We stayed for one week in September/October 2013 in a ‘superior room’. This hotel has many positive features. The junior staff were friendly, the room was regularly cleaned to a high standard, and the pool is a good size and well maintained. Minor niggles include a hard mattress and breakfasts of varying quality - better on some days than on others, with noticeably wider choices when conferences were being hosted.
The location is not ideal. There are only 4 buses per day to Kalamata, 3 at weekends, some at inconvenient times and they often run late as they are in effect long-distance coaches coming up the Mani peninsula from as far away as Oitylo. To walk to the nearest tavernas is hazardous due to narrow, broken and often non-existent pavements. Don’t pursue this option unless you enjoy being barked at by fierce guard-dogs. There are some alternatives. A taxi into town can be ordered (10 euros to the harbour, or 12 euros to the Old Town), and car hire can be arranged for 35 euros per day.
The real problem we had in this hotel was to do with ever-changing dining and swimming arrangements. Some days they laid on a Greek buffet, some days they did not. Some days you could eat in the pool bar, some days you could not. Some days the lift to the private beach was operational, some days it was locked and you could not reach the hotel’s (pleasant) private terrace by any other means. Some days there was a bar service by the pool, some days it was shut. This would not have been so frustrating if the staff had put up a notice each morning to inform guests about what was happening. But they did not, and the girls at the front desk, who always tried to be helpful, often appeared unsure as to what would or would not be functioning.
The air conditioning in the room was no less frustrating. It worked sporadically, then would switch to (non-chilled) fan mode and you would have to phone the reception to turn it back to cold. One day they seemed unable to do this and told me to open the window instead. I tried this, but at 1.30 a.m. there was such a did outside from a congregation of inconsiderate and argumentative Greek guests that I had to go down to reception in my pyjamas and plead with them to turn it on (which they did - buy why should guests have to get up to ask the night porter to re-set the air conditioning in the middle of the night in a 4-star hotel?).
Our last day was a nightmare and effectively ruined the holiday. We returned to the hotel after a long day’s drive looking forward to celebrate the end of our holiday with cocktails and a nice meal by the pool. The bar was lit up, people were sitting around. It was 7.30. Sorry, says the waiter, there is no food, you have to go to the main restaurant. No explanation. We go to the main restaurant, which is closed. It will open at 8, says the helpful but evidently misinformed girl at the desk. It does not open, so we call the manager. Totally indifferent to our plight, he informs us curtly that the hotel is hosting a conference and thus, obviously, all restaurants are to remain closed. This in a 4-star hotel, with no prior warning given, and nowhere else to go except walk in the dark to the nearest village, along a busy main road?? What a helpful suggestion! After much arguing and VERY LITTLE SYMPATHY shown by the manager and head waitress, they agreed to scrape something together for us. When it came, it turned out to be luke-warm strips of gyros meat garnished with some stale pitta bread, priced at 7 euros. We were ordered to consume this far from appetising repast on the (by now cold and dark) balcony, so as not to disturb the conference delegates (who were nowhere to be seen, they did not emerge till after midnight, when they competed with one another to see who could shout loudest outside our window). Need I say more? Avoid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in one of the most beautiful spots of the Messinian Bay, under the shadow of Mount Taygetus and only a few minutes from the centre of Kalamata, Akti Taygetos Conference Resort provides the perfect setting for your vacation or your business trips.To complement your stay, we offer free wi-fi, satellite TV, a spacious parking lot, a large swimming pool, relaxing Jacuzzi and a magnificent, organized beach perfect for swimming, fun and games.All rooms and apartments are painted in warm colours and are elegantly decorated, reflecting quality and luxury. They all have large balconies with a panoramic view, and are equipped with air-conditioning, anatomical mattresses, refrigerator or mini-bar, safe and hair-drier. ... more less
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