Guesthouse Arsenis
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Guesthouse Arsenis

East road of Meteora East Road of Meteora, Kalambaka 422 00 Greece
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#12 of 25 guest houses in Kalambaka
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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The guesthouse "Arsenis" is located in the eastern area of Meteora, in the mid of an olive grove, with fantastic view to the rocks, the thessalian valley and the mountains of Pindos. Fully equipped rooms with A/C, TV, bathroom and WC in each room, central heating, fireplace in the reception, free high speed Internet access, a restaurant and above all traditional greek hospitality and family atmosphere.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Restaurant
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Express check-in / check-out
Sun terrace
Room features
Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Greek
141Reviews1Q+A10Room tips

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Linky Pinky wrote a review May 2022
Sint-Truiden, Belgium
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is our second time at Arsenis Guesthouse as we love the view of pristine hills and olive groves that the rooms offer. The location is also perfect as it is just off the East Road that leads up to the monasteries which makes the place both perfectly well-connected and quiet at the same time. For information, this is right on the other side from where the majority of the hostels/hotels are located which is a huge plus for me as it keeps me away from the noise and that touristy feel..

The rooms, though plain, are very clean and towels are changed daily. Each room has its own ample balcony with a table and two chairs. There is a good wi-fi connection that is freely available. I could take a small bottle of mineral water from the fridge each day at no charge. They offer continental breakfast (EUR 7) and dinner (EUR 12). The dinner, from what I understood, consists of barbecue meat with fries and a Greek salad cooked on the spot by the hosts. There are plenty of tables both indoors and outside on the large verandah with a magnificent view of the hills and olive groves. The air there feels crystal clean.

The hosts are members of the Arsenis family: two sons (Kostas and Panos), mother (Vasiliki) and father. Kostas is basically in charge and his Mum helps with the cooking. Kostas is quite a character as has been testified by some of the reviewers. You can see that he loves the place that they have created and wishes that many people from all over the world come and stay with them. He can come across as clumsy in his manners but I had no problem with it as I even found his idiosyncrasies quite amusing. After you take a room he always asks if you are also having your dinner with them. We chose not to and instead went to town to our favourite restaurant/tavern, Archontariki (13 Trikalon Riga Fereou Square, Kalambaka).

There is also a lovely orchard on the property with cherry, fig, crimson and quince trees. Kostas gave me a jar of quince jam as a gift before we left. Nice!
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Date of stay: May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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mobryan wrote a review July 2021
Dubai
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Arsenis Guesthouse was one of the best choices we made in regards to location, cleanliness and comfort. From the moment we arrived and was greeted by Kostas our two night stay was a delight. The food served was simple, family comfort food. Our sleep was comfortable knowing all sheets and towels felt and smelt clean. The views from the balcony's overlooking the olive trees and the surrounding country side helped us slip into a relaxed frame of mind. The location to the monasteries was easy and allowed us to take our time and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
Panos and Kostas and their family were amazing hosts. They all made our stay very enjoyable and we loved every minute of it. Our two young girls would have stayed on for much longer if possible. We would like to thank the Arsenis family very much for such a lovely, relaxing snd enjoyable stay. Hope to see you all again sometime.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Kurtis S wrote a review Feb 2022
Tel Aviv, Israel
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff was very warm and welcoming, especially Costas, who welcomed us, arriving after dark, without a reservation. We arrived to a warm fire in the fireplace; and Costas' mother prepared a dinner for us in less than half an hour after we arrived. The location was great for seeing Meteora - which is a spectacular site, with magnificent views that go beyond description. This was a main highlight of our trip to Greece.
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Date of stay: January 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Stokealini wrote a review Mar 2020
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Best I can say is you get what you pay for. Costas met us at the entrance with the most fish-like handshake wearing a dirty shirt which he was still wearing the next morning. We had reserved the room through booking.com so he was expecting us. He offered us dinner which he said is prepared by his mother, stating it is excellent food made there, not from a store. We decided to take him up on the €11 meal per person and what a disappointment. Sausage, a skewer of tough and unseasoned lamb and French fries were accompanied by the worst Greek salad we have had. The olives were actually inedible - crazy considering we were in the middle of a 1000 tree olive grove. Dessert was a store bought ice cream bar served to us at the table directly from the box.

Breakfast, at an additional €5 each was similarly terrible. A few slices of grocery store packaged ham and cheese, a small portion of yogurt, a hard boiled egg and some ok coffee served with evaporated milk.. nothing special whatsoever.

I will agree with many of the other reviewers that Costas was a bit creepy. His dad was present and had a lovely smile, but didn’t interact with us at all. Poor momma was in the kitchen and we felt bad when she shuffled out on a walker.

