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Monastiri Guesthouse
Ranked #2 of 29 Kalambaka B&B and Inns
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

I was a little disappointed from the time we booked when I asked for some info on bus timetables and the response was: “It will happen”. Well it didn’t happen at all easily (8 hour wait at bus stop).

We had difficulty finding the Guesthouse but they were helpful with advice once we arrived. The room was directly off the main living area so if there were lots of people staying we wouldn’t have been able to sleep until they had all gone to bed. Our room was large but there was a lethal step down into the bathroom. There wasn’t enough light in the bathroom to see anything. The toilet seat was broken and the shower pressure was poor. One of the bedside lamps didn’t work. The queen size bed was made up with two single flat bed sheets that weren’t large enough to cover the mattress let alone tuck in. There was a quilt on the bed but it was cold so we got a blanket out of the cupboard which was really coarse and didn’t smell nice. There weren’t any flyscreens on the windows so we had to keep them closed at night.

Breakfast was a huge spread but it didn’t start until 8 and we had to leave early to get to the monasteries so couldn’t do it justice. The guesthouse has lovely views of the mountains and looks great and the communal areas are lovely. The owners are helpful and really try to do their best.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that doesn't lead off the main communal room.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

Our room had a view of the Meteora from the sizable balcony and it was wonderful. The lobby/dining area felt like home where you could pop yourself up on a stool and make yourself a cup of tea or coffee to relax after an outing. You also can meet other guests there to get some tips. The best part of this place is the home feel of the place.

The only downside staying at the guesthouse was the lighting in the hallway and the bathroom. I tripped twice in the hallway because the lighting was so dim and that they only turn on when there was some movement. I appreciate conserving energy, maybe some nightlights at the beginning of the stairs would help some. There was no light at the sink in the room we stayed. I couldn't even tell if I placed the contact lenses inside the container after I removed them. It was just too dark.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

We always research Tripadvisor before booking hotels and Monastiri Guesthouse lived up to its reputation! We booked the 2-room suite (there were 5 of us) and it was a great value for the money. The suite was very comfortable, clean with plenty of room for five. The view of the monasteries from our balcony was breathtaking! The owner, Dita, was so friendly and welcoming - we felt we were staying at a friend's gorgeous house in the country! The decor (lots of stone and wood) is perfect for the Meteora monasteries. Breakfast was very nice too with fresh breads, cakes, yogurt, cheeses, fruits. Location is very convenient to restaurants and shops in Kalambaka, and of course right next to the monasteries. We only stayed one night but wished we could have spent a week!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 12, 2011

Everything about this hotel is perfect! The location is fantastic...3 minute walk to the town where you will find restaurants, cafes, and shops. The train station is a minute walk away...literally!
The room makes you feel like you're in a traditional Greek home, but with all the modern amenities (they even provide a small, portable fridge to keep the free bottle of water cool!)
The view is BREATHTAKING!!!! We had room number 4.....the balcony is big with a great view. The bathroom is brand new!

We will come back here again...for sure!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2011

The Guesthouse was great. We had a bit of trouble finding it as the street wasn't on the GPS, but once we got there it was smooth sailing. The couple that run the guesthouse are great hosts and made us feel at home immediately. The guesthouse is in a new area, and the streets are a bit dark at night, but it was a safe, easy walk to get to all the restaurants and nightlife in town. The views from the rooms are fantastic and we enjoyed sitting on our private balcony drinking a bottle of wine and looking at cliffs at night. The breakfast was great - you must try Dita's bougatsa, it's to die for and I want the recipe! We got great advice and a map of the monasteries from our hosts before we left. We would stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

Monastiri is so exquisitely appointed that, like the monks in their monasteries, i could possibly coop myself in it. But what trumps style is service: Dita picked me up at the train station, and brought me personally to the bus terminal, making sure i got to Athens for my boat ride to Santorini.

Choose Monastiri, and you will not regret it.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 9, 2011

The rooms were clean and brightly decorated and had a nice view of the Meteora Monasteries. The continental breakfast was simple but they did provide a complimentary large bottle of water and map before we headed out to the Monasteries (don't leave home without it as there are many steps to climb !).

The outstanding feature however was the kind and friendly service. Nothing was ever a problem for Ditta - she was simply unbeatable. Our bus to Corfu was running late and so after a half hour delay we called the hotel to make sure we were waiting at the right place for it. Ditta was not in at that time but called later that day to make sure we reached our destination safely.

If you are coming from Athens the guesthouse is just behind the Kalambaka station (7 min walk).

Room Tip: Request room 2 for a great view from your balcony!
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Address: Konstadinou & Elenis St. | Nea Dimotiki Odos, Kalambaka 422 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Thessaly > Trikala Region > Kalambaka
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Kalambaka
Price Range: $84 - $178 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Monastiri Guesthouse 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a new traditional guesthouse at the foot of Meteora in the city of Kalampaka built of wood and stone with wooden floors and ceilings, hand-painted walls and rare monastery furniture. There are six rooms,one double room, three double-bedded rooms that can accommodate up to four people each and two suites that can accommodate up to five people each. ... more   less 
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