Where do I start with Hotel Roselands...?
My husband and I spent a week there in June right before the tourist season really started. My husband received a deal on the whole vacation and we decided why not? We read the reviews and half were good and half were terrible. We were skeptical, but figured we would give it a try.
We arrived just after noon and we were checked into our room by the older woman at the front desk, she wasn't the most welcoming, but she wasn't rude. I read online that the rooms came with air-co and a safe. We were so shocked that we had to pay for the safe and 3 Euros a day for air-co, which is CRAZY! We then learned we couldn't even pay and get the key for the air-co because the manager wasn't there and we had to wait for him to return. Later in the day we were able to go and get the key.
We went to our room to find the bed a mess and it filled with trash. We realized that the maid hadn't gotten to our room by the time we checked-in. A couple minutes later the maid showed up. We left our stuff and hung around for an hour while we cleaned the room. It took an hour just for our room. We had been awake since 3am and just wanted to lie down before doing anything. She was very apologetic and we finally got into the room. I have stayed at some small places around Europe, but the bathroom was a JOKE it was so small and the shower...I can't even...
The beds were hard and uncomfortable and I knew sleeping there all week wasn't going to be easy. From the moment we got in the room my husband was ready to go home.
The food wasn't the best, but it wasn't terrible. Breakfast was the worst meal of the day. I got sick of their greek cola and sodas after a couple days, you can only stand cola and lemon lime drink for so long. My husband and I had a running joke that there would be something always covered in tomato sauce and something would contain filo pastry. We were out on the afternoons a lot and we would have lunch somewhere else on the island. Our last night we decided to walk up the road to Mythos a cute little restaurant for dinner. I wanted decent greek food on the last night.
Most of the staff in the restaurant was great and super helpful, they also kept the place clean. There was a younger woman who worked at the front desk sometimes and she was so nice and very helpful. The internet in the lobby was so slow and once while my husband and I were hanging out in the lobby the manager was having a fight with one of the cleaning ladies it wasn't professional at all.
The best part of the entire place was the pool. It was kept clean and it was where most of the guests were all the time. The size of the pool was nice and the water always felt great. The "afternoon" snack that was offered at the pool bar was the biggest joke ever. They were these tiny sandwiches on stale bread or this stuff that was called pizza, but it was just more of that stale bread with a tiny bit of tomato sauce and old cheese. One day were were going to be out for the entire day on a boat tour and wanted some breakfast since we had to leave early, the night before we spoke with the nice younger woman at the desk and the next morning a packed lunch was waiting for us. Sadly it was the nasty stale sandwiches that were given during snack with a piece of fruit and a water bottle.
The maids didn't do the best job at cleaning the room, but it was ok I guess. It was rate to get new towels even if we left them on the floor for her to take. Then the bathroom rug we maybe got a new one once or twice even though it was SOAKED everyday from the joke of a shower that I could barely move in. Our room was one of the bungalows on the back near the "basketball court", which was run down and just full of trash. It also smelled terrible during the high heat of the day.
We LOVED Kos, but this hotel not so much. Hey it was cheap and we got what we paid for. We did decide we will go back to Kos in the near future, but maybe stay in Tigaki and not Marmari again, which like many of the reviews have said Marmari is a town of nothing. Luckily we rented a car and were able to get around the island on our own. I do not recommend the hotel, but if you want a cheap place to just sleep then go ahead.
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- Also Known As:
- Roselands Hotel kós
- Roselands Hotel Bungalows Kos/Marmari