We stayed at the hotel in June 2014 and can't recommend it enough. There is loads of entertainment for kids as well as adults and all the staff are great, all hotel, Thomas cook and kids club. We did not stay half board but did on a few occasions eat at the hotel and the food was lovely, especially on the Greek themed night. We all had a fantastic holiday and would go back to the marlene.
June 21, 2014
Great holiday would return in a heartbeat
We stayed here at the end of may 2014 which was our 2nd time here and really can't fault this place. Brilliant atmosphere, brilliant service, gorgeous hotel. The grounds are well kept, swimming pool cleaned everyday, breakfast amazing selection, rooms basic but clean, maid service faultless, brilliant location short walk to the beach. I love this place. Splash park for the children was great.
June 15, 2014
Fantastic holiday at the marelen
Stsyed self catering from 8th - 15th may, room was spacious and clean, towels and bedding changed regularly, hotel staff are great, the lady who runs it and is frequently seen behind the pool bar was fantastic and made a great fuss of my 5yr old, he thought she was amazing! Bar snacks are good as are the pools, splash pool is a must for kids, mine wanted to spend all his time there, Steve the groundsman is very friendly as are vaso and Theresa on reception. A special mention to the Thomas cook entertainment team especially steph, I wish I had her energy!! Kids were kept amused and they managed to get my shy lad up dancing! The olive tree is well worth a visit, food was amazing and good value. All in all a great holiday and highly recommended!
May 30, 2014
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