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Tigaki's Star Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Tigaki, Tigaki 85300, Greece   |  
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Ranked #10 of 23 Hotels in Tigaki
Thessaloniki, Greece
1 review
“amazing vacation in an amazing hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

I am from greece and its my Fifth time in this hotel and never be dissappointed!!! In a fantastic place next to the beach.The stuff very friendly!!! recommented to all ( to couples,to families & friends).At first i went with my friends,second and third time with my girlfriend and fourth time with my family.This July i spend my vacations with friends again!!!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Altinkum, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

The hotel is almost exclusively family run. If you should have a complaint about ANYTHING tell reception they will do all they can to rectify. The breakfasts and service would be difficult to find fault with. I would say an ideal place for couples and the more mature. Lots of German clients. One word of warning pack your Deet, lots of mosquitoes, certainly at my time of visit in mid June.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Letcombe Regis, OXON
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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

We went to the Tigaki Star in mid September for 10 days, having picked this hotel due to the number of good reviews.

When we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised at how clean and smart the foyer was - all marble flooring and very comfortable seating area, with a bar and terrace. We were put into one of the bungalow rooms (407) however this had twin beds and we prefer a double bed. So we went back to reception and they immediately offered us room 101 inside the main hotel building; lovely room, very bright with a king size bed! Flat screen TV (that worked), fridge (also worked) and air conditioning (worked too well!). Simply cannot fault the room at all, we were very pleased. The balcony was in shade most of the day due to trees outside, but after experiencing the heat of sitting in the sun, this was a blessing. Plus we were rarely in the room, there is so much to do in Kos / Tigaki anyway.

Breakfast was a bit basic, typical continental stuff of ham / sliced cheese / bread rolls / toast, etc., but with a bit of imagination you could make a decent meal out of it. There were always fried eggs; we waited for the 'fresh' ones which came out every 15 minutes or so and made a very tasty ham & egg sandwich! Plus there is cereal, coffee, fruit juice (which may not be fresh but was still much better than other reviews suggest); all in all, you can have a good filling breakfast. Bear in mind, though, this is not a 5* hotel!

As for the pool area, this was very clean and tidy, with plenty of sun beds. Occasionally someone would leave a towel on one but, to be honest, most didn't and there was never a problem in getting a place around the pool. Lots of tables and chairs around the pool bar, which was open from about 10:30 onwards. We found it a bit more expensive than the local bars but then this is true of most 'captive audience' bars around pools, it certainly wasn't excessive. Two glasses of wine for around €6.00, which is about the same as the UK. Most of the guests were German / Dutch, which didn't bother us - they were polite and quiet. Unlike the group of Brits who appeared (thankfully) for just one day - drinking way too much, screaming way too loudly, using bad language, making right fools of themselves and, frankly, made me feel ashamed. Luckily, they disappeared the next day.

The grounds were very clean; one night we had a mini 'storm' and a few leaves / branches got knocked about, but by next morning the ground staff had cleaned the whole place up. In fact all the staff were superb; we told Reception one morning that our shower head had broken and 'split', went to breakfast and came back half an hour later. The shower head had already been replaced.

There are safety deposit boxes in the foyer, weird system in that you have your own key plus you need to use a communal key that is on the front desk; I can see the point, it means that even if someone nicks your key, they will need to go to the front desk to get the 'master key' as well. Not very big box but enough to hold passport / tickets / credit cards / money, etc. But we never felt that there was any threat of theft around the place, which is more to do with the Greeks than with the security.

Eating out: we were afraid that there would be limited places to go, however we couldn't be more wrong. There are scores of Tavernas around Tigaki, we went to a different one every night and never had a bad meal. We liked the ones down by the beach; there is a very good fish restaurant just past 'Mickeys Bar' and the last taverna along the boardwalk, can't remember the name but we really did enjoy it here. But the best place we found was where we spent most lunchtimes; go out of the 'back gate' at the hotel (just near the Church) and follow the path towards the sea. About 500 metres brings you to Alikes Bar / Restaurant, a GREAT place to watch the world go by and with excellent food. The cost of eating here was embarrassing; you could have 2 main meals, a half-litre of wine, practically a loaf of bread (home made) as a starter and still only pay around €17.00. They have a great terrace (mostly in the shade, under some olive trees - believe me, you'll need it), free wi-fi (great for calling home on Skype) and very efficient waiting staff. Simply couldn't fault it; if you go anywhere near the beach, make sure you try this place, you won't regret it.

