We booked Katikies as a well deserved break following our sons wedding. This is a peaceful, beautiful place with good food, great service and we were able to just sit and relax with the amazing staff looking after every need. It really is one of the most relaxing holidays we have ever had! We wandered into the main part of Oia most days, just to take a break from the hotel and have a beer in a bar looking out across the Caldera and then would return back to the peace of the hotel and away from the sunset-seeking crowds! The sunsets really are incredible and the hotel arranged for us to have dinner down at the 'Sunset' Restaurant. It has a lovely atmosphere and with the water lapping just by your table it makes for a special evening (its not cheap but the location more than makes up for it). We found lots of good restaurants when we ventured out for dinner so although the hotel has really good food on offer (we did the Prix fixe meal with only 4 tables which was really outstanding) don't hesitate to try other places! A word on the hotel itself. Yes, it really is a classy, elegant hotel with great service (the staff are definitely their biggest attribute). It is immaculate, cleverly styled and the rooms although minimalist are in keeping with the whole feel of the place. The balconies are small (unless you have a honeymoon suite) and they are overlooked but we didn't think it was a problem in room 35. The steps are steep!! Quite daunting when you first arrive but you do get used to them!
We really did love the hotel, beds really comfortable, bathrooms well equipped etc and Oia itself is pretty with some nice shops to look around. There was only one thing that was very irritating.... Yes, it's been mentioned before - SUN LOUNGERS! We do not holiday in Europe very often (apparently it happens a lot in Europe...) but the practice of 'reserving' sun loungers around the pool was very annoying. We are early risers and liked going down to the pool for breakfast. They have just a few tables outside by the pool (most guests like to have breakfast brought to their own terrace) and each morning there was never a problem having our breakfast peacefully gazing out at the view. We would then watch as various guests appear, put books or magazines on a pair of sun beds and then obviously go back up to their rooms! They would often not return to the pool area until nearly midday!! This is ridiculous! On one occasion we saw 8 out of the 10 beds 'occupied by books or various items of clothing'! You can understand why guests get frustrated on the first day that this happens and then unfortunately have to adopt the attitude 'if you can't beat them, join them'! The hotel management should sort this out. It somewhat cheapens the place if people have to squabble over sun beds! I should point out that there are sun beds on other terraces but they are a few flights of steps away from the pool and if you like to dip in and out then its nice to be near it! I think if there are people actually on the beds then fair enough, I can accept that I have to go and sit somewhere else but its very annoying when they are just empty but reserved (sometimes for hours)! This did not spoil our visit as we didn't let it and I am still giving Hotel Katikies 5 stars as it really is a wonderful place and we would not hesitate to recommend it. Just sort this issue out and it would be PERFECT!
- 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