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“Charming little cliffside B&B”
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Hotel Sunny Villas
Ranked #19 of 50 Hotels in Imerovigli
Certificate of Excellence
London, UK
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Charming little cliffside B&B”
Reviewed July 9, 2010

SUnny VIllas is in a great location, which i think is the best in Santorini. It is between Fira and Oia, with an outlook of the afternoon sun and sunet, directly out to sea and the caldera. View is thebest thing about this hotel.
In terms of features, service and facilities Sunny villas does the main things, but not to a very high standard.
it is fine for a 4 day stopover, but there are too many shortcomings to spend longer there.
Positives:-
Very helpful reception - Andreas. he cannot do enough for you and makes you very welcome.
Pool/ restaurant staff also helpful and friendly.
Location and view is perfect.
Rooms are cavelike and quaint. adequate space and basic facilties.

Negatives:-
Steps everywhere. Obviously as built on a cliff..
Lots of tourists all day taking photos of the view and looking into your room if door/ window is open. Annoying.
Pool is literally the size of a jacuzzi. You have to swim in circles. No shower. entry via ladders.
Sun deck is tiny and normally full. Deck chairs are very old fashioned, uncomfortable and basic. Cannot lie flat, must sit up all day. only 6 chairs available.
poolside bar is also the kitchen and restaurant. minimal menu choice and often waiter disappears for long times during the day.
Rooms are often full of moisture, humidity and damp. hair and clothes get wet at night.
Bathroom fittings and bedroom furniture is 1970's and old fashioned.
Not all surfaces are clean - e.g. wardrobe shelves were v dusty.
TV is small, old and rubbish. mainly german and greek channels.
Breakfast is very limited selection. mainly just bread, juice and greek yoghurt.
We requested eggs but they were special order and came out all wrong (e.g. bacon served to a vegetarian, and were fried when we asked for scrambled)
Wifi only works near to reception, and there is nowhere to sit with a laptop except for directly next to busy reception desk.

Santorini was very interesting and different to visit, we rented a scooter and explored whole island. Restaurnats are hard to find good ones, even with tripadvisor recommendations! and expensive due to high number of tourists.
Volcano tour is let down as it's just looking at rocks and walking around in high sun heat.
Sunsets were magical.

I would stay elsewhere nxt time, there are loads of similar guest house style B&B's to stay at in Santorini. We are simply used to more luxury for the price.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 24, 2010

Thanks to Fantasy Travel we ended up here - otherwise might have overlooked it and stayed in Oia. I wouldn't go anywhere else in Santorini - had the BEST sunset views right from our patio. We stayed in room # 108 and had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, fridge, jacuzzi, and a magnificent patio overlooking the caldera where our breakfast was brought to us every morning. Andreas and his brother, in fact everyone at the hotel, were very helpful and friendly. Very close to lots of nice restaurants, and right on the footpath to Fira. Highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Kent, WA
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Reviewed June 8, 2010

My husband and I stayed at Hotel Sunny Villas in May 2010 and found it fit our needs well. We had a studio, with kitchenette and a fully furnished patio, that offered beautiful daytime and sunset views. We dutifully went to Oia for the famed sunset, then realized the next evening that we had a comfortable, unobstructed view from our patio. Andreas gave reliably good restaurant suggestions, and was very helpful in every way. Whoever suggested it is a 15 minute walk to Fira must walk very fast and not want to see anything along the way. It took us at least 25 minutes on the footpath, but then we weren't in any hurry. It was vacation, after all! You can get back from Fira on the local bus, although if you don't hit it just right you may have to wait a bit. At 5 pm, when it's hot, don't walk as we did - take the bus!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed June 6, 2010

We had read the reviews on trip adviser prior to booking Sunny Villas and having seen all of the positive comments our expectations were very high. Needless to say, Sunny Villas exceeded those expectations and more! We completely agree with others that Imerovigli is the place to stay. It has the best views, it's away from the tourist traps (which are very easy to visit), and has plenty of good restaurants very nearby. With regard to Sunny Villas, the rooms are beautifully finished with a lot of character, the balcony is the perfect spot from which to spend hours reading and enjoying the beautiful sunsets. Like others on this site have said, Andreas could not have been friendlier or more helpful. He recommended a bunch of restaurants, we tried them all and he was right every time. Santorini is an amazing place and Sunny Villas is the perfect place from which to enjoy it. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed May 31, 2010

Stay in Imerovigli - it is the highest point of the caldera edge, quieter than Fira (which is accessible by foot in 15 min along a caldera view footpath), with a sunset view comparable to anywhere else on the island.

Stay at Sunny Villas - Private balconies with uncompromised caldera views, nearby bus stop and car/atv rental access... you will not check in and then look with envy at any nearby hotel. We walked Oia, Fira, Kamari, etc and would not have stayed anywhere else.

Andreas and his brother Michael run the show, and were by far the most responsive of my Greek contacts when planning the trip (often responding to my email questions within a few hours). They greeted us every time we walked past their office, and offered us many suggestions on how to enjoy the island. A cautionary note for different tastes though... if you are looking for a tuxedo clad servant or a butler when you travel be aware that Andreas and Michael left the impression of genuine hosts. This authenticity enhanced our experience, creating more like a bed and breakfast atmosphere.

No hotel with an impressive caldera view has walking access to a nice sandy beach. We took the bus, but had more fun the next day renting an atv for 24 hrs (20 euro).
We chose this hotel based on Trip Advisor reviews that were so positive I suspected Andreas was writing them. I was nervous because, despite the advertised 'volcano view', google maps sometimes placed this hotel on the low elevation east side of the island. These hesitations were unfounded. I guess sometimes even Google gets it wrong.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed May 6, 2010

When I first booked our Greece trip (with the online travel tool we were using), I was a little disappointed that we couldn't get a room in Oia, the most popular location. What we didn't realize was that Imerovigli is the best location on Santorini ! Not only does it directly face the caldera, it is much more quiet than the other two villages (which were beautiful yet touristy), yet a nice walk away from Thira. If you want to hang on the beaches on Santorini, you would have to rent a car (no matter which village), which with Andreas' help, we did, and that was fantastic ! Andreas was an amazing concierge/guest services/manager/wizard ! We were upgraded the first night of our stay to the two bedroom, but we were just as equally thrilled with our smaller studio. Just amazing. There are restaurants and a food market nearby. There is the classic church nearby where, at sunset, we witnessed a wedding procession to - right in from of our balcony ! And the view from ANY Sunny Villas balcony ? So magical I expected a unicorn to fly by ! Sunny Villas is perfect for a romantic, relaxing stay, where one can enjoy the spectacular views, take the path to Thira at night, and rent a Smart Car to see Oia and the beaches.

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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rethymno
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Reviewed May 6, 2010

fantastic room....excellent service....and the best view of the island

andrea and mixali thank you for the best 4 days we ever had in santorini island.....
we are looking forward to come as soon as possible....

marios - violet
and childrens

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Sunny Villas
Address: Imerovigli 84700, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Imerovigli
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Imerovigli
#14 Family Hotel in Imerovigli
#15 Luxury Hotel in Imerovigli
#21 Romantic Hotel in Imerovigli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Sunny Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 17
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