Our review of the Old Oia Houses in Santorini in Greece.
Name: Old Oia Houses, Santorini, Greece.
Address: Oia, Santorini
Date of Stay: 10th September – 1st October, 2013 21 nights
Booked through: Direct
Why we went there?
As part of our 2013 RTW journey we had two planned destinations, Machu Pichu, Peru and Santorini, Greek Islands. We had stayed the previous year for an extended time in Santorini at Old Oia Houses, and we had formed friendships with the local folk. Santorini is amazing and the studio afforded breathtaking views in an amazing friendly environment. Old Oia House was touchdown point for us for 3 weeks after we had been on the road for 7 months. We travelled by Blue Star Ferries from Paros which took 3 hours and cost AUD20.50 per person. Old Oia Houses provide a transfer serviced for EUR25.
Why we chose it?
We had spent 3 weeks at Old Oia Houses in 2012 and fell in love with the studio apartment, the view, the people and the Greek life. We pre booked 2013 because we wanted to secure the same studio apartment. It was like returning home. The location of the apartment is amazing; it sits beside the iconic blue domed church that appears in every publication on Oia, with the most amazing drop dead gorgeous views over the Caldera and the headland. Behind the studio apartment there is an art gallery, a clothes shop, a jeweler shop and a café all managed by the friendliest people who quickly became our friends the previous year. It was a pleasure to be in their company once again. The studio comes equipped with a small kitchen with a fridge and a hot plate stove. Breakfast of fresh bread, jam, juice, coffee and tea is provided daily. There is a large balcony area equipped with sunbeds, table and chairs and an umbrella. Anna, the housekeeper does a great job of keeping all their properties very clean. Gill and Vassilis the owners are hands on and they also run the local restaurant Lotza.
What was it like?
The studio has a double bed with small kitchen, top hot plates and fridge, which enables us to self-cater and bring the costs within our daily budget. The studio has windows that afford a breeze and views onto the Caldera. The bathroom has the most amazing view that we have ever enjoyed in our travels! Breakfast is provided which consists of warm fresh baked bread and jam and butter. The pathway behind the studio is the main thoroughfare for all and it’s always an event when the donkeys rush by tumbling the tourists into doorways. The apartment is cleaned daily by Anna. Gill is very welcoming and very helpful in organizing transport and advising on different areas of the island. We had issues with tourists coming through the small gate into the property, and even when we blocked this off with pot plants we caught them jumping over the fence to take photos of the view. This was more disturbing than last year and it happened on a daily basis, disturbing us relaxing and working. Bringing this to the attention of Gill she has advised when they are closed for the season that they will rectify the issue by building a larger entrance that will be enclosed and off limits to these intruders.
What was around it?
There are several supermarkets around Oia but the one that we found that were better in value were located at the bus station. Here you will find 3 ATMS as well. Our favourite restaurant this year was Roka situated in one of the back alleyways in Oia near the bus station. It does not have a proper address but you can view the location on their website www.roka.gr. You do need to make reservations. Our other favourite location where we can swim, have coffee or a snack is Lioyerma Lounge Pool Bar which is located at the northern part of Oia above Ammoudi Bay. Their website is www.lioyerma.gr. We spend our days here as the Wi-Fi is good, the coffee and food excellent and an amazing view to top it off. Ammoudi Bay is a great place to have a meal and watch the sun go down. There are steps leading down to the Bay from the castle in Oia.
Would we return?
Yes. Definitely and stay in our studio apartment again.
Cost? EUR90/AUD 130 per night
How was the Wi-Fi?
In 2012 the Wifi was patchy, in 2013 it was better but at times we still had to go to Lioyerma to get a faster and stronger connection.
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