Arrive as guests, depart as friends, is the invitation from the Alia Hotel, in Kamari, Santorini, a charming, affordable getaway in a quiet area but within walking distance of tavernas, shops and a beach in a dramatic setting.
The hotel is in lovely grounds and the swimming pool, where sunbeds and umbrellas are provided, is surrounded by a pleasant garden. Cold or cooked breakfast, with fresh ingredients, is on offer, and there is a snack bar, where a small selection of drinks and light bites is available.
The 30 cosy, clean, air-conditioned rooms are decorated in bright, pastel colours, simply furnished in a traditional style and include satellite TV, a fridge, bathroom with bath or shower and a private balcony with table and chairs. Studios also have a kitchenette, and there is free wifi available throughout.
The Alia is under relatively new management, and the friendly staff aim to make all guests feel at home, while offering advice on interesting activities and excursions. Reception is open 24 hours a day.
About 250 metres away are the black volcanic sands and clear glistening waters of Kamari Beach, from the edge of which rises the Mesa Vouno mountain, imposing by day, glistening in the glorious sunsets and after dark. There are pleasant walks along the waterfront, while at the summit of the mountain is the ancient city of Thira, accessible by road or cable car.
The beach has good facilities, including sunbeds and umbrellas, and a range of watersports, and restaurants, snack bars, cafes and nightclubs close by.
Kamari, which features one of Santorini’s typical blue-and-white churches, is a good base for exploring the island, with regular bus service, and boat trips from the resort to the wild isle of Anafi.
- 24 hr reception
- Restaurant on site
- Wifi (free of charge in rooms and public areas)
- Snack bar.
- Swimming pool.
Double bedded rooms sleep 3 with air conditioning, fridge, safety deposit box, a private bathroom with bath or shower and a private balcony with garden view. Double bedded rooms sleep 2 with sea view, twin bedded rooms sleep 2/3 with inland view and studios sleep 2 or 2/3 with a kitchenette and inland view are also available at a supplement.
Official Rating:3 Star
Our Opinion:Cosy, comfortable and traditional inside, with dramatic scenery, volcanic sands and ancient heritage all around, the charming Alia Hotel offers convenience, affordable accommodation and the friendliest of welcomes.
Official Rating: 3 Star