Mitsis Family Village
Just returned from a weeks break with my partner staying in Kos in this hotel.
One of four hotels within a complex, I think it is fair to say that this is perhaps the ‘poor relation’ of the four. Having said that, we both had a great time, met some lovely people and just relaxed. We paid extra for a sea room and where delighted to find that we had been put in one of the rooms at the back of the hotel with shared access to the infinity pool (this made the holiday for me) as although sunbeds were available there was a distinct shortage of parasols, which in July in Greece were needed.
Food – the food was of good quality and plentiful – there were the usual moaners of course, complaining that fresh chips or pizza for example were not always ready, but this food was cooked on demand and was as fresh as it could b, the team worked so very hard. Staying in this hotel you was restricted to the buffet, however paying 15 euros per day entitled you to a black wristband which gave you access to the other hotels facilities (including the al a carte restaurants). Note though – Blue Dome Hotel – the most salubrious of the four, was not included in this offer.
Rooms – As mentioned we had one of the shared pool rooms – the room were spacious and clean. We had to play around with the air conditioning to get this sorted – just a word of warning though my partner now has been diagnosed with a virus, thought to be down to either the air conditioning or the flight – could be either, but if you could minimise the usage then I would recommend that you do.
Service – exceptional – from the minute we arrived we were well catered for, with the exception of one of the waiters in the restaurant that refused to bring me a water plus a beer – telling me quite rudely that we could only order one drink each – but this only happened the once and we actually only saw him working the once.
Facilities – as part of the all-inclusive option you could use the two bars on the beach that were part of the Norida Hotel – that served fresh pizza and the Summer Palace bar which was modern and clean and lovely – the cocktails were of good quality (significantly more so than the Family Village ones). There is a ‘hopper’ bus from reception that takes you down – driven by a cheerful chap. The family Village bar though did raise some complaints as this was manned during the day by only one chap serving drinks, the same in the evening – they worked so very hard and were always polite and cheerful, however I do feel that they were needlessly put under a lot of pressure and require extra support, queues were building and the bar itself was not air conditioned so there were a lot of disgruntled customers and I do expect that there will be some complaints logged on here because of it. Also as mentioned the quality of the drinks was not brilliant, distinctly better in the other hotels.
Entertainment – low key – perhaps some people may be disappointed with this – we though just enjoyed sitting around the bar at night chatting with other guests. There was apparently scheduled events in the bar further down the complex, but as my partner has mobility issues so he struggled to get back up the steep hill that the hotel is situated on.
I had read all the reviews thoroughly before I booked this hotel, so all my expectations were met, we booked last minute and got a good price however if you are expecting the following, perhaps you should either consider one of the other hotels on the complex or look elsewhere:
Full entertainment programme
Sandy beaches – Kos is not one of the prettiest of the Greek Islands (in my opinion) quite sparse with only a few towns and villages and the majority of the beaches are gravel rather than sand.
Trips – we booked 2 through our Thomas Cook rep -
Bodrum –Good day out – as you would expect though very hot – always about 5 degrees hotter than Kos. On the trip you are taken to a Gold Factory – and they really wanted you to purchase – we were followed around the whole time – which completely put us off looking, so we just went to the café (This trip is not mandatory, so if you are not interested just amble around the town yourself) . One other word of warning – the rep – Susanne (in my opinion) coaxed us in to a restaurant called Diamond – suggesting that the food was of good quality and reasonable priced – after having just a main course – a beer and some chips each we were presented with a bill for 75 euros, yes I felt ripped off !!! T take some responsibility myself however, because of her strong recommendation we did not scrutinise the menu (and prices ) like we should have, we were distracted by her chatting.
There are many other restaurants around the harbour – I suggest you try one of those.
Island hopping boat trip – Amazing – well worth the money, complete with Dolphin spotting.
We were taken back to Kos you get on a boat and sail around the surrounding islands.
Island one – a scarcely inhabited beach resort with a couple of bars – lovely.
Island 2 – an amazing island with lovely bars and restaurants and a great harbour,
Island 3 – uninhabited, with a small church – the boat was moored here and we were able to swim. The highlight of the day however was to see the dolphins in their natural habitat.
Airport – tiny – you will be told at the airport by the reps that you will be charged 18 euros for every kilo over and they offer you a bolt on. We watched many people go through the weigh in (over weight) without any issues, although a couple of people were charged, seems to depend which line you are in – just be mindful and take some case scales if you can.
Summary – Despite a few little issues, we had a fab time, and my thanks goes out to the staff at the Family Village.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family Village is a peaceful ALL-INCLUSIVE Family Hotel, only a 5 minute walk from a crystal-clear pebble beach. It is located south-east of the island of Kos, 6 km from the lively resort of Kardamena, which can be reached within 10 min by the local bus, taxi or if someone’s feeling fit within 30min on foot. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Mitsis Family Village Beach
- Family Village Kos
- Mitsis Family Village Beach Hotel Kos/Kardamena