We stayed at Anemomilos Apartment # 2 from 28 Sept-4 Oct 2010 and would definitely recommend it. To stay only a few minutes walk outside of Oia but for such a reasonable price was brilliant. The Caldera is obviously beautiful but you see it every day as you are walking around so not having a direct view from our room really didnt bother us. Room 2 looked over the pool and a panoramic view to the sea on the non-caldera side, which was fab. Just a note but lots of hotels on the Caldera side (where space is at a premium) have small pools with only space for a few sunbeds so the large pool and plenty of space around/sunbeds at Anemomilos is a real bonus.
The rooms are fairly small but adequate & clean and we werent disappointed at all, the air-con worked well too. The beds and pillows are pretty hard for my taste but we still slept well. The staff at Anemomilos are helpful and friendly. Spiros the owner kindly let us stay in our room as long as we needed on the day of departure without charging us as our flight wasnt until 11pm.
If you are on a budget as we were then you need to be a bit clever in Oia as things are EXPENSIVE, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from but overall we were not that impressed with most of the restaurants we ate at, or the quality of food. We generally chose the mid-range restaurants where main courses were approx. 10 Euros. The portions are small. I think perhaps we were unlucky, but the restaurants we ate at on the Caldera side with a fantastic view did help make up for the mediocre food served.
The best & most reasonably priced food food we had was actually at Anemomilos' own restaurant, well worth a visit. The baked feta and tomato starter is delicious! portions are definitely more generous than a lot of places, and a carafe of (nice) red wine was only 9 Euros whereas some places in Oia 6 Euros a glass! Eat there early in your stay and you will end up going back again and again!
FYI - Avoid the sunset bar at the top near the old fort, we ordered a sharing meze platter for 30 Euros expecting it to be spectacular and lots of food, but it was one small dinner plate of meze between us, quite nice but for 30 Euros?? What planet are they on? Sunset view=free license to charge whatever they like.
To keep within our budget we bought bread from one of the bakeries in Oia and supplies from the shop across the road from Anemomilos to make sandwiches for lunch, this worked out really well and the fridge in our room meant we could keep cheese etc. Also, dont miss the amazing cake shop in Oia (on the main walkway) it is perfect for a great value pudding, they do take away so you can find a nice caldera side spot to perch on & enjoy.. yum yum,
We absolutely loved Oia, a really breathtakingly beautiful place, you cant help but be blown away every morning seeing that view! The sunsets were awesome, we went down to see it every day, well worth it - avoid the overpriced bars and get a beer from the shop for 1.3 Euros vs. 6 + in the bars.
Although it was an expensive place to stay Oia is definitely the best resort on the island, i wouldnt want to stay anywhere else - Fira was nowhere near as nice as Oia - much bigger and more commercial.
Anemomilos was perfect for us: friendly staff, great location, gorgeous food, lovely pool, fab weather, aaahhh can we go back please?? :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Anemomilos hotel welcomes you to its hospitable premises in Oia on the island of Santorini. Οne of the most popular holiday destinations, due to its spectacular view of the volcano and the Aegean Sea.Comfortable and attractive premises, modern amenities and services, warm family environment, authentic Greek cuisine, friendly service and unrivaled prices await you for the most idyllic holidays, on the most beautiful Greek island, to a breathtaking view of the Aegean blue.Enjoy absolute leisure in a wonderful relaxed ambiance, in one of the 20 rooms, apartments, studios and private villas of the hotel ANEMOMILOS, all decorated in stylish island style, the colors of the Cyclades and equipped with many modern amenities. Select your fitting accommodation by the number of family members or friends, the ages, your tastes and needs. ... more less
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