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Ikies - Traditional Houses
Ranked #3 of 56 Hotels in Oia
Certificate of Excellence
Brooklyn, NY
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Incredible View and Service”
Reviewed 28 September 2009

We spent a week in the Captain's House for our Honeymoon and it lived up to its billing in superior view, romance, and service in every way. It is a relatively private large veranda with a wonderful hot tub tucked in to the balcony just outside the bedroom. I could really go on forever about the romantic feeling the hotel gives off. Their staff makes you feel truly special, even though many honeymooners come through frequently. We never wanted to leave our home-y room and gorgeous view, especially since the food provided by the hotel is outstanding.
I truly hope that this hotel pays its staff enough money because once you get past the view it is the incredible staff, including the chef, that makes this hotel worth staying in. They are friendly, thoughtful, and do everything to make you feel like you are their most important priority.
I have to admit though, this place really is ALL view and staff. If you were to take those two incredible factors away (and again they are both incredible and I almost gave the hotel an excellent rating strictly based on that) you would be left with a nice room, not luxurious in any way, a small bathroom, and an uncomfortable futon bed.
I hate to stray from the predominantly excellent ratings that this hotel gets but I do think its worth preparing others that this is not "Luxury" but rather closer to "no-frills." The price we paid is extreme, and for that money I must be critical. I still recommend Ikies for an amazing honeymoon and would go back in an instant!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Sarasota, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2009

We booked Ikies through Liadis Travel, one of the two Greek specialists recommended by Conde Nast Traveler's Wendy Perin in her annual travel agents' review. We also did our own online research. Ikies lives up to its TA reputation. We stayed in the House of the Fisherman just above the small (very small) pool. The large terrace in front of our "house" was ours alone though we shared access with the House of the Gardiner next door.

The welcome was warm and the briefing thorough. There are 95 steps down from the entrance to the House of the Fisherman, but our bags were handled by staff so we didn't have to negotiate them by ourselves. Santorini is a place of climbs, so be prepared to have stronger calf muscles when you leave.

Ikies is just on the edge of Oia, the town at the western tip of the island. It's just enough outside the bustle of Oia to avoid the crush of tourists. The view of the town is spectacular both day and night.

The House of the Fisherman has a lovely sitting/kitchen area and a "cave" bathroom." A short flight of steps leads to the loft bedroom area with an excellent mattress, a small but adequate enough closet and a tiny electronic safe. There's a small TV in the bedroom area and a flat panel in the sitting area on the lower level. The only English-language TV was BBC Worldwide and a couple of movies with Greek subtitles. But, hey, you're here to enjoy the spectacular geography not televison.

There is a DVD player (remember that U.S. DVDs may not work in European equipment) and a CD player with a handful of music disks (classical, jazz and romantic listening). The AC works just fine, but you'll want the entrance doors and windows open during the day to catch the seabreeze.

Breakfast is served when you choose on your terrace table covered with white linen. There is the typical European assortment of cheese and sliced meats, a nice basket of breads, fresh-squeezed orange juice, French press coffee and Cappuccino. There's plenty, so plan to save some for lunch.

One thing that isn't mentioned until you arrive is that toilet paper cannot be flushed and must be deposited in a step can next to the commode. The pipes on Santorini are small diameter and they're trying to prevent clogging. For those who have been to China and some other emerging nations, this isn't a surprise. But it may be a bit of a shock to Americans and some Europeans.

Oia is a charming, but touristy, village full of expensive and tourist-trash shops. At sunset, people congregate at the far end of the village and the crowds are huge. Unless there are interesting clouds for the sun to illuminate, don't bother with the crush. Stay on your terrace at Ikies. You may not watch the sun drop below the horizon, but you can see it sink behind the village with similar effect.

In Oia, eat at 218 next to the Andronis hotel, which is a five to ten-minute walk from Ikies. The Cretian chef has developed a really innovative menu beautifully served with views of the caledera. The staff speaks excellent English. Try the mussels (10 Euro) and the octopus (15 Euro). They make a very good Mojito.

Another option farther into the town on the walking path is Thalami ( look for the wooden sign with an octopus on it). The prices are reasonable by comparison. There's no view of the sea, but that's OK in the evening when it gets much cooler and the wind picks up. Try the lamb chops (9 Euro). You get four grilled rib chops that have a lovely marinade. About the evenings: when the sun goes down it can get downright cold, at least in late September when we were there. Bring a jacket.

Greek wines, in spite of the local build up, don't measure up to France or California and can be expensive. If you want to buy a bottle or two of the grape, visit the Iama wine store on the main road just below Ikies. They are open until 4 p.m.. The selection is wide and the prices are fair for Santorini.

If you want to go to Fira, the main town, or the beaches (Santorini isn't known for its beaches), the public bus is the best option. The fare to Fira from Oia is 1.40 Euro per person one way. The roads are narrow and curvy with many tour buses so be prepared if you rent a car (expensive) or scooter. Fira is crowded and full of tourist trap shops and restaurants. It's probably worth three or four hours because of the view, but by prepared for jams in the narrow streets when the cruise ships are in.

Santorini is a special and unique place in the world. It's an ideal place to kick back and relax for a few days (3 or 4). If you stay at Ikies, plan to spend some time at the resort.

