We went in mid-August, I am 19 years old and this was my first holiday away without my parents so I was a little apprehensive, having watched a program on the BBC a week before about bad european hotels that are supposedly 4*!
I have to say though from the moment I touched down in Kos I couldn't have been happier!
The transfer was fairly efficient, though we were some of the last to be dropped off so it did take us over an hour in the coach, however with us being tired from waking up at 5am we were more than happy to sit in the gorgeous air conditioning whilst watching the breath-taking mountains.
When we got there there were a few added extras to pay for, though in all fairness we didn't really do our research and should have asked beforehand rather than assuming what we had included. The air conditioning was (I think - can't remember exactly!) about 5 euros per day which was well worth it considering the heat at night! Wireless was around the same, and we had to pay for a safe aswell that was downstairs, which was slightly inconvenient though probably safer considering it was in front of reception which was open 24 hours.
I have to say I would definitely recommend an apartment which was what we had, with Thomas Cook this did not cost that much extra considering you get an extra room with a couch, dining table + chairs and a kitchenette with a toaster, sink, hob and kettle aswell as cutlery and a small dinner service.
The breakfast isn't brilliant; fairly basic continental (though I am a fussy eater!), but if you're a fan of cheese, ham and bread and boiled eggs every morning it shouldn't be a problem. If you're not however, this would be where an apartment comes in handy, as you can go to the shop which is literally opposite the hotel and buy a box of cornflakes which isn't expensive.
The pool is lovely too, though I would recommend going to put your towels down on your favourite loungers at about half 9, otherwise you dont really have the choice as to where to have a lounger! The pool is lovely and cleaned daily so no need to worry about a dirty pool.
The maids come in every day from about 9 onwards I think, they are LOVELY, so friendly and cheerful, and every time I came back I found my teddy bear propped up very nicely on my pillows or put in some other cheerful position which I must admit was a nice touch!
The rooms as a result were always clean and tidy, with fresh towels and linen three times a week. We did have a bit of a problem with ants though sometimes, but this is just the country, not the hotel. Just don't leave things on the floor and don't leave crumbs and you won't have a problem!
As to eating, don't go to the restaurant across from the hotel (Garden BBQ?) as although it is fairly nice, 1 starter, 2 mains, 2 small desserts and 3 small soft drinks cost us 47.50 euros! If you can afford it fine, but if you have a budget I wouldn't recommend it!
There is a very nice hotel if you turn left out of the hotel, then turn right onto the coast road, it is the first on the left, something Tavernas it is called, the tables are on the beach with a FANTASTIC view of the sunset and the sea, and there is a very friendly but very hyper waiter who is really nice, and it was definitely the best value for the best quality food, we went back there often throughout our stay!
We didn't however do any excursions, but some people we befriended did and they seemed to enjoy it and had no trouble. We did go into Kos town one time, if you turn right out onto the coast road again and before the Tavernas restaurant there is a bus stop, take the number 1 bus which costs 1 euro each and takes about 5 minutes and comes every 15 minutes. Otherwise taxis cost about 6 euros. Kos town is lovely, with lots of cheap knockoffs that are simply delightful! :)
However if you're looking for golden beaches, Psalidi is purely stony except for the man made ones which charge for loungers. Though we were perfectly happy with the poolside, I think they do do an excursion to one of the most beautiful sandy beaches on the island so there is the option of that.
The rep isn't at the hotel, but they do give you a number for them so they are contactable. Make sure you check your phone before you go abroad as I went with Orange and had no service full stop as I didn't realise you had to add a European package for £2.50!
All in all a fantastic break that was needed and I fully enjoyed; our balcony, although didn't have a sea-view had a fantastic view of the mountains. I would definitely go back again as it was basic and clean, with fantastic and friendly staff everywhere who were more than willing to help you whenever you needed it :)
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