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    Location 3.0 /10

    On the heights of Fira, the Aressana hotel is located some 65 feet from the cathedral and nearby an archaeological museum. ?t is ideal for visiting the city. The airport is about 4 miles and the port is 6 miles away.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The rooms are quite large (about 215 ft²) and tastefully furnished in contemporary Cycladic style (modern furniture of painted wood, beautiful vaulted ceiling, tiled floors and white walls). Air conditioning, satellite TV, a radio, a mini-bar, direct telephone and a bathroom with a hair dryer and a bathtub. A balcony or a (small) terrace.

    Overview 7.20 /10

    Opened quite recently (it was built in 1992), this hotel with 55 rooms arranged in one building has retained the traditional Cycladic style, despite its appearance of a stuffy international standing facility. You pass through the dull reception with its little showcase of "Lalique" souvenirs and reach the large pleasant swimming pool (1,505 ft²) that has a pool bar and tables sheltered by pergolas. There are also a TV lounge, a snack bar and a beautiful terrace overlooking the sea.

    Food and drink

    The dining room is located inside the establishment. It's a pity there aren't more tables on the terrace. Despite being small, the room has been cleverly designed and the decor makes it all the prettier. Breakfast is served as a buffet with hot and cold dishes. For lunch, the bar offers a choice of snacks, but it is not possible to have a proper dinner at the hotel. As the establishment does not offer catering facilities, we didn't deem it necessary to give a grade to the dining area.

    Beach

    The island of Santorini has been shaped by the activity of its volcano, which is now dormant. Some of its beaches are therefore pebble beaches, while others are covered in black sand. Given the sharp relief on the west coast of the island, Santorini's beaches are to be found along its east coast, but don't expect to find tropical looking beaches because there aren't any. This doesn't mean the landscape is any less beautiful though.
    Kamari beach is located approximately 6 miles from Fira and is a black sandy beach stretching about 3 miles along the coast. A short promenade runs the length of the coastline. The fairly peaceful Monolithos beach, just up the coast, offers a similar landscape to that found at Kamari. The black sandy beach of Perissa is 9 mi southeast of Fira and covers more than 4 mi of coastline. It is particularly lively in the summer due to its many shops, bars and restaurants. However, if you want to do something different, head for the red beach. This is also a black sand beach surrounded by huge red cliffs. The water here is crystal clear and the beach can only be reached by foot or by kayak. One of Santorini's most famous and most beautiful beaches, it is located not far from Akrotiri. Vlychada is in the Perivolos region and is often the least busy of the island's beaches. There are also two pretty beaches in the north that are usually frequented by tourists staying in Oia. Ammoudi beach is located directly below Oia, on the north-western tip of the island, while Armeni beach is a bit further up.

    To know

    This modern "urban" hotel of good standing is an excellent starting point for visiting Santorini, while enjoying the facilities of the island's "capital". The customers, mostly American and European, find more comfort there than disorientation.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • The hotel's location (in Fira)
    • The rooms (spacious and well decorated)
    • The beautiful swimming pool
    • The welcome

    disadvantages

    • The immediate surroundings
    • Bathrooms (quite small)
    • The size of the communal areas

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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