I used trip advisor and several phone calls to the various properties to pick this hotel on Astypalea and, once again, I struck gold. Thanks to Greekislandnut I asked for the room he/she describes (the blue room) which was exactly as described. If I would add one thing to the review would be to stress the incredible views and the convenience of the location. The hotel is located between the Town (Hora) with its restaurants and castle on the north and the beach and the restaurants of Livadi to the south. Both are within walking distance, though coming back from the beach can be strenuous. Did I mention the unbelievable views? That's the price for it. A car is of some utility on the island, though it is better if it is rented rather than yours. There are only about 15km or so of paved roads, the rest is dirt, gravel or worse. The best way to enjoy the island is by boat. Here the location of Kalderimi is ideal as well. There is boat rental on the beach at Livadi; six canopied 30hp outboard boats are rented by the day. The owner (Giorgos) operates out of his "office", a table on the sand and under the trees with a laptop that keeps track of his boats by GPS (!) and a cell phone. The price ranges from 70 to 100 euro per day depending on the season. In July and August, make sure you reserve at least a day before (6977594703). Room prices also vary by the season. I notice Greekislandnut paid 100 euro in May; that was up to 180 in August. For the price though you get about 60 square meters of space in a duplex with 2 bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, CD player with USB capability (bring your music on a flash drive), flat TV, 2 AC units in both floors, lots and lots of windows, a small patio on the ground floor with recliners and a veranda on the second floor with (did I mention it?) gorgeous views.
For eating out: in Hora we found the long lines for the traditional ouzo place to be unjustified. Other than the ambience, it offers mediocre food, some downright undercooked, from a harried and overworked staff. Ageri (meaning wind) across from the windmills offers much better fare; don't miss the stuffed wine leaves. Livadi offers 3 choices, all of them good. Two restaurants right on the beach and another around the corner that does not have quite the ambience but offers a bigger variety and servings about twice the size of the other two. We dined there once but we missed the ambience of a table in the sand and returned to the other two several times.
Talking about food: breakfast at Kalderimi is great. There is no buffet, but you can order fresh squeezed OJ, eggs any style, toasted sandwiches, cake, yogurt with honey and/or fruit (not to be missed). Katerina's teenage daughter runs the breakfast operation in the friendly and efficient way that is the staple of this property.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Kalderimi, a picturesque place with individual houses,witch represents our love and respect for keeping alive the tradition of Astypalaia. Seeing the view towards the sea and the serenity of the landscape fills your heart with joy.The owners has given a lot of love and care for this special place so the customers will feel like being in their own house.Everything to the last detail is taking care of, and awaits you to live in a dream. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kalderimi Hotel Astipalaia