We stayed here for our honeymoon. 5 nights, all in a cavehouse. All told, we would look for alternatives next time... but if none were in the same price bracket we would stay here again. We worked around the shortcomings we knew about ahead of time, and weren't looking for much other than a room to sleep in.
-Mgmt is non existant
-Cleaning ladies are nice and happy
-Cave houses are cozy but minimal amenities.
-Pool is crowded, towels provided.
-Can't speak for food, didn't look good enough to bother trying it or the breakfast.
-No free Wifi/TV. Use the lobby PC to do your research for free, or the Rimida Wifi out in the corner of the patio.
-A rude rulebook in each room that's good for a laugh.
-Lower price than most other places, but still usual Santorini markups
-Manageable but somewhat treacherous walk to town.
Front desk guy is only a hair above totally useless. If he isn't there, the parents basically don't speak any English and are grumpy about having anything asked of them. They were very upset when I simply asked them to call a cab for us. They cannot recommend places to go, activities to do, restaurants to eat at, nor provide any additional information other than what they provide in their huge binder they leave in each room. This binder is basically a huge collection of rules and things not to do to/in their rooms, and isn't worded to try and disguise this purpose.
The cave houses are nice, but remember you are living in a cave. Some of the ceiling are low (doorways) and you will bang your head if you don't duck (I am 6' tall) You must turn the water heater switch on 30 mins ahead of time to take a hot shower, and it comes out HOT. Beds were pretty bad, but better than our stay in Crete which were like slabs of stone. Maybe Greeks like super stiff mattresses.
Kitchenette was nice. We used the cook plate to heat up water for coffee, and even made pasta one night it was nasty out. Ours had a washing brush for dishes, but of course no dish soap. Did have a few dishes and silverware which was enough for our uses.
Shower had a handheld faucet that had to be held at all times, and had very finicky heat control. Hard to prevent it from being scalding hot. No soap/shampoo was provided, only a small hand soap pump at the sink.
There we a few light fixtures and lamps around, and a few empty sockets. Obviously no tv, but there was Air conditioning which wasn't expected. Our cave wasn't hot at night, but we had it on low to mask any outside sounds. Those sounds were minimal and only rarely could we hear someone's suitcase clacking along on the cobblestone path above.
The view was spectacular for us, and we ate breakfasts on our patio every morning in the blistering sunshine. At that time of day you must be creative to get shade from the provided umbrella, but it's doable. The lounge chairs outside the cave houses are wooden and we never considered sun bathing on them.
The pool was nice, although pretty crowded most days. I wasn't expecting people to come to Santorini to sit by a pool, but there wasn't all that much to do besides that if you stayed for 4-5 days like we did. It was very windy one of the days and the front desk guy came and took all the umbrellas away very rudely and without any explanation. It was clear to us what was happening, but others were clearly clueless and very upset. No explanation or other suggestions were given other than his trademark shoulder shrug of uselessness. Get used to it, it's almost comical.
Also, Wifi is like 3Euro for 30 mins, or 5 euro for a day. What a scam. If you can find your way to the corner of the pool area near the Rimida villas side you can sometimes jump on their open wifi. OR, you could use the username Olympic, and password Villas, to sign into their pay service and get on the house account. I overhead him telling one of the guests this information at one point, but clearly they weren't making it public knowledge. I don't mind sticking it to them a little.
Expect nothing from the front desk guy, and then continue on to consider this hotel. Here are some tips to help you do this. You can apparently make reservations for taxi's at busy times. I don't know how well this works, but they looked at me like I was crazy when I didn't have one. After all their scoffing the cab was there in under 5 minutes. \
If you are on this site you shouldn't need the staff to know where to go and what to do. I recommend Skala as a good dinner spot and not to pricey/fancy. Skiza was a cool smaller shop that we got some good greek pizza.
The walk to town is pretty short, but treacherous for a stretch of about 50meters. You must share the road with the cars/buses trying to squeeze past each other. Be very careful at night and you will be okay. It's not a long walk to the town, 5-10 minutes to the fringe, 25 to get all the way to the sunset viewing area. Get their much earlier, as they buses come and dump tons of people to watch it and you won't have much chance. There is a lot more room to stand and watch it, I recommend you check the area out ahead of time so you aren't fooled by the people crowding the one visible corner if you arrive late.
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- Also Known As:
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- Olympic Hotel Oia
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