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Reviewed July 14, 2018

On this trip to Meteora we decided to try Trikala, a little further away from Meteora, and glad we did. This property is adjacent to the central park, the highlight of the city. This being our first trip into the city we had some difficulty finding our way there. Parking is always a real challenge in Greece and we initially parked several blocks away. The manager (owner?) personally walked with me the two blocks to our rental car and guided me through the central district to reserved parking spaces on the semi-circle road fronting the central plaza, extremely convenient. The personal attention we received was exceptional. This is a wonderful, older property with all the charm associated with that. Our room was on the upper floor, the one on the corner facing the central plaza. The ceilings literally are 13 feet high giving the sense of specialness. Long flowing curtains made the room seem like it was for VIPs only. We were a little concerned about the possible noise from the plaza as Greeks like to socialize well into the night, but this wasn't a problem. We really couldn't close the curtains completely so those sensitive to light might not appreciate this. Of the three properties we stayed at on this trip to Greece this one had the most firm mattress, but we slept decently. We didn't utilize the our outside porch as it was far better being in the middle of the action in the plaza. The bathroom is nicely decorated in modern tile, but it's as small as the rest of the bathrooms in Greece we had. In addition this was an open shower. Fortunately there's a well placed drain just outside to collect the significant amount of water overflow. Every trip to Greece it seems like my wife has to burn out at least one curling iron, even using the Greek electric outlet converter. We found a department store just outside of town to replace it. The free breakfast is terrific. It's supplied by the restaurant next door (same owner?). It's absolutely lovely sitting outside by the road next to the plaza in the morning with the very generous and delicious servings. The hallways are wonderfully decorated and museum like in interest. Americans may not particularly appreciate the smallness of the bathroom but this is typical throughout Greece. One leaves the key at the front desk when leaving and pick it up when returning. No key cards here, it's an old fashioned real key. The atmosphere of the plaza makes this a wonderful stay. We were here on a Wednesday of the third week of May with very few other residents. It's a time of significantly reduced tourism at a time when Greece's economy is desperately hurting. This property is also conveniently located close to the main restaurant area just several blocks to the north over the river, an easy walk. We ate at Palia Istoria and loved it, based on Trip Advisor reviews.

Room Tip: The upper floor facing the plaza.
  • Stayed: May 2018, traveled as a couple
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Thank fivehousecats
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Reviewed April 18, 2018

I love, love, love old hotels and will cheerfully give up many standard amenities just to enjoy beautiful old architecture. This is the first old hotel I've stayed in where I did not have to give up *anything* at all, and yet the place still had a lovely historic ambience. Everything was excellently maintained, and the staff was great. So grateful to the owners who have kept up this place so well and not made gratuitous changes.

And Trikala--what a wonderful small city! This was a surprise highlight of a road-trip in Greece.

  • Stayed: April 2018, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Zora O
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Reviewed February 20, 2018

To start with the good things, I must say the building housing the hotel is stunning, its position really central, the staff genuinely polite and helpful and the room very clean. Also breakfast is basic but with good quality products. Bed mattress was fine, towels new and clean, pillows fine as well. Furthermore there are books to read around if you have forgotten yours! Why did I rate it with three stars only then? Because the room we were staying at , room 102 and for which we paid 75EU per night , is sized for single and not double room. There is literally no space for two bags, no place to sit but on the bed or at the desk but then the second person can not move around. We asked for a room facing front but what is the use of it if you can not stand in front of the window and look outside because the bed reaches the window? Also the bath is made for one and the door does not even open. Second thing is that we were assured there is parking space at the hotel but that turned out to be a few parking spaces oposite the hotel on the side of the road ,not more that 8 for 22 rooms. As you can imagine not once in three days we were able to park there and finding a parking space proved to be a difficult task. We had to leave the car too far away, which could be ok if you know it but not otherwise. Finally the heating in the room came from the airconditioning, which was noisy and we had to turn it off to sleep. Luckily the room was pretty hot during the day as we had the a/c on during daytime , so we were not cold. To make a long story short, If we had a normal sized double room I would rate it higher definately.

Room Tip: Ask before reservation about the size of the room.
  • Stayed: February 2018, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank petra82
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Reviewed November 18, 2017

Visiting Trikala? There is no better choice for your staying. With more than a 100 years of history, it is as quaint and alluring as centrally located. Major politician & theater stars of the past century, were hanging out on these premises whenever they visited Trikala. More than that, only little things changed all those years. The ownership is one. Owned by a wonderful family it is as welcoming as it gets! When we arrived they helped with the luggage, a hot tea welcomed us into our room and when we decided to stroll around, they provided bicycles to enjoy the city tour. Now imagine.Premises decorated with past century trends, a most welcoming family, an ok room and a multi-star breakfast! More than a window to a past century the Panellinion makes hotel stars to dim. If impersonal 5stars don't ring any bells this little cozy hotel is a perfect choice!

Room Tip: prefer a room with a balcony.
  • Stayed: November 2017, traveled as a couple
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Thank PanosMatz
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Reviewed November 4, 2017

We booked this hotel to stay in and around Trikala for 4 days. We had an excellent experience! Incredibly friendly and helpful staff. The room was excellent for us - it was at the back of the hotel and that meant it was really quiet. The breakfast was included and was very good - Costa who works the bar restaurant is a real character but vey attentive without being "in your face". The owner went out of his way to talk to us and make sure everything was ok - he even carried my wife's suitcase to the taxi when we left. The hotel is in an excellent location to explore this wonderful city - walking distance everywhere. Also just half an hour from the amazing Meteora monasteries . We certainly recommend it. The building is old but in superb condition with amazing high ceilings.

Stayed: October 2017
Thank bevandvaughan
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