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Lagas Aegean Village
Ranked #8 of 39 Hotels in Kardamena
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Reviewed 20 June 2014

we have just come back from 2 weeks in the lagas Aegean Village resort. What a truly superb place. It was spotless, the staff were always helpful and polite and nothing was too much trouble.
There was plenty of food to choose from every night and the entertainment was great. Eri was our waiter in the cocktail bar and he was the best, really took the time to get to know all his customers.
We made loads of friends and will be returning again. One of the best holidays i've had.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

Just returned from 11 nights at this unusually laid out hotel, travelling with a group of Solo travellers.

The hotel is situated about 15 minute walk south of Kardamena along a fairly quiet coastal road (€7 in a taxi). It is just north of the flight path from Kos airport and from the top of the 'village' you can almost see the planes touch down on the runway so it does suffer a little from aircraft noise - more noticeable when flights are taking off to the south which is not the norm - however, it is not a particularly busy airport and flights tend to come in batches during the day so it is not particularly intrusive.

The hotel is built into the side of a hill in the style of a typical Greek village, capped by the false church at the summit. It is quite steep but with the benefit that just about every room above the first level (6 in total I think) has a sea view. The hotel provides a 24 hour complimentary mini bus to transfer you between your room and reception - you simply call reception and ask them to send the minibus to your room - I was on level 3 and the only time I used the bus was to take my luggage up on arrival - the road up winds backwards and forwards but there are steps up through the middle.

I stayed in a standard twin room which was clean and very adequate with plenty of storage, a small fridge and a flat screen tv - the only English speaking channels were news. I am guessing the hotel rely heavily on solar heating for the hot water as at the start of the holiday when the weather was a bit iffy there seemed a shortage of hot water in the morning although the evening was fine but as the weather improved this ceased to be a problem although if you are an early riser you may need to let the water run for a bit to warm up. My room had a separate balcony but overlooked by the neighbours - some of the rooms do share a smallish balcony with the neighbouring room which might put some people off and I can see it being an issue if your neighbours smoke on their balcony.

We stayed on a half board basis, which seemed to be the norm, and whilst we had reserved tables throughout our stay as we were a group of around 20, no-one seemed to have to wait for tables and there was a choice of sitting inside or outside (to get a table on the terrace overlooking the pool I would guess you have to get there pretty sharp when the restaurant opens at 18.45 for dinner). Food was plentiful with a good choice. Breakfast included the usual choices of hot and cold - bacon was of the type you would expect in a Greek hotel and a choice of fried or scrambled egg - an egg call bar would be a nice addition as there was no option of freshly made omelettes. Tea and coffee are served to you at the table by the attentive staff.

Dinner always provided a good choice albeit it appears to repeat weekly. Each night there was a roasted meat carved to order along with a selection of other meat, fish and vegetarian dishes - the highlights seemed to be the king prawns and calamari which were both served once a week. Chips did not appear once during our stay in the main restaurant! There was also a wide range of pastries, sweets and ice cream each night and the food seemed to be replenished regularly. Drinks can be taken in from the bar or ordered from your waiter and you pay cash to your waiter at the end of your meal - there is no facility to charge items to your room either in the restaurant or bars and it is cash only.

Lunch is a somewhat unusual set up. The only food available from the pool bar was a toasted sandwich but there is a self service cafeteria underneath the main restaurant which serves a range of hot food and salads - you queue up and pay like you would in a supermarket cafeteria but then a member of staff insists on carrying your tray to a table for you - all a bit strange but it works. One of the downsides of the location of the hotel is that there is no alternative for lunch in the immediate vicinity without going into Kardamena. There is a small mini market in the hotel which sells crisps, biscuits and sweets but nothing more substantial to eat.

The bar staff could not be faulted either in the pool bar 10:00 until 17:30 or the main bar by reception which is open from 17:00 until 01:00 and is quiet with an outside terrace seating area. There is no waiter service around the pool - although there is clearly a preference for people to drink in the bar area there is nothing to stop you taking drinks back to your sunbeds. The pool bar and area can be quite noisy during the day with music playing throughout and the enthusiastic animation team encouraging participation (in multiple languages) in the usual activities from mini golf to water polo - however, they are not in the least pushy. The hotel was pretty much full whilst we were there but there was never a problem getting sunbeds.

