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Grecotel Kos Imperial Hotel
Ranked #8 of 19 Hotels in Psalidi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 November 2011

This is a great hotel very close to the town of Kos. Very nice swimming pools especially the area with the lazy river and the waterfalls. The beach has nothing special, Kos has much nicer beaches.
The rooms are very nice however not very large. Clean and nice, above average but not 5 stars. About the personnel you get mixed feelings. Some very friendly and helpful but a few who seem bothered just by the fact that you have little kids with you.
Very nice personnel at the kids section where they have many activities for the kids who seem to enjoy.
The restaurants are nice, the buffet good but not 5 stars. However it is good. Anything you get at this hotel is overpriced. A small bottle of wine and a bottle of water and you had to pay an extra 20 Euros for the buffet restaurant....
At the right price it is a nice hotel. Not something extraordinary.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 October 2011

Arrived late flight from Manchester, arriving at the hotel just after midnight. The front of the hotel looks a little disappointing at first, but once you get inside, its all marble and opulance. Good welcome at the reception, and taken to our room by very friendly member of staff on an electric cart. Awoke to sunshine on the first morning, and made our way through to the restaurant. There is everything that you could ever want for breakfast, from continental style with breads and pasties, through to full English if you want it, and mix in yoghurt, fruit, cheesecake(!), cheese, hams etc etc. All the food is replenished regularly by the many staff on hand, which is great, however, it just gets a bit repetitive after a while. We were advised by our Thomsons rep that the English are in the minority in this hotel, and he wasn't wrong. The visitors there are predominently German or Russian, and the latter of these don't believe in being second in the queue, and we were regularly barged out of the way of the food counters. After a few days of the onslaught in the restaurant, at both breakfast and dinner, we found that this clearly wasn't for us. Please don't get me wrong... It is a beautiful hotel, and immaculate everywhere, and extremely clean. The pool area is lovely, although the water very cold in late September, and warmer in the sea. If you do go out of season, it gets quite chilly in the evening, so suggest a light jacket or cardie wouldn't go amiss in the suitcase! Good thing about going late Sept, very few children around, so very peaceful, wherever you choose to spend the day. The best evening for our week away, was catching the local bus into Kos Town for the evening, sitting in the main square, where there are many tasteful bars to sit and watch the world go by. Also found a nice restaurant, in the old area of the town, and had a lovely meal, which after having to fight and serve ourselves, was welcome relief to have someone bring your plate to you! Finally, the beach is a let down.... its a man made area, having shipped in some sand, and is very rocky in places. There are also some hidden dangers lurking under the water, with old pipes and metalwork which can hurt if you catch your foot. Would definitely recommend to anyone to buy the cheap plastic footwear for getting in/out of the water. Its a lovely hotel, more like a small village, with beautiful gardens and pools, but it is out of the way, and the only thing in walking distance, is a small taverna, and small supermarket. (p.s the evening entertainment is a bit naff too!)

Room Tip: All the rooms appear to be of good quality, but having seen all the complex, I wouldn't bother u...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Jane P
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Reviewed 2 October 2011

We have just returned from a 2 week holiday at this hotel, we went with 2 of our friends and thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff were very friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The rooms we had were far better than expected and although we had a limited sea view it was still quite good. On arrival we were given wine, flowers and fruit in our rooms which made it that bit more special.The pools were very good but shoes are a good bet if you want to go on the beach and in the sea because of the shingle beach and the stones in the sea. The food was good with quite a wide choice.The drinks as we expected were expensive. Both couples received a cake as we are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversaries this year, a very nice touch.We would definately go again if we were visiting Kos.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 September 2011

Yes its been 5 years since we last visited the Grecotel Kos Imperial and its as good as ever with superb healthy food and large comfortable accommodation. The communal areas are as stylish and the hotel is not dated. There is free wi fi and internet access and a reasonably priced Sun Stores Mini Market within. Access to Kos Town is either a 90 minute walk of a 1.60 Euro bike ride. There has been a big fall in bar prices at the hotel and in Kos generally since our last visit making Kos cheaper than Bodrum, Turkey.

