We have just had a fortnight at the Metaxa, and we will have no hesitation in staying there again. It was lovely to have a family looking after us - being polite and kind, but not intrusive. The hotel is very clean, and the pool is fantastic. We also met some very nice people, which helped to make our stay even more enjoyable. Stelios' Greek night was fantastic!
We first visited Hotel Metaxa 21 years ago when it was at the end of a dirt track and we had to use torches to avoid the pit holes, Stelios was such a good host and we had a wondeful time. The hotel is spotless and has grown with the times. Such a good location. We go back every year and although we don't stay there every time as we like to try other places we always look in at the Metaxa and laugh with Stelios about times gone by - we feel priveleged to call him and his family friends.Arthur & Dorothy
Just in case you see this website, a big hello to Katie and Neil who were from Yorkshire and there at the same time. Hopefully you caught your plane and didn't nearly miss it like us! Sarah and Brendan. xx
We came back from Kalamaki early yesterday morning after a week at the
Metaxa Hotel B&B. We arrived about 6am and the owner was there to
greet us and show us the room.
The location really is excellent, it is equal distance to the beach and the main strip, and is very peaceful despite being close to everything. If you like planes then it is great, you have a perfect view of the planes landing and taking off over one of the other hotels as the airport is only a few minutes away. The noise is pretty minimal and everyone who stayed there never complained of the noise and quite enjoyed seeing them. They are also not allowed to land after 10pm or before 6am because of the turtles nesting on the beach.
The rooms were very clean with fresh towels and bedding everyday, apart from Sundays, and the maids didn't come in too early to wake you up. Although we were B&B, we got up to late to eat it, so cannot comment on the food. There was a pool bar which served some really nice foods though.
The pool was the best thing at the hotel, everyday it was the same people around the pool, and as you are set a little away from the pool you don't get splashed. There are plenty of sunbeds and the pool is extremely clean. There is also a phone box outside which is useful.
The only problem we found was that all the hotel is locked up at night meaning that if you were leaving at night or early hours of the morning (we left at 4.15am) you wouldn't be able to leave your suitcases anywhere, and have to pick up your passport and any belongings in the safe the day before. It also meant you had to pay to get the room an extra night, otherwise we could have stayed in the reception for a few hours kip.
We would definately return to the Metaxa and shall hopefully be coming back to Kalamaki again in September
Just back from my first visit to the Metaxa. Hotel is very nice and clean and Stelios and his family were absolutely lovely. Good location for a peaceful holiday.
Hi Terri Ann
Just got back from yet another fantastic holiday in Kalamaki staying at The Hotel Metaxa as usual. Stelios prides himself on having one oif the cleanest if not the cleanest pools in the resort. All staff are very friendly and the atmosphere in this hotel is so relaxed. Time to go and book my flights for next year.
I stayed at the Metaxa Hotel, in May 2003. It was brilliant, one of the most clean and tidy hotels i have stayed in in zante. and i have been there every year since 1996.
Hi stelious, irini and Kat, 10 out of 10 again this year, I recommend this hotel to anyone thinking about visiting Zante, as it's location is close enough to the night life, lagana, an then able to come back to the a peacful hotel an able to sleep, also a 5 minute walk from the beach, up the road to the main road where you'll find shops, bars, restaurants, ... absolute fantastic hotel, with the nicest family making your stay more enjoyable. I've stayed at the same hotel, every year for the last 7 years just flown back yesturday night, an looking forward to coming back in 3-4 weeks. So until then a big good bye to all at the metaxa. Love Vicky x
Going back to this Hotel again this year . Not booked our flights yet but still really looking forward to it, Stelios the owner is a really nice guy and always treats us really well every time we go.
Hotel Metaxa is now in the Sunset Holidays Brochure for Summer 2005
Greece win euro 2004 Fantastic, See you in 3 weeks Stelios.
we went in September with Thomas Cook if that helps, very nice hotel too!
Gillian, we are also from Manchester. This year we are flying with First Choice, last year we flew with My Travel(what was Airtours). We usually go to their websites and look for the best timed flights against cost. Also JMC do just fights along with Thomson. Thomson are more expensive but fly on different days from the rest, so the trauma of Zante Airport should be reduced. We are going on a Sunday which is one of the busiest days, but I'm sure we will survive. We fly at 07:00 so getting a taxi at the airport midday will be no problem. The taxi fare I think last year was about 11 euros. Its great to just get your bags and be at the hotel within 5 minutes.
We have kids so its definately cheaper to book direct during the peak season, if you can go outside kids holidays I'm not sure if its cheaper to book direct or not. If you want any more info just ask.
Can't wait till the end of July to get back!!
Thanks Liz just wondered which airline you book your flights with I live in the Manchester area. Thanks for your help.
Gillian, this hotel is with Direct Holidays this year. We have stayed at this hotel 4 out of the last five years. We now book with him direct and then just get flights.
The Hotel has its own website and if you book direct the air conditioning is included free. www.hotelmetaxa.com
We are going back again in July and can't wait.
