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Great Hotel Santo Miramare
I don't recognise the few negative reviews of this hotel, we stayed here for two weeks and it was great. The staff were polite friendly and helpful, the accommodation was good quality and clean, the pools are beautiful, breakfast is good.
We ate out most nights but were invited to a Greek wedding at the hotel, it was amazing, good fun, dancing and free drinks until 5 in the morning.
The only negative point is it that it is a good 25 minute walk to Perissabut if you know that you can organise yourself around that.
We loved it and are going back this summer.
Needed to keep checking we weren't dead!!!
We stayed at the Hotel Miramare at the end of Sptember into the beginning of October 2006. Driving to it we thought we'd made a mistake but when we got into the reception area we started to smile....until we spoke to the receptionist. who really couldn't have been more rude!! Our room seemed like a dungeon (a common complaint we were soon to learn!) When we told the receptionist we requested a suite all she said was "The Hotel is full, there is nothing I can do", turned her back and walked away from us. Fuming, we headed to our dungeon and then thought it best to get out as much as possible so booked some excursions. These were all complete rubbish!! Supposed romantic sunset sails made you feel like cargo!! People were squashed together on what was no more than a fishing trawler, it was an absolute joke. After 5 days I wanted to come home!!!! We were booked for 2 weeks. The cleaners were the most miserable bunch of people we have ever met and the rooms always melled of sewage. In a nutshell, what you see is what you will get and not an ounce more. There is absolutely no character to this hotel, even though it is new. The final straw was when the manager was openly slagging off the travel reps (who I have to say were lovely, by the way, thank God), in front of all the guests !!!! Priceless !!!
We were originially supposed to go to a different hotel but it was overbooked so we ended up here. At first it seemed stunning with the pool area, but overall it's a good 4 star hotel with ok dinner, ok breakfast and excellent pools which are its main attraction. It has its own beach right nextdoor but the water was very chilly in September - the view was really nice though.
The pool bar is nice, normal prices (for a pool bar), nice staff. The front desk staff in the hotel was either ok or not too helpful. Internet access was supposed to be free but there is a sign at the computers that they charge for it, sometimes they did, sometimes they forgot. Rooms are nice and comfortable.
The hotel is a bit far from Fira (the port town of Santorini), so you need to take a bus or a cab (around 12 euros a ride), or rent a car (this island didn't seem so much for scooters, compared to Mykonos or others). If you like vedging by the sea and chilling the whole day, it's nice, but if you prefere moving around, it's a bit far out.
A must: along with the stunning view of Fira and a volcano tour, visit the Asian lounge by the sea (5 mins of walk), it's amazing with its beds and chill-out atmosphere.
Service was Apalling
Having booked this hotel before viewing reviews on Trip advisor (always a mistake!) we were somewhat fearing the worst.
Within minutes of walking into the Hotel the front desk staff member was arguing with a customer because he had put her in the wrong room that morning and was now moving her. His manner was particularly abrasive and rude - especially as it was his mistake.
From here things did not improve markedly. The bar staff at the 'pool snack bar' were not much better, I felt like getting my own drinks as I thought it may have been simpler.
The restaurant food is simple and not particularly imaginative given the wealth of food available in the 'local tavernas' (try the 'Popeye' tavern a few doors up from the Santo Miramare - this was the best service we received and the food was great).
Rooms are also quite basic - not quite a four star, more like three (bearing in mind this is an island location - they never seem to be quite as good as a mainland four star). The saving grace of the resort is the pool area and location. We found Perivolos to be lovely and only a short walk along the beach from Perissa (in fact we liked Perivolos better anyway). Definately rent a car to tour the island.
Santorini is absolutely amazing and well worth a visit and if we were going again then we would stay in Perivolos or Perissa, just not in the Santo Miramare resort - try the Vegerra.
Review of Santo Miramare
I agree with the previous reviewer. The hotel is not 4 star. We were also looking for a hotel on the beach in Santorini with great pools. That is exactly what this hotel has. The rooms are exactly what you see in the pictures, nothing more. There are no special amenities about the rooms to speak of. All of our dealings with the staff were not great. One time we were called high maintenance for requesting help with our bags. We called to request ice to our room and they said go get it yourself. Not exactly a good customer service response! The beach is within walking distance and the hotel does have umbrellas/chairs. Thought I'd give an honest opinion because there were not many when I was looking at this hotel and took a bit of a gamble.
Not a 4 Star
The Santo Miramare is NOT a 4 star hotel. By European standards it is definitely a 3 star. Its location is a good 20 minute walk into Perissa, with car and bikes whizzing by you, it is not a comfortable walk.
The rooms are comfortable, though basic. The hotel restaurant food services are below average, including the main restaurant which was of poor standard and limited choice.
Hotel Staff we're polite but not in anyway helpful. The Reception Manager was extremely unhelpful when dealing with any issues. The only thing this hotel has going for it is the pool area.
If you want to try a top class hotel in Perissa in the same price range look up the Veggera, which is stunning.
Very nice hotel indeed
My husband and I stayed in this hotel for a week and we had a lovely stay.
The first thing we were struck by was the spaciousness of the pool-side area. In fact the hotel has a choice of 3 pools. The hotel also has a private beach and sunbeds/parasols are free.
Our room was modern in decor and very clean. We were lucky to have a nice view out to the sea.
Hotel staff are very helpful and friendly.
Breakfast at the hotel was pretty standard, and there are plenty of good tavernas nearby.
If you want to stay in Perivolos then this is probably the best hotel on offer.
Santo Miramare Resort war super!
wir haben dort eine schöne woche verbracht, schöne gepflegte anlage, lage abseits des touristenrummels!!!, aber trotzdem einige nette tavernen in der nähe zum abendessen
Wunderschönes Hotel, wunderbare Lage
Das Santo Miramare Resort war wunderschön. Es liegt an den schwarzen Sandstränden knapp außerhalb von Perissa. Das Hotel war wunderschön mit drei Swimmingpools, einer Bar, die so lange auf blieb, wie Kunden da waren und einem Restaurant mit leckerem Essen. Die Betten waren ein wenig hart, sonst aber war die Zimmer aber ganz nett. In der Lobby gab es für die Gäste einen PC mit Internet.
Der einzige Nachteil des Resorts ist, dass es so weit von der nächsten Stadt Thira entfernt ist. Mit dem Taxi in die Stadt war es ein wenig zu teuer. Also wenn Sie im Santo Miramare sind, macht es mehr Sinn, wenn Sie sich für einen Tag gleich ein Mietauto ausleihen. So können Sie sich auch noch die Insel anschauen.
Beautiful Hotel, Beautiful Location
The Santo Miramare Resort was beautiful. It was located on the black sand beaches just outside of Perissa. The hotel was beautiful with three pools, a bar that stayed open as long as there were customers and a restaurant with good food. The beds were a little firm but other than that the rooms were very nice. There was a computer with internet access in the lobby available for guest use.
The only drawback of the resort was its distance from the main town of Thira. Cab rides from the hotel to the town were a little expensive so if you stay at the Santo Miramare it may make more sense to rent a car for the day to travel around the island.