Myself and my husband plus five other family members stayed here for two weeks from the 31st July 2013.
On our arrival George and his family were there to meet and greet us with a free glass of juice, we thought this was very nice and felt welcome. It was late evening so we was hungry but never offered anything to eat as the kitchen was closed. On first appearance our room appeared to be fine and a good size. Now we have stayed in some places with dodgy wiring before but this was particularly poor. When we woke the next morning in the daylight there was sockets hanging right of the wall and a bowl under the sink to catch the water as the plumbing was broken, this stunk but it was not the bowl of water it was the pipes themselves. The self catering facilities are very very poor, you have a two ring stove and a kettle. There was no sharp knifes to chop anything, no toaster and one pan so you are limited to what you can cook.
Into the holiday the door to the balcony which had been getting stuck from day one came of in my husbands hands and he had to put this back on. We did not complain as we had heard several people doing this and they just got told yes we will sort it but several days later they were still complaining about the same things not being sorted, so what was the point. My sister in law complained about the light bulb in her bathroom blowing and she had to nag them for a week before it actually got changed. There is no where near enough sunbeds around the pool and the children's park is very run down and neglected. There is broken rusty grates around the pool also but no warning signs.
Also into the holiday the owner George ask one of my party why does she eat the tasteless food they serve and she stated to him if you serve something descent I will eat it, he then laughed in her face. The next day he placed on the bbq fresh fish and a huge fish head with lots of vegetables. All the guest thought great he's doing us all a bbq, wrong! He cooked this for himself and sat and ate this in front of all the guests who unless they travelled out had to eat his rubbish of burgers and chips. At this point I was so angry as he sat smiling at the other guests whilst eating. He did twice throughout the holiday.
The apartment at the front of the complex appeared to be very modern and new so if its these that get inspected by Thomson they are going pass all inspections, Thomson's need to go to the apartments right at the back of the complex and inspect how poor they are.
Now, it is a 15min walk to the main town but Thomson sold us the holiday saying there was local tavernas near to the apartments, ummm yes there is ONE restaurant(which we ate at 3 times, very good). The road into town through the village is a death trap for adults let alone if you have children, me and my husband nearly got wiped out by a lorry when it came to the narrow parts of the road. Be careful its not family friendly. If you go to the bottom of the rd you will reach the main rd, turn right here anda few yards down the rd on the opposite side there is some steps, these will take you the quickest way into town. If you go left at the main rd and take the first left again you will get to the bus station. The local bus service is excellent and you can get to anywhere on the island and they are always on time( 2euros each). But it is a free for all when getting on them. Kos has a huge amount of Dutch tourist which tend to take over and push you out of the way.
Kos town is very beautiful but expensive. Meals average around 6-12 euros each and its mainly 4 euros a pint but there are pints for 1.50 at the quieter end but we tried these and it was not a nice drink. A glass of wine varied from 3-5 euros but most of the local house wine was very nice. There is plenty of shopping to do here and for us it was far to busy and would be the sort of place where we would stay somewhere quieter and visit Kos town for the day. The beaches in Kos town are very crammed and every sunbed is side by side and the beach's are very poor if you have small children, they are mainly full of young Dutch teenagers drinking all day and the sea is a sudden drop when you go in here. There is a local bus to Tagaki which has an amazing beach and is ideal for children as it is very shallow for miles and is pure golden sands. Tagaki is a small place and I would stay here if I was to come to Kos again. (it was also cheaper)
We would recommend the Ambavaris restaurant in the village near the apartments, the Sunburnt arms which do a proper English Sunday dinner as the owner is married to a nice English lady(very nice people). This is to the left of the harbour at the end and down the rd on the right. In Kos town we also ate at the traditional Greek restaurant and the Italian restaurant which are side by side and both were excellent and of high standards. Alexandros is also a family run restaurant which is a little hard to find if your not looking hard enough. It is behind the bug church which has two lots of steps up to it and it is a very good little home cook restaurant.
Me and my husband got the bus to the village in the mountain called Pilli, this is a very beautiful village with a few tourist attractions such as ruins and a fresh water spring. We walked up through the village at the back of the church and higher up into the mountain but following the rd. We then came to the panorama café/bar which over looked the whole of the coast and was a beautiful sight, but boy was it hot so if you do fancy walking up there please take plenty of water.
The airport at Kos was fine landing but coming home was a complete nightmare. Half of it was closed, we had to queue outside and the Thomson staff gave a party of nine the wrong information which nearly caused them to be separated and half of them unable to fly as the other half had the tickets. If it was not for the family thinking quick it would of been a bad situation. Thomsons really need to train their staff with the correct information on all possible questions which would be asked.
Finally, at the weekends in the apartment there was a lot of Italians came over for long weekends. When they arrived in the evening they were cooked a full meal and their flag was displayed and over all got treated 10times better than the English. The Italians also took over all the sunbeds that were there so there was people sitting on the floor. Clearly George favours the Italians to the English as they were treated so much better.
Aircon and safety deposit box for two weeks was 85 euros.
There is a lot of sightseeing to do in Kos town and you can hire a bike for 7 euros for the day but be warned they are ten foot high and made for the Dutch. Oh yeah beware of the man who wears a cap and glasses and begs, I gave him 3 euros then the locals told me he owns 5 houses and a yacht.
Overall our Holiday was just ok but would not be back again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ampavri Family Apartments is a family business for over 20 years, where you will experience a friendly, warm, comfortable environment. It is known for its hospitality and fun atmosphere. It is located on a small hill, with a quiet surrounding, 1.2 Km from the beach as well as Kos town centre, 1.6Km from the port, 1km from Kaza Romana the impressive Roman house and 1.4Km from the most well-known ancient monument of the island, the Asklepieion, which also represents the island of Kos. Moreover, the museum is located just 1km from the apartments. Hence, you can lay-back, relax and enjoy the sun by the swimming-pool at the apartments but at any time you wish you can easily walk a short distance (10min walk) and experience the lively town centre where over half of the islandʼs population live and is full of charm and wonderful Italian architecture. At night you can also enjoy drinks at the apartmentʼs bar and have fun with music and dancing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ampavris Kos Town
- Ampavris Hotel Kos Town
- Ampavris Kos, Greece