This hotel is visually stunning with a chic, upmarket and unmistakenly Greek style. Although it is larger than many on the island it still manages to embody a boutique-hotel feel and is immaculately maintained throughout. It is situated in an excellent position just off the Kamari promenade, very quiet and peaceful and within easy reach of the beach, shops, bars and restaurants, of which there is an abundance.
However, on arrival, many of the little touches mentioned in other reviews did not happen and left me rather disappointed. No surprise upgrade even though the hotel was virtually empty, no welcome drinks, no tour of the hotel, no bottle of wine or fruit in the room. In fact my husband and I found the reception staff to be surprisingly surly and unhelpful throughout our stay.
Our room was on the upper floor and is known as an executive double. Modern and clean though not very spacious, the room had a nice bathroom with state of the art fixtures and fittings, good wi-fi connection, a balcony and a very comfortable bed...though the pillows were horrendous! In my opinion it lacked the amenities one would expect in a 5* hotel; no bedside clock, no DVD/CD player, very little storage space, complimentary toiletries which were not replaced our entire stay, no iron and ironing board and no tea & coffee making facilities (sorry, we're British!).
Breakfast was a let-down. Far from the glorious 'American-style buffet' we were expecting- of which we have experienced many- the hot food was prepared and then left under the warmers until it dried out. There was also no variation day to day, eggs were dried out scrambled, or dried out omelette. Same cereal, same bread, same cake etc..
That said, the serving and bar staff were absolutely lovely, nothing was a problem, they brought us cold glasses of water whilst we very much enjoyed the beautiful pools and nice loungers. I'd especially like to mention the roof-top sun-bathing area where the double loungers are placed in between a circular trickling fountain- a concept I've never come across before which was truly relaxing.
In conclusion, I WOULD recommend this hotel, both for a relaxing few days in the sun and as a base to see the sights of Santorini, provided you don't arrive hoping for those extra special touches as we did. If you do get them....what's your secret?
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- Also Known As:
- La Mer Deluxe Hotel, Spa Hotel Kamari
- La Mer Deluxe Hotel, Spa Resort And Conference Center
- La Mer Deluxe Hotel & Spa Santorini/Kamari