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“Wonderful hotel outside Kardamena, quiet efficiency.”

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Atlantica Porto Bello Royal
Ranked #2 of 39 Hotels in Kardamena
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful hotel outside Kardamena, quiet efficiency.”
Reviewed August 19, 2011

Kardamena in Kos is usually seen as somewhere you go in your twenties for clubbing. It still has that but a short taxi or free hotel-provided coach trip nearby is the Porto Bello. Understand just bought by Atlantica hotels- currently not on their website, they have their own still which is hard to find...they had it as their screen saver in the hotel but forgot to write it down - if I ever find it, I'll put it on here.
Two hotels stand side by side on the beach, the Royal (5 star) and the Beach (4 star).
We chose the royal due to the photos of the lovely village style and the pools running through the hotel. If you are thinking about this hotel look at the photos - it's as good as it looks
The hotel is set on a slight hill down to the beach and there are steps but there is also a road around each side to every single level.
Many rooms actually open their balcony doors straight onto a pool. Thompsons say they will give you a sea view - there are loads of those anyway. If you don't have toddlers then make a special request for a ground floor room leading onto a pool. if you want absolute quiet round the pool then ask for a room near the main building, on the top road or by the bottom two pools. If you would like to keep an eye on what's going on, then ask for a room near the inside pool or around the area where the greek and fish restaurants are. The basic rooms through Thompson are excellent - we managed two adults and one teenage in one no problem and we usually have issues with storage. The junior suites are worth considering if you want another bedroom. I don't think there are too many of them, they soon run out so get your booking in early if you want a different room. There are also two storey maisonettes, couldn't work out which they were but they'd be great if you need that much space. All are well proportioned, nicely fitted out with fridge and telly.
But it's always really quiet - although there are 300 rooms there are sunbeds and umbrellas everywhere and they are spread out around those 13 pools so it never feels full. And we were there at height of season when it was. They ran out of sunbeds round the pools whilst we were there but the hotel brought more up from the beach and there were spares every day. The pools are the best thing about the hotel - spend half a day swimming through the pools, another day on the beach, try spending days by different pools to soak up the different atmosphere, you won't regret it.
And if you want some fun by the pools (and its worth watching even if you don't), then the animation team were one of the best I've ever seen. Two women did excellent aerobics/yoga/etc. whilst the men led sports including water polo. They were all really good, worked so hard (moving onto providing the entertainment at night including fire eating) and gave more than they needed, staying around the pool to talk to people, play with the smaller children with their water guns, and one day Francesco did the aqua aerobics in a bikini and wig cos it was the girls day off. Great way for teenagers to get to know other people if they join in on these from the start.
Food is brilliant. Main restaurant had best english breakfast he's had abroad. There is so much choice at every meal every taste will be accommodated - and the quality is fantastic. Some days they have specialities on offer, e.g. Weds were Greek night (with live dancing and music outside by the restaurant), another night was Italian, another Mexican, another fish but still there is plenty for those who want more traditional fare.
The special restaurants - Asian (served to table), Italian at night, Fish and Greek at lunchtime, are easy to book, you get a set time to arrive. You book them a day in advance - if you specifically want a later time, book early in the day.
Beach is also lovely, have a walk down the coast either way to have a look at the other hotels - be aware there is a small nude beach if you head towards Kardamena. But worth it to have a look along at the other hotels in the area and to see the other beaches - you could walk miles along the beach. Nice to see real sandy beaches. There is an excellent beach bar which does paninis, sandwiches and ice cream if you can't face the massive choice of the main restaurant at lunchtime - we just hit the beach bar and had a snack. All were made in front of us to order.
There is entertainment in the evenings in a large open air amphitheatre between the two hotels - lots of different things and people seemed to enjoy it. We didn't bother.
Children's club exists, no info on it but when they brought the kids to the main pools, the staff had the patience of a saint and were talking in italian and english (mainly these two nationalities at this hotel). Unusual for some hotel run clubs to speak in english all the time.
The hotel is so varied and beautiful, if you really need a rest, get rid of stress then this is worth every single penny. It's not cheap but if you were to add up the cost of the drinks, ice creams, food you would spend otherwise at euro rates these days you will probably find you spend the same money. Weather is great from early to very late summer so if you can go out of school holidays this would be a real steal. I hope we will go back someday, possibly early or late summer for a week. So consider this hotel - you won't be sorry.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

