Superb holiday in Kalamaki (Zante)
Located just 10 minutes from the Airport (No noise disturbance at night), 2 minute walk to Turtle Beach.
On arrival at hotel greeted by English Staff with a very warm welcome and also greeted by Greek Owner (always wandering around hotel to see if everyone is ok). Shown to our room by Julie - room was spacious 2 bedroomed apartment with A/C. Clean and tidy, cleaners came in daily.
Facilities for all ages including; Pool Tables, Internet + Wi-Fi, Darts, Table Tennis and Games Consoles. Swimming Pool and Kids Pool always clean and tidy, Plenty of Sunloungers at all times. Seperate Fun Pool with slides, snack bar and loungers again clean, tidy and friendly atmosphere.
Thomas Cook staff included; Holiday Rep, Entertainment Team, Street Soccer Coach, Street Cheer Coach and a large Kids Club Team. All the Thomas Cook Team were friendly, helpful and approachable at all times both in and out of the complex.
Couldn't fault any of the staff associated with Hotel Marelen (including Thomas Cook staff) at any time especially when our 1 year old daughter became ill.
Attended 2 trips organised by Thomas Cook hioliday rep (Turtle Cruise and Waterpark) both of which were value for money and enjoyable.
Would recommend this Hotel to anyone, especially to families.
Stewart & Karen
September 1, 2012
Great family holiday in Zante
Just back from two glorious weeks in Kalimaki, Zante. Hotel and resort very good and prices very reasonable compared to Spain. We all loved it (boy 11 & girl 7) and have voted to do it all again next year.....always the telling factor!
Only complaints about the hotel are showers could be a lot better and only one key per family was inconvenient.
Everything else, top notch!
August 7, 2013
Pleasant holiday in the Marelen Hotel Kalamaki
I have mobility issues and was very pleased to be given a ground floor room, it made life much easier. I am an elderly lady and was with my daughter. Our room was comfortable enough although i did find the beds a bit low, my daughter had no problem.
One issue i would like to mention. We booked the coach trip for the Greek night, and specifically asked if the Rep thought I would be able to cope with the walking and she said yes. The fact of the matter was that i didn't cope very well; getting into the coach was a struggle and there was a longer walk than expected, uphill, at the venue. Coming back was no better as being slow i held up the whole coach and felt rather humiliated struggling again to get into the coach. We cancelled another trip that we had been due to take.
Overall though it was a very good holiday and I cannot speak more highly of the staff. They had a nice friendly and helpful attitude and helped make our stay even more pleasant.
July 22, 2013
Great Place for Families with young kids on a budget, great staff, great food at a low cost and kids club
Great Family Run Hotel for Families on a Budget, Great Friendly Staff who were both British and Greek and Good Food at a low cost, Great Kids Club and Splash Pool / Mini Waterpark as well as main pool , 2 mins from the beach which you can walk along to Laganas and back. 15 min walk to small main resort and Restaurants and Bars. We Went in Oct end of season some restaurants and bars were closed but still enough open to do for a winter break / school holiday week.
October 25, 2012
Brilliant time was had by all
we stayed in kalamaki at the marelene apartments for 2 weeks all I have talked about since I got back was what a brilliant holiday we had we travelled as 6 adults and 1 child aged 4 plenty to do and see in kalamaki and also you have lagunas further along 5 mins in a taxi cost 8 euro or walk along the beach 45 mins nice walk.We stayed in kalamaki some nights others we got taxi to lagunas as we stayed there last year and meet some great people paradise restaurant excellent food great hosts, legends bar .premier bar,pink panther and cheeky tikis to name a few. When we stayed in kalamaki we ate in the hotel a few times the food was good there do a 3 course special that you can order alot of people in the hotel had that we arn,t big meal fans so we ate of the menu,also ate at the olive tree lovely and yamas really good. the entertainment team at the hotel were excellent they really made are holiday enjoyable leila lee and charlotte if your reading thanks and carn,t wait to meet you all again.
October 21, 2012
Still great value hotel but now more for families.
This was our 2nd visit to Hotel Marelen, Kalamaki, Zante. The hotel was as we remembered it in the main. It is set within beautiful gardens which are superbly and lovingly maintained. The rooms are adequate and have decent balconies and all the buildings which comprise the hotel are well maintained. In all the hotel's appearance is of a very high standard. The rooms are cleaned daily (apart from Mondays I think), and fresh towels and bedding is provided on a daily basis.
The pool area is superb, clean and spacious with plenty of sunbeds and parasols. There is a pool bar which does great food and also drinks, and although the food prices are competitive the drinks are slightly more expensive than some other pool bars we visited. There is also an outside games area with pool tables and a table tennis table as well as tennis courts. The hotel has its own shop, which again is quite expensive. The reception area is large, clean and welcoming and the reception staff are pleasant. There is a bar, which had entertainment every night and which looked lovely, but we didn't use it so I can't comment.
For the kids there is a fun 'n' splash area separate from the main pool area with water slides etc, which the kids seemed to love. The only downside for us personally, is that it is a hotel which now attracts families with small children, which wasn't the case when we first visited in 2008. I would definitely recommend it to families therefore because it is one of the best in Kalamaki for that particular type of holiday. A beautiful hotel with cleanliness and friendliness ensured, alas just not for us anymore.
October 12, 2012
best resorty on the island of zante
ample sunbeds,not hard plastic type.Good location close to the main strip.pricey for air conditioning at €40 per week,close to the beach.stayed self catering for a week ,terrible trouble in the resort this autumn with Mosquito bites,pharmacy and doctor were doing a bomb with infected bites,take jungle formula with you.very clean hotel,very helpful and friendly would return
October 11, 2012
lovely holiday in kalamaki zante
great holiday with my hubby in zante. staying at the marelen in kalamaki. it was a last minute booking for the end of september to hopefully get a bit of sun before our winter set in here and we were not disappointed. the weather was beautiful. we done a couple of trips which were brilliant ,we had a fantastic week in a lovely hotel which in our opinion was in a great location in a lovely resort and will certainly go back again to the marelen and obviously will book with thomas cook as everything went perfect from start to finish.and great reps at hotel. cant wait to go back.
October 11, 2012