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“Great cave experience with family”

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Chic Hotel Santorini
Ranked #18 of 21 Hotels in Firostefani
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“Great cave experience with family”
Reviewed 28 July 2011

This overlooks the Caldera with great sunsets. The cave we were in had a seperate bedroom; a gift when traveling with two children. There was another bed in the front room and a couch that was a daybed. What we liked here was that it was close to many restaurants and more importantly, convenience stores so that when we were tired of paying 4 euros for a soda we could buy a 2-liter fo 1:20! There is a little roadside gyro shop called something like "Two Brothers" that has great gyros for 2E and spit roasted chicken that was out of this world. Costas at the front desk was very nice and even gave us breakfast the night before leaving because we had to leave before 8am.

Room Tip: Our room 5 was a two room sleeps 4-5. Our table was near the pool which some may find too exposed bu...
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 July 2011

We booked a superior studio for three persons. Our "studio" had approx. 10 square meters and a tiny balcony where you can barely sit. The swimming pool can be used by one person at the time. There is no place for sunbathing. The breakfast was adequate and served to your balcony. The view is nice but that is the only nice thing I can say about this hotel. Ruined the experience.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed 16 November 2010

We loved everything about Santorini and Efterpi Villas. Staff at the family-run business were friendly and eager to help with any enquiries we had about the room or things to do on the island. Nothing was too much trouble and airport transfers were easily and cheaply arranged.

The location was perfect (the mini mart/bottleshop was only a few metres away, as were various restaurants) and it was great to sit out on the balcony and enjoy the free breakfast each morning as well as the sunset in the evening. The rooms were very affordable too.

The room was clean, cute and comfortable, and when the windows were open you could enjoy the view and fresh air from inside. The view from the private balcony was amazing. And despite being on the caldera it was fairly private and quiet at night.

We had read mixed reviews about the hotel, mainly due to powerlines blocking the view. But when we arrived this wasn't really a problem. Sure there are powerlines (they have to get power somehow) but they weren't particularly unsightly and you could still enjoy the sweeping view (I am an avid photographer and found I could easily take photos without powerlines in them).

It's a great loccation, a perfect base to explore Fira (which can easily be done on foot), as well as wandering around the caldera. It is also easy to hire scooters/cars to explore the rest of the island. And it would be easy to spend days and days on the balcony just watching the view.

Yes the pool was small but perfect for a dip to cool off.

We highly recommend Efterpi (and Santorini) and would definitely return.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2010

Before our trip we had read a lot about Efterpi Villas, both good and bad. We didn't really get our hopes up with the hotel because of what was said about the hotel view and the pool.. But I must say that we were pleasantly surprised!

We stayed there for 3 nights and were greeted by a truly nice owner who showed us our room, told us everything we needed to know about the room itself and made clear that we could ask him anything about the island that we needed to know.
The infamous powerlines were sure enough right in front of the hotel, BUT it did not bother us one bit! For one, the hotel rooms are above the power lines so we could still get great photos... and the view is the best, powerlines or no powerlines. But then, if you really want great photos I truly hope you intend on leaving the hotel anyways and explore the island. We got hundreds of beautiful photos!

The room we got was great, larger than what we had expected and we had every chance of cooking ourselves (which we did one night) but the absolute best thing about this hotel was that we could just pick up the phone in the morning, call reception and tell them what we wanted for breakfast! Within 15 minutes our breakfast was served on our very own balcony whilst enjoying the view!!

We did not spend much time near the small hotel pool. Which truly is small! But then again, who goes to Santorini to stay at the hotel pool?? Leave the hotel and enjoy the black sand beaches! But then if youre looking for a late night dip - the small pool works just fine!

I'd recommend this hotel to anyone! I've already told my family about it :)

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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canada
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Reviewed 1 November 2009

My husband and I stayed here in June 2009. I chose this one because it was only 93 euros but the rooms had caldera/volcano view. Initially when we arrived we were very disappointed with the hotel as the view was partially obstructed by electrical wires, and because the pool was the smallest I had ever seen (seriously, more like the size of a large hottub). But in the end we were satisfied and had a nice stay. It included breakfast (served on your balcony, you had to put in an order and give them 15 minutes to bring it to you) and had internet access (although it only worked outside, not in the room). We paid for a studio but were given a larger room (which I think they call an apartment) and it was very spacious, although the bathroom was still tiny. It had a really comfortable single size futon and a mini kitchen with dishes. The bed was really hard.

It's worth nothing that our terrace (with view) was semi-private. Nobody else was allowed to sit there on our chairs, but it was attached to the rest of the hotel's public terrace so it's not like having a private balcony. Many other hotels are like this, only the more expensive have private balconies cliff side.

There were a few chairs next to the pool with a nice view (although obstructed by wires). On one day we really wanted to use the pool as we spent the whole day at the hotel but couldn't as there were 2 other people in it (it's so small that you don't want to go in at the same time as strangers) and the few chairs were taken. But the other 2 days there was nobody in the pool when we used it.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Chic Hotel Santorini

Property: Chic Hotel Santorini
Address: Firostefani 84700, Greece (Formerly Efterpi Villas)
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Firostefani
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#11 Romantic Hotel in Firostefani
Price range (per night): ₹ 18,975 - ₹ 58,738
Hotel Class:3 star — Chic Hotel Santorini 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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