History & Architecture

A Santorini cave hotel with peaceful and concrete atmosphere

Inspiration was drawn from the oldest part of the hotel that used to serve as a standalone house for the Saint John Theologos church located nearby. Interior Design Laboratorium studio thoroughly researched the building’s history thus creating a design that abides to the rules of the monasteric architecture encountered in the islands of the Aegean and its simple as well as concrete materials.
Double bed and stylish decor in a room of luxury Porto Fira Suites Fira in Santorini.
Wooden desk and stylish chair in Porto Fira Suites Fira, Santorini.

pure simplicity with heavy and strong materials

The arched features referring to monastery passages and forms are the dominant element of the design project. «Our goal was to combine pure simplicity with heavy and strong materials, such as wood and metal that have undergone a specialized ageing process» says Stamos Hondrodimos, director of Interior Design Laboratorium studio. This resulted in creating different spaces that are enhanced with a sense of purity and orchestrated simplicity as well as the peaceful and concrete atmosphere that one can typically come across in a monastery.


Porto Fira Suites in Santorini

Each and every material that has been used serves as a part of this main idea, while the majority of the furniture, door frames, and other decorative elements were custom designed to assure a perfectly balanced outcome that would satisfy the Interior Design Laboratorium studio standards. The wardrobes’ perforated black doors, made of Viennese straw and sandblasted oak, are a discrete reference to the confession boxes found in monasteries as well as the Byzantine-like stone floors that one encounters in every suite. Handmade lights manufactured out of black rope were designed based on Greek traditional chaplets. Last but not least, carefully selected bohemian fabrics, traditional hand-woven textiles, and rugs are part of the bed decoration and sofa cushions.

This unique project was completed with the design and construction of a black pool that creates the illusion of blending into the deep Santorini sea/waters. Its remarkable color sets an extraordinary scenery that is perfectly combined with the absolute view of the dark volcano overlooking the Porto Fira Suites, epitomizing the essence of a Santorini cave hotel, where traditional elegance meets contemporary luxury.

Logo for Porto Fira Suites in Santorini, a hotel with 12 luxury caldera suites in Fira
Logo for for Porto Fira Suites in Santorini, a hotel with 12 luxury caldera suites in Fira