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Hotel Galini
Tel: +30 22860 22095
From 110€ per night for a standard room in the low season to 170€ per night for a premier room in the high season.
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Hotel Galini

Santorini, Greece

Sophisticated simplicity

Clinging to the side of the cliff, this small, charming, gay friendly hotel and café offer the best location, value and views on Santorini. A romantic Greek gay travel escape that won’t break the bank.


Located in the quiet area of Firostefani which is away from the main downtown tourist hub and capital town of Thira but just a 20 minute walk along a stunning cliff top footpath into Thira. The hotel is located at the top of the cliffs so it isn’t overlooked and you have fantastic views out to sea and over the island. The best way to get around is by taxi or bus. In Thira there is a bus terminal from which you can get buses across the island to a selection of beaches and into the village of Oia where you will see Santorini at its most architecturally pure and beautiful. The nearest beach to hotel Galini is 5km away, the airport is 6km and the main port is 8km.

About The Owners

The Roussos family has owned this small and cozy property in Santorini for more than half a century. The personal touch of the owners, Mr. Lefteris and Ms Lamprini can be spotted all over the hotel, from the decoration of the rooms to the small details and the amazing home made breakfast, prepared with pure local ingredients.

Above Blue suites are part of the Destsetters collection who are partners in Greece offering the best gay and lesbian friendly travel and accommodation. We love working with them.

• The location. Quiet and slighty off the beaten track, away from the main tourist area of Thira. But at the same time just a short 20 minute walk into the main town of Thira from where you can catch buses to beaches and villages all over the island. Read more about our Santorini gay travel experience.

• Perfect Greek style. This hotel manages to be both homely and sophisticated. It has all the design simplicity you would expect from an authentic Greek hotel but with flourishes of design personality.

• Galini café. It isn’t just the perfect spot for breakfast. We trawled the island and found the location, prices and ambience of this café unbeatable. So don’t hesitate to stay put and take lunch, dinner and your sunset cocktails here too.

• The owners are very informal and friendly. Around if you need them but otherwise very uninstrusive. We found their recommendations on places to eat and beaches very useful and they will be very happy to help you.

• The small town of Oia is probably Santorini at its most beautiful and most unaltered by tourism. When you see it you will instantly recognise the iconic postcard images that we have all come to associate with Santorini. The sunsets here are amazing. If you are feeling active and a bit romantic we recommend you take the 235 steep steps down from Oia to the workaday harbour at Amoudi Bay and take lunch or dinner at one of the waterfront tavernas carved into the rock. We recommend Dimitri’s Taverna where we had the most amazing squid and red mullet washed down with locally brewed donkey ale whose strap line is ‘Hip Hoppy Kick Ass Ale’. And if after all that you can’t face the climb back up, there are plenty of donkeys for hire to help you home. To reach Oia the easiest way is to take the bus from the bus station in Thira or pick up the bus at the stop near Hotel Galini.

• If you fancy eating local to Hotel Galini, just round the corner is a very good, unfussy and affordable taverna where we had some of best traditional Greek meals. Ask the owners for details.

• Most of the beaches are on the other side of the island and there is plenty of choice to suit every need. Agios Georgios is very hip, cool and comfortable. Seaside by Notos at the beginning of Agios Georgios is the place to eat, hangout and watch celebrities. You can get the bus there but we imagine the celebrities generally don’t! If you like your beaches more au natural then the favourite nudist beach is Koloumbos but you will need a car or motorbike to get there.

• Compact rooms. All beautifully and simply furnished and decorated in the Santorini style. The en-suite bathrooms are perfectly proportioned and have power showers. Choose from a premier double with your own small balcony or superior double/standard double with a shared balcony. All rooms have free Wifi, air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, flat screen satellite TV, safe deposit box, hair dryer, beach towels, slippers, toiletries, fully equipped coffee and tea station, ironing board and iron.

• Breakfast is served on the stunning terrace of the Galini café which has commanding views over the sea. If it’s a bit windy you can just move into the café and enjoy the views from behind glass. Breakfast is a traditional selection of coffee or tea ,fresh juices, local breads, yogurt, fresh cut fruits, cereals, omelettes, homemade marmalades, honey, french toast.

• The Galini café is open from noon for light lunches including traditional salads, Mediterranean dishes and Greek desserts. In the evening it serves drinks, light bites and cocktails, and offers an opportunity to watch the fabled Santorini sunset.

• There are several communal terraces where you can read a book or just sun bath while staring goggle eyed at the stunning views out to sea.



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