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smartline Philippion
Ranked #26 of 48 Hotels in Kos Town
Cirencester, United Kingdom
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“A great place to stayto visit Kos”
Reviewed 14 August 2010

We are waiting for the bus to pick us up after a two week stay at Hotel Philippion in Kos; we have had a fantastic holiday in a prime location. The hotel is situated within 10 minutes of the old town (the centre). The advantage of this is that it is more peaceful than hotels in the midst of the action. There are many restaurants either side of the hotel (including the hotel's own taverna). There is a small supermarket next door for those wishing to stock up for self catering appartments and a fabulous bakery 5 minutes walk towards town (it is also an ice cream parlour).
Our appartment overlooked the upstairs pool area and had beautiful views across the sea to Turkey. The downstairs pool area wasn't quite as attractive as the upstairs one but served the same purpose. The water was a murky green colour when we arrived but was treated and changed to crystal clear again witin the day. We never had a problem getting a sunbed even though some of them were broken which prevented the backs staying up in the sitting position.
Looking at some of the previous photogtaphs, we were obviously in the newer block (B).
Our cleaner came everyday apart from Sunday; the floors were mopped, the bins emptied, the beds made and the bathroom cleaned. Towels and bedding were changed twice weekly. The air conditioning enabled us to close the windows and doors and keep out any noise (air conditioning was part of the package for Thomson customers but cost 5 euros a day otherwise). Saying that, there was only road noise during the day and the occasional late night chat on balconies on two nights during our stay.
The staff were all friendly and efficient. We managed to get a late check out (6pm rather than12 noon) by paying 25 euros. This enabled us to have a full day and enjoy the last day of our holiday to the full. We would not hesitate in recommending this hotel to any age group and would be more than happy to return at a future date.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 August 2010

With two teenage kids we wanted to be in a location where we were not slap bang in the middle of everything but accessible by foot to them when we wanted.

The hotel from the outside looks small but once inside you are soon aware that this is not the case. We booked through Thomsons so were in the newest area. The apartment was large, very clean and there was a large bedroom and very modern bathroom then the main living area which had a small kitchen area with table and chairs and lounge area with two very comfortable firm sofas which acted as the other two beds.
We had air conditioning which was in the bedroom and the main living area and it worked very efficiently and therefore as windows did not need to be opened there is only minimum noise from outside so had very good nights sleep. We used the upstairs pool all the time and it is a lovely area to sit in and we never had any problems with getting a sunbed. There is another pool area down stairs which was not as nice and it was in the majority occupied by the foreign guests who were in other parts of the hotel.

The pool when we got there was a lovely blue but they must have put some chemical cleaning thing into midway through the holiday and it turned to a rather off putting green colour... bit off putting but sure it was harmless.

Our room was cleaned almost everyday and sheets and towels changed every two or three days. We had a fabby wee cleaner called Veronica and she always had a smile for us.

My only complaint about the Phillippion was that when we arrived we booked a safe in the room for the fortnight and it cost 50 euros, I really think this is an excessive amount to pay but because you want to protect your valuables, passports etc then they have you by the short and curlies. I have 2 at home and they cost less to buy than it cost to rent for two weeks.

We booked all our trips independently and visited the Aqua Park, Nysoris the volcanic island, The 3 islands cruise which included a lovely lunch and the trip to Turkey. I got the 3 boat trips for 4 of us for a total of 170 euros which was cheaper than the cost of one of the trips would have been if we had gone with Thomsons.

We hired bikes a couple of days and the cycle paths are very good and even when you have to go on the road you feel safe enough. We cycled to the Therma springs but there is a very long hill that unless you are strong in the legs then its off the bike and walking .... mind you nice coming back down them.

Altogether thoroughly enjoyed the holiday, Weather brilliant, People very friendly and Kos town is beautiful and a good mix of the old and the new. Lots of lovely restaurants and if you look around you will find reasonable prices and lovely food.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 May 2010

This is a great hotel for what we paid.
Good bits:
*Clean, apartment lovely, very modern with hot water all the time.Air conditioning free for Thomson's customers. Microwave/kettle/2 comfy sofa's
*2 Pools
*Central,10 mins from centre.
*Good snack food but expensive.

