We stayed in room 5, which is the superior studio on the middle level, so all our comments pertain to that room. I will try to make comments not made elsewhere. The rating is a rounding up of 4.5 stars.
Terrace: AMAZING view. Breathtaking. The same as in more expensive places in Oia. The cliff that the hotel is built on, being about 5 minutes from the main pedestrian action of Oia is less-developed, so the terrace is actually more private, less of that fishbowl effect, at least from the view of other hotels. But the terraces of the other hotel rooms are just a two foot tall wall away, and so actual privacy/quietness may depend on your neighbors. Our room in the middle level was well-insulated from road noise. Unlike another reviewer noted, our terrace was actually quite protected from the winds that seemed to be much stronger on the crest of the hill and on the non-caldera side of the island.
Room: We came in October during a cold snap. The room stayed quite warm and cozy. Shower was hot and on-demand, once the hotel manager came by and turned on the switch. Housekeeping even did the dishes after we cooked up some foods purchased at the nearby grocery. Loved the cave like rooms. Beds are hard (great for me, not my husband).
Service: We received excellent service, though I want to point out a few things. We never met Mike nor Popi, but encountered Andreas many times. He produced a rental car in less than 30 minutes, booked us on a very enjoyable sailing excursion, had great recommendations, and booked us on a shuttle out of town at 5:30am to catch a 7am flight. I believe he upgraded our friends as well. Everything was great, but, to be honest, I don't know if he was joking or not (he likes to joke in a very deadpan manner) but there were times when I thought he had short-term memory loss and had forgotten our requests. We would make a request, there would be silence, we would repeat our request, and he would seem kind of startled and then fulfill the request. Or we would come back and ask the status of the request, and he would seem really surprised and then write it down and then do something like ask us to pay for whatever the request was for...which made us wonder why he didn't do that when we initially made the request. This happened multiple times, and it was humorous, but there was always a part of us that worried whether the shuttle would show up, etc. Maybe it was a language issue. If so, then take that into account.
Pool: A lovely pool with amazing views. Not heated and no hot tub (not necessary, but FYI for people who might want to know). Not a lot of privacy, being right off the main footpath, but just a beautiful space. There was a cute associated cabana with bathrooms and changing rooms and extra towels.
Location: As noted by others, the touristic part of Oia is about 5 minutes away, but that's the start of the touristic part. To really get to the heart of it, near the tip of the island, is about a 15+ minute walk. So, if you want to be in the center of things, a bit of a walk. The tradeoff is that it's quiet. Also, it is on a less developed cliff so the view is a bit more "natural" with a ruined building nearby and more plants and geologic features to appreciate.
Highly recommended, and I would go back in a heartbeat. A great haven from the touristy part of Oia.
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