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“Relaxing holiday - small paradise”
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Akti Palace Hotel
Ranked #13 of 39 Hotels in Kardamena
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 September 2013

We spent there 10 very nice days together with our two daughters 1,5 and 6 years old.The whole place is very relaxing, quiter hotel, with very good services and very good kitchen.
Wellness center was also very good.We like the modern style of this hotel as well.
If you want you can visit the next sister hotel Akti Beach for animation program - minidisco for kids as well the following program for adults.The animation team was very good.
You can use the free hotel bus to Kardamena (4 km) during the days or evenings.
The swimming pool is big, sea is clear, only it is a little bit problem to get in - there are slipery stones.So we would recommend to use the water shoes.The weather there was very windy (September) but after two days we used to it and when one day was without wind we were already looking forward to it because than it was not so hot :-).Beach towels for free available every day. Overall we were very satisfied with this hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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11  Thank Jolana_2013
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Having read previous reviews I was a bit wary of what we might find. But we didn't need to be. There were no deposits for safety boxes or various remote controls at all. The hotel is designed in a minimalistic style which is very modern and attractive. The services are also a bit minimalistic in that there appears to be a lack of service that would truly make it a five star hotel. There are no pool attendants serving drinks and only one small bar with one bar man (Mario) and one waiter in the main bar. The ethos of the hotel appears to be to allow guests to relax, which is perfect. If you want a more active hotel choose the Akti Beach next door. The free bus into Kardamena is good and no shoving to get on was experienced, as per previous reviews. The spa is good and the massages were of a high standard.
There are three 'special' restaurants, I recommend the Greek and especially the Asian ones. The fish one was a bit like a conveyer belt of various fish dishes.
This hotel is clearly off of the UK radar as we were very much in the minority as Brits. Every other nation appeared to be there in abundance but not an issue at all as nearly everyone, even the guests, all spoke English.
Kos is lovely except there is a constant wind which ranges from a slight breeze to very strong wind. It can get a bit tiring. We recommend a trip to the nearby of Nisyros too.
Overall a lovely hotel, which just needs a few extras to make it really special.

Room Tip: Ask for a ground level room with access to the small private pools. Very peaceful and quiet.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank Stephen V
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Spent a week there and had an enjoyable time. Food is great and plentiful at all times of the day The facility has everything you need. Take advantage of the private restaurants they have and feast! Wifi in the room was somewhat slow but at least it was available. Faster connection was in the lobby. The winds in the area are quite intense and that was a big negative. The weather though was ideal. Room size was adequate but the blankets were not very comfortable. A visit to the city of Kos is a must and it's pretty convenient to get there, though you have to make a connection in the local town. Waiters try to be helpful but there's a bit of an indifference that they show. Don't dare try to get morning coffee on your own as they will act as if you're treading on their turf.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank Andrew J
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

There is a lot to say...
Rooms: The rooms are relatively big, in a modern design, with comfortable beds and very clean

Food: The food is very good

Service: In the rstaurant -> horrible...most of the waiters are not up to the task...we wondered if some of them actually held a plate before...only a few of them are greek, who were always very friendly and did their best, most of the rest ignored us at best...
The waiters in the main bar know what they are doing, but they are very unfriendly...as are most employees at the poolbar (except one very king lady who always works in the evening)

Animation: In my opinion, a 5* hotel doesnt need animation,but well...they try...Aqua gym looks like military training...playing darts outside against the wind...

Pool / Beach: Its a nice, clean pool
We didnt like the beach,but thats not the hotels fault

Area: The hotel is situated a few km outside of Kardamena...The hotel offers a free shuttle service until late in the evening. From Kardamena you can reach the entire island by bus, taxi or loaned car

All in all we enjoyed our stay even if the hotel has some flaws...if you look for 5* qualitiy, you will be disappointed...but you can pay more for a better hotel, or pay less and end up much worse...

