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Aqua Blu Boutique Hotel + Spa
Ranked #2 of 48 Hotels in Kos Town
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 5, 2012

Aqua Blu was excellent.

Re the hotel - the hotel is extremely nice; it is relaxing; it is across the road from Lambi beach; the food is excellent, and the head chef clearly very talented; the spa was fantastic, with a great range of treatments; the pool area was wonderful; the service was truly superb, including hosting us for a day when we were returning to Kos airport after the second half of our trip in Turkey.

Re some of the criticisms below - these appear so inaccurate as to be explicable only by reference to the attitudes of their authors; some of the criticisms are truly unfathomable (Ed D, are you sure you reviewed the right hotel, because the sea was no more than 50 metres from our balcony?); the service was always lovely, helpful and attentive for us

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

most probably the most stylish hotel of the island. 25 mins by walking Away from center of kos. The room is spacious, newly furnished and the view was lovely. Breakfast is well enough at least satisfies any Mediterranean breakfast lover. Has an outdoor pool that has enough sunbeds and umbrellas around. Staff is friendly

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Reviewed September 2, 2012

Spent a week at the Aqua Blu Hotel, with an overall feeling of disappointment. The hotel does have potential but is let down in the following ways: poor service in general, below par cleaning standards, awful breakfast / restaurant experience.

Firstly, the hotel itself is of good quality, with well finished rooms and a contemporary feel. This good start, however, was let down by an overall lack of quality service and a general feeling of uncomfortableness.

Our first morning commenced with an appaling breakfast where the staff brought us everything but what we asked for. The menu was limited and the buffet wasn't even of 3 star standard. With so many staff and so few guests to cater for, i was surprised to be rudely spoken to by a stressed out waiter.

The cleaning staff were too eager, to the point of trying to hurry us out of our room in the morning, leaving us feeling pretty uncomfortable to be honest. Despite this keeness, there were still used cups and glasses left unwashed.

The balcony was sold as having sea views. We didnt bring a telescope so couldnt quite see it, but we could see the waste-ground and the round-a-bout we were parked in the middle of!

The pool area was nice, but the pool furniture was clearly of poor quality. Many of the umbrellas were unserviceable which left a lot of sunbeds out of use due to lack of shade. The beach was little better, with litter common place.

Aqua blu was marketed as a 5 star luxury small hotel, and the hotel itself probably could be deemed 5 star. Unfortunately to warrent 5 stars requires attention to detail and an exclusivity which unfortunately this hotel lacked.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank Ed D
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

The hotel is located in “Lambi beach” which is located near Kos town (about 2,2 km from the harbor of Kos town).
Lambi beach is in one of the “corner” of the island so it’s more windy than Kos town. This is positive when it’s hot but it’s negative when the wind is too strong.
Aqua Blu Hotel joined the “small luxury hotels” so it’s a 5 stars hotel very modern and recently renovated.
We booked a junior suite sea and pool view with a balcony where you can see a beautiful sunset.
The room has new and modern furnitures with a big LCD tv in front of the king size bed.
The room has a bathroom with Jacuzzi.
The breakfast has a nice buffet with culinary specialties from Greece. Moreover there is a short list of breakfast dishes (scrambled egg, omelet with ham and cheese and so on...) where you can order to a waiter what you want.
The only bad thing of the breakfast was the absence of any drinks: no water, no orange juice.
Only the waiters gives you a glass of orange juice from a jug, but you must ask for another glass…it’s not a positive aspect for a luxury hotel that a guest must ask for drink orange juice or water!!
The pool was very nice with a very big Jacuzzi (4-5 person can use it together) and new comfortable sun beds. The hotel gives you the towels for the pool and also for the sun beds in the private beach in front of the hotel, where the guests have reserved for themselves sun beds and beach umbrella.
When we made the check out the front desk man ask to pay for the room … but we have already paid 3 months ago!!! That was very unpleasant treatment for the guest of a 5 stars hotel.
Anyway the hotel is nice and the price is not so expensive!!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Alberto G
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We enjoyed our first holiday so much in June  we came back in Aug. The hotel manager Maria had made some small changes to improve the customer experience which really showed. The hotel provides a service that you would expect of a 5 star boutique hotel. All of the staff are friendly and professional including the Spa in which we had some fantastic treatments. A special mention for the Barman Mick who is an expert when it comes to cocktails, you must spend an evening sampling his creations! The hotel beach (see photo) is well equipped with comfortable sun beds and bar service. The hotel is in a great location with a cycle track from the hotel to Kos , it takes about 10mins to get to Kos town, we hired bikes for the week. We enjoyed the hotel so much that we are retuning in October!

Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Catriona B
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

My Wife and I stayed here from August 21st for 5 nights.We were looking for something special to celebrate our honeymoon and also unique on our first visit to Kos. We found it here and had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Our comments would probably compare with most of the recent views, and would echo those relating to service. That said, the staff are very helpful, always smiling and if they cannot fulfill a request immediately, will come back with an answer (they even managed stamps for me when unable to locate). The location of the hotel is a bit remote from Kos town, and I would query if it's a 20 minute walk, but there are bikes available to rent and a cycle path directly across from the hotel making this a convenient and easy option.

We had a Pool experience suite (RM 107), and the room was well furnished, although the "In room coffee station" is very disappointing. It was a kettle and packs of Nescafe - a better option and for a hotel at this level would be a Nespresso or similar machine. This we've already fed back to Maria, and I think it's a situation that was already being addressed. We also ate in the restaurant, the food was tasty and the presentation excellent (likewise the pool bar meals) and the cocktails were well made. The wine however, was not well chilled and again this was dealt with promptly.

Another nice touch which I've seen in other good hotels was the Spa staff offering short treatments(massages) at pool side for free and also plates of fresh fruit in the heat of the day. My other feeling is that Aqua Blu is less of a children's option and more suited to couples, friends etc., although there were families staying, there is not so much to keep children entertained.

All in all, this is a new hotel with the usual hiccups, but only minor ones and these are being addressed quickly. I would not hesitate to recommend Aqua Blu, and with Maria and her staff, they are in good hands.

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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Great Hotel - beautiful design.

Large rooms, very close to the beach.

Beautiful spa & gym.

amazing pool with great sun beds.

Service is average - still not there yet.

Maria the hotel manager was lovely and very helpful.

Hotel reception staff was excellent and attentive.

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3  Thank shimsho
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Additional Information about Aqua Blu Boutique Hotel + Spa

Address: Lambi Beach, Kos Town 853 00, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Kos > Kos Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Kos Town
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kos Town
#2 Family Hotel in Kos Town
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kos Town
Price Range: $147 - $490 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Aqua Blu Boutique Hotel + Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Aqua Blu Boutique Hotel & Spa is the ultimate destination of luxury and contemporary design, and the only proud member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World on Kos Island. The hotel is a beautiful corner property right on the waterfront, and one of its greatest assets is the white sandy beach just steps from the hotel. A short, landscaped bicycle and car road to the center of the harbor and the historic town of Kos serves as a connection to the nearby town and its various attractions.With guest rooms with sea view overlooking the Aegean Sea and the Turkish coast, the hotel emits a sense of light and serenity, while visitors will be enchanted by the incredible sunsets. The hotel’s luxurious and contemporary guest rooms have been meticulously designed by renowned professionals and provide innovative features that use the latest technology and attractive design elements.A state of the art Fitness Center staffed with talented training experts, a beauty salon, and a revitalizing Health and Wellness Center are a perfect complement to the hotel’s enticing rooms and ambiance. A wide selection of spa treatments and facilities such as a Turkish Hammam, a heated swimming pool, and relaxing massage rooms provide the ultimate body and mind escape and relief.The stunning location, proximity to town, and beach access coupled with exceptional service and ambiance make the Aqua Blu the ultimate boutique hotel for the most demanding traveler of Kos. ... more   less 
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