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“Excellent restaurant with magnificent view”
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Belvedere Hotel
Ranked #9 of 21 Hotels in Kalamata
Reviewed August 14, 2012

We visited the restaurant of the hotel by the roof-pool. We enjoyed a magnificent view over the town of Kalamata and the Messinian Bay. The menu had dishes of international cuisine and some Greek specialties. Foods are prepared after the order. The waiters were very helpful and polite. It worth your visit to escape from the town.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Alex K
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

A fantastic new hotel

A short trip this time, just for a day away from the hustle and bustle of Athens to visit some relatives.
We chose this hotel for our overnight stay mainly due to the fact that it is one of the newest hotels around Kalamata, enjoying a magnificent view over the Messinian Bay and an ideal location near the area’s best beaches, cafés, bars and restaurants, while preserving at the same time a fair distance from Kalamata’s noisy centre and waterfront.
We arrived late at the hotel, as we had spent the entire day at the beach, and as we realized there was a wedding party taking place at the hotel at that time. Even though the parking lot was crowded with all the wedding guests’ cars, we were lucky enough to find a place available very close to the main entrance. It required a small effort, especially when being tired after a day full of water activities, to walk up the slope to the hotel’s entrance, but when we reached the reception desk, the receptionist greeted us warmly and helped us complete all the needed paperwork quickly. Our rooms were ready of course, and luckily there were no other guests waiting to check in so we didn’t even have to wait at all.
We went straight to our rooms, and as I opened the door I realized that it was probably one of the biggest and nicest rooms I have ever stayed at. Wooden floor, wooden ceiling, great lighting, and an enormous bathroom. The bed was very big too, equipped with an excellent mattress, and a huge set of pillows. The air-conditioning system was working perfectly, and it didn’t take long before the room was cool enough for my standards. As I realised, the air-conditioning system was designed in such a way that it wouldn’t waste energy cooling the room when no one is there. There was a sensor that would turn the air-conditioning system off when sliding the window door open. A very thoughtful concept, that I hadn’t seen implemented at any other hotel I’d stayed at. When I opened the curtains I encountered a fantastic evening view over the bay. The sliding window doors where almost as wide as the room itself, guiding you out to a balcony, almost as big as the room too. At the balcony you could relax at a small couch, enjoying a cup of coffee, or a light dinner, or choose to work or dine more formally at the small dining table available. Truly one can argue about the room’s size, but that of the balcony is definitely unsurpassed.
The bathroom was immensely big, and fully equipped with all the amenities one would need. Everything, from a great olive oil based hand soap, to a shaving kit was available. I truly enjoyed my shower, but it would be useful to install a glass cabin around the tub, in order to avoid having to wipe all the water from the bathroom floor thereafter. The small window at the bathroom ensured that no steam is trapped inside, turning it into a sauna, while at the same time preserving maximum privacy to those using it.
The morning was hot, but having breakfast by the pool was a great choice that we didn’t regret. We could choose from a great variety of both warm and cold dishes, having a mixed american-continental breakfast. From local recipe jam and fresh fruit to croissants and crepes, one could taste both the local flavour of traditional greek breakfasts and an international option equal to four star hotel standards.
The check out procedure was equally fast and professional to the check in one, and we were warmly thanked and wished a pleasant and safe trip back home.
Overall I would say that our choice couldn’t be any better. The staff was excellent, discreet, professional and attending. The rooms were great, and even though a huge wedding party was going on during the night a couple of floors below, and further atop the hill one can find some of the area’s best nightclubs that attract waves of loud Greeks and tourists, we could hear absolutely nothing. The night went on silently and tranquilly, and the morning wake up was even better.
The only thing I could say is that I hope we could have stayed there longer and not just for one night.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank trip_architect
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

As others have said, this small hill-side hotel is really a wedding-event reception hall with rooms. It is still undergoing its final touches to completion. It provides a fabulous view of the City of Kalamata, the Messinian Bay and the mountains. The pool is immaculate. The breakfast is typical Greek fare, but nicely presented and enjoyed by the pool. The staff were wonderful. Every shift did everything they could to please us immediately. The owner was engaging and a wonderful host. Phone service and AC glitches were addressed immediately. True, the shower (ours was a glass enclosure) requires some two handed work, but it was all new. The price was great! We used it as a base to explore the Mani seaside and to trek to the villages of our families in the hills beyond Messini. We would definitely recommend it for a base. We wish we could have tried the dining,as the started as a restuarant (stil extant just below the hotel).

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank demetlaw
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

The place is a gem. You can practically see the entire city and the sun setting. The room is huge with comfortable bed, spacey bathroom and a wonderful balcony to relax and stare at the view. The breakfast had everything you could imagine. City center is only a 10' drive and it is totally worth it when you escape from the buzz of the town.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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2  Thank fotaman
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

The view of the Kalamata harbor is superb, but after that this "B&B" was really a wedding reception facility with a few rooms above the reception hall and didn't do much for us. The bathroom shower was a handheld affair without a curtain, so one always had to use care not to soak the whole bathroom. Beds were rather hard, and furniture in the room was spartan (and limited--we ended up bringing in the patio furniture just to have a place for two to sit). The staff was friendly and helpful, although English was limited. The drive up to the actual hotel is at a rather perilous slope with blind switchbacks and one lane, so be prepared for some careful driving just to get into the hotel, and two flights of stairs to get into the lobby (no ramp). Finally, if you stay over a weekend, Greek wedding receptions go WAY into the night, and although the soundproofing is actually reasonable, the music was still noticeable and conversations from adjacent rooms were easily heard.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank RandallS606
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

The hotel staff were extremely helpful and pleasant. They provided us with accurate information regarding beaches and restaurants as well as what to see in terms of sight-seeing.
The hotel was extremely clean and quiet with a magnificant view. The food was great. As a young couple we were very pleased. We would definitely recommend this hotel and would stay there again.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank summer_lo
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

We received a very warm welcome from the staff on arrival and were given a spacious room with extra large bed and large balcony, giving fantastic views over the bay. This is a modern hotel situated on high ground a short drive from the beach and central Kalamata, so a car is recommended. However the general aspect is very good indeed and being away from traffic noise is an added bonus.There is a good size swimming pool and the views from the pool area are magnificent. As we arrived during low season the restaurant was not serving evening meals but the buffet breakfasts were very good with plenty of variety.
Deffinately 4 to 5 star qualty and highly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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16  Thank Dorannie
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Additional Information about Belvedere Hotel

Address: Verga, Kalamata 241 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Peloponnese > Messenia Region > Kalamata
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 21 Hotels in Kalamata
Price Range: $85 - $257 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Belvedere Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to BELVEDERE HOTEL, a 4-star hotel located in the beautiful area of Verga in Kalamata, an area which offers a great variety of natural tourist attractions worth visiting year round. With a captivating and panoramic view of the Messinian Bay, BELVEDERE HOTEL offers our customers unforgettable vacation, relaxation and tranquility.Follow us on an informative trip to the special facilities our hotel offers, in a beautiful and relaxing environment, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Spectacular view from everywhere. ... more   less 
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