We stayed from 21st August to 1st September 2012. Flights to and from where problematic (ryan air) but the stay was brilliant! When we arrived at the reception we were greeted by one of the sons, there was a group of arrivals and some couples were led to rooms within the main complex and us and a couple where led outside the Iris to another apartment which was a bit confusing but at least we had a room. It was past 10pm and we just wanted to see our room, pack and sleep! At first we thought that Hotel Iris must be joint to other hotels. Instead of staying directly at Hotel Iris we stayed at Yiannis apartments.
Room was huge and comfortable, not modern but had everything we needed. The next day we headed straight to the pool and spent the day there. Lovely big and deep pool with a good pool bar that served cheap well cooked food and cheap water and drinks. Family run and had more families staying there, tho apart from the other couple that were sent there we were the only English at the pool. Which suited us, lots of Dutch and Greek families. Later that day we went to the Iris reception to find out about breakfast (we booked B+B but weren't informed when or where we had it), we were told by the owner where we have breakfast but also told that we were moving out of the Yiannis on Friday and move into the Iris! We were a bit confused but didn't mind too much. Then we realised they must have over booked their rooms. Later on in the holiday we found out that this has nothing to do with the Iris and everything to do with travel companies over booking and leaving the hotel to sort this out! In the end the fact that we had to swap hotels almost made it feel like we had two different holidays.
We enjoyed our stay in the Yiannis apartments but the Hotel Iris was just that little bit better for a reason I can't really put a finger on. If I was ever to go back I would be very happy to go to either hotel!
Hotel Iris served up a lovely breakfast (continental breakfast like bread, ham, cheese, cereal and Greek yogurt) from 7-30 to 9-30 which suited us as we were on a girly holiday and both hard core tanners so up early to make the most of it. The pool was cool and very large but very deep, not child friendly but there was a kids pool and playground and lots of inflatables to use. At Yiannis we had to get out early to get a sun bed that stayed in the sun all day as there was shaded areas due to the apartments being circled around the pool. The Iris pool area was a nice open space, a total sun trap so it didn't matter where you sat.
The pool bar for us was a highlight not only because the food was the best food we had in Kos (freshly cooked and prepared, both traditional Greek and things like burgers and hot dogs), how the family cooked was the same way they made and served the food for us and the portions where huge but it was the staff that made it the best! The two sons would work the pool bar, Minas in the day and Kostas after 5pm. Both lovely and welcoming, we miss our little chats with Minas and his wise words. Two lovely guys.
We only went out to Kos town for meals a few times, the Jasmine served good food and was of good size but just wasn't as nice as the food in Hotel Iris so we stayed there most meals or cooked our own in our kitchenette. The food was fresh and of good price and value, never been so full!
The room we stayed in was a self catering room on the other side of the pool, these were newer and bigger then the rooms in the main complex of the Iris and glad we stayed in these! Two beds that could be made into double or single, large bathroom with large sink area and shower- warning have shower before it gets dark. The hot water is heated by solar so by day it's hot but once we had showers at 9pm and it was a cold power shower! The rooms where large, clean and modern with fridge, hob and kitchen area. Cleaned every other day by the family.
The key thing about Hotel Iris apart from its lovely staff was its location. Outside the Iris was a bike rental where you could get motor bikes and push bikes. We hired push bikes for 4 Euros a day which made the trip to Kos town enjoyable and only 5/10 minutes long. The walk into Kos town isn't long (20 minutes) and is a lovely walk along the coast but the pavements aren't as friendly for walkers as they are for cyclists! The beaches are at the end of the road ( not the nicest beaches tho) and a mini market 1 minute away and jimmys market ( a larger store) about 3 mins on the main road to Kos town. A must is to do a boat trip! We did the Christina which was a small boat with no more than 30 people on it and the owners were lovely, we spent most of the time looking for dolphins which was amazing and the owners were very keen to show them to us. Other tourists who went on other boats didn't even see any, they seemed to focus on doing the islands which we also did and didn't miss out on the time spent there. When the owners were happy we had seen enough of the dolphins we then stopped dolphin hunting and carried on with the trip. It was a 3 island tour and had an hour at each island which was more than enough. Lovely food included and a nice mix of people on board. Nice and relaxing which is what we wanted, we heard stories about other boats like the Catarina making their customers dress up as pirates which wasn't our thing but others loved it. The highlight was jumping off the boat and swimming with the fish in the clear waters.
Visited the hamam which was interesting! Don't believe them when they tell you women always massage women. It wasn't the case for us and we had young good looking men the same age as us (late 20's) massaging us in places where even my ex boyfriends never went (don't worry only bottom and boobs, his face in boobs and my face in his crotch)!
Visited Bar street a few times and although it's very European rather than loads of Brits like place like Ibiza and Kavos it's still pretty much the same with men sleezing over you and people desperate to get you in but still a good night out.
The ruins are a must for any part of Greece.
Over all Kos is a lovely place and would so go back but the holiday was so much more thanks to the lovely hotel and the family we shared 12 days with. Miss it already! Laura k and Laura j xxx
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- Also Known As:
- Iris Hotel Psalidi
- Hotel Iris Kos/Psalidi