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Excellent
46 reviews
Wonderful views from the front porch!
the house overlooks the Aegean straight down
'The cave house itself is very well designed and has a lovely finish!'
'In the 'cave house' the accommodation is both enchanting and comfortable!'
'Maria stocked the kitchen with beverages, fruit, coffee, fresh baked breads/jams!'
a full kitchen
'The bathroom is a mosaic wonder.
'The beautiful bathroom is a wonder in itself with all the mosaic work in it!'
The artistically tiled bathroom!
The dome shaped walls are totally covered with small squares of every color and style imaginable
'Greek Paradise' on Caldera cliff
'Greek Paradise' cave house
The house is located right in town but far enough below the Main Street to be convenient yet private
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Oia, Santorini, Cyclades, South Aegean

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AshO22884
Atlanta, Georgia
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Cozy Cave House Perfect For Relaxation and Restoration”
Reviewed September 4, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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Excellent stay in a breathtakingly gorgeous surrounding. The cave house has all the comforts of modern lodging (air conditioning / television / full kitchen) without losing any of the cultural charm and appeal of staying in an actual greek cave house. Maria was excellent to work with, both with communication before I left the States, to keeping us posted on some issues that had popped up with our original rental on the day of our arrival. As a result of some mechanical issues we were rebooked into the Santorini Paradise and were not disappointed. Maria was incredibly attentive to all of our needs and personally coordinated an early morning taxi for us that a) was reliable and b) was discounted which, for travellers getting up at 4:30 am, was a very welcome thing. The cave house is perfectly located in Oia, with spectacular views around every turn. There are fabulous restaurants located within an easy stroll (Red Bicycle, Ochre, and Papagalos are not to be missed) and the streets are breathtakingly beautiful early in the morning before the tourists all arrive in on the cruise ships. We also enjoyed the community feel of the house, as we were able to befriend the travellers renting the houses around us and share in several evenings of conversation over several glasses of wine and plates of local greek snacks. I cannot recommend Maria and her cave houses enough!

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Liked best: Service, location, speedy wi-fi
Liked least: The mattresses weren't the most comfortable but I think that is more a function of the difference between US giant matresses and traditional greek mattresses.
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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South Africa
Reviewed March 25, 2013 for a stay in October 2012
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Alimos-Attica
Reviewed August 9, 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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Cweis
Boston, Massachusetts
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93 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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“Disappointed”
Reviewed June 8, 2012 for a stay in April 2012

This was a tough review to write because our overall experience at ‘Greek Paradise in Oia’ was definitely not as good as we expected. We loved Oia, and hope to go back. But next time, we will choose a different cave house.

To be fair, the cave house was exactly as shown in the pictures. It’s in a good location right in the heart of Oia. The patio has a nice view of the caldera, but not 180 degrees as there is a large building to one side.

We chose this particular cave house primarily for the location and the fact that it had a washer/dryer. As it turns out, the washer/dryer is not self-service – which was a big issue for us as we were completely out of clean clothes upon arriving in Santorini. After some difficulty communicating, the maid finally helped us out. There doesn’t seem to be any self-service laundry on Santorini – although I did see laundry services in Fira and Kamari.

Breakfast was simple – a spinach pie or a piece of bread delivered in a Tupperware dish – tasty, but not much. We had trouble coordinating the deliveries with the housekeeper so we were woken up several mornings in order to answer the door when she knocked repeatedly (despite having left a note on the door in Greek and English).

The bathroom has beautiful mosaic tiled walls – but beware that the height of the room would make it difficult for anyone taller than my 5 ‘ 11” to shower there (as it was, I had to hold the nozzle above my head). I had to duck down to get into the bathroom. And the canopy bed in the bedroom made the already small back room seem even more claustrophic.


The owner, Maria, was not on Santorini during our stay. We picked up and dropped off the key at a local shop, where the young shopkeeper was pleasant but not especially welcoming. Based upon the other reviews, I’m guessing that we would have had a better experience if she was there to coordinate.

We had done a lot of research before selecting Greek Paradise in Oia, and were disappointed. It was not a comfortable stay, and we did not get the value that we were expecting or received at the other places we visited in Greece.

