When I started researching places to stay in Oia I found that I was a little overwhelmed and so I sought out the advice of some of the Fodors and TA regulars. Brotherleelove had mentioned the Old Oia Houses a couple of times so I checked out their website. The places looked nice enough and because we were a family of four we needed a place that would accommodate all of us. Old Oia houses did and were well within our budget. The reviews varied a lot but the majority of them were good so I went ahead and email Gill and Vasillis, the owners. They were quick to respond and even sent photos of the place that we were destined to stay in. We went a head and booked our stay for 5 nights for the end of June 2011.
I had booked the house sometime in late Aug. 2010 but along the way as I thought of questions, I would email Gill and not only was she so quick to respond but she always answered my questions or concerns.
As were we due to arrive to Santorini in the early morning hours (6:30 am), we knew it was highly unlikely that we would be able to check in. Gill told us to bring luggage to the restaurant that they own (Lotza) to store them until our house was ready. We arrived at the restaurant sometime after 8 am and waited about 30 minutes when Vasillis arrived. We were just expecting to leave our luggage but instead we told that our house was ready. That was great!
When we got to the cave house which was one of the lower houses, it was so cute and quaint. We all just fell in love with it! It has a nice open living area with two couches/beds along with a dining table, the kitchen area and another little seat. The bedroom was a nice size and the bed was very comfortable. When you enter the bathroom, you walk into a large area with a sink and good sized vanity area and then there is a hand held shower that is open with only a small rim to keep the water from getting all over the floor. Next you enter the toilet room and lo and behold, there is a regular shower in the toilet room. Now at first, I wasn't sure what to think of this but that shower was one of the best showers we've had in the many apts we have rented throughout the years. I expected the water to not only get all over the toilet room, but extend out into the rest of the bathroom but it didn't. We did find that if we didn't direct the shower away from the toilet, that the toilet would get wet but mostly it was just from the steam.
On the outside, we had an enclosed patio complete with table, chairs and umbrella. It was so nice to sit out here to enjoy the view! Now for the view. The view from this cave house was beautiful but I must tell you that this was not the original house that we were offered. Don't get me wrong- I absolutely loved this house but the view from this house was a little obstructed on one side and I really wanted the panoramic view that was offered in the photos when we booked. Not a problem! I let Gill know of my disappointment and she immediately offered to move us to another house. Unfortunately, it couldn't be the house in the photos as someone was already in it. She apologized profusely and offered to show us the other house to decide on whether it would suit our needs.
This house was called the Captain's House and is located on the main street in Oia although that never posed a problem as far as noise. The house wasn't as quaint as the cave house but it offered both a nice veranda with retractable awning and a large rooftop terrace with amazing panoramic views. What can I say but "Wow"! The views were really what we wanted in Oia so we decided to switch houses and because of all the trouble, Gill even took €50 off of our total bill which was a very nice, unexpected gesture. We would've been happy with just the move.
As you enter the Captain's house, you are in the kitchen/dining area. This area was much smaller than the cave house and doesn't offer much in the way of a living area. There are stairs that take you to a loft where there are two twin beds (where the kids slept). Next as you walk towards the back of the house, there is a door to the shower room on the right and a door for the toilet and sink on the left. From there you go through some double doors to the bedroom where there is a queen sized bed and TV. In this room there is also a door that takes you to the rooftop terrace. After passing through the bedroom, you enter a small room with a day bed that could easily sleep another person. We just used this room as a closet for our clothes and suitcases. This room then leads out to the veranda with the retractable awning. We spent some good quality time on both the rooftop terrace and this veranda just enjoying the views.
I know other people have left comments regarding the breakfast given but we were more than happy with what was provided. We were given ample amounts of coffee/tea,sugar, cream, jams, and honey. We were given more orange juice than we could finish and were delighted to see our fresh baked bread left on our door each morning (just like when I was a child in Lisbon). I knew that this was what we would get so I wasn't expecting some lavish buffet!
Lastly, I would like to make mention of the young and super sweet young girl who does the daily cleaning of the houses. She cleans all 8 houses they have and she doesn't just empty the trash; she does so much more! She works her butt off!
There may be fancier places to stay in Oia but for the location, price and customer service that Old Oia Houses offers, I would highly recommend this place.
- Also Known As:
- Old Oia Houses Hotel Oia
- Old Oia Hotel
- Old Hotel Oia
- Old Oia Houses Santorini