Aris Caves in Oia?

Old Oct 16th, 2007, 11:28 AM
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brotherleelove2004: Wow, that map of Oia is great! That is very helpful. (Except that I can't find "Ambrosia.")

I think we are going with the one-bedroom cave house at Strogili. It's so hard to choose a hotel when I've never been to Greece. Everybody wants to find the "perfect" place but they all look so fabulous.

You are so patient to answer these same Santorini questions a million times over, but your input is truly appreciated!
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Old Oct 16th, 2007, 11:39 AM
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Look again. Ambrosia and Skala Restaurants are both in the square that's 5 over from the left in the 2nd row up from the bottom. Caldera Villas is also in that same square as are the steps down to the little port of Armeni.
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Old Oct 16th, 2007, 11:42 AM
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I see it now, thanks.
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Old Oct 16th, 2007, 05:26 PM
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HappyCheesehead,

The double bed we had was American-size. The units with the best views are, in my opinion, 2 and 7. The most private is #7 down below, although 2 and 3 are quite private. If I went back, I'd chose #2. Large unit, wonderful view, fewer stairs.
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Old Oct 16th, 2007, 06:26 PM
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Oh man, a regular double?? We are used to a king size bed at home, a double might be a little tight.

I got a response to my inquiry today from Aris Caves, they only rent # 7 for a week at a time, too bad! I am getting some clarification on pricing also. The website said 115 euro for May 2007, but she said 140 for May 2008 in her email, so that would be almost a 22% increase in just one year!
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 08:48 AM
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HappyCheesehead,
I found a similar increase in rates from Delfini Hotel and Villa.
The web site said 40 Euros for a room but they responded to my email they quoted 60 Euros which is a big jump
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 11:48 AM
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Aris Caves replied - they did add 5 euro per person for 2008, but they also changed when low season starts, May 26-29 is now mid season, not low, so the price jumped another 15 euro for that.

Looks like business is good in Santorini if the prices are jumping like this.

Bettina22 - 50% is a huge increase! Wow!

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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 11:58 AM
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Hmmm.......maybe Delfini Villas changed low season too.
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 12:23 PM
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It wouldn't surprise me. It's not uncommon for hotels to periodically raise their prices.
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 02:58 PM
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LOL, Brotherleelove2004, I have no problem with hotels raising prices. After all, I hope for a raise every year too! It is just that generally I don't get a 22% raise I was just a little surprised to see that big of a jump. It still looks like a nice place to stay. I don't know what else would be as nice for E 140.
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 04:16 PM
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I'm not sure what you mean by "nice," but check out Thea Studios, Old Oia Houses, Lena's House and Casa Sofia (House of Wonders).
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 05:24 PM
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HappyCheesehead:

"Aris Caves replied - they did add 5 euro per person for 2008"

The owner told me it was to cover the cost of installing WiFi in all the units.
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Old Oct 18th, 2007, 08:25 AM
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cheryllj & Santorini vacationers.

We had a chance to stay at the Strogili in the early part of june 07 and had a wonderfun time. IMO Oia is the only place to stay for your first few visits to the island. A bakery is in walking distance for early morning pastries, A general store with produce, wine (and more) is steps from the entrance (with a very freindly woman who speaks english.

Since views of the caldera is very important to everyone i made a mental note of Strogili's layout, the only terrace that looked nicer than ours was smaller but more private, and was on the lowest level of rooms, i think there is only one room on this level.

The early part of june seemed to be very early in the tourist season for Santorini, but restaurants were open without the hoards of tourists. (thats a very good thing)

Santorini was the perfect way to start our vacation before heading to Folegrandos, a must see island only a short ferry ride from Santorini (but not for a day trip)
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Old Oct 18th, 2007, 08:40 AM
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grappa: Thanks! I have booked a room at Strogili for late May, and I'm really looking forward to it.
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Old Oct 18th, 2007, 09:55 AM
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Hi Grappa,

I had emailed Strogili for rates and availability yesterday but I am at work so don't know if they responded yet.

Do you recall what room you stayed in and the rate? What other room was it that you thought looked as nice as yours? I did not see any rates on their website.

Cheryllj, would you be willing to share the rate you got? BTW- we will be on Santorini May 26-29 - maybe we will see you there!
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Old Oct 18th, 2007, 12:07 PM
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HappyCheesehead: I don't mind at all -- we're paying 165 euros for a one-bedroom cave house (apartment) at Strogili. We'll be there May 19-23, so we won't overlap.

The standard studio was offered at 136 euros for two persons. Those rates are good from May 16 - June 30, according to the rate sheet they sent us. We just missed the cutoff for the low season rates, which end May 15.
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Old Oct 18th, 2007, 01:17 PM
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cheryllj, HappyCheesehead & Santorini Vacationers

When i was planning my trip to the Strogili traditional houses I had heard from others that you don't want to be in the rooms closest to the road (i guess the noise factor).

The Strogoli has it's own parking lot across the street and a bus stop right outside it's door, making it easy for a trip to Fira and beyound.(that great little general store has the bus schedules)

Don't forget to have dinner at "Santarini Mou". under a ten min. walk from Strogili heading out of town, the owner( Mikelis? ) plays his guitar with others after 9:00 pm.

Have Popi the young woman who speaks english at Stragili order up a taxi for you if you are arriving by plane, you will be happy you did,(cost 25E, a tip is not expected, but the driver might pick others up along the ride home). Rate for one bedroom cave house 139E. Good moderate place to stay considering Santarini is no bargain island.

Enjoy some wine from your terrace and watch as the ferries and cruise ships pass you by on the way to port.
OR
We found a small sunset terrare at a hotel on the tip of Santarini (Fanari Villas, i think) for an expensive cocktail and a sunset to die for ( look for the wind mill and you will be close, not an easy find, but worth it.
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