We stayed here at the beginning of July, having arrived in Santorini with no reservation (bit of a risk in high season). As soon as we got off the bus in Oia we went into the 'tourist information office' of Ecorama in the square (see photos).
We did not have a big budget and asked for something around 100€ per night for 2 nights min. The people in the office were very helpful and offered us a cancellation room at half price. Excellent value, and a room I am sure that they would have had no trouble letting for full rate given the demand for accommodation high season. (We asked around later at a few other places that looked nice near ours and found that we got an excellent rate).
Santorini's streets are pretty, winding pathways, with many steps and inclines. The staff carried our bags for us and showed us the room, which was nothing short of breathtaking.
All the rooms are traditional 'cave houses', with mostly only windows only to the front. This is not a touristy, purpose-built complex so if your tastes are more carpeted luxury and elevator-oriented then forget it. What this 'hotel' is about is classy simplicity, and being as unspoilt as possible. All rooms require footwork to access, that is the beauty of it: steps! The bathroom/wetroom of our room was (as I expect with all) at the back of the 'house'. Don't expect bathrooms with windows, I think they are all dug into the cliff face so not possible! It was spacious. Not claustrophobic at all, but very cute.
We had an original bed consisting of a comfy mattress on a stone base. Plus the room was well-equipped with a kitchenette, aircon, TV and even some books in various languages. The decor was achingly pretty in white and blue, the epitomy of Cyclades style. (I have attached a few photos)
The terrace and jacuzzi pools are beneath the lobby (where breakfast is served), and just smack of great taste and understated luxury. Few people use them, you have privacy and peace & quiet, if you have a few days here I advise you to take a day to indulge in the view from the cool of the pool, looking out over the volcano. The real pleasure of this hotel was to be so close to the 'best bit' of Oia, but to have such a fabulous setting that you are reluctant to leave it for the hustle of town in tourist-rush-hour, and you really don't have to.
Breakfast was lovely, a selection of fruits, salad, omelettes or eggs, fruit juices and coffee. Cakes and yogurt. Couldn't be further from the usual hotel breakfast stodge. No beans, sausages or bacon. This is local produce, natural food and is a flavour of Greece. Take your breakfast onto the terrace and watch the yachts sail silently by beneath you at the cliff base in the morning sunshine.
Service is great, the people on reception recommended some lovely places to eat, and went out of their way even to make the coffee to our taste. There are flasks available for you to take cold drinks out onto the terrace all day long.
On the terrace are two pools. One is a jacuzzi bath on a wooden deck, for about 6 people. We saw people in it once in three days. The second is a slightly larger stone pool (also a jacuzzi too). It is about 2m x 1.5m in size, waist deep, not huge but perfect for cooling off, dipping in and out of (under a large white canopy like the sail of a yacht). The beauty of Oia is that it is built on the cliff side, all higgledy piggledy, therefore if Olympic sized pools are your thing then look elsewhere as there is just no room for them in most places. Some hotels at the southern end of town do have bigger pools as far as we could see, but the prices also reflect that and the location is nowhere near as good.
Final piece of advice: don't bother with Thira, head directly for Oia if you can as it really is what the island is all about, and try to get a view over the Caldera. Our stay here was really wonderful and we cannot wait to come back.
- 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