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Kissamitakis Guesthouse
Hosted by George
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2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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A trip through history in the powerful medieval fortress of Monemvasia. My house is a –late 19th century– 44 square meters mezonete with private shower (outhouse!), kitchen and a beautiful terrace with panoramic view of the Myrtoon Pelagos.

The space

Monemvasia's / Μονεμβασία name derives from two Greek words, ''mone'' and ''emvasi'', meaning "single entrance". Its Italian form, Malvasia, gave its name to Malmsey wine. Monemvasia's nickname is the Gibraltar of the East or The Rock. The town itself is located on a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese and is linked to the mainland by a short causeway 200 meters in length. Its area consists mostly of a large plateau some 100 meters above sea level, up to 300 meters wide and 1 km long, the site of a powerful medieval fortress. The old town of Monemvasia is a perfectly preserved medieval settlement still inhabited, a world cultural heritage monument and a major attraction for every traveler in the Peloponnese. It has a unique, magical atmosphere and a fascinating history. Monuments and churches are scattered throughout the old town. An important archaeological collection is housed in the old mosque in the Square of Elkomenos Christos / Ελκόμενος Χριστός.

My house is a –late 19th century– 44 square meters mezonete with private shower (outhouse!), kitchen and a beautiful terrace with panoramic view of the Myrtoon Pelagos. Ground level includes living/dining area with one couch and a fireplace. Second level includes the bedroom with a double bed.

Guests have access to all their own facilities and will be given a key to come and go as they please.

Guest access

All amenities are for your use exclusively; services include:

Fully equipped kitchen
Private shower (outhouse!)
Washing machine (top loader)
TV/DVD
Mini HiFi system
Portable CD/TAPE/TUNER player
Wireless BT speaker (for use with smart phones)
WiFi internet
Refrigerator
Microwave oven
Coffee machine
Toaster
Heater
Iron (+ board)
Hairdryer
Basic ingredients to prepare by yourself your breakfast (coffee, tea, sugar)
Couch (which can be used as a bed for a child)
AC unit
Small safe

I welcome all my guests and show them how every appliance works; there are however instruction manuals for every piece of equipment in the house. You 'll find everything you need to make you feel at home.

Interaction with guests

You are welcome to interact as much or as little with me as you like. I am around most of the time and have a great knowledge of the history of Monemvasia. I am more than happy to give you a guided tour around, chat or simply stay out of your way.

Other things to note

The distance from downtown Athens to Monemvasia – if you use the new motorway A71 & Sparta’s new peripheral motorway Skoura – Piri / Σκούρα – Πυρί – is about 330 km; it takes approximately 3 up to 3:30 hours with normal driving. (Note: The road to Monemvasia is quite straight forward but a GPS is always advisable to have). When you arrive in Monemvasia, you can find the walled fortress town by crossing the causeway and following the road to the gate; park your car freely, wherever you can, upon this 1.5 km road from the new town of Monemvasia, Gefyra / Γέφυρα until the entrance of the castle. It’s not so easy in the summer but people come and go so if you wait a space will open.

– For motorbikes and bicycles a specially designated area has been reserved at the entrance of the castle.

– There is a small bus connecting Gefyra with the entrance of the fortress every 30 mins.

And some ... alternatives:

– Hiring a taxi from Athens to Monemvasia (and possibly renting a car in Monemvasia for your local excursions). The taxi drivers that provide this ''door to door'' service are based in Monemvasia but do this ''back and forth'' almost every day. The cost varies depending on whether you hire the taxi just for yourself or the taxi driver will have other passengers as well. In the latter case, the cost per person is something close to 40 euros. If you choose to hire the taxi for yourself, this will cost around 180 – 200 euros. Keep in mind though, that you must book a driver as soon as you have the final info/details of your arrival. Should you choose this option, I can help you finding a driver.

