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Platanista Hotel
Ranked #4 of 19 Hotels in Psalidi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 May 2013

Firstly an admission, I have been to this hotel a number of times over an eight year period and while it has always provided an excellent experience it has never 'rested on its laurels' and improves. The staff team has a core of people you would be proud to have as friends from the manager Thanasis to the staff group notably Spartak, Maria, Julie and Markella plus the excellent reception team headed by Stavroula and with newer staff such as Makis, Nikos and Catalin the future looks bright for the family run Platanista Hotel.

The Platanista has now reached an optimum size with its new 5 star accommodation block but this has not detracted from the general feel of the excellently maintained grounds and pools. This hotel offers relaxation, friendliness and opportunity to mix with people from a variety of nations across Europe but still predominantly Belgians, Dutch, Germans and British. The staff are efficient and hard working but find time to engage with customers and have a laugh. They have excellent language skills throughout.

The accommodation is immaculately maintained and kept spotlessly clean, the head chef ensures a very good variety of food is available.

The hotel mantains its own stretch of sandy beach across the road which in Psalidi (pebble beach area) is a bonus,

Bar prices are competitive for a hotel of this calibre and nothing is too much trouble for the staff.

Regular buses to town (1 euro 10 cents each way) and bicycle/motor transport shop immediately by the hotel cover all transport needs. The walk to Kos Town takes about 25 minutes and a lot of people walk in and take the bus back.

So you will have gathered that I really like this hotel and although I have dveloped a relationship with some of the staff I can honestly say that I hold this opinion despite that fact. In all honesty this hotel allows people from all age groups to mix but would probably be recorded as having more middle aged/older guests in early and late season with a yoiunger aged group in the high summer (boosted by Italian visitors and families) but that is nothing new to seasoned holiday goers.

Room Tip: All the rooms are of a high standard
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

We booked this hotel through Thomson and thought the room came with shower, not shower over bath. We explained to the receptionist that a 'walk-in' shower was required, due to disability and were told she would speak to the manager and let us know. Later that day we explained, to the manageress, why a separate shower was required and were told that the hotel did not have any whatsoever and was not built that way, this was repeated more than once. The hotel brochure clearly shows a room with walk-in shower, she did not wish to discuss this and was very abrupt, rude and derogatory, after which she turned her back and stomped off back to her little office in the back! There was no mention or offer to pay for upgrade, nor for the remainder of our week would she speak to us, absolutely disgusted! This was a shame because otherwise the staff were very pleasant. With regards to the food, not bad but would have been nice to see more fresh fruit, most appeared to come out of a tin can. Overall we enjoyed the island of Kos, worth hiring a car to explore a bit and potter around!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Twitchet72
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

Hotel was lovely clean, and staff friendly and helpful. The food was great for adults , not sure if you had fussy children the evening meals would be suitable , as most meats/fish served in sauces The Wi-Fi in hotel not great had problems with the connection being intermittent , found most bars you could get it free.The hotel entertainment was typical of what you get in most hotels. The only problem with hotel is I feel there not enough sunbeds out , we were fine only had one afternoon were we found last one left and hotel wasn't full. The bus service into Kos Town was great, and cheap, although you could walk in about 30 minutes just watch out for some of the idiots on bikes (use same pavement). If you want to catch the bus to go to Tigaki you have to go to another part of the town and then cost 2 euro, goes every hour. There was bike hire just outside Hotel for about 5 euro a day. I found buying drinks expensive in general cost around 4 euro for a lager, to 6-7 euro for shorts, I took to drinking cocktails as same price as a short. We did do the simple Kos trip with Thomson's it was 'just' ok although the guide every funny guy, there are extras to pay for entrance fees. Did find most of the good trips tues/wed/thurs and did mention to Liam our rep who said it was due to arrival/depart times, not much use if only there for a week. Overall I enjoyed my holiday to kos and would use hotel if I went back, but I personally found not enough to do on island that appealed to me.

Room Tip: We asked for a room not on ground floor , room 255 it was in the shade nearly all day, which was fin...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

What a great holiday at the Platanista Hotel, Out go all the Hotels I've been to with Thomson this beats the lot, the hotel is very clean, rooms are also lovely and clean, thanks to house keeping who work so hard, I have to say the most important thing that made our holiday or should I say honeymoon was the staff, Julie and Michaela (sisters) on the pool snack bar where amazing, lovely hard working girls and so witty/funny always smiling and cheerful..... Nikon who also worked the snack bar, evening dinner and evening bar waiter was fantastic, again very friendly and nothing was too much trouble, such a cheerful guy... Maria the breakfast & dinner waitress, lovely girl hard worker and again with a good sense of humour..... Spartak The evening outdoor barman who has been working there 16 years, the hotel must be proud to have him work there as he was wonderful, such a gentleman and again nothing too much trouble and so hard working, great cocktail maker, try the genivieve cocktail.. Maria and Nono The animation team where very funny and worked hard, they where let down on some entertainers that should have arrived so they had to fill in, but again they where great.. Liam the Thomson rep, very helpful, great hotel because of the staff... Also food really good... Would go back again, you will have a good time overall.. Only dissapointment was the flight times from and to Cardiff...

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

This was our visit to Kos but it will not be our last.The hotel was fantastic, the service, quality, value and cleanliness were all excellent. The receptionists were extremely helpful and polite. The food and the service would be a credit to any 5* star hotel.Because we arrived in the first week of the hotel opening for the season the entertainment was a little thin on the ground in the evenings, but little Maria made up for it all with her enthusiasm and cheerfulness with daytime activities and evening quizes.A big thanks to all the staff and managers for making our holiday so memorable. If you are looking for a beach this is not the ideal place although they are adding sand to the small single beach 200metres from the hotel + sun beds and parasols.Would recommend hiring a car for a few days and seeing the island as it does have some lovely beaches.I am in my seventies but found driving very easy.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank ray27541
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Reviewed 5 November 2012 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed my stay here! Food went from good to average! Plenty on offer! Gyros was immense!
Pool was relaxing and had lunch in diner at the corner of the pool everyday! Not far to travel to kos town either! Overall 9/10 for me!

  • Stayed: July 2012
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5  Thank Richigo
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

This was our third visit and this time we brought my 85 year old mother. We all consider this hotel to be one of the best in our experience of the Greek Islands. It is spotlessly clean, the food is excellent and the staff are friendly and very helpful. Pantellis, our waiter, was most attentive and friendly, without being intrusive, and the reception staff were very helpful in arranging a snack when we arrived late in the evening. Wine was sensibly priced. Situated in a quiet area but close enough to walk into Kos Town or hire a bicycle. Thoroughly recommended and we will go back again.

Room Tip: Ask to have a room on an upper floor for a better view
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Platanista Hotel

Address: Psalidi, Psalidi 85 300, Greece
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Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Kos > Psalidi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Psalidi
#2 Romantic Hotel in Psalidi
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Psalidi
#4 Spa Hotel in Psalidi
#4 Luxury Hotel in Psalidi
Price Range: £69 - £180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Platanista Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 221
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Designed to recreate the look of a castle, the family-run Platanista consistently wins awards for its high standards, excellent value for money & caring staff. This impressive hotel is in a quiet position only 200m from the beach, 2km from Kos town, & 1km from the marina. A simple, yet aesthetic, environment worked out to accommodate the visitors who would want to experience something exceptional from the ordinary. A thousand and one nights in Greece... ... more   less 
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Platanista Hotel Kos/Psalidi

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