In my opinion, this is THE place to stay in Santorini (I did a lot of reserach and visited some other hotels during our stay). First of all, Oia is really beautiful, not as touristy or crowded as Fira and also more convenient regarding restaurants and shops etc. than Imerovigli. And in Oia, Katikies just has it all: The property is perfectly located at the beginning of the marble path that leads you to the centre of Oia. This bears a lot of advantages: Not only will you be transported right to the front of the hotel and you don't have to hike for another 10 minutes with your luggage. Its also very convenient to access your rental car or taxi. Also you can easily walk on the marble pathway and do not need to walk on the street with no sidewalk just to get to Oia (e.g. Perivolas).
The property is dramatically perched on the volcano rim offering breathtaking views of the Caldera and Thirassia. It has been upgraded for this season: The cave-pool has vanished. There is another big infinity pool instead on the same level. So, it's three (!) infinity pools now and there is plenty of room for lying down by a pool (compare: Perivolas only has one main swimming pool). The hotel is so tastefully designed. It's all white, very minimalistic but still providing the utmost in luxury and comfort. We stayed in a junior suite: Big room with king size bed and small sitting area. Nice terrace overlooking Oia and the Caldera. Suite provided BOSE Hifi with an iPod shuffle and some music playing everyday when you came back from your activities. Separate spacious dressing area with safety box. Bathroom very simple, shower only, but plenty of towels and great Bulgari (Thé vert) cosmetics (the big bottles). Also, a big bottle of water everyday, on arrival a bottle of white Assyrtico (thats the local wine) and fresh fruits and cookies delivered. Also, handwritten welcome note by the manager. Breakfast is included in the price and a la carte. You are allowed to order as much as you want. It is either delivered to your room and you can have breakfast on your own terrace or in the room. Instead, you can also go down to the pool and have breakfast there.
The highlight about our fabulous stay was actually the service: I have not experienced any place where everyone seems so genuinely friendly and interested in making your day. Front desk was awesome, esp. Sophia, Maria and Nikos as well as the manager himself. We arrived very early in the morning (7 a.m.). Since our suite wasn't ready by then, we were offered complimentary (!) breakfast by the pool. Everyone was even very apologetic about not being able to give us a room at 7 a.m. We got the our junior suite No.12 at 11 a.m. and were offered a possible upgrade to a senior suite after another hour. We declined since the junior suite was great. Also, instead of booking a taxi for visiting the Akrotiri excavations, they offered us their own hotel car at a price cheaper than a taxi as they were worried we would have a hard time finding a taxi for the way back since the Akrotiri excavations are in some kind of remote location on the other opposite side of the Island. The hotel's driver Dimitris was very nice! He even waited for us during our visit to take us home again and would not charge extra for the waiting time of approx. 60 minutes. We had a very nice conversation during the drive. When we asked about the opening hours of the museum, they would not just look it up but also ring the museum to inquire the actual opening times... On our last day, since we booked a late flight to Athens, late check out was offered at 16:30. And we were able to used hotel facilities just before our departure... Shortly before our departure for Athens, Sophia from the front desk even wrote us a list with things to do in Athens and places she thought we would like there.
I have become a big fan of Katikies and it's incredible team: Thank you so much for a wonderful (albeit too short) stay. We will be back soon, for sure!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Katikies Hotel in Oia Santorini is renowned for its leading luxury, unparalleled services, warm atmosphere and sense of romance uniquely combined in an exceptional setting and natural environment in Oia Santorini, inviting its guests to experience moments of pure luxury. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Katikies Hotel Oia
- Katikies Hotel Santorini/Oia, Greece