Book this hotel! Views amazing, Room 10 amazing, staff amazing. Worth the money!
What a lovely 4 days we have just spent at the Atlantis Hotel, Fira. The hotel is in a great location on the Caldera of Fira. Santorini itself is a beautiful island, famous for it's magnificent sunsets over the water and surrounding islands. The hotel is located at the top of a steep hill, a short one, but it is steep.
We arrived and the helpful lady on reception informed us that we had the best room in the hotel. I thought this welcoming sweet talk but I now know that room 10 really is the BEST spot to watch the sunset! Whilst all the crowds were arriving by boat, bus, taxi to see the sunset from Fira, we were able to plot up on our bed, open up our balcony door, put on our sunglasses and watch the sunset from right there. Perfect view and very romantic ;-)
A view recommendations from us:
1. Airport. Really small and doesn’t cope well with the amount of flights which arrive on the island! Taxis are sparse and they try and fit 2 couples per taxi to share. We paid €20 euro per couple to Fira on arrival but still had to walk our cases up the steep hill. After exploring, we now know that the bus is easier, leaving every 20 minutes and costs €1.80 each! Makes the walk up the hill a bit more bearable! The bus station is at the bottom of the hill, through the cross roads, just to the left. No more than 5 minute walk.
2. Bars: If you come out of the hotel and walk along the caldera, take the second set of steps down on the left hand side to a bar named Café Bar Villa Renos, lovely platform to take in the view and the local beer is served in a chilled glass! Good spot for the sunset, or pre dinner.
Another bar which offered a fantastic night time view of the Caldera all lit up was Kastro. This is located about a ten minute walk away from the hotel, almost directly opposite the Cable Car entrance. Don't eat here though, we didn't enjoy the food.