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“Don't normally do reviews but thoroughly impressed with Sunny View.....”
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Sunny View Hotel
Ranked #26 of 39 Hotels in Kardamena
Certificate of Excellence
Kent, England
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“Don't normally do reviews but thoroughly impressed with Sunny View.....”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

As above I generally don't write reviews but I am making an exception. My fiancee booked our 2-week holiday, which we went on with her parents. After it had been booked, I looked around on the internet and found some bad reviews which I want to address for the benefit of any others looking to book a holiday at Sunny View.

The main complaints were about breakfast, George's pushiness with regards to attending the BBQ on a Tuesday night, problems with insects and the shower curtain being inadequate (meaning a soaking floor).

We paid a reasonable price for bed and breakfast at Sunny View and after reading reviews on other websites I did have concerns before we went about all of the above, which were completely gone after a day or two at the Hotel. Firstly, breakfast might be seen by some as basic, but the reviews saying the food was cheap and bad quality are complete rubbish. Rolls, bread (for toast or sandwiches), cornflakes, "coco pops", butter, a selection of jams, cheese and ham are all available, as well as some fruit. Coffee, hot water and tea bags are also provided for hot drinks and orange juice if you prefer. This is as the same every day but you can pay £3.50 for a cooked breakfast and still have as much tea/coffee/juice as you like. I heard no complaints about any of the food and don't have any of my own. If you get bored of the cold food available pay 3.50 euros and have a cooked breakfast which is very nice and cooked by Katerina.

We didn't find George at all pushy about the BBQ, and to be fair if you don't want to go then you're missing out. It's an evening well worth the money and the food is excellent and there was always plently. Food is followed by Karaoke which was always very entertaining!
George is very proud of his BBQ and his sons carry it off brilliantly.

The only problems we had with insects were mosquitos. I recommend taking some sort of repellent or insect spray with you if you do intend to visit Sunny View because they are a pest. This aside, you will only find the insects you'd expect to see in that part of the world. Crickets, moths and butterflies, flies, beetles etc etc none of which we had in our room (with the exception of mozzies of course). We did not see any cockroaches at all but did see some "bugs" which you could assume were cockroaches I suppose. Complete rubbish if anybody says otherwise re: cockroaches. Not a problem at all.

The shower curtain does it's job in helping to stop water getting on the floor, but the design of the bathrooms lends itself to a wet floor any way (with drainage outside of the shower tray for any water that does escape). You can minimise this obviously by having the shower curtain inside the tray. Our floor got wet every day when we showered but I don't see it as a basis to complain. It's a bathroom. It happens?!

Really only wanted to write a review to stop other people having the doubts I did. Our group of 4 were all very impressed with Sunny View and are eager to go back again next year! We were one of few groups who were staying at the hotel for the first time. Most have been going back for years and years and are very happy to keep spending their money there, as I will be over coming years.

The family are all lovely, friendly and approachable and Francis and George in particular are excellent and very whitty and entertaining. Both more like friends than members of staff by the end of two weeks and we were all very sad to have to leave them and can't wait to see them again in 2013.

Please do ignore bad reviews as I'm sure you won't be disappointed with Sunny View or the family who work had to make it the success it is - and if you do have any problems you only need to let someone know and they will work tirelessly to sort it for you.

Frances is a football fanatic and supports Liverpool and his Greek team, Olympiacos, who I'm pleased to report were beaten by Arsenal 3 goals to 1.
Thanks to all at Sunny View for a brilliant two weeks full of good memories and hopefully see you all again in 2013.
Alex

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

We have just come back from 2 weeks at Sunny View. This is our second visit and due to us loving it so much last year we decided to go back again!

The Family are brilliant. Frantzis, George and Mamma make you feel at home straight away.
The rooms are cleaned every day and you get clean bedding every other day.
We stayed half board again and the dinner mamma cooks is fantastic. There just could do with a few more options on the menu but this wasn't a big issue as the food was fantastic and all cooked fresh. Breakfast is very basic but it is expected in Greece!
The pool is large and there is always plenty of sunbeds available.

We have been to Kardamena 3 times now and think the place is fantastic. The views, the harbour, the tavernas and just the people themselves make it one of the nicest places to visit.

The only slight down side to the hotel is that it is on the outskirts of town so you need to get the bus which is situated outside the hotel or a taxi. €1.80 pp for the bus or €6 for a taxi. The walk on the beach front is lovely but takes about 30 minutes.

Overall a brilliant stay and we will be back again!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

just got back from kos again staying at sunny view it hasnt lost its charm.met same friends and new ones who been using it 4 yrs frantzis his mum dad work hard 2 make your stay as easy as they can 4u. i cant wait 4 nxt yrs hols.u want a nice peaceful time i suggest u give it a try

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

This was my second visit to Sunny view and I will be going back again 2013. First of all I would like to praise the family for their hospitality. The food was lovely, all home made by Katerina. My 12 year old niece had a great time especially playing with Sunny the dog who is just the cutest little dog ever. Frantzis could not do enough for you. The pool is lovely and plenty of sunbeds. The rooms are very clean. Bedding and towels get changed every day and theres a lovely view from balcony. I would definately recommend this hotel.

