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“Our dream home away from home”
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Old Oia Houses
Ranked #37 of 54 Hotels in Oia
Oslo, Norway
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“Our dream home away from home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

In june '13 my wife and I will stay our two weeks at Old Oia Houses for the fifth summer in a row. Just the idea of going back is putting a smile on my face. Of all the places i have been to in the world, my absolute favourite spot is the little balcony of this wonderful Capatain's house, overviewing the Caldera. We always stay in the smaller of the two flats, a one bedroom appartement with a kitchen, shower room on the second floor, and a joint roof terrace with the next doors. The location is just fantastic - open a door from the "main street" (which is really a small cobblestone pavement) and you enter a small "back yard" before entering the flat. The main room is wonderfully decorated, the central furniture being a queen size wooden bed, a step up from the floor. Classic white walls resembling a small chapel in shape. And then off course the balcony with it's absolutely spectacular view over the Caldera.

The cleaning lady is coming every day, changing sheets, washing the dishes and even doing the laundry if necessary. Always smiling and service minded. The owners are really nice people, also running the Lotza restaurant just a bit down the street. They are very helpful, service minded and fluent in English (Gill is from UK). If you ever go to Oia, this is the best place to stay!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Roseville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

My husband, son, and daughter-in-law stayed here for one glorious week in September. Once you get past the idea of the steep steps (which after the first day, you get used to and scamper up and down them without a thought), the houses are absolutely amazing. We stayed in two places that were side-by-side, separated by a low wall. That gave us proximity to them, making it easy to go back and forth to each other's place, but also offered a bit of privacy if we wanted it.

My husband and I took the studio. It was so comfortable and cute that we wished we could stay forever! We could lie in bed and look out onto the caldera view. Oh, did I mention that view? We couldn't stop looking at it because we couldn't quite wrap it around our heads that it was REAL! There was nothing like sitting on your own little balcony with a glass of wine in hand, gazing out at the sea, and watching the sun set. Then the lights from towns further down the ridge started twinkling in the night. How could this be real?

I spent my 60th birthday with coffee in hand watching the sun RISE on the other end of the caldera. That memory will stay with me forever.

Fresh bread and orange juice were delivered to our door by the sweetest woman, Anna.
Old Oia Houses are truly a bit of heaven.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

We stayed in House #1 and it was fantastic. Views were amazing and the location couldn't have been more convenient. Though it right alongside the main pathway of pedestrians, we weren't really bothered by any noise. The only slightly awkward thing was when people see you open the little gate (normally blocked with a heavy pot) and go onto the patio, sometimes they'll ask you how much the rent is. But not a big deal at all. There was also a black stray labrador who slept outside our door one night -- but we didn't mind since we love dogs :) Checking in and out at the Latzo restaurant was easy enough. The owners also let you store your luggage in the restaurant if you have an early arrival/late departure.

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Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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lucas, ohio
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

the idea of staying in a cave appeals to the young, the able bodied, the ignorant. I claim to be ignorant. This cave, hanging on the side of the mountain had the most incredible view I have ever seen. When the sun rose, you could not sit there and look at it, because there was no shade, no shelter, the sun was in your eyes.. the second day I took a blanket and clothes pinned it to the ratty beach umbrella, things improved a bit. Inside the cave there were steps every where. little steps, big steps, and not in logical places. To go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, either a flashlight or turning on the lights was necessay to avoid a bad and dangerous fall on hard cave rock. the walls were painted, during the night flecks of paint drifted down on everything like a fine snow, I have pictures. the kitchen was primitive, we ate out or bought thing at a nearby market. to get anywhere we had to climb up or down. they may have called them steps, more like ladders, the metal hand rail got so hot mid day you could not touch it. I have pictures. Based on the reviews for this place we expected something fabulous. Only my grandsons would have been thrilled (ages 10 and 12) We requested a two bedroom. Hubby snores. We arrived to find that it was two rooms, through which one had to pass to get to the bathroom, and the door was open at the top and latticed, sound was not blocked, but amplified. We had to rent two caves, because she( the manager (jill) said she had nothing else. Conversations with a local jeweler who lived there, made us understand that there were beautiful caves, we just did not have one. He inquired as to who rented it to us, and said "I understand". We survived those three days with massive doses of advil, the climbing up and down on cobblestones was brutal, every night the paint woke me as it drifted onto my face while I slept. These two "houses" were expensive, about roughly 140 Euros each(280 total) per day. Jill must have felt guilty at the end of our stay, she reduced the charges without being asked. Gotta tell you, no amount of discount made it better. My husband and I have traveled all over the world, we are unusually fit and at this stage in our life (he is 80, I am 72) we have more money than time, I would have paid more for a better memory of this place!! Booking this trip from our computer in Ohio, we had no idea of what we would be getting into. Anyone over the age of 35, overweight, heart problems, joint issues, or any kind of safety issues might better avoid cliff houses. Just thought someone should give a honest assessment.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

