The good news: the hotel and the setting are amazing. End of good news. Our family weekend at Kyrimai was a much anticipated and carefully planned family adventure. We had booked a family room with a garden view (more on that later) in early August and it was with great excitement that we set off for Kyrimai last Friday as so many friends had praised the quality of services, amazing location and hotel decor, glorious food and so on. The first thing that struck me as odd upon our arrival is that no one offered to help with our luggage. Behind the front desk which is actually a very stylish antique mahogany table was the guy who, as I understood later, runs the hotel talking on the phone. I stood in front of him for about five minutes before he actually acknowledged my presence with a slight sigh and an "unfortunately I have to hang up now" comment to the other end of the line. For one thing, if you are an obnoxious sort of fellow, DO NOT RUN A HOTEL. EVER. Meanwhile, the rest of my family were in the parking area unloading the car. On their own. We were then handed the key to a room that another reviewer here has characterized as resembling a prison cell but nicely decorated and oh my, he is right. Very dark with two minuscule windows overlooking a small patio (the owner's idea of a garden) it was impossible to stay there without bumping on one another and without having the lights on all day long. This is how dark it was. Even my small children aged ten and thirteen complained that they could not stay there, so I returned to the front desk and to Mr. Very Important Hotelier to ask for an upgrade. "this is impossible" he said "we gave you what you paid for. A room with a garden view". When I explained that the general idea of a garden entails at least one green and one sunny spot or some flowers, his response was that he was very sorry but he could not accommodate us somewhere better and we were welcome to leave if we didn't like our room. I think of myself as a well travelled person and nowhere so far have I encountered such an arrogant behavior from a person who claims to be running one of the most exclusive and niche hotels in Greece. What is truly disheartening is that the hotel as such is really cute, located on the edge of a very picturesque fishing village at the end of Peloponese and it deserves so much better than the people who manage it. We left, of course and spent the rest of the day looking for other dwellings which was a very difficult task given the place and time of year (end of October) but this is another sad story I ll save for another review involving worms, bugs and other deadly insects. My advice to any fellow travellers is go to Kyrimai as it is really nice, but first make sure that you and Mr. VIH have the same understanding of the definition of a garden. And make sure that you like obnoxious people
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mani, in the southern Peloponnese, is one of the most unique regions in Greece known for its wild, rugged beauty, the customs of its people and its heritage. The Kyrimai Hotel represents an exquisite renovation of the old trade centre of Mani built in 1870. The result is an awesome rendering of period architecture, complete with a complex of stairways, arches and inner courts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kyrimai Hotel Gerolimenas, Greece - Peloponnese
- Kyrimai Hotel Peloponnese