Overall, the quality of accommodations in the Cyclades is high, whether they be tiny pensions, private houses, or luxury hotels. The best rooms and service (and noticeably higher prices) are on Mykonos and Santorini, where luxury resort hotels now rank among the world’s favorites. Wherever you stay in the Cyclades, make a room with a view and a balcony a priority. If you’re not interested in staying at luxury hotels and unless you're traveling at the very height of the season (July 15–August 30), you're unlikely to need advance reservations on some islands. Sometimes the easiest way to find something, in fact, is to head for a tourist office and describe your needs and price range. And remember: few hotels have elevators, and even Santorini's best often have breathlessly picturesque cliff-side staircases (though most have porters to carry your bags).

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