My husband & I have just returned from 2 weeks stay at the Fili & enjoyed every moment of it, mainly due to the hospitality of the wonderful Paul, his lovely family & staff, nothing was ever too much trouble for these marvelous people.
Fili isn't the height of luxury, but it is extremely clean & has all you really need. I have read the reviews where people complained about not having enough facilities to self-cater. What you have is enough to make breakfast & lunch & do you really want to cook dinner on your holidays? Especially when you can get such delicious, varied, plentiful & economical meals at the hotel.
We were amazed at how many of the other guests had stayed at Fili before, some had been going for almost 20 years & we can see why as this won't be our last visit there. Due to the friendly atmosphere there we came back with lots of email addresses & we have all promised to see each other, same time, same place next year.
Fili is off the beaten track but this adds to its attraction if you want a get-away-from-it-all holiday. For 2 Euros you can take the bus to Tigaki. the nearest resort, which has lots of eateries & bars or you can take a leisurely 40+ minute walk there. Alternatively you can pay the same money & go to Kos Town, which has lots of places to eat, drink, shop & sight see, so you can be as quiet or as busy as you want to be.
The narrow, sandy beach is visible from the hotel & is only about 3 minutes walk away, but as the 2 large pools are so lovely, often you don't bother to go there. If you want a peaceful evening visit the Ampeli Taverna, which has it's own vineyard & of course wonderful inexpensive wine. The food is inexpensive, traditional, delicious Greek & once again they have no concept of portion control. The easiest if not the quickest way to get to Ampeli is to walk to the Byron Apartments, then turn right & take the 2nd right where it is signposted. It takes about 10 minutes amble from Fili, but I would suggest taking a torch as most of the way there aren't any lights.
There are only a few downsides to staying at Fili, one is getting to bed at a reasonable time as the time flies by with all the friendly company & Paul always manages to slip "one for the road on the house" in without you noticing.
A rubbish bin in the main area of the apartments would be very useful, as would an extra power point.
The buses only run every hour & then have periods when they don't run at all, so write the timetable down or you will end up with a long wait/walk or a getting a cab, which is 7 Euros from Tigaki & about 15 from Kos Town.
We can't wait to go back.
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