We have just arrived home from our holiday at the Hotel Platinista, Kos.
What an amazing place, book this and you won't be disappointed !
Before booking, I did check the reviews and kept the negative comments in mind so as to look out for them during our visit - in my opinion ungrounded, but I am not questioning the opinions of others ( opinions are individually drawn after all ).
We arrived at 2am, check in was easy - night staff insisted on carrying our bags - very welcoming.
Room: Room 554 - upper level away from main building, so less noise. We asked for a pool view room in advance ( staff happy to receive e mail requests ) which we preferred to a garden view, not much in the way of sea view rooms here.
The room was not huge,but still adequate.
Standard was high and the daily cleaning was to a high standard. Air conditioning worked well.
Mini bar was well stocked but over priced in my opinion. We did ask for the contents to be removed but they weren't happy to oblige ( some comments on TA show some had more success) , we just emptied it and put the contents aside so that we could use it ourselves.
Grounds / Pools: Kept immaculately clean, people do put towels on sun beds but there were still plenty, we had no problem.
Restaurant / Bars: Main bar is closed during the day ( open 5.30pm), you have to use the pool bar - bit of a pain. Bar staff are attentive, friendly. Local Mythos 4 Euro. If you want to watch sport in main bar just ask, staff happy to oblige.
Restaurant staff are also very friendly and attentive. My family have dietary requirements...dairy intolerant , celiac and had no trouble eating here. Most of the veg is cooked in butter but they were happy to prepare separately for us when asked. They even prepared a separate pizza. Lots of choice of Greek, continental and English food. You wont get bored. Drinks are included for breakfast but not for dinner, trousers are required for men during dinner - no shorts.
Stand out staff (and I am sure that there are others) ... Maria, always a friendly smile and greeting. The restaurant manager was always helpful - arranged for us to have a reserved table in the same spot as we were an odd number of 5 and as I mentioned very helpful with diets, nothing was to much trouble. Marcos, very friendly and well mannered young waiter.
Mr manager - these people are gems within your organisation.
Entertainment: As mentioned by others a bit cheesy at times but made us laugh - is that not entertaining? Some nights were better than others, you don't have to stay and watch!
Other items: Wi- Fi - only in reception, not great, drops a lot. My 3G was better. Bus stop just outside - return around 3e to Kos ( bus rides chaotic, free for all )! Hire a car or bike through hire shop outside not through rep - much less expensive. Car - 37e , electric bike 12e. Beach opposite - horrible, better beaches a bus ride away.
If you are planing a three Island tour book direct with the boat at Kos, much less expensive. We used the Katerina at 25e and had a great day ( separate review).
Over all, a great place to stay - from what I have seen whilst travelling, the Platanista looks to be one of the best hotels on the Island. Hire a car and travel - lots to see, driving here is easy.
- 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