Andronis Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2014 Best of the Best Finalist: Best for Romance
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast (served on the balcony at no extra cost)
- Sassy, secluded rock-hewn suites
- Every room has either an indoor or outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the sea
What To Know
- As with most hotels in Santorini, it's a top spot for honeymooners
- Children 13 and under are not permitted
- Heart of the action location in Oia, a short stroll from the ruined castle
- It's a steep schlep from reception to the pool — not recommended for those with mobility issues
- READ MORE: A vacation guide to the Greek Islands
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Teetering on a cliff edge that veers off a cute cobblestone lane lined with whitewashed tavernas, blue-domed churches and chic art galleries, the Andronis Boutique Hotel is a jumble of luxe rock-hewn suites with private Jacuzzis overlooking Santorini’s famous caldera. Chunky slate-gray steps tumble down from the small reception area to an intimate pool and alfresco dining terrace. The higgledy-piggledy layout ensures that suites are perfectly secluded and that all lines of sight are drawn to the sparkling Aegean Sea below.
Bed and Bath
Channel your inner troglodyte in one of the 23 cave-like suites. Accessed by private gated entrances that give way to secluded balconies, these sassy sleeping quarters have sex appeal in spades. Stark white bedrooms blur the line between minimalism and coziness, with slate-gray flooring, kingsize beds topped with plush throws, mosaic-framed mirrors and small seating areas hidden in alcoves. Sleek, masculine bathrooms have matte black fixtures and fittings and giant walk-in rain showers stocked with products from Apivita. The star attraction in each room is the private Jacuzzi, which forms part of either the bathroom or the balcony. Take a soak at night, and twinkly lights dance between the bubbles.
Breakfast can be taken either by the pool in a shaded dining area or on your balcony at no extra cost. The hefty spread includes thick Greek yogurt, local honey, fresh fruits, pastries, eggs made to order and deliciously strong coffee. Snacks are dished up by the pool during the day, and at night the poolside daybeds are whisked away and replaced by candlelit tables for two on the terrace. Pick from an edited menu of Greek classics: pork souvlaki, a posh take on chicken kebabs, fava beans with marinated octopus, and a top selection of wines made from grapes grown in Santorini’s volcanic soil.
In the Area
The hotel has agreements in place with local catamaran companies and can organize a cruise on your behalf. Opt for the sunset cruise and you’ll sail past Santorini’s Red and White beaches, make a stop at the hot springs to bathe in volcanic waters and tuck into a Greek BBQ as the sun sets over the tip of the island. Walk along Oia’s pedestrianized cobblestone main street. It’s very touristy — all art galleries, jewelry shops and restaurants — but very pretty, and your best bet on the island for upmarket shopping. In the evening, follow the crowds to the ruined castle at the very tip to watch the sun illuminate the white buildings and windmills before sinking into the Aegean Sea. The six-mile drive from Oia to Imerovigli is an event in itself: winding, narrow roads, sheer cliff faces and extraordinary views — sometimes on both sides. Just take it slowly; 20 minutes will ensure you get you there safely.
How to Get There
Stunning property, with a nightly rate to match. For us this was a splurge, and worth every Euro. The views were breathtaking from every vantage point. The service was friendly, helpful, and always available. The cave rooms are unique, romantic, and sparkling clean. All rooms have a private hot tub, and some suites include a private pool as well. All rooms are named, and we stayed the “Aias” which is a “Classic” category suite. The Aias had a unique feature - the Jacuzzi was completely private because it was located inside its own cave, with a large picture frame cutout for drop dead gorgeous views. Other classic suite hot tubs were outside, and partially covered but not completely private. This said, no matter what room you stay in, you will have lots of privacy, tranquility and calm.
As other reviewers have mentioned there are a lot of stairs and no elevator. For perspective, you enter the hotel from the top of the cliff the main pool/bar area is 90 steps down, and of course 90 steps back up when you are ready to leave. This is a feature of almost every cliff side hotel in Santorini and the Andronis is no exception. If you have physical limitations I would recommend other choices on the island.
The included breakfast was steller. The same options were provided every day but there is so much choice that you can switch it up and have something different every day if you would like. The food is fresh, simple and delicious.
The main pool is open from morning until 6pm. We never had a problem securing 2 loungers. Towels were provided and you could use as many as you would like (not common in other nicer hotels in Greece). Upon seating you are provided with a large bottle of water and ice. There is a rather diverse cocktail menu, but expensive at 15 Euro Each.
