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smartline Philippion
Ranked #26 of 48 Hotels in Kos Town
Reviewed 14 September 2009

I only gave the room 4 because we had a few problems with our electricity card and our balcony doors locking, but both were fixed upon reporting the problems to the staff. Other wise the flat was excellent. We were in room 31B which was a corner flat so was smaller than some of the others but had a balcony overlooking the upstairs pool an an amazing view of Turkey. The rooms were simple but had everything in that we needed, including daily towels an sheet changes. It also had plates, cups, cutlery, pands ect, in the kitchen. The hotel was a very short walking distance to everything, theres is a small supermarket next to the reception area and a very nice bakery (Definatly worth a visit!) a min walk along the see front, with the pebbley beach just over the road from reception (a 10 second walk at most from the front doors). Most of the restraunts, the castle, the plane tree, the ruins, the harbour, the marina, the nightlife and the old town (shopping, the museum, and cafes, bars, restraunts) are about a 10/15 min walk away. The airport was roughly half an hour away on the coach. The restored roman house, the roman odeon, and the western archialogical site were about a 20 min walk from the hotel. The askelipion is 4km outside of kos town and can be visitied by using the green train (traveks in the road) which leaves from the sea front. There is also a red train which does a city tour. If you walk along the sea from the the right (from the hotel) you will end up in Psaldi (you have to walk past the marina and you will hit a few restraunts, one which is called spitaki this is when your definaly there) and if you go to the left and you follow the harbour round the the other side (opposite the castle) you will end up on a street full of resturants which is the lambi restruant area and if you carry on walking down you will end up on lambi beach which is the sandy beach, it gets nicer the futher you walk. I think we got to psaldi after walking for about 20 mins or so and lambi is a few min walk from the harbour. Would recommend the 3 island tour (we went on the kalypso boat) and the day trip to Bodrum, Turkey (we used the maria star boat) both of which only cost 20 euros. I woild completly recomend this hotel an Kos town for everyone.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2009

We decided we wanted a nice break for a week in the sun and didnt want to spend too much. Firstly we need to say as we traveled with Thomson we stayed in their part of the hotel, which is a seperate newer part of the hotel. These rooms consisted of a seperate bedroom and living room area. Which we were suprised as we expected a studio. So if your not flying with Thomson, your room might be different.

Good points:
- Free air con (again Thomson specific as we saw signs to purchase this)
- Good kitchen, (microwave, decent fridge, cooker, knifes forks, plates decent glasses)
- Nice views
- Good spacious balcony
- Sea front promenade directly in front of hotel
- 2 swimming pools (1 being roof top), kids pool and jacuzi
- Very modern

Bad points
- Not able to put a do not disturb sign, and kept been woken up by maid (10:30am we like our lie ins)
- Broken lock on door, but was fixed once mentioned to the rep
- Bathroom door wouldnt shut, was a bit strange as it seemed to fix itself towards the end of the holiday
- Shingle beaches in the local area

Another point that we should mention is that its a decent walk into the center of the Kos town, maybe about 10mins. For us this was fine and for what we paid it was perfect.
Another great point is the bikes, the area around Kos town is very flat. You will find the number of people on bikes suprising, and its worth renting a bike for a day to go exploring. I would suggest doing this earlier in your holiday than later (as we did) this will give you a chance to see the area and work out how far things are to walk to.

This was a great holiday and great location and we would advise all our friends to go here and to this hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2009

Came here with my girlfriend, stayed in room 29, on the second of three floors.. We had a really nice balcony with seaview, on most of the days you could see Turkey really good. I would recommend this hotel mostly to young/active people, because it's close to all the shopping and nightlife, and even for us at age of 18 and 19 and pretty crazy people, the noise was sometimes a bit loud. The pool and the poolbar was very nice, same as the restaurant. They also had a mini-market in the same building which was pretty useful. We really liked this hotel, I personally would give it 5/5 points!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2009

We wanted to stay in Kos Town and the Phillipion was in a great location, we asked for a sea view and got one, albeit partly shaded by a big plane tree. We stayed in 27b right next to the second pool area of the hotel, which is quieter than the main pool area by reception, it had a lovely barman who played really great music to hum along too while reading a book or magazine.

