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Art Maisons Luxury Santorini Hotels Aspaki & Oia Castle
Ranked #13 of 56 Hotels in Oia
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Simply beautiful”
Reviewed 16 August 2012

My wife and I stayed at Art Maisons 'Oia Castle' in their Aqua Suite for 8 days in August 2012.
The hotel is fantastic. We had travelled to Paris, Rhodes, Marmaris and Athens before finishing in Santorini to rest prior to returning to the real world.
We were met at the entrance to Oia Village (at the Post Office) by Tasos. With a warm greeting, he loaded our bags onto his trolley and off we set on the 10 minute walk to Hotel Reception. There we met Jordan and Daniella- both very friendly. As we arrived early, Jordan sent us to Kastro restaurant for a delicious, early lunch while our suite was prepared. When the room was ready, Jordan came to get us to escort us to the suite to explain the ins and outs.
The Aqua suite is beautiful. All white, as is the standard. A cave style suite with spacious living / dining area (never used) arched windows and door through to the bedroom. A complete kitchen (never used, other than the fridge and coffee machine). Old, clawed bath in the bathroom, with matching vanity etc. Off the bathroom is the completely enclosed / indoor cave swimming pool. This is quite a novelty, complete with variable lights from standard soft blue and green to flashing multicoloured disco style. To be honest, the pool was an attraction that didn't meet our expectations. It would have been nicer if it had extended outside to some extent. Additionally, it was not cool enough for my liking, being almost tepid.
The terrace outside the room is shared with the adjacent Marine Suite. We ate breakfast here every morning, enjoying the beautiful view and perfect temperature. Purely by coincidence, we only shared the table for breakfast with our neighbours once, simply due to the elected times beiing different.
The provided breakfast is nice but nothing spectacular. Staff will certainly endeavour to meet any special requests you have though.
Downstairs and to the left is Aqua Suite's small private terrace. This has a couple of sun lounges and a deep bench cut back into the cliff face, adorned with soft pillows.
Downstairs to the right is Marine Suite's private terrace. This terrace also has sun lounges and a pillowed bench cut into the cliff. Importantly though, it also has a Jacuzzi - again, this is sunk back into the cliff. Hotel management offered us the jacuzzi on one of our evenings. It was absolutely perfect. I think it is better than the cave pool in our suite, because it is outside. All three terraces and the jacuzzi face the famous Santorini sunset. The view from these rooms would have to be approaching the best available on the island. It was particularly nice to sit in the jacuzzi, sipping champagne (a gift from the hotel), watching the sunset while the rest of the world had to sit on the stairs below the hotel or clamber onto a roof for an inferior view.
Following an enquiry to hotel staff regarding a local laundry, the hotel offered to do our laundry (not ironing- they provided us with an ironing board when requested) for a minimal rate, well below normal hotel rates. This sort of service is exceptional.
So, down to pros and cons.
Pros:
If not the best, then very close to the best possible location in Oia as far as the view goes.
A very romantic setting and accommodation.
Warm, friendly, genuinely helpful staff.
Beautiful room. Always spotlessly clean.
Welcome bottle of sparkling wine and hand made chocolates is a nice touch.
Private indoor pool.
Private terrace.
Staff ensure your privacy at all times. The only time we were called was to offer tour arrangements or to check on our breakfast orders.
Laundry service was most appreciated.
Cons:
Breakfast is less than spectacular- this is only a very minor issue, however the hotel's rates are expensive and the meal does not fit the bill.
Aqua Suite Indoor pool would be swapped for the jacuzzi anyday- a much cheaper room rate for the Marine Suite.
The first bottle of water was on the house, after this it is an expense added to the account. Are you kidding?
Room for improvement:
Given the standard of the hotel, I would expect a higher standard of breakfast.
Given the standard of the hotel and the rates charged, I think daily cocktails, drinks and hors d'oeuvres should at least be offered. In fact I would say that it almost seemed as if this was missing. Just a bottle of wine and a small platter each day to enjoy with the spectacular sunset would fit.
Water is cheap and to expect guests to pay for it on top of the high rates is preposterous. To offer continuous free bottled water would be a very cheap, but appreciated gesture. I have stayed at several hotels, all over the world, where bottled water is free.
Would I stay here again? You bet I would. Probably in the Marine Suite.
I highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Having stayed in the Aqua Suite with indoor cave pool, and looking through Marine Suite with it'...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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St Gallen, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

My girlfriend and I were planning a nice peaceful vacation this year. Just both of us without family, friends or work. A couple of days in a totally calmed environment. We even placed our vacation on the end of June just to avoid the hordes of turists of the end-summer time. We selected Santorini which is a nice little island and just to be alone we chose a small decent hotel Art Maisons.
Our selection turned to be the perfect one. Although Santorini is a popular tourist place Oia village has been a peacful place to be alone and be caressed by Art Maison's luxury the same time. We selected the honeymoon suit and at 40 degrees it was superb to dive in the suiit1s pool as we arrived after the 20 minutes walk having had a nice lunch at the harbour.
The suit is a perfect choice for all who like to enjoy the famous Santorini sunset or to take a nap listening to the waves and the seagulls. Having the decent breakfast of the hotel the same time makes you feel to reach heaven! We are planning to return next year with some of our closest friends.

Room Tip: If you are as lazy as I am choose a suit with a pool. It's just feeling like a king.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Fleet, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 August 2012

Having stayed in 5 star resorts around the world, I have to say this hotel surpassed all our expectations. The hotel has the best spot on the Island and the personal service from the staff was outstanding.
Jordan, Tasos and Daniella are all a true credit to the hotel.
Our stay was very special and romantic and we can't wait to return.
To sum the hotel up in one word "Exquisite".

