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“Hidden Gem of Oia - with fantastic caldera views!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Ranked #27 of 48 Hotels in Oia
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“Hidden Gem of Oia - with fantastic caldera views!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

We just returned from our stay at the Old Oia House in early July. Having checked into our Venetian House, we were awed by the breathtaking view from our room. I believe we had one of the best caldera view in the whole of Oia. Such reasonable price for such a fantastic caldera view. It is right in the middle of Oia town & convenient to explore Oia.

Our Venetian unit is a 3-storey unit. When you enter, there is a small kitchen (with stove, fridge & cutlery), a few more steps and there's another room - the bedroom with a balcony overlooking the caldera. A spiral staircase leads you to the bathroom on level 2, pretty unique as the bathroom is open concept & you will feel like you're in a cave. There isn't any door or shower curtain. Once you get up the spiral staircase, you see the whole shower area. A few steps from the bathroom leads you to another door to level 3 - get ready for the best view here at the rooftop terrace. It is really huge, for the 2 of us. There are 4-6 sun chairs for you to sun tan up here. And the view is fantastic cos you're on one of the highest points in Oia so you get to see a lot of the blue dome churches & white and blue houses just below you. Nice photo taking opportunity at your doorstep. We also prepared our own dinner & ate on the rooftop. So romantic dining under the stars. No need to waste $$ eating in the expensive Oia rooftop restaurants nearby.

The air-con in the room was really cooling, great for escaping the hot summer heat outside. Overall, the room, bathroom area & balconies were clean & well-maintained. Breakfast was freshly baked bread that arrived at 9.30am every morning. There's complimentary orange juice in the fridge too. We ate our breakfast every morning at our balcony, looking at the calm blue waters below and watching the boats cruise by, Wifi was free but connection was not so good. We could only get wifi connection near the entrance of our unit.

Don't miss the sunset in Oia. Best place to watch sunset is at the Oia Castle which is about 5 minutes walk from our room. There, you'll get the best view of the sun setting with the famous Oia windmill, white buildings in the background, just like in the postcards. To get there, turn left when you come out of your Venetian unit. Walk past Lotza restaurant. See the canon near Lotza, take the road on the left. Follow the path until you see something that looks like a fortress. That's the Oia Castle. Go early to get the best seats. In July when we were there, sunset was around 8.30-45. We got there around 7pm to secure our seats.

We even walked down to Ammoudi Bay from Oia. Go early before the hot sun comes out. The stairs down starts from near Oia Castle. Quite a number of steps & just a warning, there's lots of donkey poo on the steps. So make sure you wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to weave left & right to avoid stepping on it. Took us about 15minutes to walk down. Very nice & cool once you reach the bay. Nice blue clear waters & there are about 4 restaurants there (which were closed as we were there around 7+am in the morning). We took a public bus (2 euros per person) from Ammoudi Bay parking lot back up to Oia (on the right of the bay). The bus timing is infrequent so do check the timing if you don't intend to walk back up. We took the 8am bus back to Oia. The next timing I think was 12noon. Alternative is to take a taxi back up. Think it cost 10euros per car.

The Oia bus terminal is just 5 minutes walk and we could easily take a bus to Fira town to do our day trip to Kamari beach & Red Beach.

We were initially lost & couldn't find where Lotza restaurant was (need to check-in here). So here's some help on how to find your way to Lotza : once you arrive at the Oia post-office parking lot, which is also the Oia bus terminal (the last stop), walk towards the end of the row of shops/cafe, turn left and you will see Proton mini mart. Head right of the mini mart & walk a few more steps. Turn left when you see the first small lane on your left & walk up the stairs. At the top of the stairs, you will pass a church with a small square in front of the church. Walk towards the right. Follow the path, pass another church & walk about a few more minutes straight ahead (do not turn) and you will pass Lotza restaurant on your left. Hope this helps

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Our family of 4 people (2 x adults, 2 x teenagers) spent 5 nights at Old Oia Houses in July. And the accommodation was perfect...

We stayed in a cave house that had a master bedroom and then another living room that had a double bed and single bed, tables and chairs, kitchen. There was also a detached bathroom and then the balcony.

