Where to Stay | Santorini, Greece | Part 2 – Budget Friendly

If you’re heading to Santorini, hopefully you have a nice wad of cash stashed in the bank and you can stay at the luxury properties I mentioned earlier this week. Don’t fret if you’re penny pinching though – you can still come! Check out some of these more budget friendly properties I visited.

Amelie Hotel

In the rural town of Perissa, you’ll find the simple Amelie Hotel tucked into an almost desert-like, old West atmosphere. Lauren & I arrived super late one night (our ferry from Mykonos was delayed seven hours!) and were warmly welcomed by Marios at the front desk.

The property is only a few miles from the beach, though with guests mingling all day at the pool bar, it might be hard to tear yourself away. Rates start at a very reasonable 50 euros/night and between Marios’ helpful island tips and free breakfast, that’s an outstanding deal.

For more information, click here.

Pelagos Traditional Studios

Just a few miles from Oia you’ll find the sparsely settled town of Baxedes among many vineyards and gardens. Pelagos Traditional Studios is tucked away here, off the main road on the flat plain behind Santorini’s famous sheer cliffs. On a clear day, you can see neighboring Ios across the sea.

The Pelagos pool – WiFi central

Rural and calm, if you stay at Pelagos prepare to feel blissfully out of touch with the hustle and bustle of Fira & Oia. (Even though you’re not geographically too far away at all.) It also helps at this location to rent a car, though you can borrow bikes if you like to ride to the black sand beach or nearby taverna. (I borrowed a bike. I still hate bikes.)

Pelagos’ backdrop

I stayed here several nights catching up on work and Skyping with friends by the pool. The downside is that the property is out of the way so if you don’t have a car, you’re kinda stuck. I didn’t mind staying put though – you couldn’t find a quieter spot on the island for chilling out, and the moussaka is brilliant.

Rates start at 50 euros/night. For more information, click here.

Ether Traditional Guesthouses

On the way from Oia to the Ammoudi Port, you might notice an unassuming cluster of Cycladic homes with a lovely pool area – that’s Ether Traditional Guesthouses. From your balcony, you can see the neighboring islands of Thirassia, Sikinos, Folegandros, Ios, Naxos, etc.

The property is no-frills…so don’t expect much in the way of amenities. There is free WiFi but you can only access it by the pool, so I spent many a late night sitting on a deck chair trying to get some work done. You won’t be working in Santorini though – so who cares?! The staff is lovely – I’m pretty sure it’s a family endeavor, so food is cooked, rooms are cleaned and the pool is serviced by the same few folks.

For more information, click here.

*Stays were complimentary and provided by the hotels.

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  • September 16, 2011
    Krishna Prasad

    Thats good information. We stayed at Seaside Hotel in Kamari. The hosts were very hospitable and courteous. However now that I am back from Santorini, I wish we had stayed a few days in Oia and spent more time soaking in the caldera view!

    • September 17, 2011

      Oia was great – you’ll have to add it for your list for next time!

  • April 26, 2017

    I’ve always considered Santorini an amazing destination which not everyone can afford. However, your post proves me wrong. Great post, Angie!

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