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Hotel Highlights

  • Spectacular cliffside setting overlooking the caldera
  • All the suites have private plunge pools
  • Greece at its most romantic

Overview

Looming like a majestic Mt Olympus over Santorini’s caldera, hotel Homeric Poems offers an epic combination of artistic elements, exclusive service and contemporary creature comforts. Savour the sweeping views and kaleidoscopic sunsets from your private balcony or by the pool bar with glass of local wine in hand, of course.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Homeric Poems with us:

A bottle of local dessert wine on arrival

Facilities

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Homeric Poems hotel – Santorini – Greece

Need To Know

Rooms

19, including three suites.

Check–out

Midday.

Rates

Double rooms from $506.35 (€376), excluding tax at 9 per cent.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast (€16 a person). Breakfast and transfers are included if you book a Grand Suite.

At the hotel

Swimming pool, sauna, massages available on request (book in advance, as the therapist is not based in the hotel).

Our favourite rooms

The three grand suites are stunning, each with its own private pool and large terrace.

Children

As the pool is precarious and unprotected, the hotel advises you not to bring young children.

Food & Drink

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Homeric Poems hotel – Santorini – Greece

Hotel Restaurant

Breakfast is the only meal available, served on your private terrace.

Hotel Bar

Drinks are available from the pool bar from 1–9pm.

Last orders

9pm for dinner.

Room service

Basic snack menu 1–9pm.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Anything goes.

Local Guide

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Homeric Poems hotel – Santorini – Greece
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

A great way to see the beauty of the Greek islands is by sea. Oceanis (+30 22860 23755) can organise a discovery tour of the surrounding islands or take a romantic sunset cruise on their Sea Ray Sundancer. If topping up your tan is top of your agenda, head to Perivolos beach for a spot of sunbathing.

Local restaurants

Sitting on the caldera, Archipelagos (+30 22860 23673) has spectacular sea views out to the volcano and surrounding islands, and is one of Fira’s best restaurants for native specialities. A romantic favourite is Vanilia (+30 22860 25631) located opposite the old church high on the cliff in Firostefani. Choose a table downstairs for intimacy and upstairs for an ocean view, and try a Santorinian wine. Highly respected is 1800 (+30 22860 71485) located in a traditional sea captain’s house in one of Oia’s small streets. For an early supper, head down to the bustling just-caught-fish restaurants on the beach below Oia; our favourite was Paradiso. Another beachside restaurant is the contemporary Sea Side Lounge (+30 22860 82801). A traditional, family-run taverna is Nikolas, (+30 02286 24550) tucked away in one of Fira’s backstreets next to the Enigma nightclub. It serves fantastic home-cooked fare, but be prepared to queue. On the road to Kamari you’ll find barbecue heaven, Taverna Kritikos, famous for its lamb chops. Don't expect any frills. Depending on what time you visit you’ll be surrounded by large Greek families, local farmers and their wives or glamorous professionals.

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Peaceful Firostefani

Homeric Poems

Firostefani, Santorini, Santorini, 84 700

Planes

You can fly direct to the island from London Gatwick every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday during the summer with EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) or connect from Athens in 45 minutes with Aegean Airlines (www.aegeanair.com), Olympic Air (www.olympicair.com) or Athens Airways (www.athensairways.com).

Automobiles

Homeric Poems is in Firostefani, 20 minutes from both the airport and port. Head towards Firostefani and look for the St Gerasimos church. Turn left, and follow the path along the cliffside until you see a small boat on the roof of a hotel; it belonged to the current owner’s grandfather and was the first Santorinian boat to be registered.

Other

Athinios port can be reached by boat from Athens/Piraeus and other locations such as Mykonos or Crete; see www.gtp.gr. The fast boat from Piraeus is three and a half hours, but others are slower, so it’s definitely worth looking at the timetable.