Apartment Comfort - 5 Stars
Apartment Cleanliness - 5 Stars
Apartment Location - 5 Stars, the view was amazing (see note below)
Apartment Conveniences - 5 Stars (WiFi, Air Con, Kitchen Supplies, Toilet Paper etc)
Value for Money - 5 Stars

The entire family wished we could have stayed for 5 weeks instead of 5 days... We loved it.

Thanks Gill for your hospitality... We will be back.

Note: It is quite an effort transferring luggage up in the early morning (we had a 7am flight) when no porters were available. Pack lightly... :)

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

We really enjoyed our time (2 nights) at Old Oia Houses. Our room - large apartment, I believe it is called - was perfect. Two small, impecably clean cavelike rooms with a small kitchenette and a balcony overlooking the caldera. The view is break taking and faces Fira and other white-colored towns, but not the famed Santorini sunset. For that you need to ascend some steps and head out with the rest of the sunset seekers for a view over the top of the island facing the west, or do a sunset boat tour. Gill, the proprietress, is personable and makes herself available at the Lonza restaurant - again, up the stairs - as needed. Anna brings fresh, tasteless to us, bread to the room each morning and empties the trash, etc. The bread, along with a container of orange juice, small packets of butter, jam, honey, coffee and tea is what constitutes breakfast in your room. We chose to supplement our breakfast with some yogurt, cheese, fruit and vegetables from one of the several well-stocked Santorini mini markets (our favorite was Proton, but the one by the bus station was fine as well, just a bit more expensive). If I were to have any "complaint" with Old Oia Houses it would be that the breakfast provided seemed a bit on the too light side. It wouldn't take much to provide some yogurt or fruit in addition to bread and juice. Maybe some some tastier bread as well.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

The Old Oia Houses have the best location in Santorini. They cascade down the hillside above the caldera overlooking a turquoise sea, distant islands, and the white-stuccoed village of Oia. Each studio is simple yet elegant with every amenity. When we were reminiscing about our recent vacation my husband and I agreed Old Oia Houses were our favorite hotel in Greece.

Room Tip: We had studio 1 and it was fantastic.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Oia, is quite a long way from Amouda Port, where the Flying Cat 4 arrives, but we caught the bus to Fira bus station and then another bus to Oia. We were glad we did not have more than one bag each, and are reasonably fit, because it was a bit of a treck up hill and steps and along cobbled walkways to find Lotza restaurant. We checked in and were shown to our studio, along the pedestrian only footway, and down a steep flight of steps - and it was worth the walk - just beautiful! It had a nice little kitchen area and table & chairs and the terrace had the most amazing view of the Calaldra. Breakfast was fresh bread, delivered about 9-30 ( a bit late for us), and the studio was stocked with jams and butter, tea and coffee provisions. Caught a taxi back to the port when we left, which involved a lot less walking with the luggage - Gill organised it from the restaurant.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

Stayed during oct 2010. Found to be extremely central to the Oia town. Views are just serene and amazing. For the price, this is a great place to stay. Breakfast is basic but good - fresh bread with butter and jams. You can literary spend the whole day relaxing on the balcony and savor the Sun and views of Aegean.

We'll definitely stay here if visiting Oia again.

Room Tip: We stayed in the smaller room. I think room # 2. It was sufficient for us ; although a little smalle...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

The 3 of us stayed here for 3 nights in June. The location of the accommodation is just amazing with wonderful views of the Bay. We loved the accommodation which is so unique in its style . It was very clean and for us it had everything you would need . It was great having fresh Bread delivered every morning . Gill is a wonderful host and was very helpful both prior to ,and during, our stay. We also ate at the restaurant a couple of times and would highly recommend it for the quality of the food and the sensational views. Oia is an amazing place for a holiday and for me is by far the best place to stay on the island . .

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Oia, Greece
Location: Greece > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Oia
#15 Family Hotel in Oia
#24 Romantic Hotel in Oia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
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Old Hotel Oia
Old Oia Houses Santorini, Greece

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