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1864 The Sea Captain's House
Ranked #28 of 56 Hotels in Oia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 October 2009

I had reseacrhed the Sea Captain's house 8 months before travelling to Santorini, and after a few email exchanges with the hotel decided that it was slightly out of our price range. However, when we arrived to find that our apartment at the Nosros had been double booked, we called Tony at the Sea Captain's who offered us the Falling Stars house. This was slightly more expensive than we planned to pay, but worth every penny.

Everything about the Sea Captain's House focuses on customer service. There was a mini bar stocked with complimentary soft drinks on arrival and all facilities in the house felt comfortable; L'Occitane products in the bathroon, White Company linen on the very comfortable beds and lovely white bathrobes were welcome touches. Breakfast was our favourite time of the day. A menu is left in the room each day and you simply tick what you want for breakfast, specify when you want it delivered and leave the menu in reception. Contiental breakfast is included in the price of the room and it was gorgeous, especially the freshly squeezed fruit juice which comes in oversize glasses. The Greek honey and yoghurt is simply delicious.

We used the kicthenette in our house one night and had a delicious meal on our balcony. The views really are stunning, and it seemed a shame not to make the most of them, so we dediced to prepare a simple meal, get a couple of bottles of wine and watch the sun go down. Perfect!

We also made use of the Caldera Massage studio one evening. I had a slimming massage by Antonio, who is very knowledgable about treatments and aromotherapy in general. I wanted the massage to target problem areas. Antonio did warn me that it wasn't a relaxing treatment, and he was right! But he really did tailor the massage to suit me, and recommended a natural detox programme for myself and a friend. You can have a treatment on the roof terrace overlooking the Caldera (we left it too late in the day as it was getting cold, but I'd definitely recommend it).

We treated ourselves to a meal at Ambrosia and Nectar one evening, as we received a voucher for a free starter of warm feta from the hotel. The meal was delicious, and the service excellent. Good service was one of the things that most of impressed us about all of the facilities we used at the Sea Captain's, as this tends to be lacking slightly on the Island, even though you tned to pay prices comparable to London.

The only drawback for us was the lack of swimming pool at the hotel. On our one full day at the Sea Captain's we decided to go to Amoudi Bay, where you sunbathe on the rocks, which isn't the most comfortable (there are some great little tavernas for lunch though and it is well worth the walk down and up 200+ steps!). The roof terrace does have very comfy loungers at the Sea Captain's for sunseekers like us, and some shady areas if it gets too hot. There's also a hot tub, which we didn't use.

In all, a fantastic getaway that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Sea Captain's.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 July 2009

After doing hours of research, I chose the Sea Captain's House for our family trip to Santorini. Hard when you're looking at photos and reading descriptions simply over the internet. But what a delight when we walked in to this gorgeous refurbished old cave house. The views overlooking the caldera and volcano were amazing! I knew breakfast was included in our price but I did not expect the full made-to-order breakfast each morning served on fine European linens and Wedgewood china...right on our own private terrace! A real plus was the free wi-fi, which was very beneficial for my husband's business and a life-saver for my two teenage daughters. We would definitely go back there. The owner Tony has 5 homes he has re-done and although we never got to see the insides, we hear they are just as lovely as ours was. We stayed in the original Sea Captain's house as we needed the extra bedroom for the kids. We also had access to a rooftop terrace where there was a shower and hot tub (a necessity for baking in the hot Greek sun). A pool would have been nice, but the quaintness and charm of this place outweighed having that.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 July 2009

This place is a great, relaxing way to experience Oia. Very upscale feeling, extremely comfortable bed (hard to leave it) and beautiful views from the roof deck. it is true that most reviews speak of the great views that the hotels have, but I think this one is the best. You have a true panoramic of the entire island and caldera, along with the volcano. True, you cant see the sunset from there, but it is a short walk to go see it, and it is a better view for the rest of the day. The staff is super-friendly and helpful. The restaurant Nectar and Ambrosia is very good, and you are treated extra-special there for staying in the hotel. It was our favorite place of all the hotels (6 others) that we stayed in in Greece. Also, the breakfast was great and served on your porch over looking the caldera. Relax in your bathrobe, eat breakfast and then go take a nap to sleep off the champagne. Oh, there is no pool here, which is a downside, but i liked the small feel of the place, and the roof deck has a great jacuzzi and outdoor shower to cool off in.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2009

My new wife and I were pleasantly surprised to arrive at the Sea Captain's House. The staff was very accomodating upon arrival throughout the entire stay. The SCH was perfectly centrally located in the town of Oia, the rooms were decorated beautifully and the private terrace had the most magnificent view of the volcano. We fell in love with out home at the SCH during our stay in early June and would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2009

