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Hotels in Oia, Santorini with caldera views

Looking to stay two nights in October. Of the two RS recommended hotels: The first - Filotera Villas is now Filotera Suites w/ room rates between double to triple that of RS indicated rates. The second - Chelidonia Traditional Villas lists rates more in line w/ RS, but they are asking for minimum three night stay. I emailed them asking for two nights availability and are waiting to hear back.

In the meantime, any suggestiions for Oia hotels w/ caldera views you can vouch for?

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Strogili Traditional Houses! Absolutely stunning view! Enjoy!

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Check Thea Studios (make sure it's the one in Oia), Rimida Villas, Kima Villas, Nostos Apartments, La Perla Villas, Lava Oia's, Old Oia Houses, Lucky Homes, Lena's House, VIP Suites, Esperas Houses, Alexander's Boutique Hotel, Olympic Villas (cavehouse only, not other options), Aspa Villas (cavehouse only, not other options), Delfini Villas, Aris Caves, Ifestio Villas, Casa Sofia, Villa Kallisti, Villa Marina and Fotinos Houses.

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Thanks Lee. I'm blown away by the number of options you list.

Obviously, you've visited the island frequently. October will be our first visit to Greece and the Greek Islands. W/ two of your recommended hotels, you mention cavehouse only, not other options. Please elaborate.

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Both Aspa Villas and Olympic Villas started out as hotels right alongside the main road, which means there is lots of traffic noise if you stay in the original buildings. The cavehouses they offer are away from the road down the cliff a bit and out of the flow of motorized traffic.

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Thanks Lee. Your list encompasses hotels close to town, away from town, on the cliff, steps down from the cliff, varying price ranges. Please give me your take on how important an in-town location is (convenience vs the noise factor) compared to a ten minute or so walk from town. Also on the cliff vs steps down from the cliff.

Our priorities are: reasonably convenient location, w/o a lot of noise and not a large number of steps down from the cliff. Assuming our max is 175 Euros/night, and given our priorities is there anything in your list that fits?

Thanks for your help.

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Most hotels, shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries in Oia are situated along a pedestrian-only walkway Unfortunately this doesn't include Aspa or Olympic. Any hotel in that part of the village is going to be quiet, especially the further down the cliff you go. Oia is small, so within that area nothing is an inconvenient distance from everything else, certainly no more than 15 minutes' walk from one end to the other along that pedestrian path, as long as you're not seduced by the view or doing some window shopping. I challenge you NOT to stop!! ;-0

If you want a caldera view there aren't many hotels along that path that don't require some step-climbing. Only Old Oia Houses comes to mind right now, House D if I remember correctly. That said, none of the ones I listed is so far down the cliff as to challenge you to any serious degree, unless you have some sort of respiratory or mobility issue.

As for what your money will buy in October, I don't have a clue. It's up to you to do that research yourself using the filter system at www.booking.com as well as the individual hotels' websites to find room rates. The good news is that by October prices have mostly dropped to low season rates, so you shouldn't have a problem finding something nice.