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This morning we packed up and loaded our gear into our rental car. We checked out of our hotel and then drove to Amoudi Bay. It was a cute little Harbour town but was totally deserted. We walked around there, exploring, for a while and then drove back to Oia where we dropped off our car. We walked to a nearby restaurant and had brunch there, taking …
This morning we went and had breakfast at the local Starbucks and then wondered around the shopping district nearby. We went back to our hotel at midday and checked out and they kindly agreed to store some of our luggage for us as we will return there in a couple of days, when we get back to from Santorini. We then walked to the train station and …
... basket of breads and croissants with a variety of baby jam jars. Hot chocolate, tea and fresh orange juice, greek pie, carrot cake, biscuits were all so good. Our hot breakfast came out, Mary had an omelette with ham, cheese, mushrooms which was fabulous, Troy had Greek scrambled eggs with tomato and feta. Wow what a generous breakfast and you could order as much as you like.
A lazy day today, had a swim in the jacuzzi and pool and lazed ...
... a way though….
First stop on the tour we go to the port and get on a sailboat! FUN! It was so HOT and Jana and I forgot to put sunscreen on the first half of the day.. yeah we got a little crispy. SO then we went over to the Volcano! I don’t know WHY I thought this would be a fun tour WALKING up the freaking volcano in midday sun. I almost DIED first of all I am clearly out of shape! Second trying to trek a volcano in flipflops…. ...
... that wound around the coast, high up on the cliff, causing both of us to grip our seat. But the scenery that greeted us made the nail-biting worth it. Oia is postcard Santorini; it’s exactly what we were hoping to see. Mom took TONS of pictures. Several times, I would be walking along, talking to Mom, only to look over for a response and discover that she was 30 feet back, snapping away. Sound familiar, Dad? ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Strogili Traditional Houses Oia
Fabulous view, comfortable and reasonable
After several trips to Oia, I decided to book a room with a view..well we got a million dollar view for about 100 Euros.
Short walk to the center of town, but comfy beds, mini kitchen,tv,
ac and that view!!! We were there for just two nights, but we wiil definitely return...stylish but simple with many sweet touches.
Nice pool which we did not use, and a location that is a bit from the maddening crowd..mini market next door supplied us with anything we needed for snacks and basics. We will return!
Super aber erschwinglich!!
Haben im September für 4 Tage im Strogili Houses gewohnt, nachdem es uns von einem Freund empfohlen wurde. Das Hotel hatte alles, was wir uns vorgestellt hatten. Das Zimmer war sehr komfortabel und der Pool einfach atemberaubend. Das Hotel liegt direkt neben. Die Terrasse ist voller Blumen, dort haben wir auch gefrühstückt. Nebenan waren wir im kleinen Lebensmittelladen einkaufen. Die Halle von Oia ist nur einen kurzen Fußmarsch entfernt und direkt am Hotel liegt eine Bushaltestelle. Wir würden Ihnen den Bus zu jeweils 1 Euro pro Ticket empfehlen. Die Straße nach Oia und Firatown ist recht gefährlich. Die Einheimischen überholen recht oft einfach auf dem Seitenstreifen oder den Engen Kurven in den Bergen. Ein tolles Hotel, das von natürlicher Schönheit umringt ist und dazu noch günstig ist.
Sehr schön. Super Lage
Was für ein Hotel. Tolle Lage und die Bushaltestelle war direkt am Hotel. Sie sollten unbedingt bis an das Ende der Stadt fahren, um sich den Sonnenuntergang anzusehen. Nebenan gibt es einen tollen kleinen Lebensmittelladen, der von einer Kanadierin geführt wird. Die Appartments sind einfach klasse, die Besitzer sind sehr freundlich und dies ist noch einer der wenigen Orte, an denen die Bilder noch mit der Realität übereinstimmen. Fahren Sie auf jeden Fall dort hin. Sie sollten nicht vergessen im kleinen Hotel auf der anderen Seite der Insel zu essen, dort gibt es ein sehr gutes Lamm.
Strogili Houses - A Top Spot
Our one week stay at Strogili Houses was the highlight of our family's visit to Greece in July 2006.
We had marveled at the photos on it's website when making our plans and reservations, and were supremely impressed on our arrival to find that the property had in fact "jumped right off" the picture postcard perfect travel posters one typically sees of the Grecian Islands. The photos had in no way belied what we found - as they often can with the use of carefully edited views.
