lauda is BY FAR the best & my favourite place that i have ever stayed anywhere!!!
(this review is looong overdue but SO called for!)
i visited santorini twice during the spring of 2010 (while studying on a neighbouring island) and staying at lauda, which I did twice, was literally one of the highlights of my time in greece.
on my first visit i was with three friends and while we wanted to get away to santorini for the weekend (we particularly wanted to see oia) we were a little intimidated by the first-glance prices. i found lauda while browsing online and it was love at first sight!!!
when i called to inquire nektaria was incredibly sweet & so accomodating
we arrived in oia & set out to find lauda, we had the joy of a collective gasp of glee & disbelief from all 4 of us when we stumbled upon the entrance! :)
we were only able to stay for one night (we spent the first night in fira) but i am SO GLAD we went out of our way to make it happen!
the amenities are super basic (which we loooooved)
++ the rooms have wonderful little kitchens + there is a great little grocery store next door so it's perfect to pick up goodies for breakfast!
++ comfortable beds, clean bathrooms, airy rooms & lauda is close to e v e r y w h e r e you could want to be
++ the pool is simple & lovely
++ nektaria (& her precious family!) is SO sweet & so kind, so helpful, SO accomodating, so wonderful!!!
we were there in early april & it was warm during the day (we were able to lay out at the pool & tan but there were some light showers our first night) but we went back a month later it was VERY warm.
& i just love this place so much i wish i could visit all the time!!!
the second time i visited i was with two friends and it was just as pleasant as the first time :)
i would MOST highly recommend this place for EVERYONE & people looking for a true cycladic island experience (cliff dwellings are a staple in santorini)... the only people i would NOT recommend this hotel to are people looking for top-natch amenities & pampering :) although i was not able to visit, the armeni villas (right next to lauda) looked perfect for those looking for something a little more luxurious! :)
... the bottom line is, if you are looking for the MOST incredible & affordable place on santorini, LAUDA is it!
- Also Known As:
- Lauda Hotel Santorini/Oia