Located in the picturesque fishermen's village of Selianitika, the Kanelli Beach Hotel is quite simple but it offers travellers an exceptional view of the Bay of Corinth. You will feel as though you could sit on its pretty terrace forever with your feet in the water. Admiring the landscape is actually the only thing to do at this uncomplicated, family-run hotel, passed on from father to son. Greek conviviality can be felt here, among a clientele mostly made up of regulars from the country. It is a perfect hotel for relaxing in a quiet seaside location.
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The Kanelli Beach Hotel is located 100m away from Selianitika, a village with all the necessary facilities: a supermarket, bars, restaurants, and entertainment. The nearest airport, in Athens, is 112 mi away. Allow 2 hours for transfers.
The guest rooms at the Kanelli Hotel are extremely simple, with a very basic but clean decor. The soundproofing is quite poor, just barely blocking out the sound of your neighbour's television. A small screen hanging high on the wall broadcasts national channels. The same elementary comfort is to be found in the bathrooms. The shower curtain doesn't stop the water from overflowing and the shower head doesn't hook on very well. These little inconveniences are soon forgotten once the shutters are pushed back in the morning, giving way to the dazzling view of the sea. You will even be able to sit on the chairs set up on the small balcony.
The Kanelli Hotel is a small hotel with 40 guest rooms, half of which overlook the superb Gulf of Corinth. The building may date from the 1970's, but the Kanelli had a makeover in 2004, the year the Olympic Games took place. Travellers are greeted in a most casual manner, at a small desk located at the far end of a wide corridor used as a lobby. A lift takes guests up to their rooms, unless they use the light-marble stairway. The building's interior, however, won't catch your eye, as it doesn't offer any architectural interest or decorative features. Outside, the wavy-shaped pool tucked in between the lobby and the bar is equipped with a few deckchairs and parasols. Open all year, the hotel can serve as a base for exploring the neighbouring historic sites: the Corinth Canal, Delphi or Olympia.
Food and drink
Those who come to Greece to try local specialities will be delighted. The hotel has one restaurant only, serving ŕ la carte Greek cuisine. You will be able to enjoy your meals either indoors in a nondescript room or on the large terrace overlooking the sea. The chef prepares meals with fresh and local produce only: grilled or marinated octopus, sardines, feta cheese, all washed down with delicious local organic wine. The cuisine is homely yet scrumptious. The restaurant is actually well known amongst villagers and caters for many guests who are not staying at the hotel.
The shoreline may be ideal for taking pictures, but not for people who enjoy sunbathing. The beach located at the foot of the hotel is hardly 4m wide. There is no sand here, just large pebbles, which is not really ideal for building sandcastles. Moreover, the Kanelli doesn't provide deckchairs or parasols, but you won't be able to resist taking a few strokes in the crystal clear water, without a single wave to throw you off course.
The hotel does not organize any activities and it doesn't offer any water sports or sports facilities, which should be taken into account if you come with children.