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Hotel Homeric Poems Hotel 4 star
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The Homeric Poems hotel has gradually extended over the years. Since its opening in 2004, new rooms have been added without spoiling the surrounding area or the hotel itself. It only has 19 rooms, but it is perfect as it is, as much in its interior decoration and the warm welcome that it provides, as in the view that it affords over the caldera. It is a real haven for couples who are looking to relax and explore its romantic nooks and crannies, and, to be honest, this place was our favourite for the quality of its facilities and its suites with private swimming-pools!

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    Location 7.59 /10

    The establishment is at the exit to the village of Firostefani, less than a mile from the city of Fira. There is no need, therefore, to hire a car as the centre of the village is only a short walk away. As for the airport, it is approximately 3 mi away, and should take you around 10 minutes to get to by car.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    The hotel has 19 rooms, some of which are suites and others apartments. The rooms have literally been built into the rock and furnished like cave dwellings, which makes them incredibly charming. The captain's house, where the former owner used to live, has now been transformed into three separate suites, each of which has a terrace with deckchairs and garden furniture. The terraces all share the same space though and consequently offer little privacy. The interior is quite simply splendid: there are lots of little details from the 'olden days' that catch your eye, such as beautiful black and white photographs and the use of natural, high-quality materials. However, the lighting basically depends on the direction of the room. The more modern suites are built on the upper levels and most of them have a private pool. In the Cosmos suite, for example, the swimming-pool is half outdoors and half inside a little cave... If you had to find reason to complain, you might mention the not-so-spacious bathrooms. As far as facilities are concerned, they are the same in each room: a television, a safe, air-conditioning, a small kitchen, a telephone, hospitality products and a hair-dryer.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The Homeric Poems can easily be spotted with the wooden rowing boat on the roof of its reception. The latter is not all that spacious, but the charm is in the detail, such as the ancient sewing machine placed beneath a small window. A long flight of steps leads down to the rest of the hotel. Follow these and you will discover the rectangular swimming-pool a little further down, at the same level as the bar. Deckchairs and parasols have been placed along the cliff edge where you can relax and enjoy the breathtaking view of the caldera. All in all, this place is comfortable and quiet, making it the ideal place to relax. Just picture yourself here, in the evenings, when the last ray of sunshine is reflected in the glimmering sea.

    Food and drink


    The Homeric Poems does not have a proper restaurant, but room service is available throughout the day. You can therefore take your meals wherever you choose, but the ideal place is the individual terrace of your room. The food is delicious, the products are fresh and the service is impeccable. The cuisine is Mediterranean or Greek and breakfast is served from 8:00am till 11:00am, lunch from noon till 6:00pm and dinner from 6:30pm till 9:30pm.

    Beach

    The morphology of Santorini is a result of the activity of a now-dormant volcano. 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 to find tropical-looking beaches because there aren't any. That doesn't mean that the landscapes are any less beautiful though.
    Kamari beach is located some 6 mi from Fira. It is a black sand 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 sand 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. If you want to do something different though, head for the red beach. It is also a black sand beach (with crystal-clear water), but it is surrounded by huge red cliffs and can only be reached by foot or caïque. 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 is situated directly below Oia, on the north-west end of the island, whereas Armeni is a little further up.

    To know

    The hotel is open during the summer season, from April until October. Guests here are predominantly European. It is not located on the seafront, but its central located on the island means that it takes only 20 minutes by car to get to the northern and southern beaches.

    Equipment

    • Handicap access
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      water-polo

    • Safe

    advantage

    • The tranquility of the place
    • The view of the caldera
    • The suites with a swimming-pool

    disadvantages

    • The terraces lack intimacy
    • The stairs
    • Not by the beach

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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