Bad bits:
*The pools are small and the sunbeds are crammed in- you can hardly put your feet down at the sides.Some are broken.If it was very busy I doubt you'd get a bed.If there are children around it gets very noisy.
*Constant loud music by the pool.A pet hate...I'd have preferred one pool to be a "quiet" area.

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*Go to the ice cream shop opposite to the left.Lovely.
*Greece is expensive but you can keep it to a minimum.Eat at taverna's off the main streets.Drink local wine by the jug,half litres for 5 euro.I developed a taste for retsina years ago, even cheaper.Don't get pints of draught beer- paid 9 euro for 2 once.Look out for happy hours etc.Gyros Pitta- 2 euro.
*Shop around for silver.Prices vary.
*The town little train is a rip off, 5 euro for 20 mins.Nicer to walk it, in the evening when it's cooler.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 November 2009

We stayed at the Philippion from 21-28oct 2009 in a one bedroom apartment. The apartment is basic but was cleaned/towels changed daily and beds were comfy, so was great for a weeks hol! We were right by the upstairs pool so had lovely views towards Turkey. (The plane trees which previous posters had complained about had been cut before we arrived in preparation for the 28th Oct parade, and the 'Four Roses' bar was closed for season so not so noisy at night).

The Hotel itself is located on the main seafront road between the Castle and Marina, about 5-10 min walk into Kos Town. The time will depend on your willpower as you have to go past 'To Special' bakery which is next door to Kos Aktis Hotel. This shop is open all day upto about midnight and does a mouthwatering range of pastries, breads and icecreams.

We found that a lot of tavernas had already closed for winter, but still managed to try a different one every night! Of special mention is Mummys Cooking and Elia for Greek dishes, and also 'Jumbo-style' behind the indoor market where we had a lovely evening chatting to the owner who was australian but had come to kos on hols some 20+ years before and not gone home. Did want to try some other places mentioned on TA, but Caravan and Agora were closed and couldn't find Never on a Sunday - it was raining and getting dark so gave up looking!

Weather was not so good this year - first three days were great (including my sons birthday on friday), as we went into the weekend it got cloudier, then massive thunderstorm on sunday night/monday with rain for several hours. We then had cloud and rain for rest of hol, but still warm enough to be out in t-shirt!

Used local buses to get around island as cheap and reasonable timetable. the only problem we had was after catching bus to Zia and getting caught in another storm, we did not know that they had changed to winter timetable so no 4pm bus! The timetable which we had been given had no dates on it, and bus driver who took us up did not tell us that it was last bus of day. Luckily one of the shopkeepers saw us waiting in the rain, and came over to tell us there was no last bus and offered to call us a taxi. Apparently this is quite common, so surprised that taxi dont wait by busstop to collect unsuspecting travellers.

Definitely worth a walk to is the Casa Romana to look at the Roman mosaics, free to go in.

All-in-all a relaxing hols which was not spoilt by weather as we have been on hols in much worse!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 November 2009

As a late September holiday the town was just going out of season but the hotel was nice. Clean pool area, nice rooms and generally great hotel.Relaxing with no screaming children. Restaurants around the hotel were very nice expecially the italian at the end of the road near the pastery shop.
The night life had a bit of everything tasty meals and a few drinks or a mad night out down bar street if you want it . Plus a picturesque place to be. Would recommend this place and will definately go back.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
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cheltenham
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Reviewed 19 September 2009

Brilliant hotel. Don't go on the initial frontage as its situated between a restuarant and shop - but its like the tardis!! The rooms were really well thought out. We were 6 girls and had 3 apartments (all very well catered for) and each apartment was different which we really liked. Try and get the rooms over the other side of the hotel (we were in rooms 20,21 &22) which look over the pools and the view to the sea. The bar was reasonable and the food from the hotel was good. The hotel is in a prime location - near to the restaurants, habour and nightlife but far enough away for peace and quiet. You can walk into Bar street in 10 mins and the restaurants line the front. All the staff were helpful. The only issue we had was on 2 occassions we didn't get clean towels but the house keeping staff just left our used ones wet in the bath (not very nice!!). Other then this one thing i couldn't recommend the hotel enough.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
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St Helens, United Kingdom
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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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Property: smartline Philippion
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
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#11 On the Beach Hotel in Kos Town
#14 Romantic Hotel in Kos Town
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Hotel Class:3 star — smartline Philippion 3*
Number of rooms: 73
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