Hotel Review {Cori Rigas Suites, Santorini}


When researching a hotel in a new destination, I rely heavily on Tripadvisor mainly because I like to see real photos of the hotel. It can sometimes be a daunting task to find lodging in other countries! I like to know what I am getting myself into but when there is information overload on the internet, it can be hard to come to a final decision. Especially for an indecisive person like me! So I have to share with you this amazing find, Cori Rigas Suites in Santorini. I couldn't be happier with my decision!

While we were planning our Greece holiday, I was finding extremely high prices for lodging in Santorini. I mean, I'm talking $1000-$4000 a night places! I wanted to find a nice place to stay, with good views....but not for that price! I am not hugely picky, but I do value clean and comfortable lodging with some ambiance. I am a 4 star girl all the way! So when I found Cori Rigas Suites online, I was a little concerned being that it was a 3 star hotel (it has since been changed to a 4 star on TripAdvisor oddly enough). But I booked it as it was refundable in case I came across a better place for the same price.

I was concerned about where to stay in Santorini....Oia or Fira? I chose Fira since there was a lot to do, being the main part of the island. And leading up to our stay, I checked TripAdvisor everyday for new reviews on Cori Rigas and thankfully they kept getting better and better. Phrases like "everything you imagine a stay in Greece would be"..... I felt certain that we would be in good hands!

When we arrived, we were met by Bill at the top of the cliff (for lack of a better word). He grabbed our luggage from us and led us down the stairs to our hotel lobby which was the interior of the Art Cafe where our breakfast would be served everyday. The views were stunning. The staff was incredibly friendly and offered us a nice big glass of wine before explaining all of the sights and ways to get around the island. We knew we had chose well. The complex consists of only 12 suites. It was originally a sea Captain's house and has been restored as a hotel. Perfect.

We were then led to our suite. We chose the Senior Suite with breakfast included. The suite was HUGE. I couldn't believe it. Having just come from a tiny place in Mykonos it was so nice to be able to spread out! The downstairs, yes downstairs, had room for eating, watching TV and even a little kitchenette! The bedroom was upstairs in the loft, which was a bit warmer than downstairs but not worth complaining over. Oh, and our courtyard.....quintessentially Greek. Although we didn't have sea views from our room, I was perfectly happy to walk out onto the grapevine covered courtyard to get my day started! And speaking of getting my day started....Cori Rigas breakfast was pretty fantastic! Choice of eggs, we had veggie omelets, and an array of baked goods with cheese, honey and meats. Oh, and a fabulous view!







We shared a balcony with two other suites but we never saw the guests out there so we basically had it to ourselves every night to watch the sunsets. Had it been full, we could have just gone down to the Art Cafe  (which we did one night) or the pool. Speaking of pool.....they had a pretty sweet one. The pool area is very small, but so is the hotel so you are not sharing it with dozens of others. It was so delicious after a day on the hot, sticky beach!

Stairs leading down to pool area
View from the pool


Sunset from Shared Balcony:









Sunset from Art Cafe:


While this place was not cheap per se, it was incredibly reasonable for the view, location, service and overall experience. I was so pleased with this place I literally wanted to cry tears of happiness! Don't you love it when that happens!? Pure peace, comfort and beauty at Cori Rigas Suites! Stay here!!!

I love travelling and I love hotels. Especially amazing ones :)

Cori Rigas Suites
Prices from  150- 344 (high season),
 with a variety of rooms, some even with outdoor jacuzzis!
Breakfast included
Tips: Book the Hotel shuttle from Fira port, it is totally worth it!


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11 comments

  1. I think it looks beautiful! Especially that pool! x

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  2. It was a little chilly but had such an amazing view!!

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  3. That looks exactly what I would want from a Greek hotel! I'm all for luxury, but I'd NEVER pay $4000 a night for a hotel room--why would you pay that when you could get a room at a cute place like this instead? Pinning for my eventual trip to Santorini! :)

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  4. It looks amazing!! Love all the beautiful pics.

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  5. Such a gorgeous place that I am dying to see!! Hopefully one day soon!

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  6. It looks simply perfect!!! And completely unrelated, I love that leaf necklace!

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  7. You would not be dissapointed with Cori Rigas! And the staff just made the experience amazing for us. I could live there :)

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  8. I hope you get to go too!! It really just took my breath away...still doesn't seem real!

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  9. I never took that necklace off the whole time I was there! It's my fave :)

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  10. Looks beautiful! I'm searching for Santorini hotels now and I know it's going to be hard to find the perfect one with a great price... especially going smack in the middle of high season. But whatcha gonna do :) It was great to hear your opinions on how you chose this place. I love that it was an old captain's lodgings!

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