– Taking the bus (KTEL / ΚΤΕΛ) from Athens Central Bus Station at Kifisos / Κηφισός; it is a five hours ride but it is much more affordable in terms of cost. More hours but cheaper; something like 30 euros per person. The bus will leave you at the beginning of the bridge that connects the new town in the mainland with the fortress; there is a small kiosk there. From that point on –until the entrance of the castle– you will get that smaller bus, that I referred to earlier.

– Arriving at the airport of Kalamata / Καλαμάτα (that's a city in Southern Peloponnese) and either renting a car, hiring a taxi or taking the bus to Monemvasia. With the bus, however you will have to change in the city of Sparta and this will ''cost'' you several hours of waiting there. The cost of getting a taxi from Kalamata's airport to Monemvasia is somewhere in the range of 170 – 200 euros and the distance is approximately 180 km (something close 2 – 2:30 hours). It isn't the most cost-effective approach but you will save at least an hour and you can still rent a car in Monemvasia for your local excursions (the cost of renting a car in Monemvasia will be something in between 30 – 40 euros per day). Keep in mind that – in general – it is easier to find more affordable tickets to Kalamata's airport than to Athens Int. Airport.

– Renting of bicycles will cost you around 5 – 8 euros per day & the renting of a motorbike –depending on the engine– will cost you around 15 – 25 euros per day. These prices are indicative and negotiable; more days, better discounts. Keep also in mind that –during summer– you must reserve the soonest possible!

I will provide you with all the details and the exact costs in time to help you deciding.


Amenities
Kitchen
TV
Essentials
Air conditioning

Prices
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Cleaning Fee $34 NZD
Weekly Discount: 4%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 couch

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in time is 4PM - 8PM
Check out by 11AM

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Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
1 night minimum stay

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Alexandra User Profile
September 2017
We had an amazing stay at George's place-the location is STUNNING- that view is beautiful, either watching the sunrise, or the stars at night (or any time of the day, really) We had a lovely evening with George who is the perfect host and was also always ready to answer any questions or give advice on where to go/eat etc. Monemvasia is a magical place and staying here just made it even more so!!

Andrew User Profile
August 2017
George's house is perfectly located in a quiet part of the town, and is equipped with everything you could need. The view from the terrace is stunning, especially on a starry night. Things were very busy in Monemvasia when we arrived-- there were multiple weddings! -- but George went out of his way to ease the logistics of getting into the old town and make us feel at home. And even when the town center was crowded, we were in a peaceful world of our own in George's house.

Quentin User Profile
August 2017
Beautifully place! The best view ever and beautiful city! Perfect place to be! Near every things. George is very helpful.

Lorenzo User Profile
August 2017
We had really good time at George's house. The flat is well located in the castle area very close to restaurant and cafe but far from any noise.. The view from terrace make the difference and our stayed were great! George gave us useful suggest about the attraction of the site.. Truly recommended!

Greg User Profile
August 2017
George was an excellent host and we loved his place! Monemvasia is wonderful, but staying with George made the experience even better, we had a helpful guide who could explain not only the best parts of the town, but also its history and culture. We're looking forward to staying with George again someday!

Ulrik User Profile
August 2017
We had a great time at George's place! The place is great and exactly as described – and with Monemvasia's best roof terrace! The communication with George was super easy and he is a great host! We give George and his place our highest recommendations and would love to return!

Natalie User Profile
July 2017
George's place is amazing and his hospitality makes it that much better. Highly recommend to anyone.

GreeceJoined in November 2013
George User ProfileGeorge is a superhost.

Hi there... Welcome to my profile on Airbnb...

My name is George and I am from Monemvasia. I have studied marketing and I like travelling, spending time with friends and family; I am married and father of two fantastic boys. I enjoy meeting new people from around the world. I also like reading, scuba diving, astronomy and last but not least I am a history buff!!! I am a friendly, easygoing and very discreet person.

Languages: English, Ελληνικά
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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