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Heliotopos Hotel
Ranked #24 of 48 Hotels in Imerovigli
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Houston, Texas
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31 reviews
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

We spent 3 nights at the Heliotopos in May 2007. The heavenly views from the hotel are forever in my mind even to this day. It is the one place on earth that I have felt endless peace. The hotel is gorgeous, well located, roomy, near restuarants and stores where you can pick up and come back to eat in your room or balcony if you like. Far enough from all the crusie boat tourists. But, who cares about the rooms when you are on Santorini....the views are spectacular and I found myself just glued to the balcony chairs whenever we were in the room. Excellent wine, lovely breakfast, nice wine tasting and lesson. Fantastic service! We walked everywhere including along the path to the other end of the island. Spectactular. Come 2030, expect to find me there where we plan to retire!!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Nazareth, Israel
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Reviewed July 9, 2011

10 years ago my husband and I married at Heliotopos Hotel. Heliotopos made sure that our wedding was not only beautiful, but also perfect. We were treated with amazing hospitality and warmth. It was an incredible experience.
Now we return to Heliotopos to celebrate our 10-year anniversary and to renew our vows. We wanted our 7-year-old twin daughters to see where we married. I wasn’t sure how Heliotopos would be after 10 years, but once we arrived and stepped into the reception we were greeted and treated with that same amazing hospitality. Our vow renewal was memorable and a great experience for our daughters. It was a perfect holiday for the whole family.
Heliotopos literally has it all !! It has an incredible view of the Caldera, beautiful accommodations, privacy, terrific food and most of all warm hospitality.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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San Clemente, California
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Reviewed June 29, 2011

My wife and I arrived on Santorini for a convention and stayed a week. The staff was fabulous and arranged a car rental with door to door service and even kept our bags when we visited Folegandros. When a ferry strike caused us to miss our connecting ferry to Crete, we were able to stay another heavenly night at Heliotropos. It was great knowing the Heliotopos staff "had our back" and did everything possible to rescue our vacation. They even provided a room for us to shower and freshen up after we had spent the day on the beach after checking out of our room and before we left for the port to catch our ferry.

The views from the pool and rooms and breathtaking and the breakfast buffet is fabulous with yoghurt, honey, fresh fruit, cheese, olives, pastry, cereal, and fresh made to order coffee/capucino/latte and fresh squeezed fruit juice.

Our jr suite was immaculate with a terrace overlooking the Caldera and a kitchenette for storing wine, cheese and other munchies we purchased at the local grocery. The small town of Imeroviglia is a delightlful alternative to the teeming streets of Fira which is but a 20 minute cliff walk away. This is a wonderful place to enjoy Santorini without the crush of tourists found in Fira and Eo.

We hope to return again and again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
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Atlanta, GA
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Reviewed June 14, 2011

My husband and I stayed at Heliotopos for about 8 days and enjoyed every minute. My husband was there for a 2 day meeting, the remainder was pure enjoyment. The staff here is outstanding and helpful in every way possible. Fresh squeezed oj every morning, freshly made pies and pastries, eggs if you ask. The views are spectacular, unobstructed on the edge of the caldera. Perfect weather the entire time. Lots of steps though so not suitable for anyone who has problems with that, but neither are most of the other places on the sides of the caldera. We really enjoyed Imerovigli since it was out of the hustle and bustle of the typical tourist rush yet not far away if that's what you want. Several nice, casual restaurants within a few minutes walk, and within about a 15-20 minute walk to many more. If you are looking for nightlife, this is not the place or area for you. We enjoyed the views morning, noon and night and came home very relaxed. A great vacation. Not recommended for travelers with kids since there really is nothing to keep them entertained except a very small pool. Housekeeping could be a little better. Breakfast was delicious but could be a little more varied with a few more offerings. We highly recommend Heliotopos and applaud the owners and their wonderful staff.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed June 9, 2011

We just spent four nights at the Heliotopos Hotel in Imerovigli. It was simply perfect for everyone in our extended family (whose ages range from 10 to 74).
The hotel occupies a beautiful, quiet spot on the caldera with unobstructed views of the ocean and the sunsets. The typical white structures with blue doors and window frames are built into the caldera with lots of steps connecting them. The rooms are tastefully furnished and most have caved ceilings and a small terrace. The location on the Caldera Walk is ideal; in only 20 - 30 minutes leisurely walk you will be in Thira for shopping or dinner. The breakfast buffet is delicious and plentiful with freshly squeezed orange juice, tasty Greek yoghurt and honey, homemade baked goods and many more treats. There even is a tiny pool!
The owner and the hotel staff are all extremely competent, friendly and warm. As guests you immediately feel welcome and at home. We loved our stay and would recommend the Heliotopos Hotel to anyone looking for a relaxing and genuine vacation on Santorin!

PS: Do rent a car as it is easier and more fun to get around the island. And do rent from "Budget" because of Andreas, a "retired" architect who runs the airport office. He is Greek hospitality personified, giving you great advice and information on where to go and what to do or eat. And all of this while reciting Homer...!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 9, 2011

Our stay in Heliotopos was an unforgettable experience. The staff were incredibly friendly and always helpful. Lila and her husband Costas were wonderful hosts who created a homely environment. Breakfast was fresh, the pies homemade and the Greek coffee superb. Located in Imerovigli, the hotel is only a 25 minute walk from Fira and if you enjoy walking then there is a great route from the hotel to Oia that must be done. If you seek a hotel with a large pool then this is not the place for you; however, there are beaches to visit in Perissa, Akrotiri (the read beach) and Kamari (the black beach) which are great for sunbathing and swimming. Both my wife and i had our vows renewed at the hotel and the service was fantastic. We enjoyed beautiful views, nice wine and good company from Lila and the rest of the staff (Yiota, Vanda and Yannis) both during and after the service. If people make the place then this is truly a wonderful place to stay.

P.S. We also recommend a bite to eat at a restaurant called "Sphinx", a great host and very nice food.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed April 14, 2011

It's hard to know what I liked best about my days at the Heliotopos: the location, the billion-dollar view, the friendly and helpful staff, or Lila, the dynamic woman at the center of the place. Heliotopos is refreshingly unassuming, slightly removed from the touristy throngs of Fira, yet still only a pleasant stroll away.

I had a few bumpy moments with lost luggage and an accident while on the island, but Lila and her staff cheerfully assisted me with phone calls, faxes, and anything else I needed. Lila's personal touch made this hotel experience head and shoulders above all others.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Heliotopos Hotel
Address: Imerovigli, Imerovigli 847 00, Greece
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Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Imerovigli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Imerovigli
#19 Luxury Hotel in Imerovigli
#25 Romantic Hotel in Imerovigli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Heliotopos Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Heliotopos is a unique boutique hotel complex in the traditional dome style, with one or two storey suites and studio apartments. Built on the foundations of old island structures it has been constructed to reflect the beauty of Santorini's architecture. Located at the highest point of the crater-top (the rim of the Caldera) it offers an extraordinary, breathtaking view of the volcano, the sea and the surrounding islets from every point of the hotel. ... more   less 
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Heliotopos Hotel Imerovigli
Heliotopos Hotel Santorini/Imerovigli, Greece

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