Choosing the right hotel in Santorini can present you with difficulties.
Even though Santorini is a relatively small island, in Booking.com alone appear an enormous number of hotels and vacation rentals that are over 1000 properties. So surely choosing the right accommodation is not the easiest thing to do especially if you are visiting this magnificent island for the first time and have a limited number of days to explore and enjoy it.
Santorini’s most known and sought after areas are Oia, Fira, Imerovigli and Firostefani. And all of these areas come with amazing views over the caldera, the volcano and the Aegean Sea as long as the hotel is at the side of the Caldera and not on the other side.
So if you decide to go for a caldera view hotel or villa because visiting Santorini means also enjoying the views then just make absolutely sure that not only the hotel has views but also the room that has been allocated to you has equally exceptional views. It would be a pity to invest in a stay and upon arrival to discover that yes there is the view but not from your room.
Another question we have heard a lot is which area should be chosen as a base. And this is not very easy to answer since it all depends on what your wishes are for your visit.
We would recommend Fira to anyone that wishes to explore the island using public transport. It is much easier to get around if your base is in Fira! Fira also benefits from very lively scenery with lots of things to do all day and night long. Hundreds of shops, restaurants, cafes and of course plenty of choices for a great nightlife.
On the other hand, if you are visiting Santorini for the romantic vibe, the sunset, the views then surely Oia should be top on your list. The village of Oia is a resort itself with plenty of restaurants, some shops and it can be an ideal choice for anyone that wants to unwind and relax.
Imerovigli and Firostefani are both equally nice. But you would need to walk or take a taxi or even hire a car in order to get around.
Of course, Santorini has plenty of other locations that have numerous hotels and some also benefit from a beach like Kamari, Monolithos and Perissa but getting around and visiting the Caldera side locations can be problematic especially when the island gets full with tourists and then… between tourist coaches, locals and travellers traffic becomes kind of problematic.
Santorini indeed has such a great collection of holiday accommodations that it gives most people a short of “a headache” when trying to pick the “right” one.