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“One of the best boutique hotels in Greece!”
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Kyrimai
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Gerolimenas
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Los Angeles
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32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“One of the best boutique hotels in Greece!”
Reviewed July 15, 2009

Stayed at the Kyrimai for 2 nights and wished we booked for a longer stay. This hotel was the highlight of our trip in the Mani region. The Kyrimai is set against a beautiful backdrop next to a rocky cliff along the bay. The environment is relaxed as the hotel is located in a small fishing village. The region around the hotel is rocky and barren but beautiful as the area has been untouched by mass tourism.

There is no expense sparred in building this hotel. Every detail is done in the most elegant way. The common areas are comfortable with internet access. The staff was fantastic. Everyone was helpful and attentive to our needs. Eleni was the best. On our 2nd night we were able to get a seaview room that turned out to be the best. I made the mistake of originally booking a small room that did not have a seaview. As previous reviewers mentioned, the rooms without a seaview are truly small with very little sun light coming in. If you plan on staying here definitely reserve the seaview room. you will not regret it.

The highlight of the hotel is the restaurant. We ate dinner both nights at the Kyrimai. The menu features traditional food but with a modern/innovative twist. All ingrendients came from within the region. Home baked breads, fish that is perfectly prepared, fresh herbs and sauces that accompanied the dishes. Extradordinary.

Having been to Greece several times, I think I could say the Kyrimai is truly one of the best boutique hotels in Greece. It was worth every euro to stay here.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Newmarket, Canada
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61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
Reviewed May 24, 2009

From the moment you walk through the gates you are made to feel very welcome. The staff are very friendly and helpful. They brought our suitcases to our room right away and anything that we wanted was no trouble. Even Chica the little dog is very friendly. It's so relaxing to sit by the pool and look out over the sea. Breakfast is lovely and way more food than you need to start your day. We stayed in the 2 level room with a balcony overlooking the pool area & sea and it was very nice with a fireplace, french doors on to the balcony and jacquzzi tube in the bathroom. We did eat the restaurant for dinner one night and it was very good. Everything is fresh and local and the atmosphere was great and the sun was setting and staff were very friendly. There is also 4 or 5 other tavernas in town and a small store if you need anything. Even when we were leaving they asked where we were off to next and offered suggestions of things to see when we got there. This was a wonderful place to relax and see the wild and wonderful Mani peninsula

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Philly413
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Reviewed March 11, 2009

they should have someone to help u with the lagguges

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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1 Thank nikolas75
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Rome
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61 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed February 3, 2009

The place is absolutely great. Beautiful location, cute little village, hotel refurbished to high standard. This is a small village so if you are looking for a lot of action, this may not be the right place. But if you are looking for relaxation and tranquility you will like this place.The pool is small, but is right next to the sea, so really you don’t need it. The bar and restaurant area is great. Rooms were lovely, decorated very nicely. The downside in our experience was the service. I hope it has improved since we were there because for us it was absolutely appalling. Waiters that did not know what to do, some so untrained that it was actually funny. Reception staff nice on some occasions extremely rude and unprofessional on other. All in all I will recommend this place because of the location, but I hope that the management spent some time training the staff and mainly travelling to other similar hotels to see how things should managed!

Stayed August 2006, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2008

I was attracted to this hotel by all of the recommendations online and the pictures on the hotel's website. We had been wanting to visit the Mani area of the Peloponnese for 2 years and this hotel seemed like the best choice as a base for exploring the area.

Because you cannot book online, nor see any prices on the hotel's website, we called a few days in advance and made a reservation for 3 nights. When we checked into the hotel we were given a choice of two rooms. We chose the slightly more expensive one that had a loft-style sleeping area that overlooked the pool and the sea. It was a lovely room with a fireplace (although the wrong season for us) and had bit of a log-cabin feel to it. It was clean and comfortable and I slept very well every night. The only issue I had with the room was with the bathtub/shower where it proved difficult to take a shower without creating a small flood on the bathroom floor.

Also, their internet service is painfully (10 minutes to download a page) slow, so I wouldn't plan on doing any business while you're there.

