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Ikies - Traditional Houses
Ranked #4 of 55 Hotels in Oia
Certificate of Excellence
Windham, New Hampshire
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54 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Can't wait to come back!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

We stayed three nights at Ikies and loved it! This was my 1st trip to Santorini and we arrived at the hotel around 10pm when everything was dark. There is a public parking lot right at the top of the hotel which worked out great for our rental car. In fact, everything was within walking distance for us that we didn't even use the car except to drive back to the airport.

When I woke up in the morning and opened the door, I was blown away by the views. Just Amazing!!! Breakfast is included, and it's not just a crappy free breakfast, it was really really great! It's brought down to you with a white table cloth and very nicely setup so you can sit and enjoy the view over the ocean.

The staff was excellent, they went out of their way to ensure we had a great time and all their recommendations were right on as far as activities and restaurants. I've never really stayed in a place that was so attentive to their guests.

My favorite things was walking from Oia to Fira on the walking/hiking path. I highly recommend this! The path starts right at the entrance to the hotel.

Can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

On our honeymoon, my wife and I chose Ikies as our last stop in Greece. It was by far the best days of the honeymoon, and it was because of our stay at Ikies. The location and amenities are amazing. Breakfast is made to order and brought to your own private outdoor patio overlooking the breathtaking caldera with equally beautiful views of Oia. The best part was the staff - they gave us great advice on things to do and traditional places to eat; it was like being around old friends. If (and hopefully when) my wife and I travel to Santorini again, Ikies Traditional Houses will be top on our list! It is a must stay - you will not be disappointed!

Room Tip: Views are amazing from all of the Houses! We stayed at the Carpenter's House, which is extremel...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

We had not previously been to Santorini, and had no recommendations as to where to stay. We chose Ikies Traditional Houses after doing internet research. Our choice was absolutely the right one. Oia is by far the best place to stay on the island, and Ikies is the best place within Oia (located at the southern end of Oia, you get not only absolute quiet, but also a view of both the Caldera and the Sunset from your balcony, which is unique in Oia). We are seasoned international travelers and therefore are fairly discriminating. In our opinion, Ikies was perfect in every respect. It really is as nice as it appears on the website (which is not always the case with other hotels!). In addition, the staff truly treat you as if you are their personal guests and go out of their way to make you stay as perfect as possible. For example, we decided to hire a private boat for a trip around the Caldera and to the volcano, as opposed to the larger group boats that have a fixed schedule and route. The staff reached out to another couple at the hotel to see if they would be interested in joining us as a way to defray the costs, and we all ended up going on the private boat together. It worked out perfectly. The staff also had many good recommendations and helpful tips and advice, including telling us what was not worth seeing or doing in our limited time on Santorini (which was much appreciated, as hotel staffs are generally reluctant to give such advice). Finally, we are American, so for all Americans who are reading this post, take note that Ikies has comfortable beds and great bath facilities! If we ever go back to Santorini, we will most definitely stay at Ikies again.

Room Tip: All rooms are great
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

We loved staying at Ikies traditional houses. It has a great location in Oia with beautiful views. We stayed in the Gardener's studio for 2 nights, which as you can tell from the hotel website, is pretty small. It was livable though; you really aren't in the room that much because there is so much to do in Santorini. Also fyi that the Gardener's balcony is not directly attached to the room- you must walk past the pool area, which means that the balcony is not private either. But the view is wonderful and obviously there is a great value in the lower price.

The breakfast is truly amazing at Ikies. There is nothing like enjoying a big spread, with your choice of Greek coffee or cappuccino, with such a great view. They also give you some yummy snacks when you check in.

The service at Ikies is really top notch. On our last night, they upgraded us to the Boatmans studio. There was no additional cost. It was amazing. We had our own private hot tub with the same amazing view, and a much bigger room. They really go above and beyond here. Santorini isn't cheap, but this place is worth it.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

I stayed at this hotel with my girlfriend, and we thought everything about the hotel was absolutely fantastic. We could not have asked for a nicer place to stay on our trip. The staff went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable, and everyone was extremely helpful to us throughout our trip. The full breakfast served on our terrace every morning was amazing. It truly is a very special place. I would strongly recommend Ikies to anyone who is interested in visiting Santorini.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ankara, Turkey
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46 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2014

My husband and I stayed in the Carpenter House during October 2013. It was one of the rooms with a private balcony and hot tub, overlooking the caldera, which offers stunning views of the sunset. Our package included a champagne breakfast served on the patio each morning, and two cocktails at sunset. The staff was amazingly helpful and friendly, as well as efficient.

The layout of the hotel is fairly open, meaning the rooms all face out on the cliff seemingly offering less privacy; however, the Carpenter House was on the bottom and far end of the property, and since the hotel is fairly remote, we had more privacy than most. For instance, our neighbors had to walk through other guests' patios to get to the front of the hotel.

The private hot tub was a definite plus - it was cool during the day and heated at night (if desired). The food at the hotel was both tasty and fresh, although priced typical of room service meals. The menu was not very extensive.

The hotel is a 10-minute walk to downtown Oia, and most of that walk is on pedestrian streets. There is also a convenient hiking trail to Fira, offering gorgeous views and moderate exercise on the ca 2-hour walk.

Room Tip: We highly recommend the Carpenter House room.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cairo, Egypt
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39 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

If you want to relax overlooking the ocean with your private patio then this is the place for you. The hotel is beautiful, comfortable, charming, quiet. It is located at the edge of Oia and catches the last of the sunset - while the rest of Oia is in shadow you get the last rays of the dying sun.

The food (delivered to your patio) is well priced, simple, but very very good. We ended up having lunches out and about and then having something lighter in the evening.

The service is phenomenal...the one time we ordered drinks and they took a little long to appear they immediately said because they took longer the drinks were on them. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful.

This is THE place to stay in Oia.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great. We stayed in a suite with a hot tub.. If travelling with friends try to ge...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Ikies - Traditional Houses
Address: Oia 84702, Greece
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Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Oia
#3 Romantic Hotel in Oia
#3 Luxury Hotel in Oia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ikies - Traditional Houses 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ikies Traditional Houses is a special type of hotel. Its small size, exceptional location, traditional design, range of accommodation (honeymoon, maisonettes, and studios) and professional operation result in a rare blend of intimate and personalized service offered against a setting of unique physical beauty. Located at the edge of the picturesque village of Oia in the northern part of Santorini and with commanding views over it, into the caldera and of the surrounding Cycladic Greek islands, our guests at Ikies quickly tune themselves into the complete tranquility of the romantic village. ... more   less 
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