I stayed at this hotel at the half term holidays at the end of May/early June 14 for 11 nights with my husband and 10 year old daughter. This review will compare to other 4 star inclusinve hotels I have stayed at - at the same time of year and paid a similar price.
This hotel is a 15 min transfer from Kos airport and has many positive featrues - really good staff service everyone is friendly and tries hard to accommodate your requirements as best they can. The gardens and communal areas are well kept and very clean. The hotel is situated on a really lovely sandy beach - which is spotlessly clean and there are plenty of sunbeds and umberellas for everyone. The sea is shallow and you can walk into it for ages and only get up to your waist - it's ideal for young children. The hotel provides free pedalos and canoes at the beach for hotel guests use - these are great fun and were always available. There are also water sports that you can pay for ie. paragliding /Jetskis etc.
At the front of the hotel is the new watepark - which is about a 5 min walk away. As the waterpark is brand new it is spotlessly clean and there are loads of free chairs and parasols available. There are 6 slides and a lazy river for you to try (although the park is not quite as big as I expected). For the youjnger children there is a splash park area.The big slides are aimed at older children (at least 10 yrs) and whilst my 10 yr old daughter went on some of the slides a couple of them did seem too big and too fast for her. Having said that the life guards are very well trained and are very quick to blow their whistle if there are any problems and deal with any incidents immediately and efficiently. You need to pay for any drinks that you have here as it is not part of the all inclusinve deal - but you won't spend a day here - it's not big enough - you will only probably stay an hour or so.
Rooms - are OK - on the plus side - ours was pretty big with 2 balconies and loads of storage space for our clothes and stuff. Down side is that the bathroom is a bit small with a shower over the bath and this is a bit hit and miss - Ok but not great. Also, I found that as our room faced the early morning sun the curtains didn't have blackout blinds - so if the sun was shining - the room was pretty bright very early in the morinigs. Safety deposti box is 35 euros for 2 weeks. Rooms a bit dated - no luxury feel but adequate.
Dining - really lovely food - always a good choice and plenty of variety - breakfast especially good - pancakes etc, although egg cups for the boiled eggs would have been useful. Dining room in the evening opens at 7.00pm - which always seemed really busy - it's a pity the dining room doesn't have a specific kids corner for their food - that has a food counter at the correct height level as the little children seemd to struggle with seeing and getting their dinner.
We had problems with the free WiFi at the hotel - it was really erractc - some days OK other not working so be aware of this - you couldn't always get on line when you wanted to.
The hotel is situated about 10 - 15 mins drive fom Kardemena - about a 30 min walk away. The hotel provides a courtesy bus to Kardemena a few times in the day and at 7.00, 8.00 and 9.00pm at night. Kardamena is Ok - few shops and bars/restuarants etc - nothing exceptional but pleasant enough to visit.
We had a pleasant time here - if I am honest we were a bit diasppointed with some aspects of the hotel - pool area got really crowded and the rooms weren't anyghing special - but the food was surprisingly good and the beach area was absolutley lovely.
I would recommend this hotel - but compared to some others I have stayed at at the same time of year - for the money it's not fantastic - but it is above average. Weather wise we had 2 /3 cloudy days out of our 12 days and had a relaxing and pleasant stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Atlantica Hotel Kardamena
- Atlantica Hotel Porto Bello Beach
- Atlantica Porto Bello Beach Kos/Kardamena