Katikies Hotel in Oia, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 4, 2021

• Location: On the caldera in Oia
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• Hotel website: katikiessantorini.com
• Hotel phone: +30 22860 72382
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Katikies Hotel in Santorini.

Incredible view of the Santorini caldera from Katikies Hotel in the village of Oia.

Katikies Hotel – A pinnacle of glamour, Katikies Hotel offers luxurious rooms, three infinity pools, and outstanding restaurants.

Katikies is one of Santorini’s original caldera hotels, offering gorgeous views highlighted by their iconic cave-style architecture. Rooms are elegantly appointed in all white, and many feature private jacuzzis or pools on their terraces. The hotel spreads down the side of the caldera, with infinity pools on three levels, plus two spa treatment rooms, two bars, and an award-winning Anatolian restaurant. Their Katikies Club, which all guests become part of just by staying, offers exclusive experiences from sailing to wine tastings, VIP access to the archaeological site, and more. And with a 1:2 staff to guest ratio, they offer supreme hospitality that is personal and attentive.

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Katikies Hotel – Location

Area: Fantastic location on the caldera’s edge in the center of Oia, just inside the pedestrian-only zone. The hotel is less than 5 minutes from several amazing restaurants, cafes, and boutiques, and about 8 minutes from the Oia Bus Terminal.

How to Get There:
The hotel is located on the marble footpath that’s located just off the main road into Oia, making it very easy to travel to and from, whether by taxi, driving yourself, or riding the bus. It is approximately 18km from the Athinios ferry port and the Santorini Airport to the hotel, though they are in different directions.

There are always buses waiting at the ferry port for every ferry arrival, as well as buses departing hourly from Santorini Airport. There are no direct buses from the port or airport to Oia, however; buses from both locations go to Fira, where you must then board a different bus to Oia – the entire trip from the port or airport to Oia will take at least an hour and cost about €5 in total. Tickets are purchased on the bus, in cash only. From the Oia Bus Terminal, it’s an easy 8-minute walk to the hotel.

Taxis are also available from the port or airport, though there are only about 25 taxis serving the whole island, so there is often a wait; schedule a ride through a private car service in advance to avoid this (I use and recommend Welcome Pickups). Taxis on Santorini are not metered, so be sure to agree on a price with the driver before setting out. A taxi from the airport to Katikies Hotel will cost roughly €35 to €40. A taxi from the ferry port to Katikies Hotel will cost around €35 to €40. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more – about $60 (or €50), but is worth it to avoid the wait and for the convenience of paying ahead.

For those who prefer to drive themselves, we recommend renting a car either at the airport on arrival, or in Fira. The road from the ferry port is steep and narrow, with many tricky switchbacks, large trucks, and buses. Leave that for the locals to navigate. We strongly recommend reserving a vehicle in advance, especially if you require automatic transmission. Upon arrival at the hotel, Katikies offers free valet parking (a major perk).

Handy To: The beginning of the pedestrian street at Passaggio (1-minute walk), Church of Panagia of Platsani (8-minute walk).

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Map of Katikies Hotel

Katikies Hotel sits in the middle of Oia with caldera views. It's close to the walking path and the start of the Oia-Fira hike.

