We have just returned from our last minute break at the Ramira Beach. We stayed at the hotel between the 3rd and the 10th of October in a superior room. We booked with Broadway Travel and after reading many reviews I found the hotel to be consistently good.
Our first impressions of the hotel as we arrived we're beautifully maintained grounds and a well appointed spacious lobby. We arrived around 1pm after our transfer with Dodecanese Travel, these are ones to avoid as even though the hotel was around 25 minutes from the airport our transfer was nearly 2 hours long.
We we're allocated a room which was spacious, spotlessly clean, fully stocked free minibar and plenty of toiletries. We did have a major gripe with this room as it directly overlooked the restaurant building and all the extractor fans. It did make this room extremely noisy and the smells from the food cooking entered the room. We complained to reception and we we're moved to a pool/sea view room in one of the bungalows within 2 days which was exceptional. Air Conditioning worked great and the bed was comfortable.
Food at the hotel was great, we ate at the main restaurant most evenings. Food was plentiful, hot and tasty. Always a selection of salads, pastas, hot dishes and gyros, there is something for everyone! It does get a little samey but as I didn't pay a fortune for this holiday I was not bothered. You also need to pay a visit to Efi the pancake lady, one of the happiest members of staff I came across and she does make a mean pancake. I think you can't find something to eat you must be a incredibly fussy eater.
You had to queue outside the restaurant to be seated by the manager, I thought this was great as it avoided the scrum of people trying to find tables which I've experienced at other all inclusive hotels. I never saw the queue to be longer than maybe 10/15 guests and didn't have to wait longer than 5 minutes. It never stretched as far as reception! I also recommend eating in the Chinese/Italian during your stay, great food and service. Breakfast was very good, american/continental affair, was a bit of a pain queuing up for eggs in the morning but never waited too long. Tea/Coffee/Juice served to the table.
The vast majority of staff at the hotel we're very friendly, attentive and we're very welcoming. The waiters in the restaurants and bars worked all day and night but always ensured if you we're sitting around the pool or in the bars that you we're served. Receptionists we're very informative and some of the questions thrown at them by other guests they seemed to be unflappable.The animation team we're excellent, very chatty but knew when to leave you alone. They organised plenty of activities, shows and competitions with very decent prizes!
The pool bars we're excellent, drink was usual all inclusive affair and lots of hot snacks available. I did like at night that before the shows put on by the animation team they would bring out hot salty/sweet popcorn. We usually stayed outside next to the pool for the night listening to the music and chatting with other guests. You do need to bring some mosquito repellent to sit outside as there are plenty of mosquitoes and they love taking a bite out of my feet!
The location was good, bit of a way out from Kos town, around a 45 minute walk or 20 minutes on the bike from the hotel. We hired bikes most days from outside the hotel for 3 euros, great flat ride all the way into the center of town with bike paths everywhere! I really enjoyed cycling along the front, its a must.
Both pool areas we're great, there was plenty of sunbeds and we saw no reserving of beds. Some days we wouldn't get down to the pool until 12pm but there we're always beds available. The beach on the other hand was not the best, great little pods that sheltered you from the wind and good service from the bar. The beach was very rocky and a little tatty, you do need to have some beach shoes to go down.
Kos is a wonderful island, you need to hire a car to get the most of your holiday. We visited Zia, Agios Stefanos, Paradise beach and many other places. Nisyros is also a must do. Don't book car hire or trips through the hotel as they are very expensive. We booked a car through Trust for 107 Euros for 4 days and the Nisyros tour with one of the agencies in the harbour in Kos Town.
Overall a very good hotel, we would return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mitsis Ramira Beach is a gorgeous hotel built on the beach, right at the starting tip of the hotel zone in Psalidi, overlooking the bay of Kos, just 3.5 Km away from the town centre with a convenient bicycle/jogging path along the beach to the centre. Whether in the main building or in one of 8 bungalow buildings all 338 guest rooms are carefully appointed and offer all the comforts of a 5-star resort. Renovated in 2008 and surrounded by profuse gardens they are all decorated in contemporary style, with warm gentle colours, marble floor and wooden furniture and provide all modern amenities to make your stay as pleasant as possible. This sprawling resort is designed to surpass the expectations of the most discerning traveller, providing excellent service in a secluded setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramira Beach Hotel Kos
- Hotel Ramira Beach
- Ramira Beach Kos
- Mitsis Ramira Beach Hotel Kos/Psalidi