I think that most of Europe’s fans would agree that European vacation is incomplete without exploring the beautiful islands of Aegean and the Mediterranean seas. Having said that, Greek islands in specific possess a unique attraction for tourists from all around the world. Santorini is one of these whitewashed beautiful islands that compliment the deep blue sea. And FYI, the word Santorini means nothing less than a sheer luxury.
Last summer we visited Athens and Santorini. Thanks to booking.com and TripAdvisor, we found amazing hotels for every destination.
Here’s a detailed review of Alexander’s Boutique Hotel Oia, which made our 3-night stay in Santorini with kids super comfortable and memorable:
Located in the town of Oia, Alexander’s Boutique Hotel is about an hour drive from Thira International Airport. This town is most popular with families and tourists who seek relaxation because it is comparatively less crowded than Fira. Also, it has the most astounding views of the sunset and the famous caldera, both.
Location wise, it was surely a perfect option for our family because of the nearby market street which had car rentals, medical clinic, grocery, hardware shop, souvenir shops and unlimited dining options.
We found the hotel’s staff quite hospitable and welcoming. They were always ready to help and assist us, even at odd timings of the day; You know what kind of emergency situations toddlers create every now and then. They were polite with our kids, however, one of our neighbor guests were distressed once during our kid’s afternoon in the outdoor hot tub.
Value for Money
Sadly, hotel’s rates in summer season do not justify value for money at all. They charged us 100 Euros/child/night in addition to 350 Euros/night for adults. These rates are the only reason why I will rate our stay a 7/10 instead of 10/10.
FYI, I just got a mini heart attack by looking at LITERALLY 10x lesser prices for February compared to what we paid in July. It is super expensive in the peak season from June-August, so I suggest you plan accordingly.
The hotel just serves a nice “all you can eat” breakfast which includes deviled eggs, granola, fruits, bread, and tea/juices. However, there are multiple restaurants just a few steps from the hotel where you can find food for lunch and dinner.
We stayed in their Superior Cave Villa that had a double bed and two single beds for the kids. All of us enjoyed staying in a cave room for the first time, which was beautifully furnished and decorated with Greek artifacts. The room was quite spacious and accommodated all our luggage and the kid’s mess easily. It also had a little kitchenette in the corner with some essential crockery to prepare coffee or your takeaway snacks that you can eat in front of speldid caldera views.
The bathroom, however, needed a little upgrade regarding ventilation and fixtures.
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