43 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
The Denise apartments are great
"Can I just say that the family that gave the Denise a bad review could not have traveled with "First Choice" as they only do AI and do not go to the Denise apartments. If they did not know which company they traveled with, then perhaps they were confused when they wrote their review. I have been to the Denise 3 times and without complaint."
- Travel date: 23rd March 2013
Absolute nightmare, beware...seriously read this carefully
"Myself and my wife decided to stay here based on reviews from THIS website and trip advisor. We had to book two twin rooms as we had four children (all under the age of 9) and there were no rooms big enough for us all...at the time of booking we were told they would be next to each other as we have the children and they are all so young. When we arrived, the owner (I assume) Nico, told me to leave the kids at the pool and that they will be fine...10 minutes later we went down to the pool and he told us one of them nearly drowned. As for the rooms, we were given two; one below the other (i.e. not next to each other and far apart, meaning in the end we all had to share one room (yes 6 of us in one very small apartment (I did complain but got nowhere))). The rooms themselves were disgusting; boiling hot, stinking drains and air conditioning cost a huge 40 euros per week (a word of warning the air conditioning makes you wake up with a very bad sore throat). There was hot water for about 15 minutes per day (meaning a freezing cold shower (with a broken shower head which squirts water everywhere except on your body)), no plugs (there is a sign on the wall saying they don't supply them so you cannot use the hot water (!)), serious problems with ants and huge beetles. Also there are no double beds, they are two single beds pushed together with wood in the middle meaning it is literally impossible to cuddle your partner (which myself and my wife always do but could not for two weeks). As there were six of us in one room and appalling catering conditions (i.e. a small hot with two small plates on it (no doubt to get you to eat at the bar as it is impossible to cook)) we got the hob from upstairs along with a few pans (you only get 3) and put them in the downstairs apartment. On the last day, the cleaner started shouting (yes shouting) at us and got her boss up (Eevie), who stuck up for the cleaner and said we owe her ANOTHER 40 euros for the air conditioning! On the last day, our transfer was to pick us up at 9:45pm...we were kicked out of the apartment at 11:15am and told we can keep it on for another 6 hours for 20 euros! We ended up walking round with 4 kids for 10 hours, then when our transfer did arrive, Nico came over to us and demanded another 40 euros for air conditioning; we refused and complained about the place and he said we don't look after our children (as one of them nearly drowned when we were told they will be fine) and we are not allowed back at the place (no great loss I have to say)! I was not going to write a review until the manager came over demanding more money but saying I don't look after my kids was the last straw. This place is apalling and firmly driven by money, money, money (air conditioning, fan's, keeping the room on for a while etc. etc.)...how anybody can write a positive review I have no idea; this is the third time we have been abroad and usually love it but this was seriously bad. Other problems were noise...the noise levels EVERY night kept us awake with people shouting and music belting out at the bar until 3am (which was strange as there is a note inside the apartments asking guests to keep noise to a minimum at night). Also beaches...there are none (with any sand) until after Kos town (which is 30 minutes walk away from the place). Most reviews of this place go on about the owners making you feel like family; maybe they carry out the over the top friendliness and trying to make people feel like 'family' to make guests feel guilty about complaining and disguise how bad the apartments actually are. Some parts of the island itself are brilliant, in particular past Kos town but this end of the island has very, very little to offer (apart from these apartments which are not really worth shelling out over Â£1000 for)."
- Travel date: 2nd August 2012
Marvellous; the week flew by.
"The apartments were great; good location, just off the main road/promenade, you couldn't see them until you were on top of them. Nicos, Effie and all the staff were very friendly, they couldn't do enough for you. Apartment was very clean and everything worked; nice view of the pool and gardens. It was big, with plenty of storeage, cleaning service was good. Hiring a bike, from the apartments, is a good idea. Would go again at the drop of a hat!!"
- Travel date: 25th June 2012
Noisy at night
"We have just returned from a week at the Denise Apartments in Psilidi, Kos. The accommodation was the usual basic Greek accommodation but spotlessly clean. We were in rooms 24 & 27 near the bar and found the noise levels at night meant we had no sleep until after 2am. Psilidi is not Kos Town and we certainly could not walk it but the bus service was excellent and cost 1 Euro 20 cents. As beach lovers we found the beaches poor in this part of Kos as we stayed in Tingaki last September, where the beaches were excellent but we did find a reasonable beach near Kos town, get off the bus at stop 5 and walk back to the Limeni bar/taverna and they had lovely new sunbeds and good food and friendly staff. Kos Town has something for everyone."
- Travel date: 26th May 2011
"Just got back ....went on sept 18th.2010..end of season...Well all i can say is that this place is fabulous...very personal and family feel .... the place was simple and clean. Niko and maria were very friendly and you are made to feel so welcome....Def give it a ten out of ten...you are literally a half hr walk from kos town...and its a nice walk..or 3 mins by bus!.. local blue ocean taverna is a 10min stroll, food is fab and u sit by the sea front..def a place i will go back to!"
- Travel date: 26th September 2010
Fantastic laid back greek hol!!
