A stay at Hotel Alexiou, Meteora
When I decided to spend my time in Kalabaka, I chose to stay at Hotel Alexiou, Meteora. Located in the main town centre, the hotel is open all year and is in the perfect spot for trips to visit the heart of Meteora and its monasteries.
Rooms and lodgings
Alexiou has 27 rooms in total — a mix of doubles, triples and quads. Each room has all the main amenities you’d need for your stay including air conditioning. Some of the rooms face the main street — like the one I stayed in. From the balcony you’ll get full or partial views of the Meteora rock formations. It’s quite a jaw-dropping sight to wake up to.
During my time at Alexiou, the owners were midway through renovations. Some of the newly revamped rooms featured cool bathrooms in that were encased in glass in the centre of the rooms.
Amenities and facilities
The hotel has a breakfast and dining area and while some of the rooms come with breakfast included, if yours doesn’t you can easily order it. There’s also free WiFi available for all guests — just ask at reception. If you need laundry or ironing services, they’re available at an additional cost.
If you want help with booking any trips you can get advice at the reception — they’re more than happy to accommodate your request if possible. They’ll also provide you with an overview of the surrounding area and maps. There’s a small lift which is handy if you’re staying on the top floors or have a lot of luggage.
The reception is open 24 hours and check-in time is as late as 10pm. If you’re arriving a little later than that, just let them know in advance and they should be okay to wait like they did with me. When checking out you can also store your luggage in the storage room.
Getting around town
Everything you’d need is nearby and within walking distance like supermarkets, shops, restaurants and bars. The nearest bus stop is across the road. From there you can take the local bus to visit the monasteries as well as the nearby town of Kastraki.
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For buses to the town of Trikala or further afield, the main bus station is located on the other side of the town. It takes just over 10 minutes to walk there from Alexiou. The main train station, Kalabaka, is just a short walk away.
Read my post on How to get around Meteora by bus for more details on the local bus and getting to the monasteries.
Things to do nearby
Aside from visiting the monasteries of Meteora, you can also go hiking. When you’re back in town, you can have lunch, dinner or go for drinks in a nearby bar.
If you’re looking for things to do while in Meteora, read my post 8 other things to do while visiting Meteora and it’s monasteries.
If I ever visit Meteora I’ll stay at Alexiou again. It’s location as well as how friendly the staff were made it a good choice for a base while in Kalabaka.
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