In sum, if what matters to you on your holiday in the sun in Greece are nice rooms, cleanliness, good quality and selection of food at breakfast and dinner, staff that engage with the guests (who wish to be engaged) with humour and a range of languages and a location that is quiet but not too far from town, then this hotel should be very high on your list of hotels in the Dodecanese/Southern Aegean and top of your Kos list!
I have been going to this hotel for 12 years and all the essentials are provided and well managed but each year there are improvements, the hotel fabric is well maintained and the welcoming atmosphere is always there despite changes in the staff group over time.
This hotel has a variety of guests depending on the part of the season you travel including school holidays but whenever I have been there has always a been a good mix of people from a range of countries who get on well with each other. The children are well behaved and fortunately so are the adult guests. If you have lower level manners or a desire to make an idiot of yourself though excessive drinking/noise then this is not your place but if you are a friendly person/couple/family who wish to have a drink, mix, relax and have a good time then please book!
There is a gym, sauna and massage room as well as two very well kept pools set within tropical style gardens. There is mini golf, tennis courts and a children’s play area (safe). There is also a sandy beach facility across the road exclusively for hotel customers with a lovely view across the sea. The animation team provide opportunities for activities during the day and a selection of entertainments at night. As they have to cater to a wide audience, so some material will be to your taste and some not so much; this is the same at any hotel I have been to. What is provided is reviewed by the management regularly.
Food and drinks are available all day from a well run snack bar then drinks at an outside/pool bar near to the restaurant (interior and outside dining) and a bar near reception until late.
The prices of drinks are reasonable for a hotel of this high standard, for example, top end cocktails for 7 Euros, large gin and tonic 6.50 Euros, a large draught beer 4 Euros, glass of wine 3 Euros and nice coffees for less than 3 Euros.
Transport – you can hire bikes, quads, cars, scooters, etc., at a facility outside the hotel as well as many others in and on the way to Kos Town. Buses run regularly to and from Kos Town (1.10 Euros single fare in 2016) and to other areas. Taxis to town are around 7-8 Euros.
I have written this before but I need to emphasise the point that what makes this a hotel that many people return to year after year is the way it is managed and staffed by engaging people. If you ever have a question or an issue, however minor, simply raise it with reception, a member of staff or management (depending on the issue) and it will be resolved.
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Travel operator: Independent booking
The local taverna Nestos across the road at the bottom of the lane did lovely food and were so friendly. Buses 1 and 5 go into Kos town.
Unfortunately I slipped on a stone in the Western Archaeological site and gouged a large chunk from my foot. Most people ran away, literally except for an English nurse and a couple from Athens. They gave invaluable help for which I am eternally grateful. Health care on Kos is not the best, locals try to get to Athens for their hospital treatment, so I got back to the hotel and the staff patched me up.
Used Theokritos Travel in Tigaki for our trips which were a lot cheaper than Thomson. Even with my bad foot I limped around Nisyros but was unable to make it down into the Caldera. Did the round the island tour as well which was lovely.
Was saddened to see so many empty shops and apartments, not just closed down for the end of season but permanently shut.
Travel operator: Thomson
This hotel is pristine, family run and friendly, (not a chain) with a daily maid service with clean towels if required, nice spacious rooms and en suite, very clean and hygienic.
The location is 20min walk to Kos town, and 200yds from beach, nice quiet, peaceful location. The beach had a rocky bottom, so I’d advise to take shoes. The sun beds payable, but two good size pools with inbuilt Jacuzzi/swim up bar and plenty of sunbeds.
A beautiful hotel for Greek standards with good clean food and accommodation. 20min walk from kos town which is a euro on the bus or 6 euro by taxis.
i dont think they have all inclusive so they make their money off the drinks etc. and its very expensive. london prices and then some. burger and fries x 2, a greek salad + two portions of fries. 2 cokes 1 bottle of water and 2 small beers 46 euro..
dont get me wrong though after the germans and french pushed the centralising of eurupe and the euro the greeks have milked it. time to go outside of europe for a bargain nowadays,,bring back the drakma
the hotel entertainment is pants to be honest. 2 uys and a girl do their very best on what seems a limited budget but in a would its poor but hey this is greece.
I can only comment on one trip which was the volcano trip. In my opinion a complete rip off but it did come highly recomended as the best trip..lol it was around 50 euro each and most of the time was spent travelling or just hanging around to wait for the next vehicle to carry us, boat or coach. A rushed experience.
The volcano is a massive whole in the ground with emitting sulphur fumes and its real hot there.
hire a car and visit zia which is lovely along with kos town..and as for the trips do DIY job
Travel operator: thompson
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