We had also placed some reliance of the previous reviews on this site, and we found each of them to be consistent with our own experience.
The welcome was warm and friendly and the rooms and pool area were very clean and well maintained. The rooms are furnished and equipped simply but very adequately and everything was in excellent working order - including the water heater, which could be said to have worked too well!
The quality of the management may be due in part because the owner, Dini Rousseau lives on site with her family. With her excellent English and calm, accommodating manner, Dini's daughter, Popi appeared to look after day to day management but also responded most helpfully to all requests for local, tour and car rental information.
Situated as it is on the edge of the village, we really enjoyed the peace and quiet while sitting out on our patio, or by the pool enjoying exquisite views out over the caldera in the differing morning, afternoon and evening light.
There is a mini market adjacent to Strogili, but it is interesting (and worthwhile) to visit the other mini markets close by, each of which conveniently provided all our grocery and refreshment needs. The center of Oia, with its many and varied restaurants and shops was within just a few minutes stroll. So too was the tip of Santorini, where the famed view of the sunset is enjoyed nightly by many "pilgrims". We preferred to settle comfortably at a table in one of a number of roof top restaurants (such as The Strogili, for example - no relation, though) to enjoy the spectacle over a leisurely dinner.
Strogili Houses - Great Views and Great People - Highly Recommend
I just can't say enough good things about this hotel! The views from their balconies are incredibly breathtaking. The owners are kind, accomodating and always available. They brought breakfast to us every morning and it was delicious. The rooms are simply and tastefully decorated in Santorinian style. They are clean and have equipped kitchenettes. The property is surrounded by flowering and colorful plants.
But probably the most incredible thing about the owners of this hotel is their big heart! When the company we had hired to plan our wedding cancelled our big day at the last minute (read my review of the dreadful Aressana Hotel and "Weddings In Santorini" planners for the full story) the owners of Strogili helped us re-organize the wedding within hours! We found out that they also plan weddings. Had we known this sooner, we would definitly have hired the Strogili hotel to plan the event.
The extended family also owns the restaurant across the street, and in all honesty, it may have been the best food we had in Greece.
In addition to all this, their prices are the most reasonable we found for a hotel perched on the cliff overlooking the mediteranian and the caldera. Unlike many other hotels with this vantage point, you do not need to climb many steps to get to it. But it is far enough from thr road that you have peace and quiet. Yet you can walk to the pretty town of Oia in 5 minutes.
We highly recommend it, without a doubt.
Strogili Apartments a Jewel of Santorini
In July 2006, we stayed at the Strogili Apartments in Oia on the Island of Santorini (Thera) for 5 days with our family of 15 gathered for a wedding. Having so many rooms, we enjoyed a variety of their facility from Studio to Apartment style accommodations.
If you want to have a fantastic 180 degree view of the remarkable formations of the Islands of Santorini, the azure blue sea, the fantastic sunsets and the idyllic villages with their blue and white colored houses from a spot perched on a cliff overlooking the sea, plan on staying at the most impressive Strogili Apartments of local flavor. It is located about 20 minutes by taxi from the airport, just off the main road leading into Oia but it is secluded enough to screen out the noise of traffic. It has sufficient parking area. The bus stop is only 50 meters from its entrance. This establishment is run by the friendly and always ready to help Roussou family with the most hospitable attitude.
The rooms are of reasonable size, with comfortable beds, pleasantly furnished in local styles, with bathroom (shower), air-conditioner, TV, telephone, safe and a small but well equipped kitchenette, all for a relaxing vacation when you do not plan to stay inside anyway while being in a remarkable surrounding. The units are immaculately clean, regularly maintained and above all everything is working in them. Each has a private terrace and ready for having a relaxing drink or breakfast surrounded by flowering plants.
The pool of Strogili is large and clean, its condition is checked every morning and has all the amenities one may need, like clean and spacious changing rooms and free coffee (or tea) that you can percolate to your taste. A small mini-supermarket is just around the corner for fresh supplies for the day if you need them, and an excellent restaurant serving quality Greek food is across the street.
If you need something while at Strogili, just ask Popi, the daughter, who speaks English and who promptly responded to our e-mails before and after our visit; quite impressive. The other members of the family are just as helpful and we could practice our budding Greek knowledge with them.
We found the rates reasonable for the quality place and service, followed by accurate billings, without surprise charges, and prompt attention to anything that we needed.
