Hotels in Greece

Built atop a cliff overlooking the Santorini caldera basin, Katikies Hotel is renowned for its sweeping views of the Aegean Sea and the island's colorful sunsets. The bright white, freeform complex is comprised of steep stairways, wooden bridges, and cubist cottages housing 27 rooms and suites.

Rooms in this 1898 former residence with ornate Rococo embellishments are romantic Belle Époque fantasies that fly in the face of minimalist chic. Even the location—opposite the Mitrópoli cathedral on the border of Plaka, with a pedestrian street on one side—is steeped in old Athens.

The global brand has 250 properties throughout the Caribbean islands, along with an extensive collection in Europe, South Africa, Costa Rica, Thailand, and Bali, Indonesia. Its concierge service can arrange for private chefs, nannies, and island tours.

In the port city of Mandraki, Ta Liotridia offers two rooms set in a 100-some-year-old building, with old olive oil mills in the ground-floor cafe.

Athens’s landmark hotel is a local legend. During WWII, a busboy saved Winston Churchill’s life by disarming a bomb in the basement. Three separate actors who played James Bond have stayed here, as have royalty and various heads of state.

Just outside the town of Naoussa, this island resort is surrounded by tropical gardens and faces its own private beach. The property has 11 guest rooms and 46 suites, decorated almost entirely in shades of white.

On the lakefront, this 130-room property has live music around the pool on summer evenings.

The modern rooms swathed in earthy colors live up to the hotel’s name and are brightened with accents of red, orange, and pink at this 11-room hotel, opened in 2006. Staff are unusually solicitous, offering coffee to be brought to your room at all hours.

A short walk from the Venetian harbor in western Crete, Ammos Hotel is a sanctuary of cool. Owner Nikos Tsepetis personalized the 33 minimalist rooms with Marimekko fabrics, hand-painted pottery, unvarnished woods, and smooth concrete floors.

The dramatic geography of Santorini means that many hotels trade lots of space for Aegean views. But both are on offer at the new Astro Palace, located above the main clifftop town of Fira and its winding pedestrian streets.