Just had two week stay at the Lovely Portobello Royal. the entrance foyer takes your breath away and the hotel is well laid out, immaculately clean and despite being full all the time we were there never gave the impression of being busy. the pools always seemed to be empty, giving one the impression of solitute, there was rarely a queue at the restaurants for tables or food. The food choice is good, some of the staff in the restaurants were excellent, nothing was too much (the maitre d was a bit grumpy, but he was keeping the staff busy so this was to be expected).
the rooms are clean although there were just a few things in our room that were a little worn, but given that we spent very little time in them this was not a problem in the slightest. the aircon was a godsend. the safe is free and very useful (some hotels can charge a fortune) - my only gripe about the room was the lack of tea and coffee making facilities, i wake up early and couldnt make a coffee whilst family still in bed - went to the restaurant and asked if i could take a mug back to room, maitre (different to dinner one) refused, stating that if everyone did this he would have no cups left - had to wait a couple of hours for family to get up - this is minor issue i know, but it would have been nice to wake up to some lifers juice on the terrace. only other gripe was the usual issue with lounger hoggers - there were signs up everywhere stating that one could not reserve sun loungers, yet by 8am they were all taken with towels etc laid out over them, and there were not enough to go around the pools (probably why the pools seemed empty) - i would have like to have seen this enforced as some loungers were empty all day, except for last hour of the day when some people who had been out all day came down last minute and sat on them before tea - bit selfish, but then we have to accept this on holiday is suppose. getting drinks could be a problem if you dont push in, but the bar staff are excellent and will generally serve the first person - katerina and khatia in the beach bar, by far the best two staff - friendly, helpful and generally great to everyone there.
apart from minor issues, this is probably one of the nicest hotels i have stayed in, would definately recommend a stay here, would definately return (gripes were only trivial) and the pros definately outweighed the cons.
great beach facilities, in fact we preferred the beach to the pools (less salt) and the atmosphere for kids was great down on the beach.
great kids club, great staff and great mini disco everynight. entertainment laid on every night, but we didnt stay for this, but other guests said it was very good.
theatre is set away from the hotel and shared with the sister hotel next door, only down side was that it was next to the drains/sewage area and the stench was horrendous (hence us not staying for the entertainment) - hold your nose and hey, enjoy yourself.
as previously stated, apart from minor gripes (and these are personal observations) this is a great hotel and well worth a stay.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

Very nice hotel, very large and clean rooms/bathroom, good quality of food and show cooking.
Superb swimming pools with sea-water, lovely pool for children near the beach and good italian animation staff.
Seaside games, beach volley tournament, baby club ecc.
Good quality of drinks even in the All-Inclusive type.
Great all-inclusive!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 12, 2011

Hi all, My family and I are regular travelers and love going to all inclusive. One of our biggest problems when we travel is to make sure we find a place that is kid friendly for our 4 year old twins - you know a place where I can actually relax as well :). Porto Bello Royal is this place!!! My sister who lives in Athens surprised us with a trip to Kos when we went to visit her from Chicago this past July. First of all it's HUGE with lots of pool choices. There are pools for adults and a great pool for kids - It had a slide with running water and the pool was about one foot high so they had some water to swim in. I felt safe to actually lay on the pool chair under the umbrella and supervise them from there. Usually I'm in the pool having to be behind them because the water is too high or the place is too crowded. Which brings me to another point - the place was fully booked but it didn't feel like it because of the layout of the place and the many pools they have. There was never more than a few people in the pool - it was great, I felt like I had rented the place our for myself :). The beach was beautiful too, they had snack bars with sandwiches and cookies that we took to the beach to snack on. They had a variety of water spots for adults and kids. The restaurants were great with lots of choices - lots of international foods, not only Greek. There is a gelateria open all day - my kids were there a lot having their ice cream. They loved feeling independent ordering their gelato while I waited on the side :). The staff was very nice and helpful. Not being able to speak Greek, I felt very comfortable because everyone spoke English and a lot of them spoke Italian which I loved since I'm from Italy!! Every night they had a show for the kids and for adults. They also had a child play area which my kids visited and played Jenga and soccer; they had crafts as well. It was cute to see them interact with children from other countries and get along and have fun with. My 4 year old son told me that when I get old, he is going to bring me back to Kos for vacation - I hope we will go back before then :)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

