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Nostos Apartments
Ranked #22 of 56 Hotels in Oia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 23, 2013

I could not say enough nice things about this hotel. The views were, of course, extraordinary. The rooms were large with a small kitchenette, though with so many excellent restaurants, we didn't eat in much. The balcony was beautiful and spacious with a great view of the sunset. The pool is wonderful, don't forget a nice night swim with the hillside lit. The staff were incredibly accomodating, they had our room ready at 6:30 am when our flight landed and gave us no trouble with an early check in. They had excellent recommendations for the area. The breakfast was deliciously prepared. We were only in town for a couple of days, but they gave us excellent attention. We felt very valued as guests. I would never stay anywhere else in Santorini! On a side note, I read a great deal about the steps. There are steps everywhere in Santorini. I'm not in the best of shape, but had no problems. The lovely staff carried our bags up and down for us.

Room Tip: There didn't seem to be a bad room on the property, they all had lovely views and were spacious...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

We have spent two nights at this lovely restful place. The rooms are very uniquely built into the hillside. The morning breakfast was very good. It is hard to leave the tranquility of the view to climb up to the main walkway through Oia.We have an unobstructed view of the caldera and the cruise ships mooring in Fira. The swimming pool was refreshing. Would recommend highly. The only caution would be the number of steps down to the apartments. The staff is very helpful carrying bags, making reservations and suggestions for sights.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

We couldn't get over how beautiful the views were. We arrived very early and we were put in a larger room than we had booked since our room wasn't available yet which was great as we were really tired. The apartments are in a perfect location at the beginning of the main street in Oia. There is a small shop at the top of the path to pick up food or any necessities which was really handy for making meals in the apartments and picking up drinks/toiletries plus we noticed it was cheaper than the shop further into Oia. Nostos is at the bottom of the stairs which does mean there are lots of stairs to walk up but this guarantees you privacy as no one will be walking by to get to their apartment unlike the places higher up. So well worth the walk. Besides this also means there are no buildings blocking your view. Also, I cant say enough how much you should stay at a place with a pool. It was the best way to cool off midday when it got way too hot. The pool at Nostos is perfect, they even provide extra towels by the pool in case you need more. The breakfast was served in a room above the pool with fantastic views. There are lots of windows so you don't feel like you are deprived of any views from any of the tables. The lady serving breakfast was really nice and friendly. She would squeeze us fresh juice every morning and she shared her santorini magazine with us. My favourite was the thick greek yoghurt with honey. The rooms were modern and well done. I loved the stone in the shower, it was a nice touch to the "cave" apartment. One thing to note is that you cant get wifi in the rooms, probably due to the "cave" nature of them but it works really well on the terrace, breakfast room or even near the pool which is really where you want to be anyways - outside enjoying the view. I think that would be the case in any hotel in Oia though. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful with helping us book a catamaran boat tour, carrying our bags and bookings taxis. I would go back to Nostos apartments in a heartbeat. It was perfect!

Room Tip: We picked the smallest room since it was the last one left and it was just fine for us. A double bed...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

We had three nights in this gorgeous town of Oia and is definitely a highlight so far! We were greeted by Yanas who helped up with our luggage and who works very had around the property keeping it beautifully maintained. Then met Maya who manages the place she is very lovely mummy to be and is very helpful and friendly. They took us to our cave which is clean and roomy and breathtaking view. Staff all lovely and breakfast lady Mirela made up beautifully fresh squeezed juice each morning and also was very friendly and informative about the town and were to eat!! The staff are all so lovely and made our stay very relaxing!! Have to mention edge pool was wonderful and spent a lot of time talking to other guests there and at breakfast which we find interesting! Thankyou again to all for our beautiful stay at Nostos!!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

We arrived early and were greeted at the airport by our driver who was arranged by Maya at the hotel. She had also arranged for the staff to arrive early and carry our bags down 105 stairs to the hotel. They opened the breakfast area an hour early for us and we enjoyed a cup of coffee overlooking the caldera.

