We have just returned from a week at this hotel with my teenage daughters (17 & 14yrs). Very impressed with the hotel overall. Spotlessly clean.
We read a number of Trip Advisor reviews before we left .... Having now stayed at the hotel, here are a few of our tips to make the most of your stay.
Other reviews conflict on whether there is a kettle in the room. We decided to take a travel kettle just in case, and we're glad we did as we did not have one in the room. We also took mugs as these were also not supplied.
Beach - the private beach is a 2 minute walk down the road from the hotel. We decided to spend a morning on this beach, but the hotel staff failed to mention there was a €10 charge for the 4 of us for the morning - made for an interesting conversation with the ticket man as we hadn't taken any money with us!
We chose to hire a car for a day through Thomson as this was much cheaper than booking the 4 of us on a couple of trips. We drove to Parsdise Beach on the south west coast. A stunning golden sandy beach, with crystal clear water. Sun beds and umbrellas can be hired on the beach and are very cheap. Great beach bar serving refreshments and food.
We also drove to Zia, a village in the mountains overlooking the island. Ate dinner in a restaurant over a pottery shop,whilst watching the sun go down. Would recommend arriving around 7pm as the restaurant did fill up quickly and had several reservations. The meal was delicious and the 4 of us ate ate a 4-course meal for €68. Incredibly good value.
We took the bus into Kos Town on a couple of occasions. Takes approx 10 minutes and tickets can be purchased from the hotel reception. Good number of shops and some interesting architecture and ruins to be seen.
We also took the bus to the Therme beach. Again, well worth a visit to experience a dip in the natural hot spring direct into the sea. We liked this beach as it is very un commercialised with lovely blue water.
Having travelled around the island during our stay, we noted how quiet many of the places we visited were. On speaking with staff at the hotel and local cafes, it is clear that holidaymakers have avoided the Island due to the immigrant issue. We definitely did not see any signs of immigrants or issues related to this. We were told that they are housed in a compound on the island.
We found the staff and Greek people very amiable, and keen to provide excellent service across the board.
The food is very good indeed, plenty of choice and great consideration to dietary needs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Designed to recreate the look of a castle, the family-run Platanista consistently wins awards for its high standards, excellent value for money & caring staff. This impressive hotel is in a quiet position only 200m from the beach, 2km from Kos town, & 1km from the marina. A simple, yet aesthetic, environment worked out to accommodate the visitors who would want to experience something exceptional from the ordinary. A thousand and one nights in Greece... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Platanista Hotel Psalidi
- Platanista Hotel Kos/Psalidi