We have no reservation whatsoever to recommend the lovely Strogili place to anyone who want to enjoy the Island of Santorini without the not so unusual "headaches" when booking on-line from a far away place.
Absolutely lovely. Great Location
What an amazing place. Great location, Bus stop was right outside, walk to the end of the town to watch the sunset, great little grocery store owned by a canadian woman. The appartments are amazing. the owners are very friendly and its one of the few places where the picture is exactly as the place itself. go there. and be sure to eat at the small hotel on the other side of the island, great lamb.
Magical White and Mediterranean Blue
Greece was wonderful . Santorini was a delight , but Oia , a tiny village in the north of Santorini was a postcard come alive.Detergent manufacturers should look at Oia as a location shoot - I have never seen such intense , brilliant white - the walls and steps, the odd houses that arise in a seemingly haphazard cluster from the sheer volcanic cliffs - a cubist painter's inspiration and delight . Contrasted with the deep azure blue of the sea and the milder sky , its almost surreal . But dazzlingly beautiful .
The tiny roads, the steps going to the next 'lane' , snaking through the cliffs, require tough calf muscles and substantial lung power, but are worth all the energy . The tiny and winding main street dotted with charming restaurants, lovely studios, art stops, designer jewelry( some amazingly creative designs in silver ) are another joy , and you keep going till you reach the northeren point of Oia , wherre if the time is right , a spectacular sunset awaits you .
The lovely Greek dogs we saw on this road were interesting , seeming to belong to no one in particular , but well fed, very content , and extremely dignified and self suffecient . No delighted yips or excited barking here - these were mastiffs that knew they came from the land of Socrates and Aristotle, and must keep the stiff upper lip . They unbent a trifle to a pat on the head or a ruffle of the ear , but only just !
We stayed in Strogili House , recommended by a Greek friend , Agnes Psathy who had stayed there herself, and who promised us that once she dug up the unusual hotel name for us, we would not stop thanking her . Agnes , For both the suggestion to visit Santorini , and spending hours surfing the net to try and remember which place you had stayed in Oia that you fondly remembered so much - you are spot on - we sincerely sincerely thank you . It was the highlight of our trip .
Unspoilt , not overrun by tourists in thefirst week of May ( but distinctly nippy weather ! ) , it was fantastic - a true holiday destination - slightly off the beaten track, cocooned , warm people, quiet , unspoilt and a quiet poem in the heart.
Strogili is run by the charming Konstantin family has a few apartments and studios in the traditional cave dwellings on the cliff. Beautifully maintained , and well designed, the white walls and teal blue touches coupled with a amazing profusion of blooms and plants, and a tantalising fragrance of some flowers that linger in the sunlight - it is a lovely place. When the sun came out , just standing outside our room and looking at this amazing scene with the cliffs, the sea, the sky and the whitewashed houses, was pure eye candy . With small touches like a fully stocked kitchenette, colourful cushions, and some nice reading material on the bookshelves, they want you to feel at home. We got an excellent rate as we were off season - 80 euros without breakfast - i understand its 120 minimum in season . The hot water was a touch erratic, I must admit , so bathing in the morning was a bit of a gamble!
It has marvellous swimming pool overlooking the sheer cliff, and gazing out to the terrain around , a huge meeting point of sea and sky . With the weather so cold , we barely used the pool , but come August , it must be packed .
The Oia Supermarket right next door is another delight with Christo from Corfu , and his Canadian wife Kim , make you feel like the most welcome visitor ever. It was a pleasure to drop in to pick up some cheese or provisions just to chat up with this lovely couple . Both of them , their kids and little dog Eddo spend six months on their home and farm in Corfu , and in season , they run their small supermarket in Oia village for the next six months . What a life!
A definite must do if you are visiting Greece - do visit the village Oia, at Santorini, and if you luck out , get Poppy at Strogili to confirm a room .
Great but reasonable!
We stayed at the Strogili houses for four days in September upon recommendation from friends. The place had everything we wanted. The room was very comforable, the view outstanding and the pool terrific. The hotel is right on the side of the Caldera. The terrace is full of flowers. We ate breakfast on the terrace and shopped in the little grocery next door. The all of
Oia is an easy walk from this hotel . There is a bus stop in front of the hotel so it's very easy to get around. We recommened you travel by bus at the cost of one euro. The road between Oia and Firatown is quite challenging. The locals go very fast around shoulderless mountain curves. A great place to stay surrounded by natural beauty and at a reasonable price.