Andronis Boutique Hotel in Oia, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 5, 2018

The unheated pool has sun loungers to enjoy the view.

Andronis Boutique Hotel – Luxury hotel in on the caldera’s edge with two pools, jacuzzis in all suites, and Oia’s first restaurant, Lauda.

Gorgeous, white-washed hotel with incredible sunset views over the caldera. An all-suite property, each unit has been hand-carved into the cliffside in traditional Santorinian cave-style. Every suite has its own jacuzzi or plunge pool in addition to the hotel’s two shared pools, one heated and one cool. Its restaurant Lauda is the oldest restaurant in Oia (opened in 1971, it had the island’s first telephone), and features a menu designed by a 3 Michelin Star Chef.

Andronis Boutique Hotel – Location

  • Area: Fantastic location, as central as you can be in Oia, along the marble path of the pedestrian-only zone. The hotel is surrounded by amazing restaurants, cafes, and boutiques, and is about 3 minutes from the Oia Bus Terminal.
  • How to Get There: The hotel is located on the footpath just off the main road into Oia, making it very easy to travel to and from, whether by taxi, driving yourself, or riding the bus. There are always buses at the ferry port for every ferry arrival, as well as buses departing hourly from the airport (both buses will stop in Fira from where you’ll get a different bus to Oia – the entire trip from port or airport to Oia will take at least an hour). From the Oia Bus Terminal, it’s an easy 3-minute walk to the hotel. Taxis are also available from the port or airport, though there are only about 25 taxis serving the whole island, so there is often a wait; schedule ahead to avoid this – or rent a car. A taxi from the airport to Andronis Boutique Hotel will cost roughly €25. A taxi from the ferry port to Andronis Boutique Hotel will cost roughly €30.
  • Handy To: Shopping (1-minute walk to Soho Soho), Church of Panagia of Platsani (2-minute walk), Oia Castle (9-minute walk).

Andronis Boutique Hotel – The Basics

  • Ages: An adults-only hotel, only ages 13 and older are allowed. Guests tend to be couples from 24–60 years old celebrating a special occasion, usually a honeymoon or anniversary. About half of the guests here are Americans.
  • Beach: The closest beach is at Ammoudi Bay, the port immediately below Oia, 900 meters (15 minutes’ walk from the hotel). This is a popular spot for swimming and cliff diving; the beach is too rocky and small to do much lounging. This is the main port of Oia and is served by several spectacular seafood restaurants. It’s a steep trek down and back again, but it’s relatively easy to catch a cab at the bottom to bring you back up the hill. (Buy a snack at one of the restaurants, and the waiter will be happy to call one for you.)
  • View: Gorgeous caldera views throughout the property.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: All rooms include either a private jacuzzi, or a private heated plunge pool, or both.
  • Parking: Free parking in several public lots nearby.
  • Extras: Welcome bottle of wine and fruits, bespoke room experience (pillow menu, scent preference, and choice of luxury brand amenities), sunset catamaran tours (additional fee).
  • When to Book: The hotel usually operates from the first of April until early November. Reserve at least 4 months in advance (6 months is better) for stays during high season from June through September, and about 2 months in advance for the low and shoulder seasons.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +30 22860 72182
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: https://www.andronisboutiquehotel.com/

Andronis Boutique Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: Two pools, one heated and one cool, served by a pool bar.
  • Spa: Access to spa at their sister hotel Andronis Luxury Suites. 2-minute walk.
  • Fitness Center: Access the fitness center at their sister hotel Andronis Concept Wellness in Imerovigli. 14-minute drive.
  • For Disabled Guests: This is a caldera hotel with lots of stairs and no elevators. It is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.
  • For Families: An adults-only hotel, only ages 13 and older are allowed. There are no special amenities for children, and the largest suites have a maximum capacity of 3 guests.
  • Activities: Catamaran cruise of the caldera at sunset, inclusive of wine and meal (additional fee).

