I partially regret leaving only a 2-star review because the couple who owns the hotel is very, very sweet. Unfortunately this is just not a great place to stay if you're planning to visit Oia. Personally I expected a lot more based on the reviews here and would have arranged things differently had I known.
The bottom line is that if you're staying in the northern part of Santorini, particularly Oia, you want to be in Oia and/or facing the Caldera. This place is neither. It's located in a not particularly nice residential village outside Oia and more than the "10 minute walk to Oia" as it's advertised. More like 20 minutes, and not a particularly nice walk at night. In fact the hotel itself is located within a little maze of steps that you feel lucky to find every time you arrive at the hotel (especially the first time). If you're on a vacation that's even a little bit romantic, this is not the place to stay. Better to spring for more while in Oia and save while you're elsewhere. Or stay in Imerovigli or somewhere that has a Caldera view.
The pros are that the couple who manage it are very, very warm and eager to help. The rooms are spacious and clean (although ours had a slight odor of wine or liquor when we entered). The breakfast is homemade and very, very good. And frankly it's cheap for the Oia area.
So if all you're looking for is a place to lay your head and to save a few bucks while being able to walk to Oia, this might do the trick. But if you care (as I now do) about flushing your toilet paper down the toilet, you're advised to stay elsewhere because the water pressure apparently isn't strong enough to flush toilet paper :-(
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- “Αmbelia Traditional Villas” is a group of stunning, fully self-contained cavehouses located in Oias’s Finikia. 8 genuine village-houses of a neighbourhood have been totally renewed in 2009 to become high luxury cave houses that offer all modern facilities. Each villa overlooks the blue northern shore of the island and has a private terrace with an amazing panoramic seaview. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ambelia Traditional Villas Santorini/Oia, Greece