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“You need to know what you'll get and enjoy it !” 5 of 5 stars
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Residence Suites
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Oia Main Street | Santorini, Greece, Europe, Oia 84702, Greece   |  
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Ranked #35 of 48 Hotels in Oia
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“You need to know what you'll get and enjoy it !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

If you want to have you standard hotel experience in a standard room with the same features as anywhere else do not book this. However, if you want to see how these cute buildings look from inside - yes, they are caved and could be occasionally with small windows giving to passing narrow street and moist - go ahead and enjoy the most wonderful views to caldera, have really nice and relaxing breakfast and excellent service.

We stayed three nights in cave suite and enjoyed every moment of it. Despite the fact that shower and toilet are in the same small space and that your entrance to the room is also your bathroom with sink. We did not mind that jacuzzi and dip pool just outside our room were to be shared with other guests - which happened only once during our stay. We appreciated the fact that we stayed where Santorianias used to live before their homes were transfered to hotel and got to experience a bit how living your daily life in this limited area might have been.

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

Probably one of the few hotels that books single rooms. However, lone travelers are treated as second rate. The "room" is literally a hole in the rock. One corridor, with a bed on the right and a bathroom at the end. No AC, just an old ineffective fan. To plug in the Tv, you have to unplug the fan.
Staff very helpfull, especilly Elvis and Elena.
Cleaning is not a priority here, at least for this room. On the last day, they didn't even feel the need to change the towels or mop the floor like in the previous days.
Not worth the 75€/night.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

We originally booked the Best Western Hotel in Oia. They overbooked us and we ended up in this Residence Suits. We got a jacuzzi facing the caldera. The honeymoon suite. Everything was great

The only complaint I have is that the wireless internet was good only for my iPad. I could not connect my apple laptop. Also, wireless was only available in the public area, not in the bedroom itself.

We stayed there 3 nights in May 2012.

The view was unbelievable, from inside the jacuzzi.

: - )

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Hong Kong, China
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194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

Where to start to speak about this place? The location is astonishing. Right down on the cliffs, cave rooms, whiter than white, the view on the blue greek sea, the sound is the sea breeze only (meltemi wind isnt strong in this side of the village) and you are surrounded by the quiet caldera, the panoramic view of Firà and Imerovigli on the top of the cliffs in the distance and tens of small beautiful cats. Outside, few steps and you are on the kastro of Oia (the Venetian Fort) where you'll see one of the most beautiful sunset of your life. Our accommodation was a 5people room with a small kitchen (great plus in a place where a dinner could cost you more than you could ever imagine) and a living room, right in front of a small terrace/solarium facing the sea from above. The beds are soft and comfortable, the kitchen, small but well equipped. The bathroom is small and the shower hasn't a proper basement so perhaps plan to have a little tsunami in your bathroom, it depends on how carefully you wash yourself..that could be one of the very few stains but whatever, if you are looking for 5stars luxury perfection, the island has plenty of 1000€ per night accommodations.. Hotel rooms arent all on the same building.. they are just old and new cave houses up and down the "main" area, all linked by small stone stairs. The common area has two lovely pools (both jacuzzi), a solarium and a terrace where to have a very hearty breakfast (ham and cheese, feta cheese, tomato and onion salad, omelettes, bacon, fried eggs, cereals, yogourt, honey, fruit salad, olives, orange juice, fruits and bread/butter/jam.. and maybe more) served from early in the morning to almost 1pm!!! the staff is amazing, elvis and elena are there to please and satisfy every need always with lot of kindness and quickness. At the beginning of your holiday, you need to be informed that the hotel checkout is at 12 am thats why if your flight lands on the island early in the morning, unpleasantly you have to wait till that time to get into your room. During the wait, your bags will be stored in the village tourist office (where you'll have to check in too) and watched by the ladies who work there. Also the staff there is capable and kind and besides, they will give you all the info about excursions, car and quad rental and bus timetables. Now i stop writing, try it yourself!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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famagusta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

I stayed in residence suites for 5 days - and had an amazing stay there. Elena is making a huge difference by being extremely service-minded and helpful even before we even arrived. She booked the arrival transfer from the airport which was great. Cave rooms are stylish and clean, and the breakfast was very tasty. We had a really nice time at residence suites , I recommend it!

  • Stayed April 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 April 18, 2012

This was our first introduction to Greece on a two-week multi-island adventure. The hotel staff greeted us with enthusiasm and friendliness - always available to answer questions / requests. The folks here are some of the friendliess I've encountered while travelling. There was a bottle of white wine waiting for us in the room upon arrival, which was a really nice touch. The facilities themselves are quite nice - clean and well maintained, but you do have to be prepared to use the wet-room style european bathrooms. The pool (small dunk pool for cooling off when it's hot) wasn't in operation while we were there in April, but it was too cold for it anyway (only about 17-20 degrees). The hotel is also located conveniently if you want to watch the sunsets at the far tip of Oia. We didn't want to leave this place, or Oia in general. If you're trying to decide whether to stay in Fira or Oia on the northern section of the island, stay at the Residence Suites in Oia - you'll be glad you did.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

The views, the tranquility, the very tasty breakfasts, the infinit courtesy of our host and the genuine hospitality of the staff working there made our 5 days stay unforgettable at Residence Suites.
As the name says, they are residences not hotel rooms. Do not expect the classic square hotel room that you can find allover the world! We had been shown 2 rooms to pick from. The one we decided to take was further down the steps (more privacy and better views - we didn't mind atall the hike down as the steps helped us burn all the goodies we couldn't stop orderíng and eating for diner....ohhhh... greek cuisine!!!!).
We had a smaller bathroom than the other room had but we found it cute and once you understand that these are caves you actually start to appreciate every square centimetre and wonder how they have manged to use the space to create the necessary comfort. Every cave house is unique, tastefully decorated, with balconies/terasses and sun lounges. The hotel was full in july and we had the pleasure to meet other guests in the evenings, by the reception's terasse, enjoying the breeze of the evening with a glass of Greek white wine and candle light. Great atmosphere! Memorable stay!
Everyone was talking about about how great the treatments and the massages at the Spa belonging to the group were.
We will be back this is year and we will make sure we will not miss that experience!
See you soon :)

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  • Stayed July 2011, 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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Address: Oia Main Street | Santorini, Greece, Europe, Oia 84702, Greece
Location: Greece > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#27 Romantic Hotel in Oia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the top of the cliff, in the heart of Oia village surrounded by charming blue domed churches, in an exclusive residential neighborhood of private homes. An exclusive collection of individually decorated apartments designed with luxury and comfort using art and a blend of traditional and modern architecture. Modern Greek decor bringing you maximum peace and tranquility with it's clean lines and original contemporary art. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Residence Hotel Oia
Residence Suites Santorini/Oia, Greece

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