At 6pm the pool area is set up as an extension of the restaurant. We dined once. The food was good but the price reflects the view. If you are already staying at the hotel you own that view during your stay so I would recommend exploring other dining options on the island.
PS. A note to my fellow LGBT travelers. You will be welcomed here without discrimination.
My husband and I stayed in the elegant suite in September. The room we got was called “menelaus”. Like all of Santorini you must be prepared for stairs if you stay here. The room itself was nice but fairly basic. The cave bathroom had a bit of a musty/wet smell which is probably unavoidable. But what you are really paying for here is the service and the view. The service is prompt and impeccable. A nice bonus was having the concierge book us a table with a sunset view at another restaurant. The views of course are amazing. Our terrace was directly above the pool. It was beautiful and large but there was no privacy at all. Especially at night when the pool area becomes a restaurant, all of the diners could watch us in our jacuzzi. But these are all part of the charms of Santorini. Overall this is a very nice hotel.
This is a 6 star hotel with an amazing view and out of this world service! We loved every minute of our stay. One of the best spot with the best view of the city, close to everything. Total VIP service with the most amazing friendly and professional staff. We will go back in a heartbeat.
This place is made of dreams.
My husband I spent 2 nights at the Andronis Boutique Hotel for our honeymoon. Yes, Greece is beautiful and you can't really go wrong in Oia but this place sits above all it's luxury white-walled Santorini counterparts. Not only did the staff give us a complimentary upgrade (or 7) to the Water Retreat Suite with it's private hot tub, pool and balcony overlooking the caldera but waited on us hand and foot the entire time. Need a curling iron? Call and one magically appears. Panicked because your ferry is cancelled due to strikes? No worries, the front desk staff will book you on another. Want to book an excursion anywhere on the island? One word and the staff has it set up with bells on. They were out freaking standing. We've never had a better experience.
The hotel also offers shuttle service to and from the airport/ferry, complimentary (delicious) breakfast with caldera views, and has an award winning restaurant smack dab in the middle of Oia. The beds were comfortable, the room was spacious and immaculate, the bathroom felt like we were staying in an actual cave, and our room was in the lower right-hand corner of the property so we felt like we had the perfect amount of privacy.
Seriously, if you can, stay here.This was a once in a lifetime experience that I cannot recommend enough.
We cannot say enough good things about the Andronis Boutique hotel! It was by far the best hotel we've ever stayed at (and that's coming from my husband who travels often for work).
We spent our honeymoon here back in July and were spoiled by the staff from start to finish. When we arrived, they helped us arrange a car service to pick us up. Christos picked us up and gave us the low down on the island and all of the local must-dos. He was extremely friendly and set the tone for the rest of our trip. His recommendations were also incredible! When we arrived to the hotel, the staff greeted us at a parking lot and walked us to the hotel with some champagne waiting. The hotel manager treated us like gold, making us feel so special. He helped make our stay seamless and unforgettable. He would help us make last minute reservations and even call ahead to places we'd already reserved to ensure we get the best table. They even gave us an amazing room upgrade for the last few nights of our stay - and this was during their busiest season!
Both rooms we stayed in were romantic, modern, clean and comfortable. Each with an incredible view on a balcony as well as a hot tub. During the day, the staff would not only turn the beds and tidy up the room but they also mopped the floors which you do not see in many places. The hotel was SPOTLESS and the quintessential In the evenings it's very quiet and peaceful even though the hotel is located in the middle of the strip.
The breakfasts were INCREDIBLE - they have a buffet as well as menu options to choose from. Everything was fresh (best greek yogurt EVER). Christos and Alex were our favorites and took care of us all day every day. They would even have our morning drinks and smoothies ready for us before we sat down. They had smiles on their faces all day long and were so incredible to us. I cannot speak more highly of them!
The main hotel pool was also amazing. It was peaceful but still a lively vibe with lounge music and great cocktails. The pool was clean, towels were readily available and the staff was constantly refilling our waters and drinks. There's are 2 pools: a warmer infinity pool as well as a cooler pool where you can cool off. It's HEAVEN.
Cristos (both the driver and the waiter), Alex, Akondis (sp?) Salvaore, Dimitirs and single member of the team made us feel special and made it really hard to leave.
All in all a perfect and epic honeymoon - a truly unforgettable experience in the most romantic place on earth. Thank you to everyone at the Andronis! We will be back!