The best hotels are perched along the cliff edge overlooking the stunning caldera in or close to the towns of Fira, Imerovigli and Oia.
Hotels away from the caldera are cheaper, particularly those on the eastern coast. The coastal town of Kamari is just south of Santorini Airport and about a 20-minute drive from Fira.
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Fira is a bustling town of whitewashed houses and shops set along the western edge of a 400-metre-high cliff overlooking Santorini’s Caldera. The town is filled with narrow pedestrianised streets and paths.
A cable car provides access to the port at the bottom of the cliff, from which you can catch boats across the Caldera to the volcanic hot springs.
based on 341 reviews
Why this hotel? Amazing sunset view. Modern rooms. Great location. Free WiFi.
Set atop a cliff, on the famous Gold Street in Fira, close to all the restaurants, shops and cafés, Panorama Boutique Hotel offers stunning views of the city, the caldera and beautiful sunset.
Modern guest rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning and satellite TV. Rooms can be upgraded to include a hot tub and windows facing the Caldera.
A breakfast buffet is served every morning. Guests have free use of the outdoor swimming pool below the hotel.
Why this hotel? Stunning views. Outdoor hot tub. Free WiFi.
Beautiful resort on the cliff in Fira, with incredible views of the Aegean Sea and the volcano. Kamares has 6 air-conditioned apartments, with a full kitchen, satellite TV, free WiFi and an outdoor hot tub.
Sipping a cocktail in your hot tub whilst watching the sunset over the Caldera will be an experience that will stay with you for a very long time.
Why this hotel? Fantastic pool. Great value and location. Free WiFi.
This great-value hotel is located just a 15-minute walk from “that view” and all the shops, cafés, restaurants & bars in Fira, yet it’s far enough to be quiet.
Built in Cycladic style, Rena has a fabulous pool with sea views, sun terrace and a bar. Each guest room is uniquely decorated. There’s free WiFi, and a Continental breakfast is served daily. Friendly staff and excellent service.
Why this hotel? Budget choice. Close to Fira main square. Free WiFi.
The budget-friendly Antonia apartments are located very close to the Fira main square, with many local restaurants, shops and bars nearby.
The resort offers free airport shuttle service and free WiFi in all areas. There is a bus station nearby with connections to other towns and the best beaches.
Antonia has 12 well-equipped rooms, each with a balcony, air conditioning, flat screen TV, fridge and kettle.
Most of Imerovigli appears to be blanket of interconnected, whitewashed buildings that defy gravity by clinging to cliff’s edge – high up over the Caldera. The stunningly beautiful Imerovigli is located about a kilometre north of Fira but is much quieter.
There is a great selection of restaurants, bars and hotels set along narrow paths with plenty of steps!
based on 590 reviews
Why this hotel? Fabulous pool & terrace. Stunning views. Great staff.
One of the finest hotels on Santorini. Set on the slope of the caldera, 300 metres above the Aegean Sea, the Andromeda features 58 traditionally-styled rooms & apartments with modern amenities and breathtaking views.
Features include a large outdoor pool with sun loungers, two splash pools, indoor café, bar and restaurant. Free WiFi in public areas.
Andromeda has various room types to suit all budgets. Operates mid-April to end of October.
based on 236 reviews
Why this hotel? Amazing views. Large terraces. Great value. Free WiFi.
Built over 3 levels, the adult-only White Hotel offers some of the largest private terraces on Santorini. As visiting Santorini is all about its jaw-dropping views, these private terraces are a great reason for choosing White. But it’s not the only one.
Inside, the air-conditioned suites have been beautifully furnished, with flat screen TV’s, luxury toiletries, etc. Breakfast is served in your room or the balcony, whenever you want.
based on 251 reviews
Why this hotel? Great value. Traditional Cycladic style. Quiet location. Free WiFi.
Built in the traditional Cycladic style, the Rhapsody apartments offer a local living experience in a peaceful location surrounded by vineyards and olive trees in Imerovigli.
Each spacious apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, living area, separate bedroom, satellite TV, air conditioning/heating and free WiFi.
The apartment’s private balcony offers a panoramic view over the eastern part of the island and the blue Aegean Sea. Excellent value for money, but often fully booked.
Perhaps Santorini’s most beautiful village and certainly the one with the most stunning sunsets. Oia is comprised of narrow paths, full of boutique shops, café’s and restaurants.
Quiet during the day, Oia gets busier in the early evening as travellers from across the island arrive to watch the sunset over the Aegean Sea from one of the town’s numerous chic bars.
Why this hotel? Great location. Stunning views. New hotel. Free WiFi.
The new Santorini Secret boutique hotel offers all-suite luxurious rooms with breathtaking views on the cliffs in the nicest area of Oia.
The minimalist Cycladic-styled suites have a private pool or hot tub overlooking the caldera and the volcano. Each room has a living area, a balcony satellite TV, minibar and high quality bathroom products.
A free welcome cocktail is offered upon arrival. Breakfast is served at the suite’s balcony. There is a restaurant, and 24-hour room service available. Staff are polite and attentive.
Why this hotel? Gorgeous design. Cliffside location. Beautiful views. Free WiFi.
Luxury cliffside resort with views of the scenic Caldera. The Canaves Oia offers 17 beautifully designed rooms in Cycladic style, with antique art pieces & furniture, along with flat screen satellite TV’s and free WiFi.
Every room has a balcony with amazing views of the Caldera and the Aegean Sea. Onsite, there is a fantastic pool with sun loungers and a snack bar. Guests have access to the facilities and service of Canaves Oia Suites, located 80 metres away.
Why this hotel? Luxury suites. Gorgeous views. Great service. Free WiFi.
Villa Katikies is a truly special, picture-perfect hotel, comprised of just 7 private luxury rooms & suites that offer extraordinary views of the caldera.
Katikies has one of the largest open-air jacuzzis on Santorini. If you prefer, take a seat on the sun terrace and enjoy a glass of wine or cocktail.
Needless to say, the highly personalised service is first-class.
8.4 Excellent - based on 61 reviews
Why this hotel? Quiet location. Scenic views. Value for money. Free WiFi.
If you’re looking to stay a bit further away in a more secluded area, Panaroma Apartments are just about 1 km from the Oia centre, about 10 km from the lively Fira town and within 8 km from Imerovigli village.
These self-catering apartments have a balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea or garden. Each of the 8 spacious apartments has a kitchenette with fridge, dining area, air conditioning, TV and free WiFi.