Andronis Boutique Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Lauda is the oldest restaurant in Oia, but it has a new 3 Michelin Star Chef as of 2017, who has modernized and elevated the menu. Serving thoughtful Greek plates, highlighting local ingredients, wine, and seafood, this is easily one of the best restaurants on the island. Open for lunch and dinner, the atmosphere is elegant yet casual, and the views are fantastic. Serving lunch from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and dinner from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. • $$$$
  • Lounge/Bar: The pool bar offers refreshing classic and unique cocktails all day, and lunch from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., with food prepared by Lauda.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast served at Lauda from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The hotel offers their signature “Breakfast of the Gods”, with a large buffet of superfoods and Greek delicacies, plus eggs and toast made to order.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours.

Andronis Boutique Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Petite Suite • Classic Suite • Elegant Suite • Executive Suite with Plunge Pool • Executive Suite with Cave Plunge Pool • Signature Suite • Water Retreat Suite • Prestige Suite with Infinity Pool • Cave Pool Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any of their room categories. It is allowed on the private outdoor terraces, and in the outdoor common areas.
  • Best Rooms: The Prestige Suite with Infinity Pool is the best room here. A spacious 100 sqm makes it among the largest suites in Oia; it features an open plan, king bed, and a large terrace with a private infinity pool and jacuzzi.
  • For Families: An adults-only hotel, only ages 13 and older are allowed. There are no special amenities for children, and only a few room categories that accommodate a maximum of 3 guests. Those are the Prestige Suite with Infinity Pool, Executive Suite with Cave Plunge Pool, Executive Suite with Plunge Pool, and the Elegant Suite.

Andronis Boutique Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located in the heart of Oia on the marble pedestrian path, surrounded by an endless choice of restaurants, shops, and attractions. Shopping is at Soho Soho is only a 1-minute walk from the hotel, the most photographed Church of Panagia of Platsani is only 2 minutes away, and the Oia Bus Terminal is just 3 minutes away on foot. The castle ruins, the most popular sunset viewpoint is a 9-minute walk west, while Ammoudi Bay is just a little farther, 15 minutes from the hotel.
  • Bus: Andronis Boutique Hotel is very close to the Oia Bus Terminal, just 3 minutes away. Buses here serve all of the major villages and beaches on the island, often with a change in Fira. Tickets are bought on board, and range from €1.80 to €2.50 per person in the daytime, depending on the route. Night buses (12:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.) run less frequently and cost a little more, from €2.30 to €3.10. Buses can get very crowded, especially during the high season, so much so that they often fill to capacity and are unable to take on more passengers. There are only 23 public buses serving the island.
  • Taxis: The nearest taxi stand is at Stathmos Taxi, near the Oia Bus Terminal. There is often a wait here as there are only 25 taxis serving the entire island (with guests from about 1,000 hotels, villas, and Airbnbs). Book ahead to avoid the wait. There will be a small surcharge for advanced reservations and for carrying luggage, usually just a couple of Euros. The average rate from Oia to Fira is €15, and from Oia to the airport runs about €25.
  • Scooters/Motorcycles: Just don’t, unless you’re Evel Knievel! Scooters are the main mode of transportation for the locals, but if you’re unfamiliar with the terrain, it can be very dangerous. The roads here are zigzagging, hilly, narrow, and have sheer drop offs with no guardrails and no street lights in most areas. Lots of dirt roads and potholes.
  • ATVs: This is a super popular mode of transportation with tourists, but the locals absolutely hate them. They move too slowly and hold up traffic in an area where getting around is already a hassle. ATVs with smaller motors have been banned from the roads, and a full ban is expected to pass soon.

