Travelled here for 1 week in June 2014 with my mum on a package holiday.
Upgraded to a superior room and my mum had a standard room. The only difference is the superior is slightly larger (very slightly), has a 'whirlpool' bath which was nice but not amazing, and a different colour scheme, oh and slippers and a robe. Probably not worth it really. I read reviews and emailed in advance to ask for a room away from the pool area, as this is where the entertainment is each evening and is extremely loud.
Food is pretty good for what it is. Loads of choice, some days better than others, amazing choice at breakfast including authentic Koan food, waffles and pancakes made for you and all kinds of cooked food, creals, yogurts, fruit etc etc. We regularly had seconds and thirds! It's probably the best food i've had on a half board basis, but it is no michelin restaurant. Drinks are free with breakfast but you must buy your own in the evening (for half board anyway)
It's very much a hotel for an older english/german/french crowd, average age around 50, and at 36 I was definitely one of the youngest there (for once!). I probably would not choose this hotel if i had kids as it's clearly geared towards the older traveller, i did not see anything in the way of entertainment for youngsters, but then again we did go in school term time.
Evening entertainment is DIRE. Really bad, the greek night was ok but otherwise I gave it a miss. Kos town is close enough that you can go there for the evening and stroll back when it's a bit cooler.
There's a small pebble beach just over the road but nothing to really write home about - nice enough and never to busy when we were there.
Mini bar in room, plenty of seating and bars inside the hotel although in the day you must go to the pool bar for drinks.
Staff were great - extremely professional and helpful both inside and outside the hotel, unlike my visit to Crete a couple of years ago where almost everyone was miserable and rude.
The local bus picks you up outside (no 5) to go to the nearby therma - natural hot pool on the beach about 15 mins away. And it's free! The buses the other way go to Kos Town which has quite a bit to see and do.
We went on a few tours, highlight was the boat trip to nearby island of Nysyros, where there is an active volcano, and you can go and walk about in the crater as well as explore the amazing 'proper greek' island villages on the island.
If I was to return to Kos i would probably stay here again. Bar the evening entertainment, I can't fault the hotel at all. It's amazingly clean, has everything you could need for an enjoyable stay. Highly recommended.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Platanista Hotel Psalidi
- Platanista Hotel Kos/Psalidi