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Smaro Studios

TRADITIONAL HOTEL IN SANTORINI

Hotel in Firostefani on the Caldera
Smaro Studios in Santorini is on the Caldera cliffs. A small hotel with a big history, Smaro Studios has a wonderful view of the Caldera, the volcano and the gorgeous Aegean Sea. The hotel is located in Firostefani, a peaceful village just above Fira town. Smaro Studios combines hospitality and relaxation with the enchanting traditions of a beautiful Greek island.

GUEST SERVICES AND FACILITIES AT SMARO STUDIOS

Smaro Studios has 6 apartments with a small equipped kitchen, air conditioning, free WiFi access, TV with SAT channels, telephone, hair dryer, safe box and private veranda to enjoy the view of the Caldera.

- Heated outdoor Jacuzzi for up to 5 persons with views of the Caldera
- Upon arrival a bottle of Vinsanto wine, fresh seasonal fruit & mixed nuts
- Breakfast is inclusive
- Reception is open from morning till midnight
- We are here to assist you with island information & tips
- We can arrange your car rental, boat trips to the volcano & bus tours around the island

Location

FIROSTEFANI VILLAGE
Firostefani is an old village just above Fira the capital of Santorini. Although considered a separate village and much quieter than the capital, today it has merged with Fira, becoming one of its suburbs. Firostefani means 'Crown of Fira' (stefani = crown). Main characteristics are traditional houses, narrow paths and views to the volcano. Firostefani connects to Fira by the main asphalt road or via the Caldera footpath.

Our location
Firostefani Caldera
Spectacular View
- Caldera, volcano, sunsets
Regular bus service

Firostefani offers
Good restaurants & tavernas
Cafes overlooking the caldera
Caldera path for leisurely strolls
Peace & quiet

Distances from the hotel
Fira - 800 metres
Imerovigli - 1 km
Airport - 8 km
Port - 15 km

Accommodation


Artemis Artemis

DECORATED IN THE STYLE OF GRANDMA SMARO
Six traditional apartments, one for each member of Grandma Smaro's family, have been restored, each decorated in the style of her era. Grandma Smaro's cousin, Master Lefteris of Krikela created the furniture, and the courtyard and the balconies have been covered in stone, just as they used to be.

ROOM FACILITIES
The apartments, named after Grandma Smaro, her husband and children, are enriched with hidden comforts for her guests. Each kitchen is carefully stocked with everything normally provided for special guests, while breakfast is a delicious meal. Each apartment has a small equipped kitchen.

01 April - 30 April
01 Oct - 10 Nov
90.00 €
01 May - 30 June
01 Sept - 30 Sept
110.00 €
01 July - 31 July
01 Aug - 31 Aug
130.00 €

Katerina Katerina

DECORATED IN THE STYLE OF GRANDMA SMARO
Six traditional apartments, one for each member of Grandma Smaro's family, have been restored, each decorated in the style of her era. Grandma Smaro's cousin, Master Lefteris of Krikela created the furniture, and the courtyard and the balconies have been covered in stone, just as they used to be.

ROOM FACILITIES
The apartments, named after Grandma Smaro, her husband and children, are enriched with hidden comforts for her guests. Each kitchen is carefully stocked with everything normally provided for special guests, while breakfast is a delicious meal. Each apartment has a small equipped kitchen.

01 April - 30 April
01 Oct - 10 Nov
120.00 €
01 May - 30 June
01 Sept - 30 Sept
150.00 €
01 July - 31 July
01 Aug - 31 Aug
170.00 €

Dimitris Dimitris

DECORATED IN THE STYLE OF GRANDMA SMARO
Six traditional apartments, one for each member of Grandma Smaro's family, have been restored, each decorated in the style of her era. Grandma Smaro's cousin, Master Lefteris of Krikela created the furniture, and the courtyard and the balconies have been covered in stone, just as they used to be.

ROOM FACILITIES
The apartments, named after Grandma Smaro, her husband and children, are enriched with hidden comforts for her guests. Each kitchen is carefully stocked with everything normally provided for special guests, while breakfast is a delicious meal. Each apartment has a small equipped kitchen.

