maxiebon
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Property: Santorini's Balcony
Address: Thira-Oia Road | On the famous Caldera, Imerovigli 847 00, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Imerovigli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 47 Specialty Lodging in Imerovigli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Santorini's Balcony 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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