To be fair, the staff was friendly and helpful, and the breakfast was fine. The shower was excellent. The view was beautiful, but the view is beautiful from anywhere in Oia. That said, we paid Four Seasons prices for Motel 6 accommodations, but at least Motel 6 is relatively safe.
There is no way to adequately describe the hazardous access and egress to this property. You descend about 65 uneven, rocky and - in places - crumbling steps and landings to get to the pool area of the property, which is also the reception area. These are not even or smooth steps, and they are slightly pitched towards the sea. They are actually part of the public access "road" for the mules and donkeys that carry loads up and down the cliffs, so you also have to navigate around a bit of manure which can be slippery. There is some lighting at night, but we found it necessary to use a small flashlight after dark. THERE IS NO HANDRAIL ON THESE STEPS. So getting to our "honeymoon suite" was not pleasant. After the pool area we had to negotiate another 35 or so steps, but these were on hotel property and at least even. No handrail there, either, and steep.
Once at our suite, we at least anticipated comfort and amenities. The bed was comfortable. There were NO amenities - the refrigerator was completely empty, not even a bottle of water. There was a hot pot with cups and saucers, but no spoons, tea, coffee, or anything else. A generic cleanser was in a dispenser on the wall of the shower, and the bathroom tissue was dispensed institutional-style in 2-square sheets. There was no shampoo, no lotion, no body wash, no facial tissue. There was no place to hang a towel after use. There was a place to hang clothes, but no place to put your folded clothes. We pushed the clusters of decorative seashells from the only shelf in the place (sculpted into the wall) for our shirts, socks, underwear, etc.
Our "suite" consisted of one room with a bathtub on one side and a floor lamp on the other. The second room was the bedroom with a bed, 2 chairs, and a low table. The balcony was small but did hold 2 chairs and a small table. Wires hung from above the door, and gave the whole place an unfinished look.
You do not see the sunset from any location at this hotel or any of the others on the caldera, but you do see a lovely, limited view of the sea.
I would not stay there again, nor would I stay in any of the "traditional" cave villas. There's not much traditional about spending a weekend in a concrete bunker no matter how lovely the view may be. Stay in Oia, definitely, but ignore all of the tourist hype about "traditional cave houses".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the centre of Oia, Caldera Villas overlook the volcano and feature a swimming pool and accommodation with Cycladic decor. Room balconies offer caldera and Aegean Sea views. Rooms, studios and suites combine local architectural style with modern comforts, such as free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Some room types provide well-equipped kitchenettes and seating area. Some units include a hot tub. Caldera Villas features a sun terrace and a swimming pool. Guests can enjoy a buffet continental breakfast daily. Staff can arrange bicycle and car rental and offer traveling advice. Armeni beach is a 10-minute walk from Caldera Villas. The bus station, bank, restaurants and shops are a 2-minute walk. Free public parking is possible at a location nearby Villas Caldera. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Caldera Villas Hotel Oia
- Caldera Villas Santorini/Oia, Greece