East Peloponnese, Greece

Kinsterna Hotel

Rates from (inc tax)$173.22

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Pebbles and porticos


Minutes from Monemvasia

Play king of the castle at the loftily situated Kinsterna Hotel, an ancient Byzantine estate overlooking the fairy-tale rock city of Monemvasia in eastern Laconia. Surrounded by vineyards and olives groves, the hotel’s traditional Ottoman hammam and well-curated wine cellar add to the regal vibe.

Smith Extra

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A bottle of local wine and 20 per cent off spa treatments. SilverSmith members get a 45-minute spa Initiation Ritual and one free refill of the minibar; GoldSmith members also get a boat ride around Monemvasia rock, subject to availability


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Need to know


27, including 19 suites.


Midday, but flexible for 30 per cent of a night’s rate. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $173.22 (€159), excluding tax at 13 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR180.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include breakfast.


The hotel’s spa has a traditional Ottoman hammam, with water cabins, treatment rooms and Jacuzzis indoors and out. In-room massages can also be arranged.

At the hotel

Spa, gardens, library and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar, Coco-Mat beds and Korres bath products.

Our favourite rooms

We liked the original Ottoman fireplace and lace feature wall in Room 33, and the cosy colours of Room 34. The scent of mint reaches Room 15 from its private garden and terrace, and the view out to the citrus groves and the Aegean is impressive, too.


Out among the citrus groves, there's an L-shaped infinity pool lined by sunloungers.

Packing tips

Match the frilly lampshades and headboards in the bedrooms with a lace dress or two; binoculars for checking out Monemvasia from a distance.


Small pets are accommodated on request. Smokers can light up in certain areas. Two Kinsterna Suites are adapted for wheelchair users.


Cots for babies are free; extra beds for under-12s are €50. Babysitting with hotel staff costs €20 an hour (three hours’ notice required).


The estate produces its own crop of wine and olive oil, and the restaurant uses herbs and vegetables plucked straight from the garden.

Food and Drink

Photos Kinsterna Hotel & Spa – East Peloponnese – Greece

Top Table

Suspended over the lilies and pebbles by the ancient cistern, flanked by columns and lit up at night.The bar shuts at 2am.

Dress Code

Cool, cream linens and cosy cardis for after-dark.

Hotel restaurant

The all day restaurant opens out onto the Rock-facing cistern, with tables levered above the water. The food is Mediterranean: look out for handmade ravioli stuffed with pumpkins straight from the gardens and mint-crusted lamb with couscous.

Hotel bar

There’s a bar by the pool. Sip daiquiris made with fruit hand-picked in the grounds and admire the view out on the stone belvedere, or settle in at sundown by the citrus groves in the courtyard. Oenophiles will love the boutique wine cellar, carefully curated to contain local and international wines; it's next to the library.

Last orders

You won’t go hungry here: breakfast is served between 8am and 11.30am; lunch is on offer all afternoon (from midday until 6pm) and dinner is served between 7pm and 1am. The bar shuts at 2am.

Room service

Sandwiches, salads and burgers are available 24 hours a day, but there's a limited menu between 1am and 7am.


Photos Kinsterna Hotel & Spa – East Peloponnese – Greece
Kinsterna Hotel
Agios Stefanos


The closest airport is Kalamata, a three-hour drive from the hotel, where Easyjet flights from London Gatwick arrive; Athens is also close by, but it’s a good 200 miles away. EasyJet flies from London Gatwick, Berlin, Paris and Rome (www.easyjet.com); BA (www.ba.com) and Aegean Airlines (www.aegeanairlines.com) fly from London Heathrow.


From Athens, the drive will take around five hours: follow the national highways to Corinth, Tripoli and then Sparta, after which Monemvasia is clearly signposted.

Worth getting out of bed for

Help out with some grape-crushing; personalise the label and name the wine in your honour, and the hotel will have it shipped to you once it’s ready. Bread is made in the outdoor stone oven every Saturday – take part, and you’ll get to try some. The olive press is in action from late November until March so guests can watch the estate's oil being made. After a visit to Monemvasia’s castle, check out the fortress town’s bars, boutiques and restaurants. Nearby beaches include Gefiras, Pori and Ampelakia. The hotel can help to arrange scuba-diving, horse riding and, in summer, hanging yoga.

Local restaurants

Within Monemvasia’s walls, Matoula serves traditional Greek fare with a view of the shore and the rock (www.matoula.gr), or sit out on the veranda at To Kanoni and enjoy their souvlaki (skewer-based kebabs) with a view of the sea (+30 27320 61387). Trata in Gefyra is an old fishermen’s hut still serving the daily catch by the kilo; dine by the water, watching the boats come in (+30 27320 62084).

