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Arc Houses
Ranked #30 of 48 Hotels in Imerovigli
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“Good option for young couples”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2011

If you visit Santorini because you love those white houses on the slopes against deep blue water of the caldera, you should probably consider staying in one of those white houses. Archouses is one such hotel and it provides a classic Santorini experience in terms of location. You have an unobstructed view of the deep blue waters of the caldera. You can enjoy great sunsets right off the balcony. Rooms are nice, clean and cute. The owner lady is very friendly and will help you plan your activties as well.
However, there are two things you need to be aware: First, getting to this place is not easy. Reaching Imerovigli is easy, just a short bus ride away from main bus terminus. From Malterza square, its not easy to provide directions to this place. After a few failed attempts, we made a phone call to the owner from the square and she came to the square and picked us up. I suggest you do the same. Another thing to note - many of their rooms (esp the ones we stayed at) have narrow, steep steps. Its part of the charm of staying in a arc house, but this makes it unsuitable for elderly or people with fear of heights or folks with leg injuries. Even families with kids should choose rooms that dont have too many steps to get to. Lugging your luggage (esp if you have heavy bags) will not be fun and there is no porter to help out. If you dont have any of the issues mentioned above, you can most definitely consider this place. It was a great experience - after all travel is about different experiences :)

Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2011

I was there for 8 days and it was one of the greatest holidays ever! We stayed in the Mediteranian ap. which was the best choice regarding the view! Believe me. we were on the every corner of the island and the best sunset was from our room!:) Flora and her 2 daughters were just great. gave us the best tips on restaurants. We love good food, so we went to every single restaurants that they said we should try! We loved the Arc Houses because they are private and quiet. And our hosts were great even before arriving. We got a discount because we stayed longer and it was no problem to leave the house at 10 pm on the day of departure!
We will go back for sure!
Big kisses and lots of thanks from Laura and Alessio! :)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2011

I stayed in Arc Houses 6 days and I am thrilled with the hospitality of Mrs. Flora (the owner) and her two young daughters. Our room (stone) was dreamy and the view, especially on subset , gorgeous!!! My boyfriend popped the question one night on the terrace, so it is definitely my favorite vacation-hotel-island!!!;) I totally recommend it!!
Thank you again Flora! We will visit after the birth of our child :)

  • Stayed July 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2011

Me and my boyfriend stayed in the 'stone apartment' during June 2011 for fourdays. The interior of the room was beautifully decorated and very clean. location was amazing, but i wouldn't have seen all these amazing places in the surroundings without the extraordinary gelp of two wondeful owners sisters, Georgia and Barbara. I would definitely recomment ARc houses for couples, cause its a small peaceful hotel that u can relax and enjoy our love.We aredefinitely coming back as soon as possible

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2011

The location and setting is unbeatable. Flora could not have been more helpful. The "cave house" design is very interesting and makes for a great stay. Finishes in the room may not be quite up to standard for some, but we had a fantastic stay. Congratulations.
Priority for improvement: a firmer mattress.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2011

My partner and I stayed at Archouses in June 2011 and can't speak highly enough of the great location, the gorgeous rooms and our wondeful host, Georgia.

Imerovigli is such a fantastic location on Santorini and Archouses themselves are in one of the best spots. It has spectactular views and a tranquil atmosphere at night; it's about a 25 minute scenic walk to the main town (Fira) and a 5 minute walk to the supermarket and the bus stop (to Oia).

The apartments are beautifully and creatively designed by the owner/architect and are also comfortable and relaxing to stay in. They have a fully stocked kitchen, lounge and dining area.

Our host Georgia was so lovely and friendly and couldn't do enough to help us. She was very well organised, readily available and gave us very helpful information on the island (top sites, best restaurants, activities etc).

Can't recommend enough Archouses. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2011

Thank you, Flora, for your hospitality and kindness over the 3 days of our stay. Arc Houses is all the more special because of Flora's assistance in terms of restaurants, car hire etc. The rooms are spotless and the setting unbeatable.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Arc Houses
Address: Malteza Square, Imerovigli 847 00, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Imerovigli
Amenities:
Hotel Style:
#20 Romantic Hotel in Imerovigli
#20 Family Hotel in Imerovigli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Arc Houses 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ARCHouses hotel is situated in Imerovigli - known for the breathtaking view to the Caldera - at the highest point of the settlement. The hotel lies 50m. from the church of Panagia Maltesa ( Maltese ) and 1.8 km from Fira, the capital of the island. The hotel offers magnificent views of the volcano, the Aegean Sea and the, undoubtedly, most famous sunset in the world.The ARCHouses complex is a mixture of traditional cycladic and modern architecture. The architect and householder of Archouses, Mrs. Flora Nastouli, has designed all spaces with much love giving attention to every detail. The fine structural lines and the quality of materials used (linen & silk) create an elegant and luxurious ambience that adds extra comfort in your vacation. ... more   less 
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