"Me & my boyfriend visited the Denise Apartments in June 2010. We found the apartments to be comfortable, clean and situated in lovely gardens. Granted it was not as close to Kos Town as we had been lead to believe. It is in Psalidi, with the apartments 5-10 min walk to nearest taverna & shop etc in Psalidi. Kos Town itself is around 30 min walk, 5 min taxi (costing 7euro each way)or bus is 1 euro each way (bus stop less than 5 mins from apartment.) Nikos & his family/ staff were all really helpful, will call taxis and advise of bus stops/shops etc and have a laugh with you making you very welcome. The pool was excellent- very clean, and lovely atmosphere around the pool, everyone so friendly with many guests regularly visiting the Denise & you can see why- it is great. The food at the pool bar was fantastic & reasonably priced. Plenty to choose from for lunch time snacks. The beach is about 10 min walk and is pebble/shingle so not that great, although tavernas on sea front are idyllic serving fantastic traditional greek food. We had a fantastic week here, and would recommend to anyone looking for a laid back time in the sun. Thank you all at the Denise for a fantastic week!!"
- Travel date: 24th June 2010
It grows on you... In a good way
"Don't be fooled by the title. I did enjoy my holiday here although I did get bored at times. When I first arrived in Kos, I was amazed by the weather. The brightest sun I had ever seen with literally no visible clouds in the sky. I never actually checked the temperature but i'm pretty sure that it went into the 30s every day (or at least very close). This was consistant for my 7 day visit. After setting foot in the grounds of the complex, I knew I would enjoy my stay. I was not overwhelmed by its beauty and abundence of facilities but it was very clean, well maintained and presentable. The swimming pool is a reasonably good size but closes at 8pm (approx). The bar was reasonably priced and the 2 for 1 cocktail offer was on every night, without fail for 2 hours. The apartments were much like the complex... You had everything you need and again were well cleaned/maintained. You can hire aircon for about 20-40 euros per week as well (I had to). It was nice to chill on the balcony (which overlooked the pool) with a beer in the evening. Not much to do in the immediate vicinity. Kos Town is 10-15 mons bus journey away but that got a tad boring after 2 days. Beaches are fairly rubbish as well. You do not get a sandy beach unless you go to the south face of the island. Would I go again? Only if it was dirt cheap but don't get me wrong - I still enjoyed my week in the sun."
- Travel date: 20th February 2010
You won't sleep
"A nice little place. But noisy at night, usually to about 3 in the morning - music, loud voices etc (usually drunken voices). So if you are a light sleeper, then not the place for you. Plus the cleaners will wake you at 8 in the morning as they sit outside and drink their coffee - they can be quite loud. Personally, I wouldn't go back. Nothing against the place or people, but would rather have a decent nights sleep!"
- Travel date: 12th October 2009
" Just got back from the Denise Apartments after a very enjoyable two weeks in the sun. The welcome we received from Maria, Nikos and the rest of the team at the accommodation was as though we had been there every year (this was our first visit). We were treated like members of the family and not as just another pain-in-the-arse holiday maker. The apartments are extremely clean and well equipped and are of a high standard of maintainance. The family have a little Shih tzu dog called Ziggy he is a fabulous little thing, really friendly and funny. The flights were suppled by Monarch Airlines from Manchester Airport using an Airbus A330-200, very clean and comfortable. The outbound flight (MON1288) was delayed by about 20 minutes because of a couple of irresponsible pillocks who culd not decide whether or not to actually board the aircraft. The inbound flight (MON1289) was actually early taking off (20 minutes)and landing at Manchester. The bus service from the end of the lane into Kos Town is remarkably frequent, punctual and cheap (â¬1 each when bought on the bus but if you buy the tickets at the kiosk prior to your journey it is only â¬0.90 each) If you do want to do any of the trips book them yourself and NOT through the Olympic Holidays representatives - you can save at least 50%. Generally I would recommend this holiday complex to anybody as we enjoyed it so much."
- Travel date: 25th September 2009
Tally Amazingg WOOOO!!
