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
Tip : Ask for the Venetian Unit
- Also Known As:
- Old Oia Houses Hotel Oia
- Old Oia Hotel
- Old Hotel Oia
- Old Oia Houses Santorini, Greece