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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12  Thank Briesch
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

Just returned from a fantastic time at the Hotel. Everything was just excellent as you would expect from a new hotel. The rooms were modern and clean. The food was excellent for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I miss my omlette cooked to order every morning! All house drinks were branded and the bar staff were brilliant and even tolerated our children!

The entertainment team were helpful but were not in your face which was good. Only negative would be that the themed restaurants did not live up to my expectations after the excellent quality of the main restaurant. If I returned in the future I would give them a miss. Although some of the staff were excellent there were a few who were simply not 5* but I suspect as it’s newly opened this will be sorted. All public areas were spotless and I would highly recommend.

Room Tip: They all looked pretty good to me
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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10  Thank Cosmopolitan H
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

Myself and my Fiancee stayed here for a total of 11 days. This is a 5 star hotel with all the "bells & whistles". I can literally write a book about but I wish to make this short. This is a brand new hotel. The word is apprently getting out by reading some of the other postings here at Tripadvisor. We arrived there in the evening after a short hop flight from Germany. I'll make my review in this format:

Liked-

1- The pool near the ocean. This was great.
2- Pool bar
3- Four to five different types of restaurant options. There is a main restaurant but there are others that specialize in greek food, fish and sushi.
4- Bar in the inside lobby. This was the party spot every evening while a guest here.
5- This hotel is co-located next to another 4 star Akti Palace hotel. They do have good entertainment there.
6- Bus schuttles can take you to Kardamena.
7- The young entertainment team. They always tried thier best.

Disliked:

1- Middle of nowhere. The reception desk can assist in getting a car rental. Managed to rent one for 35 euros (a whole day !). It was enough to drive the island and visit the city of Kos.

2- The airport schuttle that brings you to the hotel will make many other stops in dropping off other vacationers prior to arriving to the Akti. It took 50 minutes before we managed to check in.

3- The rush hour in the morning to reserve a pool lounge chair. Total madness. As an American, I cannot understand this unique European drama for a spot by the pool. Towels flying everywhere. I witnessed a French guy go off on a German lady over a spot. International incident.

4- No place to dance at all. The entertainement team tried thier best, but the management were always telling them to the the music down.

Room Tip: When making a reservation for a room, make sure to ask for a room with an ocean view.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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14  Thank donbacardi
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

We just came back from paradise. We spend such an amazing week in a LOVELY,CLEAN,NEW AND VERY MODERN hotel. It opened for the first time this May. Almost everything was just perfect in Akti Palace!

The rooms are clean,bright, and very fashionable. They are pretty big & modern. The only light issue is that there is bad lighting at night. Its kinda dark. But at day time - just amazing.

The swimming pool is big and the water is cold and nice - about 25*. The sunbeds near the pool are very clean and white as they are being changed and washed everyday.

Same can be said about the beach. The sunbeds are clean and the water in the sea does not have any waves, so it is perfect for swimming long distances.

The staff is very nice. Every morning and throughout the day they walk around the swimming pool talking to the visitors. My family liked that system much more then other hotels - that have loud microphone in swimming pool and always some announcements going on.

The atmosphere is very relaxed and quiet. There are some sports activities you can choose to participate throughout the day which are pretty nice for kids.

The food is very tasty. You have a big choice every lunch and dinner. The breakfast though are the same every morning and don't offer any salads. Also there are 3 extra restaurants you can choose to go to for dinner, they are less tasty. Go to the main restaurant!

In conclusion this is a very recommended hotel from families with kids who want to relax from busy life, or just couples who want to enjoy each others company.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the first floor with a balcony. Very are lovely.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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7  Thank Avital K
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Additional Information about Akti Palace Hotel

Address: Kardamena 853 04, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Kos > Kardamena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Kardamena
#7 Romantic Hotel in Kardamena
#10 Luxury Hotel in Kardamena
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Kardamena
#14 Family Hotel in Kardamena
Price Range: £98 - £317 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Akti Palace Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 335
Also Known As:
Akti Palace Hotel Kos/Kardamena

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