10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Wow! What a view - perfect Honeymoon location!
"We stayed at the Cliffside Suites for 4 nights during our Honeymoon in mid-September 2006. The only things that we didn't like were: the fridge had defrosted and made a puddle on our kitchen floor (the staff took care of this), the rooms are a bit dark (but with a view like this, you don't stay in your room!) and all of the stairs took a bit of getting used to (by the end of our stay, it was no problem- plus all hotels with a Caldera view have stairs) The pool was small and very cold - refreshing though after a hot day of sightseeing. We loved - the Caldera view - WOW! The breakfast was very good. The suite was spacious and we appreciated the kitchen facilities. The staff was very nice and helpful. It was quiet at night. We loved the little patio outside of our room, where we could cuddle up in the evenings and take in the sights. The location is excellent, located in Firostefani, a short walk to Fira. It is close to restaurants and shops. This hotel was a highlight of our Honeymoon! We were sad to leave!"
- Travel date: 10th October 2006
Beautiful view, tiny pool
"We stayed here after leaving the Belevedere which smelled like raw sewage. The rooms are nice and the view is to die for. The breakfast is excellent. The pool is tiny and is olnly for plunging."
- Travel date: 17th September 2006
Fantastic after a shakey start!
"WE arrived at the Grotto Villas after hiring a car on arrival in the Port. This place is INCREDIBLY hard to find and no one can give you directions aqequately...tip #1 - get a transfer! Then when we finally found the stairway leading to the hotel we were thrown off the scent as the hotel has changed names. Tip #2 it is now called Cliffside!!!!!!!!!!!! Then when we arrived we had changed our booking from 1xtriple to 1xdouble, to 2 x triple this had not been catered for and we were offered a room that sleeps 6....we declined however as it looked like a den and smelt like it hadn't had it's doors open for years. After this though and a short wait we were given two lovely rooms with SPECTACULAR views, FABULOUS patios and adequate room for 3 people. The breakfast table view was incredible, doesn't get much better than eating your breakfast with a view of the caldera. The breakfast itself was not high in variety but when in greece what more do you want than yoghurt and fruit - both available. The staff were helpful and hardworking. The location of the hotel is excellent. so after a rough start we thoroughly recommend this place....but only if you have a transfer waiting for you when you arrive and you don't sleep in the 6 person room!!!!"
- Travel date: 5th September 2006
A Wonderful Experience
"A wonderful experience - that's the only way to describe our time in Firostefani this month where we stayed for a week in a studio with magnificent caldera views at Grotto Villas(now called Cliff Side Suites, by the way). Very clean room and a quite(by Greek standards!!)luxurious bathroom. Very good breakfast offering(hot and cold)in a buffet style served by the pool. On the subject of the aforementioned pool, it was very refreshing at the perfect temperature, but was rather small. Also, sunbeds could be at a premium when it was busy. Very obliging "Man Friday" type guy who helped with the luggage as you could only get as close as about 150 metres away due to the narrow street and steps. 3 excellent restaurants were very close by(Vanilia's - the most expensive, but great food and service, Remvi's - recommended by the hotel who gave us a 10% off card and this place was also excellent and, finally, Il Cantuccio - a nice Italian, literally right on the doorstep). There was also a very useful little supermarket very close by where you could get your provisions(we gorged on the fantastic Greek tomatoes!)and also same day English newspapers. Cheaper restaurants(although still of an excellent standard in a setting more akin to the Greek Island tavernas of old - try "The Olive" - were to be found in Fira(make sure you find out about the short cut near the square where the coach drops you off - it saves a lot of time and energy!). If you haven't been to Santorini before, then make sure that you visit Oia at the northern tip of the island and it is also nice to go to Kamari of an evening as there is a great choice of very reasonably priced restaurants and bars in very close proximity. We've been to around 16 or so different Greek islands and this(closely followed by Mykonos)is our favourite."
- Travel date: 21st July 2006
Beautiful view, great location
"We stayed in a suite. Moderate sized bedroon, very small living room, compact bathroom. The deck was equipped with 2 loungers, an umbrella table & 2 chairs. The view of the volcano was amazing. The breakfast was great. The location made it easy to walk everywhere. Lots of restaurants & shops nearby."
- Travel date: 11th July 2006
Great location, spectacular views!
