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Pharae Palace
Ranked #2 of 21 Hotels in Kalamata
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

I expected a 4 star hotel, instead at almost everything this hotel takes 5 stars. Staff was very friendly and helpfull all the time. The room was nice, clean and value for money. The breakfast was very good and the coffee just excellent! I strongly recommend this hotel!

Room Tip: Choose the sea view. It's more expensive but it's worth it.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

We wanted to attend a concert taking place in Kalamata since we missed it in the Athens area. I chose the hotel based on other reviews and the location (looked like walking distance from the venue). Other than the google maps location, everything else was perfect. The actual location is a little closer to the city center than the map shows.
If you're visiting Kalamata for business or to visit friends/relatives that live close to the center, Pharae Palace is a great choice. It definitely lived up to it's 4-star rating, and at a reasonable price as well. The common areas were spacious and clean, and the room was spotless as well. The room furnishings were very nice (including a pillowtop bed), the bathroom had new fixtures, and it looks like the hotel has been recently been refurbished (some minor work seemed to still be underway). The included breakfast was rich, with all kinds of items on offer, both of continental and european/american varieties.
Where the hotel went above and beyond the basics was service. Since tickets for the concert didn't seem to be available online, and due to the popularity of the performers and our same day arrival, I was concerned about getting tickets. An email to the hotel, followed up by a call a few days later, took care of that. The hotel made arrangements for 2 tickets to be held for us and brought over to the hotel that day. A potential headache was turned into a customer service lesson for other hotels.
This hotel wouldn't be my first choice if all I wanted to do in the area was go to the beach (there is a public beach across the street but it's nothing but ordinary with no real facilities available). But for any other purpose, I would stay here again in a heartbeat! This was a great visit!

Room Tip: Rooms facing the water have a very nice view of the Messinian Bay.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 17, 2012

The staff are friendly and the renovated rooms are good however there is still a lot of work going on and the ratings will improve when it is complete. Designated 'Sea view' rooms may only be partial because there is another building in front of of the hotel so ask for something high and to the left of the building (as you are looking at the hotel). Breakfast was hearty but decor seems to be from an earlier era. I hope an upgrade is included in the renovations.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank AH_World_Traveller
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Reviewed August 24, 2011

I remembered as soon as I checked in that I stayed there before.... lovely place, nice staff (rare to find in Peloponnese that usually people are rude especially in restaurants - try for instance ALL of them at the seafront)...good breakfast..... every time I need to get ove there I will definitely stay in Pharae...

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 13, 2011

I tried my chances to find a good quality and priced hotel and thank God i found Farai Palace.Best price,GRATE ROOMS,GRATE STAFF,and i found the place when i am visiting Kalamata!!!!!THANK YOU!!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 31, 2011

We loved this hotel. There is a some traffic noise but I do not mind this, air conditioning was quiet, balcony lovely and reception staff very helpful. Bus to town is just nearby and car hire around the corner. Beach with loungers which are free as attached to tavernas, therefore offering beach service of drinks, is a short walk and sea ideal slope for swimming not out of your depth. Wonderful sea view.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank PopovaSt_Ives
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Reviewed September 2, 2010

The rooms are just gross, to put it plainly. The rugs are old, dirty and stained. The bathroom "shower curtain" could have been replaced---it was a simple, white liner, not even a shower cutrain, and it was stained yellow and brown. The rooms were cleaned, the bathroom was cleaned, however, it never looked cleaned because it was so outdated and used. I understand that it's costly to update a room, but simple things like changing the shower liner would have been a great way to start. The downstairs lobby is nice, but it's not what you get in the room. Also, the sheets are like sandpaper. The only plus, the locataion. We stayed here because it was near family and the person who booked the room didn't know what they were like; she booked it because it was so close. And it was pricey for the room, for what we had--80 Euro a night for what we had above. It was not worth it at all. Spend more money or stay elsewhere because the room was not worth 80 Euro a night at all.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: Navarinou Str & R. Rerreou Street, Kalamata 241 00, Greece
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Location: Greece > Peloponnese > Messenia Region > Kalamata
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Kalamata
#2 Luxury Hotel in Kalamata
#3 Family Hotel in Kalamata
Price Range: $78 - $133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pharae Palace 4*
Number of rooms: 76
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the famous Kalamata beachfront, the Pharae Palace is minutes away from fine restaurants, trendy open air cafes, both modern and traditional shopping districts and the Port of Kalamata. The Pharae Palace offers to its quests excellent facilities, together with a high standard of service. ... more   less 
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