The rooms were nice, the breakfast and fresh squeezed juice perfect, and best of all was the staff. They made our experience quite enjoyable. We have stayed at some of the best hotels in the world, and if you reach out to maya and her team, you will really enjoy your stay. They are a wealth of information.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

We stayed for 4 nights in September 2013. Had a great experience the entire time. We arrived at the port in Fira and had a driver waiting to pick us up. Yannis met us at the van when we arrived and he carried our luggage down all those steps and directed us to our room. My first impression of the room (I booked the lowest room category) was WOW. There was a room with a small couch and a kitchen, then steps down to our bathroom (which was really nice) and the bedroom with a balcony overlooking the caldera. I honestly thought we were given the wrong room because it was so nice. Also, the bathroom products that they give you were Korres and I'm now addicted to their Citrus Body Milk thanks to Nostos. :)

I loved our room- the first night our air cond. wasn't working, so we slept with all the windows and the balcony doors open and it was awesome waking up to that view! The safe wasn't working properly either the first day-- but both issues were promptly fixed and we had absolutely nothing wrong or even remotely negative happen the rest entire stay. The bed was really comfortable- the best bed we had in Greece.

The pool was awesome- it was never busy and the views from the pool are breathtaking. There are loungers right below the pool which are nice. There aren't any umbrellas, which might have been nice for a little shade, but honestly they would have restricted the view for those in the pool, so I'm happy that they aren't there. A lot of rooms (not ours) had umbrellas with loungers- (must have been the room category above ours), so if you want shade maybe look into booking one of those rooms.

Breakfast was really good as well. The lady that works at the breakfast area was so nice and friendly- super eager to help. The greek yogurt with the dried fruits (dried raspberries, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple + more) was my favorite.

Mya at the reception desk was more than helpful and very friendly. We want to say thanks to everyone at Nostos for a wonderful 4 nights. Also wanted to let Yannis know that we went to his favorite bar in Gazi and had a great time! ;)

We would highly recommend this place to anyone. Of note there are a few steps down to the hotel, but as long as you don't have mobility issues, they aren't bad. The location of the hotel is awesome since you are the lowest hotel on that section of the caldera, you don't have anyone else that you are overlooking.

The value for the hotel and the awesome staff make this place stand out. We hope that someday we can come back.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

My husband and I were very pleased with our choice to stay in Nostos Apartments. The cave rooms are very clean and just lovely with minimal decor.

I really enjoyed the fact that the balcony did not just have chairs and a table, but 2 lounge chairs so that we could lay out comfortably with the exquisite view of the caldera. That felt very luxurious.

The service was very friendly, especially from Mirella and Yannis who were especially warm and eager to help in any way they could.

Breakfast was good. The yogurt was the creamiest and best yogurt I have ever eaten! The cakes and pastries were fresh. There was freshly squeezed orange juice every morning along with fresh fruit, boiled eggs, and flavorful jams.

Finally, the infinity pool was heaven. The small size of the pool did not bother us. Even though the hotel was fully booked, the pool was never full of people. It seemed like couples mostly took turns during the day. My husband and I were always alone in the pool for around an hour. Taking a dip while enjoying that gorgeous view was incredibly relaxing.

Thanks to Nostos for a wonderful stay! We will be back next summer for sure.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Nostos Apartments

Address: Oia village, Oia 847 02, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Oia
#14 Romantic Hotel in Oia
#16 Family Hotel in Oia
#16 Luxury Hotel in Oia
Price Range: $279 - $487 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Nostos Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small settlement located in OIA on the Santorini Island,consist of 8 units for 2 till 5 persons, reception, bar and pool facilities. Settlement is situated on the edge of the Volcano crater, overlooking the see and islets around. Each unit is fully equipped and can work as an independent bungalow (fully equipped kitchen, terrace etc.) Cave-like looking apartments, just 3-5 minutes walking distance from the center of the village and shopping center, but on the really calm area... relaxing and romantic atmosphere ... more   less 
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