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“Perfect place in a romantic spot.” 5 of 5 stars
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Olympic Villas
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Oia, Oia 84702, Greece   |  
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Ranked #32 of 48 Hotels in Oia
Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Perfect place in a romantic spot.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The hotel is very well located. We had a lovely, private, romantic, simple cave house with a amazing view. The hotel has two swimming pools so you can always swim, You have a supermarket a cross the road where you can buy every thing. But you can also buy your beer or wine in the hotel for a low price and even the glas is cooled. The staff is a very nice Greece familie, friendly, helpful, they don't speak very well English and take there time but don't worry they take care for you. The rooms are simple and clean and don't have Tv or internet, but that is for free by the pool and reception.

Room Tip: All the rooms are very nice in the cave house's you have to watch your head.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Detroit, Michigan
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This hotel was just outside of the main town ( a 5 minute walk) which was nice to be outside of the "hustle and bustle" but convenient enough to get to the town center when we wanted to. The hotel staff was friendly, not overly accommodating but got the job done in a professional manner. The rooms were very spacious, the bathrooms small and simple, with a kitchenette and small refrigerator. The best part was when we opened the double doors to the balcony we had an unobstructed view of the ocean. A wonderful vacation get away!

Room Tip: There are rooms that overlook the caldera but are busy with multiple rooms overlooking and opening u...
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  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Gjovik, Norway
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Stayed at this recommended hotel in September for three days.
Good service, pleasant owners.
Rented a studio big and nice for two persons.
Two balcony, beautiful view to the Caldera.
Supermarket across the road!

Swimmingpool was open only one day.
Missed some equipment in the kitchen,
Cleaning was ok, had been getting spoiled in Paros..

Room Tip: Traditional house is also available, I might prefer this next time.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
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64 reviews 64 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We loved the location with its two pools and stunning sea views. The room/unit was comfortable with an adequately stocked kitchen. I figured the cave houses might have issue so was very happy with our selection with sea view opening on to a large open balcony area with tables where we could enjoy eatning outside in either the shade or sun. Room service was good. The location is quiet and away from the true busyness of Oia. It was well priced and staff very pleasant.
It seems to be policy that guest are responsible for their own bags. They are trying to upgrade the rooms little by little.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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222 reviews 222 reviews
45 hotel reviews
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Unfortunately the facility is dated and needs an upgrade badly. We stayed in one of the apartments poolside which was nice but the kitchen was basic with minimum cutlery or dishes no dishwashing soap nor cloth or sponge I guess they expected u to buy this at little market. The bathroom was barely adequate as the plumbing was so old u were asked not flush the toilet paper--the shower was barely 2 ft by 2ft with a handheld wand nowhere on the wall to hang it up. The WiFi did not work in the room and u had to go to the lobby to use it and the sign in was from when people used the Commodore computer's remember ? Also the pool area was closed up at 7 pm as was the main lobby. However great view and easy walk to the restaurants and shops at Oia.

Room Tip: Do more research and pay more.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We stayed here for our honeymoon. 5 nights, all in a cavehouse. All told, we would look for alternatives next time... but if none were in the same price bracket we would stay here again. We worked around the shortcomings we knew about ahead of time, and weren't looking for much other than a room to sleep in.

Quick version:
-Mgmt is non existant
-Cleaning ladies are nice and happy
-Cave houses are cozy but minimal amenities.
-Pool is crowded, towels provided.
-Can't speak for food, didn't look good enough to bother trying it or the breakfast.
-No free Wifi/TV. Use the lobby PC to do your research for free, or the Rimida Wifi out in the corner of the patio.
-A rude rulebook in each room that's good for a laugh.
-Lower price than most other places, but still usual Santorini markups
-Manageable but somewhat treacherous walk to town.

Front desk guy is only a hair above totally useless. If he isn't there, the parents basically don't speak any English and are grumpy about having anything asked of them. They were very upset when I simply asked them to call a cab for us. They cannot recommend places to go, activities to do, restaurants to eat at, nor provide any additional information other than what they provide in their huge binder they leave in each room. This binder is basically a huge collection of rules and things not to do to/in their rooms, and isn't worded to try and disguise this purpose.

The cave houses are nice, but remember you are living in a cave. Some of the ceiling are low (doorways) and you will bang your head if you don't duck (I am 6' tall) You must turn the water heater switch on 30 mins ahead of time to take a hot shower, and it comes out HOT. Beds were pretty bad, but better than our stay in Crete which were like slabs of stone. Maybe Greeks like super stiff mattresses.

Kitchenette was nice. We used the cook plate to heat up water for coffee, and even made pasta one night it was nasty out. Ours had a washing brush for dishes, but of course no dish soap. Did have a few dishes and silverware which was enough for our uses.

Shower had a handheld faucet that had to be held at all times, and had very finicky heat control. Hard to prevent it from being scalding hot. No soap/shampoo was provided, only a small hand soap pump at the sink.

