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Marelen Hotel
(Accommodation in Kalamaki)
6/10 Jo R
Have just returned from a trip to Hotel Marelen , this is not the first trip. I love Kalamaki .Unfortunately this trip I was put in a room overlooking the Kids Fun and Splash pool. I am in my 60's and felt this was inappropriate. The noise level between 11am and 5.30 pm was unbearable. You really couldn't stay in your apartment. Luckily I was able to stay out for this time period. I did ask to be moved and was offered another apartment this time above pool table area and was advised that the noise at night would be worse.I would certainly return to Kalamaki but I'm afraid the Hotel just didn't make the grade.It is a shame as the Hotel is clean and close to beach.
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10/10 Derek B

I have been to this hotel twice before and have just re-booked for 2012 Staff and rooms are exellent and

would not hessiate to recommend this hotel to anybody
 
location is exellent just mins from beach and also very near to town
 
This hotel would take some beating!
 
Highly recommended.
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10/10 Amanda L
We love the maralen hotel we have visited this place for over 5 years and seen lots of change its fab great people family run hotel and such friendly people. My daugther calls the owner  granddad they are so close they will do anything for you. Great weather and sunshine every day hotel very clean rooms fab and plenty of space rooms cleaned daily. Pool fab and also new splash park and getting married there brilliant. Food and snack bar clean food brilliant and so cheap, main bar open from 6.30pm till late bar man nick is ace with all people and kids.
 
Fanatasic entertainment and good night out julie the entertainment manager is brilliant and always involes the kids so they can take overall a brilliant holiday well and truly and we will again be going next yearxxx
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10/10 Amanda L

Totally amazing hotel, we stayed 10th of may 2011 for a week b&b.  the room as clean and comftable and the pools were amazing the kids splash pool n ew for 2011 was brill my two kids aged 6 and 7 loved it. The main pool was well maintanted and clean loads of sunbeds everyday.

Staff are so friendly and really couldn't do enough to help you especially Julie and Theresa, in face i'd go as far as saying they were better than the first choice rep, who we never saw and when we did he mucked up the trip we wanted for our eldest daughters birthday.
 
The hotel is very modern as it has been updated over the winter.
 
well worth a visit highly reccomended
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10/10 William W
 Just got back from a 2 week stay at the Marelen. really enjoyed it. My bed was better than my own (wish i could hve brought it back i would have thrown my memory foam bed away). everything so neat & clean,  nothig too much trouble, clean bedding & towels everyday if you wanted them. would definiteley go back there
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10/10 Andy D
Just back from a couple of weeks at the Marelen. Two families of three. Had a really relaxing time. Many thanks to the jolly Ree and her entertainment. Really enjoyed the Greek night!!!!!!!!!.Big thanks to Vissi. A real asset to the hotel. Keeps the garden and pool area lovely and tidy, along with all the other work he does. Always there!!!!.Great holiday, thanks to all.
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9/10 Jan J
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Just back from 2 weeks at Hotel Marelen, lovely lovely staff.  Big high 5 to REE, CHEERS to Nick & Fizzy. Lovely relaxing holiday. Family apartment very spacious, cleen and well kept. Would recomend to any families and couples. Two lovely weddings Happy Life to both couples. Ree's quiz night DONT MISS IT.
Cry We missing you all.
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10/10 Jessica B
i have just returned from a week at hotel marelen in kalamaki and i loved it!! fantastic hotel, very relaxed and my boyfriend and i settled in so quickly we didn't want to leave. all the staff are very friendly and polite so we immediately felt at home  
our room was lovely and very cool if we used the shutters so didn't need to worry about using the aircon
i couldn't fault my holiday...i just wish we had gone for 2 weeks!
the hotel is in a great location, just a nice 10 minute stroll to the resort with all the welcoming restaurants. we found a great cocktail bar called coconut joes! really cheap but great cocktails
also so close to the beach its just perfect. to be honest the hotel pool was so lovely we didn't feel the need to venture out much during the day apart from eating breakfast in the resorts many bars open in the mornings.
we WILL be returning next year...this time for 2 weeks and i cannot wait to be back!!
1 post by Jessica B ip - GB
10/10 Lynne B
click to enlarge - Hi I am returning to the Marelen Hotel on 2nd October but only sadly for a week but this will be my third visit to the hotel.  I agree all the staff are most helpful and very friendly. Even Nick behind the bar always remembers a friendly face (even me) and Michaela always puts on superb entertainment so am looking forward  to meeting these old friends yet again (cant wait) regards Lynne xx
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10/10 Ken W
We will be at the Marelen again in two weeks time. This will be our 8th visit.
 
The widely held view is the same as mine. An excellent largish family run hotel with great staff. They appear to be working 24/7 to keep the place clean, tidy and working smoothly. I have raised small concerns with them in the past and the issues were dealt with immediately.
 
A good pool with a decent snack bar. A very small mini-market at the hotel. Supermarket about 400metres away.
 
It's about a 300 metre walk along a flat tarmac road to the beach (it's a cul de sac so not much traffic).
 
It's about a 10 minute stroll to the town for the restaurants and perhaps another 20ish minutes if you wanted to walk all the way to the other end. In the evenings, if you don't want to walk, there's taxis outside the hotel or if you're in a romantic mood, you can take the (expensive) horse drawn carriage. Our favourite restaurant is Buon Amicci.
 
