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“Stunning location”
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Esperas
Ranked #1 of 34 Oia B&B and Inns
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“Stunning location”
Reviewed 17 July 2012

The location of this property is perfect. the rooms are cute. the sunset is perfect from your room's sit out area.

We had a bit of an issue with the flush but it was resolved very promptly.

Yvonne at their reservations and front desk was just so amazingly helpful it blew me away.

The hotel definitely worth every penny we spent.... Dont even think of another option!

Room Tip: all rooms have a view but ask for the ones that have the best sunset view when you book.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

So obviously with three stays in seven years, I am a huge fan of Esperas and here is why - simply put - the service, the location, its unparalleled views and the value.....

The hotel is listed in TripAdvisor as a B&B but in many cultures, the definition of a B&B varies greatly so first off, consider this property a "hotel" - one that is comparable to the other luxury properties in Oia (Mystique, Katikies and Canaves). But realize that a "hotel" on Santorini/Oia is not a "hotel" in the true sense of the word that many world travelers have been accustomed to - for example, the reception and the bar at Esperas closes at 11pm so there is no access to an ice bucket after this time if you would like a nightcap.....or want room service, etc. This isn't typically an issue since dinners on Santorini are eaten late but is still important to note.

Esperas is located down below the Oia village so it is important to note that a considerable amount of hiking upwards is required as noted in previous reviews. In fact, from the door of our unit to the top of the hotel entrance was 88 steps up (this does not include all of the upward steps on the path leading to the village above) - please consider this carefully as the steps may impact families with children, the elderly, those with injuries and those who are not in good physical condition.

My new husband and I recently traveled from the U.S. to Santorini in mid-June and it was his first time to Greece so I was excited to stay at Esperas again but with him and to experience the greatness of Oia together. Prior to our arrival, I had prompt responses to all my email inquiries from the staff at Esperas as with previous stays. We reserved a seven-night stay in a Unit that I had stayed in before (Unit 112) - a studio room with a mosaic dome shower and cave bed. We easily could have chosen a larger Unit but wanted the charm of this one. Please note that there are 18 Units at Esperas, all are configured differently. A few observations on other Units - Unit #119 is a one-bedroom unit that is very private and has the BEST terrace. Unit #110 is a very small studio whose terrace is not so private and is on the main pathway of guest traffic. Unit #106 is the largest one ("the penthouse") which you would think would be off on its own but has a shared pathway with a neighboring unit.

George (the owner) repeatedly made sure our week in Oia was perfect by assisting us with recommendations and making reservations. Yvonne and staff were friendly and helpful as well. The staff noted my birthday during our stay and put free champagne, balloons, etc. in our room which was a memorable touch. I have traveled all over the world and the Greek hospitality here on the island, more specifically at Esperas, is unmatched. The Greeks have an enormous sense of pride in their culture - they embrace tourism and it shows. As far as the property itself, it did not show any physical deterioration in seven years - the upkeep and maintenance should be commended. The views from Esperas are breathtaking - this is a photographer's paradise. I can't say enough about our stay and the overall experience - I have never repeatedly traveled to one place so many times that is so far away (14.5 hours of flight/6,000+ miles away) - this alone speaks volumes.......

Even though I have been to Oia several times before, my husband and I did some different activities and ate at different restaurants - here are recommendations below:

Activities
- Scuba Diving with PADI-certified Navys Waterworld Dive Center at Kamari Beach
- Santorini Wine Tour with Greek tour guide Vaios
- Santorini Sailing with famous Captain Ted (santorinisailing.com)
- Akrotiri ruins
- Day on Perivolas Beach
- Car rental from GEM rental company to tour island

Memorable Restaurants
- Sunset Taverna (down below Esperas on Ammoudi for fresh seafood)
- Ochre Wine Bistro (perfect for sunset)
- Skala (in Oia village, great views)
- Santorini Mou (for live music with gregarious, famous owner Mihalis)
- Roka
- Ginger

Overall trip takeaways and observations:
- In my three stays over the years, I would say that Esperas, and Oia in general, is inhabited by mainly couples.
- Santorini is the oldest wine region in the world but is terribly underpromoted - do the wine tour and drink the local wine - Sigalas, Boutari and Argyros. Drink Yellow Donkey beer too!
- Traditional Greek food is fantastic.....eat tzatziki, fried tomato fritters, greek salad, etc. We were however repeatedly disappointed by all three Gyros we ate on the island.....
- Take some sort of boat ride during your stay to see Santorini from the water....whether it's the volcano hike or sunset sail......ideally with Captain Ted at Santorini Sailing! (He has been on TV multiple times)
- Expect very hot temperatures! The sun reflects off of the white cycladic buildings and with no wind, it's very hot. Santorini might best be traveled to in May or September for this reason alone.
- Oia is flooded with hoards of cruise-ship daytrippers during the afternoons so avoid the village during this time. It is almost impossible to enjoy the charm of the village during the day with the crowds and the heat.
- With the financial situation in Greece, many of the establishments are only accepting cash and there are limited ATMs on the island (apparently on weekends, the ATMs sometimes run out of $$$)

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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, General Manager at Esperas, responded to this review, 12 July 2012
On behalf of Esperas Traditional Houses, we would like to thank you for your kind and sincere comments. Your accurate and extensive descriptions and research will be invaluable to future visitors of Oia and Santorini.
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Reviewed 2 July 2012

Like those before us, we did a lot of research as there are many hotel choices. Esperas has it all, and there is no need to search further. We stayed six nights so we had the total experience. We were afforded an upgrade with out even asking. Amazing. We are a family of four and can say the hotel was family friendly as well. We took advantage of excursion services, rental car, etc. that was all facilitated by the hotel. Everything was perfect. Although choice was of course limited, food was very good and at very reasonable prices. The pool side bar and food service was huge for the times we wanted something or did not feel like going into town. We enjoyed the trek down to Ammoudi bay and there is a good place for snorkeling which we did several times. Will return to Esperas as soon as we can.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Chicago
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Reviewed 30 June 2012

We just returned from a two night stay here and my only regret is that we didn't stay longer.