There we a few light fixtures and lamps around, and a few empty sockets. Obviously no tv, but there was Air conditioning which wasn't expected. Our cave wasn't hot at night, but we had it on low to mask any outside sounds. Those sounds were minimal and only rarely could we hear someone's suitcase clacking along on the cobblestone path above.

The view was spectacular for us, and we ate breakfasts on our patio every morning in the blistering sunshine. At that time of day you must be creative to get shade from the provided umbrella, but it's doable. The lounge chairs outside the cave houses are wooden and we never considered sun bathing on them.

The pool was nice, although pretty crowded most days. I wasn't expecting people to come to Santorini to sit by a pool, but there wasn't all that much to do besides that if you stayed for 4-5 days like we did. It was very windy one of the days and the front desk guy came and took all the umbrellas away very rudely and without any explanation. It was clear to us what was happening, but others were clearly clueless and very upset. No explanation or other suggestions were given other than his trademark shoulder shrug of uselessness. Get used to it, it's almost comical.

Also, Wifi is like 3Euro for 30 mins, or 5 euro for a day. What a scam. If you can find your way to the corner of the pool area near the Rimida villas side you can sometimes jump on their open wifi. OR, you could use the username Olympic, and password Villas, to sign into their pay service and get on the house account. I overhead him telling one of the guests this information at one point, but clearly they weren't making it public knowledge. I don't mind sticking it to them a little.

Expect nothing from the front desk guy, and then continue on to consider this hotel. Here are some tips to help you do this. You can apparently make reservations for taxi's at busy times. I don't know how well this works, but they looked at me like I was crazy when I didn't have one. After all their scoffing the cab was there in under 5 minutes. \

If you are on this site you shouldn't need the staff to know where to go and what to do. I recommend Skala as a good dinner spot and not to pricey/fancy. Skiza was a cool smaller shop that we got some good greek pizza.

The walk to town is pretty short, but treacherous for a stretch of about 50meters. You must share the road with the cars/buses trying to squeeze past each other. Be very careful at night and you will be okay. It's not a long walk to the town, 5-10 minutes to the fringe, 25 to get all the way to the sunset viewing area. Get their much earlier, as they buses come and dump tons of people to watch it and you won't have much chance. There is a lot more room to stand and watch it, I recommend you check the area out ahead of time so you aren't fooled by the people crowding the one visible corner if you arrive late.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I booked this hotel basically because of the price, but I had read the reviews and I was ready for everything. We arrived at around 9pm and we did inform the staff. As we struggled with the suitcases to climb up the couple of stairs to get to reception the owners looked at us totally numbed. They were very serious but luckily the lady was there with a nice bottle of water for us and showed us to our room but we needed to carry the suitcases and.... it is not easy in Oia. The room 134 (as I expected as we were probably the last ones to arrive) was tiny, claustrophobic, hot as hell... Beware tall people... My boyfriend banged his head I dont know how many times. But Oia is so nice that we just wanted to go and have dinner somewhere. As we asked for a map of Santorini they laughed at our faces "a map? there is only one road!!!" Luckly when in Fira we got one. If you are a girly girl, forget about it, hardly any plugs and these ones are nowhere near a mirror, any way if you wanted to use a hairdryer or straightners you will probably melt trying. The same goes for the "kitchenette" Do they really think I could cook there? It was already around 30 degrees in that room. The second day I was fed up after I saw a room being made by the cleaners and checked that it was at least three times bigger than ours. I told them and they changed us!!!! Well, they changed us... they gave me the key and I changed all our stuff. They also claimed the torch back (you might need a torch it is handy as at nigh is very dark and there are frequent power cuts in Oia) like if I was going to keep it.
Leaving the room aside, the views are absolutely breathtaking and the cava rooms area is clean and nice. They also have two pools, one with very nice with sea views. Notice that there is no free wifi and no tv or cd player or nothing, breakfast is not included,but of course, what do you expect for 125 euros.... ?????These days I thought wifi and tv is a given, but apparently here is not.
Also to bear in mind is that to get into Oia which is really a few minutes you also have to walk on the road for around 4 minutes and there is no walk side and at night is pretty scary (hence the torch).
The rooms were supposed to be cleaned every day but you need to free the room by 13.00. Well, at around 10am we were always asked if we wanted the room done, of course I want... I told them once that we would leave in 10 minutes (that was 10:40). When we came back the room was not done, we reported it to reception and the owner did not bat an eyelid
If I ever go again to Oia I will not stay here, yes, it is cheap but the patronizing owner and the hot dated room did not do it for me. If you can live with this then yes, I recommend it.

Room Tip: They have apartments next to the pool and the cava rooms. The cava rooms have amazing views and you...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Olympic Villas

Address: Oia, Oia 84702, Greece
Location: Greece > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #32 of 48 Hotels in Oia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Olympic Villas 2.5*
Number of rooms: 28
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