What you need to know up front: You have to call to make a reservation and Nectarina doesn't even need a credit card to hold your room:) Just call again a week ahead to confirm. And, you must pay cash upon leaving.
Why it's worth it: The view is second to none, you are in the middle of all of the little shops and restaurants, and you know it's a good sign when everyone stops at your hotel to take pictures of the caldera! The pool area is inviting, the water refreshing. There's a fridge and small cooktop in each room. Nectarina, the woman who keeps the place, has the most infectious laugh! She's a doll.
There's also a yummy little restaurant with delicious breakfast right next door since breakfast is not provided by the hotel. You're very much "on your own" here, so if you require a wait staff 24/7 or sheet and towel change every day, this isn't the place for you. But, if you're on a budget and want a clean, simple room with a view second to none, I'd recommend it!
Drawbacks: You pay for what you get. The bed is rock hard (although your room window looks straight into the cladera!), the towels are so scratchy you better hope you don't have to use one while sunburned(!), and the bathroom is super tiny and the itty-bitty shower makes it hard to contain the water, meaning much of the bathroom gets wet. However, that's not uncommon for much of Europe.
- Also Known As:
- Lauda Hotel Santorini/Oia