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New Malvasia Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Monemvasia Castle, Monemvasia 230 70, Greece   |  
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Ranked #10 of 25 Hotels in Monemvasia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Location, location, location!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2011

As many previous reviewers have remarked, if you are going to stay in the historic walled medieval city of Monemvasia, this is a wonderful place in which to do it. Yes, there are a number of logistic challenges. The Malvasia Hotel is at the far end of the sole "road" in the town, which means toting your bags 200 yards through the cobblestoned walkway, although there usually is a young man or his father who waits by the entrance to the city with a luggage cart (we used the son upon arrival and the reception called his father to help us upon departure). There is no parking near the city, so during high season you will have to leave your car on the "mainland' and take the shuttle bus or a taxi across the causeway to the town (the shuttle bus does not run in off season, although you can drop off your bags at the city gate and try to have some luck parking alongside the road leading to/from the city). The handful of hotels in the walled city have an idiosyncratic reception system that has understandably perplexed some visitors (the Malvasia is not unique in this regard): immediately inside the gate there is a reception office staffed by a person who simply directs you to continue walking another 150 yards to the real reception at the hotel itself (easy enough to find, since the Malvasia is housed in a complex at the terminus of the main "road").

The rooms at the Malvasia vary greatly in size and configuration, which is determined by the reality of being in restored historic buildings (one of our rooms, No. 7, even had part of the bedrock protruding into the room!), and in some the bathrooms are small (No. 7 has a small bathroom, but No. 11, which we also rented, had a spacious bathroom). The website has a virtual tour, which is helpful to a point. All rooms do have windows with views to the sea, but the strict building code for restoring historic buildings requires keeping the original windows, which were small and inset deeply in the thick stone walls. These do not give any sort of panoramic view of the sea; few are even located in a place from which you can comfortably look through them. However, each room has a balcony that does let you enjoy the view. Furnishings are tasteful (in keeping with the surroundings) but minimal (bed, desk, chair, dresser, TV). The rooms were clean upon arrival, and the beds were made and the bathroom cleaned each of the three days of our stay. The buffet breakfast is basic and straightforward (breads, yoghurt, omelettes, bacon, corn flakes, fresh orange juice); it is fine for a short stay but would get old soon, although the room in which it is served is beautifully decorated and appointed. Unlike a previous reviewer, we found the staff friendly and we had no trouble paying for our bill (which was large, since we had two rooms) with a credit card. Each room has a separate water heater, which you need to turn on at least 20 minutes before you want to shower (morning people beware!).

It's almost impossible to speak about value in this context. There certainly are cheaper hotels with more amenities on the personality-free "mainland," which also has a greater variety of restaurants, cafes, and other tourist facilities (there is no night life in the historic city beyond a handful of restaurants and coffee shops and there are maybe 10 small stores, including one with drinks and snacks). Moreover, you can get a great deal out of visiting this spectacular archaeological and cultural site while staying in the modern area, as I did while single in 1994 and newly married in 1997. However, this is a magical place with a charm of its own, and the experience from dawn to dusk of watching the sun play on the medieval buildings and the massive rock face of the Gilbraltar-like mountain that looms over it is best had while staying in the historic city itself. Our three children (12, 11, 5) were completely captivated by exploring their "home" and seeing what happens in a world without electricity when the sun goes down (the historic city has only 8 permanent residents, so away from the main walkway it is eerily dark in the lanes between the many still ruined buildings that await restoration). I loved sitting on our balcony and staring out over the crennelated walls to the sea below and the tall mountains in the distance as the sun rose. There is a reason why we met two honeymooning couples in the hotel.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Narrowsburg, New York
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2010

Unique arrival experience. Must park outside this ancient-walled town and walk through a portal to arrive "back in time". Our stone accomodation was excellent with terraces that overlooked the sea. Our rooms were spacious, clean and well- air conditioned. We sat out at night with a beautiful view of the night sky w/o light pollution and no bugs. Breakfast was served inside or out, typical of Greece. A short climb down to the sea allowed swimming in a calm, clear, clean cove area. There was a short hike up to the local Monemvasia ruins. This is a must-see town for vacation or romantic getaways. Recommend a local restaurant "To Kanoni", run by local Maria Giovani.
Would absolutely stay and return to this "hotel". We shopped and enjoyed wonderful meals, snorkeled in the cove and could have just sat on the terrace and been happy. We enjoyed watching Old-style work being done in the one-lane "street" by men and donkeys.
You must visit this place. info@malvasia-hotel.gr