All in all, this place lives up to the reviews, there are always going to be some who moan about places but this hotel simply doesn't deserve it, the quality far exceeds the cost. Which is rare nowadays, normally you are pleased if the hotel just lives up to some of your expectations. This one surpassed most of ours.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

Firstly Tigaki itself is a lovely place. Lots of restaurants and bars that are just really friendly and welcoming. After travelling to places such as Tunisia and Turkey it was so refreshing to not be hasselled in the same way you would be by restaurant and shop owners. Locals on the whole are really friendly and the food is amazing! The beach in Tigaki is lovely but you will have to pay for sunbeds unless you are happy with a towel on the sand. Sunbeds range from 5/6 Euros per day for a pair of sunbeds and an unbrella and it is totally worth it. The sea is beautiful and safe. Great bars and restaurants along the sea front and also cheap.

Tigaki Star is a smallish family run hotel. Very friendly and accomodating. The grounds are lovely and well kept and the pool is great and with a bar that serves reasonably priced food and drink, The best pool side bar I have some across for value and decent food that isn't just pizza and burgers. Noticeably it is not the done thing at this hotel to put down towels on the sun beds which was really refreshing. Just goes to show that if people put down towels when they actually want to use the pool there are enough sun beds. No need to get up at 6.00am to get a sun bed! Hurraaaaar! :) As with many other reviews on here I would say that the breakfast is the real let down. With a few simple changes it could be so much better. The toaster situation is a total joke and there simply isn't quite enough choice and not enough space - it got extremely busy and the queue for the toaster was laughable. We were near the reception and could hear the phone ringing from our room which woke us up, poor matress quality and loud plumbing also meant that sleeping wasn't always the best.

Hired a quad bike for the day a and went around the island which I would recommend - 30 Euros per day. Would also recommend the 8 Euro trip to Zia to watch the sunset up the mountains, absolutely beautiful. Tigaki is 15/20 mins away from Kos town on the bus and is a 4 euro round trip. Food and drink is more expensive in Kos compared to Tingaki but some lovely restaurants again. Would recommend the Museum Restaurant.

Finally and most importantly DON'T LISTEN TO PEOPLE THAT TELL YOU THAT THERE ARE NO MOSQUITO'S IN SEPTEMBER!! I read that the mossies were not around at this time of year. On my first night I went to the hotel bar and was outside for about 3 hours. I was bitten 51 times all below the knee! The pain the day was unreal! If this happens to you there is a pharmacy in the next village opposite a bar called 'Bar Code' that make their own cream containing anti-biotic and it was absolute saviour on this trip. The normal relief crean did nothing for me. Please apply repellant after about 6.30pm and in the morning before about 8.30am at this time of year.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bournemouth, England
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

