We stayed at the Hermes Hotel from 16 September for 2 weeks. Arriving in the early hours we were welcomed by Nick who had his sense of humour already for the new arrivals. The rooms were very clean and had a balcony with a lovely view of the sea and of the island with a very pretty greek white and blue church. We did not have a shower curtain when we first arrived but the very next morning we asked for one and next time we went back to our room the shower curtain had been put up. Also asked for extra pillows and again no problem they were there the next morning. Only thing was lacking in space to put your clothes but it wasn't problem we managed with what was there. We were 2 couples and the other couple had a problem with the balcony door not locking which was reported to the Thomas Cook rep who chased up the hotel for this to be fixed. A few days later the door still was not fixed so Sebastian asked if the problem had been sorted and as soon as he was told no he got on the phone and the door was fixed that day - no complaints on the service the hotel offered us. They were very cheerful and happy and had time to talk to you if you wanted to ask a question.
The breakfast seemed to be a problem for a lot of people who complained it wasn't enough. We thought that the choice of toast or cereal was fine as someone mentioned in an earlier review after eating greek food it's pretty heavy so you really don't want a large breakfast the next day. But if you do want more than the 2 slices of toast or good portion of cereal you could choose various things from the menu starting at 1 euro there was plenty of choice and definitely cheaper than the breakfasts down in Karami Bay. You could have as much coffee/tea/juice as you wanted - no complaints!! It did get to be a bit of fun waiting for the one person who would make a fuss over the breakfast it was certainly entertaining for us but not for Diana who took this to heart after trying her best to please everyone. Don't worry Diana we appreciated what you did!!!
The pool bar offered a good selection of lunches with Katarina serving each day with her very cheerful "come on down" when your meal was ready she really did make you smile. The food is cooked to order by Nick and they were a good team. The burgers were homemade by Diana and I was told they were very very nice.
The pool itself had plenty of sun loungers with the sun from 1st thing till about 5.30pm because of the location on the hill it was a lovely breeze to keep you cool during the lovely hot temperatures.
There is a bus stop opposite the hotel which will take you to many places of interest on the island including Kos Town, Paradise Beach, Kardema etc. We made the mistake of attempting to get the bus to Bubble Beach one day without realising that Paradise Beach was next to it and missed the stop (no signs for Bubble Beach). The bus driver said he would take us to another beach which he did Mastihari and we had a lovely day. We were not quite dressed to go to Kos Town for the day with flippers, snorkes and flip flops. We took a trip over from Kamari Bay to Nysiros Volcano which takes just over an hour on the boat and then about 20 minutes on the coach from the harbour up to the volcanco which was worth the visit and something different to see. We hired a car for a few days to get out and about and visited Kos Town and visited the hot springs just outside of Kos Town.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday. Kos was the most relaxing place we have visited and we were all of the opinion we would like to come back one day and we would also stay in the Hermes Hotel.
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- Also Known As:
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