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Kardamena Holidays Apartments & Studios
Reviewed 5 July 2013

After reading all of the mixed reviews I was slightly apprehensive at first. 13 of us stayed here between the ages of 17-19 so I think Chris (the owner) was a bit apprehensive too, but we aren't the rowdy sort anyway.
The owner himself was a strange man, some days he'd be cheery and wonderful and other days he'd yell at us because a door slammed with the wind or we went to the glow party and he didn't want the paint to go on the towels. He made it clear from the start that if you are bad you will be gone, which is fair enough but paying 15 euros for a broken bowl is a bit much.
The rooms were pretty spacious considering, some of them have smaller balconies than others but overall they were a good size for a room of 3. My boyfriend and I had a room of three for the two of us because he ran out of 2's which was lucky, but the rest of my friends in 3's had no problems with the size. You get a kettle, a toastie maker, a pretty shoddy hob and a toaster which is great, but you can only plug one in at a time, and they have utensils and cutlery, you just need to buy soap and washing up liquid, and a towel to dry up with. You don't get a floor towel for the bathroom and if you use one of their normal ones for the floor then you have to pay for the damages. There was loads of wardrobe and cupboard space, and the bathrooms are basic, I gave this an average because we got along with it but I can see how people may not like it, for example the toilet seat was broken and you only get air con in the bedroom so whoever is sleeping in the living area will be hot, but for what we paid for it was great.

Immediately next door was a shop which had the basics but there were loads of supermarkets nearby. It was literally a minute away from the beach and 5 minutes away from the main strip but it seemed to be a safe walk. The only problem is all the motorbikes but no one can help that. The main clubs were far out no matter where you stayed but there were loads of signs and it wasn't a difficult walk. If you're not going for a clubbing holiday then I should probably mention there's loadssss of restaurants nearby, it was in a great location because you can't hear all the drunkards but if you want to go somewhere nicer you're able to. In the daytime it's close to shops as well.

Things you might need to know: The safe is 7 euros for the week, aircon was 5 euros a day. You only get one toilet roll, then you have to buy the rest, but you can get them in the supermarket next door. There's no swimming pool but the Cleopatra opposite has one that is public from 10:00 - 18:00. The bins are changed every day, the beds are changed twice a week, and the rooms are tidied every other day. You can't be in the room while the maid does a full clean out, but you can sit on the balcony. You can't bring people back or you get a warning, and lastly, get on the RIGHT side of Chris and you'll be fine. If you're on the bottom floor in rooms 18-19 then you're very unlucky as he lives underneath and it's next to the main desk.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

I really can't understand why there are such conflicting reviews for Kardamena Holiday Apartments. I'm a regular there having stayed 11 times to date. In fact I'm taking friends there in May (2013). I've always found the owner Christopher to be a caring and helpful host. The apartments are the usual Greek, no frills standard but on all my trips I've had a clean bed which has been changed twice a week along with the towels. The toilet bin is changed at least every other day. The rooms are clean and in good repair. I'm not sure how many rooms are equipped with free satellite television but I've always had that available. Additional payments are required for the use of the in room safe and air con but wherever I've stayed in Greece it's always been an extra. Every time I return to Kardamena Apartments I'm made to feel very welcome, in fact I'm treated like one of the family.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled solo
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5  Thank Margaret H
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

When we arrived at our hotel there was no one on reception rep showed us our room as soon as the door opened the smell hit us it was filthy dirty really dated, bed sheets were covered in stains which did not get changed the week we were there and it was a heat wave even the locals were complaining how hot it was ,room had loads of ants everywhere the towels supplied I would not even dry my dog with them no toilet roll in bathroom told we have to pay extra for them after traveling all day we were gutted, woken up early by shop next door blowing up inflatables with a generator no hot water so had to have cold showers all after little sleep on a broken bed, informed rep we wanted to move as soon as the manager found out he started shouting at us asking why so we told him so he phoned his cleaner and sacked her in front of us!! For her to later turn up banging on our door shouting, we are not the type of people to complain or be confrontational just wanted a clean room to put our heads down was not expecting much but it was a total nightmare ruined the first week of our holiday it was that bad it has totally put us off returning to Greece

