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Art Maisons Luxury Santorini Hotels Aspaki & Oia Castle
Ranked #13 of 56 Hotels in Oia
Certificate of Excellence
Atlanta, GA
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Honeymoon in Oia”
Reviewed 9 April 2008

My wife and I stayed at Oia Castle for 3 nights in May 2007. Santorini was the first stop for our honeymoon, so we were hoping for nice views and a relaxing atmosphere.
I had arranged for a transfer from the airport (surprisingly small, since I'm used to Hartsfield in Atlanta) and it was a breeze. The first ride up the twisty road to Oia was a little nerve-wracking but gave us a chance to peek at Fira and see the views on the east side of the island. We were met at the bus by an employee of the hotel who was nice enough to carry my wife's bag and refused a tip when we got to our room.
The room itself was very nice, with a little kitchen, and cozy bathroom (don't expect a hot bath on Santorini though, we ran out of hot water before the tub was 1/2 full. I'm sure it's because of tight water control there). We stayed in the Volcano suite which had its own little porch with a table and chairs which we used every evening to watch the sun set. The views were spectacular. The only complaint we have is, there's a little restaurant just up the hill and apparently the family that owns it lives below. Well, every night as everyone is gathering to watch the sun set, a little boy comes out on there porch and starts banging on the grill, yelling at tourists, and generally acting obnoxious. If not for him, the sunsets would have been perfect.
The only other complaint we had was the bugs. For some reason our room wasn't getting the ventilation we expected and the first night there, we hardly slept at all. Some tiny little gnats kept flying around our heads, keeping us awake (not the best way to start a honeymoon).
Overall, I'd recommend this hotel to anyone else. The staff was very friendly and available whenever we needed them. The location is excellent if you want to stay in the quieter part of the island, and you can't beat the view. Sunsets, blue sea, and a fishing village below.

  • Liked — The Sunset view, quiet at night
  • Disliked — Problem with gnats, noisy child up the hill
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2008

We stayed in the Aqua-Marine suite during summer of 2007. These rooms were incredible! Great decor and layout. The privacy was wonderful - albeit because we had both suites booked. I imagine that wouldn't be the case otherwise.

Every evening before sunset, the crowds line up in that area of Oia, and YOU are floating around in the jacuzzi! We felt like super stars. The view cannot be beat.
The pool in the room was a blast. The jacuzzi outside was nice, but barely lukewarm in temperature.

The suites that we had were definitely 5 star - unfortunately we felt that the service did not quite live up to that. For example, three days in a row we asked the cleaning staff to please wait until later to service our rooms - but as we were trying to relax and enjoy our coffee, the young man was right there with us, cleaning. We tried to communicate with him in both Greek and English, but he did not understand.
As I was lying in a chair one afternoon on our veranda, another staff member asked me to get up so he could see if the cushion needed to be laundered. Strange.

Andrea in the office, however, was quite helpful, kind, and hospitable.

There is a difference between service and hospitality. At Oia Castle you will get good service, but we did not find the hospitality that you'd expect from an expensive 5 star hotel.

All in all, Oia is breathtaking.

On a matter unrelated to the hotel - watch out for 'cruise ship dumps' - when the cruise ships dump thousands of uncurious tourists who crowd the streets trying to find some fridge magnets and Budweiser before they have to be back on the ship for the 4 o'clock buffet...

  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2008

We stayed in the "Endless Blue" apartment which is spacious and self contained with a loft bedroom, large outdoor balcony and spa overlooking the caldera. The view is fantastic. We think the view is much better here than the newer sunset apartments. A must is a private boat tour around the caldera and a donkey ride up the steep hill.
We did have problems getting to Santorini from Crete as ferries and fast cats were cancelled due to rough seas. We advised Aspaki of our new arrival time of 10pm at the airport and altho we were told we would be met we arrived to a dark and deserted apartment at 10.45pm. Reception was closed and it was only with the help of locals from one of the bars in chasing up the person responsible for cleaning the apartments at his home that we eventually got into our room two hours later. Aspaki's idea of following up on this was for the next 2 days to make continual pestering phone calls at all hours, on a mobile left for guests, to contact reception. A better way of dealing with this would have been to drop by the next day with a bottle of wine as we did for the locals who offered us a couch for the night and eventually got us into the room.