My partner and I have just returned from a week at Tigaki's Star. We had room 209 and i will go over the negatives of it first. The shower was quite small and with a curtain rather than a screen which i didn't like much as it kept sticking to me! Also one bed was really uncomfortable (mine of course my partners was ok) but rather than letting that annoy me i just got one of the thick blankets from the cupboard and put this under the sheet which smoothed it right out and was then nice to sleep on! The positives are rooms were clean and quiet, aircon was very good as was fridge and both free and the balcony was a very nice size and view was great. The rooms are all in apartment like blocks which is very nice, the grounds were well kept and attractive. Although we didn't use the pool it was a very good size, very clean but i do think sunbeds would be a problem if you don't get one in the morning as when we returned in the afternoons there were none free which wasn't a problem as Tigaki beach was very nice and clean and nicely shallow.
Now to breakfast, i did think there could be room for improvement here, there is only one toaster which isn't very fast so creating the first place where i have ever seen bread waiting on top of the toaster as you would expect a towel on a sunbed! Also if you like a hearty breakfast there wasn't a massive choice, only bread/rolls, 2 types of cereal, yoghurt, melon, cold meats, cheese and boiled and fried eggs only. Breakfast is also only available 7.30 - 9.30 which meant that the majority of times it was busy, it seems you can get there before 7.30 which proved the most successful for us. I did find the receptionists helpful and it was great that on our last day our transfer wasn't arriving until 11.15pm so for €20 we could keep the room right up until then. Overall it was a good hotel with just a few minor points, nothing to ruin a holiday, we thoroughly enjoyed it.
As for the resort Tigaki was a good mix of tourist shops (i'm afraid i do like a bit of tat shopping) bars and restaurants. We ate somewhere different every night and didn't have a bad meal. Its quite a low key resort which is just our taste and i liken it to Skala in Kefalonia or Pefkos in Rhodes.
Now to the mosquitos...i never normally get bitten but did heed the other warnings and use insect repellent, obviously i did not apply enough though as on the 2nd night we ate at the Spaghetti Factory and i got absolutely bitten to pieces, i would definately recommend thick application as it didn't happen again after that.
For car hire i would recommend Sevi who did us a very good deal for 6 days and then on the final day we hired a buggy from Hard Moto which i would definately recommend for seeing more of the island.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bruges, Belgium
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

We had an enjoyable stay in Tigaki's star. Although there were some (little) negative points we really loved staying here and we both had a great feeling about this hotel. To give you an idea of how we experienced this hotel, I divided my review in positive, negative and +/- points.

+ clean and quiet rooms; the complexes looked really nice and greek
+ really nice staff
+ very nice and clean swimming pool area; big swimming pool and enough sun beds
+ close to the beach
+ well working airco and fridge

- beds: during the first night my boyfriend and I switched beds because I could really feel the springs of the mattress pushing against my body. Lucky the other mattress wasn't that bad at all and my boyfriend didn't mind sleeping on the other one.

+/- breakfast was fine, nothing to complain about but I would have liked some croissants,... Orange juice wasn't fresh, but was not bad.

+(/-) location
+ The hotel is located just a few metres from the mainstreet, which is really lovely in the evening. Lots of good restaurants, bars,... (at least if you're not looking for the big discotheques) We advise you to visit Nisiotiki in Tigaki. It's a really lovely restaurant. We ate here three times, which we normally never do! Have a drink in Katras cocktailbar. The cocktails are lovely, so is the music.
(-) If you don't hire a bike, buggy, etc. Tigaki is a bit far from Kos town. Because if you want to visit the other villages like Kefalos, Zia,... you always have to go to Kos first to take the bus. We hired a bike for 3 days because there weren't enough busses 1) or to go from Tigaki to Kos to catch the bus to the other villages 2) or to go back. So we had a 24 kilometres ride every day. But if you hire a buggy, quad or moped the location shouldn't be a problem.

So, we definitely adivse this hotel if you're looking for a lovely hotel and surrounding!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

The hotel is clean and the stuff is polite - I can't say friendly because we did not interact a lot. Breakfast is the same every day and really poor: sirup juice, water, tea, coffee, 2 types of cereals, butter, marmalade, one type of cheese and salami, feta cheese, yogurt and eggs. Bread looks old. There is only one type of fruit at disposal.
Tigaki is boring, pubs in the evenings are almost empty and the restaurants adapted to british food (they were advertising fresh salmon and putting a strange sauce on the lamb!). You will hardly find fresh fish in Kos.
The best place to be is Kefalos - it has nothing to do with the rest of the island and it's amazing. I personally prefer smaller Greek islands and this crisis period is not a good time to go. The atmosphere is not one of the best.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Tigaki, Tigaki 85300, Greece
Location: Greece > Dodecanese > Kos > Tigaki
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#8 Romantic Hotel in Tigaki
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Hotel Class:3 star — Tigaki's Star Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 89
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