01 April - 30 April
01 Oct - 10 Nov
90.00 €
01 May - 30 June
01 Sept - 30 Sept
110.00 €
01 July - 31 July
01 Aug - 31 Aug
130.00 €

Georgos Georgos

DECORATED IN THE STYLE OF GRANDMA SMARO
Six traditional apartments, one for each member of Grandma Smaro's family, have been restored, each decorated in the style of her era. Grandma Smaro's cousin, Master Lefteris of Krikela created the furniture, and the courtyard and the balconies have been covered in stone, just as they used to be.

ROOM FACILITIES
The apartments, named after Grandma Smaro, her husband and children, are enriched with hidden comforts for her guests. Each kitchen is carefully stocked with everything normally provided for special guests, while breakfast is a delicious meal. Each apartment has a small equipped kitchen.

01 April - 30 April
01 Oct - 10 Nov
110.00 €
01 May - 30 June
01 Sept - 30 Sept
140.00 €
01 July - 31 July
01 Aug - 31 Aug
160.00 €

Andreas Andreas

DECORATED IN THE STYLE OF GRANDMA SMARO
Six traditional apartments, one for each member of Grandma Smaro's family, have been restored, each decorated in the style of her era. Grandma Smaro's cousin, Master Lefteris of Krikela created the furniture, and the courtyard and the balconies have been covered in stone, just as they used to be.

ROOM FACILITIES
The apartments, named after Grandma Smaro, her husband and children, are enriched with hidden comforts for her guests. Each kitchen is carefully stocked with everything normally provided for special guests, while breakfast is a delicious meal. Each apartment has a small equipped kitchen.

01 April - 30 April
01 Oct - 10 Nov
120.00 €
01 May - 30 June
01 Sept - 30 Sept
150.00 €
01 July - 31 July
01 Aug - 31 Aug
170.00 €

Smaro Smaro

DECORATED IN THE STYLE OF GRANDMA SMARO
Six traditional apartments, one for each member of Grandma Smaro's family, have been restored, each decorated in the style of her era. Grandma Smaro's cousin, Master Lefteris of Krikela created the furniture, and the courtyard and the balconies have been covered in stone, just as they used to be.

ROOM FACILITIES
The apartments, named after Grandma Smaro, her husband and children, are enriched with hidden comforts for her guests. Each kitchen is carefully stocked with everything normally provided for special guests, while breakfast is a delicious meal. Each apartment has a small equipped kitchen.

01 April - 30 April
01 Oct - 10 Nov
120.00 €
01 May - 30 June
01 Sept - 30 Sept
150.00 €
01 July - 31 July
01 Aug - 31 Aug
170.00 €

Weddings & Honeymoons

Weddings & Honeymoons
If you are getting married or are on your honeymoon, the room is decoratedly accordingly. Complimentary Greek wedding sweets "koufeto", the drink "rakomelo" & a bouquet of flowers are offered to the newlyweds and their guests.

Wedding & Honeymoon Special Offer
Elina and Tryfonas got married in Santorini in August 2010. They chose to stay at Smaro Studios. We decorated the room accordingly with flowers for the newly weds, and rakomelo and koufeto for all.

Our Family History

1946

Grandma Smaro first saw her house in Firostefani as a bride
Here she heard the cries of her first three children, Dimitris, Andreas and her only daughter, Katerina, and here she watched them grow. It remained her home until its devastation in 1956 by Santorini's last great earthquake.

Grandma Smaro took the remains of her dowry, a few black and white photographs, and left the ruins of her home with her husband and children.

"I grow nostalgic for this time, For my children .." Grandma Smaro

During the earthquake of 1956 Smaro's house collapsed into ruins. Only a few things had survived. She gathered them up, and with her husband, children and memories of all the years she had lived there, she left.

1950

1950 - The Volcano Erupts
Santorini

The volcanic eruption of 1950 and the earthquake of 1956 that followed were an economical and social catastrophe for Santorini. 85% of the island structures were destroyed and there was a large decrease in local population.

"My neighbours, the smells, the light - we were poor but happy within our community's embrace ..." Grandma Smaro

1955

1954 - 1955
Hard Work with Endless Working Hours

In those days the only thing on Artemis's mind was unloading the merchandise from the ships as quickly as possible. Endless hours under the burning sun, in the cold, and in stormy weather! But his love and passion for the sea made him 'forget'.

The only pleasure and brief respite from work was a cup of coffee shared with a friend at the local coffee shop down at the port, gazing out to the Aegean sea.

