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Hotel Santorini Palace

Hotel Santorini Palace, Fira greece

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Not as palatial as its name suggests, some interior and exterior areas look rather tired despite the recent renovations. Older style furnishings decorate all areas with some traditional touches and the pool is larger than most with a spacious surround.

Suited to all age groups, but most probably older adults, who want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of Fira which is still within easy reach.

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Exterior

A larger than average building built in a traditional cubic style with painted wooden doors and shutters and white washed walls; some turning grey. All rooms have balconies of different sizes and some are small, with either wooden or concrete frontages Those with sea views look towards the east coast in the distance, not the famous Caldera.

Property type: Hotel

Balcony/Terrace: All rooms

Storeys: 4

Interior

Spacious lobby and wooden reception feature Greek statues, some pot plants and older Greek pictures with wooden and upholstered seating. Main bar is constructed of dark polished wood and sits in the corner.

Spacious restaurant appears out-dated with older style wooden furnishings, chandelier lamps hanging from the high ceiling and angular pillars throughout. A spa area in the basement has a sauna, Jacuzzi and 2 reasonably well equipped gym rooms.

Attractive stone corridors run throughout the property and are maze-like in places, with lighted alcoves featuring Greek artefacts.

Rooms: 102

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Grounds

Grounds consist only of the spacious pool area, with a pool bar constructed of attractive mosaics and a shaded terrace featuring blue director-style chairs.

Pool has metal steps and a diving board, with a children’s section separated only by an underwater barrier. Adjacent is a sunbathing terrace with green felt flooring. Greenery is limited to a narrow lawn area with some mature trees.

Location

Area Type: Centrally located in the village of Firostefani, a 10 minute walk from Fira. Surrounded by village houses and smaller more traditional accommodations, there is a choice of tavernas, cafe bars and some shops within 200 metres. A few minutes’ walk up the hill leads to views of the Caldera.

Nearest beach: 8km (Kamari)

Facilities

  • Bars
    • Poolside bar
    • Main Bar
  • Eating
    • A la carte restaurant
    • Other
  • Pools
    • Angular (29 yds)
    • Children’s pool/section (3 yds)
  • Public facilities
    • Fitness room/gym
    • Jacuzzi
    • Sauna
    • Turkish Baths/Steam Room
    • WiFi Access
  • In-room facilities
    • Air conditioning
    • Hairdryer
    • Minibar/fridge
    • TV (English language)