This is a really good hotel and the staff were very friendly and attentive. Rooms are bright and modern, and the pool area has plenty of beds along with a poolside bar. However, from our point of view, the location was a major disappointment. There is a very infrequent bus service into Thira. If you want to go anywhere else on the island, you have to go to Thira first. That means a 90 minute bus journey at best, to Kamari, or a €15 taxi ride each way.
There is a local beach, but it's not very inviting and the black gravel is covered in stinking seaweed.
You could walk along the beach to Kamari, as we did, but you need to allow an hour and a half. It's a shame that this hotel could not be in a better location.
We have spent ten days in this nice and cozy hotel right at Monolithos beach in Santorini. The hotel staff always welcomes you with a smile. As it is a small family-run hotel you almost feel like a guest at their home. The hotel facilities are all new with a large pool area, a nice lounge, bar area and breakfast room. There are hotelrooms facing the beach and others facing the garden. The rooms are of a good size equipped with TV, minibar and ensuite Shower and toilet.
Monolithos is the only sand beach on Santorini. All the other beaches are with pebbles. As it is a volcanic island the sand is black.
There are three restaurants very close to the hotel. We tried the food in all of them and can recommend it. Food here is much cheaper than in Fira or Oia. You can also find a busstop and a small market very close to the hotel. Local buses run every hour to Fira. Transfer to the airport costs 15 Euros. You can arrange a transfer by email with the hotel owners.
In all Memories Beach Hotel is an excellent alternative to the hotels in Fira, Oia and Kamari that we can absolutely recommend!
I must admit that overall I loved the hotel experience. Cleopatra as others have mentioned was sweet, helpful, and had wonderful energy. The hotel is right across from the beach, which makes it amazing especially with my sea view clean room. I even enjoyed petting and feeding the local strays.
However, I must complain about the WiFi that was only strongly available in the lobby or pool area. I have a business online and was working and that was very inconvenient, it doesn’t make sense. Also, I requested an airport transport for my early flight and that cost me 20 euros. The airport is literally 5 minutes away and I was charged 20 euros. So, I left with a bad impression of the entire experience.
20 euros to travel 5 minutes and they charged me to book the transport. Then when I was leaving the driver tried to hand me a breakfast they packed for me after he looked and rummaged through it. Not at all happy!
We stayed here only one night because our flight got in very late. Despite that, we received amazing service from everyone. Cleopatra helped book transportation from the airport to Memories, and Memories to Oía (for a fraction of the cost of a taxi). They allowed us to store our luggage and use the pool as long as we wanted.
It is very close to the black sand beach, we had a beautiful terrace, and the room was large and clean. We were close to the staff closet though, which had a bit of noise in the AM but we would definitely stay here again.
Thank you all!!!
Came here for a third straight year but they were all booked up so I sat down and had a drink or two and they called and found me a place close by this place is amazing great staff great owners great food great pool close to beach truly amazing you will not be disappointed to hear