Using Airbnb & The Importance Of Doing Your Research Before Making a Booking!
- Keying in my travel dates
- Selecting the room type that I wish to stay in (whether it is an entire home/apartment, a private room or a shared room)
- Determining the price range per night (according to my budget)
- Opting for more filters to narrow down my preferences (such as required amenities, number of beds, host language, etc)
From there, a list of available accommodations was provided. I filtered those accommodations and picked the one I like or preferred. After the payment was complete, a booking receipt and confirmation email was sent to my email, along with helpful information on how to get to the place, etc (provided by the host). From there, I excitedly counted down the days to my departure. 😀
Maryloujohn Villas in Oia, Santorini
From the list of the available accommodations in Santorini provided by Airbnb, I decided to go for the Captain’s budget studio for 2 at Maryloujohn Villas in Oia. The first reason why I chose it is for its strategic location. The villa is conveniently located in Oia’s main pedestrian street. This feature is especially good for those who do not wish to lug and carry their heavy luggage up and down the physically challenging, steep steeps to get to their hotels or guesthouses which are mostly located on the steep cliffs in Oia. 😉
Besides that, the property is only 10 meters away from the local bus stop (Saint George stop) and a mini market nearby, 5 meters away from the only hairdresser + nail parlour and ticket office in Oia and a 5-minute walk to the town centre, close to the beautiful church of Saint Giorgios.
The other reason is for its soothing Cycladic white-blue décor of the room besides the building’s rich history. It is a 200-year old traditional captain’s house belonging to the Karras family that was restored by Dimitrios Rodakis in the early 1990’s. The property offers abreathtaking view of the caldera with the morning fog rolling in from the Aegean Sea during sunrise and a spectacular sunset. 😀
All that convenience and remarkable view for only €49 (RM229) per night (the price I got for visiting during the low season)! Do note that the price is subjected to change according to the travel seasons and based on the owner’s discretion. Breakfast is not included, but can be requested for €6 per person, per day. Laundry costs €10 per person (less than 10kg load).
A Comfortable & Good Night’s Sleep At The Captain’s Budget Studio For 2
My inquiry for the room was attended by John, the owner of Maryloujohn Villas in Oia, Santorini. He provided the directions on how to get to the property by local bus or taxi, along with the expected fares. Using the directions given, my sister and I were able to get to the property with ease. 🙂
Upon our arrival, John and his adorable dog named Bella welcomed us to the villa with a warm smile and friendly gesture. The check-in process was fast and easy. I provided my passport and a copy of the booking receipt for verification purposes. After that, John personally showed us to our room and gave us a short tour around his villa.
The Captain’s budget studio for 2 did not disappoint my sister and I. The room looked exactly as pictured in the photos on Airbnb – clean and neat. The room was not too big or too small – it was just nice for two people. There is a television, air-conditioning, a dressing table, a built-in cupboard, a small refrigerator as well as a small induction stove at the corner for light cooking. Above the stove is a rack of several kitchen utensils. 😀
The room has a small window overlooking a courtyard and the paved road where a herd of donkeys usually pass by during the morning or evening. The bathroom was kind of small but adequate. We stayed in the room for 2 nights and loved it to the max! We do not have any problems with the room or the property at all.
Telephone : +30 22860 71459
Up next: A tour around Maryloujohn Villas in Oia, Santorini and more details of our stay at the property with its amazing caldera and Aegean sea views