The beach, on the other hand, was very quiet and literally across the road from the hotel - there is a charge for sunbeds on the beach but no facilities aside from the ice cream man on his bike who I believe goes down there in the middle of the afternoon after he has been around the pool.

The animation team are also responsible for much of the evening entertainment which was either around the pool bar or on a couple of nights in the 'disco' but I suspect this was only because at this stage of the season it could turn a bit chilly in the evening. There was a Greek night once a week with live music and professional dancers including the obligatory audience participation Zorba!! The animation team were entertaining albeit not necessarily in the way they intended to be!

In summary, it is a lovely hotel with great staff and facilities in a quiet area but with easy access to the lively town of Kardamena. Yes, there are things that could be better but none that would stop me from returning.

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8  Thank dg2007_10
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

Four of us just back from a week here on DBB. Could not fault the staff or their wonderful and friendly customer service. Accommodation spotless, great air conditioning, meal buffets fresh and replenished at speed, breakfast particularly enjoyable, with something for everyone.
The best hotel pool we have used in a long time, with plenty of sunbeds, no need to reserve one at 06.30hrs!! Great for diving in as around 3m deep for quite a stretch. Accommodation is in villa style on the side of a hill, but all in great condition and modern/spacious, with a minibus to take you from reception or back down again round the clock, although it's a pleasant walk downstairs each morning, all 190 of them, from where we were.
Weather was fantastic every day, full blue sky and very hot for early June. If I had a couple of suggestions, they would be to NOT allow glasses and/or bottles to be taken to poolside; paint the stair edges to differentiate as they all blend; and to rearrange the meal buffet layout to ease diner flow at busy times - can be difficult at busy periods to get what you want. The pool bar was very popular with us, with excellent cold local lager to help mange the heat!
If you don't like the pool, the hotel has a section of beach across the road with sunbeds. The entertainment team worked tirelessly throughout our week and are all friendly with a GSOH. Don't have any complaints at all, seriously, and would recommend this property - we might even go again.
Kardamena village is only a brief walk along the road, with a selection of bars and restaurants, and supermarkets.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Jon C
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Just got back from a week holiday at the Aegean Village with my girlfriend, and we had an absolutely great time at this hotel. The hotel itself is visually unusual but wonderful, covering the an entire hillside with mini villas, looking like an actual little village with roads running through it.

The main aspect that my girlfriend and I discussed on our way home was the hotel's execptional service by its staff, which was very friendly and attentive, with even the cleaners making an effort everyday to say hello to us when we saw them around the hotel. Even when my girlfriend asked if we could move to a room with a balcony if available, it was absolutely no problem, and the reception staff sorted it out the same day for us.

Although we did go into Kardamena to eat most nights, we did eat in the restaurant a couple of nights which had a good range of food that was all great tasting (especially the desserts). You are also able to sit outside on the terrace to eat which is lovely, but have to be quick as the outside tables get taken very quickly.

The hotel pool was a good size with many sun beds and parasols surrounding it. We found that we were always able to get a sun bed and parasol regardless of the time we went down to the pool, which sometimes was quite late. The pool area was very clean, lively and had a great family feel. The facilities around the pool were also very good including: a mini market (mainly drinks and nibbles), pool bar, lunch snack bar (self-service and relatively cheap), gym, indoor pool, table tennis, pool table, mini golf, kids club, boutique, entertainment bar (shows put on at night)

A nice touch to the hotel was their full time animation team (5 very friendly members, speaking a wide range of languages) that ran activities all day around the pool e.g. waterpolo, darts competitions, water volleyball, 5-aside football etc. They also put on small shows at night, normally lasting around an hour or so. Some of them are very cheesy but were fun to watch and are a good opportunity to get involved and meet others from the hotel.

The hotel is located alongside a beach if you want a change of scenery, but we much preferred to stay around the pool which was far nicer and livelier. The walk into Kardamena was about 15 mins, which was a nice distance as we were away from the nightlife but only a short stroll away. It was also rather easy to get a taxi to or from Kardamena which was a set price of 7 euros. Kardamena has many great bars and restaurants (most of the best restaurants we found were along the harbour if you fancy a night or two away from the hotel buffet) – would highly recommend Pelagos near the end of the harbour

Despite reading a few reviews talking about some noise at the hotel, we found that there was no noise whatsoever from the hotel or outside the hotel at night and we stayed right at the bottom of the hill. We were still 200m+ from the road so outside noise was never a problem.

