My wife and I stayed here for 2 weeks from the end of August 2013, and couldn’t really fault the hotel. We can definitely recommend this hotel and if we come to Kos again we will stay here. It’s clean, peaceful, well equipped and the staff very friendly.
Let me try and clarify the accommodation: None of the rooms are sea view, and to describe the rooms as side sea view is stretching it a bit: the blocks are all end-on to the sea, and separated from the hotel beach, and sea, by a largish grass lawn and a quiet coastal road.
The rooms are spread over 5 blocks numbered 100 to 500. Blocks 100, 200 and 500 contain the standard and superior swim up and balcony rooms. The ones you see in all the publicity photos round the main pool are 200 and 500 blocks. There is a 100 block which is on the east side of the hotel which you don’t see in the brochures. We were in a swim up room in this block (See photos). The pools for the 100 block are smaller, and the terraces are smaller. In truth the 100 block should be at a discount to the 200 & 500 blocks, since the terraces and pools are smaller, but they aren’t. I asked how it would be possible to make a booking and guarantee to get a 200/500 block room. I was told that you could make the request at time of booking but this wasn’t guaranteed. “It depends on what is available on the day you arrive”. We were happy with our 100 block room and pool and it didn’t detract from our holiday. In fact the 100 block rooms are quieter than the others.
Block 400 contains the junior suites (see photo) they didn’t seem to have a lot of privacy, the path to the beach runs past their sun terrace.
Block 300 contains the executive suites. These are on the way to the beach and are surrounded by high hedging giving complete privacy.
A thing to note is that the hotel is aligned north-south, slightly tilted to the west. This means that the swim up terraces for the 100, 400 and 500 blocks loose the sun from around 2:30pm onwards. So the ideal is to try for a room in the 200 block, which gets the sun from around 11am until sundown. Also the 500 and 400 rooms back onto a holiday park which is close by and can be noisy sometimes in the evening.
The hotel is 1km from Marmari village, which can be reached by walking along the beach road that runs between the hotel and the sea. There are a number of bars, shops and supermarkets in Marmari. The best supermarket is Konstandinos, which is further down the main road in Marmari. You can get to Konstandinos on foot in 20 minutes from the hotel.
As regards the weather we didn’t see a single cloud for the whole two weeks and the temp was in the range 28C to 32C. But it was windy. The hotel’s private beach is north facing and the prevailing wind is from the north. We only had 4 calm days out of 14, the wind speed was 25mph plus the rest of the time, so we hired a car and drove over to Paradise Beach on the south coast where it was calm. (Thomsons do a day trip to Paradise beach). Some of the other beaches next to the hotel beach hire out wind breaks, so windy weather must be a common occurrence!
I’ve done a review of Paradise Beach with photos, which should be in place by now.
We lazed by the main pools, which are sheltered from the worst of the wind, but you’d get sand blasted on the beach when it’s windy. The pool water is cooler than the sea, and the indoor pool is cooler still, so we only used the indoor pool once! There are plenty of sun loungers at the pools and beach, so no need to play the towel game, unless you want a prime spot.
Is it child friendly? There is a kids playground (see photo) which got used a fair bit, and a kids pool next to the pool bar (see photo). All the other pools are 4 foot deep and deeper with no ‘shallow end’. I did see a notice for children’s activities on the beach, and there were a fair number of children staying there. There wasn’t much for teenagers in the hotel or in Marmari.
Is it wheelchair friendly? Yes. There were a handful of wheelchair users staying there, and there are ramps and lifts.
The food was fine. Plenty of choice and good quality. Every Monday it’s Greek night with Greek dancing, and err, a Turkish (?) belly dancer. She was quite good and encouraged the kids to join in. There seemed to be themed nights in the restaurant, e.g. Mexican and Chinese, but there was no announcement of this. One comment: the waiters whip your plate away as soon as you have finished. It would be nice if they waited until my wife had finished too! I even had my bread roll plate removed while I was putting the roll in my mouth! They can detect cutlery hitting an empty plate at 20 paces! Also people were smoking in the restaurant, albeit in the open air bit. Even so we could smell it.
We were half board and so you get one free meal per stay in the a la carte Italian restaurant ‘Bacco’, but we wouldn’t use it again. The mushroom soup didn’t taste of mushrooms, and it looked like the chicken wasn’t fully cooked, but difficult to tell in the dark…
The pool bar is good for a snack. They do a mean Greek Salad!
The pair of us spent around 750 euros over the two weeks on drinks and snacks at the hotel.
There was live music outside the main bar every night. The main bar is quite large and has a large screen TV in one corner.
There is free WiFi, the password changes every Monday and you get the details from reception. I couldn’t pick it up in my room, and reception is a bit patchy. Bizarrely I got the best reception in the pool bar! Wifi reception is OK next to the, err, Reception :-)
You can get a bus to Kos Town from the beach road gate at the hotel. It runs every hour and costs 2 euros each way. (Timetable from reception). Kos centre is the last stop, and you catch the bus back from the same stand, so can’t go wrong. The 10:25am bus we caught to Kos was packed to the gills. We also drove into Kos. If you follow the main road into the town there are two free car parks on the right in the archaeological area, a minute’s walk from the centre and harbour.
Kos Island is around 30 miles end to end and the driving quite laid back. (On the main road east of the airport the police have left a badly wrecked car and motorbike prominently displayed at the side of the road to encourage better driving!) There’s a main road running from Kos town in the east to Kefalos in the west, with roads running off this to the resorts and mountain villages.
There’s a gym at the hotel that my wife used with all the usual equipment with controls in English. It was empty when she used it. There also seemed to be pilates sessions each day in the grounds. There’s a table tennis table in the grounds, a bit of a challenge in the windy conditions!
You can hire pedal-bikes and cars from reception.
In summary we really enjoyed the stay and wished we’d booked for a 3rd week! There are more sites, villages and beaches on the island we’d like to visit. We did an Island coach tour covering Hippocrates ‘hospital’ at Asklepion (great views), a couple of mountain villages Zia and Pyli (more great views) and Kefalos in the south west, and a honey farm. All of which gave us a taste of what the island has to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palazzo del Mare, a luxury five star adults only hotel with 175 guestrooms, was built in 2008/9 and extended in 2010. It is located near the village of Marmari, at the north-west coast of the island of Kos, only 50 m from the beach, 15 km from the airport and 17 km away from the centre of Kos island. The Hotel has a two-storey main building, one building with three floors, ten two-storey buildings and the area of the Presidential suite and the ten Executive suites, all with private pools. Each luxurious room and richly appointed suite features a bath or shower, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, coffee and tea facilities (replenished daily), direct dial telephone, internet access and in-room safe (both free of charge), individual air conditioning and a satellite TV. All ground floor rooms have direct access to the pool.Palazzo del Mare offers a variety of facilities like the Sogno main restaurant ( a buffet restaurant with terrace), the Pool Snack bar for lunch and the Culinarium a' la carte restaurant (dinner only). For refreshing drinks you will find the Sole Pool bar, Vento Lounge bar, Porto Beach bar and Parola Café offering crepes and ice cream.Our international guests can enjoy a 4500 m² swimming pool with Jacuzzi and water jets, an indoor heated pool (120 m²) with separate Jacuzzi, the fully equipped Onda Gym as well as the Armonia Spa (450 m²) with various treatment rooms, where our only goal is the inspiration and the "harmony" of your body and soul. In the hotel you can as well find a mini market, a boutique shop and an internet corner.Ideal for those, who wish to try something new and combine a relaxed holiday with high personal attention, that puts guest's comfort above all! From the moment you approach Palazzo del Mare, you know you are in for a quality experience.... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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