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Esperas
Ranked #1 of 35 Oia B&B and Inns
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Seattle, Washington
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Wish we could stay forever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2011

We arrived in Santorini early in the morning (took a ship from Rhodes overnight; highly recommend this). When we arrived at Esperas Yvonne warmly greeted us. We expected not to check in until later but were more than pleasantly surprised when we were told that the room would be ready after breakfast. Breakfast was a delightful welcoming. Greek yogurt, pastires, eggs, etc. Sitting on the deck overlooking the Mediterranean blue waters was a dream come true. Our room was fabulous; 2 bedrooms with a kitchenette and well stocked. Our deck had lounge chairs and comfortable benches all overlooking the sea and the most perfect sunsets in the world. We received fabulous dinner recommendations, directions to beaches and were treated like family. Each night we would enjoy the views and sunset on our deck, drinking delicious Santorini wines. Santorini is one of the most beautiful places to visit. Staying at Esperas is where you want to be. Yes, we will be returning and greatful guests. Thank you!

Room Tip: All rooms are beautiful with spectacular views. Caution if you have troubles walking steps; there ar...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2011

We loved everything about this place. Our cave studio had an unbelievable view of the sunset. The staff were so friendly and hospitable. In our opinion, it would be impossible for the place to be dirty (as per a recent review) as rooms are cleaned and freshened at least twice daily.
Hotel is perfectly positioned - a short (although many steps) walk to Ammoudi Beach, Oia centre, bus stop to other parts of island.
A real gem of a place for both couples and older families. Could not recommend highly enough (except if physically unable to cope with stairs).
All rooms have great views but if you want a view of the sunset then best to ask first.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 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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Thank wenmic
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Madrid, Spain
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14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2011

We were in the hotel 5 nights, we've got a studio and the good points were: the views (just AMAIZING!!fron every room) and the bed (confortable and big) and the staff: very very kind, helpfull and friendly!!
BUT...
The weak points: too dirty, a machine over our heads with an annoying sound everynigt!, everything lloks 'old' (switches, shower,fridge...), the sunbeds were extremly unconfortable (in the terrace and in the swiming pool), the pool is full of "scratches" (looks old)... And the recomendations fron the staff: all a mistake!! Don't even think about taking the catamaran they recomend! Costs 130€ and there're many other options cheaper and more worthy! And the restaurants they told us: all modern cuisine, no greek food! I totally recomend the tavern Sunset, at the port. They also arranged for us the rental of a motorbike: they told me a price by email and when we arrived it was 25€ more (small amount, ok, but why??)

I expected much more for the price and the pictures. There are many options more interesting in Oia.
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  • Stayed August 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank herm7828
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Esperas, General Manager at Esperas, responded to this review, 16 August 2011
Thank you for your review and the comments you made. They will be used to enhance our hotel and make future guests more comfortable.
I cannot explain your comments about the hotel being dirty, especially after taking into account all other comments we have had in the past about the cleanliness of the hotel. The only thing that would explain your comments, would be the extremely windy conditions during your stay, which brought a lot of dust from the surrounding mountains.
As per the comment that everything looks old, you should take into account that this is our intent. As you are aware, Esperas Traditional House is a member of the Historic Hotels of Europe, a fact that we are very proud of, as only one more hotel qualifies in Santorini. What you describe as old, is actually original and antiques.
As per the excursion recommendations we made, we cannot be held accountable if you didn't like the excursion you chose. As we described in detail and in person, there are other cheaper options starting from 30 Euro per person. The choice was entirely up to you. Maybe the negative review should have been addressed to the sailing company.
As per the restaurants, again they are your choice, we only make suggestions. If you were not satisfied with the food, you should write a negative review of that restaurant and not of somebody who suggested it. People can have different tastes.
As per the price difference you mentioned for the motorbike rental, we are not aware if you decided to pay for a full insurance or not, or if you remember that prices that other companies advertise can be quoted without tax. Again, maybe a negative review of that company would more appropriate.
Thank you.
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Tamarac, Florida
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35 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2011