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Athens, Greece
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2010

Malvasia hotel has small but cute rooms, with fireplace, tv, clean sheets and towels and a tiny but adequate bathroom. Our room was nr. 13, but we also saw nr. 6 and it was better. Depending on the room, the size and the view are different - so be aware of that when you book yours. We paid 100 euros per night which is only justified because of the history and the atmosphere provided by the medieval castle, not by the room itself. The breakfast was served in a nice room with great view and it had eveything we needed. The hotel location is amazing - at the end of the castle, you can almost touch the walls. As no cars are allowed within the castle, it was really quiet. And it proved to be very comfortable getting there with our luggage, especially compared to other hotels where you had to climb so many stone-stairs. The whole stuff was really helpful, giving us everything we needed with a smile and we had free internet access at the common areas. We stayed for 3 days, which is enough to see all the castle area and even get out of the castle and visit some of the villages nearby. It was our 1st time in Monemvasia, the weather was quite windy, but we really enjoyed it. I guess that in the summer it will look different...

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oakland, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2010

My husband and I stayed here for our anniversary. It's such a cute place with amazing views, but our stay got off on the wrong foot when we had a hard time checking in. There's one main street in Monemvasia. As we walked down the street we saw a sign for the Malvasia Hotel with the word "Reception" written on it. We went into the small office, which was unattended. After about a half hour of waiting, we decided to use the "receptionist's" phone to call the hotel. They informed us that the receptionist would be returning right away. After about 15 more minutes, we called the hotel manager who informed us that the true reception desk is about 200 meters further down the street. We continued onto the next office that had a Malvasia "reception" sign, which also was not the correct place. We had to walk about 20 steps more to the hotel cafe, which was the actual location of the reception desk. We got yelled at for not being able to find the right place. So, if you decide to stay here, please don't make the mistakes we did in trying to find the "reception." You'll want to look for the cafe to check in.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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NY, NY
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2010

Beautiful little room with rustic Greek decor and a small two-person balcony overlooking the sea. Just incredible and very romantic. There are several Malvasia facilities, we stayed in a small room in between two larger buildings with more services. We were only in town for a night (but I wish we could have stayed one more night) so we didn't need many services. It's definitely a rustic place to stay, but with nice touches and a superb location. Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2009

What can I say - the hotel has a unique charm, being part of the old castle. Steeped in history and with views to die for, I wasn't expecting 5 star so I wasn't disappointed.

The service was great, they picked me up from the mainland when I called hotel reception (the receptionist came herself!), the room was a work of art, the views were stunning, breakfast was simple but ideal, the ambience was second to none and if you are looking for a quiet but untouched getaway, this place is right up there with the best.

I hope to stay here again one day - my actual stay was in 2004 but tripadvisor only allows as far back as 2006

  • Stayed May 2006, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
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42 reviews 42 reviews
33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2009

Stayed in Monemvasia at the Malvasia for 1 night en route to Nafphilo. Monemvasia is a must see and definitely stay within the old city walls. The hotel is located towards the end of the main street so if you have suitcases like we did, you can hire someone to cart them to the hotel. The hotel staff are very welcoming. Located in a great position with a terrace that overlooks the water. Before dinner be sure to have a drink out on the terrace and order a mojito. Truly the best Mojito I ever had.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Monemvasia Castle, Monemvasia 230 70, Greece
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Location: Greece > Peloponnese > Laconia Region > Monemvasia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Monemvasia
#9 Romantic Hotel in Monemvasia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — New Malvasia Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a magnificent setting at the furthest tip of Monemvasia Castle, 300 m from the Castle's gate, you may find New Malvasia Hotel. The view is amazing, breathtaking.Built with stones from the surrounding area and with a great respect to the architectural style and the aesthetics of the Castle, some with balcony with sea view and some with fireplaces for warmth in the winter, the rooms of New Malvasia Hotel offer a special experience of accommodation. Here, the traditional elements combine perfectly with all the modern amenities plus some designer touches.All the rooms are equipped with air conditioning, mini fridge, telephone, flat screen satellite TV, hairdryer. Free wireless Internet access (WiFi) is available in public areas of the hotel.Please note that New Malvasia Hotel features a café with spectacular sea views and a peaceful atmosphere that is worth visiting. ... more   less 
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