Hotel Atlantis Hotel 3 star
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Fira Aera Fira, Greece
Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Atlantis is located on a hill in the town of Fira and was the first hotel to be built on the island in the 1960's. It is closed and renovated every year during the winter season, which means that the few facilities that it has are well maintained. The hotel enjoys fine views over the volcano crater, but it is also close to the pedestrian area of the capital, Santorini, making it well placed for exploring this small Greek town on foot. Most of the guests here are senior citizens from America.

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    Location 7.42 /10

    The Atlantis is at the heart of the town of Fira. It is well worth stopping for a breather before tackling the hill up to the hotel on foot. The airport is not very far away, the 3-mi car journey takes about ten minutes.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    The hotel's 25 rooms are divided into three categories: with or without a balcony and with views over the sea or village. As for the interior of the rooms, it is very much lacking in character. The cream colouring is nice but rather impersonal, for example. There is no danger of being bothered by noise though as the location is very peaceful. Although the rooms themselves are reasonably sized, the bathrooms are minute and the shades of grey used in the bathrooms make them look quite gloomy. As for facilities, there is a television, air-conditioning, a full minibar, a direct international telephone line, room service, a hair-dryer, dressing gowns and hospitality products.

    Overview 7.20 /10

    The Atlantis is entered through a small lobby with a reception consisting of a small white wooden counter. There are a few green plants arranged beside two English-style armchairs. All the communal spaces, except the corridors leading to the rooms, are painted pale green, complementing the blue colour of the sea outside. The hotel is in a three-storey building, with the swimming pool on the ground floor. The pool is not very big, but the space is well ventilated. There are, however, not enough wooden deckchairs compared to the number of rooms. A small space has been created nearby with showers and changing rooms for late departures.

    Food and drink

    The Atlantis doesn't have a restaurant, but this is a minor issue considering its position in the town centre. Breakfast is a continental buffet served in a room next to the reception and on the outdoor terrace, which has a superb view of the sea. Alternatively, you can ask for breakfast to be brought to your room at no extra cost. For your other meals, head into the small streets of Fira, they are packed full of small restaurants serving Greek and international cuisine. Don't be afraid to explore, as there are plenty of good eateries hidden away down the narrow alleys!

    Beach

    Santorini's landforms have been shaped by the activity of its volcano, which is now dormant. Some of its beaches are therefore pebbly, while others are covered in black sand. As the west coast of the island drops sharply into the sea, Santorini's beaches are to be found along its east coast. Do not expect tropical beaches, as Santorini's coastline offers nothing of the kind. This does not detract from the beauty of the landscape, however.
    Kamari beach is located some 6 mi from Fira. It is a black sandy beach stretching about 3 mi along the coast, with a short promenade running 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 south east 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. If you want to do something different, head for the red beach. It is also a black sandy beach, but its clear water is surrounded by towering red cliffs. This beach, which is close to Akrotiri, is one of the most famous and beautiful on Santorini and can only be reached on foot or by caïque. Vlychada is in the Perivolos region and is often the least busy of the island's beaches. Finally, there are 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 west tip of the island, while Armeni beach is is bit further up.

    To know

    The hotel is open during the summer season from April to October. It is not next to the beach, but its virtually central location on the island means that it is just a twenty minute car journey from the beaches both in the north and south of the island.
    If you wish to hire a car, there is a car park nearby, although it is not owned by the hotel.

    Equipment

    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe

    advantage

    • Located at the heart of Fira
    • The view over the volcano crater

    disadvantages

    • Lack of facilities
    • No restaurant
    • Not located on the beachfront

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