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Beirut, Lebanon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2012

Amazing team, very helpful and gave much more than expected. Spacious rooms and wonderful balconies, the best view of Sunset in Oia. You don't feel like leaving the room. Luxury experience with affordable price compared to other cities in Europe. Breakfast is generous and YUMMY!

Room Tip: Recommend Volcano Villa for families with direct view of the donkeys going up and down the stairs...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 21 July 2012

We stayed at the Art Maison Luxury suites at the beginning of July and it was paradise. We barely left the balcony for the 5 days we were there. The sunset view was the best on the island and the envy of all other tourists. Highly recommended. The staff were really helpful and friendly, and the breakfast was delicious.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 21 July 2012

Let's start from the beggining. We booked the Volcano suit in the Oia castle for 4 days
First of all, we were coming from another hotel not far from the Oia castle. Both of the hotel arranged each other for ensuring our transfer, and this is very nice. Also, our luggages were lost during our flights and we found our luggages in our room !
All the staff is so so nice, really careful and pay attention to the clients and our wellbeing in the hotel. They are always happy and available to give advices on were to go, what to do, etc.

About the room. The volcano suite is very nice. The decoration is wonderful, the room really makes you feel confortable and warmy ; which are things that must be present for a honeymoon !
The bed is very confortable, the little kitchen is lovely, the bathroom is perfect, the terrace is really nice
The suite is just perfect for a honeymoon.

And let's speak about the direct view on the sunset from the small terrace. The view is unique. The balcon is just next to the street, but it is made in order not to make you feel distrubed by the street, and still leaves you in your sunset paradise cocoon. For the morning it is also perfect as the terrace is on the west side so that you can have fresh shiny breakfast without being directly hit by the sun and without feeling in a furnace.
Regarding the breakfast ... it is tooooo good. The croissants are delicious, also the eggs are. There are different choices and we did not tried everything, but this is real real high quality food. And as just mentioned on the shiny fresh terrace ... for me, it was the best moment of the day with the sunset

Actually, this place can be resumed as being a warm little paradise nest for a perfect honey moon.

As a conclusion : the staff is great and so nice (the best I have ever experienced), the room is warm and perfectly decorated (maybe just the wood lamp on the roof), the terrace is great, fresh and shiny, the food is of very high quality ...
Maybe the only problem is that you were hesitating between staying in the terrace, in the suite or going out in the isle as everything was too nice to stay in... And the price which is really high. Oia castle deserve this money but if it was less expensive, as a young couple, we would have stayed a couple of days more

Oia Castle participated for making our honey moon wonderful in Santorini (after we moved to Mykonos ... bad idea to go there after Oia Castle for a honeymoon !)
And I am really grateful for that.

If you are looking for a warm and nice honeymoon this is the place.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Toronto
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Reviewed 17 July 2012

We stayed in the Olympic Villa and loved it. The bed was comfortable and had an attached bathroom with jetted tub and shower. A second smaller bedroom had a small bathroom/wetroom with the shower just on the wall of the room. It had a full kitchen with a full size fridge and a range with oven. Why anyone would cook with so many amazing restaurants nearby is beyond me but, there it was! There is a seating area with TV and a dining room which sat 6.

There were a few things that made this room outstanding:
First, there is a really good size pool inside. It has varied "mood lighting" and jets for your back at one end. There were previous comments about the humidity and questionable cleanliness of this pool. We found the pool to be immaculate and there is a fan system that clears the air perfectly before you go in. There was a sign saying to turn it on 15 minutes before going in but we found 1 or 2 minutes to be sufficient.

Secondly, there is a secluded patio area right on the main path. The side facing the path however is a wall with a closable window and a door. The open side faces the water and allows for privacy from the people walking up and down to Amoudi Bay. There is a second roof patio with lounge chairs for sunning and a built-in sofa in the shade. It is the perfect spot for watching the sunset because it is elevated you above the throngs of people who come and stand on the path at sunset.

Finally, and without question the best quality of this hotel is the staff. There is nothing they won't do to make you happy and all with smiles on their faces. In a previous review, someone mentioned having to make their own coffee for breakfast. While this is true, I would bet that all that reviewer would have had to do was to mention that this was an irritant and one of the staff would have been there at a designated time to make it for him. They seem to be on call all the time! Truly some of the best hotel staff ever. I have stayed at several Four Seasons properties and have usually raved about the service. The staff at Oia Castle could easily slip into a Four Seasons job with no or minimal training!!!

Overall, OUTSTANDING. Can't wait to go back!!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Art Maisons Luxury Santorini Hotels Aspaki & Oia Castle
Address: Oia 84702, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Oia
#7 Spa Hotel in Oia
#10 Romantic Hotel in Oia
#12 Luxury Hotel in Oia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Art Maisons Luxury Santorini Hotels Aspaki & Oia Castle 5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Art Maisons Exclusive Boutique Hotels is composed of 2 Luxury Hotels: Aspaki and Oia Castle Luxury Suites. Due to its unique location on the cape of the Caldera right in the heart of Oia Santorini, Aspaki Exclusive Hotel offers best panoramic views of the Caldera, Aegean sea,entire village with blue domes and Volcano while ensuring ultimate privacy and tranquility for our guests. A common pool and bar/restaurant is available. Oia Castle Luxury Suites is located under the Castle of Oia which is the best spot to watch the famous sunset view in Santorini.The Suites and Villas were combined with every modern-day luxury and private pools or Jacuzzis offering direct sunset views and Caldera, windmills and sea views. ... more   less 
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