I stayed here with my fiancée mid-May and I would say it is a decent 4 star hotel. Contrary to some of the reviews on here you DO NOT have use of the other Mitsis Hotels on the complex but you can buy a black wristband which will give you access – I am not sure how much this costs.
The complex is completely out of the way, around a 45 minute walk into Kardemena, but there is a place you can hire bikes if you walk a couple of minutes along the coastal road. We managed to get a couple of right old banger bikes for 5 euro each to go and explore on the first day. There is an excursions place in the town where you can buy excursions for much cheaper than Dougie the rep is selling them and you can also hire cars from there. We carried on the old banger theme with a tin-pot old Hyundai Matiz which only cost us 30 euro for the day, which is also cheaper than any of the hire companies you can get at the hotel.
The hotel has one main restaurant which is buffet style and does serve up good food although it is quite repetitive. There is also meat cooked on the grill in front of you and the pizza oven is superb. There are two other restaurants you could book in the evening but we didn’t have a go on them so I can’t comment on what they are like. During the day you can get buffet lunch from the place which becomes the a la carte restaurants in the evening which makes a change to the main buffet. You can also get hot-dogs at the beach bar and at the pool bar. Ice cream seems to be available 24 hours a day from the main bar where you can serve it yourself and also by the kids pool.
Other bits and bobs you can get are little rolls from the main bar during the day, slush puppies from the bar by the kids pool, and allegedly frozen cocktails from the beach bar, although they just seemed to be normal cocktails to me as they weren’t all that frozen. You can get pedalos and canoes from the pool bar which are free but with a deposit and you can do a bit of tennis or table tennis also with a deposit. Beach towels are available with a 20 euro deposit which is pretty inconvenient as you end up with 40 euro you can’t spend until the last day when you are finished with your towel.
There were plenty of sun-beds around the pool and on the beach and I didn’t see too much reserving going on although it wasn’t overly busy when we were there. They certainly don’t skank on the alcohol measures in the cocktails and there is a decent selection of drinks available. There wasn’t a huge amount of entertainment while we were there although the local dancing evening was entertaining, and there was the token poor karaoke one night.
The pools were quite small for a complex of this size and were uncomfortably cold. I did man up on one occasion and have a go in the pool but by the time I’d found my balls again throwing a beach ball around had got a bit boring so we got out. The slides by the kids pool were entertaining but you have to generate your own speed as I stopped half way down a couple of times and I’m not a complete fatty.
The rooms were decent. We had a 2-bedroom type arrangement with a twin room bedroom and a sort of bedsit set up for the rest of it. Our room was quite far up the hill which was a bit of a bind but did have a nice view of the beach, sea and across the bay to Kardemena. There is a flat-screen TV where you can catch up on all the latest German news, film and sport or if you get adventurous you can find BBC World News and one other unidentified British channel. We had a nice balcony with chairs and a table which was good for the fiancée to sit on and read whilst I was still asleep.
The bathroom was well finished with nice marble effect tiles all the way round. There was a huge mirror above the sink that you could look at yourself in, the sort of size that if it were a TV it would probably pass as a cinema. Minor quibble was the shape of the toilet which was just like the one in the downstairs toilet at my Mum’s house. Basically, the ‘splash pool’ area is set too far forward so you don’t get a clean drop. Not sure whether Germans and Russians have strange shape bums or what but it brought good employment of the bog brush.
Other bits and bobs; the hotel is set on a hillside which does have a path running up the side. We went exploring on one of the days and if you walk out of the complex on the main road, a little way up on the right there is a track which runs up the side of the hill which is well worth a wander as there are mountain goats knocking about and also tortoises, which was a bit of a surprise to find wandering around half way up a mountain.
If you do hire a car definitely get yourselves to Kos Town as it is beautiful. There are loads of good historic ruins to look at, lots of bars and restaurants, a nice beach, a castle and a port. You do have use of the Mitsis Ramira Beach in Kos and can use their facilities as part of the all-inclusive. We had a little go on it and would say it is much the same as the Norida. Other things well worth doing are the volcano in Nissyros (you can get a boat from the harbour in Kardemena) and the therma-pool (near Kos Town) which is a bit of sea which is heated by the volcano underneath. It stinks of sulphur but they have very kindly put some rocks a bit across the sea so it is like sitting in a giant bath with a load of Germans.
On the way home be prepared for the Ryanair militants at the airport who WILL charge you the extra baggage costs and you do have to make sure your little rolly hand luggage suitcase fits in the bag thing otherwise they will kick off.
Personally I wouldn’t return to this hotel but this is only because I feel we have ‘done’ Kos now and there are many more places to see. If we did return to Kos in the future we would go to Kos Town as it is much nicer than Kardemena. That is nothing against this hotel though, which I would recommend for anyone who wants a reasonably priced sit around drinking and relaxing.
I should also mention the staff at this hotel as they are all very friendly and will help you with anything and always with a smile.