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Platanista Hotel
Ranked #4 of 19 Hotels in Psalidi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 August 2016

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.

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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4  Thank Pinkcat0475
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Reviewed 29 July 2016

This was a late booking due to a family bereavement. A good deal was offered and knowing how much we loved last year's stay, booked a week. The only difference was that this time our adult daughter 'gatecrashed' (her words!). We stayed in a family room consisting of a double bed & two singles, separated by a large partition. It was spacious with a large balcony, in a quiet part of the hotel overlooking the gardens: ideal for us. A safe was provided which you rent but it was not much for the week.There was also a fridge which because of the supplied drinks, we could just squeeze milk into for our early morning cuppa (take your own travel kettle & tea bags/cups). On arrival and throughout the week the room was maintained and cleaned to the high standard experienced throught the hotel. The only negative was that after a delayed flight we did not arrive until 2am, & when shown to the room the air-con was not on (all electrics are operated by your key card) so the room was stifling. By breakfast the air con had started to work & it was okay, but it made for an uncomfortable first night. Realising this would be a problem if we took the key card each day, we requested an additional one which was supplied without fuss (typical of the attitude of hotel staff). We left one in the room so it was cool on our return each day.
The hotel and Kos was every bit as good last year's experience (see my review of July 2015). We were greeted like old friends by staff who remembered us from last year, but all of them are friendly and helpful. The food was of the high standard we expected (even our daughter who can be fussy always found something - especially the salads).
The hotel has two large pools which for a hotel of its size is wonderful, as well as spacious grounds, so you never feel on top of each other.
We did not experience the entertainment, but throughout the day the team try to engage customers in activities without being pushy (the boule is nice & relaxing but fun). After dinner one evening we popped across the road to the mini golf, so were there at 10p.m. with the backdrop of the sea just relaxing and having a laugh - recommended!
Kos itself seemed quieter than last year (though to be fair, we have not been during school holidays). Whether people had been put off by the refugee crisis I do not know, but there was no sign of them other than a small boy and girl playing instruments harbourside (who were very polite and grateful when you made a donation).
So, another lovely stay at the Platanista; the week went too quick. Hugs and best wishes from staff when we left, as well as Michael at cafe Harmo who was very pleased to see us again. We will definitely be back. We are trying a change of scenery for later in the year, but in Greece again. The Platanista is the standard we are setting other hotels by and it hasn't been easy finding one.
This was our daughter's first experience of Greece and she loved it all.

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled with family
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6  Thank GazzaT_80
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Reviewed 29 July 2016

Just come home from a weeks stay and must say had a really great time staff were brilliant especially George and Alex in the restaurant made us feel really special overall had a fantastic holiday would thoroughly recommend

Stayed: June 2016
Thank Alan L
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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

We wanted a quiet week away and that's exactly what we got. The hotel is situated up a very small side road and looks stunning from the outside. The rooms are basic but we'll kept and very clean. All the staff are very friendly from reception desk, serving staff and entertainments team. We took part in activities if we wanted to and didn't feel pressured into taking part in any others. The food choice was good although the price of drinks were very expensive especially the water. I would highly recommend the hotel for a quiet time away.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank scottfarmer1982
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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

We've just come back from a week at Hotel Platanista, this is our 2nd visit and yet again we were not disappointed. The hotel is immaculate and all the staff are friendly & helpful, & food is excellent

Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank TheGrimmos
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Additional Information about Platanista Hotel

Address: Psalidi, Psalidi 85 300, Greece
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Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Kos > Psalidi
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Psalidi
#2 Romantic Hotel in Psalidi
#4 Spa Hotel in Psalidi
#4 Luxury Hotel in Psalidi
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Psalidi
Price Range: $130 - $309 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Platanista Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 221
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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