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Atrina Canava 1894
Ranked #2 of 56 Hotels in Oia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 15, 2014

We were supremely happy guests of Atrina Traditional Houses in the first week of July and quickly understood that, in the age of film, we would have spent a fortune. Everything about Atrina is magical, breathtaking and the source of life-long memories. The staff greets you with genuine smiles and looks after any need or request. On check in, you are given a cell phone with speed dials for reception and the pool kitchen so that, at the whim of your own schedule, breakfast can be ordered, reservations requested or sightseeing trips planned.

All of Oia is a white, frozen jumble of cubist blocks, one thousand feet above the water-filled caldera. It is difficult to tell where one house ends and another starts. Terraces might be the roofs of rooms below, walls define rooms or courtyards or narrow passageways that wind between whitewashed houses accented with bursts of bougainvillea pinks and reds. From your patio, in the middle of this postcard, you can enjoy the ever-changing colors of the sea and watch as cruise ships and ferries pass below like toy boats on a private pond.

We were in Canava 1894, a two-bedroom suite at the lower level of the complex. It is one of the most private rooms in the collection since it does not border the central stone steps that link the many terraced levels from the entry gate and reception at the pedestrian street to the pool at the lowest level below. It is a bright and spacious apartment with a high barrel ceiling over a living room and dining area that are separated from the main bedroom by an 8-foot stone wall and unpainted boulder that serves to remind guests that they are indeed in a cave.

But this cave is bright with whitewashed wood floors, white walls and light, natural materials that allow the light coming through the small deep-set windows and double doors to illuminate the spaces beautifully. A second, small bedroom with its own French doors, vaulted ceiling and private bathroom is reached via a short hall that contains the kitchenette with basic cooking equipment and dishware for simple in-house meals. The small patio is set with a table and four chairs, sheltered by a sturdy umbrella and the tall surrounding walls. The view from the terrace is ever changing and captivating, and although Oia offers many restaurants, shops and sights just outside the confines of this bleached and spotless Xanadu, it is difficult to find reasons to leave.

There are places in the world that must be seen to be appreciated. Photographs may be striking, but the full sensory experience is possible only in person. Atrina Traditional Houses is the finest perch in Santorini from which to enjoy this inspiring landscape.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 14, 2014

Heaven
How can I put into a short review that Atrina traditional houses is truly my heaven on earth. We returned this July for our second summer in a row. Once again we stayed for seven nights and again this truly was not long enough. Yes the scenery is breathtaking and the rooms true perfection. That however is only a small part of what makes your holiday idyllic. It is most likely the people there from Costa,Adrienna,Gin, Atrina and her sweet dear mother, everyone is so very kind and welcoming. The guests feel their energy and warmth and share in a unique experience that really enhances any vacation. I will spend the next year with my memories but knowing I will return will bring warmth during the cold winter months. I love this gem of a boutique hotel and know anyone else would to!

Room Tip: All the rooms are amazing
  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Atrina was the best hotel we have ever stayed in. The view of the caldera paired with the beauty of the hotel was beyond belief! We stayed in the Athina house and couldn't have been happier! The only minor ding (but not much of a ding as I am very particular) is that I wish the bed could have been a pillow top, it was comfortable but on the hard side. Aside from that our stay from the service, to the view, to the room was perfection!

Room Tip: athina room was great and at the end so more private than others!
  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2014

Atrina Cave House is hands down the best hotel I've ever had the pleasure of staying at and I've stayed at quite a few hotels. The view, atmosphere, service, and location cannot be beat. The service is so thoughtful from the chocolates on the bed every night, closing the shutters nightly, daily breakfast on the balcony, coordinating dinners/events (They helped us book professional pictures with a local photographer who was wonderful), free bottled water & a complimentary bottle of wine. We even received breakfast at 4:30am and were met to say goodbye by one of the owners before being escorted by another employee to our transfer shuttle at 5am.
The location is wonderful. You're just on the edge of the really busy walkway so everything is close without being on top of you and as you can tell by the pic's the view is to die for.
We stayed in the Tholo's room and my parents stayed in Alexander. Both were beautifully light, clean, and unique.
The only semi disappointing thing that came up is that the pool is not a true infinitely pool as expected. There's a room below the edge of a majority of the pool but even so the pool area and pool itself is great although small. There's only 11 beach chairs in the pool area but we never had a problem getting chairs.
We will definitely be back!

Room Tip: We loved both Tholo's (our room) and Alexander (my parents). Tholo's was a little larger and...
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 10, 2014

Amazing five nights in a Trina house. The owners and staff took great care of us 24/7. The room was cleaned up several times a day with clean robes & towels magically appearing every time we left. In addition to the great service, which all begins with prompt email responses the first time the reservation is made, we were given a mobile phone which worked from anywhere on the island. The reception area and the pool/restaurant already in the speed dial. In the event of any emergencies or even needing a cab, all you have to do is use the phone. It took a great deal of stress off of us having their phone. Their restaurant recommendations were spot on. The family owners handle every request and delivered more than we expected. On our last morning in the dark at 5:30 AM, we had to leave for the airport. Not only did a staff member carry the bags up the steps, but he also had a breakfast-to-go including coffee. The owner was there to say goodbye. We have traveled extensively in Europe, and Atrina was such a over-the-top experience and such an excellent value, which was made even better by the service. It is now the ONLY place that we would ever stay upon returning to Santorini.

Room Tip: All the houses looked amazing. Mina's house was perfect for my wife and me. Every room faces t...
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2014

What can I say about Atrina that other reviewers haven't already said? This hotel is perfection! The hotel is gorgeous, the views from our patio and the pool were spectacular, the room was pristine and the staff were some of the nicest people we've ever met in a hotel (clearly running the hotel is a labor of love for this family). We really loved the fact that though we were in the heart of Oia, the hotel was on the quiet end of the town (away from the sunset stampede). We've only experienced this kind of magic once before (in Cape Town), and we will remember our stay for the rest of our lives.
Thank you Athina and Irene for a magical stay.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Canava suite, which was fantastic, but it seems as if all rooms have the same style...
  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2014

If I am going to rate Atrina Traditional Houses, it will be straight A+ :
A+= for it has very Attentive, Affectionate and Amicable staff.
A+= for it Accessible to all things you need from main road to bus stop, groceries, restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops to beautiful scenery and sunset view.
A+= for it has Agreeable and Adequate set of standards regarding amenities and cleanliness.
A+= for it is Admirable with class and Attractive on her own.
A+= for it has Absolute, Adorable, Abounding with natural beauty of nature right in your doorstep. And
A+= for Atrina is just Awesome and an Absolute lifetime experience.
For the wonderful experience, thank you Atrina, you just made our vacation an exceptional, unforgettable one.

Room Tip: Our room is the Studio Room above the main road and reception area with less steps down.
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: Nikolaou Nomikou, Oia 847 02, Greece (Formerly Atrina Traditional Houses)
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Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Oia
#1 Family Hotel in Oia
#1 Romantic Hotel in Oia
Price Range: $337 - $1,308 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Atrina Canava 1894 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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Atrina Traditional Hotel
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