The room was spartan with a very hard and uncomfortable bed, tiny but serviceable shower and a lovely view. Close to the monasteries but I’d say there must be a better option.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kelsey wrote a review Jan 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Arsenis Guesthouse was very welcoming after a long day of driving from Athens. The location was excellent with amazing views of the mountains, and olive grove. Kostas, wanted to unsure our stay was perfect. A home cooked meal was prepared by his mother, which was in fact a wonderful family comfort food. Everything was clean, and very relaxing. Kostas's family invited us to sit by the fireplace after our meal, which insured us we were not being rushed. With the amazing location, cleanliness, and comfort I was so pleased visiting the Arsenis Guesthouse. Traveling from the USA and given such hospitality was amazing. We hope to visit again in the future!
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Date of stay: January 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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justinwinkler26 wrote a review 20 June
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We have chosen Arsenis Guest House for two nights for its location far away from congested Kastraki; one of us had to to internet work. The choice proved good, the rooms are not overdecorated, the mattresses comfortable. The balcony towards quiet olive groves supported the focus on the work. Lots of parking space. By car, destinations Meteora, Kalabaka and Vlachava are easily reached. For what we wanted, the value for money (without having booked breakfast) was excellent. The guest house is family run, which makes it very Greek...
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Date of stay: June 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Matthew wrote a review Aug 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
When I first arrived to the hotel, I didn't think much of it, it appeared small and didn't think much of it. However, the experience had shocked me. The staff were so polite, the rooms were well maintained and the owner clearly loved his job. The food and drinks were very affordable, one even was on the house. The views from the balconies are incredibe, there are mountains surrounding the place which let's you take glorious photos and enjoy the beautiful scenery. I would 10/10 recommend, worth your money.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Carmen M wrote a review Jan 2018
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Besides a great location on the East Side of Meteora and access to those monasteries, there is nothing worth staying at this guest house for. I traveled with a large group of college students. The owner of the house was pushy, aggressive, and made everyone uneasy - especially the girls. He pushed us to pay 11 euros for his moms home cooking which consisted of meat and fries I wouldn't pay 3 euros for in town. He was extremely racist, calling me his "Latin American lady", and profiling the rest of our group by race. His inappropriateness toward women in our group was overwhelming when he picked out specific girls from our group and made us drinks late at night, which we continued to refuse. He was aggressive with us a when we tried to politely excuse ourselves from the disconcerting situation. We were so uncomfortable that we were able to gather 20 college-aged students to book it out of there at 7 a.m. I would not recommend this place to anyone and suggest to spend the extra few euros for a more comfortable stay in town.
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Date of stay: January 2018
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Not worth a room.
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VladBolelv wrote a review May 2018
Pecatu, Indonesia
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We are a young couple traveling thru Greece on our vacation. Until this day Greece was spoiling us with amazing hospitality and generosity!
All the people we met from Athens to Kalambaka were super nice, always willing to help and smile!

Unfortunately, although the place and area around it looked very nice, the owner of ARSENIS, showed us the highest rate of being cynical and unwelcoming.

This is our conversation, decide for yourself:

us: “Hi, we’ve been traveling from early morning and havent eaten anything the whole day! would love to purchase a dinner at your place!”
owner: “Where are you staying?” (while literally finishing to chew the lunch he just had)
us: “We just arrived today from the Athens, dropped our stuff at some hotel in the city, went straight to see beautiful Meteory and missed our last bus down”
owner: “Well you stay in a different guesthouse, you should eat there. I only sell food to people, who stay at my place!”
us: “Maybe we eat here now and next time we stay at your hotel? :)”
owner: “Next time you stay here, next time I let you eat here! Where are you from? Welcome to Greece!”

There was a ton of food being cooked and the 3 advertising banners on the road said that they serve food.

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Очень не приятный и циничный хозяин гестхауса. Обьяснили, что с раннего утра в дороге и все это время наслождались красотами их региона и попросили (разумеется за деньги) накормить нас с женой ужином, которого у них готовилось вдоволь. Сказали, что увидели несколько баннеров, где он пишет про еду и тд. Он начал говорить, что мол мы сглупили, что мы не останавливаемся у него в отеле, начал говорить, что бы мы шли есть к себе в отель. Что в следующий раз, нам нужно останаливаться у него, а так мы выбрали себе место подешевле, а пришли к нему кушать и мол он не собирается. Мега НЕ приятный тип. С учетом того, что в греции встречались в основном приятнейшие люди, этого - не рекомендуем. Хорошего отдыха!
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Date of stay: May 2018
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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marius8at wrote a review Sept 2015
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We (two people) arrived there in the evening looking for a place to stay over night. We had seen an offer on booking.com for 34 € per night, including breakfast. However, as we were there we wanted to see first what it looks like. The owner showed us a room which did not look great but would have been ok for one night at that price. However, he asked for 35€ plus 5€ per person for breakfast and started pushing us to say "yes or no". I told him he had a cheaper offer which included also breakfast. He replied we would need to have a printed confirmation from booking.com (which is a lie as a reservation number is enough) and I told him that if we make the booking online he will be obliged to take us at the price listed there - which he denied. In the end we did not want to stay there only because, given the attitude of the owner, he have have probably taken care for us not to have the best stay there.
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Date of stay: September 2015
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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596emilyf asked a question Aug 2016
Have any airport pick up service ? thz
Christopher T wrote a tip May 2023
9 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just go ! Totally amazing place"
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Carmen M wrote a tip Jan 2018
3 contributions7 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Not worth a room."
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David P wrote a tip Dec 2017
Leeds, England, United Kingdom28 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Meteora views if you ask."
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BasBrand wrote a tip Nov 2017
Oude Wetering, The Netherlands415 contributions252 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Camperpark is free if you enjoy a meal"
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leanneandtony wrote a tip Apr 2016
Cairns, Australia461 contributions271 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Away from the owner"
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PRICE RANGE
AU$72 - AU$84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
GreeceThessalyTrikala RegionKalambaka
NUMBER OF ROOMS
16
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Frequently Asked Questions about Guesthouse Arsenis
Which popular attractions are close to Guesthouse Arsenis?
Nearby attractions include Meteora (2.7 km), Visit Meteora Travel (2.7 km), and Great Meteoron Monastery (3.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Guesthouse Arsenis?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Guesthouse Arsenis?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Guesthouse Arsenis?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Guesthouse Arsenis?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ambrosia Taverna - Restaurant, The Diner & Cocktail Bar by Rapsodia, and Restaurant Polyzos.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Guesthouse Arsenis?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Greek.
Are there any historical sites close to Guesthouse Arsenis?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada) (1.7 km), Varlaam Monastery (2.8 km), and Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas (3.1 km).
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