Couple minor things, but overall we were very satisfied with our stay at Old Oia House. The view at house 1 is "AMAZING"!!!!! One of the blue dome churches is about 50 meters from your balcony!! The house is situated in the further part of the pedestrian street and with our luggages after struggling through the crowds we got to the restaurant where we check in. The guy who took us to the place was very nice, despite the fact he speaks not very good English. The balcony is right beside the pedestrian street, and in fact situated in one of the most stopped spot for pictures, as the view of the 5 blue dome churches can be seen from your balcony. You will get a lot of people blocking your entrance as they point their cameras to the stunning view. Then you also get the caldera view along with the beautiful Sea. in fact, you get a view of the sea from the balcony, your room, and even the washroom. It is absolutely amazing. The only thing is you won't be able to see the famous sunset from the balcony cause it's blocked, but there're plenty other "great spots" to view the complete sunset. The kitchenette is well equipped. room was clean and so was the bathroom.
the only issue we had was that when we check in, we were informed that breakfast was included daily, and that they will bring in fresh bread each morning. the first 2 days was great as the breakfast was ready for us when we woke up. but on the 2nd night, there was a note asking us to pickup our bread from the restaurant (where we check in) for the next morning. As it was only a short walk, i did what was asked. and when I arrived at the restaurant, I asked the lady that we received a note saying that we should pickup our breakfast. She immediately answered that the breakfast is in the fridge. Well...given that the breakfast only consists of bread and orange juice, then yes, part of the breakfast is in the fridge. she then said (less than polite) "I can only give you fresh bread", then turned around to get bread from the kitchen. i dont' know if there was any miscommunication between the person who left us the note (probably the cleaning lady), and the people in the restaurant, but I still think we could receive a much more polite response. The other thing is make sure you also check with them the prefer payment method when you book. These may just be one-off situations, but we wanted to mention.

Despite the slight issues, I think we'll still consider booking Old Oia House next time when we return to Oia, as the location and view is probably one of the best in the village!

Also, make sure you try their Lotza restaurant (where you check in), as the food is very very good!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2012

We recently stayed in the studio at Old Oia Houses and would recommend this above all other places to stay in Oia if you are looking for the perfect caldera view. It is situated in the north part of Oia, close to Ammoudi Bay & the famous sunset but you get the sunrise right from your balcony!

The studio is ample size for a couple (unless you're very tall of course the bed might be a bit small) as it's a traditional cave style house built into the side of the caldera. We especially liked the privacy of the studio's balcony as this was on a higher level so you did not have the pedestrian path right in front of you.

The balcony was of course the highlight with a view that was mesmerising and we did not want to leave, but the place itself was clean, with a nice bathroom and small kitchenette if you really did want to eat in. The best part about our stay was getting up for the sunrise & opening the shutters to the amazing vista all around you. You even got a sneaky peek of the view from the small window in the bedroom which felt like you were in a ships cabin as the sea is right in front of you.

We also discovered a cool beach bar at Katharos Beach which is nearby Ammoudi Bay and was a complete surprise as it's not really advertised & you wouldn't know it was there. They have great sunset views from there as well, so if you want to avoid the sunset crowd and sip on a cocktail whilst you enjoy the sunset, this is the place to go!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

When planning our 3month trip around Europe we decided we would spend the majority of our nights at 2 star hotels. However we both agreed Santorini would be an exception and we would spend whatever we needed to get a great caldera view.
At Old Oia Houses the only room available for the nights we wanted to stay was the Seamans cottage which was the most expensive but the biggest.

We arrived from Rhodes on the ferry at 230am in the morning, Oia was deserted except for one bar that was having a party just down from hotel. A man was waiting to greet us who turned out to be Jill the owner of Oia Houses son. He took us to our room and gave us a very quick run through things then wished us goodnight.

Our room was really a little house with a view over the caldera and Oia which was unbelievable.

Our little house slept 6 if needed. 1 x queen bed and 2 x Single Beds on main level and 2 single beds up in the loft. It had a little kitchenette with bar fridge. It had a separate bathroom and toilet. We had a great balcony with table and chairs with an awesome uninterrupted view of the caldera.

Most evenings/ afternoons where spent on the balcony with a few drinks and snacks which we purchased from the supermarket which was nearby

We hired a car for 3 days so we could get around to see the islands sights. We visited Thira, Red Beach, Black Beach, Perissa. The beaches closest to Oia where very rocky ( large).

A big advantage of staying in this room in Old Oia houses was it was street level which meant no carrying bags up or down stairs, unlike other rooms there.

Only minor thing i could fault would be the fresh bread every morning does not come till after 9am which can delay your plans for an early start.

Dont wait for the bread i hear you say! Well once you have tasted this bread, leaving before it arrives is not an option.

The wi fi was a problem as it never really worked properly at all. Jill told me to feel free and sit downstairs in her office to use my computer but although a nice offer, for the money your paying it should of worked properly.

We would really recommend this hotel/ room. The view was spectacular and everyone that sees our photos keeps saying the same thing " it just looks exactly like a postcard " !

Say no more !!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Old Oia Houses
Address: Oia, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Oia
#15 Family Hotel in Oia
#23 Romantic Hotel in Oia
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Number of rooms: 4
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Old Oia Hotel
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