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“Wonderful in Every Way”
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Katikies Hotel
Ranked #9 of 56 Hotels in Oia
Certificate of Excellence
New York
1 review
“Wonderful in Every Way”
Reviewed 8 September 2009

We just returned from four nights at Katikies. The hotel surpassed our expectations in every way -- from the wonderful rooms, to the room service, and to the beautiful infinity pool. The staff was excellent and available to meet our needs in every way without being intrusive. With a location at the start of the pedestrian walkway in Oia, it was also a great location to explore the town. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 September 2009

In the short time we spent at the Katikies Hotel we had the most wonderful experience of Greece.
We were treated like Kings and Queens.Spectacular location ( the view from the infinity pool was out of this world) and the food was absolutely delicious -especially in the gourmet restaurant.
A little bit expensive but it was still worth the money.The staff looked like angles , they fulfilled our every wish with a smile. We were particularly spoilt by Alexander, whose kindness made us feel completely at home. He is the perfect person for such a wonderful hotel.
Salinas was also awesome.
We would undoubtedly recommend this beautiful hotel.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 7 September 2009

We decided to stay at Katikies for a few days having stayed at the excellent Perivolas on previous visits. Katikies offers a different experience and I would recommend it for somebody looking for a bit more action.

Advantages of Katikies over Perivolas are:
1) marginally better location as 5 minutes closer to centre of Oia,
2) multiple pools to choose from,
3) modern bathroom,
4) hipper pool scene.

Disadvantages of Katikies versus Perivolas are:
1) Perviolas has a much better pool that affords swimming,
2) Perivolas is quieter and one doesn't have to get up at 9am to grab a sub bed close to the pool which is sometimes necessary at Katikies,
3) Perivolas rooms have a lot more character and are significantly larger; our cave like superior suite at Perivolas was twice the size of the Honeymoon suite I stayed in at Katikies
4) Perivolas has a gym unlike Katikies

Food and service was excellent at both resorts.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 September 2009

Quick version: Gorgeous view but not worth the $1300/night price tag (note the euro/US dollar exchange rate was particularly bad when we arrived so we got screwed--we though it'd be $1000/night but it ended up being a lot more). Room nice if you like that "rustic" feel, but it just seemed shabby to me.

The Room:
My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights of our honeymoon. We reserved the honeymoon suite but when we arrived we were told all the honeymoon suites were already taken so they upgraded us to the Katikes suite. I thought it was a bit odd to just give away the room we reserved and assume that we would want the Katikes suite but since the Katikes suite is allegedly nicer we didn't say anything. I have to say I was really really disappointed when we walked into the Katikes suite. The photos of the honeymoon suite boasted a huge outdoor area with your own sunchairs and hot tub. Although the Katikes suite may have been nicer on the inside the outdoor part is tiny and very narrow--you have to step over the sunchairs to get to the hottub--there is no room to walk around--you'd have to step off the cliff. The room itself consist of a living room area and then a spiral staircase into a loft area where you sleep. My 6'3" husband had to really watch his head every night and even I, at 5'4" bumped my head three times in the 2 nights we were there. This was annoying, a real bedroom on your honeymoon would have been nice. They also really need to rethink the bedding/sheet decor--a bit ugly.

Room Service: There are no do not disturb signs. Instead they give you a purple tassle which allegedly alerts staff to knock. Maybe no one told them because twice room service just burst in without knocking. Once, catching my husband and I making out--not a big deal but it just seems obvious that hotel staff should know to knock--especially when they know we are on our honeymoon. Having said that, the food was delicious and it was great to eat on that terrace looking out at the caldera.

