Fabulous stay at Kalydna Island Hotel
Avaliou em 30 de Julho de 2021
Myself and my boyfriend have just returned from 14 days in Kalydna Island Hotel, staying self catering. I have been travelling to Greece and the islands since I was a child, and I have stayed in many types of self catering apartments/studios etc, so this review is from the perspective of someone who is used to the standards of self catering accommodation in Greece.
We had such a fantastic stay at this hotel - we arrived late afternoon and were told at reception we were being upgraded to a 2 bedroom apartment (we had booked a garden view studio sleeping 2) as we were staying for 2 weeks. The room we had was tucked away in a quiet corner, with a view of the lovely gardens and fruit trees from the terrace.
The room was very spacious for the two of us, and was perhaps one of the nearly refurbished ones (I understand they are currently refurbishing the rooms one by one) - the furniture and bathroom was modern by Greek apartment standards, and it was very clean when we arrived. There was a mosquito repellant plug and tablets provided for us to use (never had this provided anywhere before) which was definitely needed - I’ve never had so many mosquito bites as I had in my two weeks in Kalymnos!!! There were also complimentary shower gels and shampoos and soap bars in the bathroom. The bedroom had a hairdryer, dressing table, 2 huge wardrobes, and a TV. The kitchen had a hob and a kettle, with various other kitchen utensils as well as mugs/cutlery, crockery etc. The only extra thing I would have liked would have been washing up liquid and a sponge, but these were both easy/cheap enough to buy ourselves.
The hotel offers typical continental breakfast between 8:30 and 10 but we did not have this as part of our booking, although we could have chosen to add it if we had wanted. We did receive a complimentary plate of breakfast cake and watermelon one morning which was very nice and unexpected!
We paid for the air conditioning after two nights as it was just so hot neither of us were sleeping - it cost 6€ per day, although when we checked out and paid the lovely lady on reception only charged us 5€ per day.
The pool was incredibly quiet during our stay, I think the hotel generally was not occupied anywhere fully, which suited us perfectly fine! We spent a lot of days sitting on the loungers by the pool, enjoying the garden surrounds and the peace and quiet. The pool is huge and incredibly deep, with no “shallow end” to speak of. I am 5ft 9 and when I got into the shallowest part, standing on my tip toes, it was up to my neck! But it was a lovely clean pool, and part of it is nicely shaded for some of the day by the big tree at one end. The plants and flowers around the pool as well as the traditional style buildings really make it a nice relaxing space.
The pool bar was not manned during our stay but if we wanted anything, there was usually someone in reception and they were happy to make us a drink - we only ever ordered frappes though, so cannot comment on alcohol availability!
There is free wifi available around the pool and in the reception/breakfast area, and in my experience it worked fine. It did not stretch to our room however. If you had one of the rooms closer to the main building you may be ok.
There is a small supermarket across the road from the hotel selling necessities, water, snacks etc. There is a bigger (huge!!) supermarket about a 10-15 minute walk away, up a path opposite the bus stop, which isn’t immediately obvious. Definitely worth visiting if you are self catering.
The bus stop mentioned above is about 10 minutes walk away, and you can get to Pothia, Massouri, Mirties and Emborio etc from here. It is not a particularly regular or reliable service, but we used it successfully a number of times. It is cheap, with services to Pothia being 1.50€ each, Massouri 1€ and Emborio 3€ each. The timetable is clearly displayed in the hotel reception.
There are several restaurants/bars in the surrounding area within walking distance but you do have to walk a little bit and go up and down a few less obvious paths/roads to find them. Not everything was open due to Covid, unfortunately.
Overall, we loved our stay in Kalydna Island hotel, it was the perfect location for us as we don’t like noisy places or hustle bustle, and it was very quiet and peaceful. It was our first time in Kalymnos and we found it a good location to be based. We found the staff to be very friendly and polite, always saying hello and chatting with us. We felt very “covid safe” staying here, as the staff always wore face coverings and there was hand sanitiser at the reception and in other places in communal areas. We would definitely stay again when we come back to Kalymnos!
NOT a 4 Star hotel!
Avaliou em 13 de Setembro de 2020
This hotel is NOT a 4 Star hotel,obviously the 4 stars are self awarded! They give the game away actually,as a sign at reception has 3 stars,although other marketing materials claim 4 stars,in their dreams!
4 star hotels have a restaurant,room service,a functioning bar etc. After much cajoling over 3 days their so called bar eventually were able to supply me with a gin & tonic,before that only beer and the bar was never manned.
The hotel itself is in dire need of a general refurbishment,rooms and common areas are dirty and shabby.
A wonderful pool and courtyard area,although beware the shallow end is over 5ft deep!
Also the staff were helpful and friendly.
Need to do the refurbishment before I would go back.
Avaliou em 18 de Agosto de 2020
Stayed here 7 nights in a standard dbl-room facing the pool ( mid august). Basic but clean , nice and silent.
Nice large and deep pool.
Sun-beds, no problem
Basic buffet breakfast. Nice but not special.
300 meters to Beach
5-10 restaurants in nearby area.
Busstop 50 m from hotel. 1€ for one peason to ie Masouri.
Perfect hotel and Greek hospitality!
Avaliou em 11 de Setembro de 2019
Perfect hotel and hospitality Great atmosphere, peaceful and idyllic surroundings and impeccable service from the hotel staff. My sister and I were here 14 days from August 23rd. You can't find better hotel to spend your days in Kalymnos. Greek hospitality, perfect cleaning of the room from the smiling room girls and both the hotel manager and staff gave us the feeling of being especially welcomed.
A full and tasty breakfast buffet awaited each morning between 8 and 10. After a long and good swim in the pool, the food always tasted superb. Georgos became a good friend of mine along with all the others in the hotel staff. The departure felt like I was leaving my own family.🇬🇷💙🇬🇷
Avaliou em 25 de Agosto de 2019
Me and my boyfriend stayed a week at this fantastic hotel. The room was very nice and clean, bed really comfortable.
The staff at the hotel was always so friendly and helpful! The pool was good and were cleaned every day at the same time they cleaned the whole outside area. Good breakfast as well!
In the reception, a good WiFi connection.
In the area of the hotel, there is a mini marked and good restaurants and beaches.
So if you are looking for a relaxing atmosphere for your holiday, this is most recommendable 😊👍