Aressana Spa Hotel and Suites, Fira greece
★ ★ ★ ★
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An ideal central location for the island’s capital and offering famous views. Larger than traditional cliff side properties, the property feels cramped and busy, much like the streets outside. Designed in a contemporary style with modern furnishing and a trendy reception area and bar.
Suited to all age groups including families who wish to be in the heart of the action. Also suited to those with mobility problems as it is on the flat.
A collection of white washed buildings with wooden shutters and doors. Balconies and terraces are of a reasonable size with upper level and superior rooms having views towards the sea on the other side of the island, rather than the caldera.
Property type: Hotel
Balcony/Terrace: All rooms
Designer styled reception with intimate low level desks features cylindrical brown and beige leather sofas with animal skins on the floors. Open plan to the main bar with metal mesh bar stools and stripy sofas, leading out to a terrace with modern furnishings.
Similar mesh seating adorns the restaurant along with pale blue wooden dining sets and brash, brightly coloured pictures of fruit. Gold mosaic tiles adorn the modern spa and it has a gym, which is unusual for hotels in the area.
Although benefitting from more space than the cliffside hotels, grounds appear congested with furnishings. Flowering bushes and brightly coloured vines surround the property offering some colour.
Pool is compact with metal steps, a Jacuzzi section and bridge feature, but has a limited area for sunbeds. Attractive pool bar made from stone hosts white metal tables and chairs under sail-shaped shading.
Area Type: In the centre of Fira, surrounded by a wide choice of restaurants, bars and shops. The Orthodox cathedral is opposite along with the Prehistoric Thira museum. At the top of the cliff although views are restricted by the Atlantis Hotel in front. Bus stop for all other resorts on the island is a few minutes’ walk away, and a public car park is adjacent.
Nearest beach: 7km (Monolithos)
- Poolside bar
- Main Bar
- A la carte restaurant
- All-buffet restaurant
- Rectangular (17 yds)
- Public facilities
- Fitness room/gym
- Internet terminal(s)
- Turkish Baths/Steam Room
- WiFi Access
- In-room facilities
- Air conditioning
- TV (English language)