Andronis Boutique Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Melitini: 100% Greek menu, using local Santorinian, Cycladic, and Greek ingredients only. Quaint, cozy interior and stellar caldera views from the rooftop terrace. 3-minute walk.
  • PitoGyros: Hands-down, the best gyros in Oia. Seating is limited. 1-minute walk.
  • Candouni: Cozy, family-owned restaurant with live, Greek music and absolutely delicious food. 4-minute walk.
  • Lotza: Simple, honest Greek comfort food with stunning caldera views. 4-minute walk.
  • Roka: Authentic, Santorinian menu with solid dishes, especially the meatballs and octopus. 5-minute walk.
  • Anemomilos Restaurant: Located next to the hotel of the same name; refreshingly local vibe, not touristy at all. Great food, friendly atmosphere. 9-minute walk.
  • Lefkes: Cozy, romantic restaurant in a converted wine cellar in the charming Finikia village. 19-minute walk.
  • Ammoudi Bay Restaurants: Best known for its fresh fish restaurants, Ammoudi is the rocky port of Oia; boats sail to Thirassia and cruise the caldera from here. It’s an incredibly popular spot for cliff diving, and is one of the best places to swim on the island. 15-minute walk.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Passaggio: The best coffee in Santorini, solid breakfast, killer cocktails, and pretty okay sunset views from the balcony, just a little back from the caldera. 5-minute walk.
  • Meteor: Excellent coffee and breakfast with sweeping caldera views, though a little on the pricey side. Turns into a bar at night. 5-minute walk.
  • Vitrin Café Creperie: Vitrin Café Creperie: One of the best breakfasts on the island, plus AMAZING sunset views if you arrive early enough to snag a table. 6-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Elliniki Diatrofi Supermarket: Great selection of local cheeses, wine, liquor, fresh produce, and staples. Open until after midnight, sometimes as late as 2:00 a.m. 1-minute walk.
  • Asteras Supermarket: Small, but solid selection with a surprising amount of fresh produce for its size, along with pre-packaged deli cuts, snacks, beer, wine, and some beach gear. 2-minute walk.
  • Proton Supermarket: Small market, but usually has the best prices. This is where most locals shop in the area. 3-minute walk.

Andronis Boutique Hotel – The Hotel

The hotel's common terrace offers fantastic caldera views.

The hotel entrance opens up over a fantastic view terrace overlooking the caldera.

The hotels has a lot of stairs.

Like most in the area, this multi-level hotel has plenty of stairs to navigate…

The steep stairs offer fantastic views in all directions.

…with stunning views the whole way down. From here, you can see the volcano in the center, and Imerovigli and Fira to the left…

One can even see Thirassia Island from the stairs.

…and looking right over the pools, you can see Thirassia Island.

The entire hand-sculpted hotel cn be seen from the main pool.

From the main pool level, you can see the whole hotel, hand-sculpted white caves with orange sails.

The bar is right by the unheated pool.

Closer to the unheated pool and pool bar.

The heated infinity pool offers fantastic caldera views.

Just three steps down gets you to the heated infinity pool overlooking the caldera.

The restaurant's terrace offers fantastic caldera views.

On the same floor, you’ll find Lauda Restaurant. Reserve early for a table on the terrace with the best views…

The covered terrace of Lauda Restaurant is pleasant to dine in.

…though their covered terrace is beautiful as well and tends to be less windy.

The Executive Suites are very spacious and elegant.

Inside the hotel, expect spacious and elegant cave suites. This is one of the Executive Suites with Cave Plunge Pool. At 70 sqm, this is one of their larger suites, but even their smallest suite (the Petite Suite) is an ample 30 sqm.

The Executive Suite can sleep up to 3 adults.

This is one of the handful of suites that can accommodate up to 3 guests, with a king-sized bed and a single-sized sofa.

All suites have a mini-bar with mini-fridge, welcome wine, and Nespresso machine.

This is the typical minibar set up for all of the suites, with a Nespresso machine. Not pictured is the mini-fridge and welcome wine.

The bedroom has a large dressing area and closet space.

Behind the bedroom, there is an ample dressing room and closet space.

The bathrooms are cave-style with open shower and modern fixtures.

The cave-style bathroom uses pressed concrete and marble dust, and features a traditional open shower and modern fixtures.

The suite's terrace is spacious.

Its private terrace is quite spacious…

The terrace has a small dining area and cave plunge pool.

…with a small dining area and a cave plunge pool.

The cave plunge pool offers good shade.

The cave plunge pool.

The view from the cave plunge pool is amazing.

View from inside the cave.

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