We stayed at the Philippion from 21-28oct 2009 in a one bedroom apartment. The apartment is basic but was cleaned/towels changed daily and beds were comfy, so was great for a weeks hol! We were right by the upstairs pool so had lovely views towards Turkey. (The plane trees which previous posters had complained about had been cut before we arrived in preparation for the 28th Oct parade, and the 'Four Roses' bar was closed for season so not so noisy at night).
The Hotel itself is located on the main seafront road between the Castle and Marina, about 5-10 min walk into Kos Town. The time will depend on your willpower as you have to go past 'To Special' bakery which is next door to Kos Aktis Hotel. This shop is open all day upto about midnight and does a mouthwatering range of pastries, breads and icecreams.
We found that a lot of tavernas had already closed for winter, but still managed to try a different one every night! Of special mention is Mummys Cooking and Elia for Greek dishes, and also 'Jumbo-style' behind the indoor market where we had a lovely evening chatting to the owner who was australian but had come to kos on hols some 20+ years before and not gone home. Did want to try some other places mentioned on TA, but Caravan and Agora were closed and couldn't find Never on a Sunday - it was raining and getting dark so gave up looking!
Weather was not so good this year - first three days were great (including my sons birthday on friday), as we went into the weekend it got cloudier, then massive thunderstorm on sunday night/monday with rain for several hours. We then had cloud and rain for rest of hol, but still warm enough to be out in t-shirt!
Used local buses to get around island as cheap and reasonable timetable. the only problem we had was after catching bus to Zia and getting caught in another storm, we did not know that they had changed to winter timetable so no 4pm bus! The timetable which we had been given had no dates on it, and bus driver who took us up did not tell us that it was last bus of day. Luckily one of the shopkeepers saw us waiting in the rain, and came over to tell us there was no last bus and offered to call us a taxi. Apparently this is quite common, so surprised that taxi dont wait by busstop to collect unsuspecting travellers.
Definitely worth a walk to is the Casa Romana to look at the Roman mosaics, free to go in.
All-in-all a relaxing hols which was not spoilt by weather as we have been on hols in much worse!
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