Local bars

For cocktails, head to Emvasis (+30 27320 61139) or Enetiko (+30 27320 61352) in Monemvasia.


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Anonymous review

Natural-rubber Pop, number four, or goosedown Morpheus, number nine? The pillow menu that we are sent in advance of our stay at Kinsterna Hotel rather sets the scene. And takes the edge of the hours required in the car for these Athenians. To get to this boutique hotel in  eastern Laconia, there are few alternatives to driving: but the 200-mile journey through the Peloponnese from the Parthenon proves scenically astonishing. Nemean vineyards, unexpected alpine and deciduous forests, snow-covered Taygetos mountains and lush plains of olive and citrus groves surround Sparta giving way to a springtime scent of lemon blossom, which is intoxicating. Mrs Smith helps herself to a quantity of windfall oranges.

Monemvasia, often referred to as ‘the Gibraltar of the East’ (mone and emvasia together means ‘single entrance’), is a huge rock, resembling a floating trilby, connected by a short causeway to the mainland town of Gefyra, with its attractive fishing harbour and restaurant-bars. The hotel is seven kilometres past it and encouragingly, as we head inland the locals all know exactly where the Kinsterna is. The last few hundred metres find us bumping along a dirt track in a swirl of safari dust, reflecting that a 4x4 might have been a sensible option, but a smart electronic gate soon ushers us into another dimension. Passing an eclectic mix of cabbage patches, jasmine and vines, we spot a bright pink wrought-iron chair suspended low from a giant eucalyptus tree. The rope looks as if it might have served a more sinister purpose during Venetian, Papal and Turkish times, when the Kinsterna was a fortified manor house.

Immaculately restored, the hotel reminds me of the cult 60s’ series The Prisoner, set in Portmeirion: 27 suites – each with distinctive front door, terrace and style (one complete with oubliette), polite service staff in crisp crimson uniform, quaint direction plates, even a covered electric buggy for getting about – all reinforce my fantasy.

A welcome glass of cold water to settle the dust appears on a tray as we sign in. Escorted to ‘Number 37’ through low stone arches and stairwells, I realise that the human race has increased in stature since the Middle Ages. A shorter Mrs Smith glides blissfully on. Our suite has expertly carved wooden beams underpinning traditional bamboo roof-tile supports, floral pargeting to the walls and polished pebble infills; the slightly safari look is but a fleeting notion. Every feature has been restored to period, and then a modern touch of inspiration added. The view is across vineyards towards Monemvasia and the breathtaking Aegean Sea.
The sitting room, with original fireplace, was an upstairs kitchen in former times. One corner has a void in the floor covered by a glass panel incorporating a cat – not a real one, of course, but a formaldehyde impression detracting from the catacomb space beneath.

The bedroom provides a consummately comfortable bed, with Pop pillows and a sachet of lavender within. Mrs Smith prefers something firmer, but she comes from more Spartan stock. The bathroom has a huge shower and the surfaces are a wonderful mix of polished slate, exposed stone wall and pink-brown marble. Individually framed windows, some tiny, cover slits from which arrows were once fired.

Kinsterna is about relaxation, serenity and birdsong. A spring emanating from a small church runs through the estate, visible through glass conduits, first feeding a water-lily-filled central ‘cistern’ (hence the name), then flowing through small waterfalls to the swimming pool. (Alas, gents of a certain age, that tinkling sound might be a problem.) Wherever we sit, someone appears in the most unobtrusive and timely way to ensure we need for nothing.

Mrs Smith is particularly taken with the spa with two Jacuzzis, a sauna and a full menu of treatments and products. It is me though who plumps for the de-stressing back rub in preference to a 50-minute Indian massage, even if it does allegedly activate your chakras. The masseuse is a local girl who hides politely behind a towel while I strip off and expertly administers what it said on the tin. The pool is divine, with double loungers set in private recesses and never a need to bag a space at dawn with a national-flag towel.
Kinsterna makes its own wine and olive oil using traditional methods and equipment, including a one-horsepower olive press and a still, brewing tsipouro. We meet the horse when trying to visit the little church – it’s very bored and has no intention of letting us pass. Visit in September and you can throw off your shoes and help trample grapes. A sample bottle of their rosé is provided in each suite.

