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.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Cancelon and TripOnline SA so you can book your Atlantica Porto Bello Royal reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Porto Bello Royal Hotel Kardamena
- Atlantica Porto Bello Royal Kardamena
- Porto Bello Beach
- Kos Porto Bello Beach
- Porto Bella Beach
- Atlantica Porto Bello Royal Hotel
- Atlantica Porto Bello Royal Kos/Kardamena