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Greece may be on the verge of dropping out of the Eurozone and facing economic collapse, but don’t let that put you off visiting!! Ok, seriously – you shouldn’t be ruling out Greek visits this summer. We know how much you love your Greek island stays and it doesn’t help Greece to give those up – have a read of this article to see how to be practical about planning.
In the meantime, here’s a bunch of HotelChatter’s greatest, Greeciest hits to give you some inspiration - call them 10 reasons to go to Greece this year. Santorini may be top of everyone’s bucket list, but there are other, more affordable islands – and Athens was just listed by Claus Sendlinger, Design Hotels founder, as one of the most exciting cities to watch (at the LEmiami show, compered by our supreme leader Juliana).
Killer views form Perivolas
Quickfire: What’s the most romantic hotel location in the world? All things considered, probably Santorini. But what’s the problem with Santorini hotels? They’re ridiculously, prohibitively, advantage-takingly expensive.
But the Perivolas Hotel in Oia (the village on the tip of the island, where everyone gathers for sunset) is offering you a chance to visit without leaving you in permanent debt. And it’s quite a fun way, too – almost mindfulness for the holiday-minded.
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Grecotel’s Mykonos Blu
So Greece’s new Prime Minister doesn’t want you to stay in all-inclusive hotels. And although his new Syriza government came swiftly out and reassured us that they won’t take any action against them, he still has a point. All-inclusives do nothing for the local communities they’re based in, and they do nothing for broadening the minds of their guests.
Greece, of course, is chock full of delightful independent hotels. But if you’re an all-inclusive type who’s keen to step out of your comfort zone, but not to the extent of booking a one-off place, here’s a halfway house – some of our favorite Greek hotel chains.
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
It's not quite spring yet with most of the U.S. still getting dumped with cold, rainy weather which is why we're taking the time out to drool over this hotel view from the Carpe Diem Hotel in Santorini.
Pictured here is the hotel's pool which gives guests views of the nearby medieval village of Pyrgos as well as the Aegean Sea. But the hotel also offers private pools in each of its 10 luxury suites should you want a little more privacy.
Our far-flung correspondent Monica Guy has once again slapped together a guide to city we have only dreamed about visiting. This time, she's summing up various hotels in Greece. Got a tip, question or suggestion about where to stay? Send it our way.
One HotelChatter reader had a bad time on the island of Santorini (Thira), Greece.
It's a shame, because Santorini has tons to offer. It's unlike the other islands in the Cyclades in that it's a volcanic island, with black sand beaches, a huge caldera (parts of which you can swim in), and some of the most fantastically clear light you've ever seen (or seen through) in your life. Volcanic soil is also fertile and Santorini makes some of the only good Greek wine you'll drink.
There are donkeys all over the island. In fact, if you reach it by ferry you'll take a donkey from the port up to the main town of Fira, which is perched high on the rim of the caldera. Despite the large number of tourists that flock there, Santorini's a must-see on the list of most visitors to Greece.
You can skimp on the other islands - here, in the town of Fira at least, it's worth paying for luxury. The Aigialos Hotel is the place in which to pay for it.