One thing I did enjoy was the breakfast - great coffee and a nice plate of cheeses, meats, breads and fruits to share.

I do agree with what most say that it is overpriced. It is a lovely hotel, but I do not feel it justifies the prices they charge for the location that it is in. It reminded me of Santorini prices - without all the charm that is Santorini.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the hotel is located in a tiny fishing village with only a few tavernas. The area itself is in a very hot and dry, barren, desert-like place. I felt like I was on the edge of the earth, but not necessarily in a good way. There just really was not a whole lot to see or do for more than a day - and certainly not without a car. We ended up wishing we had only booked one night instead of three.

However, if you are looking for a place to sit by the pool, swim in the sea, take naps and read books in total peace and quiet, then this is a great place for you. Just try and negotiate a better price.

  • Liked — The lovely renovation and comfort of the hotel
  • Disliked — The barren location and poor internet access
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2008

We had a lovely four night stay at the Kyrimai Hotel at the tip of the Mani in the Peloponnese with our five year old son. Kyrimai, located right on the sea, is in a very nicely retrofitted building typical of the Mani towers. The rooms are spacious with A/C and nice bathrooms. There is no real beach on the property but a long dock as well as a pool. Breakfasts were yummy with a different cooked dish every day as well as homemade preserves, fresh baked goods as well as fresh fruit and yoghurt. The staff were very friendly, welcoming and helpful. The atmosphere was relaxed and calm. Highly recommended.

  • Liked — friendly atmosphere, beautiful view, relaxed
  • Disliked — lots of stairs
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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2 Thank seilenna
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Waanrode
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2008

Based on the nice pictures on their website and the good reviews & pictures of trip advisor, we decided to book a suite (loft) in the Kyrimai to relax for a week after our trip throughout the Peloponnese where we’ve stayed in several other hotels. It’s about our 5th time in Greece, so we know what we could expect. Unfortunately, compared to our other hotels in Greece we've stayed so far, this was the worst choice.

Positive:
+ beautiful renovated old building with a lot of charm at the end of a small village
+ no mass tourism yet
+ nice tavernas in the town
+ nice restaurant (inside & outside) and lobby with a lot of character
+ very calm and laid back atmosphere
+ cleaning of the room was pretty late each day, but perfectly done
+ perfect for relaxing and some sunbathing
+ nice & tasteful breakfast
+ nice room balcony overlooking the hotel and the sea

Negative:
- although we’ve booked a suite (EUR 240/night), the room was small; the bathroom was even smaller
- the furniture on our room had no character (a small bed + 2 chairs and a table) and a real disappointment when looking to some of the other rooms and lobby & restaurant (even basic Ikea furniture would have looked better than the furniture in it now)
- although all rooms would have been equipped with a safe, only the screws to attach the safes were there
- mentioning the above to the receptionist, the answer was: “sorry you feel this way” and “different rooms have different styles” – sorry, but this room just had no style and is not worth calling a suite and charging EUR 240/night for it
- overall lack of service: no towels to be found before 9 am; most of the times the glasses of the day before were still standing on the pier
- when there was some service, it was painfully slow: e.g. it took an hour to bring us 2 sandwiches although the hotel was almost empty
- limited menu (3 type of sandwiches and a salad) during the day, but no problem as the tavernas with some nice typical Greek food were just a 5 minute walk away

Overall, a hotel with a lot of potential (great location outside the touristic areas!), but highly overpriced and not just not living up to a 4* service.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — suite
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
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5 Thank Tom31
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Property: Kyrimai
Address: Gerolimenas | Mani Peninsula, Gerolimenas 23071, Greece
Location: Greece > Peloponnese > Laconia Region > Gerolimenas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Gerolimenas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mani, in the southern Peloponnese, is one of the most unique regions in Greece known for its wild, rugged beauty, the customs of its people and its heritage. The Kyrimai Hotel represents an exquisite renovation of the old trade centre of Mani built in 1870. The result is an awesome rendering of period architecture, complete with a complex of stairways, arches and inner courts. ... more   less 
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