Just got back from a lovely week at the Ampavris apartments with my wife and two kids under 4. We had an apartment at the back of the complex and found it nice and quiet, with no unwanted noise - perfect! The rooms themselves were compact but just about gave enough space for the 4 of us. The decor was fine - basic but clean and well maintained. The balcony was too small for 4 of us to sit out comfortably but would be fine for a couple. The bathroom was nice other than the tiny bath so we tended to use the shower. The apartments were lacking in a few of the basics - toaster, chopping board and broom, etc but very clean and secure.
The staff at the apartments were always friendly, helpful and welcoming. George quickly got the air conditioning set up for us - we needed it in the June heat, especially at night. It was great value at only EUR35 for the week.
The pool area was great! The pool itself was quite big, with a baby pool and Jacuzzi attached. We had great fun splashing around in the pool and there were always loungers free with shade. The bar area was good too with the usual selection of drinks and snacks. The playground was a bit disappointing compared with larger family resorts that we've visited - just a set of swings really, but better than nothing.
The location of the apartments is pretty good - about 15 mins walk into Kos town, but on a narrow road which was a bit hazardous at times with cars and mopeds flying past! The kids enjoyed the walk into town though as we could flower and butterfly spot. We had to stop and look at the local chickens a few times and the kids enjoyed learning how to speak cockerel! When you get to the main road you turn right to go to the 'new' town and harbour or left to go to the 'old' town.
I wish we'd know about the old town when we first arrived! From our experience the better restaurants were in the old town - we'd particularly recommend the Otto e Mezzo Italian restaurant for a delicious Italian meal. It was a bit more expensive than the many 'cafes' we visited but the service and food were a cut above. It's a shame about the amount of hassle from waiters trying to get you into their cafes - it's something that would put me off further visits to Greece as it's nice to enjoy a more laid back walk through town.
Kos town is beautiful, the beaches are a bit shingly, but the further out of town you go, the cheaper the sun beds! The town has lots of bike rental places, and Kos town has a really extensive bike path so you wouldn't have to fight with the local traffic too much. There are a lot of ruins to look around so it might be worth getting a guide book so you know where and what things are.
All in all, I would definitely recommend Kos town to families and couples. And I would definitely recommend the Ampavris to anyone on a tight budget, looking for a quiet location who doesn't need the extra luxuries and facilities provided by bigger hotels. The Ampavris and their staff provided us with a good value, relaxing stay on this lovely island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ampavri Family Apartments is a family business for over 20 years, where you will experience a friendly, warm, comfortable environment. It is known for its hospitality and fun atmosphere. It is located on a small hill, with a quiet surrounding, 1.2 Km from the beach as well as Kos town centre, 1.6Km from the port, 1km from Kaza Romana the impressive Roman house and 1.4Km from the most well-known ancient monument of the island, the Asklepieion, which also represents the island of Kos. Moreover, the museum is located just 1km from the apartments. Hence, you can lay-back, relax and enjoy the sun by the swimming-pool at the apartments but at any time you wish you can easily walk a short distance (10min walk) and experience the lively town centre where over half of the islandʼs population live and is full of charm and wonderful Italian architecture. At night you can also enjoy drinks at the apartmentʼs bar and have fun with music and dancing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ampavris Kos Town
- Ampavris Hotel Kos Town
- Ampavris Kos/Kos Town