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Strogili Traditional Houses
Ranked #26 of 55 Hotels in Oia
Certificate of Excellence
Oslo, Norway
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great stay!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

We travelled as a family, with two girls (10 and 14), july 2013. We were picked up at the harbor by Michael, and he was very friendly and helpful, and drove us safely to Strogili. He helped us with the luggage, and gave us tips and advices for our stay. At Strogili we were met by Andreas, whom we had been in touch with prior to our stay. He was very friendly and helpful as well. We were given a fantastic room/apartement, with a spectacular view and our own private terrace. The room was not fantastic in the way of luxury. So if you want a "suite of luxury", this is not the place for you. But the apartement was clean and nice, and had all we needed for our 3 days stay. The girls slept in the little bedroom, and we stayed in the bed in the livingarea. Perfect. There was AC there, and a kitchenette. If I have to point out some "minus" in the apartment, it has to be the hotplates in the kitchen. They were veeeery slow, so it took forever to boil spaghetti. But we were on vacation, and had lots of time, so it was not a problem :)
Strogili is situated a short walk from the Oia center, but for us this was just perfect. A few stairs up, we had a nice little restaurant, a small grocerystore, and last but not least, the poolarea! WOW! The girls loved it, so if you are travelling with children (not babies or todlers though), this place is the very best in Santorini. Strogili has a big pool, compared to other hotels in Oia, a very nice area around, and ofcourse, a spectacular view of the Kalderea. Dont miss it!
And I cant forget to tell aobut the breakfast! We woke up in morning, called the receptiondesk, and told them we were ready for breakfast. Five-ten minutes later, the table on the terrace was covered by white linen, cups and plates were set out, and a simple but beautiful breakfast was ready for us. If thats not luxury, I dont know what is <3
So, all in all, this place was perfect for us, we would love to go back!

Room Tip: The apartements at the "bottom", has their own private terraces. Noone passes, and perfect...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, CA
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

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.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Leicester
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163 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

Strogili traditional houses is just outside the 'crush zone' of Oia, but within a 2 minute stroll of the main area of the town. For me this is advantage, being quieter and more sensibly priced (nowhere in Oia is going to be cheap). We had a superior studio, which I would recommend for a couple, as it provides more privacy when you are on your patio; the standard studios are above, on the same level as the office, while the 6-person studios are below. The patio outside the room provides a perfect view of the caldera, I enjoyed this view for hours on end, and it is the main reason to stay here. A rather nice breakfast is served on the patio, with a linen tablecloth, at a time of your choosing. It can get hot on the patio even at breakfast time, and shade can be hard to find when the sun is low. We had some nice picnics out there in the evenings.

The superior studios come with a double bed (which would seem small to those from the USA), with good quality white linens. All beds in Greece are hard it seems. There is a small kitchen area (sink, hotplates, fridge, crockery, utensils), a safe, air-conditioning and a sofa. The (electric!) shower provides plenty of hot water. The fridge was noisier than I would have liked (I normally unplug them, but could not reach the socket here; actually to be fair we did use the fridge anyway).

The property's swimming pool is about 100 metres away along a public footpath (no problem), it is modestly sized, but very clean. There are (usually) enough loungers free; there are pool towels in the rooms.

There is a small supermarket right next door, this was great for picnic provisions.

Andreas, the manager, and Mike, the driver, are very friendly and helpful, be sure to get their advice on where to go and how to do things. We stayed for a week.

We were very happy here, and sad to have to leave. You will not regret staying at Strogili.

Room Tip: A superior studio will give you more privacy on your patio.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed at Strogili for 2 nights at the end of our stay in Santorini. We loved the location (set about 200m from the "touristy" heart of Oia) and view of the caldera. We stayed in a traditional house i.e. cave! Quiet, dark to sleep in. All the amenities - kitchen, good bathroom, etc. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. Great place, would recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Derek S
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Melbourne
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73 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013 via mobile

Oia has stunning views, but is also a tourist trap and most accommodation options with a caldera view will drain your budget faster than a fat kid sucking on a slurpee. This is the sensible option. You will get great warm service, decent breakfasts, excellent location, sunsets, views of the caldera and a complementary bottle of red wine on arrival! Mike and Andreas are real characters. The pool was spotlessly clean. On the downside, the room that we were in (room 1) was not very private, and nor was the pool area. Ps. Andeas is a great photographer!

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

Loved our stay here and couldn't have asked for more. Beautiful and well maintained property with amazing view of the caldera. The location is perfect, just a short 5 minute walk to the main busy tourist area but just far enough to enjoy quiet mornings and nights on our balcony. Loved our little cave house, we stayed in room 3. The house was immaculate and cozy, complete with a small living area and kitchen. Michael and the other hotel staff were very helpful and had great tips and recommendations for our stay. A small market and bus stop were conveniently located next to the hotel. The property also has a pool, which we took full advantage of to cool off from the heat during the day. Only slight negative was the several steps down to our room so we had to plan well to avoid making several trips going up and down if we forgot something. We were rewarded with the perfect view though. So peaceful to be able to hear the waves crashing against the rocks down below from our balcony. Would not hesitate to stay here again if we get another chance to visit this stunning island.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 3. For more privacy and quiet, request a room not on reception level.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Washington, DC
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43 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

First, the good things. The location is perfect--right on the main road to walk into Oia, which is wonderful, and with a gorgeous view of the caldera from your balcony. There are many hotels/villas right nearby that charge many times more than Strogili for this view/location. Breakfast brought to your balcony every morning is also a fabulous feature, and the greek yogurt and pastries are delicious. Room was very clean, and while simple, very charming (we stayed in a studio, which was fine for 2 nights but might be a little small if you are staying longer). Mr. Michael picked us up at 1:30 am from the ferry, which was much appreciated (price was 30 euros). Having the store right there was also great--we got some local wine for evening drinks on the balcony. Now the not-as-good things. We had a little bit of difficulty when it came to our ride to the airport to leave; we had asked them to book Michael for us when we arrived, but when it came about time to go it became clear that they had overbooked him and there was no way he could have taken us at the time we requested. Fortunately, we were able to get a ride to the airport with the wonderful driver who had taken us on our island tour, so it wasn't a problem, but it could have been (and there was a very frustrated family that was waiting for their ride around this time as well--we would have taken them along but there wasn't room in the car). The pool area is nice, but the afternoon we tried to go there were not enough lounge chairs, so we just jumped in the pool and went back to our rooms. We were there in August, however, so this might not be a problem in other months. Finally, if you are looking for a romantic stay, please note that, at least while we were at Strogili, there were many families at the hotel, which made sitting on our balcony a little less tranquil because there were some noisy children and babies on the neighboring balconies (obviously this isn't the hotel's fault--just something good to note if you are looking for a family-friendly place, or not-so-good if you are looking for a quieter, more romantic spot). Would I stay at this hotel again? Probably yes, if I were watching my budget, probably not if I were willing to splurge on some of the more romantic higher-end places nearby.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Strogili Traditional Houses
Address: Thiras - Ias, Oia 847 02, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#13 Family Hotel in Oia
#20 Romantic Hotel in Oia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Strogili Traditional Houses 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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