1956

9th July 1956
The Earthquake of 1956 devastated Santorini

The earthquake was 7.9 on the richter scale. Fira, Firostefani and Oia were almost completely destroyed. There many casualties and some deaths. Exo Gonia and Mesa Gonia were abandoned, and the residents of those areas moved to Kamari. As a result of the disaster, and order to provide aid as quickly as possible, the military made emergency airdrops of tents, food & supplies.

Earthquake victim camps were set up in Fira on the lower road. At that time the area was covered in trees and fields and the camps stretched as far as the eye can see.

The difficult years of the earthquake. Years full of deprivation and poverty.

1957

1957
Georgos was born & Katerina left the island

Leaving the island for the first time, Katerina travels to Athens to board with the nuns, visiting Santorini only for the summers. She spent her formative years growing up in Athens. Katerina finally returns to live in Santorini as a young adult in 1973.

The arrival of Georgos, the fourth and final child, sweetened the pain of being uprooted.

1962

1961 - 1962
Grandfather Artemis's image as a postcard!

The colourful image of Grandfather Artemis was made into a postcard which traveled all over the world. Grandma Smaro sent the postcard to Katerina with the following inscription:

"Thira 14 May 1962"

To Katina Kafieri, Student ... Nea Makri
"To our darling Katinoula, receive the photograph of your papa so you can see him. He sends his blessings as well as many kisses from your brothers and says all is well".

"I kiss you sweetly, Your mother, Smaragda Kafieri"

Dimitris and Andreas wear their sailor caps with pride

Artemis

The boys inherit their father's love of the sea ...

Artemis's great love for his boat and the sea was captured in the hearts of all his children. This love endures until today.

Smaro

"... from my kitchen window I can see the volcano, the island of Thirasia, Skaros and the sea.

I think I can see my Artemis heading towards me with his boat ...

I can hear my four children playing in the courtyard - arguing, laughing, growing older".

Grandma Smaro

1973

1973
The Return of Katerina to the Island

Summer of 1973 : the first visit of George to the Acropolis and the final return of Katerina to the island. Grandma Smaro remains close and in a loving relationship with her children until today.

Santorini starts to recover

after the natural disasters of 1950 and 1956 at the end of the 1970's with the introduction of tourism.

2000

2000 until the present day

Smaro Studios is born

Years passed by and Grandma Smaro's grandchildren, their interest rekindled by the stories and memories of her children, began to rebuild, stone by stone ...
The Reconstruction
In 2000 the house was restored - six apartments were created, one for each member of the family, each decorated in the style of her era. Grandma Smaro's cousin, Master Lefteris of Krikela created the furniture, and the courtyard and the balconies have been covered in stone, just as they used to be.


Late in the afternoon Grandma Smaro's family invites you for a coffee or a traditional Vinsanto wine

The morning brings fresh eggs for breakfast, cakes, jams, toast & butter, juices and something hot to drink. The larder is filled with fruit, yoghurts, local syrup sweets, coffee and tea, milk and sugar, and tidbits of all kinds.

Photo gallery

Rates

1 Low 01 April - 30 April   01 Oct - 10 Nov
2 Mid 01 May - 30 June   01 Sept - 30 Sept
3 High 01 July - 31 July   01 Aug - 31 Aug

Pricelist
Euro/night/unit
1 2 3

Artemis
90.00 110.00 130.00
Katerina
120.00 150.00 170.00
Dimitris
90.00 110.00 130.00
Georgos
110.00 140.00 160.00
Andreas
120.00 150.00 170.00
Smaro
120.00 150.00 170.00

10% Discount on all room types
- Offer valid only for bookings through this website
Rates are for 2 guests. Extra person - 20 euro / night
Children under 12 years old go free
Included in our rates are:
- Homemade breakfast served daily in your room
- Welcome Pack & Mini Bar (refills not included)
- Free WiFi - All taxes

Contact

Smaro Studios
Firostefani, Santorini 84700
Tel +30 22860 25951, Mob +30 694 437 3565, Fax +30 22860 25059
E-mail: info@smaro-studios.gr
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Smaro Studios
Firostefani, Santorini 84700
Tel +30 22860 25951, Mob +30 694 437 3565, Fax +30 22860 25059
E-mail: info@smaro-studios.gr
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