I stayed here in about 3 years ago and have never seen the hotel advertised again in any brochures can anyone tell me which tour operators use this hotel as it was excellent and I would like to go back again
Just booked again for the 4th time at the Hotel Metaxa and the 5th time to Kalamaki. Can't wait, Stelios, the owner and all the Staff are extremely friendly and manage every year to make our holiday special.
See you in July Stelios
Was there for 7 nights last week totally enjoyed my stay, quiet location had cleaner came every day exept sun. cheap drinks in pool bar and was not woke by the planes as other people had posted also had a shower screen which is rare in greece.
the extra night is the tour operators fault sadly, not the hotel or flat owners, I was impressed with Metaxa (even had shower screens!), Stelios was very helpful after some thieving taxidriver nicked my mobile, cleaners were round every day bar Sunday and didn`t disturb us, would definitely stay there again.
Aircraft noise never woke me once.
i stayed here once and it was , to be honest , awful. to get to your safety deposit box you had to wait half the night for a member of staff to show up to get the second key, it was the same to get a cheque cashed, at breakfast it was like being at a funeral, i reported live wires the day i got there and every day after that, it never got touched.if you got back after 1, oclock you could not get in.ten years i have been coming to zante and the other nine i have stayed at denny,s inn, just round the corner and have never had the slightest complaint, the difference in quality is so wide its unbelievable, take my advice and DONT find out for yourself. little things can spoil a holiday, big issues totally kill it,
Just got back from another wonderful holiday at the Metaxa (4th time). Sadly Coco the parrot wasn't there, but don't worry Stellios is looking for another parrot. With reference to an earlier comment about the price of air con - we stayed at the Amarylis Aparthotel last year and paid 10 euros a day for it, and if you think that the food and drink was a rip off you should have nipped over to the Amarylis to pay 3euros for a lager, whereas the Metaxa charged 1.8 euros. If you want branded drinks expect to pay more a bacardi and coke is 3.6 euros, budweiser 3 euros, whereas the local drinks are cheaper ie ouzo and sprite 1.8 euros, wine 1.3 euros and amstel or mythos lager 1.8 euros, soft drinks are 90cents (most restaurants charge 1.5 euros). Yes the key fob does control the electricity but I have stayed in hotels both in England and Greece where this happens, we had a room above the reception area that was in effect two room with one air con unit, and yes it was warm when we first went in but within 5 minutes it cooled down (some nights we had to turn it up because it was too cold). The breakfasts are basic a roll with ham, cheese or egg, a bowl of cereal, a glass of orange and either tea or coffee (you can have as many hot drinks as you want there is no limit, our favourite was the egg day. We will be back here next year.
went there august this year. no building, but there is aircraft noise-didnt bother us. the hotel has the worst breakfast i have had anywhere in my entire life. 1 roll 1 slice of ham and a tiny cup of coffee-dont bother. u have to pay for the air con-5 e a day. BEWARE when you take your key and go out the power is stopped to the room, so the air con or anything else doesnt work. The food and drinks at the hotel are a rip off. i would go to the supermarket or the restaurant. People were friendly, but the hotel has no entertainment. take a lot of anti mosquito stuff. plug ins, spray, lotion, you will need it, but still expect to get bitten.
I forget, the web address is www.hotelmetaxa.com
2016Starting near to Villa Nostos then heading east towards the Crystal Beach Hotel and along the Kalamaki old road turning left at the roundabout, heading west towards Laganas along the main strip past the Vanessa hotel, Athina Apartments and Eurohire car rental turning left towards the Kalamaki Beach hotel and ending with a nice view of the beach.
2015Starting from the new Caretta Island Hotel heading east past Zepos taverna along the Kalamaki old road and turning left at the new roundabout. Then heading west towards Laganas along the main strip past Sophia's hotel and the Cronulla hotel eventually turning left past the Macedonia hotel and ending at the Kalamaki Beach Taverna.
2014The tour starts from on the main road close to the airport runway heading East towards the crossroads at Drunk Corner, going past the Zakynthos information Centre on the right, continuing all the way along the main strip turning right at the junction with the Kalamaki Old Road towards the Klelia hotel. Turning around at the Crystal Beach Hotel the tour takes the reverse route then turns left towards the Marelen Hotel before ending at the Kalamaki Beach Taverna
Kalamaki Early Evening Tour 2016The tour starts from the Kalamaki Beach Taverna & heads back past the Golden Sun Hotel turning right before the main road & past the Caretta Star (formerly Pelouzo) Hotel then left towards Eurohire car rental then turning right onto the main road. The tour continues all the way along the main strip turning right at the new roundabout past the Meandros Hotel & onto the Crystal Beach Hotel ending with a view over the beach.
Kalamaki 1st Week of May 2015It's the first week of May and there are very few tourists about. The tour starts from the Kalamaki Beach Hotel & heads back past the Louros Beach Hotel towards the main Kalamaki to Laganas road. Turning right towards Kalamaki centre, then a little detour through the Caretta Beach Hotel exiting onto the Airport road. Back to the main road turning left at Buon Amici then all the way to the newly constructed roundabout turning right onto Kalamaki Old road past the Cavo Doro Hotel then a quick look at the deserted Crystal Beach & ending at the newly built Carreta Island Hotel next to Stani restaurant.