Reviews

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Homeric Poems hotel – Santorini – Greece

Anonymous review

by Richard Bence , Style informant

It’s not just in Shakespeare’s Tempest or Homer’s Odyssey where islands are a place separate from the real, civilised world, where the imagination can let rip and strange things can take place. You only have to look at the debauchery that takes place in the Med each summer to know that isles are often a land where normal rules and restrictions seem not to apply, providing a valve…
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Homeric Poems

Anonymous review by Richard Bence, Style informant

It’s not just in Shakespeare’s Tempest or Homer’s Odyssey where islands are a place separate from the real, civilised world, where the imagination can let rip and strange things can take place. You only have to look at the debauchery that takes place in the Med each summer to know that isles are often a land where normal rules and restrictions seem not to apply, providing a valve for everyday frustrations to escape. In the case of Santorini, you can safely leave any fears of Faliraki-style madness on the boat.


A more discerning type of traveller drops anchor here every summer, drawn by its myth-evoking beauty. From as early as 3,000 BC, the island developed as a sophisticated outpost of Minoan civilisation, until some time between 1647 and 1628 BC, when the volcanic island erupted and its heart sank beneath the sea leaving a crater 10km in diameter. Ever since, the island’s history has been linked to the fabled city of Atlantis. Vampires have also been said to live here over the centuries, but we chose not to focus on that, much preferring the idea that somewhere at the bottom of the sheer black cliffs of the caldera, there lies an ancient civilisation.

There are a number of A-list establishments perched on the rim of the crater (the caldera), each offering amazing views, but the delightful Homeric Poems is hard to beat. Clinging to the cliff’s edge in Greece’s most prestigious patch of real estate, just off Firostefani, this unique hotel is a collection of original peasant dwellings connected by a rather hairy selection of vertiginous steps, terraces and roofs. If uninterrupted views of endless azure water, blue skies and blindingly whitewashed buildings are what you hanker after, then this is the place to be.

Homeric Poems is all about booking one of their brand new suites, turning into a hermit and sharing the view with your lover. Authentic interiors mixed with all the mod cons (a Bang & Olufsen TV that turns itself to face the sofa when its switched on) create an unpretentious feel, and antiques raise the style bar. The lovely manager, Margarita, came to our aid when we couldn’t work out how to get the CD working (it wasn’t very complicated), and was always contactable on the mobile if not at reception. As some of the balconies from the next-door hotel have a prime view of our room’s sun terrace, when we were in the mood for utter privacy we retreated to our very own pool, with its own little grotto built into the rock. There we splashed around like otters without a care in the world – rock stars indeed.

While the breakfasts are fit for that god of good times, Dionysus, those who go a little stir crazy when faced only with the company of one other to keep entertained, will welcome the opportunity to venture out for other meals. And if you’ve ever wished for better-sculpted legs, you’ll be grateful for the work-out you’ll get in doing so – everything is up or down some steps, and you’ll soon have toned-up pins. For lunch, we loved Archipelagos for its stunning sea views looking out to the volcano and surrounding islands. Then, for an early supper we’d head down to the bustling fish restaurants on the beach below, although our most romantic supper was at Vanilia, located opposite the old church, high on the cliff in Firostefani. It’s only a few minute’s walk from the hotel – and don’t forget a shrug or scarf; it can be a smidgen chilly. Clambering upstairs to the romantic candlelit open-air terrace, perched Mary Poppins-like among the rooftops, we discovered that even the most bickerish couples can soon find their love simmering again in this divine environment.

Gazing out to sea is all very well and good but, for us, an amazing boat experience on our own Sea Ray Sundance Cruiser made our collection of mental Kodak moments complete. Landlubbers may be happier staying on terra firma and sampling some of the island’s beaches. Choose from black, white and red sands, depending on how hot you want to get. The black beach was a tad toasty on the toes, and frankly why sweat it out with the ‘civilians’, as Elizabeth Hurley likes to call us non-celebs, when you could be paddling about in your very own private pool? As the sun began to set we could usually be found sinking into the mammoth Jacuzzi with a chilled bottle of bubbly, focusing on very little other than that sunset.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Homeric Poems from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on No

We loved

The staff at reception were helpful and the views were amazing.

Don’t expect

The food could do with some variation.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The service was amazing at the hotel.

Rating: 10/10 stars