The room was very spacious even though there was 3 of us, the sofa bed in the living room was made up and another sofa was there to lounge about on, there was a table and chairs in the kitchen area and a long balcony from the living room and double bedroom(twin beds pushed together). There was an outside table and chairs to watch the world go by on the busy street below, the noise did not disturb us as night as we had the patio doors shut and air con on as it was in the 30's.

There was a good supermarket about 5 mins walk away that the local's use where we bought giant tubs of greek yoghurt for 3 euro to have with our lovely fresh figs, and peaches.

We had a few good meals out and a few not so good, so choose your restaurant carefully, we found Zorba's in the old town very good they have a proper BBQ and the fish there was lovely, we also found the restaurant next to the hotel on a side street (just up from the four roses very good) I think it was called Pavo. The hotel restaurant was ok, the cocktails were very good.

Do explore on the buses it is much cheaper than going on the organised tours you can travel around anywhere on the island for a couple of euro's each way, paradise beach the furtherest away is 4 euro's each way but still good value. We visited Pila and had the best meal of the holiday at a restaurant in the main square next to the (old village house) which is worth seeing if you go there, also lots of arty shops selling pictures and handmade jewellery.

Kos town is a wonderful place to cycle around it is very flat and has proper cycle paths. Go down to the harbour and book a boat trip direct you will get it much cheaper than booking with your travel rep, we went on the posideon to 3 islands inc lunch for 20 euro's each a brilliant day.

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Reviewed 14 June 2009

Hotel very well located near to everything , could be a little noisy due to being right on the sea front but all life is a compromise and it wasn't over noisy. However do try to get an apartment on higher floors overlooking upstairs pool ( there are two pools here) so you can enjoy sitting on your balcony. Good sized apartments, very clean and pleasant , no problems at all , staff were friendly and did not put any pressure on you you to spend money at their bar or restaurant.
Kos town itself is excellent, lots to do, much of it free ( e.g. Ancient Agora ruins right in the town ) and where there is an entrance fee it is reasonable ( 3 euros for the fortress for example)
Highly recommend boat trips - book them yourselves at the front NOT through travel reps who charge almost double for some trips - trips to Kalymnos/Pserimos very pleasant ( don't bother with the meal option in Kalymnos though) - Nissyros was excellent as was Bodrum,Turkey - we did not find Turkish people pushy or aggressive as some have suggested, also food is VERY cheap here, about half of Kos prices !!
Best restaurant we found was 2 streets back from Philippion hotel - Hirodion, which had charming friendly ( not pushy) owner who always made us welcome - try the Metaxas plate at around 9 euros - but only if you have a healthy appetite, it is HUGE !!

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Reviewed 19 October 2008

Having just returned from an amazing week at the Philippion in Kos town, I had to write a review straight away to recommend this hotel. Although the hotel doesnt look as grand as some others on the island from the outside, the interior is gorgeous and with a balcony overlooking the clear blue Aegean sea and a view of Turkey from my bed there is little to fault! Hotel staff were very friendly and the Philippion taverna beneath the hotel served a varied menu of lovely fresh food throughout the day. This hotel is the best of any others I saw on the island for location. Literally a stone's throw from Kos Town centre with the traditional Old town and quaint winding streets with numerous tavernas, the hotel served us perfectly. The only little niggles were that the outdoor pool was unheated and was too cold to dip into regularly and that may excursions were finishing and tavernas and bars closed as it was the end of the season at the time of our visit. Also by paying extra for a room with a sea view we found that our balcony was smaller than many others and the noise from the road below could be a little disturbing at times although the view was brilliant. The rooms were spacious with a well provided kitchen and spotlessly clean. However, do be warned that the hotel is in the process of refurbishing and expanding and the other side of the hotel is yet to be revamped. I would advise to book through a travel agent as most British tourists seemed to be in the new side with a few independant travellers in the not so nice old side of the hotel. Also all the tv channels bar one were German or Greek so there is little to watch if the weather turns rainy!
In terms of our holiday in Kos itself, I would highly recommend it, with excursions to watch the sunset in the village of Zia in the mountains to an amazing day spent on Paradise beach with its white sand and clear blue warm sea, there is something for everyone. This hotel would be perfect for the inqusitive traveller but for those looking for lazy days on the beach, Kos Town is not great as the nearest sandy beach is a 30min cycle ride away. The resort of Kardamena has many brilliant beaches nearby but be warned that the resort itself is highly "anglicised" with all its traditional features lost to the tourist trade.
After a brilliant holiday I would gladly recommend the Philippion to all!

