An unassuming white sign announces Chromata from the main walkway through the town of Imerovigli. The sign beckons guests down the stairs into the cliffside of the caldera where a small reception room welcomes guests. From the little reception, the hotel is spread across a hillside connected by walkways and stairways leading between the rooms, pool and restaurants, all overlooking the sea far below.
The 26 rooms and suites of the hotel are spread through this compact jumble over several different levels. Each room has a private terrace and sea views, and the stark white interiors are modern and minimalist, typical of local style yet with all modern conveniences.
Descending the stone stairs further, guests reach the pool and dining areas of the hotel. The pool, while small, boasts an infinity edge overlooking the sea and is well serviced by a poolside champagne bar. Breakfast is served in an area behind the pool which enjoys the same sweeping views. The Chroma restaurant is also here and serves a wide-ranging Mediterranean menu. There is also a sushi restaurant at the hotel.
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All of the 26 rooms and suites at Chromata offer views over the sea and Santorini’s caldera and each has an outdoor terrace. The decor is typical of Santorini cave-style hotels with bright white walls and crisp fabrics, windows at the front of the room only, and domed ceilings in both rooms and bathrooms. Lower room categories are on the small side, so guests looking for more space should think about upgrading. All rooms offer WiFi and air conditioning.
Chromata is located in the fashionable town of Imerovigli in the cliffside overlooking the sea and the caldera. The area of the caldera where the property is situated is just in front of the main square, so while the property itself is not accessible by car, the nearest area cars can reach is just a two-minute walk away. The town’s shops, bars and restaurants are also all within walking distance.
Food and Drink
Breakfast is served in the mornings in a small dining area near the pool which overlooks the sea. Later in the day, lunch and dinner are served in the same area, and there is also a sushi restaurant serving fresh fish where seating is set up bar style, so everyone benefits from the views out to sea.
Facilities and Activities
A small but scenically situated infinity pool is located on one of the lower levels of the hotel. A handful of plush sunloungers surround the small pool deck, while the infinity edge overlooks the sea.
We like Chromata for its intimate, boutique style and its convenient location in Imerovigli, surrounded by the expansive views of the sea in front and the traditional jumble of whitewashed buildings all around.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Chic, sophisticated and with an emphasis on wellness, the Andronis Concept Wellness Resort offers guests a relaxing place to unwind and recuperate while enjoying dramatic vistas of Santorini.
Bright, modern and contemporary in style, Belvedere Suites offers a quintessential island experience with dramatic sea and caldera views throughout the property. The chic modern rooms and pool with a view make it an enviable base.
Grace Santorini is one of the best hotels on the island, its whitewashed exteriors, pared-back but designer-styled interiors and views of the sea and the Santorini sunsets, the benchmark for the island properties.
Santorini Secret is an alluring getaway with all the classic features one seeks in Santorini – whitewashed walls, private pools, a boutique feel, and sweeping views. Its location also offers easy access to Oia’s restaurants, shops and bars.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Santorini’s volcanic landscape makes for rewarding hiking, with the caldera-edge route between Fire and Oia its most scenic trail. Take in churches, panoramic viewpoints and traditional towns as you hike with a local guide.
Offering a new perspective on the island and its volcanic origins, this private, half-day catamaran tour around Santorini takes in arresting views of the caldera cliffs, hidden coves for swimming and snorkeling, and a sunset dinner on board.
With a wine-making tradition that stretches back thousands of years, Santorini is known for producing some of Greece’s finest labels. This private, half-day tour takes in two of the island’s wineries and offers an insight into the island’s unusual production methods.