Mostly Greek people who are already connected/familiar with Kalamata will stay at this hotel, so they all know what they are dealing with, but if you are a foreign traveller it might be of use to you to know that the beach of this hotel is made up only of rather large pebbles and stones. The sea here is truly deep and for good swimmers only: goes deep quite early (almost as soon as you step in it) and gets really deep, so plastic shoes would be of use to you in order to deal with the big pebbles, if you are old or not very experienced in swimming, yet plan to swim in the sea. Having said that, the sea is crystal clear and really warm, especially in July and until august 15th.
The hotel has a great location and great views everywhere. There is abus terminating here connecting in to the city centre and it runs rather frequent.
Breakfast is superb (american as well as continental) but can get too hot to eat it in the summer, as it is often hard to get a seat in the indoors a/c'd restaurant, so one might need to eat outside in the heat. This can be hard in a place where temperatures in July frequently reach 38 celsius (and it is the same eating area for dinner, if you have half board). Apart from bus, you also have easy access from the hotel to Kalamata's centre by taxi, which the receptionists will order for you and it arrives in just 5 minutes (cost to town centre is about 7 euros). Most importantly for the summer months, taxis can quickly take you to the town's famous and most loved place to go for evening walks and restaurants/cafes/bars, which is the "Lighthouse Promenade ("Antivrahionas" in Greek), which can be reached by taxi from Filoxenia for only 5 euros. You can even walk back from Antivraxionas to Filoxenia, as there is a fabulous path by the sea for you to walk on, with great views and lively Kalamatan atmosphere. This town is one of the happiest, liveliest in Greece and recession feels far from here.
Downsides of the hotel, which are never fixed: the hotel is supposed to have wifi in the rooms, but from my room(s) the wifi has not worked in 3 years (I visit Filoxenia every July or August for 3-4 nights with my family). The reception staff will always bizarrely lie about this and say it is a temporary problem, but it seems to me to be a permanent one, at least for all rooms that are further from the reception area. As this hotel has 3 wings, the rooms with no wifi are not few. WiFi seems to only work in the reception are and by the pool bar and (maybe) in the rooms of the wing of the hotel closer to the reception (I am usually in the wing closer to the mountain, as i prefer it 'cause it is quieter).
Another not fixed downside: the rooms are hardly 4 star, (which the hotel claims to be), and are more circa the 3 star range. But this is often the case with Greek hotels located anywhere further than an hour's drive from Athens or Thessaloniki. The standard rooms are rather cramped, but the cleaning staff have always been very good, while I have stayed there, so rooms are quite clean and they are never short of product, even though the product they provide in Filoxenia is from obscure brands, and not by great greek brands such as Korres or Apivita, which is what other hotels in the Grecotel chain will give you.
Unfortunately, (at least for Greek clients that don't book through big foreign travel agents), the prices do not reflect the fact that these are not really 4 star rooms.
Another downside that has surfaced recently (since last summer): The prices at the beach bar are ridiculous, especially considering the quality of the drinks: 8 euros for a small glass (185ml) of unexceptional white wine, (that arrives to you warm if you don't go get it yourself from the bar), is laughable, as is the 5.5euros they charge for a small 330ml beer. Go to a cornershop and stock up is my advice, if you enjoy a glass of wine by the sea (they won't complain or even notice). Things used to be much cheaper until 2011 by the way, but now it even is 83 cents of a small 500ml bottle of water at all hotel bars and room service (used to be a whole euro, but the recent VAT reduction made it 83 cents apparently).
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