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Marelen Hotel
Ranked #6 of 30 Hotels in Kalamaki
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 15, 2013

I went to this hotel with one of my close friends for a week in July 2012 to show her everything I love about Zante. I could not fault this hotel in any way, it's got great things for kids to do. Some people who was also staying at the hotel was not impressed for the amount of children there but, kids go on holiday too and if you want an adult only holiday go on one! This hotel is great for families young or old. There is plenty to do and the Thomas cook reps who are there 7 days a week keeping kids entertained with mini games and competitions. The hotel do/did a pizza night where every paying adult staying at the hotel got a free margarita pizza which was so different, we found all the hotel staff very pleasant and they couldn't do enough for you! I would recommend this hotel to anyone and would definitely return again myself!

Room Tip: We had a room by the main pool which was great but when early morning games are being played and you...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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8  Thank James B
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

We stayed at this hotel/apartment in June 2012. What can i say... could not fault this hotel one bit. The staff are the friendliest and most helpful iv come across yet. They make your stay the best it can be. Me, Myself and my two boys who are aged 5 and 9 will most definatley be going back in the near future. The entertainment was great and the kids club was even better. The Thomas Cook staff were fantastic and were so patient with all the Children. Best kids club my kids have been to yet. They met some lovely kids esp Dylan who came with his mum and gran. Lovely people.
The resort is lovely too and i would highly recommed the boat trip to smuggler cove. it was the highlight of our trip.

would recommed this holiday to families and couples. We loved this trip to zante, it is a gem of an island. Thank you Thomas cook for yet again another fab holiday.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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12  Thank charchar186337
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

We stayed in Marelen for two weeks in October. Although rooms are very basic, during our stay we found we didn't really need much else as we spent most of our time on the beach or venturing out to Kalamaki or Zante town. Rooms are cleaned every day (apart from monday), towels are changed regularly, bins emptied daily and beds changed every other day. Staff are very friendly and obviously work really hard to keep up the standards. Gardens are spectacular, very well maintained. We went on B&B basis, breakfast was good enough, could always find something to tie you up till lunchtime. Breakfast area was very clean, so was the pool area. We never used the pool as the hotel is only 2 minutes walk to a beautiful beach where we spent most of our time. Stayed in room 449 which was on the top floor overlooking the kids splashpool. The pool only operated for a couple of hours in the afternoon so it was no bother at all. This appartment building is at the back of the complex so there was no noise from the bar area during the evening. All in all we had a fantastic holiday, would recommend Marelen if considering staying in Kalamaki.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank Dominika C
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

We have just returned from a very relaxing stay at the Marlene. The staff were fantastic and dealt with any of our requests immediately. The pool side food was delicious and reasonable. Location wise - absolutely perfect. The pools were very clean and the boys loved the splash pool. The kids club and evening entertainment was outstanding. A big thank you to Lee, Lelia and Charlotte for keeping our grumpy 4 year old entertained! I would highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 113/114. This was quiet and got the sun in the afternoon.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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8  Thank Audrey T
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

me an my husband ave just got bak from 2 weeks stay at the marelin we had the 2 weeks bestevr all the staff from julie an terese to lee an leila an charlotte an all the bar staff all brill it was all fun 24 7 the beach is a 5 minite walk main street is a 7 minite walk would recomend paulos resterrant if u leave hotel 4 nite out there is a childrens club for the younger kids or u could do wot i did and put your husband in the big kids club which is were the thomas cook reps come in to entertain with a wide range of games during thre day eg darts pool ping pong soccer basketball there was not a dull moment our room was fantastic cleaned evry day

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank sparkes22
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

We had booked to go to the Macedonia Hotel but were moved to the Marelen Hotel as the Macedonia closed early for the season however the Marelen didn't know anything about us on arrival.

The Marelen Hotel itself is situated in a lovely position just up the road from the beach, the grounds are well kept. However there are slopes from the apartments to the main walkways which when wet from the pool or rain are very slippy - I almost went over a few times!

The apartment was basic, however there were ants everyday in the bathroom and bedroom which was not nice. We didn't have any food in the apartment so it wasn't that which was attracting them.

The hotel staff were unfriendly, apart from Julie. The cleaners let themselves in to the apartment when we were still in bed a couple of times which made us uncomfortable and unable to relax.
Staff moved large trolleys around the hotel in the middle of the night and at 6 each morning making a terrible racket waking us up most mornings.

I overheard the Thomas Cook/Thomson Rep (living in the apartment next door) talking to other tourists about hearing us being intimate - outrageous!! So this again made us feel uncomfortable and unable to relax for fear of being spoken about. We shall be making a complaint to Thomas Cook/Thomson's about this!

We wanted a nice relaxing, romantic holiday but this is not what we got from the Marelen.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank donna3271
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Having just returned on the 11th of october i can without a doubt say the best hotel i have stopped in!!! Everything was top quality. The staff cant do enought for u they were all close like they were family u could see they all got on really well and enjoyed their work. The entertainment team were fab and worked so hard 2 make every1 feel welcome no matter their age. kids club were there most of the time 2, how eva i found it most inconvienent they had 1 whole day off a week(sunday)lol only jokin u deserve it guys. The food was lovely wot eva time of day u went with a nice range 2 please every1. The breakfast is not the same as the breakfast we wud have at home but thats only 2 b expected but it was always fresh gud quality and plenty of it from cooked hot food,toast,fruit,jelly cold meat ,continental breakfast plus much more something for everyone. The rooms were always clean. The pool was lovely. Wud highly recommend this hotel. Its not far from the main strip but i wont lie it is a few mins away from it but i didnt find this as a problem cos it ment nite times were nice and quiet and the noise from the strip was not a problem. This is a lovely place for a family or a couple 2 enjoy their well earned holiday. I will be back next yr marelen :)

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Additional Information about Marelen Hotel

Address: 6 Post Box, Kalamaki 291 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Zakynthos > Kalamaki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Kalamaki
#17 Romantic Hotel in Kalamaki
Hotel Class:3 star — Marelen Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 118
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