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“Outstanding!!! The place to go!” 5 of 5 stars
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Marizan Caves & Villas
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Oia Santorini | Garbinoi Miloi, Oia, Greece (Formerly Marizan Studios & Villas)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 54 Specialty Lodging in Oia
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1 review
“Outstanding!!! The place to go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2009

My husband and I had the pleasure of staying at Marizan for two weeks in late June/early July. We fell in love with the place right away: Not only were we overwhelmed by the breathtaking view, Yannis, the owner, welcomed us in such a kind and warm way that we felt we were visiting a friend.

We reserved the Cave studio but got upgraded to one of the Romantic studios (room #1). It is the smallest of the Romantic Studios but nonetheless spacious (1 queen bed and 1 twin bed) and comfortable with separate kitchenette. The bathroom is on the smaller side but that did not bother us at all. Needless to say there’s A/C.
Nadja, the housekeeper, is very friendly (she put a kettle in our room after we told her that we don’t drink coffee:-) and does a great job in fixing the rooms.

We simply loved the fact that we were able to have breakfast sitting outside enjoying the beautiful view and, most importantly, since we like to sleep in, whenever we were ready to have it. The breakfast included: Fresh rolls, ham, cheese, yoghurt, flakes, milk, juice, butter, jam and honey.
We also liked the fact that we had a well-equipped kitchenette in our studio: We were able to store store-bought food and drinks in the fridge and cook a home-made meal (Oia is pretty pricy!) whenever we felt like it.

Oia in general and Marizan in particular are absolutely beautiful. The complex blends quite naturally into the maze of traditional houses that make up the town. The owner, who played a key role in designing the place, showed us around, and we got to see that each studio has its own layout and motif.
Marizan has 6 studios (each with a patio): 1 Cave studio (level 3), 3 Romantic studios (on levels 1, 2 and 3), a big Romantic studio (also on level 2) and a Private studio (level 4). Moreover it offers a deck with a Jacuzzi and 6 lounge chairs and one deck with 5 chairs and 2 sun umbrellas. The complex doesn’t have a pool but you can use the one of the Lioyerma Lounge Café Pool Bar (check out the pics on www.lioyerma.gr), which is only a few meters away from Marizan.

Our experience at Marizan would not have been the same if Yannis wasn’t there. He welcomed us with a glass of Vinsanto (typical sweet wine of Santorini) and a plate of fresh fruit and helped us whenever he could, e.g. by organizing boat trips, calling the car rental place or giving us rides and advice on restaurants and places to visit. During our stay we got to know him better and he would invite us to his personal terrace to enjoy some wine while watching the sunset or we would simply sit together and chat.

Marizan’s major features are a) the location, which is simply amazing because of the view, its proximity to the town center and because it’s the best spot for sunsets and b) Yannis, who with his warm and charming personality will do anything to make you feel like at home.

We had the best time ever at Marizan. We can highly recommend it to anybody who doesn’t like fixed breakfast hours, is looking for a personal, family-like and easy-going environment and just wants to have a relaxing vacation while remaining independent. By that we mean that it’s actually more like renting a small studio apartment than a hotel room while getting regular hotel amenities at the same time.

Yannis and his staff will do whatever they can to make your stay unforgettable.
We liked it so much there that we didn’t want to leave…
Efcharisto poli Yannis!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2009

My husband and I had a wonderful stay at Marizan.

1) Great room: We were very excited that Yannis upgraded us to the Honeymoon Cave at no additional charge - it was so beautiful. Very spacious and nice. You are also allowed to hang out at the swank pool of the hotel next door, which is a great amenity.
2) Great service: We were pleased that Yannis let us check in very early, which he didn't have to do, since we arrived at 9 am. Also, Yannis drove us a few places that we needed to go, which was totally above & beyond the call of duty - and even offered to pick us up from dinner one night. All for no charge.
3) Great location: Marizan is in a lovely area just off the "main drag" of restaurants and shops, which I really liked. It takes only a few minutes to walk to town, and the sunset views are more beautiful where Marizan is than closer to downtown.
4) Great value: Just for something to do, we ended up looking up the prices for some cave hotels that were close to ours, to compare what we were paying to what they were charging. I was shocked to see that many nearby cave hotels, which looked no nicer than ours, were charging 400 or 600 euros/night. From looking at those hotels' websites, I honestly cannot see how they are any better than Marizan.

A few small nits to note, for full disclosure:
-The taxi that was supposed to bring us from the airport to Marizan did not show up. This may have had something to do with the fact that our flight arrived at 6:45 am, and apparently no one on the island wakes up before 9:00 at the earliest. Interestingly enough, the random cab driver we found at the airport had Yannis' phone number in his cell phone, and knew exactly where Marizan was, so it's not like you'll be out of luck if you take a random taxi.
-WiFi does not work quite as well on the level of the Honeymoon Cave, which is four stories below the entry thru rock. For those who bring a computer, this crisis is easily averted by going up a level or two and camping out closer to Yannis' quarters.

You should definitely stay here - you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2009

it felt like a home with the warmest welcome you could expect, the view is breathtaking with the best spot on the island the food and the service were excellent marizan villas is definitly the place to stay in in santorini!!!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beirut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2009

you feel the charm of this hotel from the minute Mr Yannis welcomes you with his warm smile!! the comfort is directly felt in the spacious and homey rooms, u have the richest breakfast with the most amazing view, and if feel like a change, u can grab a cocktail or a drink at the pool, or even taste the best greeck salad there! Thanks a lot Yannis for making this stay the most enjoyable ever!

  • Stayed June 2009
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2009

We had a wonderful stay at Marizan thanks to Yannis & his family.
the Villas are beautiful & comfortable, the view really awesome! Plus it's a very quiet place & yet very close to the market!
I recommend everyone to stay there!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beirut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2009

Marizan is home, not just because of the location, the rooms and the view but mainly because of an exceptional outstanding owner (Mr. Yannis) who makes you feel at home; whatever you need, he will tell you "no problem" and surely you will be satisfied
I really recommend this hotel for any person/group who want to spend an unforgettable vacation!

  • Stayed June 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lebanon
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2009

We just got married in Santorini and we stayed for 10 days in Marizan with our families. Our stay was exceptional! We stayed in the honeymoon suite which was recently renovated in a traditional style with comfortable amenities and a special romantic candle-lit setting. We had daily breakfast (with daily fresh bread delivered to our room) on our large private terrace which overlooks Thirassia, the volcano and most importantly the sunset!!! Tourists gathered everyday in Oia to watch the sunset while we had our own private terrace to enjoy it romantically with a bottle of Santorinian wine!
While being located in a calm area of Oia, Marizan is at a walking distance from the center. It is also very close to Ammoudi bay where u can enjoy excellent seafood at Taverna Katina.
All family and wedding pictures were taken at Marizan as the view is simply breathtaking!!! To describe the owner, Yannis, as helpful would be an understatement! He contributed in every way to make our wedding a perfect event! He found solutions to every problem we faced!!! He even arranged for all car rentals (for our guests) , busses and the wedding car with Vazeos car rental. He also arranged tours for our family!!!
This is our second stay at Marizan as this is where we first decided to get married in Santorini. We extremely enjoyed our stay and are definitely coming back to Marizan!!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Oia Santorini | Garbinoi Miloi, Oia, Greece (Formerly Marizan Studios & Villas)
Location: Greece > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 54 Specialty Lodging in Oia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Marizan Caves & Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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