Pirgos Mavromichali shares the same name with the neighboring hotel Mavromichalai -the owners happen to be relatives. Many people get confused thinking that it is the same hotel but they are totally different in several ways.
LOCATION: It stands in the heart of the Mani peninsula at the most beautiful and picturesque harbor of Limeni. I consider it the finest location and starting point for travelers visiting the round area.
HOSPITALITY: I can describe our stay here as ‘a home away from home’. The word “Philoxenia” which in Greek means Hospitality is truly a fact. The family, proud descendants of the Mavromichalis name are warm, friendly, and in every way amazing hosts. It is something scarce nowadays and through my long travelling experience I consider it among the Top 5 in my list of hotels that truly touch the guest regarding hospitality.
STAFF/MANAGEMENT: Professionalism at its best! Throughout our stay I noticed an unparalleled level of excellent personalized service which is genuine and you can feel it. They are multilingual as well and nothing…honestly nothing is too much trouble for them. Individuals are served in the most unique way. Management and staff work on the least detail for the comfort, preference, taste and style of each and every guest and this is what makes the Team of Mavromichali so Unique.
ROOM: I can call our room a “Little Gem.” Small and picturesque but functional at the same time. It was one of the classic rooms with white-painted stone walls and a breathtaking sea view. I consider the embrasures overlooking the bay the highlight of the room. There was another one in the bathroom too. They allow fresh air and light coming in and function as air vents. Definitely one out of the three was used as a loophole to check if an enemy ship was approaching. There is a small Floor embrasure as well -the specific corner used to be the old toilet set just above rocks, and if you are lucky you can see through it the rough waves splashing against the rocks. Fishing boats keep coming and going and the view from the window is dreamy.
Fresh white linen, and a comfortable King size bed overlook the corner arch concavity where a mirror stands and right above blue light adds charm to the room. Below a kind of base, space to place anything. I found the idea clever and functional. No coffee facilities, but a small ice box, and a flat screen TV are provided.
BATHROOM: A good size tiled bathroom, a walk-in shower cabin and a rain forest shower system. Robes, slippers, hair dryer and the well-known toiletries of the Korres Brand. Towels nice and clean and were changed daily. No plastic cap for the hair though as if all hotels in the area agreed not to provide. We stayed in 5 different hotels and none of them provided any!
BREAKFAST: Served in style, and was simply heavenly. Culinary options of the local cuisine, nutrient and delicious. It had everything one needs to make the first meal of the day special, enough to fill you up for hours. Weather permitting it is served on the terrace with the sounds of waves splashing on the rocks below, the morning breeze, and breathtaking view and sounds make this first meal of the day unbeatable. –The perfect setting for relaxing holidays.
DINING ROOM: This Multi-functional room serves as a dining room with an oblong wooden table dominating the central space. Guests can dine here together on one table when weather conditions are not the best outside. It serves as a reception, a sitting room and a Congressional meeting room as well. In fact the Annual Europe Meeting of Psychotherapy was held those days and Professors and Doctors came here to participate. Two or three family photos of the Mavromichali ancestors are enlarged and made into posters and decorate the walls of this room. Its interior enjoys simplicity with touches of charm.
TERRACE: The elegant surroundings and courtyard design of the terrace is dreamy! The sound of waves lapping over the hotel give a feeling as though it is rocking above the water like a boat and it travels you. In all, you don’t want to leave the premises with these little details that with the one or the other way match with the rugged beauty of the surround area. The breathtaking view, the stunning sunsets each night, the charm and beauty of the sea as it changes color allows guests relax and enjoy the tranquility and serenity of the place. An untamed natural beauty gives the tower a fairytale-like nostalgic charm.
WIFI: Free and you have access mostly in the courtyard and dining room.
BEACH: There is a flight of stairs going down the emerald waters only a few meters from the rooms. The water is Not Ideal for very young children –only 2 meters from the stairs the water is shallow and suddenly it becomes deep.
CUISINE: I found the New Executive Chef of the cuisine George Xynos very charismatic and a talented young man –an Asset to the family!! In his free time he dives and indeed the fish-soup we had the first night as a starter and the fricassee fish dish he prepared for us was his own catch. Nicely presented, tender and simply delicious.
There is no reason to get outside the hotel to satisfy the palate. Products are fresh and local coming from the round area of Mani, the unparalleled service and dedication to detail makes every dining experience one the guest would cherish. A good idea is to let the Chef know if you plan dining indoors much earlier. The menu might not be that rich other than 3 or 4 dishes but the quality, taste, the extra care and service will be the best!
HISTORY: The harbor of Limeni played a significant role in the history of Mani with a strategic location and it was the only place in the country that had never been conquered by invaders although the rest of Greece was for years occupied by Ottoman, Frank, and Venetian forces. The emblem flag of Mani is still waving outside the hotel today to remind Greeks how important freedom is. This is how it should be. It is either Victory or Death! The story is long and interesting and there is an extended report about it in old books found in the hotel but also facts are given on the hotel’s website too.
In the course of time when the family moved to Areopolis, the family established 4 imposing tower mansions in Limeni, and this one was the so-called “Palace” which must have been the most significant. It is centuries-old tower restored structure, with history behind! The owners who are a loving family and descendants of the Mavromichali are delighted to give details of their origin and heroes of the family.
SITE-SEEING: The actual village of Oitylon on the slopes above Limeni is ideal for a jaunt. Dinner at a fish tavern at the coastal Oitylon. I recommend “O Mikros Piratis” or “Takis” at Limeni. Areopolis is ideal for an afternoon stroll offering several options of dining. I recommend “Paradosiako to Mavromichaleiko”. Don’t miss visiting Vathia, the Caves of Diros, Gerolimenas, Gythion and Cape Tenaron. These are my Top Pick. Athens is approximately 350 km from here, and just 80 km from Sparta. Gythio is only a 30 minute drive and Areopolis just 10.
IN ALL: I want to congratulate the whole team and family. Keep it up to the High Standards you are after guys!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Strategically located on the historic harbour of Limeni, Pirgos Mavromichali is a restored 18th-century tower overlooking the picturesque bay. It offers elegant, stone-built accommodation and has a private beach area with sun terrace. Featuring wooden floors and vaulted ceilings, Mavromichali rooms and suites offer views of the sea or the traditional courtyard. They are equipped with Cocomat furniture, mattresses, pillows, linens, towels, a flat-screen TV and minibar. Bathrobes, slippers and Korres cosmetics are offered free of charge. Traditional breakfast is served at the monastery-style dining room or the stone-paved verandas. It includes homemade bread and marmalades, omelets, pastries and local delicacies. Drinks and coffees can be enjoyed at the on-site bar. ... more less
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