OK, so let's start with the positives first. The hotel is very well situated, with the main town being a 7-8 minute walk away from the hotel where you can eat and shop. The beach is at the end of the hotel's driveway. It is sandy with several shady trees to sit under if you feel like it. The sea is also very shallow until you are about 50 meters away from the shore, so it's great for kids too. The hotel features 4 pools, 2 of which are for small children, and the atmosphere around the hotel is suitable to take families with small children.
and now the rest... the hotel is split into two buildings. The newer part has air-con on 24/7 and there are mosquito nets over the doors and windows. These are the "superior" rooms and you will need to pay a premium to be in that part of the hotel. The older part only has air-con on from midday until midnight. We went there in August when Greece was experiencing a heat-wave. It got up to 38 degrees in the day, and didn't really go lower than 25 degrees at night. This made the nights intolerably uncomfortable and sticky, subsequently we didn't get much sleep over the whole holiday. We did complain about the rooms (the first one had very ineffective air-con and was a furnace), and we got moved on the Saturday. The second room was better, had much better air-con, but this still switched off at midnight leaving us in the same predicament.
It is a half-board hotel, so you've already paid for your breakfast and evening meal. Whilst complimentary drinks of coffee, tea, milk, water and orange juice were handed out at breakfast; this wasn't the case for your evening meal where you had to pay extra for a drink. For a family of 4 this clocked in at about 10€/night, and I felt it was a little tight for the hotel not to provide a complimentary soft drink. It felt as though they had a captive audience and so were going to milk a bit more cash out of the guests. This left a rather bitter taste in the mouth.
On several occasions the smell of drains was clearly apparent around two of the pools and round the front entrance. This really is quite off-putting and unpleasant.
Finally, and this point isn't a negative, but one which you should be aware of. The hotel caters for mainly German guests. As a matter of fact, about 95% are German, 4.5% are French and the remaining 0.5% are British. I have absolutely no complaints about the other guests whatsoever, all nationalities conducted themselves with decorum whilst on holiday in what is a family holiday resort. My point is that there is a clear language barrier if you, like me, are completely ignorant when it comes to conversing in other languages. If you like chatting with other people and want your kids to be able to play with other English speaking children, then you will (like us) be playing "spot the Brit". On the few occasions we did meet British guests, we had a good old chat and a few beers out in the town. This was sadly a more rare occasion than I would have liked.
In summary, Kos is a lovely place to visit and has a number of attractions that you should enjoy. I feel a hotel should be a pleasant place to stay, and somewhere to "hole-up" if you don't fancy going out or want to laze by the pool. Unfortunately the Tigaki Beach Hotel does not live up to this standard. It has outdated air-con, and the fact it is turned off for half the day is inexcusable. The half-board menu is too repetitive and you are stung for drinks when you sit down to eat your evening meal. Finally the drains were a distraction at various points in the holiday. Based on the fact we had to go at high season, and had to pay similarly high prices, I would not recommend this hotel and will not be going back there.
For your info, we complained to our rep on the holiday have submitted a complaint report to Olympic Holidays and are awaiting their response.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Tigaki Beach
- Tigaki Beach Hotel Kos, Greece