Voreina Gallery Suites
What We Love
- Continental breakfast, a bottle of water and a bottle of wine on arrival is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Free airport pickups and shuttle service to nearby sights (must be arranged in advance with the property)
- The cool art gallery vibe, courtesy of a rotating collection
- There's no restaurant, but room service is provided by Selene, one of Santorini's best places to dine
- Superior and Senior Suites have private outdoor pools
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What To Know
- The hotel is in Pyrgos, which is undeniably charming but a 10-minute drive from central Fira
- There is no main pool or spa — the vibe is more home-away-from-home than hotel
- Suites are spacious, but the quiet atmosphere and lack of services aren't suited to families
- Free parking
- There's a $50 charge per room each time you want to heat one of the Superior or Senior Suites' private pools when the weather dips below 65 degrees (typically between February and April)
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In the village of Pyrgos, just 10 minutes from Fira, Voreina Gallery Suites is a nine-suite inn-meets-boutique-hotel with spacious rooms, a clean, minimal style and a rotating collection of artwork by young artists. The traditional low-slung cubical buildings function as a gallery, showcasing contemporary paintings and sculptures (all available for purchase) by up-and-coming Greek creatives. With its classic Santorini backdrop, this petite hotel can feel like one big art installation.
Bed & Bath
All nine suites (and four private villas) are decorated in soft colors, such as pale blue and coral, with clean lines and basic furnishings. Rather than making the rooms feel sparse, the effect is warm, inviting and undeniably comfortable — and serves as a great background for the art on display. The suites have separate living rooms and verandas with either hot tubs or tiny pools, and most have kitchens. All have cavernous bathrooms with giant showers, outfitted with massage and rainfall showerheads, and Korres toiletries.
The service at Voreina is ever cheery, from the guys who deliver breakfast baskets filled with pastries, fruit and fresh-squeezed orange juice every morning to the front desk staff, who are happy to set you up with all sorts of island activities. Or you can just stay in and lounge on your veranda, since admiring the strikingly arid landscape, the sparkling Aegean Sea and the caldera in the distance is really what a stay on Santorini is all about.
In the Area
Fira and Oia may be the island’s most famous towns, but the village of Pyrgos is still worth a trip for the stunning medieval architecture, including 10th-century churches and fortress ruins. Voreina is ideally situated for visiting some of Santorini’s best wineries. Take a tour of the different grape-growing operations and taste some of the local products. Just because the hotel doesn’t have a spa doesn’t mean you can’t sample Greece’s own unique brand of wellness. Hop a ferry to the nearby volcanic island of Nea Kameni, where you can bathe in hot sulfur springs. Perivolos Beach doesn’t have white sand (Santorini’s beaches are black, brown and red), but it more than makes up for it with sweeping Aegean views.
How to Get There
Our 3rd time to voreina as good this time as the 1st
Away from the main tourist parts of Thira and Oia
We walked from Pyrgos to Oia then caught the bus back....absolutely stunning views on the way
Roughly 11 miles ...3 and half hours
We stayed here with our three year old son for 7 nights. On arrival we had been upgraded to the superior suite, Sunset. The rooms were impressive, with a beautiful panoramic view of the island. The roll top bath made perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine during sunset.
The staff were so attentive and accommodating to each member of my family. They left robes for us all and replaced my son's chocolate stained robe, without any request. They replaced our towels after we had been to the beach, again without us even asking.
The ladies at reception were so knowledgeable of the island, I really recommend that you ask them for ideas, as they offer advice freely and honestly. We rented a car for one day, €42 including insurance. A taxi to Oìa was €35 one way and so this was definitely the most economic way for us to travel.
Take a walk up through the back of the villa, via the steps, follow the signs to Franco's cafe for amazing cocktails at sunset, in a beautifully, romantic setting. Or, visit the gift shops and traditional restaurants. Turn right out of the villa, a quieter road to the centre we found and you have full view of the Santorini airport runway to watch planes galore. You will also spot the helipad en route.
Lidl is a 6 minute drive from Voreina, which we used to stock up on essentials, there are some very basic mini markets in Pyrgos, but I doubt you will need much other than water, as breakfast kept us going until Dinner. Breakfast is superb, plentiful and served to your room at a time to suit.
I highly recommend these beautiful suites. We will definitely be back.
Be prepared for hellish departures on the way home, but hey, that does not take anything away from this stunning accommodation on a beautiful island.
One year ago (late September), we stayed here. It was great. The location is good. Nice village behind. Easy to get to the rest of Santorini. No crowds. The private pool is wonderful. The room is beautiful. The staff are fantastic. They went out of their way to help us when strong winds cancelled ferries. If you get the chance to stay here, grab it.