Room Tip: Choose a balcony room, ground floor rooms are often shaded all day
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank arfon
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Reviewed 21 September 2011

Having stayed here last year we decided to return for my husbands fortieth and were not at all dissapointed . We were lucky enough to be upgraded to a bungalow with a pool view ( great ) and the management had laid on a birthday cake and complimentary wine for my husband , a great start. As already stated in previous reviews the common areas and pools are spotlessly clean and lovely to look at which is just as well because I think it's fair to warn you that the beach is not . In fairness everything else outweighs this but those of you expecting a stretch of golden sand may be less than impressed . Back to the positives the food is fantastic , king prawns ,calamari, lamb cutlets and beef fillet were all in abundance aswell as a champagne breakfast if that's your thing . As part of the A I package you can dine at the pavilions a la carte it's must you will not only have great food and service but a wonderful view out towards Bodrum. Lastly and most importantly , however lovely looking a place is it is nothing without it's staff from groundsman to housekeeping to waiter each and everyone of them have received great training and therefore a real asset .A pleasure in every aspect .

  • Stayed: September 2011
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1  Thank ginacolada
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Reviewed 21 September 2011

We (family with 2 teenagers) stayed at the hotel in October 2010. Hotel is very upmarket and has lots of facilities - but October was very off season and the hotel was very quiet. Pool facilities are superb - with several pools all situated around a central bar/taverna area. The beach is quite poor and man made - but good outlook across to Turkish coast. We only had B&B basis - so lunch at the hotel was a bit expensive for 4 of us - about 100 euros per day. There are a couple of tavernas across the road from the hotel - one was open at lunch time and average cost was about 40e for a lunch for 4. Hotel is several miles out of Kos town - bus stop at the gate but buses were not too frequent at that time of year. Reception helpfully arranged taxis to take us into town in the evenings. The hotel bar in the evenings was a bit souless with very little atmosphere - even when there was entertainment laid on. To be fair it is probably much better in high season. Rooms were very good standard in the main building. Breakfast was excellent. Overall - if you do go there be sure to book the premium plus package for best value. Staff all very nice and friendly - and very helpful.

Room Tip: Higher floors have best views
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  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with family
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3  Thank Ted56Scotland
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

We spent a week in the Gecotel Imperial Palace. It is not without its flaws but overall the hotel was great. First the good stuff;
The rooms were good for a Greek hotel - we got up graded to a 'bungalow' if you are reading this just prior to staying at the hotel beg, grovel and do whatever it takes (including paying an upgrade) for a bungalow. The room is great or more accurately the aspect of the room was great - we had our own private patio overlooking the pools. As an aside having talked to a guest in a 'standard' room I may well have given the hotel 4 stars has I been allocated one of these rooms.
Secondly the food is excellent - we stayed half board and normally would be bored with the buffet after couple of days. Not so here. Each night was a new spread.
All the staff (actually all the staff bar one) were exceptionally friendly and helpful.
The bars were good if a little pricey.
The standard of appointment in the hotel was also very good
There wrere 2 huge pools, a private beach, a kiddies club, a seperate kiddies pool, lazy river (which wasnt switched on) etc etc.
Bad stuff - first off its a bit out of town 4km to be exact and around the hotel there is absolutely nothing save for a mini mart and bizarely a go cart track. BUT busses are every 15 mins and the fare into town (Kos town) is 1.20 Euros - the journey is 10 mins - pointless taking a cab. Last bus back is 2AM. Our kids were grown up so for us this wasnt a big negitive but for families with kids that want a change from the hotel perhaps more so.
I said the room was good - it was but the shower was the pipe in the bath job that inexplicably alernated between freezing and boiling. The TV in the room was circa 1990 but not a problem for us as we never switched it on Bed was big (super King) but was essentially a large piece of foam rubber.
Room sevice was very early particularly at weekends when it sounded as if they were dismantling a transit van outside the room. Not good for hang overs.
Oh and the pool was cold
That was really it great hotel with small flaws - would definately go back there

Room Tip: Beg to be upgraded getting there ealy seems to help - get a cab from the airport rather than the bus...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Psalidi 1, Psalidi 853 00, Greece
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Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Kos > Psalidi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Psalidi
#5 Romantic Hotel in Psalidi
#6 Spa Hotel in Psalidi
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Psalidi
#8 Luxury Hotel in Psalidi
Price Range: C$158 - C$467 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Grecotel Kos Imperial Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 384
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