We had originally planned on a holiday at the Sea Captain's House two years ago; but because of my husband's health issues; we were not able to go until this year. This is absolutely the very best place to stay ( for the price, amenities, location in the village itself--all things considered) in the village of Oia !!
The central location made it possible for my husband--who has a fairly new prosthetic leg--to walk to the village restaurants, shops, etc. without having to negotiate too many steps ! Another important 'plus' to staying at this small hotel, is the fact that you can order your dinner delivered to your suite from one of the two restaurants (owned by Tony and his partner) if you should wish to do so. Everything in the village is close-by for those older visitors who may not wish to hike around /or sightsee on other parts of the island. We were happy most days just relaxing on our lovely terrace watching the village activity and the ships and sailboats come and go.
Another seldom mentioned benefit of staying at the Sea Captain's House, is that there are 2 or 3 cars there that can be rented by guests --at a much lower rate than is offered by other car rental agencies on the island. Guests staying here also receive a reduced rate when dining at the 'Ambrosia' or the 'Ambrosia & Nectar' restaurants.
We had booked the Venetian Suite, but when we arrived we found- to our delight- that we had been given a free upgrade to the larger Sailing Suite! Tony Mossimann ( the owner) said that he felt that since we had had to wait so long to come to Santorini, that we deserved this bigger accommodation!! How many times does this happen to you ??!! Not withstanding the great location, beautifully appointed rooms, and incomparable views;-- the best thing about the 1864 Sea Captains House is the fantastic staff ! Tony and Nikki could not have been kinder or more helpful . They literally
could not do enough for their guests. We wish them many, many more years of success with this very unique hotel !

Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 June 2009

I’m sure they hear this all the time, but I first heard of this property from the Giada in Paradise Santorini special on the Food Network in 2007. This is where she stayed while on the island, so I kept the name in my files.

I knew I wanted to stay in Oia while in Santorini, but had several places on my short list, so choosing one would be difficult. Also, since it was sort of last-minute, we were on a bit of a budget for this trip. While exploring our options, I remembered the Sea Captain’s House, and checked out their website. They had 3 suites in the main hotel, a separate villa, and a little house called Falling Stars, which looked lovely, and was within our budget, so I sent off an inquiry.

Tony, the owner, responded promptly. Turns out they did not have the Falling Stars house for all 3 nights we needed; however, if we didn’t mind moving, we could stay 1 night each at 3 different accommodations for a good price. We didn’t mind moving at all - it was actually kind of fun experiencing 3 different places. We stayed the 1st night in Villa Ambrosia; the 2nd night in the Sailing Suite; the last night in the Falling Stars house. Each one was truly lovely in its own way, so it’s nearly impossible to choose a favorite.

I won’t go into the details of each accommodation, as their website is very extensive, but all are exactly as shown. Each had a terrace or balcony, and the views from each of them were just absolutely amazing! I could have just sat there the entire time and looked out to the sea, especially at night when all the lights were twinkling.

Tony, the owner of The Sea Captain’s House, was very nice and accommodating. He is very well-traveled and has taken great care with his properties, as the furnishings, decorations, and details were just beautiful. Each accommodation was very elegant and charming. All had the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in, and the complimentary beverages in the fridge and L'Occitaine toiletries were a wonderful touch!

Tony’s assistant, Nicolai, was wonderful! He picked us up from the taxi, showed us around our accommodations each day, as well as serving us the most delicious breakfast every morning. Nicolai also works at Ambrosia & Nectar, one of the restaurants that Tony has in Oia, so we would see him in the morning for breakfast, and then again in the evening for dinner (where we ate two nights~the best!!)

The Sea Captain's House is in a great location as well, central to all of Oia's restaurants, cafes, galleries and shops. We very much enjoyed our stay there, and can highly recommend it!

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2009

Oia is a ridiculously breathtaking village, and these guest houses are brilliant. We stayed in both the Captain's Room and the Venetian Room, and of course loved the Captain's incredible size (loft with double bed, single bed in rear and king bed in main room!) however the Venetian was perfectly charming and although significantly smaller, it had an even better view and larger (shared) deck overlooking the caldera. Tony, Antonio, Nicolai and the entire staff are amazing. Their courtesy, helpfulness and hospitality was just what we'd prayed for, but didn't really think existed in such a touristy area of Greece. We won't ramble on about how lovely the restaurants are (yes, they ARE!) or how you can't believe your eyes when you wake up to the views of the pure blue Aegean circling the ancient volcano... But we will say that it's the little things that made our stay memorable. Like, Tony noticing that it was our anniversary, and making sure that our dinner at his restaurant was absolutely perfect and romantic. And the intoxicating scent of the massage studio, and Antonio custom mixing us shampoo with essential oil of Geranium so that we could remember and enjoy the scent after our stay was over. And also our perfect breakfasts, served by Nicolai on fresh linen each morning. He's quite possibly the most polite waiter in all of Oia. Yes, the island sells itself, however this Inn and the people running it made our trip amazing. Euxaristoume :)

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1 Caldera View | In Village Center, Oia 847 02, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#15 Romantic Hotel in Oia
#19 Luxury Hotel in Oia
#21 Family Hotel in Oia
Price Range: £262 - £425 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — 1864 The Sea Captain's House 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Top-of-the world direct views to the Santorini volcano, caldera and sea from this three suite, all with antique canopy king bed, luxury guesthouse hotel with full services. ... more   less 
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