Ampavris Family Apartments
39 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
most amazing people and place
"we have never been to kos and are now hooked actually we are getting married there now. the family can not do enough for ever any time of day, we were treated as family in fact. steve ( one son) was a star ( hi mate if you get round to looking. i made your cake) advise anyone wanting to relax to go there but like others say the rooms are basic but have all you need. the road to town was not the best but 5 euro taxi ride sorts that.leigh and fi"
- Travel date: Fri 21st of September 2007
Better and better
"After returning to the Ampavris last year and receiving such a warm and friendly recognition from the family as well as an even better holiday I really didn't think that this year could possibly beat it. But I was so wrong! It was amazing! I can't express in words how perfect this holiday was but I would strongly recommend that you see for yourself."
- Travel date: Thu 21st of June 2007
Typical Greek Family Accommodation
"All the family make you very welcome at these apartments, which are situated on the outskirts of Kos town. Accommodation is typically Greek and simple, you get hot water if the sun shines (which it usually does) otherwise itâs a cold shower but this is Greece â no problem! Adequate kitchen facilities with a two ring hotplate, fridge and a kettle, just enough to do breakfast and a snacks but not a four course dinner (Why do cooking with all the local Tavernas?). Most rooms have air conditioning at an extra cost. The bar is run by Georgeâs sons who are masters at every conceivable cocktail and is open until 3 am every night. A Greek night is held very Tuesday night and this is the most authentic âGreek Nightâ you will get, all the family; nieces, nephews, neighbors, local villagers, they all come! To walk from the town takes approximately 10 â 15 minutes with the road being very narrow. However Taxis are readily available. Outside the hotel would recommend the Olympian Taverna which is located just ahead as you approach Kos town at the road crossing lights, typical Greek fare. I will end by the sign at the pool bar âBe Happy, no worriesâ you will enjoy."
- Travel date: Wed 6th of June 2007
"We recently returned from the Ampavris, we had a great holiday. For the money it was great, being a travel agent and very fussy myself, I found this property good value, basic, but clean.
Location was great if you dont intend being in the middle of it all, but easy walk into Kos Town where you will find plenty of restaurants, bars etc. Go to the main square in Kos Town, you can do plenty of people watching there, we often used to have a coffee (very good), watching the world go by.
The family at the Ampavris were extremely friendly and made our stay very enjoyable. We hired a car for the whole holiday which is well worth doing as we got to see so many places, all within easy reach!
If your looking for a cheap getaway without all the luxuries then this is ideal. We would certainly consider going again!"
- Travel date: Mon 21st of May 2007
"we had a truly wonderful stay at the Ampavris Apartments this May. First few days were a bit windy but after that it just got hotter and hotter. The apartments were basic but clean. The waterworks were a bit dodgy sometimes but nothing to complain about.The family that run it George and his family always made you feel very welcome, and they put on a Greek Night with all the entertainment supplied by the family !!! The pool was just lovely, if a little cold !!! but the jacuzzi made up for it. the only negative thing about the pool is they donot supply cushions on the sun loungers so most people bought cheap lilo`s to lie on. there is also a mini supermarket just around the corner which sells just about everything !!Just 20 mins walk into kos where there are loads of tavernas and shops and the beach isn`t much further. all the greeks were very friendly and always happy to oblige.we would most certainly go back."
- Travel date: Sat 19th of May 2007
Ambavri worked out good value, very basic but i liked it.
"Booked a cheap deal with firstchoice, a weeks stay at the ambavri with flights was 147 pounds. The apartments were basic, self catering with basic facilities. For the price I could not complain, it is 2*, we wanted cheap and cheerful and it was. There was no tv, the shower was tiny and some things looked old, but it was all clean and if you wanted help or had any problem, the family were more than happy to help. Food was reasonably priced at the bar (sandwiches, burgers, pizzas , et c). The pool was open from 8am - 8pm, there was a supermarket nearby (4 minutes walk) where you could buy newspapers, swimming stuff (armbands, floats, etc) food, etc. It costs 5 euros for a cab to/from town though I often walked. Town is is the same distance as the beach - about 15 minutes so its a bit of a trek but its cool. Everything is basic here but we has simple needs and these were met. If you are seeking luxury though you may want to pay alot more, but I'd stay here again. For the price I couldn't knock it."
- Travel date: Sun 6th of May 2007
Family holiday at the Ambavris
"We spent a week at the Ambavris having booked it as a late deal. We were reassured by the other postings I read here and as a result thought we would add ours. The apartments are about a 15-20 minute walk from Kos town which was too far out for some but excellent for us as we could enjoy the advantages of a slightly out-of-town locationâlarger and quieter pool, beautiful countryside, no 18-30 element etc. Some apartments had air-con you could rent (about Euro 7 for a night) which we paid for as the sound of farm animal (cockerels etc.) and insects (cicadas) was quite deafening at night with the doors open! The rooms were basic but clean. Pool was lovely and toddler pool was quite safe.