Katikies Hotel – The Basics

  • Ages: An adults-only hotel, only ages 13 and older are allowed. Guests tend to be couples celebrating a special occasion, usually a honeymoon, anniversary, or even having their wedding here.
  • Beach: The closest swimming spot (though it is not a proper beach) is at Ammoudi Bay, the port immediately below Oia, 1.3 kilometers (20-minute walk from the hotel). This is a popular spot for swimming and cliff diving; though it’s too rocky and small to do much lounging. Ammoudi Bay is the main port of Oia, and is served by several spectacular seafood restaurants. It’s a steep trek down and back again, but it’s relatively easy to catch a cab at the bottom to bring you back up the hill. (Buy a snack at one of the restaurants, and the waiter will be happy to call one for you.)
  • View: Breathtaking caldera views from all rooms and throughout the hotel.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Senior Suites and Superior Suites have indoor jacuzzi baths. Honeymoon and Katikies Suites feature private, outdoor jacuzzis. The Master Suite offers a private, outdoor plunge pool.
  • Parking: Free valet parking.
  • Extras: Boutique with exclusive Greek-designed products; hospitality room for early arrivals or late departures; choice of in-room luxury amenities; Katikies Club exclusive experiences; small weddings (10 guests maximum) and events.
  • When to Book: The hotel operates from April 1st until November 15th. Reserve at least 4 months in advance (6 months is better) for stays during the high season from June through September, and about 2 months in advance for the low and shoulder seasons.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +30 22860 72382
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: katikiessantorini.com

Katikies Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: 3 infinity pools with caldera views, each on a different level. 1 heated, 2 unheated. The one by Seltz Champagne Bar has a DJ, while the others are quiet. The smallest pool is the quietest, and has the best view.
  • Spa: 2 spa treatment rooms and in-room massage available. Guests of Katikies have access to the larger spa at their sister property Katikies Kirini, just a 7-minute walk east.
  • Fitness Center: No gym onsite, but guests here have free access to the gym at Katikies Kirini.
  • For Disabled Guests: This is a caldera hotel with a lot of stairs throughout. There are two elevators but they do not serve every floor. Guests with mild mobility issues will be fine staying in one of the rooms on a higher floor with fewer steps, but it is not suitable for those in wheelchairs.
  • Activities: Exclusive activities are available through the Katikies Club for an additional fee: wine tasting, caldera cruises (catamaran, speed boat, or Riva boat), VIP access to the archaeological site, car tours of the island, private dining, exclusive spa treatments, and private transfers with champagne.

Katikies Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Mikrasia is their award-winning, Anatolian fine-dining restaurant. The only one in Santorini serving this type of cuisine, Mikrasia’s menu re-imagines what Byzantine food would have been like. The restaurant has only 6 tables on their panoramic terrace, so reservations are required. • Seltz Champagne Bar and Restaurant serves lunch and dinner from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. It is casual yet sophisticated, serving a fusion menu with pan-Asian favorites like sushi and bao ban alongside European flavors like carpaccio, caviar, and cheeses. Live DJ every day.
  • Lounge/Bar: The Pool Bar and Restaurant serves fresh cocktails and lite bites all day, with spa-like music to create a relaxed ambiance.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast is served daily with a varied buffet supplemented by an a la carte menu. Breakfast can also be ordered ahead and delivered to your room at no additional cost.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Katikies Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Double Room • Junior Suite • Senior Suite • Superior Suite • Honeymoon Suite with Open Air Jetted Tub • Katikies Suite with Open Air Jetted Tub • Master Suite with Private Plunge Pool
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any of their room categories. It is allowed on the private outdoor terraces and in the outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: The Master Suite with Private Plunge Pool is the best suite here, and the most private. It offers 40 sqm of interior space and a large veranda that’s nearly the same size with a heated plunge pool, sun loungers, and al fresco dining area. This open plan suite has a living area, king bed, and a jacuzzi bathtub, with butler service on request.
  • For Families: An adults-only hotel, only guests ages 13 and older are permitted. There are no special amenities or facilities for children, and no rooms sleep more than 3 guests.