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed 5 December 2012

Stayed here with 6 other mates. Its really close to the beach and clubs but there are better apartments around. You also don't want to get on the bad side of the owner Christopher. The beds arent the best if your 6ft + and they say they regularly change the covers but i don't think so. Only one free roll of tissue and then you have to purchase it but it isnt too expensive. Its right next to a shop if you wish to buy basic necessities but if you wish to go to bars and restaurants you must walk for approx 5-7mins but that isnt really a problem when you are accompanied by mates. Overall the apartment is decent but i wouldnt really want to use the utensils etc. Also you must pay for air conditioning and the safe if you wish to use it. I would rate it 5/10. Finally the Kardamena is a wonderful place for people who like to party hard!!!!!

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank zzzillionaire
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

i cannot say a bad word about the place
stayed here a few times, and never had anything to gripe about. the guys peice above this, cant see what your moaning about, christopher moved you didnt he ???
yes its basic, but most of the accomodation is in greece, its cleaned daily, bins emptied, and towels changed every other day.
christopher stays in the hotel all summer, (only owner i know that does), he is a true gent, and if you have any problems is always there to lend a hand and help sort out the problem.
the times we have stayed here we have never had any problems and if we had a litle niggle christopher was there right away.
yes i have heard him growl, but , tell me, if you were woken in the early hours , by drunken idiots, slamming doors, and shouting , you wouldnt be happy either, so there ya have it. and if there was no one to sort out the problem you again wouldnt be amused.
i think the word respect comes in here, you earn it by giving it......simples.
we have no problems staying here, and dont think anyone else would, as long as you know its basic accomodation and not the ritz............
i have had many chats with christopher in my times staying here and he is only to pleased to talk about the culture of greece, and advice you on some lovely places to go and see.
stella his wife is a lovely lady and very good chef,
we have even had a lovely bbq with the family, and enjoyed a good few beers with them too.
dont have worries about booking the hotel,
its clean and friendly, and safe and secure, and the cleaners you can trust leaving what ever you want laying about the place, even euros, and its still there when you return.
as the saying goes....you cannot please everyone, and everyone expects diffirent for there money
we have become a friend of the family, and they are lovely
see for yourself..............

Room Tip: you want a front facing room that faces the road, to watch the world go by....
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank jomarLondon
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

Stayed here with my mum for 8days,from 1-8-12 Christopher welcomed us like family. could,nt have been more helpful.Louma changed bins every day, bedding&towels changed twice. lovely lady too,Christopher offered to take us into Kos town anytime.Stella even offered us a lift with her to go visit Turkey via the hydrafoil. We have visited Kardamena many times& made some lovely friends, hopefully we will go back end of september to stay here again, as it is very safe place to be, Julie&Linda Schofield manchester

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

We booked this room for our final day at Kos as we had a late departure back to Athens. We basically needed a room to stay from checking out time at our hotel till 21:00 when we were supposed to go to the airport. Booking.com offered us the room for 1 night at 26 euros.

When we arrived we were shocked as, though Greek, we never imagined that such places still operated in our country. We were offered an appartment. The size was small (almost a cage), I wouldn't use the kitchen utencils unless they had been sterilized before. The bathroom was small and dirty and the owner charged for the use of toilet paper !!!!!! The bed matresses were ancient and cheep, the sheets had stains and only a face towel was provided (needless to say we air-dried after showering).

There was an armchair in the kichenette area that had stains on the cushions of all sizes and colours.

Very indicative of the clientele it attracts was the announcement listing the cost of furniture, doors, windows in case of damage. It must attract scum.

I do understand the need for basic accommodation to cater for the needs of all kinds of customers, nevertheless, this establishment and the likes of it should have been closed down centuries ago.

Overall, Kardamena bared no relationship to the rest of this beautiful island. Kardamena is an offense to any sense of style and beauty. It is place for repressed youth of Europe to go and get drunk, have sex and take drugs. Absolutely disgraceful!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Address: Kardamena 95302, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Kos > Kardamena
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Ranked #24 of 27 Speciality Lodging in Kardamena
Price Range: £16 - £35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Kardamena Holidays Apartments & Studios 2*
Number of rooms: 14
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