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On The Rocks Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Just finished 4 days at the hotel. Amazing hospitality, beautiful rooms carved from the cave side and despite the challenges of living on a cliff side, everything works like a charm, even wifi. The water and weather was a bit cold in the mornings but warms up nicely. And because of the lack of space for a dining room, everyone is served breakfast in their balcony or by the poolside. Very awesome. The rooms have thick bathrobes lots of closet space and a hairdryer. Our room had a bed on an elevated rock platform as well. All the rooms I think are built differently so the experience is quite interesting.

We loved our stay at on the rocks! All the staff were super helpful and friendly. We had a room near the path at the top so didn’t have that many stairs to climb. Going to the pool on the other hand was about 200 steps down! Worth the view and experience being down there just don’t forget anything! We hired a quad bike for a couple of days and really saw some of the island! It was by far the best way to get around and good fun. We ate at some stunning places and had a wonderful time. I would go back

We stayed here for the last days of season 2017 an we got the room with bed on terrace. The place is like heaven (the views, the food, served beautifully to your room terrace). I loved the place. Perfect for couples!

We stayed here as a couple. The hotel had been recommended to us. Firstly, you need to be able bodied and be able to walk up and down steep , narrow and small steps every time you access the pool and reception. I would even ditch the high heals when staying here. We had a room on the first level below reception so not too much stair climbing during the day when we were going out. Only had to climb a lot of stairs for access to the pool and bar area. Our room was a large cave painted white. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom simple and adequate. I would say the décor was simple almost Spartan. The highlight was the breakfast that is served to your patio each morning. The view over the Caldera is breathtaking. However, for the price of the room I would of liked more privacy as you could be literally sitting next to another couple for breakfast. Although the pool is small it is refreshing which is what you want in the summer months. The size is more of a plunge pool. This is what you would expect because it is on the side of a cliff. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. Location - several very nice restaurants walking distance close by. Bus stop is also close so you can access Oia and Fira easily or better still walk into town about 20 minutes away. I would recommend this hotel but do your homework about what room you would like to stay in. Some are more private than others. Some have more steps involved. A lovely hotel indeed. PS - It is child free so nice and quiet.

We stayed at On The Rocks in May this year for 4 days and had a lovely time. We wanted somewhere which would allow us to get away from the UK and relax, which we felt the hotel fully delivered on. We were fortunate to be upgraded us to a suite which was built into the rock face and was very well appointed. Particular positives for us were (i) the pool bar, which served up great drinks and some wonderful lunches, (ii) the location with the fantastic views over the Caldera and yet also within easy walking distance of restaurants and Fira, and (iii) breakfast, which is served on your balcony. Only minor thing we were a little surprised at was that the hotel pool is not heated, and as a result was very cold. I am sure the reason for this is that by mid-summer the sun has warmed it up significantly, but if you are here in Spring or early Summer be prepared!

We were in Santorini for 5 nights in mid-May. We were upgraded to a room with a private outdoor jacuzzi. As members (we registered on their website), we received a discounted deal that included welcome drinks (a glas of Sauvignon Blanc each,) and complimentary body massage of 30 min each. There is a Nespresso machine in the room but the tea bags and the Nespresso capsules are NOT complimentary. However, the provide water free of charge. We had coincidentally been shopping at Nespresso when we were in Munich (before arriving in Santorini) so we used our own Nespresso capsules. You get breakfast served in-room or on the lovely terrace of your's. we had breakfast on the terrace almost every day, it was one of the highlights; to wake up and have breakfast with that amazing view of the Caldera. The breakfast is Á la Carte and you have to fill in a form and submit it to the reception every day. We like to change our menu from day to day but if you wanna have the same breakfast every day, just fill them all in at once. The Greek hospitality on the island of Santorini was truly heartwarming. I can easily compare it to the great and famous hospitality of Thai people. Anyone who has ever been in Southeast Asia would agree with me. Now, I praise the Greek hospitality to the same level! Wherever you went, the service was always great. You would be greeted with friendliness, helpfulness and they basically treat you as guests in their own homes. The staff at On The Rocks was always helpful whether it concerned lifting heavy suitcases up and down stairs, recommending restaurants or booking sailing cruises. Even the cleaning lady would greet us with a smile every day she passed by. Nothing was ever too much for them. Thank you all for making our stay at On The Rocks a memorable one! Efcharistó!

