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“A budget accommodation in Santorini”
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Elkaza Villas
Ranked #44 of 76 Speciality Lodging in Fira
Lisbon
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“A budget accommodation in Santorini”
Reviewed 24 August 2009

We think Elkaza could be a very good option for a budget accommodation in Santorini. Although some aspects should be improved:

- The map to the house, that we received by e-mail from the owner and that is available on Elkaza website, does not represent Santorini streets and don’t shows the real options you should take to get to the house. We got lost and when we arrive very close to the house we couldn’t find it. We asked to some locals that lived there and no one knew Elkaza. We found a very nice Greek lady that helped us, but even she – that is living there for years – could find Elkaza with that map. We had to call to the owner and finally we found it and we realize that we have been there before but the sign in the house saying Elkaza was turned to the main road and not to the path given by the map. We told that to the owner and she told us that there was another sign on the roof. But that one was also turned into the wrong direction…
- The breakfast was poor for 3 persons: in the last day we only received 5 bread slices (perhaps we should eat 1,6666667 slices each). We had 1 littler of orange juice at the fridge when we arrive there, but in the last day it disappeared and was replaced by a juice jar so we only got a glass each.
- The toilet paper run out in the last night and there wasn’t a reserve one.

Elkaza is not in the center, but is at reasonable walking distance (we recommend you to eat at Mamma’s House the waiter is very nice and the food is good at reasonable prices). Don’t expect a traditional Santorini view with is lovely white houses from Elkaza: it’s turned to the other side of the island.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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Glen Walter Ontario
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Reviewed 17 August 2009

I stayed at Villa Elkaza for four nights in July with my teenage daughter. It was a little hard to find, but luckily we found someone along the way to give us instructions. The room was like a small apartment with a coffeemaker and fridge. It was very clean. A small breakfast was left each morning which was enough to get you going in the morning. You do have to go up a steep hill to get to town, this was not a problem for us. Liberty (the owner) was helpful and kind. She arranged a taxi to take us to the airport at 5:00a.m. and it showed up right on time.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 July 2009

Nice place. Clean room. The owner was really kind and helpful with us.We appreciate all and the place is really cozy and friendly. Bravo fili.

  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with friends
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 12 April 2009

This is a very simple hotel located between the cities of Fira and Firostefani. You'll be about a 10-15 minute walk from the center of either city. Our room was spacious, had a small kitchen and tiny bathroom. The hotel manager/owner was extremely nice, giving us directions and tips on how to move around the island. For the price we paid, I was very happy with the overall stay, and would recommend it to any traveller.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Riga
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Reviewed 31 March 2009

Santorini is an amazing, an extremely beautiful island and Hotel Villa Elkaza made our holidays on this island even more romantic, nice and unforgettable. Before arriving I was not absolutely sure that photos they put on their Internet page are showing the real situation, because the price was not so high and - because I do not really believe that dreams come true. But I must say - this was the case – they have made everything like in fairy-tail - design of rooms, furniture, curtains, views, balcony – you can not whish more! I really recommend this place. The service was very, I would say, private but unobtrusive at the same time. The only thing - location was a bit tricky. If you are not familiar with the area and use the main roads, it may seem that hotel is far from the centre and hard to find. But when you study all the lovely, small paths in-between all those white Greek, close to each other built houses, you find the centre as well as bus station very fast and convenient.
Thank you for the perfect accommodation!

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with friends
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athens
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Reviewed 1 February 2009

the place was fantastic with great hospitality and nice view to the aegean sea.Me and my wife enjoyed the fact that we were staying just a few minutes on foot from the center of Fira but we had a quiet romantic and relaxing stay.

  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Colchester
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Reviewed 8 January 2009

I booked this accomodation through bedbreakfastreservations.com as a single traveller for the price stated, only to be informed when i had booked that i would almost definately have to share the room with 2 other people ie. strangers.
This is not clear & should be advertised as Dorms if this the case.
Please be aware of this - even if you book a 3 person family room for 2 you may end up sharing your room with 1 other person.
Nice looking property but very dodgy booking pracise - i would never have known this was the case if i hadn't asked the property about transfers.
I have now lost my deposit - BEWARE.....!!!!!

Stayed August 2008, travelled solo
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libertySantorini, Manager at Elkaza Villas, responded to this review, 20 January 2009
this is more like statement than a response!!!!

according to this review: 1) the guest has booked one bed in a Family room?
2)he paid for a deposit that when he cacelled never took back
3) he choose to book his accommodation through a booking system.

1)First of All the hotel does not sell dorms, we clearly sell STudios and Appartments.

2)The hotel's policy is that of the free booking never takes a deposit or prepayment for a booking. The payment occurs only on the check out Day.

3)The guest never experience the service of the hotel Villa Elkaza, not even when he made his reservation.

We are always welcome to accept our guests comments on real happenings and we are also open to resolve all of their issues.
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Property: Elkaza Villas
Address: Agiou Athanasiou | Main Street, Fira 847 00, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Fira
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #44 of 76 Speciality Lodging in Fira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Elkaza Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Elkaza Villas, if you are looking for a home away from home you have found it. Our fully furnished home Villas are created accordingly to cover the needs and excite the mood of our valued guests. The smart location of the complex and the attractive surroundings makes this place ideal for couples, families or group of friends. The location of Elkaza villas is really a strategic place for those who wish to be close to the action of the center and nightlife but still a bit away from the crowds. The villas are located on the main street of Agiou Athanasiou and that means you can park your car or scooter just outside your house. Or you may park it and enjoy nightlife or sunset walks around on foot. ... more   less 
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