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Old Oia Houses
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Reviewed 21 August 2010

I had emailed the owner in February to see if he could accommodate 15 couples as we were coming for our wedding. He had said he would only be able to accommodate 4 couples and he suggested contacting the VIP suites for the rest of the rooms. He assured me that he worked with that hotel and that the two hotels were next to each other. We all contacted the two hotels confirming our rooms at the end of May. The owner of the Old Oia Houses told us to all meet at the taverna they own so they can take us to our rooms. They were completely disorganized when we got their, they had to take us to a travel agency for them to check us in and then back to the taverna to wait for someone to take us to the actual rooms. From the 15 couples only 2 stayed at the hotels they had booked. I don’t know if they had sold our rooms but instead of all of us being next to each other we ended up at 4 different hotels and we couldn’t do anything about it. We had to wait for 4 hours to be checked in because they were supposedly getting us the “bridal suite”. I complained to the owner’s wife only to receive attitude about the size of our group and something that it was their responsibility to plan. We paid 190 euros to end up after 4 long hours at the Oia Mare hotel (if that was the Oia Mare hotel since all the keys had a different hotel names on them) in a tiny room were the bedroom was downstairs with no air-conditioning and it smelled like a drain. Our friends who were checked in prior to us in the same hotel and had paid less for their original room ended up in a bigger, cleaner room. We were even able to communicate with some of our friens from the other hotels as there were no phones in the rooms. I never even received a call or email from the Old Oia Houses owner to explain or apologize for all the inconveniences we experienced.

  • Stayed: June 2010
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5  Thank l_katerina
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Reviewed 13 August 2010

We stayed at Old Oia Houses last week in July 2010. We had a 1 bedroom house with bathroom and large living area and balcony. The balcony overlooked the caldera and it was such joy to open the shutters every morning and see the beautiful view. We decided that we preferred the caldera view to the sunset view as the light changes throughout the day which made it spectacular. The house is typical Greek village style, ours had traditional ceiling with exposed timber beams in the living area. The bedroom and bathroom look as if they were the original part of the cave house and the living area/kitchen something built on - albeit a long time ago.

There are several Old Oia Houses, our one was accessed through a wooden gate and then steps down and then past the next rooms small balcony. I think this room was for 1-2 persons. Our room/house was for 3-4 persons. It had a kitchenette which was equipped with the things you need for breakfast ie tea/coffee/sugar/juice etc plus cutlery/plates etc. In the mornings Anna brings us fresh bread. We supplemented the breakast provisions with items from one of the bakeries across from the bus station (baklava to die for and tasty savoury pastries filled with feta/olives/peppers) and with watermelon/figs. Anna kept our room very clean each day.

One evening we had a pizza & Greek salad from Edwins Pizza (fab pizza btw and they do deliveries-they are Polish, they speak good Greek and make the best Greek salad) and a bottle of wonderful Santorini assyrtiko wine and stayed on the balcony all night - it was full moon and you could see the reflection in the sea. It was very beautiful.

Concerns about privacy and/or noise turned out to be non-issues. Once thru the gate and down the stairs the crowds of Oia are not visible and you cannot hear anything. Passing the other room's balcony to get to yours is also a non-issue. It's quite the normal it would appear, for Oia. The early mornings were especially wonderful, before the crowds.

We thought the location of the houses was probably in the best part of Oia, some houses are right in the centre so probably noisy and others are far out of Oia. It was a short walk to see the sunset plus you could walk down the steps to Ammoudi for dining in one of the fish tavernas. The owners seemed like really nice people and very helpful.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 August 2010

We are budget traveller but opt to stayed here for 2 nights despite given the choice of staying in hostel somewhere else because of all the nice reviews from travellers.
Stayed in room no. 5, do not feel like a traditional crave house which pull us here... The only part shows it is a crave house is its washroom... small tiles were dropping from wall when taking shower..The window next to our bed is very dusty.. seems like no one taking care of it for months.

It was a very warm June, glad that it does furnished with air-cond. The 1st night we sat at the balcony and leave the air-cond on to cooling down the room but recklessly did not close the balcony door tightly. Someone called from outside, urge us to close the door to minimise the air-cond usage. Since then, we have been very sensitive and afraid of being watch..

Undeniable, the view is stunning & amazing, but trust that all other accomdations in Oia do have fantastic view on Aegean sea. Do pay a little bit more to get another traditional old house or, if you are lucky enaugh, get other room. We were just unlucky to get this room. Seems like they have better room form the picturesposted by other travellers

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank moonfish80
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Reviewed 9 August 2010

We stayed in the smaller of the 2 houses. It is difficult to imagine a better location: breath-taking views and privacy at the same time - the terrace cannot be seen from above thanks to a bend in the slope and it is protected from the street by a screen. The house has plenty of space for 2, a kitchenette, a pantry that is restocked for breakfast every day, a bathroom with a view (Sic!)...
Regardless of its central location, it is actually a quiet place. The crowds pass on the street above in a daily ritual of sunset-watching, then they pass back right after sundown, and the area becomes quiet again... and the mornings... pure joy and amazement as you meet the sun on the edge of the Earth...
The owners and the hired help always respected our privacy, but made it easy to find them whenever it was necessary. Gill went out of her way once to help me when I had a banking machine incident while having mobile phone problems at the same time...

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Kloobok
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Reviewed 23 July 2010

Our house had 4 rooms including a small kitchen and could sleep 6. View of the caldera from private deck was one of the most amazing things I have seen. Yet the cost is far less than comparable rooms in Oia. A bit rustic and the single a/c unit did not reach the entire unit, but it was adequate. Access to sun roof and a courtyard. Very near the center of Oia. Fresh bread provided each morning with juice and condiments. Very accomodating hosts.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank duggem
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