Stayed at the Santellini for 2 weeks in early July. It's a family owned and run hotel and most efficiently run and cared for. It's spotlessly clean everywhere including an immaculate pool and pool area. The bedrooms are also immaculate. The family are most gracious and welcoming to guests and have a friendly word for each person. The hotel is small so this is possible, as a result there are many return guests who feel at home here.
We had a few issues which are probably personal to us but I'll mention them anyway. Th first was that the bed was very hard, we had twin beds put together and we did find it impossible to get comfortable in them. The owners kindly got us some mattress toppers which did help a little but unfortunately my OH work up with quite bad back ache each morning. It did wear off by mid morning but he got very tired from not sleeping well.
It was quite hot when we were there and the air con is not adjustable in the rooms so we found it a bit hard to settle for that reason also. However that would not be an issue when not visiting in mid-summer.
We were also short of sun loungers as there are 19 in total but 20+ rooms and people were reserving them very early in the morning or the night before. There were a couple of largish family groups there who were reserving them for each other first thing. They are also very close together and there is no room to manouvre them especially as the sun moves overhead and you need some shade. You can hear what everyone is saying as you are all right next to each other around the top end of the pool. You can of course use the beach which is very close and actually much cooler but you do have to pay for sun loungers.
Each room has a fridge which is really handy and rails on the balcony to hang costumes etc to dry. No excuse for towels hanging on the balconies. There is a safe for an additional fee but you can't leave it open for more that a few minutes or you need to reset it. The air con works well and the filters were all removed and cleaned while we were there - not something you see in most hotels, they are usually hardly ever cleaned.
The location couldn't be better, just off the main promenade with all the shops, restaurants and the beach.
The breakfasts are nice in that there is Greek yogurt and honey but I would have liked some fresh fruit which is readily available in the summer or alternatively some dried fruit.
There was water melon or tinned fruit salad some mornings with some cereal and bread. There was also hard boiled eggs and some cold meat and tomato and feta cheese, Greek yogurt and honey with some homemade marmalade also made by a family member. I don't eat the eggs or cold meat or the cereal so was struggling a little bit but I was provided with fruit salad each morning as an alternative, I think most people are quite happy with the breakfasts however.
There is a small bar which is open until 11pm approximately but only used by a few people most of the time.
All in all a very well run and pleasant place but we struggled with the beds and the small pool area and lack of sunbeds, apart from that it's a great place.
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- Also Known As:
- Santellini Hotel Kamari
- Hotel Santellini Santorini/Kamari