The Hotel Kastellorizo is indeed a little gem. Located right on the harbourside, it takes only a few steps to the ladder into the pellucid, warm waters of the harbour. Beautifully decorated/furnished with lots of original and historical touches, spotlessly clean - even the ladder down into the water is scrubbed regularly - and in an ideal location, it is somewhere one can totally relax and luxuriate (in September when we went, anyway; July and August would be livelier). Little extras such as beach towels, a very effective shoe cleaner and luxurious toiletries (I loved the creamy body milk) give it that additional something.
Despite dire warnings we were not bothered with mosquitos at all and gave up using the elegant mosquito net arrangement after a few nights. Our room was light and airy; facing East we had morning sunlight streaming in, the perfect start to the day and guaranteed to get us out of bed and into the water for a pre-breakfast dip.
Breakfast was substantial - and heavy on the carbs - haven't dared get on the scales since I've been back - but who could resist Voula's delicious home-made breads, cakes and jams?
Voula and Yiannis do everything they can to make you feel comfortable without being intrusive. Any problems we encountered - the stair lift broke down - they did everything in their power to rectify (the engineer in Athens said he would get there 'before the close of the season on15th October') and if a problem is not solved immediately it will be due to the isolation of the island and lack of a local engineer, not lack of effort on the hosts' behalf. We were moved to the ground floor to another lovely room so you could say we had a two-centre holiday.
We would recommend this hotel to anyone seeking peace, a romantic setting with beautiful views and discreet, helpful hosts. In fact we've already 'sold' it to three sets of friends, all ardent Grecophiles. Those with fastidious standards of cleanliness will be more than happy. We shall be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Kastellorizo is located right in the port of Kastellorizo, which is also the island’s only village. It comprises five traditional buildings, designed to be in harmony with the local architecture and is situated at the quiet end of the harbour. The hotel consists of 14 spacious apartments - Junior Suites and Suites - from 25 to 58 sq. meters in size. The rooms offer a discrete comfort, adjusted to the island’s style, with spectacular views across the harbour. The sea is just a few meters in front of the buildings. All units are fully equipped with sitting area, kitchenette, refrigerator, independent air conditioning, ceiling fan, direct dial telephone, TV (plasma in the suites) with satellite channels, CD/DVD, safe box, hair dryer, hot water kettle, trouser press, magnifying shaving mirror, bath amenities, sea towels, bathrobe etc.The hotel also has umbrellas and deck chairs, access to the sea for swimming, piano bar, children’s pool, thalasso – massage pool, room service, laundry service, mini market, automatic ascending chair for persons with special needs and generally all quality services that can make your holiday truly unforgettable. A home – made breakfast is served either in the garden or on your balcony. ... more less