Posted Nov 5, 2014
The staff were very helpful, but there is a limit to what they can do with a hotel that was badly built in the first place, and has now reached the end of its' shelf-life. The first room I was offered was next to the stone staircase and smelt badly. The next looked good, but turned out to be under the old-fashioned clanking boiler or some such. I was able to sleep between 1.30am and 4.30am only that night, and moved hotel in the morning despite having paid Expedia (non-refundable) for 3 nights in advance: otherwise I would have been dead by the end of the stay.
The upper floor is disintegrating. The Famissi Group own several hotels this end of Kalabaka, and the most sensible thing to do - given the Meteora monasteries are fabulous and unique and tourism is bound to increase - is to knock it down and build a good hotel. (The bathrooms are particularly awful). The reason it has survived so long is that it caters for tour groups which stay only one night so don't bother to complain (that's also the reason they don't cater for dinner for independent travellers - beware when it says it has a restaurant).