It started out like a nightmare. Five days before departure, we received a phone call from the travel agency through which we have made reservations three months in advance. We paid for the trip and our stay in hotel Veggera in Perissa. With an apology, which said that Veggera was overbooked, we were offered an alternative hotel in Kamari. When I looked up the hotel on TripAdvisor I nearly had a nervous breakdown. Out of 75 hotels in Kamari, it was ranked #72.
Despite insisting that it was not the same level (nor price) of accommodation, the agency was helpless (after all, we are from Croatia, and not from some big and influential country). Their additional offer included only a guaranteed sea view in the alternative hotel, free beach chairs, free rent-a-car for three days and one free fieldtrip (the arrangement was for 7 days).
Embarking on the trip with prejudice, I rebelled as soon as breakfast because there was no warm milk and no muesli except those with chocolate. However, after talking with the manager, the following morning there were fruit muesli and I exceptionally kind staff brought me warm milk.
The rooms were small, but very functional (e.g. there are enough power outlets available next to the bed, which is a rarity). The hotel is literally ON THE BEACH. Hotel RK beach has been renovated last winter, which included a name change, which is probably the reason for it being poorly ranked on TripAdvisor.
The hotel is immaculate, clean towels are brought in daily; sea view is truly sea view. The staff (hotel manager, receptionist, waiters...) is exceedingly kind and at your service at all times. We booked only a room with breakfast, but the hotel has a restaurant with very tasty, diverse menu and affordable prices, and hotel guests get a 10 per cent discount. The gym was not operational, even though it is mentioned on hotel’s web site (but they say it will open soon). In the end it turns out we might have gotten a better deal that the one we paid for. Santorini itself is beautiful…
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- Also Known As:
- RK Beach Hotel Santorini/Kamari