Porto Bello Royal on Kos island is what you can definitely call: " PARADISE on EARTH "
We heard the best things about this vacation resort, but did not imagine it was much better than words can describe:
The rooms and suites are very spacious, very elegant and beautiful. The service is the best you can get. The food is excellent and you can choose from a very large variety of dishes, different cuisines from all around the word. Any food that you may dream about, it is going to be there, in one of the many restaurants inside the Porto Bello Royal, and much more delicious than one can imagine. They have many bars also, ice cream parlors and coffee shops inside the resort, indoors and outdoors- for all preferences. The water in the many pools is crystal clear and of course, there is also the beach. There is a large variety of pools for all ages and all preferences, kids pools with slides and play area inside the pool or outside the pool playground, and all are very safe and pleasant looking. Any water sport that you can think of, it is going to be there. They have a spa, gym, yoga classes, dancing, shopping, they also have an outdoor theater with many shows, for all ages.
We are a multicultural family, living in Chicago, U.S.A., who traveled all over the world with our 3 children and our parents and in-laws. Everyone in our family, from Grandpa to our 2 y.o.baby daughter, had a great time and lots of entertainment of all sorts and for all ages. We can definitely say: This was the best vacation we have ever had in our lives!!! We highly recommend Porto Bello Royal resort to any person or family, of any age and any culture, from any country : If you want to have the time of your life, the best vacation ever, go Porto Bello Royal Hotel, Kardamena ,on Kos island , Greece.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

This hotel definitely warrants the five stars awarded to them, food excellent and has a variety of different themed restaurants. We ate in the fish and greek restaurants at lunch time and both had excellent food on offer. The beach bar at lunch time is run by Mateusz who prides himself on his cuisine and nothing is too much bother. The main restaurant and bars are run by Panous and his deputy Giorgos, two wonderful and cheerful gentlemen where nothing is too much trouble. Overall the hotel was spotless and all pools cared for daily. There are plenty of sunbeds and shades, you wont have to get up early for these, evening entertainment in this hotel consists of a singer six nights a week and one themed evening, occasional beach party every other week. The beach area is sandy and clean with plenty of sunbeds.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

This hotel is absolutely immaculate and a stunning complex of great design and it is brilliantly managed considering it's size. Staff are very friendly and efficient with special mentions going to Khatia and Katerina at the beach bar and the tall Maitre D' in the buffet restaurant.
Our bedroom was large and well equipped with a pool view and balcony absolutely no complaints. Beach adequate but nothing special.
Buffet restaurant always had something for everyone and the greek night there was really good. Food is of a good standard and very well run by the staff.
Italian Restaurant O.K. But again buffet style, food pretty average but nice setting.
Asian Restaurant very nice and IS waiter service but the starters and dessert always pretty much the same each night with the only real difference being the mains.
Fish restaurant in the day very average again and buffet style again bit of a canteen really. Only one choice of Red Wine in every restaurant and a very poor one.
The most mindblowing mistake in the design of this hotel is there are thirteen Swimming Pools but only ONE BAR to serve them all unless you position yourself at the bottom end of the complex where the beach bar is. So rather than you thinking you want to each day try a different pool you tend to position yourself in the same areas within reach of some refreshment which is a real shame.
Entertainment is as all the other reviewers have stated but the animation team do work very hard.There is a sort of bar waiter service in the hotel bar and a resident female singer but overall this is another area which could be improved upon. I would suggest they turn the beach bar at night into a Beach Club type feel with music, lounging areas etc. As it is far away enough from the bedroom blocks so as not to cause any disturbance and would be a welcome change in the evening.The nearest town Kardemena is pretty shabby we went down one night had some pretty poor service at a restaurant, you are not missing anything if you don't go trust me. This is why for a family like us that went for a fortnight the hotel could do with upping the standard in the evenings because there is nowhere else to go.
So to sum up if you are looking for a 5 Star resort where you are waited on hand and foot with waiter service in bars and restaurants with interesting entertainment at night this is NOT the place for you.
I don't want this to sound like a negative review we had a great fortnight here and it was very good value, it could just do with a few tweaks which are possible and it could then be first class. As it stands if you want a good value quiet and elegant 'All Inclusive' with a good standard of food and drink in clean modern surroundings then this will more than fit the bill.
Oh and why serve beer in small plastic cups? Little things I know but changeable. I must say I would probably return for ONLY a weeks stay though if the price was good to have a relaxing break in the sun.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Atlantica Porto Bello Royal
Address: Kardamena 85302, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Kos > Kardamena
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kardamena
#1 Luxury Hotel in Kardamena
#1 Spa Hotel in Kardamena
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Kardamena
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kardamena
#3 Family Hotel in Kardamena
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Hotel Class:5 star — Atlantica Porto Bello Royal 5*
Number of rooms: 313
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