Overall, Aegean village was a fantastic hotel, and its fair to say that it really made our holiday, would highy recommend

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5  Thank Frenchy2493
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

We stayed end of May start of June 2014 for 10 days. We were looked after very well. The hotel was spotless, the staff were fantastic. The food was excellent. Kardemena I think is one of the best areas on the islands, it had everything, bars, restaurants, shops, night life if you wanted? Car hire, boat trips.
The hotel had entertainment, the entertainers deserve 10 out of 10 for effort, they worked very hard to entertain everyone but sorry only 5 out of 10 for content, maybe it just a different culture thing. Would I stay here again? Oh yes, can't wait to go back.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Martin S
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

We stayed here for 10 days at the end of may - beginning of June (weather was hot and sunny most days, with a couple overcast, 28-30 deg). My wife and I stayed in a standard double room and were travelling with another couple who staying in the room next door.

Hotel itself-
Lovely setting, looks great on arrival. Lots of character, little blocks built all over the hillside, unlike some of the more boring looking hotels nearby.
The whole place is very clean and well maintained, including beautiful surrounding gardens. Free Wifi available in the lobby/reception areas, but can be temperamental (lots of people trying to use it at the same time).
Situated 1km from Kardemena (20 mins walk) and just have to cross the road to the beach.


Rooms-
We were rooms 567 & 568 which were higher up the hill (as we requested). They were front/side facing, which means we overlooked some fields/hills and also the sea. I think all the rooms would have a sea view, but the higher you go the better the view.
As you'll have read, there's a free 24 hr mini bus to take you from/to your room if you want. We tended to walk down but get the bus back up (lots of steps!). Never had to wait more than 5 mins for the mini bus. Excellent service, and the driver (Dao) was a lovely chap!

Rooms were clean with everything we needed, except for a kettle. Would be nice to have the ability to make a cuppa in your room, we missed this a bit, but not a great hardship.

Our rooms were separate, but with adjoining balcony, meaning our party of 4 could sit out and have a drink on the balcony all together which was great (wouldn't be so great if you didn't know your neighbours, but I assume they keep these rooms for groups that book together).

Bed comfy enough, TV had a couple of English news channels, but we weren't there to watch tv anyway.

The couple we travelled with had a couple of small problems with their room. It had a sewage smell coming from a drain in the bathroom, this came and went intermittently, so they just opted to live with it.

Also, 2 days in, the air-con started leaking and created a large puddle on the desk/floor. Reception sent someone in to 'fix' this, but it ended up happening twice more so was obviously not fixed. Not a massive deal, but slightly inconvenient, with the possibility of ruining anything you had on the desk if it got soaked.


Food-
We all loved the food. My wife is vegetarian and never struggled for things to eat.
The breakfast spread had breads, cold meat and cheese, bacon, eggs, sausages, cereal, yoghurt, fruit, crepes, pastries with jams etc. More than enough to have a varied breakfast if you want it. You get coffee/tea brought to you (if you sit in the first section, it's by a lovely man named Costas!), and can get juice, but no water strangely.

Lunch-
We were half board, so lunch was not included, but we did eat at the hotel a few times for lunch. They have a pool bar and a lunchtime cafe which served lots of things like pizzas, pies, chips, BBQ (on a Sunday), salads etc. Again, the food here was good and the portions generous.

Dinner-
Served in the same room as breakfast. Again, loads to choose from. It did vary every day, but on the same theme. Usual options would be breads, soup, salad, cold meat/fish for starter. Then mains always had a pasta (vegetarian), various roast meats (beef/turkey/pork/salmon/chicken), meat stew, rice, vegetables etc.
If you just chose one dish per night, then there would be plenty of options to give you a new dish each night. But we tended to go for a bit of everything!

The desserts were in miniature, which meant you could have 3 or 4 (or as many as you like!) different ones, and try out new things. They were all pretty good. Lots of pastries filled with creme/crem pat, icecream, baklava, fruit (including strawberries).

When we arrived, it was just after 9pm. Dinner had officially stopped at 8:45, but on checking in, they told us we could get our dinner and then sort the check in details later. A lovely touch that we appreciated and gave us a great first impression. Things like that go a long way.


