My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights. After researching and reading a ton of reviews while trying to find a hotel for Oia, we finally decided on the Residence Suites.
Upon our arrival, we paid 30 euros for a transfer that picked us up at the port and drove us to Oia. It was about a 20-30 minute drive and well worth it since it would've been impossible to find the location.
We were dropped off in front of a place called Ecorama which manages some of the hotels in Oia. They were very helpful and friendly. Once we checked in, they walked us to the hotel which was a longer walk but it's within the cliff (hence, why it's a longer walk from the parking lot because there are no cars that can drive within the town of Oia). There are steps and it was about a 10 minute walk. They had to have someone get our luggage for us since it was too big and heavy. Otherwise, you have to carry smaller luggage with you.
The view from the Suites is amazing and definitely worth it for the stay at this location. It's not a luxury hotel by far. It was decent. I would say about a 3-star hotel for Europe. My only complaints are the following:
We had a stain on one of our towels, which was disgusting but was changed by the next morning after we told the reception desk. And the bed was extremely uncomfortable. As soon as you lay down, it would sink in. My husband and I didn't sleep well at all here. The walls are also very thin. We were next to another studio and we could hear them using their restroom sometimes.
The breakfast was decent with an amazing view. There wasn't much of a selection for breakfast but there was bread and yogurt and cereal.
The reception was great and very helpful in telling us where to go and what to do.
Overall, if you are planning to stay in Oia, definitely stay in one of the cliff hotels. I wouldn't recommend this location for a honeymoon because we saw a lot of nicer more luxurious hotels for that but of course the prices for those were astronomical. If you're going for a romantic trip for two then I would recommend the Residence Suites. The value for what you can get in Oia is great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the top of the cliff, in the heart of Oia village surrounded by charming blue domed churches, in an exclusive residential neighborhood of private homes. An exclusive collection of individually decorated apartments designed with luxury and comfort using art and a blend of traditional and modern architecture. Modern Greek decor bringing you maximum peace and tranquility with it's clean lines and original contemporary art. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Hotel Oia
- Residence Suites Santorini/Oia