These days Europe is expensive with the U.S. dollar at 1.46 to the Euro. And Ikies is expensive, too. But you get what you pay for, and Ikies delivers.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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manhattan
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2009

Stayed at Ikies for 4 nights for our honeymoon. By far, one of the best hotels on the island. Amazing breakfast, amazing service, amazing location. We stayed in the Artisan House. Terrific. The Korres amenities, terrific. Would HIGHLY recommend.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank LuxeGirl91
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2009

We stayed in the House of the Collector from September 1-7, 2009. We previously stayed at Ikies in September 2007.

From the moment our car dropped us off near the hotel and we saw the smiling faces of Loella and Stavros, we knew we had returned to friends who were going to make sure our stay was as memorable as our first. I will try to keep the review short and sweet, but I have so many things I want to say :-)

Room:
We stayed in the Collector's House on our first visit so we knew what to expect and things had not changed much from our previous visit... the Collector's suite is nothing short of spectacular. From the comfortable king size bed in the main suite to the good size shower and jacuzzi tube to the seperate restroom, we had plenty of space for the two of us. The living area has a large dining room table, a small kitchen area with a small refrigerator, a comfortable seating area, a large plasma screen tv on the wall, and a stereo system with a few CD's that the hotel provides. The room provides plenty of storage space and similar to other cave houses, the deeper you go into the cave, it can get a little humid, but the air condition system in the house is very good to keep things quite comfortable. The seond bedroom is built up so you have to climb 3 stairs to get to the bedroom and bathroom but it also has a seperate shower area and restroom and provides a queen bet with plenty of storage.

Balcony & Jacuzzi:
This is where we spent most of our time and is why we love the Collector's suite so much. The balcony is enormous with an area that we ate breakfast each morning with views towards the caldera. There is also a futon with a comfortable cushion where you can absorb the sun during the day. There are also two lounge chairs to use.

The indoor/outdoor jacuzzi has to be one of the best on the island given its size and the expansive views it offers. The staff will set the temperature to your settings and we used it as a dip pool when the afternoon sun got to be too much. In the evenings, we enjoyed our evening cocktails sitting in the jacuzzi as we watched the sunset over Ia.

Service:
In a word, incredible. Loella, Katerina, and Maria were always available to help us. From arranging a car to be delivered for our use, to making reservations and recommendations for dinner, to following up on us to make sure we made it to Captain Ted's without getting lost, they offered the personalized service you would expect of a small hotel.

Food:
Lazaros is the new chef who used to work at Mystique. He was so friendly and his food was incredible. I will post more about the meals in my trip report, but we never had a bad lunch as a result of Lazaros. His Hummus is incredible and his sandwiches and salads were great. And the guy can make a great Magarita :-) I understand he may be gone for the 2010 season as he has Military service to complete but hope that he will return for the 2011 season.

Other:
As people have mentioned, there are some things people who visit Ikies should know. It is one of the first hotels as you enter Ia so this will provide a quieter atmosphere than a stay closer to town, but you will have to walk 5-10 mins to get into the heart of Ia. The price for the collector's suite is very high and is not for everyone. It is probably much more space than two people need but we loved the space and the privacy it offered. There is not 24-hour service at the hotel as they tend to close things down around 2130 but this was never an issue for us. The pool is not big and is not the infinity pool that other hotels offer.

Conclusion:
Another great stay at Ikies. We told the staff that when we left, we felt we were leaving friends as they truly did all they could to make sure our stay was as enjoyable as possible. I believe the service you receive from the Ikies staff is unmatched by any other hotel I have stayed at before. We can't wait for our return trip.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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doha
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2009

After our awful stay at Westin Astir Palace, we arrived at Ikies and it wiped our awful experince clean with the magnificient service, scenary and quality of rooms.
This is what a hotel is supposed to be. Warm Service, amazing sccenary and thoughtful touches. The rooms all ahve themes, we stayed at the Winery and Capenters rooms. Just perfect. I can not recommend this hotel enough.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank gazimbo
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Los Angeles
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2009

My Husband and I stayed here at the beginning of August for our honeymoon. It was perfect and we never wanted to leave. The location is great and just about 5 minutes to walk to the little village. The people are so nice and helpful. The view is perfect. It was so wonderful I never wanted to leave our room to explore. We do not usually splurge but I am so glad we did - this place is worth it!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank sbb123
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Alberta
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2009

Thanks for TA (and their readers) for their fabulous reviews, which led us to Ikies, and their wonderful staff. Every member of their staff helped make this visit truly memorable and all our family want to thank the Ikies staff for making our visit the best! We stayed in the Antiquarian Suite, with our 3-teenaged daughters - the beds are heaven, the tile floors cooling, and the service - top rated! Not a place for young children, as it was almost exclusively couples/honeymooners - but the location and setting are great - still only a few minutes walk from town centre.
Won't repeat the same comments as others - except to say that we are in agreement with all the positives.... While Ikies is not a budget inn, I think that they still delivered great value.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Ikies - Traditional Houses
Address: Oia, 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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Oia
#2 Family Hotel in Oia
#3 Romantic Hotel in Oia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ikies - Traditional Houses 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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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