Katikies Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located in the heart of Oia, at the beginning of the marble pedestrian path, and surrounded by an endless choice of restaurants, shops, and attractions. Oia Bus Terminal is 8 minutes away on foot, while the most photographed Church of Panagia of Platsani is 8 minutes away. The castle ruins, the most popular sunset viewpoint is a 14-minute walk west, while Ammoudi Bay is just a little further, 20-minutes from the hotel.
  • Bus: The hotel is very close to the Oia Bus Terminal, just 8 minutes away. Buses from here go to Fira (and Imerovigli and Firostefani along the way). For other destinations you’ll need to switch buses in Fira. Tickets are bought on board and range from €1.80 to €2.50 per person in the daytime, depending on the route. Night buses (12:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.) run less frequently and cost a little more, from €2.30 to €3.10. Buses can get very crowded, especially during the high season, so much so that they often fill to capacity and are unable to take on more passengers. There are only 23 public buses serving the island.
  • Taxis: The nearest taxi stand is at Stathmos Taxi, near the Oia Bus Terminal. There is often a wait as there are only 25 taxis serving the entire island. Book taxis in advance to avoid waiting. The average rate from Oia to Fira is €25, and from Oia to the airport or port costs about €30 to €45.
  • Scooters/Motorcycles: Scooters are the main mode of transportation for the locals, but if you’re unfamiliar with the terrain, it can be very dangerous. The roads here are zigzagging, hilly, narrow, and have sheer drop offs with no guardrails and no street lights in most areas. Lots of dirt roads and potholes.
  • ATVs/Quads: ATVs are a fun and popular mode of transportation with tourists, but for the locals stuck driving behind them, they move too slowly and hold up traffic in an area where getting around is already a hassle. For those who don’t ride quads regularly (i.e. most people), they can be dangerous at high speeds and on turns. Crashing your ATV is a sure-fire way to ruin your vacation.

Katikies Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Melitini: 100% Greek menu using local Santorinian, Cycladic, and Greek ingredients only. Quaint, cozy interior and stellar caldera views from the rooftop terrace. 2-minute walk.
  • Anemomilos Restaurant: Located next to the hotel of the same name; refreshingly local vibe, not touristy at all. Great food, friendly atmosphere. 4-minute walk.
  • PitoGyros: Hands-down, the best gyros in Oia. Seating is limited. 6-minute walk.
  • Lotza: Simple, honest Greek comfort food with stunning caldera views. 9-minute walk.
  • Candouni: Cozy family-owned restaurant with live Greek music and absolutely delicious food. 9-minute walk.
  • Roka: Authentic Santorinian menu with solid dishes, especially the meatballs and octopus. 10-minute walk.
  • Lefkes: Cozy, romantic restaurant in a converted wine cellar in the charming Finikia village. 13-minute walk.
  • Ammoudi Bay Restaurants: Each of these waterfront restaurants is phenomenal, offering the freshest fish on the island. The steep 20-minute walk down takes longer coming back up, but your waiter will be happy to call you a cab.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Passaggio: The best coffee in Santorini, solid breakfast, killer cocktails, and pretty okay sunset views from the balcony, just a little back from the caldera. 1-minute walk.
  • Mes Amis: Amazing little spot on a covered patio looking over the caldera. Super casual, fantastic views, and great food. 5-minute walk.
  • Meteor: Excellent coffee and breakfast with sweeping caldera views, though a little on the pricey side. Turns into a bar at night. 10-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

Nearby Attractions

  • Oia-Fira Hiking Trail: One of the top attractions on the island is this scenic 10.5 km hiking trail connecting Oia and Fira. A mix of sidewalk, cobblestones, and dirt trail, this route boasts gorgeous vistas the entire way. Hiking south to Fira, the full length of the path from the Byzantine Castle Ruins takes from 2 to 5 hours; Add about an hour for a detour at Skaros Rock in Imerovigli. 1-minute walk from the hotel.
  • Church of Panagia of Platsani: The most iconic church in Santorini, beautiful inside and out. 8-minute walk.
  • Museum of Ancient, Byzantine Musical Instruments: Faithful replicas of Greek instruments dating from the prehistoric through Byzantine eras. 10-minute walk.
  • Maritime Museum: Small museum focused on Greek naval and Santorinian seafaring history. Only €3 to enter. 11-minute walk.
  • Castle of Agios Nikolaos (aka Oia Castle aka Byzantine Castle Ruins): The medieval castle ruins are the most popular sunset viewpoint on the island. 14-minute walk.
  • Ammoudi Bay: Best known for its fresh fish restaurants, Ammoudi is the rocky port of Oia; boats sail to Thirassia and cruise the caldera from here. It’s an incredibly popular spot for cliff diving, and is one of the best places to swim on the island. 20-minute walk.
  • Domaine Sigalas: Santorini’s best winery, with options for tours, tastings and tapas. 26-minute walk.

