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Nostos Apartments
Ranked #22 of 56 Hotels in Oia
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Seattle, Washington
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“Paradise!”
Reviewed 7 October 2012

Yes, this place is exactly like the pictures. Paradise! The views are spectacular, the infinity pool is a plus especially at night, and the location is ideal. It was worth every penny...

The room was clean, cool, and completely furnished but you rarely spend much time inside in this town. The staff were very helpful (though we didn't get to meet the owner Gabriella -- hope your mother is better!) -- they arranged the taxi transfers to and from Nostos and even packed our breakfast when we had to leave on an early flight back to Athens.

The breakfast provided was the best and most substantial we ever had in Greece -- more than the typical hard roll and yogurt. There were boiled eggs, fruit, freshly squeezed fruit juice, cold cuts, cheeses, etc. There is also a store at the top of the stairs, not too friendly but they have a lot of fruit and food if you decide not to eat on a cliff side cafe enjoying the views.

The only complaint we had at Nostos was the weak wifi signal in our unit. The only complaint anyone else might have with the place is the steep set of stairs down to the property. They will haul your luggage up and down but be prepared for your own personal workout!

We would love to stay at Nostos the next time we're here if we have a short visit. But if we stay for a longer stint. we probably won't need the pool and view and would find something just as nice on the other side of town for half the price. But if this is your first time to Santorini (and especially if you are a couple), you've got to stay here!

Oia eating suggestion: eat at Cafe Flora about half way into town on your right -- great Greek pizza (it is different, delicious. and reasonable) and gelato. Say hi to Amir the young server and Manolish, the owner's husband -- he speaks some English and loves to teach you Greek!

As for the rest of the island, go to the Akrotiri ruins that just reopened in 2012. The red sand beach there is a bit of a hike and mostly rocks but it is beautiful. We went to the beach at Kamari (very European with a lot of suntanning and not much swimming) but found out later it is better to go to Perissa for a swimming experience. We didn't spend any time in Thira but will go to the Archeology Museum the next time we are there. Buses are a reliable way to get around and taxis are a good backup plan. And of course the Oia sunset is spectacular -- get to the north end of town about 20 minutes before the event -- it gets crowded.

By the way, for the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" crowd, you can still get a horse (not donkey) ride up from the beach on the north end of town but it is not the same location as the movie. The place where the film was shot was actually right below Nostos but a landslide killed a tourist recently and so the path is closed.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

This was my fourth trip to Santorini but my first to Nostos. Overall it was a wonderful experience. Personal balconies for each room, a wonderful breakfast and the staff was absolutely great. I will definitely try to stay here again on my next visit!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

My husband and I spent 5 nights at this beautiful spot.
Our terrace overlooking the Caldera was spacious and the view breathtaking.
It is well organised, with friendly and accommodating staff. They have a lovely breakfast room with a lovely lady running it. Standing in their pool you may gaze out over the sea.
We didn't mind , but you should be prepared to climb up steps to get to the shops and restaurants: it was worth the exercise!

Room Tip: 106 has a great view, but as stated you need to be prepared to climb back up each day.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

Stayed here for 6 nights in July 2012. The service that Maya and her staff provided was fantastic from the moment we checked in to the moment we checked out. This was evermore evident when we missed our flight to Athens and Maya helped us find the next available flight.

We stayed in both the standard and junior suite rooms. Both offered exceptional views of the caldera. The rooms were very clean with wine on arrival, and candles lit in the evening. The breakfast is great with enough choice to get you on your way for the rest of the day - and the view from the breakfast room was great.

We would recommend Nostos Apartments to anyone looking to travel to Oia, Santorini.

Room Tip: Standard Rooms are great. Bathroom is bigger in the standard room than the junior suite. All rooms h...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Burnley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 September 2012

We stayed at Nostos for our honeymoon, one week. We chose Nostos for the location and previous reviews on trip advisor. What a great choice it was! We had an amazing time here. On arrival Maya was very welcoming and friendly which was lovely and they had put wine, flowers and water in our room on arrival which was a nice touch.

Location - end of walk way in Oia - I would stay perfect location for the views and a nice walk into the main square at night. There are steps down to the apartments which can be hard work in the mid-day sun.

Room - The room was very nice and spacious with modern decor. Very comfortable and a huge veranda over looking the Caldera. Good air conditioning.

Breakfast - great, i enjoyed fruit, yoghurt and crossants every morning and fresh juice made by Morella who was very friendly, we enjoyed chatting to her every morning.

Oia - very pretty and perfect for our honeymoon. We enjoyed Ambrosia and Nectar - they had the best risotto. Floga was a good choice for lunch - they have nice tortillas.

We will return to Santorini and will stay at Nostos for the location, friendly staff and price. Happy to recommend Nostos.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

Well I think most of the reviews say it all, but I felt I still had to add that this has to be one of the most beautiful views I have ever experienced. We had an amazing holiday in Santorini and this was the perfect location, it felt amazing to come back after a day out and sit on your own very private verandah and just soak in the view, plus you could cool off in the small but adequate pool. The staff were all friendly and helpful. We hired a quad bike for 3 days which was great fun, and saw most of the island. The room were tastefully decorated and lovely , spacious and cool. There are only 8 rooms in total ,which makes it intimate. We loved our stay here and were sad to leave they only area they could improve on were the breakfasts they were a bit monotonous. We would definitely go back!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brasilia, DF
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

The location is the best in Oia, rooms are super clean and well equipped!
The breakfast is delicious! Breads, cakes, freshly prepared natural juice!
The view from the room is more than perfect! Absolutely amazing!!!
It has a very nice pool overlooking the volcano and the sea!
The service could not have been better ... The staff are super attentive, helpful and polite! Helped with tours, taxi from the airport / port, tips for great restaurants. We had an upgrade to a giant and beautiful room... so nice!
If I ever go back to Oia, I´ll definitely stay at Nostos. I had the best time there. The hotel creates a great atmosphere for couples... very romantic!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Nostos Apartments
Address: Oia village, Oia 847 02, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Oia
#14 Romantic Hotel in Oia
#16 Luxury Hotel in Oia
#16 Family Hotel in Oia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Nostos Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small settlement located in OIA on the Santorini Island,consist of 8 units for 2 till 5 persons, reception, bar and pool facilities. Settlement is situated on the edge of the Volcano crater, overlooking the see and islets around. Each unit is fully equipped and can work as an independent bungalow (fully equipped kitchen, terrace etc.) Cave-like looking apartments, just 3-5 minutes walking distance from the center of the village and shopping center, but on the really calm area... relaxing and romantic atmosphere ... more   less 
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