"Heyyyy, We went to Kos in August 2009 and stayed at the Denise App. As soon as we arrived we were welcomed like family. Maria (the owner) is really friendly - but does have a whacky side haha...Nikos (the manager) is a mad head,,,,totally mental lol. Maria has a cuteee lil dog called ziggy who we played fetch with n chased - was mint! :) The apartments were very basic so you would need to take adapters and things. The apartments are cleaned daily so its always sparkling clean, towels changed daily and bedding twice a week. Gorgeous views from balcony which we sat looking at every night after a drink at the pool bar. The apartment grounds have lots of greenery and different trees and plants also a little herb gardern. The gardener comes everyday to see to the plants but he makes it look amazingggggg... The pool area has lots of sunbeds, enough for everyone. The pool is very clean and is big, there is a childrens pool for little kids. On the main pool there is an area at the top where we jumped into the pool,,,funny times. Close to the pool there is the pool bar that serves all kinds of drinks and different selections of local Greek food,,,Bacon sandwich is AMAZING,,u gotta have one if you go haha. On different nights the bar has events going on such as: quiz, karioke, Greek night... We went to the Greek night and the quiz,,at the quiz there was questions such as music questions...and...best bit being....we WON the quiz WOOOOOOO!!!!! We got a free cocktail which was gorgeous xD At the Greek night we had a meal which included Greek Salad, Tzatziki, Sausage, chicken and pork chop,,,lovely,,,Nikos' bbq skills aren't bad after all lmao. After the meal we had lots of Greek dancing where Nikos and family got us in a circle n taught us some Greek dancing,,Zorbas dance... Every night at the bar they give free shots of ouzo, peach snaps...so we have a small toast xD Only bad thing about the bar at night...if your aparment is really close to it you cant get to sleep because of the loud music. Just in case football or other sporting activities are on the TV they have a wide screen TV where we watch England vs Netherlands which was very funny as the apartments are for the English and Dutch so there was betting going on haha but in the end it was 2-2 lol. If you dont want to stay out in the sun or you get bored at night there is a little pool room where us kids used to hang out and play some pool. Denise App. could help you find love as well,,,my big bro,,Ben,,met his girlfriend,,Becky,,there awwww! haha Now then, The travel rep said it would be a SMALL walk to Kos Town,,,LIEEEE!!!!,,,it took us 45 mins!!!!! haha,,,I suggest the bus that only cost 1 euro,, buses run every 10 mins from the bus stop down the street. In kos town it is split up, half of it is more modern and the other half is the old town,,,we only went into the old town because we like traditional Greek food. Lots of shops where you can buy clothes and things,,also a duty free shop to get alcohol and cigarettes... The beaches near the Denise App. are very rocky so you have to go to the other side of kos town for the best beaches. Olympic holidays organised a lot of trips,,we went to Turkey for the day,,which was boiling haha and if you go DON'T pay the bill in cafe in the English pound because we nearly got ripped off by the owners :O We also went on the party night which was a lot of fun,,where the olympic reps near entertained us with a boys v girls contest..and...the GIRLS won WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! haha Anyway, Just like to thank Maria, Nikos and family for making out holiday the BEST yet haha will be back next year maybeeee.... Charl, Tracey, Ben, Anne and Tom x"
- Travel date: 18th September 2009
"stayed at the denise apts for a week on 15th aug 09' and not sure what to expect as the brochure details were very limited. however, once we arrived we discovered a little gem of a place. there is a small pool bar/cafe area which serves very nice food & drinks. the pool area itself is very well kept, well tended gardens, clean sun loungers and a fab pool. the family who run it are all extremly helpful and speak very good english. the rooms are basic but clean and the maids do clean them every day. just one thing that you should know and did seem slightly strange.......you only get ONE loo roll, you need to supply your own for the rest of your stay, which is not a problem but just to inform you! there is a stony beach near by but a 40 min walk or a 5 min bus rids takes you into Kos Town where the sandy beach is. the apartments themselves are not actually located in kos town, just slightly outside but again, a short walk in to the town. overall, a very nice little place!"
- Travel date: 1st September 2009
A fantastic holiday (honestly)
"Hello,, we stopped in the Denise Apartments on the morning starting 12th August 2009, when we had gotten off the plane at Kos Airport we was greeted by many of the Olympic Reps who was helping us along our way to the Denise Apts, when we had reached our Destination we had a problem,, we didnt have a room because some people decided to swap rooms the night before, but when we was looking for another room our rep was helping us an awful lot and she had managed to find us a room ( Thankyou ) lol, but the hotel is great there is an open bar next to the pool, a pool table, many sunbeds with umbrellas and a childs pool, they do put on entertainment like Bingo, Kareoke and they even bring you round free Ouzo shots and Vodka + Red Bull but i didnt have any because i am to young, if you want to go on trips its very simple to do so you ask your rep and they will do the rest for you. if you want a walk into Kos it takes aprox 35-40 in a slow pace, in Kos there are Bars and Restaurants and these are great for the family, we had only stayed a week but it was great, the hotel when we went consisted of English and Dutch people but you can get over the language barrier easily because the majority of people can speak English there, on site there is a dog called Ziggy he is very adorable and has a mind of his own but he is cute, the rooms do have basic equipment so make sure you take travel adapters and toasters. but i will wrap this all up now by saying this was a great holiday and would be good for you aswel hopefully,, thankyou to our rep who had helped us get the room we needed,, xx"
- Travel date: 20th August 2009
Top traveller tips for Denise Apartments
"Give yourself up to the moment, the owner and managers do make you feel like one of the family..if you allow them to."
"Do not stay there full stop"
"Chill. Hire a bike. Sit by the pool and watch/listen to the World go by."
"Good place to relax by the pool"
"Try the 3 island cruise on one of the wooden boats in the harbour."
"The view of Turkey on a night time as we sat eating our meal :D"
"Fabulous, nice marina, lovely restraunts, reasonably priced :)"
"the bar at the hotel was great and simple to get to hehe, "
"great for the family and for a nice kozy meal and a great characiture ,, "