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2006 IMEROVIGLI 84700 SANTORINI Grecia Santorini, Greece -
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The gem of the Gorgona Group, which also includes the Krokos and the Regina Mare Reine, the Uranos is an ideal hotel for couples. Atmosphere and originality are at the heart of this stone structure, where you will be welcomed by an attentive staff and a breathtaking view. Delicious Mediterranean cuisine is served at the restaurant to satisfy your appetite. Thanks to its subdued ambiance, meal times offer genuine moments of pleasure.

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    Location 4.0 /10

    Benefiting from a splendid view of the bay, where legend has it that the famous underwater city of Atlantis is to be found, and standing on a peak on the Caldera on the Imerovigli coast, the Uranos is a 10 minute walk from the heart of the village. The hotel does not provide any transport but there is a bus that travels from Imerovigli to Fira, where you will find the international airport. The capital is a 15-minute drive away.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    Practically hanging over the sea, you can immediately see that the Uranos hotel benefits from an ideal location, like all of the establishments belonging to the Gorgona Group. Going down the little road that links the Caldea to Oia along the spine of the mountain, you can make out the white guest rooms spread out over several levels. Not having a swimming pool, the hotel has installed a jacuzzi in each guest room to offer its guest the opportunity to enjoy complete relaxation. However, guests at the Uranos are always welcome to use the pool at the Regina Mare, located just around the mountain bend.

    This simple and well maintained hotel, whose clientele is made up of couples and families, is the only one to be bigger on the inside than on the outside. Nevertheless, basically hanging off the mountain, its particular configuration is far from ideal for children (or seniors and people with reduced mobility for that matter): there are too many steps and not an elevator in sight (they would actually be impossible to install). The best times to admire the magnificent panoramic views are of course at sunrise and sunset, when the colours of the sea are absolutely stunning and the intriguing depths seem full of mystery.

    Overview 7.45 /10

    Among the hotels belonging to the same group, the Uranos is the one that has the most guest rooms: 36 4-person apartments in a private and refined atmosphere. The attention to detail only complements the already very special feature of the rooms: carved into the rock, they have irregular walls, as though they were deliberately done that way, like comfortable little equipped caves. The rates are a little higher than in the other establishments (between £200 and £360 per room), which is due mainly to the clientele the hotel targets, meaning families: each apartment can hold up to 4 guests. We really appreciated the decor, as well as the particular attention paid to the bathrooms (which are a lot more pleasant than in the other establishments): adjustable lighting and with everything smartly laid out (in a way that the space isn't cluttered), it all comes together to complete our positive view of the hotel's guest rooms.

    We advise you to ask for one of the rooms closest to reception. Of course, it will be more difficult to get back up to the entrance to go for a stroll, but on the other hand, you'll have the two essential items for your stay right at hand: food and the jacuzzi!

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The restaurant at the Uranos is characterised by simple cuisine and an intimate atmosphere: being open to guests at the Krokos and the Regina Mare, the limited available space has been well designed with the privacy of guests in mind. The menu is made up of authentic dishes rather than sophisticated ones, without forgetting some homemade concoctions.

    The formula on offer is half-board, meaning an American-style breakfast (from 8:00am to 11:00am) and a choice of snacks accompanied by a drink at the bar (open from midday to 10:00pm).

    Beach

    Like all of the establishments on the Caldera, there is no access to the sea here: the mountain has a steep descent and the rocks jutting out of the water make bathing very dangerous.

    If you are an avid swimmer, this is not the type of establishment you will enjoy. Since the hotels on the Caldera (like those in Oia and the more mountainous regions of Santorini) don't have easy beach access, they generally focus on relaxation, the silence that reigns come nightfall, and truly breathtaking panoramic views.

    To know

    Opened in 1994 and renovated in 2007, the Uranos Hotel is part of the Gorgona Group, just like the Krokos and the Regina Mare. The clientele is essentially made up of Americans.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe

    advantage

    • The beautiful guest rooms
    • The panoramic views and tranquillity

    disadvantages

    • The hotel does not provide any transportation
    • The entire establishment is made up of steps

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