The staff was very attentive, friendly, and speak English. The rooms were very nice, each with a balcony and the views of the sunset were perfect! Maid comes twice a day. The cave pool was refreshing and relaxing with a pool bar and food available. A nice breakfast offered. Many stairs and no elevators, but the staff carries all of your luggage. A five minute walk to restaurants and shopping.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 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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Canada
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63 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2011

What a stunning place to stay! The pictures on their website made it look beautiful, but the reality exceeded our expectations. We just loved staying here in beautiful Oia. So close to great restaurants but in such a peaceful quiet area as well well situated to watch that memorable sunset every evening! We enjoyed coming back and enjoying the pool area every afternoon as well. Most memorable were the suites themselves as they are all so unique and special in their own way. It felt like we had our own little perfect apartment during our stay in Santorini. Yvonne and her staff were always so friendly and helpful and would answer our numerous questions with a friendly smile. Someone is always there to offer their assistance if necessary. What a great place to stay. Wonderful rooms, location, and staff!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 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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Thank Capt-Canuck5
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Stockholm
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2011

We, a family of four, stayed in Esperas for three nights in July and we all loved it. The room (117) was big enough for the four of us with two separate bedrooms and a living room with sofa, TV etc. The beds in the main bedroom were really comfortable and the view amazing. A private terrace overlooking the caldera made every moment spent there fantastic. A friendly atmosphere between guests and the staff made our stay a very memorable time. The pool is nice for a refreshing swim but nothing to play in. We went to a larger pool, located at a restaurant, above Esperas and on the left side. Restaurants in Oia are quite pricy and we did not come across any particularly good food, although the there is a nice ambience in the town and we liked our nights there a lot, anyhow. The best lunch we had was in Tis Pandoras in Amoudi Habour, right below Esperas. A hot walk to get there, and back, but definitely worth it.

Room Tip: Room 117 is very nice.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ChristinaR_4_11
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Madison, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

Esperas provided our family (couple and boys aged 18 and 15) with a great hotel/resort that is placed in a breathtaking location, dripping off the side of the Santorini caldera in Oia. The style fits perfectly. The rooms are modern, yet traditional as the name directs. The staff was simply the best I have encountered in my travels. You can expect at least one grumpy clerk everywhere - not here! Esperas' included breakfast was complete (full Greek yoghurt), dried fruit, breads, fresh fruit, mini-omlets, cereal, pastries, etc. The poolside/room service was some of the best food we had in our 3 week tour of Greece. Check out the local cherry tomatoes and capers in an update on the classic Greek salad. The view will not disappoint. The rooms are comfy and well supplied. (European standards are firmer mattresses). The costs are comparable to other Oia locatations, but Oia is clearly the place to be in Santorini. I only wish we had just stayed there to enjoy the famous sunset instead of going out for dinner! The walk down about 300 - 400 feet yielded a typical Greek rocky cove (Ammoudi Bay) with clear water, snorkling the drop off (precipitously like the Caldera to 1000 feet) and several fish tavernas.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DaveWI
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Property: Esperas
Address: Oia 84702, Greece
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Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 35 B&Bs / Inns in Oia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Esperas 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Esperas is a unique full service hotel that offers you the opportunity to experience the traditional cave houses of Santorini coupled with one of the most breathtaking views on the planet. A five minute walk from the center of the picturesque village of Oia, the complex is exclusively situated on the edge of a hanging cliff side (the Caldera), overlooking the breathtaking sunset and the volcanic rocks. An ambiance of comfort and relaxation is present throughout the 20 houses, complemented by traditional furniture and antique pieces. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Esperas Traditional Houses Hotel Oia
Esperas Traditional Hotel
Hotel Esperas Traditional
Esperas Santorini/Oia

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