Janet Glasgow

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

Two days before our departure to Kos in early June, we were forced to postpone our vacation and we were really desperate to leave our country (on top of the rain) . Once arrived in Kos, especially at the Sunny View Hotel we were in paradise and we started our new Greek (short) life with Frantzis' Familly. it's was our first trip to Kos, Kardamena, and knew better the island of Leros from the past where we stayed also one week this year.

Sunny View Hotel is a golden Olympic choice. Kardamena is a lovely place hidden behind an impressive mountain sitting on the peacefull seaside, wonderful sandy beaches, many restaurants and shops, trendy bars, boats lazing in the city-center with some palm trees and good fruits cocktails. The sea temperature is warm without waves as this side of the island doesn't suffer of windy weather anytime in the year.

Be sure that you will have a very special welcome at the Sunny View Hotel no matter what time you check in at the hotel ( max 10 min from Airport) and you will quickly forget that you're a tourist . The familly works with their heart and passion. All of them are always in good mood willing to make your stay magic and confortable; they were always extremely very kind with our son. He was the youngest one and he never cried except for delicous extra size ice-cream.

We had a triple room which was simple and very clean, TV good size with satelite, the swimming pool was a little paradise as it filled with crystal clear water coming from deep source. Our kid became a self-swimmer after 3 days at Sunny View Hotel. He was feeling very confident and he loved homemade food which was important for us as children can be a nightmare during holidays if food does not suits their tastes. Lucky us, we were all extremely happy with theproposed menu and the weekly BBQ.

Hotel's guests were all very friendly and we went out for a drink several times with other guests and had great time in Kardemena. My husband loved the hotel's bar as Frantzis has a real talent for many of cocktails.

We had only one regret during our stay : Italy was not European Football Champion (:-
Thank you for this unforgettable holiday we had during the last week of June 2012.

See you next year Frantzis & family !

Tonia, Stefano and Bruno

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

Arrived on a late-ish flight at around 10.00 p.m. and check in was quick and straight forward. Katarina was happy to prepare anything from the menu even though we were so late and we had a lovely cocktail to start our holiday.
Frantcis, George and Katarina really make this a warm and inviting holiday experience. We have stayed in many different types of accommodation (from downright dreadful to 5*) and our time at the Sunny View ranked as one of our favourite holidays. This is due to the owners warmth, cleanliness of room, availabilty of beds round the pool, variety and quality of home cooked food. The accommodation is simple and honest - no frills but comfortable with free wi-fi which always worked and a TV with a couple of Sky channels if you really want to watch it. Aircon, if you need it is at a small charge - we prefer to try to acclimatise but by day 5 we submitted and used it as the temperatures had really soared.
Dont think I can think of any negatives - yes it is a 30 minute walk to Kardamena town (or 6 eu taxi fare, or 1.80 eu bus fare) but you should have worked that out before booking I guess. The walk is along a gorgeous coastline and we tried to do the round trip each day for the exercise, sometimes jumping in the sea on the return walk 'just because you can'. Buses do pass by one side of the hotel - but not so often and it is certainly not intrusive and its quite handy to jump on and off if you choose this mode of transport into town.
What a lovely family-run hotel and a great bbq night shared by residents, plus friends and family of the owners so the atmosphere was great. George - thank you again for going out of your way for us (you know why....!) - your an absolute gentleman and made us feel special.
Missing you all already and working on our next trip to stay with you as we speak.
Really recommend a trip to this hotel and this island if you want to get out of the All Inclusive rat race and if you want to experience 'real' people, 'real' food in a lovely location.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

This was our first trip to Sunny View Hotel, we flew out on 21st July and returned 30 July 2012. What a brilliant holiday George Franzis and Mother (as my husband insisted on calling her) were excellent hosts and you really do feel part of the family along with Sunny the dog. We can't fault the Greek hospitality or praise them enough. The barbecue on Tuesday night was a wonderful social occasion and we were disappointed that we were coming home on Monday as it we'd been there one more day we could have gone to another BBQ. Mother's home cooking can't be faulted and on our last day we were asked what we would like to choose for our dinner and they would endeavor to provide it, we chose apple pie and we weren't disappointed. Upon speaking to other guests we discovered that the majority of them had been there many times before and this just goes to show how good it is that people keep returning (we are already looking at September next year!!) We were a varied party of boys aged 17-21, parents (48 years) and grandparents (70 plus) we all agreed what a wonderful relaxing holiday we had had and it was only a 30 minute walk or a taxi ride (6 Euros) for the boys to Kardamena to sample the night life. The pool was lovely and quiet and there was always shade left for us without the need to get up at 7.00am to put towels out. Brilliant hospitality, brilliant cooking and a brilliant all round holiday. Thanks to George, Franzis and Mother - we hope to see you real soon. Les, Tracey, Robert, Grant, Sue and Richard.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Sunny View Hotel
Address: Kardamena 85302, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Kos > Kardamena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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#3 Best Value Hotel in Kardamena
#19 Romantic Hotel in Kardamena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sunny View Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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