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“Beautiful views, but thats where it ends...”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Caldera Villas

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Caldera Villas
Ranked #40 of 54 Hotels in Oia
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Beautiful views, but thats where it ends...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2012

So its hard to be dissapointed in Santorini as the island is just magical but unfortunatly we were. Well start with the good

Good points:
1. The view over the caldera is spectacular, but you can get this in most of the accomodation in Oia
2. Its very sheltered so you can lie in the sun all day without being blown away which can be a problem elsewhere

Bad points:
1. The stench from the bathrooms was horrendous, they have some serious sanitation issues!
2. The steps...honestly we're young and not terribly unfit but this was ridiculous, we planned our day so we didnt have to climb or descend the steps. One good thing was it was a good workout as you tend to really enjoy the food on the island:-)
3. So unfortunately our room was right below the breakfast area so from early in the morning we were woken by chair scraping and people walking on our heads, not pleasant
4. The rooms are built as lofts which while being charming are a pain as you have to climb and descend a vertical ladder which can be a bit tricky especially in the middle of the night when you need to go to the loo
5. The most dissapointing had to be the shower which was basically a shower for your feet, if you wanted to clean your upper body then you had to switch to the hand held which was awful

For 160 euros a night it was pretty much highway robbery and you ended up payingh for the view!
We really felt that you can do so much better on this magnificent island

The one great thing is the tourist office that you utilise for check in and out, they were fantastic and to the bellboys who carried our luggage up and down the stairs, you definately dont get paid enough and deserve medals for carrying everyones load:-)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2012

Totally impressed with the excellent service by this lovely boutique hotel. The room that i booked is abit small but the view from the room is amazing. Lovely and Clean room at great prices and great location and the breakfast were really nice. Special thanks to Oana and Iuliana, for making my stay so enjoyable. I will be back again! :)

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2012

This was our second time to santorini ( last time 15 years ago as student backpackers in fira ).Well Oia is the real thing. This beautifil boutique hotel has sparkling clean rooms at a great price ( we ve booked rather early sincy they had an early bird discount ) ,and view that you have to see in order to believe.Right in front of your eyes you have all the volcanic islands plus thirassia.We ve booked a cave suite and it worth every penny.Great minimalistic deco,total peace and quiet and right in the heart of Oia.A few steps from the main church yard.
All the staff was very friendly and went out of their way to help us out arranging our travel plans.Go ahead and book the arrival transfer through the hotel,i am glad we did.At the airport it was chaotic plus they help you out by carrying your luggage down to the hotel.All in all we loved our stay.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2012

We ve just been back from a 6 day stay in this lovely hotel.This was a part of our 10 day stay in Greece and it was just perfect.We had a lovely room,with the most comfortable bed facing the volcano ( we could see it right from our bed ).We also booked also the catamaran day excursion which was great.We met some very nice people on the pool area ,just sitting and chatting for ever.The woman at the check in point offered us a nice bottle of greek wine,since she saw from the registration form that it was my wifes birthday.I saw the previous comments with a lot of interest and can say is that in oia village you must definitely wear sensible footware.I saw a lot of couples trying to balance throughout the steps in oia wearing high heel shoes.Once you wear flat shoes then you dont need to worry.Definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2012

The rooms were very clean but there is no storage it is all very modern and clean and they clean your room everyday, the pool is not really a swimming pool as it is very small .
The breakfast was fine and the staff were very helpful and pleasant. however as other reviewers have mentioned the steps to the hotel are very dangerous and really need to be levelled off i am glad there was no rain when we were there as it it would be very slippy, I went to many place in Oia and these are the worse steps, owners please sort this out. I would not recommend this hotel if you are older as the steps would be a nightmare for you

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2012

My wife and I spent our honeymoon at the Caldera Villas in early May. Sam the porter was very helpful with our bags. The room had a fantastic view of the Caldera and the decor was freshly painted. Breakfasts were excellent; good quality food and plenty of it. My only concerns would be: 1. Steps down to the hotel are steep and slippery - be careful! 2. The room had no storage place for clothes - a chest of drawers would have been useful. 3. Pool is very small and really only for sitting in. If you like swimming, there's a beach about half a mile away.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2012

We had gone for the first part of our honeymoon to Santorini and stayed at Caldera Villas for the entire 6 days back in Sept 2011. Arrived around midnight and our driver was there waiting for us to take us to the hotel. Sammy was also there to carry all of our luggage down to our room (#8) at this time. We learned that Sammy was the resident maintenance go-to and carries all the guests' luggage up and down the extremely steep stairs.
The stairs - ladies please ensure that you bring flat shoes to wear! The hotel is located below the rim of the caldera and is very steep. The stairs are made of stone so please be careful as they are steep and uneven. They ARE manageable but thank goodness Sammy was there to carry our luggage when we checked out!
Check in was super quick and Elena was there to greet us. She is THE sweetest person you will meet - always making sure we were comfortable and happy!
We woke up the next morning to the most spectacular views. We booked the Junior Suite so we had our private sun loungers where we could take in the incredible views of the caldera.
The room was always cleaned spotlessly and breakfast was wonderfully made by Elena everyday.
The hotel was located pretty central in Oia which made walking around a breeze.
I would absolutely come back to stay here again - this was a trip of a lifetime and staying at the the Caldera Villas with their cave-style bathrooms gave it a real authentic Greek feel.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Caldera Villas
Address: Main Street, Oia 847 02, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#21 Luxury Hotel in Oia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Caldera Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the centre of Oia, Caldera Villas overlook the volcano and feature a swimming pool and accommodation with Cycladic decor. Room balconies offer caldera and Aegean Sea views. Rooms, studios and suites combine local architectural style with modern comforts, such as free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Some room types provide well-equipped kitchenettes and seating area. Some units include a hot tub. Caldera Villas features a sun terrace and a swimming pool. Guests can enjoy a buffet continental breakfast daily. Staff can arrange bicycle and car rental and offer traveling advice. Armeni beach is a 10-minute walk from Caldera Villas. The bus station, bank, restaurants and shops are a 2-minute walk. Free public parking is possible at a location nearby Villas Caldera. ... more   less 
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Caldera Villas Santorini/Oia, Greece

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