Kalambaka, Greece Hotel – Alsos House
Alsos House Hotel
Kalambaka, Greece – Meteora Region
Kalamabaka, Greece is home to the glorious Meteora mountain features with monasteries on top. These gloriously magical structures are a sight to behold. Don’t miss this spot on your Greek adventure. Easy to reach from Athens by train.
When you visit Kalamabaka, Greece to see the magical rocks of Meteora, you’ll have choices on where to stay. The perfect lodging can really make the trip even more special. I looked online at lots of places and chose Alsos House. When I look for the perfect accommodation, I consider location as one of the top reasons to choose the perfect place. I want to be near the sights I came so far to see!
Of course, what sold me on Alsos House in the location. It literally sits at the foot of one of the might rocks of Meteora. Just steps from the front door you can begin your hike like religious pilgrims of old, contemplating the questions of life as you approach the monasteries at the top.
Or, if you are like many travelers and have neither the physical prowess, or the desire to expend that much energy on vacation, you can hire a tour guide to whisk you away to the top of the mountains in air-conditioning comfort. This goes doubly for families who haven’t had a moment quiet enough for contemplation in years. 😉 We chose Visit Meteora for our tour transportation and they were fantastic. They picked us up right at the hotel’s front door and off we went.
The view of the majestic rock was just as I expected and it is especially magical at night. Sit outside on the porch sipping a local wine you picked up in the town and marvel at feeling so small. The rest of the hotel was a wonderful surprise because the photos just don’t do it justice!
The rooms have been completely renovated! The renovation ended winter 1016/2017 so while the rooms retain the warm flavor of staying at Grandma’s house, you have all the creature comforts.
In the photos the flooring looks like wood, but when we arrived we found that the floor is actually tile. As a mom of 2 kids and 3 dogs, I can tell you that a tile floor is one you can actually keep the cleanest! We shed our shoes and socks after hot day of hiking and I can tell you those floors were CLEAN. What a great feeling in a hotel room!
You’ll find lots of storage room for your things so go ahead and unpack. The custom wooden cabinetry was constructed IN this lovely town of Kalamabaka. It is beautiful and functional and we easily found a spot for all of our things. The conveniently placed hooks on the wall let you easily keep track of things for the whole family! No easy task for mom.
The bathroom is so large it even has a bathtub! You won’t find a large bathroom in many hotels in Greece, or Europe for that matter, so soak up the space here and enjoy! This rare treat is wonderful for a soak at the end of a long day of walking and hiking and is great for soothing the soul and sore muscles.
No matter the temperature during the day you’ll find the evening temperatures very nice. We stayed in the heat of June and I really enjoyed sitting out on the porch in the evenings with a cup of tea. The air was cool and dry and made for a lovely evening. Tea and coffee are available free of charge in the kitchen area during the day or you can make your own in the kitchen of your hotel room.
Beyond the usual things you expect to find at a hotel: like comfortable beds, nice towels, and free WIFI – and this hotel has all of that, you want an experience.
You can feel the history in the area. The rocks tell a tale and the geology is fascinating. But, the rocks aren’t the only thing with history. Consider the Alsos House building itself. Yiannis, the owner, grew up in this house – and so did his father…and so did his father. I love that sort of history! You just don’t see that sort of thing in the United States as people move around.
As a matter of fact, since being married just 17 years, we’ve moved at least 9 times – if you count the temporary housing before the permanent house is ready. AND, as head of the moves in this household, I can tell you those moves count, too! While I know that isn’t typical, I can’t think of a single person that lives in the same house that their parents and grandparents grew up in.
Each day we strolled down the street to the main square to have dinner or a snack. Alsos House is perfectly situated for you to enjoy all of Kalamabaka and the lovely Meteora area.
When you visit, and you should add Kalamabaka to your bucket list if it isn’t there already, be sure to book a room at the charming Alsos House. Say hello to owner Yiannis for me!
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