"We too were one of the first clients of the season staying at this hotel and were very impressed. The view from our balcony was spectacular and we spent many mornings sitting on our balcony eating breakfast taking the views in (and drinking wine at sunset - what a treat!). As we were the only guests at the hotel when we booked in, breakfast was brought to our rooms each morning - we just had to ring when we wanted it brought up. Breakfast consisted of tea, coffee, orange juice, cake, fresh bread, tomato, cheese, ham, and sometimes yogurt. The rooms were clean and cool, and freshly painted. There are a lot of stairs however, so be prepared for a little exercise! We also took a dip in the pool - it was a little chilly, but the views made up for it. The Grotto Villas are also in a very nice location, with many restaurants and little shops around it, and just a short walk to the tourist shops along the pedestrian walkway. Don't forget to try some baklava at the bakeries!"
- Travel date: 18th May 2006
"I've just come back from a week long stay at Grotto Villas Santorini and have never had such a fantastic holiday! The Villas themselves are situated about 15 mins walk from the capitol Thira - although because of the amazing, dramatic views it often took much longer than this. The walk is pleasant as there are no cars, but don't bother taking heels (as i stupidly did!) as all the streets are cobbled and getting back up that hill can be a struggle! The staff at the Villas couldn't be more pleasant, and the rooms not more clean and comfortable. Our verander had the most spectacular views I've ever encountered - as did they all, and to prise me away was quite a feat! The pool was quite small and bar wasn't open when we arrived, but we were the first guests of the season and as we were leaving it was up and running. Overall I would highly recommend staying here, but those unsteady on their feet might need to think twice as there are many steps to encounter. I would definately stay again."
- Travel date: 16th May 2006
"Grotto Villas had a gorgeous view. The rooms were OK. They varied a great deal. We were part of a group of 8 couples. We had a beautiful room, others were average and two couples sharing an apartment were in what I would call a dungeon with only one of the two bathrooms working. To enter you go down about 25 steps, then our room was up about 25 steps and the breakfast was served down about 80 steps near the unheated pool. Be in shape when you get there or you will be in shape when you leave! All rooms had nice patio areas."
- Travel date: 14th January 2006
Grotto Villas paradise
"The Grotto Villas accommodation doesn't feel like a hotel. It's kind of magical being in a "cave", although the spacious and airy room I had certainly didn't feel like a cave! With a combined dining room and lounge area , separate bedroom, bathroom and useful kitchen, it had the feel of an apartment. Then there was the amazing private deck area with outdoor table and chairs as well as sun loungers and umbrella. Plenty of room to swing a cat! The views are legendary and I was certainly not disappointed. Even after 40 hours of travelling from New Zealand I was stopped in my tracks by the stunning scenery. It was blissful just to sit out on the deck with a long cool drink and take it all in. Being on the cliff face means there are several steps to negotiate but everything is fairly handy - small shops and excellent eateries close by and a 15 minute stroll into Fira proper. Also about 15 minutes to Imeroviglia. The bus to Oia stops near the entrance to the hotel, the service is regular and less hair raising than the rental motor scooters. Breakfast is a buffet by the pool, generous quantities of fruit and Greek style yoghurt as well as bread, ham and cheese and a sweet loaf like Madeira cake. The staff have a good level of English and were very helpful. If I have the opportunity of returning to Santorini I will certainly book at the Grotto Villas again."
- Travel date: 24th December 2005
A great place to stay
"We ended our month long Italy/Greece vacation at the Grotto Villas in Firostefani - Wow! What a fantastic view. We found it hard to leave our huge terrace. On two of our four nights we ordered in food from the great little Italian restaurant (Il Cantuccia - at the base of the windmill, which is the enterance to the hotel), just so we could watch the fabulous sunset from our deck. From what we could see, all rooms do indeed have a great view, as it is truly built into the cliff side. The room was clean and had plenty of space - the fridge came in very handy to store our drinks and snacks. The location is awesome - you have anything you would need within a 3 minute walk, thanks to the little grocery stores, bakery, and several restaurants. The best part of all of this, however, is that you are removed from the cruise ship rat race of Fira while at the same time only a 15 minute walk(it will take longer because of the jaw-dropping scenery)away from all the shops, restaurants and bigger supermarkets of Fira. Granted, the pool is small, but very refreshing. Most of our time was spent sunning on our huge terrace, and we only walked down to the pool for a quick dip. The pool would not be an ideal place for kids, since it is both small and deep. The included breakfast was average- bread, cereal, meat and cheese, canned fruit and yogurt. We were told they will be doing renovations in the coming year and this will raise the prices. We booked our stay through allgreecetravel at a price of 120 euro per night. If you book directly with the hotel, you could probably save a few bucks, but this website was invaluable for booking our ferry tickets throughout the islands and hotels in Mykonos and Athens. Overall, we were extremely pleased with the hotel and service and would stay here again in a heartbeat."
- Travel date: 18th August 2005
Cliff Side Suites is also called
- Grotto Villas
- cliff side hotel
- cliff side firostefani