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 July 2008

Philippion – Kos Town, Greece

Operator Thomson’s – Sat 12 July 08 – Sat 19 July 08
Age of tourists – 2 X 29 year old girls

This was my first trip to Kos but my 4th experience of Greece.

I couldn’t wait to arrive at the Philippion, the reviews had been good and a local confirmed we would be staying in a good location and the were so right, this hotel is all about location, location, although we were staying in Kos Town, we were bang in the middle of Lambi and Psalidi. Full of euros in our purse, we were ready to explore the island.

Saturday 12th July, we flew from Birmingham with Thomson at 20:10hrs and arrived at 02:10hrs (Greek time, they are 2 hours ahead). The transfer was not the 1 hr 20 mins we expected, it only took about 40mins by coach to get to the Philippion. The check in was very quick, they hold on to your passport until the next morning, and we were shown to our room. I was so shocked by the quality/standard of the room; it was exceptional compared to the previous Greek apartments I had stayed in before. It was very clean and contemporary with laminate flooring and modern bathroom and kitchen facilities. We had enough storage space and even had a sofa bed that was comfy to chill out on. We did not have a sea view but the front of the hotel faced onto a main road so we were happy not to have the traffic noise although we still heard some including the dustbin lorries but wasn’t a problem.

Sunday 13th July – after checking into our hotel and unpacked we decided to have a few hours sleep so to make the most of our 1st day. Waking up about 09:30hrs we went to the 24 hour reception to sort of the necessities, safe deposit was 20 euros (E) for 1 week and this was non returnable and the air conditioning was free for Thomson guests but you need to get the control from reception. We soon found our feet by walking around the main part of Kos Town and buying some food and drink for our room before going for our Welcome meeting at 13:00hrs at the Four Roses Dancing Bar, it seems to be open anything from 09:00hrs to the early hours, this is only 2 mins walk from hotel. I don’t normally purchase any excursions from the main holiday company but we found our rep very helpful and friendly and decided to purchase the Lazy days, Paradise Beach trip which runs on a Friday and costs 15E each and included cost of coach and access to a giant inflatable out in the sea. The rep actually lives in Kos so she was a mind of knowledge and was more than happy to give information on the local bus company and didn’t put us off from exploring the island alone. After settling in, we spent the rest of the afternoon lazing around the hotel pool, we never had a problem getting a sun bed and the mattresses were free. There are pools on the ground and 1st floor, the ground floor seemed to attract the families and the 1st floor was where you would find the couples and singles; there was even a Jacuzzi on a higher level. You would get a great view of the sea from the 1st floor and when you look straight ahead, you would see the island of Bodrum, Turkey. You could get a boat to Bodrum from the harbour for less than 25E and you could catch a boat or ferry to Rhodes. We decided not to do those trips as I had visited Turkey last year and we hope to travel to Rhodes next Summer. There is so much to see and do in Kos and after an afternoon of sunbathing, we walked to the marina and towards Psalidi, we got quite hungry so turned round and ate in El Paso, a Mexican restaurant which is a fun place to go, be warned they will make sure you wear a sombrero but perfect photo opportunity, it is minutes walk from the hotel and round the corner there is an open air cinema, they seem to play the same film all week, apparently they play it in English with Greek subtitles, we didn’t give it a go because the film didn’t appeal to us but Mama Mia was being shown the week we left and that would have been a definite viewing, I think it was 5 or 7E.