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Liked best: Location, location, location!
Liked least: Breakfast, difficulty using washer/dryer
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Jun 7, 2012
:Dear Christine, firstly I would like to thank you for having the courtesy to mention that GREEK PARADISE IN OIA is advertised exactly as it is in reality. You can find nowhere in the description that the house has a 180 view. In the posted photos one can see that there is a house at the right side. However that does not bother the visitor to enjoy an unobstructed view of the Caldera. If it was a real obstacle you would have seen it because, as you mention, you had made a detailed research! Nowhere in the site is written that the washed/drier is self-service. On the other hand it is clearly mentioned that the first use is for free as another offer to our guests. Our aim is to help guests having an easy time in our house. Talking about your case, the maid was informed and your matter was solved within 24 hours. There is a basket next to the closet just for that reason, for you to put clothes you would like us to wash for you. Concerning the height of the bathroom. The house is called a cave house because it is in a cave, it was dug in the volcanic ash more than 1000 years ago. People then were shorter and they had constructed their home accordingly. However inside the bathroom is about 2 meters high. We believe that offering a traditional homemade pie and homemade freshly baked bread is the kind of the original food someone would like to taste in Santorini. Breakfast is a courtesy of the house and sorry if it didn’t suit your exact taste. The instructions to the maid were for the breakfast to arrive at your front door between 9:00 and 10:00. We wouldn’t have thought that it would be early for you. This has changed and now it is according to guests’ request. At the time of your arrival I was not able to be in Santorini but let me remind you of our exchange of mails satisfying all your needs, coordinating appropriately the stuff in Santorini. I would like to pinpoint that there is no comparison between staying in a cave house in Santorini to being accommodated in other places in Greece. The cave house is unique and I am sorry that you chose to zoom at trivial details than to be open to all that original, natural beauty that was spreading in front of your eyes! Dear Christine, once again I thank you for choosing “Greek Paradise” as your Oia accommodation and I wish you would come again so as to appreciate its view and the Greek hospitality, two factors which previous guests have emphasized on.
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babasauru...
los gatos, california
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“best house in the best city on one of most beautiful islands in the world.”
Reviewed May 7, 2012 for a stay in April 2012
1
person found this review helpful

Our vacation was amazing. everything about the property was excellent. the house is a traditional greek cave house, carved out of the volcanic lava thousands of years ago. the owner, Maria is an artist, and has updated and modernized the house with everything you would need: a full kitchen, cable tv, internet, air conditioning, washer and dryer. the house is decorated and cared for with an artists touch.
the location is excellent, just off the main pedestrian walkway of Oia. close to everything, yet secluded and private. the views are amazing. Maria's house has an unobstructed view of the caldera from her private patio, and even from inside her home.
it's an ancient cave home, not a sprawling mansion. but it comfortably fit our family of five; my wife and myself, and our 3 children, who are 21, 14 and 11 years old.
we can't say enough about the service. home cooked pastries for breakfast and housekeeping every day. we were lucky that Maria was on the island during our visit. she patiently answered all of our tourist questions. she prepared for us a traditonal greek easter welcome, and took us for dinner to an authentic greek restaurant. she even made us greek coffee, and gave us greek wine and sweets. getting to meet Maria introducing her to our family and children was one of the highlights of our trip.
we did not rent a car, and didn't need one. it was easy to use the bus system to visit the other side of the island and see the red beach and the ruins of Akrotiri. we walked down to the port of Ahmoudi and took a boat to the volcano and Thirasia. we hiked the walking trail from Oia to Thira. no car...no problem.
the pictures of her home are accurate, but we would only add that the pictures fall short.
you have to be there to fully appreciate the beauty of the house and Oia and Santorini.
thank you Maria for welcoming us into your home and country!
glenn, marie, olivia, warren and trey

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Liked best: having the chance to meet and spend time with Maria, the owner
Liked least: nothing
Traveling group: Family with Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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IL, USA
Reviewed January 8, 2012 for a stay in August 2011

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A romantic getaway Luxury-minded travelers
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augustpal...
Vancouver, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
30 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Charming christmas in Oia”
Reviewed January 2, 2012 for a stay in December 2011

We spent Christmas in Oia at this charming Cave House. Although Oia was pretty much shut for the holidays, we had a great time here. It was quiet, the views were breathtaking, and the few restaurants that were open were excellent.

The Cave itself is extremely comfortable, the bathroom was unique, the bed was great, and the kitchen and living areas were well thought out. Everything we needed was found in the property, the maid service was excellent, Lydia bringing home made treats when she visited, and both Maria, the owner, and Lydia were always reachable in case of any small issue that could have arose.

We enjoyed our stay very much and would hope to stay at this property again.

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Liked best: The view
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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