Its hard to disagree with any of the previous reviews, as this hotel has it all in terms of excellent rooms, great food quality and quantity, with plenty of choice etc, an unbelievable amount of sunbeds around the 5 pools and a welcome change to the usual sun bed wars. Although a bit isolated its only an 8 minute bus ride into Kos Town and well worth the 2 euros but at least its nice and peaceful around the hotel at night. The entertainment as discussed in other reviews such as the "jersey Boys" and "il Divo" were as good as anything i have seen on these types of holidays, with il Divo on stage for 1 hr 35 mins and providing first class entertainment. Just a shame that there were a handful of inconsiderate guests who just wanted to sit and talk for most of the time. I wish we had been there this week to see the Drifters, Soul Sisters and the Beatles which by all accounts are also very good.. The staff work so hard and the hotel itself is really first class, with an impressive reception area, main staircase, and even more impressive floating lagoon restaurant. However, from our weeks holiday these are some observations which i will share. I believe that the hotel lets itself down with the price of the drinks which are vastly over priced in my opinion. 10 euros for two milk shakes around the pool is scandalous and equally 12 euros for a cocktail is just far too expensive. OK you are on holiday, but who enjoys being ripped off? Also the hotel management need to decide upon the "no shorts" ruling for gents during the evening meal. This is clearly listed in the brochure, web site, the menu outside the restaurant and at the welcome meeting, but not enforced by the hotel. Each night several guys were allowed entry in shorts and even a couple in "vests" which looked as though they had been worn during the day around the pool. I prefer to wear shorts at night but i am equally happy to wear long trousers in the restaurant and then slip into shorts later. On previous holidays i have seen people turned away and reappear 10 mins later correctly dressed. Its amazing how a guy can suddenly find a pair of long trousers when required to! Also as others have said whilst i am not the "child catcher", far too many little ones running all over in the restaurant and clear safety issues, as everyone including the less infirm struggle back to their table carrying hot food and drinks. I wonder what the attitude would be of the parents if any off spring were hurt by either being bumped into accidentally or had drinks dropped on them etc. My guess is that it would not be the kids fault! Some of the parents need to take more responsibility for their kids. Having said all of that i also have to say that it was on the whole the Brits who were more observant of the rules! Final observation, apparently all of Thomson guests are allowed free tea and coffee facilities in their rooms which is good, however we only found out this by chance on the final day and were forced into buying expensive coffees to take back to our room each day. The blame for this lies equally between Thomson and the hotel as we were not informed as we should have been both on checking in and at the welcome meeting the next day! None of the above is enough to prevent me from returning to this great hotel, but i would expect to see some of the points raised resolved by my next visit. So to the hotel management - do i need to bring long trousers, yes or no? As for the rooms we had 251 and had a long extended balcony and a good view over the top pool and across to Turkey. I would think twice about the bungalows as most of these whilst having their own sunbeds seemed to have large trees and bushes over their patios and didn't seem to get much sun, plus the usual cats etc wandering about. My room tip would be to go in the main building or higher up, although i did fancy the rooms with their own pool - maybe next time! In summary all of the reviews i have read are accurate and we had a great time, weather of course makes it but slightly disappointed that the lazy river was not in operation as this is one of the selling points in the brochure and we were looking forward to that. The WiFi was not great, but can't we survive without that for a week?
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- Grecotel Kos Imperial Psalidi
- Hotel Grecotel Kos Imperial
- Grecotel Kos Imperial Hotel Psalidi, Greece