The view: gorgeous but you can see the same thing just walking around Santorini so it wasn't worth the hefty price tag. If the view came with a really nice room then yeah it's worth it but that's not the case here--again, this all depends on taste--I don't like "rustic"

The pool: I was really really glad we had a suite with our own dipping pool (by the way it's supposed to be a jacuzzi but the water is ice cold 24/7 so don't think you'll be taking warm jacuzzi baths outside under the stars) because the communal pool is small and only has about 18 chairs around it. This would be fine if people weren't so obnoxious about laying their towels down for the day and leaving and the staff not doing anything about this. In the two days we were there, we never got a chair. We went to the pool to swim and then back to our room. If you're cool with having to stake out your pool chair at 9 a.m. and then guarding it all day then this is the place for you.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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New York, NY
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Reviewed 2 September 2009

After looking at about 1000 reviews on tripadvisor, my wife and I decided to stay at the Katikes for the Santorini leg of our Greek honeymoon. What a great choice it was! From the first moment we arrived, the manager Vassiliki came out to greet us and gave us some nice champagne. We were very relaxed after the drive over when the driver came into the airport to help us with our bags after the long trip to Greece.

We were shown our room, given a tour and settled into our room. The room itself was very nice, it was a two floor suite and had wine and fruit waiting in the room when we arrived. The property itself is beautiful and in a nice part of Oia just at the beginning of the promenade with all the shops and restaurants. Yes...there are steps...but you are in Santorini, every hotel has steps. The pool is beautiful and the service at the pool is amazing to say the least. They serve lunch poolside which is very nice and the food was great. In the afternoon they bring by frozen towels and watermelon for the guests at the pool. What else could you want?

Breakfast was brought to our room every morning. Frankly, it was amazing! The greek yogurt was awesome as were the different "pies- spinach, cheese, etc." brought every morning. The view of the caldera from our room was amazing, but really every inch of the hotel has a great view of the caldera.

As as aside, like an idiot I left my hanging bag on the plane, Vasi the manager spent the whole week trying to get it back and succeeded. She TRULY went out of her way to help me out of the problem, and help with everything else during our stay as well. Alex was very nice to deal with and had some great restaurant suggestions.

While you are there, have lunch at Thalami, the food is awesome and the view is good too. Dinner at Sunset Taverna (get the spaghetti with lobster, its amazing) and Ambrosia were great. Also restaurant 218 or 208 is great as well, so was 1800.

* I noticed some of the reviews of people who had problems with their reservations. Please do not be deterred by this. We met some people who experienced these problems, it was a glitch apparently and they all seemed to be compensated very well for their troubles. Had

Overall, the Katikes was amazing. The rooms were great, property great and the staff was even better. I cannot wait to go back!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 21 August 2009

We island hopped in Greece, just got back. The trip included 2 nights at Katikies. Oia was beautiful and unique. I would definitely not stay in Fira if going to Santorini. The hotel: Katikies was great. It it stuck, literally, on the steep hillside dropping away from the start of the walking tourist area in Oia. The rooms were cool, caves in the hillsides, and the service was extraordinary. We were given frozen hand towels at the invisible edge pool. The views are amazing and all of the staff we met were friendly and open. Through American Express platinum our room included a daily breakfast, which was brought to our private balcony overlooking the Caldera. The area was filled with honeymooners and I wouldn't go there if I was single with friends. They were very helpful with transportation to the port. One slow internet connection if that matters and they had the usual collection of nice soaps and things in the room.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Schweiz
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Reviewed 16 August 2009

The hotel has a wonderful location with an incredible view. However, the rooms are quite small and DO NOT have a view at all. There are no bathtubes in the senior suite. Moreover, the pools (3) are very small and there are not enough towels and chairs for all guests. The transfer from/to the airport is not included in the rate. The restaurant has 4 tables and you can book for a 30 min session for dinner. We have paid as much for a bungalow in other places, for instance Bora-Bora and St. Barth, but service, privacy and the overall standard were much better than here. Definitively overpriced.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Katikies Hotel
Address: Main Street, Oia 847 02, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Oia
#4 Spa Hotel in Oia
#8 Luxury Hotel in Oia
#10 Family Hotel in Oia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Katikies Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 34
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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