We have recently returned from a six night stay at caldera villas. Although the stunning location and natural beauty of the area can not be denied, the actual studio at Caldera Villas was not good value for money at 210 euros a night.
First, the good ; The staff at caldera villas were very friendly and really helpful. They always had a smile for the guests. The views from the balcony were truely spectacular. The small pool was clean and refreshing, and the breakfast was adaquate, although they did not provide fresh juice, instead we got the same mix of water and orange concentrate every morning. The location of the hotel is about 70/80 steps up the cliff to the village but this did not bother us as it really is a tremendous view from there.
Now, the bad ; The "double" bed in the studio was so small that we found it hard to share, and we are two quite little people! The mattress was uncomfortable, as was the linen supplied with the bed. The pillows were so lumpy it was like trying to sleep on a bag of stones. On the first night my boyfriend, in his frustration got up in the middle of the night to sleep on the couch by the pool area! We asked for new pillows and an extra blanket which we put on top of the mattress to make it a bit more comfortable.
The bathroom was a bit grotty. The shower curtain was about a foot short of the floor which meant water poured out onto the bathroom floor during each use. We had to mop up the water in order not to slip. There appeared to be water marks on the paint on the bathroom ceiling, maybe a leak from above that was never painted over.
The studio came with a kitchette including a fridge. Unfortunately this fridge must have been a very old model, as by way of regulating the temperature it gave out a terrible deep and loud noise intermittently throughout the night. It actually woke me up on one occasion!
The peace tranquility and beautiful views from the balcony and pool area would be enough to allow you to over look all these faults if it were not for the huge cost of the room. We felt we had been riped off.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Caldera Villas Hotel Oia
- Caldera Villas Santorini/Oia, Greece