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“A self centred owner! Never again.”
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Ampavris
Ranked #14 of 52 Hotels in Kos Town
Certificate of Excellence
nottingham
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“A self centred owner! Never again.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

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.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

What a great place to unwind, we had a recently refurbished apartment, which was a very good standard. Pool great, bar area great and only 10/15 min walk to KOS town & beach. This is a quiet but very family/friendly location, but if you want the night-life it is only a 10 min walk to the busy strip.Will visit again soon as we met so many decent folk & staff.

All the staff/family were great, but a special thanks to Grigori & Steve for making our stay even better.

Room Tip: Ask for a pool view, we stayed in room 9 which was a very good standard
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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wakefield
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

We arrived for two weeks at the end of July 2013. Steve & little Steve met us off the coach with a huge welcome & a free drink at the bar. I cannot emphasize enough how amazing the whole family were. George , Eleni , Chris , Steve , Little Steve , Irene , Gregory & all the other staff helped make our hoilday as amazing as it was. The rooms are clean & basic but you only sleep in them so they were good enough for us. Hannah the rep was a good laugh , always there when supposed to be & happy to help . There were plenty of sunbeds & the pool was really clean . Lovely breeze so the sun didnt feel as hot when you were sun bathing. My husband is a huge Leeds Utd supporter & little Steve Loves Chelsea . The banter between those two was constant & Little Steve loved it , little Steve is only 14 but already a star barman , he makes amazing cocktails & loves to show off his Greek dancing...
The supermarket is less than 5 mins away and the walk down into Kos town 10/15 mins .
I dont think we could have stopped anywhwere better . i would recommend staying here to everyone...Karen & Karlx

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Me and my six friends stayed at Ampavris this July 2013 for our first holiday without our parents. We were made to feel so welcome and nothing was too much trouble for George and his family. Being 18 and away from parents we obviously headed straight to check out the nightlife, which was great and it's only a 10/15 minute walk to bar street (two long strips of clubs). We even got a lift back after a night out from George, it's such a friendly hotel! Also down by the sea there are loads of bars including Jacksons with good music and cool stuff like a massive foam machine! Also most placed have lilos you can borrow too. Although we loved just sitting by the pool where the sunbeds are comfy and the pool is clean and cool. Such a lovely place to stay we will definetley be comming back in the future. :)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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lancashire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

Arrived for a weeks holiday in July, and from the minute we arrived we where made to feel welcome.
The rooms are basic but very clean, please pay the extra 5 euros a day for the air conditioning, you will need it. the pool is clean and so refreshing and the staff can not do enough to help you.
It is situated in a really quiet location just out of town (15 minute walk), and there is a store just next door that sells everything you need, however it is a little cheaper in town. Drinks at the bar are average price for Kos, but you will enjoy the friendly atmosphere. George and his family are top class hosts.
Will definitely go back, but with midgie repellent...they are evil out there lol

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

Me and my partner went here looking for a quiet, relaxing but enjoyable holiday.

From the minute we got there was made to feel extremely welcome by the staff ... Free drinks at the bar that night . Not did they just want to see you be happy they wanted to get to know you aswell and check everything was ok .

George, steve , chris and rest of family a big thanks. What they do is great, made our holiday.

Facilities fine and clean , staff are excellent any problems just ask them and they will help for sure.

Nice walk 20min to local restaurants, 5 mins to supermarket and 5 mins to bus stop etc. Pool of a decent size and plenty of sun loungers.

We will definately be returning having made good friends with the family .

Perfect place for fun, relaxation and a happy environment.

Advise anyone of all ages to visit here! No one would be disappointed that can be assured.

We will definately be back thats for sure! Dont worry be happy :)
Many thanks Laura & Shaun xxx

  • Stayed June 2013
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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

We returned to Ampavris after a break of three years (through family illness, new babies and new jobs, we couldn't all get together at the same time) and we felt like we were going home. George and Eleni welcomed us like members of their family and Steve and Chris are still tending the bar. However, there were great changes - all the rooms have been upgraded and now all have baths as well as showers. New doors and windows complete the improvements, plus there are now mattresses on all the sunloungers. As always, the rooms were kept immaculately clean, as was the pool and surrounding areas and we had a wonderful time. As other people have noted, Ampavris is in a perfect countryside location but is only a 15 minute walk to Kos Town (or a 6 Euro taxi ride if it's too hot). Nothing is too much trouble for the Sourasis family and that is why people return year after year to Ampavris - it's just perfect!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Ampavris
Address: Ampavris, Kos Town 853 00, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Kos > Kos Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Kos Town
#11 Romantic Hotel in Kos Town
#13 Family Hotel in Kos Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ampavris 3*
Number of rooms: 34
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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