What We Love
- Built in the early 1980s, it’s Santorini’s first cave-turned-hotel
- Private terraces in each of the 12 rooms
- The 36-foot heated saltwater terrace pool
- An extensive selection of local wines at the onsite restaurant
What To Know
- Flat sandals are strongly recommended for climbing the property’s many steps
- Guests under 14 are not allowed
- Room rates include continental breakfast
- The resort offers complimentary airport transfers to and from Thira National Airport
- Free WiFi
Stylish Cycladic hideout chiseled from a caldera wall
Presiding over the village of Imerovigli, an enchanting spread of sugar-cube cottages and sapphire blue domes, the guest rooms at this hilly cliff-hugging haven are far more Mediterranean holiday home than ancient cave dwelling—though there are plenty of subtle reminders of the hotel’s subterranean origins, including round-the-clock dehumidifiers that fight off excess moisture while age-old cisterns were fashioned into indoor whirlpools. Oversize Cocomat beds, rain showers, and flat-screen TVs spruce up the 19 units, and thoughtful Grecian details including folk pattern embroidered pillows and key fobs fashioned to look like Hellenic alphabet letter, infuse an unshakeable sense of place. The real scene-stealers are the private patios decked with olive trees and pots of lavender. Because privacy is tantamount here, only 12 of the 20 units are bookable at any given point, which means you’ll never have to worry about losing your precious perch by the caldera-view pool, waiting for a table at Pergola (a chic taverna whose chalkboard displays the day’s menu depending on the chef’s market haul), or securing a couples’ holistic massage in the grotto.
In the Area
Santorini is just under an hour’s flight (or four-hour ferry ride) from Athens. For especially indelible sunset vistas, make the steep climb from the hotel to nearby Skaros Rock, on the remnants of a 15th-century fortress intended to shield the island from invading pirates. You’re also just a 30-minute walk from Fira, the island’s humming capital, though you might want to steer clear of the overcrowded cafés (the port city is a popular stop for cruise ships). Opt to spend a more tranquil afternoon in the hushed fishing village of Ammoudi instead, where any of the quaint bayside restaurants promise a seafood feast to remember.
How to Get There
The hotel is beautiful and chic as it is painted with the iconic white and blue colour theme. It also offers amazing view of the caldera. The room is cosy and decorated tastefully with an extremely comfortable bed. Love the use of premium bathroom product - Aesop.
The service staff were fantastic and exceeded expectations in every way, especially the front office manager and energetic staff - Illias whose positive energy is indeed contagious. Noticing that I am pregnant, the front office manager has arranged for a room which requires less climbing. When we arrived in the room, our luggages were already set up on the luggage stands.
Surprised by the fact that there is no ending time to when breakfast can be served. Furthermore, you can have breakfast either in front of your room or at common restaurant area. The food is extremely tasty too!
We would definitely stay at this hotel again and thanks for making our Santorini trip so memorable!
My wife and I spent 3 nights here in late May and it was perfect beyond our hopes in every way. This place is a stunning oasis, far away from other tourist-choked parts of this island. A real paradise with unbelievable views from every room and gorgeous design throughout. Besides the exquisite beauty of the place and the charm of the cave-like rooms, the warm and wonderful staff is probably the other best part. Despina, Maria, Nefeli, Ilias, George and even the delightful cleaning staff made us feel completely relaxed and taken care of. They are all extraordinary. The food was an amazing surprise, The breakfasts are lovely as has been posted, but the the dinners were even more amazing!! We rarely left to eat elsewhere (which is out of character for us) because the food was so special. I feel like we lucked into the perfect hotel on the entire island. It sure felt that way. What a special place. We'll never forget our time there. Wow.
My wife and I stayed for 4 nights in mid-May 2019. It was perfect! First, the rooms- the bed was extraordinarily comfortable (probably one of the most comfortable hotel beds we've ever slept in). The AC worked well, and we consistently slept well! The room and bathroom were beautiful, as well. The hotel pool was beautiful, as well...we really enjoyed.
Breakfast was delicious every morning (and HUGE)...brought right to our room every morning, for us to enjoy outside at the table overlooking the sea. Couldn't ask for better!
The service was impeccable, from meeting us when we arrived via shared transfer from the airport with drinks, carrying our bags, and helping us every step of the way, whether it was reservations or dining. The staff is beyond friendly; they truly cared about us and our vacation. The property wasn't fully booked since we went just before high season, and as a result, we really felt pampered with personalized service.
The location of this is ideal - right on the caldera, the views are amazing. There are great places hidden everywhere right near the hotel in Imerovigli. Firostefani is very close, Fira is easily walkable, and Oia is a fun place to hike to. A public bus is accessible nearby, but we never felt the need for it...we walked everywhere.
We had an amazing vacation! We were headed to Mykonos after (which we also loved), but we were very sad to leave Santorini and the Iconic. We hope to come back someday.
We looked and reviewed so many hotels in Santorini, and are very glad to have chosen the Iconic.
Our experience exceeded expectations. This is a simply glorious spot, with a caring and kind staff, particularly Ilias, who made our stay both a personal and emotionally uplifting memory that we will always treasure. Ilias went above and beyond to ensure that we had everything we needed, and more, to make for the perfect oasis vacation!
We have just returned from a 5 night stay at Iconic, as part of our honeymoon. We can honestly say it was the best hotel we have ever stayed it and it was such an amazing experience! We had 5 days of absolute bliss, peace and relaxation.
The staff are wonderful, they are so friendly and welcoming and are always on hand to make sure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. They were great for recommending restaurants and day trips, and would help to book these up for you. Thank you for being so brilliant - Maria, George, Ilias, Despoina, and all the rest!
The hotel itself is spotless and so well maintained. The rooms are great, and we particularly enjoyed the luxurious toiletries and the twice daily room service; which includes complimentary bottled water, a bucket of ice and daily sweets/chocolates!
Perhaps one of our favourite parts was the incredible breakfast!! It was served to your room/balcony everyday whenever was convenient for you. It was absolutely delicious and was different everyday.
Overall our stay at Iconic was sensational - and we’d love to go back one day.