I have red the mixed reviews & mixed feelings about Imaret.
Just tell you my thought in brief;
This place should not be reviewed purely as a hotel. A monument which allows guests to sleep in would be a better explanation. Guests who can enjoy historical buildings deeper, enjoy peaceful atmosphere, inhail the history with charm, guests who can tolorate limitations can enjoy this place perfectly.
I understand the dilemma of the guests who stayed here but please look at from this point:
If the owners would like to built a luxury hotel they would not restaore & renovate an old monument but built something probably with the half the money. Instead they gave life to this mystic heritage wich had religious ties as well as its social responsibility.
In such building one should not expect Pay TV, let alone why to wish to a TV set.
To my opinion, all the ameniteis, textile, furniture are first class and nicely located to its places. Having a historical monument does not always give possibility to break, enlarge or take away parts of the original building. If I was the owner of this place I too would not allow fireplaces to be operated due to safety concerns. However if one does feel the need extra warmth I believe management would do something.
Probably management were so excited and concerned about their guests wellbeing, felt they have to be present all the time and all around so they were keeping a close distance so one poster felt they were being watched.
This can vary from day to day operations in a place where hospitality provided.
Using hamam with a charge sometimes is usual practice as the places like Imaret with limited number of rooms, to be able to give an extra service they need to recaputilate by charging.
Overall this unique places can not make every traveller happy so one should choose the hotel according to their needs and moods. I was very impressed with the structure, how the history get back in life, food service, gardens and the rich library.
One more note; Imaret is the only hotel I have ever been, able to give a house tour by an Archeologist.
Y. Murat Ozguc
Traveller, Travel Agent from Turkey
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Imaret is a world apart, a rare jewel, where East meets West in Northern Greece. A historical monument crowning the hillside overlooking the picturesque harbour of Kavala, the hotel combines the grandeur of Greek Roman and Byzantine Style with a scent of the orient, and the elegance of Hellenic hospitality. The building was the gift of Mehmet Ali, modernising ruler of Egypt in the 1800's, to Kavala, his birthplace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Imaret Hotel Kavála