What some people don't like is the fact that the hotel is on the flight path to the airport, with planes just a couple of hundred feet up. Zante, being a minor destination, doesn't have many planes compared with the major resorts, so traffic is low. I can't remeber there being more than 3 planes on the ground at any one time. As the prevailing wind is off-shore, most traffic will be landing ie quieter and "off throttle".  For most, these low aircraft have a novelty value rather than being a nuisance.  As the beach is closed at night for the turtles, noise and light are also restricted. Therefore there are no night flights.  I don't find these planes a nuisance.
 
I'm confident you'll enjoy your holiday at The Marelen.
 
Ken Wainwright
 
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 Gary D

Hi travelling in 3 weeks to the Maralene Hotel can anyone give me some positive info reading lots of bad reviews and would just like to be prepared before I go. Have been to Kalamaki befroe and loved it so dont want to be disappointed by the hotel. Any comments much appreciated. Cheers xxx

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 Beth M
i stayed at the maralen hotel for 2 weeks and just got back it was so good and i want to go back next year! met so many amazing people and went to so many good restaurants and bars the beach is really nice. it was the best holiday ever and i hope i go back! xxxx
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10/10 Louise W
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Have just got back 06/07/08 from spending a week at the Marelen Hotel, Kalamaki it was one the most relaxing weeks i've ever spent abroad. The staff can't do enough for you, the whole complex is immaculate. The beach is only 3 mins walk away. The restaurants in Kalamaki town are 10 mins walk and my favourite restaurant is Artemis but I can't actually fault any of them. Did not want to come home. For those of you who are going with children, do not worry they will not be bored and will be asking to go back next year.  I'm going back for 1 week at the end of September. In 1 word EXCELLENT.
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7/10 Paul E

We went to Marelen in October 2007 for 2 weeks during half term.  The holiday was great but some bars & restaurants were closing for the end of season.  It was quiet but pool was great and the beach was lovely.  We had about 3 days a rain  which wasn't nice.  I would go back again as the hotel was lovely as were the staff and the beach near by.  But we would not go at the end of the season.

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 Catherine D

Stayed and visited this hotel on many occasions & can't fault it, the staff are great, the rooms clean & the Hotel in general is a great place to stay, i didn't take any children but the facilities are great, they have a kids club and entertainment in the evening, not far to walk to the nearest supermarket & town although if you want to visit the other resorts you would need to hire a car, the buses are very far and few between, you are gaurenteed a great stay at the Marelen, they have internet access too, HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY...

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 Sheryl W
We will be at the Marelen in August 2007, our first trip to Zakynthos, with our 14 year old son - any tips on making this a fab holiday?
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9/10 Robert R
 Good clean hotel in well kept gardens.   Close to beach and shops etc.  Entertainment average,  although they did put on two good evenings,  the Greek Night,  with lovely food and also a Free Pizza night once a week,  plus entertainment.  We had a  ground floor studio apartment,  which was generally very good,  with a king sized bed and also a hair dryer.   The balcony/terrace was excellent.   The bathroom is small and has the obligatory bins for paper (common to most Greek islands) but exceptionally clean and no odours or flies.   The kitchen,  again as in most Greek hotels,  had very poor facilities making it difficult to self-cater.  This didn't concern us too much as eating out is such a pleasure.   We would recomment the Kalamaki Beach Taverna,  Milos and Ambrosia for eating out.
This area is on the flight path and the aircraft do come very low,  but this became quite a novelty rather than a nuisance and no night flying.
It was lovely to find that all the hotels display notices welcoming  visitors to use their facilities.
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 Toni S

theres one in Laganas but there is one in the amarylis hotel just behnd your hotel which you could use!!

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 Pearl D

We will be stayimg at the Marelen Hotel from 18th July 2007. This is our first visit to Greece. Can someone tell me if there is a launderette close by. Thanks

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 Carly H
Hi Sam, Hotel Marelen is lovely you will have a fab honey moon !!! There are lots of great places to eat very close by my boyfriend Spyros runs artemis in kalamaki and it is a really nice place for dinner the food is fab and although this may sound biased the staff are great
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8/10 Anita S
Having read the comment from Sam about going on honeymoon in June, I too would say the same as Paul, there is nowhere bad to eat but our favourite restaurant was and is Diaz.  We will be going again in September this year,  which will be the third year consecutively.  That can't be a bad recommendation can it?
It is value for money, the staff are really helpful and easy to chat to, especially Nick and Michaela.
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10/10 Paul M

sam have a great honeymoon in kalamaki, you have picked a great hotel , nick at the bar and all the rest of the staff will really look after you, it really is a great place. as for food at night there aint a bad resteraunt in kalamaki. but diaz artemis hera and escape are just a few that come to mind where you get good value and a relaxing atmosphere. as i said have a great time. if you check out the main boards you will get more good tips.

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 Sam

We are going to be staying at the hotel Maralen at the end of June for a week for our honeymoon if anyone can recommend places to eat things to do etc be most gratefull!!

Thanks!!
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10/10 Paul M

hi jade, sorry to hear of your accident at the hotel. we have stayed here 3 times in 6 years and love the hotel. you are spot on about the staff they are great so are the facilities around the hotel. micheala with the entertainment and nick behind the bar are good fun and work really hard to keep everyone happy. hotel is very clean and tidy at all times . will be back to see them late june 07.

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  Jade R

when i went i loved it, my mum and dad said we were only going to manchester but i was nieve about goin to manchester airport, getting a plane and going! Smile michella (if thats how u spell it) was nice and her daughter too i would recomend it to any1Clap unfortunatley, there were bad people by the pool 1 nite and smashed glass that went in my foot  , but the malleren staff were gr8!

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