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“Magical & crazy adventurous experience!”
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Overview of traditional village of Emporio
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Emporio, Santorini, Cyclades, South Aegean

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Priscilla...
Houston, Texas, United States
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Magical & crazy adventurous experience!”
Reviewed 30 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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We visited Athens last week. As usual, I went crazy about going everywhere, so we decided to visit Santorini.

When I tried to book a hotel either they were crazy expensive or sold out. That's why I decided to use another accommodation site. It was my first time using this site and given the "nature" of it (renting people's rooms and houses)... I was a little hesitant.

I cannot express in words how magical our stay was. It's simply on another level of awesome. I had never experienced a "time warping" vacation before until I got to this mystical place.

This castle is located in Emporeio Village. When you visit Santorini, you will find that the island has different towns. I visited about 5 and I found Emporeio to be the most amazing one. I believe it's also the most traditional.

To really appreciate this place, you'll need to switch your "Adventure" settings to "ADVANCED". This is not a hotel and I can't be happier about it.
This is also not a place for everyone. If you need bell boys, lobbies, elevators and A/C, this is not the place for you. You will seriously need your inner hippie to come out because otherwise you will suffer a little when you get here. The place has character and no hotel can match that.

The studio is located in a castle that was built hundreds of years ago. It was used to take advantage of the higher ground and defend the island from the Turkish, Ottoman and/or Roman invasions. Pretty cool, huh?

PROS
PRICE. Regular hotels in Santorini can reach $985+ per night. This studio is a much cheaper option.
LOCATION. You have everything you need very near, including the beach.
LOCATION v 2.0. Seriously, if I knew places like this existed, I would have never bought a house. I would've spent all that money on travelling and it would be my mission to visit thousands of places like this one.
SERVICE. Because you're dealing with the owners of the place (who are unbelievable good hosts) you get Gran Turismo service. George, the owner, helped us with everything we needed. He drove my husband to the car rental place, introduced us to his neighbors... words are insufficient to describe how amazing he was. His daughter was getting married in Dubai the next weekend and he took the time to buy us fresh fruit. <3 How amazing is that?
VIEWS. The place has amazing views.
WI-FI
FULLY EQUIPPED. It has a kitchen & all the supplies you need.
FLEXIBILITY. The owner was so amazing by letting us check in at 9:00 am and check-out at 5:00 PM the next day.

Of course the studio was perfectly clean and gorgeously decorated.

CONS
Ok, here comes the tricky part.

ACCESSIBILITY. This is definitely not a place for drunk walking. Seriously, you can get killed by climbing the stairs. When this castle was built, I don't think they imagined that one day it would serve as a B&B.
I needed complete focus to climb the stairs to the studio & the bed. And if you need some moderate skills to climb the stairs, think again and try descending them.

NO A/C. Because of town laws, people are not allowed to change the façade of the houses and therefore, they can't put an external condensators. You will rarely need it because Santorini is a windy place but for example, these past months, the wind was on strike or something and even the locals were tired of the heat. We were lucky and the wind got back from it's vacation on time.
To compensate for this issues, the owners have also 2 regular fans that can help (and did help us) with the heat.

AWKWARD SHOWER. I've seen this kind of bathroom in other places in Europe. It has no shower room... the toilet and the shower are in a small room and when you take a bath you just splash everything else. Again, this place was not designed to be a 5 star hotel.

This is a place you need to experience at least once in your life. It's inspiring, magical, gorgeous, just... amazing.

I hope this inspires your soul and you go out and play in this wonderful world.
Please remember to dream, travel and enjoy life.

Priscilla.

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Liked least: Shower and no A/C
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Nathalie1...
Milos, Greece
2 reviews
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“Simply amazing! ”
Reviewed 4 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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This property is nothing short of amazing.
Katerina and her husband are such wonderful hosts. They met me down the street from the castle and helped with bringing my belongings back to the room. Upon my arrival I couldn't have been any happier. The room is exactly as it appeared in the pictures. They also had fresh towels, cold water and fruit waiting for me. The location and room was perfect! I fell in love immediately with the beauty of this amazing space. Its quiet, peaceful, very clean and close to the bus stop should you want to visit other locations on the island. There's also a cute little Caffè just steps away from the castle for your morning fix should you not want to make your own java.

I'd also like the share that I went to Santorini alone. This was my first trip that I've ever taken alone and Katerina had made my first night unforgettable. She invited me to the beach to join her and her lovely friend. We later went for dinner and enjoyed some local Greek food with another of her very sweet friends and ended the night with a walk on the beach watching the most beautiful moon rise.

I then ended my trip in Santorini with a morning reiki session from Katerina. This was my first time ever trying it and I'm happy that I did. I felt so relaxed and calm after this experience from a truly blessed individual.

In short I hope one day I have the opportunity to come back and stay at the castle as this stay has been truly unforgettable.

Thanks again Katerina!

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GraceParf...
Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 4 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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5 Aug 2016
Thanks Grace and Parfait!
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