Pool & beach-
Be aware that the beach charges 3 euros per sun lounger per day. The beach is ok, but when you enter the sea it's very rocky and hard to walk on. For this reason, and the convenience, we chose to stay at the pool most of the time.

Pool area is large with plenty of sun loungers, we never struggled to get 4 beds next to each other, though we did go down straight from breakfast, may be more of a problem if you left it until afternoon.


Entertainment-
The animation team are good. They offer plenty to do if you want (mini-golf, darts, aqua-gym, water polo etc), but they're not pushy if you don't want that kind of thing. They're a nice bunch of guys/girls who keep up the enthusiasm all day.

The same people tend to run the evening entertainment too. We weren't to fussed about this kind of thing, but we would recommend the Greek night, which had live music, traditional dancers, and a free BBQ. Good night.

Bars-
There's a main bar, pool bar, and bar at the disco room, all with different prices for the same drink, don't know why. Main bar has a nice view over pool and we spent most of the evenings there before having drinks on our balcony. Staff again very friendly (especially Eri).


Overall, I would recommend this hotel. It has all the basics and more. It's very clean and the staff seem to work very long shifts and still manage to be very friendly. In fact, the people on Kos (not just at the hotel) are the friendliest we've ever met. We found if you make the effort to learn a few words in Greek, they especially appreciate that and are even more friendly.

The guests were primarily German, with some Brits and a few other nationalities. Don't let that put you off, everyone was polite and we enjoyed being around other languages and cultures. All the staff spoke Greek, German and English, with many of them speaking Eastern European languages also, amazing.


We tend to go to a different place each year, but this is one place that I certainly plan on visiting again.

Well done Lagas Aegean Village Hotel, we had a great stay!

Room Tip: Higher the room better the view, but more steps!
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9  Thank BrummyScot
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

This is quite an unusual hotel. It is built on the side of a hill. The main part of the hotel is near the sea shore. The rooms are little two storey chalets. We had a downstairs one, and occasionally we could hear them scrape the furniture above. We were disappointed that there were no kettles in the rooms. I asked for one. I was told they were only 4 spare and they were given to young mums who needed them to make up baby food. I showed them some medication which I needed to take, which needed boiling water. I was told to ask at the restaurant or bar if I needed some boiling water. We ended up buying our own kettle. The temperature of the water in the rooms was never about tepid, so we couldn’t use that.
There was a problem with our toilet at one point, which they fixed promptly.
There was a mini-bus to ferry people up and down the hill, or one could walk, but going up and down the hill all the time eventually got a bit tedious.
We were on half board. The meals were buffets. They were very good, and we ate more than se should, putting on weight. We hope to go on holiday self catering next year!
The hotel had good facilities. It had a large, deep, pool, which was never over-crowded. There was an excellent entertainments team. During the day there were organised sports and games, starting with “morning gym” which was yoga-style movement to music. There was also beach volleyball, crazy golf, water polo, water volleyball, table tennis, darts, Zumba etc. In the evening there were activities like pop quizzes, karaoke, and one night they bought in traditional Greek folk artists and dancers, who were very entertaining.
While we were there, we had three days away from the hotel. We had a trip to a neighbouring island, with semi-active volcanic activity, which was most interesting. We also had a trip to Hippocratic Village (Hippocrates came from the isle of Kos). There is also an ancient castle near the resort. It is quite a long walk up, but well worth it, for the magnificent views, and a chance to wander round this medieval castle.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Kardamena | Kos Island, Kardamena 853 02, Greece
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Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Kos > Kardamena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Kardamena
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Kardamena
#11 Family Hotel in Kardamena
#12 Romantic Hotel in Kardamena
Price Range: £51 - £139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Lagas Aegean Village 4*
Number of rooms: 330
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lagas Aegean Village is a hotel resort located on the golden sandy shores of the south coast of Kos Island, Greece. It's layout and use of space is characteristic of the distinctive Aegean architecture. Built on a slope, every corner offers magnificent views of the endless deep blue Aegean Sea.The main building lounges, restaurants, bars and facilities are located at the bottom of the slope, while all 330 rooms are situated on the hillside, which are accessed by the 24hour complimentary minibus service. It is worth mentioning that the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2011. ... more   less 
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