Well we did pay the cheapest price so I suppose we got the cheapest room. I think all the other happy reviews are from the lucky ones that did get the rooms as advertised and the unhappy customers got the same small dated room. It is in a nice place and I dont think the walk into Oia was that long at all. Our room was very small. It wasnt particulary clean (crumbs on table and chairs etc) and 'bathroom', well its an experiance. Its a cupboard really with a huge sink unit in, toilet and shower head with wrap around (you) curtain. A wet room really but very small. It did the job but probably the worst bathroom ever! There was a small sink etc in room, not needed really. The bed was small with a torn tatty net over it and a very old cushion with a ciggarette burn in, nice. And I swear the bed had a single bed size sheet on so there was plently of sheet tug-of-war at night! The breakfast was very basic set out on a table that you also have to sit around, bit cramped and awkward really especailly if everyone is speaking in French! (the owners 1st language) The outside area is nice.
But finding the place!!! As others have stated the owner doesnt speak good English so directions from her over the phone were useless. For reference - head towards Oia. When you've come arouund the mountain road and start seeing buildings again on the right you will see a restaurant called 'Santorini Mou' turn right just after. Head down the hill and turn first right into a small carpark. You will have to park here or get out the taxi. At the other end of carpark from where you entered there is a footpath, head down here and keep to the left going down hill. You will hopefully start seeing signs for it now. it'll be on the right - phew! Quite a trek with heavy luggage!
We didnt really spend much time at the accommodation so it served our purposes but would'nt reccommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Traditional SANTORINI vacation away from masses. Just 1.5 kms from the famous Oia, with the indescribable view of the largest volcanic caldera in the world, the small village of Foinikia, inhabited mostly by locals, remains in ancient times, before the tourist rush. The villagers with their donkeys, farm laborers and women who talk to their white houses, form a unique atmosphere. Studios Heliophos, in the heart of the village, has been renovated with great respect for rural life, and offers holiday really very quiet, apart from the crowds of tourists, but not far from the commercial and tourist center of Oia or surrounding sandy beaches at 3 kms (Note that inside the volcanic caldera of Santorini no beaches, which are only found around the island). Location: The village Foinikia is 1.5 km from OIA and caldera of Santorini, 15 km from the airport. At 100 meters there is free parking, local bus stop agency and rental cars and motorbikes. Rooms: Each studio decorated with taste, has its own veranda with view, Satellite TV, CD player and radio and are air - conditioned. Wi-Fi Internet. The kitchen is equipped (Coffee maker, toaster, electric plates-fridge), always full of required for complete breakfast included in the price (milk-coffee-orange juice-butter-buns-jam). Possibility of use the large terrace and large communal kitchen, washing machine, dryer and linen included. Bathrooms: private bath with shower, hair dryer, hot water. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Heliophos Santorini/Oia, Greece