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Acqua Vatos Hotel
Ranked #28 of 75 Hotels in Kamari
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 6, 2009

Excellent hotel in the heart of Kamari. This is our 4th visit to Santorini. We stayed here for 2 weeks whilst on holiday for our wedding. The hotel is very friendly and welcoming. Its not on the beach front but is close enough, 2 minute walk literally. If you're heading for Santorini we recommend ythat you stay in Kamari as you can relax and enjoy the island more. Thira and Oia are very busy and small and are easliy accessible from Kamari. This hotel is well priced and offers all the aid and resources you will need.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 31, 2009

This was a return trip for us to santorini and the Acqua Vatos. We were staying in Kamari with our friends and family for our wedding in Santorini, and recomended that we all book the Acqua Vatos. The hotel rooms are all decorated in funky and bright colours, the recent upgrade has improved what was already a lovely hotel.
George is this hotel's best asset, he is a fantastic hotel manager who goes above and beyond to make sure that all his guests enjoy their stay. Whether its recommending trips, restaurants or drawing out street maps to help you get around, his knowledge of the resort and island is great.
A third stay in Kamari at the Acqua Vatos in years to come is a must for us!!!
Missing the Acqua Vatos family!

  • Stayed: August 2009
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Reviewed August 19, 2009

I would like to pretty much echo what the majority of other people have said on this site about this hotel. I can honestly say we have never stayed at a hotel where all of the staff have made us feel so comfortable and relaxed. They really can't do enough for you, but at the same time don't go over the top and are very chilled and relaxed. I couldn't recommend this hotel more highly. George, Kathryn and Kate make all of the guests feel like you are their number one priority and even on the odd occasion when you feel a little bit tired or hungover Kathryn's smile is enough to lift you out from the doldrums.

This is also the first hotel in which the hotel owner (George) has helped us carry our luggage to the taxi on our departure... It is little touches like that what make this place so unique and special.

We were married during our stay in Santorini and it will always hold a special place in our heart. Helen & I are so grateful to all the staff for the hospitality and kindness they showed us which contributed to making our holiday exceed all expectations!

Thanks Again
David & Helen

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mons_Meg
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Reviewed August 13, 2009

We really enjoyed our time in Santorini, lovely people, fantastic food, I would say the Acqua Vatos is a good hotel in Kamari, well situated but I think my expectations were raised too much by the reviews on here maybe I expected more!


Anyhow positives: George- a funny guy and very quick to help,I got the impression he wouldn't take messsing though! His greek assistant was lovely too.
He gave us good recommendations for places to eat , all places we went to on the beach front were excellent, I would say it's better when you turn right when you reach the beach than the left side, Favourites were the Family Taverna recommended by George- he must like it too as we saw him eating there one night! We really liked the first big bar on the left too- v cute and sweet waiter- Nico!! He really looked after us! The expensive boat trip recommended by George- 48 euro each but def worth it and was v special!

The hotel looks nice on the inside and lovely at night.

The pool area is nice, enough umbrellas and comfortable sun loungers.Re previous poster who said there was no sun space- there was plenty of sun space on the right side but if you wanted sun & shade that side was by the road so a little noisy. You couldn't see the traffic just hear it but I just accepted that Kamari is a buzzy place and it's on the central route down to the beach.

Comfortable bed and great AC!

Negatives- noise by pool and a little in room- scooters!

View from room but I wasn't really bothered by that.

Room a little small and quite pricey- 100/110 euro a night.

Flipping shower curtain that would not stay in shower and so floor gets soaked but it does drain away! Think this is the greek style.

At the end of our stay a big group arrived with some rowdy children who spolit the relaxing atmosphere around the pool, we were glad this was at the end of our stay not the beginning.

The pool bar- if it was a bit more open so you didn't have go to reception to ask for drinks this would be better.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Daliandaisy
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Reviewed August 10, 2009

I stayed in Acqua Vatos Hotel in July'09 with my partner. The hotel is located in Kamari. The nearest beach is quite stoney but further down it is quite nice. Kamari is one of the main beachside resorts. It is a a drive away from Oia and Fira the main attractions. I loved it as we had the best of both worlds and we were in need of a few beachy days.

The hotel itself is kept really well. The staff go out of their way to help you. The breakfast is fine and keeps you going for the day. the rooms are small but they are cleaned thouroghly. Nice touches include a 'comfortable bed' and a lovely 'duvet'. It's the little things....The swimming pool is lovely. Really big and includes a pool side bar !

My only complaint is that it was a bit costly when I compare it with other accomadation on the Greek Islands. It is peak season but the rooms are small. On the positive the staff are great, the rooms are spotless, nice balcony views, good breakfast and some lovely touches (candles are lit outside and around reception at night).

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank NeeshaK
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Reviewed July 30, 2009

Our 4th year at The Vatos and we were not only greeted as long lost friends but especially welcomed back to our Santorini home from home!

The hotel offers everything and more - the most helpful and generous people, lovely individually styled rooms, fantastic pool and superb location.

Trust all the excellent reviews and ignore the very few negative ones, which we fail to understand.

We feel honoured to have met George, Alina and Families and cannot recommend The Vatos Experience highly enough.

Until next year....

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank ALIROBBIE
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Reviewed July 24, 2009

We stayed there almost a year ago. We were so disappointed after reading all the Trip Advisor reviews. This is our second attempt at writing a review as Trip Advisor blocked the original.
We went on a package but we travelled independently once on the island. On arrival we met the (now) famous George who was welcoming. He could not at first find our booking but after realising we were Thomson customers things changed noticeably.
Our 'room' was downsatirs and had the smallest bathroom/shower room we have ever encountered. The room was decorated quite nicely but the 'view' from the 'terrace' was a wall, largely masked by a huge tree. This meant the room was quite dark all the time.
Anyway, up to the pool for some sun. Except it is small so no sunloungers in the sun, only shade. The shaded area is right next to the main road into Kamari so you can enjoy the sweet smell of the diesel buses and traffic accompanied by loud exhausts. No pool bar or service. If you want a drink, go and disturb the renowned hosts who will serve you a drink.
The location for the beach is good, a 2 minute stroll and all the bars and restaurants are similar. Except it isn't a beach with sand, just pebbles interspersed with cigarette ends.
The breakfast is very good however, and sitting in the shaded terrace is a very pleasant way to start the day. This is the only redeeming part of the holiday.
For us, a holiday on B&B costing well over £1,000, this was very, very poor. We can only imagine the hotel is frequented by newly-weds and the like, to have posted reviews that absolutely rave about it.. We cannot possibly agree. To keep it in perspective, we have had 4 holidays abroad every year for the last 9 years so we do have some experience of travel and hotels.
The biggest disappointment was that having read all these wonderful reviews, we were so badly let down.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: Kamari 847 00, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Kamari
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#20 Romantic Hotel in Kamari
#22 Family Hotel in Kamari
Price Range: $62 - $172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Acqua Vatos Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away in the heart of Kamari in Santorini and just a few passes away of the famous black sand beach, the Acqua Vatos has been fully refurbished and transformed into a hip boutique hotel in the spring of 2011. It is trendy, elegant and from time to time eccentric, with minimalistic design and exhibitionist bathrooms. Acqua Vatos is ideal for families with kids, since there are rooms designed and equipped especially for them. The XXL pool is a star attraction for adults and children of any age. ... more   less 
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