Our recommendations are in the Mani itself, but if you want to stay on the outskirts of the Mani, here are some suggestions. In Githio, harborfront choices offering doubles from 70€ include the venerable (and restored) Aktaion (tel. 27330/23-500; fax 27330/22-294), my favorite with its seaside balconies and the Gythion (tel. 27330/23-452; fax 27330/23-523), in a charming 19th-century former businessmen's club. In Messenian Mani, at the seaside hamlet of Kardamili, Kalamitsi Hotel & Bungalows (www.kalamitsi-hotel.gr; tel. 27210/73-131; fax 27210/73-135) has doubles in the main building from 115€; suites and bungalows are also available. In the Mani itself, at Gerolimenas, the posh 25-unit Kyrimai (www.kyrimai.gr or www.yadeshotels.gr; tel. 27330/54-288), a member of the Historic Hotels of Europe, looks like a miniature seaside tower hamlet -- albeit one with Jacuzzis and a swimming pool; doubles start at 150€, suites at 300€. We've had disappointing reports on the food and service here and welcome readers' updates.
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