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Hotel Icons Hotel 4 star
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Open since 2004, the Icons is a beautiful, harmoniously decorated hotel and wherever you are in it, the view of the caldera is unobstructed. However, you must not be scared of heights if you wish to get close to the cliff's edge! Attached to its neighbours on either side, the Icons stands out due to its cream-coloured walls. Its stairs are a little steep and its communal areas are not very spacious, but it is nonetheless a pleasant hotel whose clientele consists of couples only, and children under 14 are not allowed.

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    Location 8.09 /10

    The Icons hotel is located in the village of Imerovigli, a little over a mile away from the city of Fira. If you are a good walker, you can get there on foot and there is no need to hire a car. It is also possible to walk to the centre of the village, or if you prefer to go by bus, there is a bus station near to the hotel. As for the airport, it is approximately 6 mi away, which means a 20 minute drive from the hotel.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    Although the hotel only has 23 rooms, seven room categories are available, depending on their size and amenities. As far as the decoration is concerned, there is nothing to complain about, it is beautiful! Set up in little grottos, the thick walls perfectly isolate each room and a Mediterranean ambience is ensured. Outside though, the balconies unfortunately lack privacy. As for facilities, all rooms have: a television, a safe, air-conditioning, a minibar, a direct international telephone line, a hair-dryer and room service available till 12 midnight.

    Overview 7.20 /10

    The stairs here will make you exercise a bit; all the staff here seem to get to the reception hall completely out of breath! The lobby is set up in a little grotto, but it is actually quite austere and lacking in charm. Downstairs, a pretty rectangular pool is partly sheltered under a vault and the rather small solarium only has four deckchairs (with no parasols), sheltered by a glass pane on the side of the sea. It is a pleasant place but it certainly isn't spacious enough.

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    The restaurant area lies just opposite the pool and consists of two supposedly distinct restaurants, although the difference between the two isn't that obvious. You can have breakfast either in your room (for no extra charge), or by the side of the pool. The Icons Pool Restaurant has a beautiful view of the caldera, which you can admire while having your lunch under the shade of a parasol, on one of the numerous little terraces. At night time, the restaurant hall inside is lit up with candles, but only four tables are set up! At that time of the evening, the menu offers a gourmet meal composed of Mediterranean specialities.

    Beach

    The morphology of Santorini is a result of the activity of the 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 beach is located directly below Oia, on the north-west tip of the island, while Armeni beach is a bit further up.

    To know

    The hotel is open during the summer season - from April to October.
    The nearest beach is that of Baxedes (to the north). The sand there is volcanic, as it is on the rest of the island, but the sea is incomparable.
    Many guests hire a motor scooter to go about the island, but if you would rather hire a car, be aware that there is a local car park nearby.
    To find the hotel, follow the route for the 'On the Rocks' hotel, as they have the same access path.

    Equipment

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

      massage, beauty salon, keep fit, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      water-polo, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe

    advantage

    • The view of the caldera
    • The peace and quiet of the place
    • The typical and charming setting
    • The staff's friendly welcome

    disadvantages

    • The lack of equipment and privacy on the balconies
    • The stairs are quite dangerous
    • It is not actually on the beach
    • The cramped communal areas

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