  • Liked — fabulous views
  • Disliked — lack of common sense of reception staff
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank explore_&_indulge
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Vancouver, Canada
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36 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2008

I love this place! It is a private paradise with the most beautiful sunset view in Santorini. Our room 'Aqua' had its own heated private pool off the bathroom. Incredible! It doesn't get more romantic than this. Swimming together in a privacy, putting on a robe and wandering onto that patio to enjoy some complimentary champagne while watching the sunset. If I return to Santorini I intend to plan my trip around when I can get into the same room.

  • Liked — The pool, views, and location.
  • Disliked — That we didn't stay longer.
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Moscow
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113 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2008

Certainly this magnificent hotel-boutique corresponds to beauty of island Santorini. We stayed for three nights in Aqua - Marine suite (see photos). Though maybe not absolutely convenient and big rooms. The internal pool is more for design, than for swimming. In a jacuzzi on a terrace water is cold and strongly smelled chlorine (as well as in pool). But as a whole fine impression. The hotel personnel - students from all world. More precisely one girl (the main manager) from Patagonia (Chile) and one guy (the porter and cleaner) from Poland. It was very pleasant to communicate with them. Though there were some misunderstanding (called by hotel taxi for cruise around island has arrived with hour delay as has mistake a city on Santirini. But it is more fault of taxi office). Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2007
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Newport, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 24 October 2007

We spent four nights at Aspaki in the Romeo and Juliet room. We had been to Santorini before, and wanted to return for the wonderful views. Aspaki is located in the center of Oia. In fact most visitors to Oia seem to take a picture of it, standing by itself at the edge of the caldera. Once you go through the gates, you find yourself in a wonderfully private location. We had wanted to book Endless Blue, but it was unavailable for our dates. While we liked Romeo and Juliet, we would have preferred a small couch instead of the tiny decorative chairs in both the kitchen/dining room and the bedroom. We love to read in the evening after dinner, and the bedroom did not provide enough light to read in bed or to read on the little chairs. Dimitri has indicated that there will be an upgrade to Aspaki over the winter, and he asked for suggestions, so we did give him our thoughts. We really enjoyed our terrace and the sunbeds and side terrace as we spent our four days relaxing and loving the view.

  • Liked — The privacy and the location
  • Disliked — Lack of comfortable seating and the dated bathroom
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Mayo Gal
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Boston
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Reviewed 18 October 2007

This absolutley met my expectaions, you will not be dissapointed (at least if you stay in the sunset room) I can assure you of that. I can not describe how breathtaking the Sunset suite is, it was absolutley perfect. The hotels location and its views are second to none on the whole island. Litterally people will point at you as you enter the hotel wondering who you are that you could stay in such a place (little do they know its quite affordable). Other than the room the staff of this hotel is also phenominal, with excellent reccomendations on everything you could ever want or need to know (including what local wines to purchase). We stayed in Volcano as well for a few nights and it also has great views.

I really reccomend this hotel a great deal and would stay again in a heatbeat. I will say that we went in October, there is a tub but no pool so be aware of that as the ocean is great but it's a ways down to get to it. Also like everything in Oia the stairs, which are critical for access, are common for the 3 or so nicest rooms. These link the patios together to provide access. Other guests and staff will occasionally pass down between your patio and your room, though the hotel has curtains on the patio which provide 100% privacy. Volcano has it's own private patio. Again no big deal just an fyi.

  • Liked — Location, Views, and Staff
  • Disliked — No pool
  • Stayed October 2007, 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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