We chose Carda Beach Hotel on the basis that we wanted a relaxing, all-inclusive holiday in the sun with few distractions. We would say that this holiday in Kardamena, Kos largely fitted the bill. However, we had a few teething problems upon our arrival (namely, we were put in a different hotel to the one that we had booked) and there were a few issues which prevented us from giving this hotel an excellent rating.
Here are the pros and cons:
- We chose a seaview suite which was absolutely amazing. Really spacious, serviced everyday with a wonderful balcony overlooking the bay.
- Location: this hotel is one of the nearest ones to the town of Kardamena, without being TOO close to hear any of the revellers and a short 15 minute beach walk to the centre of the resort.
- Service: the hotel has great service in the main part with all of the amenities and restaurant kept absolutely spotless. There are always cleaners and gardeners discreetly maintaining the grounds. The rooms too are also serviced everyday to the highest standards. The staff, while almost all are not Greek, speak several languages and are always extremely polite.
Amentities: the design of the pool area and hotel is fantastic. It blends into the natual area without looking ugly or out of place. The spa and fitness centre are also very attractive spaces.
- The hotel seems to have a policy of overbooking and then sending guests to its sister hotel, the Mikri Poli, next door. It's not that this is a bad hotel and you can still use all the amenities and dining areas of the Carda Beach Hotel but it is much more of a family oriented hotel with childrens entertainment etc. Also, it's older than the Carda Beach and a little more tired looking. We had booked a suite and were given what seemed to be a family room. After insisting that we were moved, we were moved the following day to the suite that we had originally booked and the differences were huge. We were not the only people that this happened to and it even seemed if perhaps some guests were unaware that they were even in a different hotel. it seemed to us that if you booked the hotel through a major operator, you were fine but if, like us, you booked independently, you were at the mercy of the hotel management and could find yourself staying in a very different level of accommodation than you had originally booked.
- Food: Obviously catering for hundreds of guests of all different nationalities is difficult but we felt that the food was quite bland and although there was plently of choice (the salad bar is especially good) we ended up eating pretty much the same thing almost everyday. Choices seem to centre around grilled fish, liver, pork and pasta. It's not awful but it does tend to get a bit tiresome after a few days. We also booked into the onsite Chinese restaurant Wok 'n Roll for dinner one night. It was a little better but really not even up to the standard of a normal Chinese takeaway in the UK. Service there was actually quite slow. It was 25 minutes before somebody even came over to take our order although they were extremely apolgetic and helpful when they did turn up.
- Beach: the hotel is built 50 yards from the 'beach.' However, do not expect rolling white sands. The beach consists of little more than rock and sunbeds. It looked more like a narrow track than an idyllic beach location.
The resort of Kardemena is the typical, cheesy resort...from the 1990s with an abundance of places that can offer you free shots, English breakfasts, Pukka Pies and fish 'n chips. It's pretty rundown and tends to cater to the tourists who stay at the more basic accommodations within the town itself. It's extremely dated but it's not without a couple of gems. The Velvet Bar on the sea front is great for an afternoon beer or frappe and the local owners are really friendly. Armetis is another bar on that strip and does a great Apple Mojito. There are also a couple of restaurants which looked quite good. We ate at Pelagos and the standard of food was great and the service was fab. Alvi is another restaurant which is meant to be good but we didn't get there.
Our top tip would be to hire a car. The island has some stunning vistas and the journey from Zia to Kardamena via Pyli showed a different aspect of Kos.
All in all, a stylish and modern hotel with good facilities. Just ensure you end up there!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our fantastic world! Defined by inspired, vibrant design, and located along the south coastline of Kos Island. You stay in SENTIDO Carda Beach in comfortable rooms or family rooms - some with a sharing pool. The hotel offers a selection of restaurants as well as fitness and wellness facilities and also has a large, inviting sun terrace with a lovely view of the sea. Use of the aqua park at the adjacent hotel Mikri Poli Kos is free of charge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carda Beach Kardamena
- Hotel Carda Beach
- Sentido Carda Beach Atlantica Kos/Kardamena