Monday 14th July – after catching up on our sleep, we walked to near the harbour to catch the mini train. It runs every half an hour or so and last for 20mins and costs 5E. Archaeological sights are found all over the city and the train was an ideal way to experience all on offer (Kos has a very good road network so your safe!). Everything can be found from either turning left by the left hand side of the Police Station or walking underneath the castle bridge. After the train ride we walked to Lambi beach which takes about 15/20 mins from the hotel, it is a pebble beach but there are comfy sun beds on the beach and most of them in front of the bars are free or otherwise they were charging about 5E for 2 beds and an umbrella, we lazed by the Harem bar. In the evening we cooked a meal in our hotel room and hit ‘Bar Street’ by Goodies (Greek alternative to MacDonald’s, there is a Maccy D there as well) which is full of bars and discos. It doesn’t really get busy until midnight so it gives you a chance to have an evening nap after dinner. We are 29 but we didn’t find it too crazy and not once did we witness and trouble, there were security men on either side of the street so I think these kept things in order and made us feel very safe. A lot of the bars offers buy 1 get 1 free cocktails and a free shot for 7E to get you into bars/clubs so best to walk in with a bar tout who by the way didn’t hassle you too much and found everyone very friendly. Be warned, Bar Street is open until 04:00hrs Sun – Thurs and 06:00hrs Fri & Sat, we made it out until 4am but suffered the next day….. It was that night/morning we met our hotel security guard, George, he can talk for England (he is Albanian) but is a lovely and harmless man and will make sure you get in safe at night.

Tuesday 15th July – feeling a bit hungover the next day we stayed by the hotel pool for the day and Costa the bar man will look after you. Friendly warning, you cannot eat or drink anything by the pool other than that bought from behind the bar, the food was very good but drinks slightly overpriced compared to the shop next to hotel. No one is ever in any hurry to take money of you and Costa will kindly set up a tab for you. Costa did warn us not to drink any of the cocktails or shots in Bar Street; he seemed to think the drinks were watered down so not sure why we were so hungover in the morning?! That evening we settled for a ‘quiet’ night and ate in Select was can be found in a pretty side street between Bar Street and Kazouli Square.

Wednesday 16th July – we got up nice and early and went on a three island boat trip, catching the Laumzis Sun Cruises family boat ‘Sevimar L’ from the harbour. We booked the ticket with the main office, paid 25E for the trip and 5E for a meal and you pay 70cent on the day for tax (or something like that). The 1st destination was the port of Pserimos island where you can enjoy the sandy beach and the sun for about an hour, the next stop was Kalymnos island, well known as home of the finest sponge divers and you can visit the Sponge Divers Museum, we spent about 3hours here. On the way to this island we saw dolphins but if you blinked you missed it so didn’t get any photos. We had a lovely lunch in a local Taverna, you pre book your meal and we had a lovely Greek salad and bread to start and chicken, rice and chips for lunch, cans of coke were 2E. The wind was quite strong and the sea was getting too rough so they decided it was unsafe to travel to Krevatia beach, I don’t think we were missing much so we didn’t mind. The trip goes everyday and lasts between 10:00 – 18:00hrs. We ate in our hotel room again that night and hit bar street again. We started off at a different end this time so to make sure we experienced more bars and we tended to stick to bottles of alcopops as we didn’t want to experience another hang over the next day, bottles of WKD were 6E. We got in a bit earlier that morning about 3ish?!.

Thursday 17th July – feeling human, we hired push bikes for 5E a bike from Moto 1 which is a few shops away from the hotel, bikes can be hired all day and returned by 20:00hrs. We wanted to head to Therma but having rode through Psalidi, the cycle path ended and we were unsure how safe the roads were to rode on so we turned round and ended up in Tigaki, it is developed as a tourist resort and we stopped by for a Frappe (iced coffee) and a doughnut to get our energy levels up, it took about an hour to get to Tigaki. There was a cycle path most of the way but it felt so safe riding on the roads and was lovely experiencing the wind through our hair and look at all the scenery and watch the locals hard at work in the fields, tending their crops. After cycling for about 24 kilometres which equates to nearly 15 miles we handed our bikes back about 18:30hrs. We decided to treat ourselves to a nice meal so went to the Greek Taverna by the dolphin fountain, this is the best place we ate, you always had bread whilst waiting for you main meal and watermelon after your meal cleanse you palette. We ordered the Greek plate to share for 25E and it came with traditional Greek salad, mamas fries (small pieces of potatoes with melted cheese, absolutely gorgeous) and a plate full of different types of meat with pitta bread and Tzatziki (traditional Greek garlic sauce). The meal for two including a large bottle of water and house white wine cost nearly 50E. The food prices in Greek are very reasonable, just keep an eye on the price of alcohol. The service is excellent in this Taverna and you can watch a visual visitor’s guide of Kos Island which shows on a flat projector type screen so if there is anything you have missed you can watch it on the screen. After the meal we went to Café Latino, they have professional dancers and provide Latin dance lessons, we learnt a bit of salsa and danced the night away to European dance music, a perfect end to a perfect evening a gave us a chance for a huge Greek meal to digest before bedtime.