After a healthy breakfast of crêpes, homemade cakes, mini-croissants, freshly-squeezed orange juice and fruit salad, and a visit to castle-touting Monemvasia is a must. The narrow cobbled streets of this ancient walled town mean no cars and a journey back in time; lots of café-bars with friendly cats overlooking Venetian battlements and great traditional fare to be found at Marianthi’s Taverna, especially the wonderful leek patties. A small, sandy beach called Ambelakia, nearer the hotel, provides alternative bathing – but if something akin to Hawaii is desired, the hotel can organise an excursion to Elafonissos Island, an hour away. The most famous beach of all is the twin Simos-Saracenico on the south-eastern tip.

Kinsterna Hotel may be off the beaten track, which for us is the appeal, but it’s absolutely worth the trek. With healthy, beautifully presented cuisine, including a tasty bar menu and fresh fish caught locally, it engages the soul. After a delicious meal of kokoras (coq au vin) and sargos (sea bream), Mrs Smith and I watch a full moon ascend into a goldfish-bowl sky and start dreaming about Morpheus.



The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Kinsterna Hotel ’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The location, the excellent team who took great care of us and were proud to be connected to represent this property. Drive to Elaffonisis Island, the fjiord about 45 minutes drive north, and of course, the wonderful site of Monevasia .

Don’t expect

Active night life. This is a low key relaxing hotel and they have the created the appropriate environment for this kind of experience .


Stayed on 5 Oct 2016

We loved

Everything. 80 per cent of the food served at breakfast or in the restaurants is from the property. Best olive oil we've ever had. Plus the whole place smells like the Garden of Eden with all the pomegranate and orange trees and night-blooming jasmine. It is peaceful, like a world out of time, stylish, and the service is very attentive and generous and warm. Monemvasia is fantastic for an evening venture and the server George at Kinsterna can recommend great places to eat there. We weren't travelling with children and weren't bothered by the well-behaved children there.

Don’t expect

Any hot nightlife, loud music, etc. It's blissfully quiet and beautiful.


Stayed on 9 Sep 2016

We loved

The breakfast. The two beautiful pools. Very helpful staff. Matoula restaurant in nearby Monemvasia. Get the octopus!

Don’t expect

Hard to say, the stay was pretty perfect.


Stayed on 4 Jun 2016

We loved

the hotel is beautiful with elegant, comfortable and functional rooms and public areas.The pools and gardens are very very attractive. Breakfast was excellent.

Don’t expect

Take a torch - the signs around the hotel are not lit and it can be difficult to find ones way around at night


Stayed on 27 Oct 2015

We loved

We had a great stay here, being upgraded on arrival and leaving with a gift of olive oil and wine made in house. The re-design of the house has been perfectly done and the view is breathtaking. The rooms are tastefully but very differently decorated. Do your research if you have particular preferences. The first hotel to ever send me a pillow menu! Excellent staff, friendly and efficient. Breakfast was nice but could be better, dinner was very nice but a bit pricey. Though, we did get to meet our dinner before it was made (we went for common sea bream). There was a drain problem outside our room following a rain storm but the staff handled this very well and moved us to another room immediately. Sadly some of the activities we wanted to do were unavailable during our stay, so check in advance if there is something you would really like to do.

Don’t expect

Lively nightlife.


Stayed on 19 Oct 2015

We loved

Our room and the pool.

Don’t expect



Stayed on 22 Sep 2015

We loved

The setting. Monemvasia Village and Monemvasia Island are great for eating and drinking out at lunch and in the evening.

Don’t expect

To be waited on hand and foot: you usually have to seek someone out to get a drink or pool towels.


Stayed on 29 Jun 2015

We loved

The best breakfast of any hotel we have ever stayed in! This is not an exaggeration. Everything is locally sourced or farmed on the property which adds an incredible freshness and considering everything is in season, there is a large variety. Very comfortable and huge bed. Great power shower. Lovely seating area and balcony in our room. Plenty of storage space. Lots of land to go walking in. Great pool with beautiful views and double bed sun loungers to enjoy it from. Excellent pool bar with amazing cocktails.

Don’t expect

We had to wait to check-in for a few hours after the official check-in time as our room was not ready. The hotel offered us a drink to appease this, however this was quite disappointing to me. I thought the restaurant seemed over priced, with fresh local fish costing more than double the price of local restaurants. I felt the evening restaurant tried too hard to produce modern European cooking which does not make the most of the local ingredients. Many main dishes were, I thought, overly sweet and seemed interesting to me. I would've been better off driving to any of the local tabernas for traditional Greek food.


Stayed on 9 Jun 2015