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On The Rocks Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Firstly, I don't usually leave reviews, but this place was that superb, that I feel I have to let everyone know how great it is! The moment we arrived at "On the Rocks" their bell-boy was awaiting us to arrive in our taxi that had picked us up from the airport. With this particular hotel, you can't drive outside the actual hotel, as, as the name suggests, the hotel is on the rocks, so you need to go down a lot of steps to the reception, and even more down to the rooms and pool, so being physically able is a must, but, it is worth the struggle for the fabulous views. Their bell-boy carried our luggage down to the hotel. Our check-in was straight forward and quick and we was greeted and shown to our room by the owner. The room - wow! The view was stunning, and beyond anything we was expecting. The room itself was fairly big, with a separate bedroom with air con (which was very much needed) and a sitting room with a tv. The shower was large and separate from the toilet and basin. The room was cleaned daily, and we was given fresh towels each day. The cleanliness was top notch! The breakfast - each evening we selected what we would like for the following mornings breakfast. They have a big selection for all tastes, and the quality was amazing. You can chose to have it served to your room or by the pool, but we chose to have it to our room every day as the view was just so stunning. The staff - I have never been to a hotel with such friendly/helpful staff. The whole team cannot do enough for you. From the team around the pool bar, to the reception staff, their helpfulness and friendliness was second to none. They are all a credit to the hotel. We hired a car one day, which the hotel arranged for us, as well as telling us where to visit on the island, which we really appreciated as we had no idea. They recommended local restaurants for us for 2 of the nights (which were both amazing!) and made reservations, and also recommended and made reservations for a restaurant in Oia as we wanted to watch the infamous sunset from there. If you are looking for a quiet, romantic stay with the most amazing views then look no further than On The Rocks. This was our first visit to Santorini, and I'm sure it won't be our last! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making the most memorable holiday.

this was our first visit to Santorini and we were looking for a quieter place to stay and wer were so glad we found this hotel. Out of all the areas we visited we liked this part of Santorini the best(Imerovigli)- it was quiet, tourists couldn't walk by your room and it was a short walk to Fira and about 20 min to Oia. There are also some great restaurants nearby as well. We had an amazing view and enjoyed just sitting out on the sun chairs each day relaxing. Breakfast is brought up to your balcony and you can request what time you would like it, although it was usually at least 30 min off which was fine as we didn't have anything to rush off to. The pictures don't really do it justice, the view is just spectacular. I had asked for a room just like in the online photos and got exactly that. we thought it was by far the best room and were so happy with our decision to stay here. will definitely come back and visit again!!!!

Great hotel with loads of character - and steep steps so be warned! The view is spectacular and the peace and tranquility really therapeutic - even though you're surrounded by similar hotels on the cliffside it never feels noisy. All rooms are cleaned daily and the staff are so hardworking and friendly without being intrusive. On arrival, cases are carried to your room and you will receive a complimentary glass of wine - very welcome! The pool area is small but enough to cool off and sunbathe, and the pool bar serves amazing food and cocktails. Towels are provided by the hotel so you don't need to pack any. There is a mini bar fridge in each room - we asked for it to be emptied and we then filled it with bottles etc from the local supermarkets. The rooms are really comfortable but because of the cave style , our room was really dark at night. A plug in night light might be useful if you don't want to leave a light on.We celebrated a special birthday during the holiday and Maria and Visilis, the fabulous staff on Reception, organised wine and flowers to be brought with breakfast on the balcony. The staff can't do enough for you - they're great! Food and drink prices are high if you want a caldera view - we went for the local tavernas and enjoyed excellent food at reasonable prices. Taverna Anestis was a favourite of ours - just over the road from 'On the Rocks'. If you plan to walk over the cliffs to Oia, start early, wear decent footwear ( not sandals) and take plenty of water. It's a good walk with amazing views bit is certainly not for the faint hearted! We loved our holiday at 'On the Rocks' and we would recommend it to anyone ( as long as you can cope with steep steps!!)

My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights on our honeymoon while traveling multiple islands in the Cyclades. Santorini is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful, like out of a dream and the location of On The Rocks couldn't be better. During busy season the island is packed with tourists but at and around our hotel is quiet and romantic with incredible restaurants just steps away. Though we didn't get a room with our own private pool it really wasn't necessary. The hotel pool is so quaint and comfortable it's the perfect lounging spot, aside from our gorgeous balcony where we awake to breakfast at our doorstep and enjoy wine at sunset. The staff is great, room is very clean, the bed is so comfortable and you can black out the room if you don't want to wake with the sun. Highly recommend!

