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“Comfortable, clean, beautiful setting and pool!”
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Hotel Famissi Eden
Ranked #18 of 34 Hotels in Kalambaka
New Hampshire
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81 reviews
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“Comfortable, clean, beautiful setting and pool!”
Reviewed July 30, 2009

We stayed here for 2 nights in July as part of a very small tour group (14 in all.) Our rooms were very clean, and the beds were comfortable. The air conditioning did not work very well, which made it difficult to sleep. Since we were on the 2nd floor, we were able to open the French doors and keep them open all night which made a big difference. Gorgeous views from our balcony. We had an excellent dinner buffet both nights we were there, but the continental breakfast buffet left a bit to be desired, at least for some members of our group. I was content with the great Greek yogurt, hardboiled eggs, and bread. Most members of our group walked to town easily, and the view of the rocks behind the hotel was wonderful. The hotel grounds also have 2 small chapels.

  • Stayed July 2009
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London
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15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2009

Very unfriendly and deceitful reception, very rude for the usual Greek standards.

CONTROL FREAKS - NO HOT WATER & HEATING!
Freezing ice and snow conditions outside. Everytime we returned to our room, the heating and hot water was not working. Each time we asked reception to resolve, they fobbed us off to say manager was coming, 3 hours later, no manager appeared. Turns out that he is in another city, and we soon discover that the staff are controlling the heating and water main switch behind the desk.

Breakfast 2 times out of 3 was stale. They refused 4 times to warm up eggs. They keep breakfast in a cupboard and serve next day!

Hotel prides itself with satellite TV, our TV only had 1 working channel! We challenged the reception to resolve and tune in, and they said its a proble with the area due to bad weather. Another complete lie, as in town all bars, hotels and shops had full working TV's.

Positives:
Location, is good enough, 15 min walk from railway station and 7 mins walk from town centre. Good location to see Metero rocks. Town itself is mediocre, so nothing worth spending lots of money to get a central location.

Room, basic, but grows on you by the time you have unpacked and stayed a while! We had 3 nights here which is enough time to see all mountain area and monastries ... one of the finest landscapes in the world, a kind of mini Yosemite like natural park.

Public transport in area is very poor. Rent a car or taxi. 10 Euros for a return taxi trip to the best highest panaromic view of Metero mountains close to the James Bond 'For Your Eyes Only' filmed monastry.

Best place for a chicken gyro in town is at 'Chicken Time' on main shopping street.

Simon & Sarah from London
(aka 007 & Good Night)

  • Liked — View of Metero
  • Disliked — The rude staff that lie and pretend they do not understand you
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled solo
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California
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2008

What a beautiful hotel! We stayed here on the second stop on our honeymoon to visit the monestaries. It's located at the very start of the city of Kalambaka but both nights we walked down a quarter mile to the center of the city which was full of people, restaurants and festival activities! It was an easy walk but you must drive or take a bus/taxi to the monestaries which are about 5 miles away. The hotel is on a large property that is just beautiful and was fun to explore in itself. The only bad part was when the tour buses showed up around 6pm one weekend night and filled the pool with loud humans who also were waiting in line to use the one computer in the lobby. The dining room was exquisite. The pool was wonderful and necessary. Unfortunately we did not have a view of the rocks from our room.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed June 1, 2008

What a MISERABLE place. Upon arrival in the afternoon, the hotel looked very nice, large and fairly modern with the Meteora rock pinnacles as a backdrop, but there was only one car in the parking lot which seemed strange. Well, in the evening the buses began to arrive. Lots of them. And apparently, the price is cheap for the bus tour operators because the rooms are very basic (think Motel 6, but bring your own shampoo), and there is no service of any kind. There is no restaurant per se, only buffet breakfasts and dinners. We had the breakfast buffet and it was AWFUL. Watery milk, coffee and juice, stale bread, few choices, etc. Most of the rooms do not have a view of the rocks. The pool was not open. CAUTION: We saw a few independent travelers who looked miserable, trying to manage without a car. One elderly couple was trying to make it to a restaurant, and he had a bad fall. The hotel is on a hillside about a mile from town and it's further to get to the train station. You have to walk along a fairly busy road and the pavement is uneven. Finally, examples of what we experienced (which may sound trivial, but it all added up to making this a bad experience): When planning the trip, I sent a fax to the hotel to request room rates and availability. They quoted me a rate of 100 Euros/night; I found it for less than 70 Euros/night on the internet. (It was a ripoff at 70, believe me.) The few staff present at the breakfast buffet (for about 200 people) said cold milk is not available, only warm [watery] milk. One of the guests was telling people he had gotten some cold milk for his cereal and tempers flared! It was pitiful. Over our two day stay, we asked a few questions of the harried woman working (alone) at the reception desk and were (bizarrely) given incorrect information each time (sometimes with a scowl), e.g., Q: "Where's a store?" A: "There is no store open now." We found a store open about 4 blocks away from the hotel.

Stayed May 2008
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2008

We were 2 couples and stayed for one night in the beginning of January. The hotel's location is the best in the town of Kalambaka - just below the mighty rocks of one of the Meteora's monasteries - it has magnificent view to the Meteors and the town, both. The rooms were large and warm, despite the fact that outside was really cold - inside was comfortable enough. The bathroom was clean and the beds comfy, the breakfast - good, and everything was nice enough for the heap price of 51 Euros.

But the nicest thing of all was to wake up in the morning and see these rocks bending over you, and the little monastery of St. Stefan, perched on the hilltop!!!
I've just lost my shoe and I hope that they'll return it to me, but we'll see!

Overall we enjoyed our stay at this hotel and I think it's the most appropriate choice for Kalambaka's lodging - cheap, comfortable and clean.

In our way back we passed through Kastraki - the other village next to the Kalambaka and I can tell - it's very nice and cosy, and we'll try its hotels the next time!!!!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — I think I ate some rotten egg, but hope it'was by accident, not a practice...
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with friends
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Winnipeg
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2007

We really loved this hotel in Kalambaka. It is fairly new (built in 1991) and has been kept up very well. The grounds are the most beautiful, with a decent size pool, several sitting areas and lovely landscaping. It was such a nice change from the more urban hotels we'd experienced thus far.

Our room was on the second floor and had a pool view. Our balcony was HUGE, with small table and two chairs, as well as an overhanging roof (perfect for sitting and having some wine). The room was very nice and the bathroom quite large for greek hotel standards.

The lobby and dining area are massive as they cater to tour groups. If you are not in a tour group, only your breakfast is include. The Tours also have dinners arranged. The breakfast was typical greek continental.

This hotel should not be confused with the sister Famissi Hotel, just up the road. We went there first by mistake, but the staff were friendly and helpful. Famissi Eden also has a large parking lot, so its great for those with their own car.

While this hotel is not as central as most others, the town is not very large, so its not far to walk to the centre (or anywhere else really). There are numerous restaurants, cafes, services and shops on the walk towards the central plaza area, so those who cant walk far dont have to worry.

  • Liked — Beautiful balcony and views
  • Disliked — cant think of anything that stood out
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Famissi Eden
Address: Koumaries str, Kalambaka 422 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Thessaly > Trikala Region > Kalambaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #18 of 34 Hotels in Kalambaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Famissi Eden 3*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You will find the Hotel Famissi Eden at the entrance of the town of Kalampaka, which is situated below the magnificent, eternal rocks of Meteora.. It combines perfectly the unique beauty of the place with the traditional architecture and the modern accommodation making your holiday a very beautiful memory ... more   less 
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