We stayed here for 4 nights while coming to Santorini for a wedding. We've been before to Santorini and stayed in Imerovigli which we loved but wanted to try something new, so booked OTR because a) it's in Imerovigli and b) it's part of the small luxury hotels group which we like to stay in members of. However we came away baffled as to how this hotel is still in the group as we think it fell short of SLH standards. To be fair the hotel was alright, I just think we had the worst room - room 14 - a 'superior' double room caldera view. Decent size for Santorini but that was about the only positive. Unpleasant smell, nowhere to hang full length clothes as drop is interrupted by a wooden board, no storage for clothes in general (there were only 3 drawers and 2 were filled with loo roll, robes and slippers so we lived out of our bags on the floor), aircon located facing the bathroom door so didn't reach the bed, old scratchy dressing gowns that were not luxurious in anyway, rubbish hairdryer that smelt of burning and no plugs near the mirror for hairdrying/styling, flickering lightbulb in the bathroom and a 'shower' (just a shower tray and head no door or curtain) that you wouldn't be able to use if you were over 5ft10 and bigger then a large. There was also no turn down service which was listed in their in-room brochure and you would expect for a SLH. We used the pool once but as it's mostly in the shade was never very warm. Sun-loungers are packed in closely together so we preferred to sit in the bar and look at the views instead. Food was nice. Had we been here on holiday I would have complained and asked to move rooms but as it was for a wedding and we were out a lot of the time I decided to leave it, plus I looked online and it was full anyways. Staff worked hard and the rooms were clean, but we wished we had booked our original hotel from when we visited before.

On thé rocks was just amazing from start to finish and all the staff were out of this world they couldn’t do enough for us and our massage was so wonderful we felt so relaxed staying at on the rocks and our room was the best view ever we were high up right next door to reception and not so many stairs to climb to main path to Fira and imerovigli so it was just perfect I’ll definitely be returning next year hope we can get the top room again thanks to the wonderful manger for sorting this room out for us we really appreciated it thx .love Ann and Florent England .

We had an electrical issue in room 15 during our stay and that was unpleasant because it started to happen in the middle of the night. The AC turned off and the emergency light switched on so that woke me up and I unfortunately wasn't able to go back to sleep. Electricity kept shorting which tripped the main switch. We had to switch it back on every time it happened and it occurred every 15-25 minutes. The bathroom doesn't have a vent and the floors get dangerously slippery after a hot shower. The steel garbage can and toilet bowl flush is quite scratched and rusty. The shower head doesn't take into account tall people. I think it was built for people with a height of 1.62m and below. Showering was uncomfortable for my husband because of this. They did move us to a different room (room 1) and that didn't have any problems. The staff were friendly and accommodating though it did take some convincing before they switched us to another room (unfortunately this also meant going back up and down the many steps from our room to the concierge to inform them that the electricity in the room is still unstable). We couldn't use the phone in the room because there were instances when we tried to switch on the breaker but it immediately switched back off. The breakfast was tasty and the view was perfect. I think the stay would have been more pleasant if we didn't have room issues.

The hotel staff organised a transfer from the airport for us, but you could however catch a taxi. Hotel staff were waiting for us at the taxi, ready to take our bags down the steps to the hotel. As soon as we walked forward from the street towards the hotel, you could see the iconic Santorini views of the caldera. These views are amazing! Room was better and larger than expected. We had a superior double (caldera view), which seemed larger than the pictures online. We had our own balcony, which we made full use of, taking in the views with a few glasses of wine! You can also opt to have your breakfast on the balcony in the mornings too. The room has a good size living area separate to the bedroom and a small kitchen area, TV, WiFi etc... Good Breakfast, with plenty of options, is pre-ordered each day (fill in a form), which can be served at your room or by the pool. The hotel is on the side of a hill, so depending on where your room is, you may need to go down (& Up) several stairs. The hotel is within a short walking distance of good restaurants nearby and a couple of min-mart type convenience stores. There is also a bakery around the corner, although we found an excellent 24 hour bakery in Fira called Svoronos (next to McDs...). Fira is approximately 20-25min walk, with plenty of restaurants and places to drink on the way. Oia, took us about 1 hour 50 min (bus back 1.8 Euro). Sunset view. We went to 'The Wine Bar' at the Heliotopos Hotel, it is also the position of the 'Earth TV' camera. Great view and only 5 min walk from On The Rocks. The sunset from our balcony, with a few cold beers from the mini-mart, was a pretty good option too!

Imerovigli Santorini Santorini Island

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Archaeological Museum
  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Archaeological Museum is within a mile (2 km) of On The Rocks Hotel, and other popular sites like Museum of Prehistoric Thira are within a couple of miles (3 km). This 26-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Near the airport, the hotel is also close to Nea Kameni Volcano and Skaros Rock.


Free full breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 8 AM to 11 AM. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant.


All of On The Rocks Hotel's 26 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including furnished balconies, minibars, and espresso makers. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and LCD TVs with satellite channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Safes and phones are other standard amenities.

Property features

Renovated in 2016, On The Rocks Hotel offers an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and spa treatment rooms. You can take advantage of free offsite parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for EUR 15 per person one way. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this adults-only hotel include express check-in, express check-out, and a porter/bellhop.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

68.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 477 reviews