We had first visited Santorini, briefly, 28 years previously and promised ourselves we would come back. We arrived before check-in as our flight was very early that morning, so we had to wait for our room to become available. We had booked a caldera room with balcony/terrace, not knowing really what we would be getting. Having had lunch at the poolside bar we were taken by Periandros ( who appears to be manager) to see our room. Turned out (room 13) was right above the bar and pool and was like a separate chalet, all rendered in white, it's doorway flanked by potted plants but also draped with a magnificent red bougainvillea. 'Peri' showed us the private terrace on the roof which was very spacious with a pair of lingers on the decking and sunshade. Also a bistro style table and chairs. The thing of course was the magnificent uninterrupted view of the caldera. The inside downstairs was also very nice but nothing out of the ordinary. It was though extremely clean and was kept that way throughout our week's stay. The breakfasts are delivered to your terrace so that you do not need to divert your gaze from the caldera. After all, that's why we were all there. You order your breakfast from the menu each day in advance. Now and again something would be left out e.g. a butter pack or a yoghurt, but mostly they got it right. Hot food though does not always remain hot so that is the usual downside of room service. We also had our evening meal on our terrace three times that week. Mostly it was good but one evening my choice, chicken basmati, was very overdone and I should have sent it back. Lunch taken at the poolside bar was always very good and beautifully presented and the staff always friendly and efficient. The biggest challenge was negotiating more than 80 (deep) steps leading down from the top level down to our room which of course was at the very bottom. That is partly why we are so often at the bar or on our terrace. Reception was always efficient and Maria a delight and deserves her excellent reviews. The chap on reception on an evening had a lot less sparkle and spoke English less well but was OK. The porters/maintenance fellas are excellent and they also quickly sorted out the power failure that unfortunately affected our room on our last evening. This whole cliff side at Imerovigli is fascinating. The neighbouring hotels/villas all seem to operate the same way with teams of white clad waiters delivering trays of food to guests on terraces. Didn't see anyone drop anything, despite them having to negotiate so many steps, but we understand it does happen. I think what made our stay so special, apart from being above the caldera, was the style and location of our room and terrace. The bougainvillea outside made it such a photogenic spot. We were very close to the pool, this often got filled up but our porthole window was placed so that we could observe when the pool was free and could have a (usually) private dip. Many reviews have remarked on the small size of the pool, it is just a cooling off pool really but when empty it was possible to swim a bit. It felt special to have our stairs up to the terrace sealed off by a rope that fastened across it. A small point I suppose. Our maid also did a lovely job each day, leaving our towels artfully arranged in swan shapes, scattered with bougainvillea petals. A downside was the occasional smell of cooking from the poolside bar/kitchen but there is not much to be done about that really. All in all a spectacular setting and a nice boutique hotel. No children too, so that suited us. We did not try the spa treatments so cannot comment on those.

There are some one-star reviews in here which I think is undeserved. The "cave" was spacious (we had a suite so our teen-aged daughter could have a little privacy) and clean. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Each room has a deck on which you eat your breakfast. The pool was not as picturesque as other hotel pools on the hillside, but you don't go to Santorini for the pool. Anyway, the view is spectacular. The hotel is on the pedestrian path that allows you to walk straight from your room all the way to Oia and to Fira. There are many restaurants and shops along this path, so there are ample choices for going out to eat. I'm sure there are nicer hotels on the cliff, but I'm not sure you could get them for the same price.

You cannot get a bad view from any room "cave" in this hotel. The rooms are very neat because they are carved inside the mountain. Be aware there are quite a few stairs though. The breakfast was delicious and it was wonderful to enjoy it on our balcony over looking the caldera.

We were two couples that booked the master suite at On The Rocks. The suite was the exact replica of the pictures, maybe even better. We booked the suite for 4 people, and when we arrived were told it could sleep six. Having the master suite with its own private pool was the best thing we did as there aren't many beaches close to Imerovigli, so having a private pool allowed us to relax by the poolside with room service at any time of the day without making trips to the beach. Breakfast was spectacular and delivered to your balcony. It was really special to have your desired breakfast delivered to the room with view on the morning. The rooms were always exceptionally clean and I cannot fault them on the service at all. We didn't know was the room service was charged at a 5 euro rate which was a surprise when we paid our bill at the end. The only other thing I could mention is that the master suite has a massive cable line that ruins the view of the best room that you can get - this was disappointing

Let me start with the positives: On the Rocks hotel is a wonderful property, located in the gorgeous town of Imerovigli in between Fira and Oia, away from the touristy hustle and bustle of the main town, but with convenient (walkable) distance to Fira. The hotel is easily accessible from the main road (where you will get dropped off by your cab), and is not too many flights of stairs down from the upper level, so getting anywhere will not be too taxing on your legs. Bell staff was also exceptional, with the bell guy carrying both our suitcases all by himself between the hotel's location on the cliff and the main road where we would get dropped off or picked up by cabs. Breakfast was phenomenal (try the Greek omelette!), available through either complimentary room service or served by the pool. I recommend trying both options during your stay if you're staying for more than one night (which you should definitely). Now for some bad points. The pool was definitely underwhelming - nothing like those grandiose pools you'd expect of top hotels in Santorini. It's not an infinity pool, and not on the edge of the property, making views from the pool quite limited (you can't see the sea from it). Service by the concierge was also very quite hit or miss. They were helpful in making tour bookings around the island, but were definitely business-like and just ever so slightly cold and unfriendly. We were upgraded (without our asking) to a honeymoon room with indoor Jacuzzi, BUT the Jacuzzi was not functional. When we asked to get it fixed, there were delays in getting a technician down to fix it. A lot of flies got trapped in the Jacuzzi as well, making me wonder if more should be done to prevent flies from getting trapped in the rooms. The rooms could also be a little more luxuriously furnished, given the hotel's Small Leading Hotels designation. Ours felt a little bare. All in all, a pleasant experience that could've been amazing given some tweaks.

Must have cocktails, highly recommend a suite, we had a villa with private pool, THE VIEW!!! Oh jesus the view, the service was impeccable, staff so attentive. Would give a 6 star rating if could. We came on a hens week and had the most amazing time. Were treated like royalty.

Room options

Superior Room, Sea View

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Suite, Sea View

Full 1 | Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Honeymoon Suite, Jetted Tub, Sea View

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Suite, Private Pool, Sea View (Master)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 6

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68% of guests recommend this hotel

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