Clientele was family based and couples. Many enjoyed the pool/snack bar but we felt it was rather over-priced (as these things often are) and the menu was rather chip-heavy for us! The staff were always very helpful, generous and friendly.
Kos itself was a good family location. We weren't in the market for it, but what we saw of the night life seemed lively and quite sophisticated. Generally Kos had a reasonable balance between "traditional" Greek elements (for those who were looking) and the convenience of touristic concessions such as English bus timetables etc.
Overall a safe bet for an enjoyable, convenient and value for money family holiday."
- Travel date: Fri 18th of August 2006
Lovely place to stay - The Ambavris
"Me and my mum have just returned from the Ambavris (13th May - 21st May 06). We loved it there, weather was great, food was tasty and reasonable. The family who run these apartments are all very friendly and up for a laugh and they keep there guests very happy. Steve works mainly in the evening and is quite an entertainer. Can't complain about the apartments at all, they are basic but have what you need. People in our apartments were of all ages which was nice, and all very friendly. There isn't nothing at all to complain about because we had a brilliant girlie holiday. Definately recommend this to people, you will have a wicked time. We certainly did!! We will definately go back. Also Kos Town is really really nice and the far east chinese restaurant is delicious!!"
- Travel date: Sun 21st of May 2006
"We have just returned after 1 weeks stay at the Ampavri. These apartments are highly reccomended - the best Â£300 ever spent. Would definightly return to these apartments the only thing we could fault was that we didn't book for 2 weeks instead of 1.
George, Elenie, Steve, Costa and Chris are the most pleasent friendly people you could ask for, nothing is too much trouble. We can't praise these apartments or people enough."
- Travel date: Fri 12th of May 2006
"This was possibly the best holiday i have ever been on with my family. The hotel is only small and situated about 5 minutes taxi ride out of the town centre.
It is family run and they are so friendly. George and Eleni own the hotel but you will mainly see their three sons (FIT!!!) working there. Kostas, Steve and Chris. Steve is an excellent host for the evening providing much entertainment with his erm...interesting tricks. By the end of the first day you will feel like you are one of them. Can't get much better. Already booked to go back next year."
- Travel date: Wed 14th of December 2005
Absolutely loved it!!
"Just got back this morning from an absolutely fantastic week at the Ampavris Apartments in Kos. From the moment we arrived at the apartments we were made to feel so welcome by the family who run it, and also by the other guests, many of whom return year after year, and I can see why! The apartments are so clean and well maintained. The maids came in every day with clean sheets and towels and were so friendly. We had a studio which had everything we needed for the 2 of us. The pool and bar areas are so nice with a Jacuzzi at one end of the pool and plenty of sunbeds and seating so you can relax and soak up the gorgeous weather! The snack bar is open all day until about 10 pm but the drink continues to flow well into the early hours!
It's a pleasant 10-15 minute walk to the town, down a long old road with a lovely taverna and ancient ruins along the way. If you can't make the walk back, it's only 6 euros for a taxi!
I have never felt so safe and relaxed on holiday and didn't feel the need for a safety deposit box, although they are there if you choose to use them. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff.
I will definitely be returning to Ampavris in the future and would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday within walking distance of the nightlife.
As the sign behind the bar says 'arrive as strangers leave as friends', so true!
Big thank you to George, Panagiotis (Pete), Costa (Chris), Stamatis (Steve), Yiannis (John) and the young lady who cooked our breakfasts most days but whose name I don't know Efharisto! (Thank you! )
- Travel date: Thu 11th of August 2016
First time in Kos
"This hotel was absolutely fantastic, no complaints. The rooms were spotless and in the week we were there we had a maid 3 times. Obviously the apartments aren't going to have Gorden Ramsey kitchens but provided enough to cook lunch and evening meals on. The pool was lovely with a nice jacuzzi feature . The pool offered food for snacks and massive choice of alcohol (try orange and ouzo its only 3 euros !) .The family were extremely helpful and friendly giving free shots and offering advice on places to go. The walk in to town is only around 10-15 minutes walking past greenery and a old ruined wall the entire way. Despite other reviews talking about lack of security , the doors are not made of wood and look securely , there are also security deposit boxes not in the room but in the bar/ reception area.
Would definitely recommend it for any ages as we were the youngest of 18 & 19 and still had a fantastic time"
- Travel date: Wed 4th of July 2012