Friday 18th July – time for our trip to Paradise, we got picked up in an air conditioned Thomson coach at 09:10hrs to take us to Paradise Beach near Kefalos. Here, sands as white as fresh laundered sheets melt into diamond-clear seas. I’m not a big sea lover but I managed to walk shoulder height into the swim without feeling the need to tread water and you are literally walking in the sand. We had access to a giant inflatable out in the sea but enjoyed lying on the beach too much. Sun beds were 7E for 2 beds and an umbrella and lunch and drinks can be purchased from a bar mid way up the hill. The coach trip took 1hour and we left at 16:00hrs and were dropped off outside our hotel by just gone 17:00hrs. Because the sun was still hot until 18:30hrs we lay by the hotel pool with a cold beer. We ate at Fanos, a meze restaurant just around the corner from the Four Roses and is quite rightly named the ‘original taste of Greece’, visit their website www.fanostaverna.gr.

Saturday 19th July – our last day, check out is 12:00hrs but we paid 20E to keep our room until 18:00hrs. We caught the No 5 bus from the inner city bus terminal, which is next to the city bus office, to Therma. Therma is near to the costal area of Agios Fokas, the bus journey takes 20mins and costs 1E 30cent for a one way ticket purchased from the bus office, and I think they charge an extra 10cent if purchased on the bus. Therma is named this because it is the home of thermal springs, an exceptional natural experience that will make your visit there unforgettable. Hot water bubbles up from deep within the earth straight into the sea, offering its healing attributes to skin diseases, rheumatism and much other affection. It is just like sitting in a very very hot bath and therefore you may not be able to sit in the waters for very long. There is a taverna near to sea and a couple of food places at the top of the hill, it is quite a steep walk and impossible for push chairs or wheel chair users. You will meet goats at the top of the hill. The bus runs more of less every hour, we got back to the hotel for about 16:00hrs to sunbathe for a short time and checked out of the hotel at 18:00hrs. Because the door system is electronic, we needed to get a new door card after the original check out time of 12:00hrs. We chilled out with a lager and peanuts in a lovely bar/café overlooking the harbour and treated ourselves to a gorgeous final meal in the Greek Taverna we went to on Thursday. We couldn’t manage the Greek plate again so opted for a grill option which was still very filling – 2 chicken pieces, potatoes, rice and salad for 9E. It was sad to leave this place as it hit home that we were leaving the island that evening. The coach picked us up at midnight and the rest make brilliant memories.

I hope I have covered everything, the weather was gorgeous, the island is a dream, people friendly, food gorgeous and it felt so safe and calm and most of all an excellent place to chill and relax, just what I needed.

Oh, finally, you cannot flush the toilet paper down the loo, there is always a bin provided and the water is drinkable but not recommended for our stomachs, never had a problem cleaning my teeth with it or using it boiled to make a hot drink. I didn’t come back with a dodgy belly.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with friends
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Address: 14 Vas. Georgiou | Vas. Georgiou & Thessalou 2, Kos Town 853 00, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Kos > Kos Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Kos Town
#14 Romantic Hotel in Kos Town
Price Range: £28 - £60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — smartline Philippion 3*
Number of rooms: 73
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smartline Philippion is a small and charming hotel. The hotel is perfect for couples and families who want to stay close to the beach without having to lose the proximity to nightlife and numerous entertainment opportunities in the city. There are two restaurants and two bars at the hotel, and numerous taverns, restaurants and cafés nearby. For those who just want to relax under the sun, the hotel offers a nice pool area. smartline Philippion houses 99 modern and comfortable rooms and apartments distributed over 4 floors. ... more   less 
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