We stayed in a 2 bedroom 2 bath room that was perfect for us. It had a central hallway and a nice sitting area in one of the bedrooms. A table, chairs and lounge chairs were on the balcony, overlooking one of the most beautiful views in the world. Our room was very nicely decorated and gave a very local feel.

The food was very good and very reasonably priced for the area. There was a full time bartender as well. Along with a nice breakfast, fruit is left out for the guests to eat all day at no charge.

Along with the great location, and nice accommodations, what really made the stay special was the people working at Esperas. They were extremely helpful and genuinely friendly. We were given a late checkout at no extra charge as we had an evening flight. This gave us the whole day to enjoy Oia without worrying about getting out of our room and was much appreciated.

Overall I would highly recommend Esperas and Oia.

Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Denver, CO
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

Before booking Esperas Traditional Houses, I scoured tripadvisor and the internet and analyzed nearly every single hotel on Santorini. I am doing you a favor and telling you not to waste your time like I did. Just go ahead and book Esperas Traditional Houses, you will not be disappointed! I found Esperas on a travel forum and realized it hadn't crossed my radar on tripadvisor because it is listed under B&B's not hotels. This is only because they don't have conference space. Who needs conference space on vacation?

ROOMS
My husband and I booked a studio room and we received the room that is featured on their website. In my opinion, this is the best studio room they have. The balcony is absolutely the best - very private and large with two lounge chairs and a table. If you are able, ask to book this room.

LOCATION
Oia is the best location to stay on Santorini and I'm so glad we chose here over Fira. Fira is over run with cruise ship visitors and Oia is lovely and charming and of course, the best spot to watch the sunset. Esperas is located at the end of Oia so it truly is the best spot for sunset viewing. Every night, groups of people gather at the ruins just above from Esperas to watch the sunset but we were able to see the famous sunset every night on our balcony! Easy walking distance to all of the shopping and restaurants in Oia. Also, the fishing village of Amoudi is just below Esperas. Great fish taverns to have lunch.

SERVICE
Yvonne and the other lovely ladies were so accommodating! Anything you want, they are able to make happen. We went to all of their dinner recommendations and they were all excellent. Breakfast was good and plentiful and it's nice that they have a kitchen for appetizers and small meals should you need a snack of appetizer while watching the gorgeous sunset.

PRICE
We thought Esperas was a great value when compared to other comparable hotels in Oia! Hotels are pricey on Santorini but we felt we did not get ripped off at Esperas. Everything was priced accordingly.

Room Tip: We loved the studio suite featured on their website. It had one of the most private balconies and l...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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, General Manager at Esperas, responded to this review, 1 July 2012
On behalf of Esperas Traditional Houses, we would like to thank you for your kind and sincere comments. I'm very glad to see that your research paid off! I hope a lot more guests will take advantage of the time and effort you put into this and will be as lucky as yourselves and experience the serenity and relaxation we offer every day here at Esperas Traditional Houses.
I would also like to thank you for pointing out to future visitors the fact that Tripadvisor has chosen to list us under B&Bs. Although we have 18 rooms (from Studios to Suites), a full service restaurant and kitchen, indoor sitting and dining areas, we are apparently inferior to "hotels" with less than 10 rooms with no kitchen and fake locations on their Tripadvisor pages...
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Reviewed 26 June 2012

This was our introduction to the Greek Islands and WOW we weren't disappointed. Our room was great, Yvonne and her team outstanding, great breakfasts, AMAZING sunsets and a perfect location for us ticking all the boxes - quiet, walking distance to cafes, shops etc, views to die for - just PERFECT - thank you and we will definitely be back!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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, General Manager at Esperas, responded to this review, 1 July 2012
On behalf of Esperas Traditional Houses, we would like to thank you for your kind and sincere comments.
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Reviewed 23 June 2012

First I'm not a serial hotel reviewer. Generally, I expect highly rated hotels to be as advertised and only write reviews to warn travelers of lodging choices that may not be optimal. Hence, writing a positive review during the 5th day of a one week stay is a first.

The benefits of Esperas:
- traditional setting and first class lodging
- views that are to die for both from the pool area and your private terrace
- amazing sunsets guaranteed
- a beautiful pool area
- outstanding service and a staff that is attentive yield not intrusive
- food service that, while there is no restaurant, is very good and reasonably priced
- other niceties like free DVDs, books, treats on the bed at turn down and gift pool bags and wine upon check in
- its a superb value when you balance all the benefits (we couldn't be happier)

The hotel even sent someone to the pharmacy when someone in our group needed medication.

About Oia:
- views, views and more views
- a wide selection of restaurants
- one of the most beautiful main streets in Europe with shops, restaurants, etc. mixed in with breathtaking vistas
- one pleasant encounter with locals and merchants after another

Finally, we rented a boat for the day and explored the Caldera (sea filled crater) ourselves rather than join one of the many boat tours. This is something I highly recommend. Nothing like docking directly at a restaurant and eating a lunch with views of the volcano, Caldera and towns above.

Feel free to email if you have any questions. This place is wonderful and I will try to take the time to reply.

-Steve

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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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
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Ranked #1 of 34 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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