In continuation of our adventures at Santorini Island – Heaven on Earth Blog Series (Part 1), let me tell you about this excellent hotel that we stayed at for 3 days at the island’s capital of Fira – Costa Marina Villas Santorini.
Around after 20minutes of travel and more than 20 reasons of why we just wanted to stay forever in Santorini Island, we arrived at Costa Marina Villas Santorini, a winner of TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2015 for Bargain Hotel in Santorini. Booked for us by the travel company we hired for our Greece getaway, we were not sure what to expect but we were confident that it was a good hotel based on the reviews we’ve read so far.
Conveniently located in the island’s capital town of Fira, Costa Marina Villas Santorini is just 5 minutes away from the central square where you can find the bus and taxi terminals and just 10 minutes away from the caldera side – the side which Santorini Island is famous for and where you can find most of the restaurants and shops in Fira!
We were dropped by our driver at the hotel grounds where we eagerly unloaded our luggage from the car and went straight away to the Costa Marina Villas Santorini itself, only a couple of meters away from the road. Walking towards the hotel reminded me of going to our ancestral towns, that rustic warm comfort with the silence only broken by rustling leaves and the cool ocean breeze.
Costa Marina Villas Santorini’s exterior was pure white topped by arches that characterize Cycladic village architecture. Surrounding it were greeneries and colorful flowering plants that complemented the rural feel of the place.
Costa Marina Villas Santorini, being a traditional guest house, is not that large which was perfect. I believe it gives it more authenticity and the feel that you are not staying away from home, you were actually home. That being said, Costa Marina Villas Santorini is composed of only 20 rooms, 15 of which have a balcony or a patio facing the east side of Santorini Island and the other 5 having a view of the courtyard garden.
The lobby entrance was a simple wooden door to which upon entering, we were warmly greeted by our beautiful receptionist Maria (at night, it was Marina, who was a really fun person, who stayed at the reception and assisted us with our needs). Maria just gave us everything we might need from the Wifi password (which was free), even including a copy of the bus schedules for going around Santorini Island and a 10 percent discount voucher for their family run restaurant in the heart of Fira, Kipos. She then gave us two sets of keys, one for our room and another one for Costa Marina Villas Santorini’s main door as no one stays at the reception desk after 9pm!
Amazing! It’s actually our first time being given a key to the hotel’s main door and it was a nice break from having cards as keys!
After being assured that we had no further queries and we were all fine, Maria then lead us to our room, Room 23, reached by a small staircase, just on the 1st floor of Costa Marina Villas Santorini.
The moment she opened our room’s door, we were in love!
It was a small beautiful room with a domed ceiling, nice lighting and a laid back ambiance.
The room comes with its own fridge with complimentary drinks, a water boiler & its own flat screen TV. Coffee and tea was also there, refilled daily by the hotel staff.
There were wooden storage and closets and some interesting accents such as a book shelf with Greek poetry books.
The bathroom itself was pretty nice with a small tub beneath a tiny window that opened up to the courtyard, unique taps and blue tiles.
But what we really found as our most favorite at Costa Marina Villas Santorini was our room’s balcony which gave us stunning views of the Aegean Sea complete with two wooden chairs and a table where Jill and I enjoyed our smokes and some cans of beer.
It also had this unique door which you can open the traditional way or if you just want to let the air inside the room, you can just open it a bit vertically where there’s a small opening while your door remains closed (it’s really kinda hard to explain ha-ha).
The mornings that we spent in Costa Marina Villas Santorini were the highlights of our balcony experience. It was the time of day that we enjoyed it the most (oh, and also the cold night times while resting after a long day going around the island).
This is due to the fact that if Santorini Island’s caldera side was perfect for the sunset, it is at this side, the eastern side, where one can enjoy the island’s sunrise which we did the following morning and the morning after.
The view as the sun rises at this vantage point was beyond words. Being so high up from sea level, it’s as if the sea is rising towards you.
There’s also a moment when you can’t differentiate the sea and the sky, it’s as if they’re just one and the same.
The colors of dawn from our balcony was spectacular, perfect while having coffee, wrapped in warm blankets as the temperature was around only 14 degrees Celsius.
One thing’s for sure, we’ve never seen and appreciated sunrises like this before! It’s worth waking up to again and again!
Breakfast is served from 8-10am at the dining area of Costa Marina Villas though guests may also request to have breakfast served in the privacy of their own rooms.
We were treated with a basket of bread, butter, forest honey, some marmalade and other spreads, a bowl of fruits (bananas, strawberries, melons, etc.), eggs, tea or coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice!
And our favorite – Greek Yogurt drizzled with honey and topped with fruits!
At this time of the day, perfectly lit by the morning sun can one appreciate the interior of the hotel.
The lobby had a variety of traditional furniture and nice wall hangings.
Again, the simple yet homely feel was the charm of it all!
On our second day, we were able to enjoy the courtyard garden of Costa Marina Villas Santorini where we had our coffee.
With the cool shade offered by the hotel itself and surrounded by a charming mini garden, you can’t help but be relaxed and just be on lazy mode!
Overall, Costa Marina Villas Santorini was perfect for us!
It was the perfect base for exploring the whole of Santorini Island as it is centrally located, the perfect base to enjoy its dining culture as all of Fira’s food places can be reached by foot. Given the chance, we would like to stay for weeks in this hotel! With high quality experience, lodgings and perfect location – who can say no? With smiles and genuine service, who wouldn’t be enticed to stay?
Costa Marina Villas Santorini allowed us to literally experience the other side of Santorini Island which is more peaceful and quiet as compared to the caldera side. The charm of the hotel is its simplicity and its hospitality.
But most importantly, Costa Marina Villas Santorini was perfect because it gave us that feeling of being home while being thousands of miles away from home! Definitely a place we’ll be going back to and we highly recommend that you try it out as well!
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