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Village Super Market: Good selection of staples at a fair price (for Santorini). Located just across the road behind Passaggio. 1-minute walk.
  • Perivolas Market: Small store with a decent selection of drinks, wine, and bread. 4-minute walk.
  • Elliniki Diatrofi Supermarket: Great selection of local cheeses, wine, liquor, fresh produce, and staples. Open until after midnight, sometimes as late as 2:00 a.m. 6-minute walk.
  • Proton Supermarket: Small market, but usually has the best prices. This is where most locals shop in the area. 8-minute walk.

Katikies Hotel – The Hotel

View of hotel and caldera from pedestrian path above.

This is the view looking down at Katikies Hotel from the pedestrian street above.

The polished reception can be accessed by going down the stairs.

Following the stairs down leads to a polished reception area…

The stairs lead to a high end boutique selling designer clothes and accessories.

…and a high end boutique featuring clothing and accessories by Athenian designers…

The boutique sells luxury spa, skin and body care products.

…plus luxury spa, skin, and body care products.

The second pool is quieter, and offers great views.

This is the quieter of the 2 larger pools, served by the Pool Bar and Restaurant on the left. The one served by Seltz Champagne Bar and Restaurant is the liveliest, with a DJ spinning upbeat music every day.

The second pool offers views of the caldera, Thirassia, and the volcanoes.

From here, you can see views over the caldera to Thirassia and the volcanoes…

On the right of the pool is the Mikrasia Restaurant and Oia village.

…and to Oia village. To the right, you can also see Mikrasia Restaurant.

Mikrasia is a small restaurant with fantastic views.

Mikrasia is an intimate restaurant with only 6 tables on its terrace, which offer gorgeous views.

The Mikrasia serves Anatolian cuisine to recreate Santorini's Byzantine history.

Open for dinner only, it’s an atmospheric dining experience, serving Anatolian cuisine in an attempt to recreate the flavors of Santorini’s Byzantine history.

The hotel's restaurants and lounges off a wide selection of local and international wines.

All of the restaurants and lounges share an excellent wine selection, with international labels and a special focus on local varieties…

The hotel has its own 30th Anniversary wine label.

…including their own label, released on their 30 year anniversary.

All rooms are suites are hand-carved, and hence unique.

Rooms and suites are all unique due to the nature of the local geography, and the fact that each room has been carved out of the caldera by hand.

Honeymoon Suites either have a loft bedroom, or everything on the same level.

This Honeymoon Suite features a loft bedroom with a spacious living area downstairs. Some Honeymoon Suites are all on one level.

The bedroom has an arched ceiling.

A closer look at the bedroom with its arched, Cycladic ceiling.

The living area has a single sofa bed.

View to the living room from the bedroom. The sofa downstairs can be set up as a bed to sleep a third guest.

There is a small dining area downstairs as well.

The downstairs area also has a small dining table.

The spacious cave-style bathroom has an open shower and a jacuzzi bathtub.

The ample bathroom has hand-sculpted, cave-style walls and ceiling. It also features a walk-in shower and a jacuzzi bathtub.

The private terrace is well-furnished with a jacuzzi and a dining area.

The private terrace boasts a jacuzzi, al fresco dining table, and incredible views over the caldera.

The suite's outdoor jacuzzi offers excellent views.

A closer look at the 2-person jacuzzi and view. Check prices and availability: Katikies Hotel

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