40 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Perfection! The most wonderful, relaxing...
"Perfection! The most wonderful, relaxing week I have ever had. The hotel was absolutley stunning, the service was excellent and the food was out of this world! (not to mention the puddings!!!) It is ideal for couples though those with young families would find it hard to occupy them. The staff take a great pride in their service, making sure everything is exactly right. Choices for dinner seem endless and will suit all tastes. Not once did we hear noisy guests, doors banging or music from elsewhere.A truly relaxing hotel with the beautiful town of Kos on its doorstep."
- Travel date: Sun 1st of June 2008
This is an excellent hotel with very few...
"This is an excellent hotel with very few significant down sides.
It is a few miles outside of Kos which is very convenient, without having to endure the town' noisy night life. One thing to note however is that it is on the side of a hill which might be troublesome for the unfit/ less mobile.
Rooms are smart and clean - do pay the extra for a sea view - well worth it.
The restaurant has a good choice of food and very well presented. We could not fault it. We thought the drinks were a little on the pricey side but not over the top. Service was very friendly the waiters make a big fuss of the children. One thing we found frustrating though, is they do not always let you eat on the outdoor terrace, which we really like to do, even though the tables are set out there - they seem to keep this section shut at various times and it annoys me when guests aren't allowed to sit where they prefer (within reason of course).
Swimming pools are very clean though typically unheated for Iberostar ! Not too bad when you get used to it though ! No real beach to speak of nearby - a very small single beach area at the bottom of the hill but we did not venture to it.
Great play barn for young kids.
Entertainment was severely lacking at the hotel - relying instead for guests to go up the road (short walk up hill) to one of their sister hotels. This was not a great experience, since the sister hotel is even more German dominated than this one - and the animation team regularly forgot to translate (this did not make for a good game of bingo!).
That said I think this hotel is rated as one of the best on the island and I would not doubt it.
We booked everything separately which as a family saved us a small fortune - it cost us almost the same to hire a small car for the week as it would have done to get transfers for our family of four. Having a car is a great benefit to get around this small island and driving is so easy over there - there really only one main road! Parking is also easy in every town.
- Travel date: Sun 9th of December 2007
Just back from a week at the Cypriotes P...
"Just back from a week at the Cypriotes Panorama. Had a fab holiday.
The hotel luxury, food good ( we did half board) with lots of choice, salads cold meats, cheeses, hot meats and desserts to die for.
The room very comfortable ,we had junior suite for family 4, loads of space, t/v, sea view (see Kos town and Turkey). The towels and linen changed daily.
The hotel put on a fab Greek night ,all tables set out by the pool area. They had a bozuki band and Greek dancers, it was a lovely night. The staff all around the Hotel, could not do enough for you, all really pleasant. I will definitely go back to this hotel, well worth the 5 star rating.
The hotel is 3 km from Kos town, which is worth a visit. We hired pushbikes out and had enjoyable day.
Also first time I used Sunshine.co.uk and I was really impressed. Good efficient service and I will be using them for future holidays. I always book online and I was pleased with their service, unlike On The Beach Holidays who really messed me about."
- Travel date: Thu 6th of September 2007
We were put in here after the Kos Aqua C...
"We were put in here after the Kos Aqua Club was full and the hotel on the whole is very good. The reception area is 5* as is the bar area.
The rooms are clean and include a free mini bar and you have carpet in the rooms. The all inclusive programme is ok although I feel that Iberostar "play at it" a little. You can only get snacks between 11.00 and 12.00. Ice-cream between 4.30 and 5.30 which is a little harsh. If going for food go early as around 8.00pm it gets very busy but the food is good with lots of choice.
The entertainment as someone has mentioned is very low key and also getting a taxi into Kos Town can be difficult so use the local buses which are fine. Also it is, I am afraid, a rush for the sunbeds as with most places. But on the whole a really nice hotel with good staff and food, not sure about 5* based on where I have been before but certainly 4* and a nice hotel. Have fun!
- Travel date: Tue 28th of August 2007
Excellent hotel, majority of the staff v...
"Excellent hotel, majority of the staff very friendly. We found the reception staff a bit aloof at times. Food was very nice and plenty to chose from. Champagne and smoked salmon on offer every Sunday morning. Rooms were spacious, clean and fully air conditioned. A mini bar that is stocked daily. Plenty of sunbeds, we never had to go down and reserve them at the crack of dawn. 2 pools and a baby pool, one pool was just a deep pool with no shallow end, a life guard was on watch every day which was very good.
Entertainment at night was Steve on his keyboard singing songs, which does not sound great but he had people up every night dancing and singing, and we all had a good laugh even my 13 year old enjoyed sitting outside listening to him. You can go to the other hotels on the complex for more entertainment if you wish.
Downside - hotel safe in the room was 40 euros and you received no money back, which I thought was too expensive. My daughters room was not next to mine as requested when we booked and we couldnt move as the hotel said they were too full. They didnt really try to be fair and so I thought they were not very accomodating with this one request we had. I would definately go again. Suberb hotel.."
- Travel date: Tue 28th of August 2007
Absolutely superb holiday. The hotel is...
"Absolutely superb holiday. The hotel is wonderful. The all-inclusive is a great deal, almost everything is included, beer good, every cocktail you can think of, tennis, table tennis, in room minibar (restocked daily), all are included. The only things we paid for are the pool table (2 euros), and a massage in our room (30 euros). I would recommend this hotel to anyone.
The food is superb - plenty of greek food, with a few more recognisable meals for the kids. It's a buffet, so we ended up filling our plates with loads of small portions, so that we could try everything. Plenty of stuffed vine leaves, veal, octopus, squid etc. along with the more common meats. We even had a roasted suckling pig (with it's head still on) and, how about this, smoked salmon and champagne for breakfast one morning.
We actually booked to stay in the Kipriotis Maris (part of the same complex), but when we arrived discovered that this, along with two other hotels had actually closed for the winter, and so were sent to the Panorama. We didn't complain. A rep told it was the best hotel on the island.
Here comes my drawback, the entertainment each night was a guy on a keyboard, a bit boring for the kids. That's about the only downside. During the main season you can use the facilities of all four hotels, so that won't be a problem.
There's not much in Psalidi, the beach is a bit small and pebbly, though you still get the all-inclusive via a cabin on the beach. Kos Town is lovely, and it's only about 1.5 miles away. Of the excursions we went to the Volcanic Island of Nisorys was the best (you stand in the crater with steam all around you, though it pongs a bit); Bodrum was a bit of a let down (do yourself a favour and don't go on a market day, it took three hours to get there, two hours of queuing at passport control) and don't go through the rep. We also visited Therma, this is a natural volcanic spring into the sea, we thought it would be a bit more impressive than it actually was.
I originally found the holiday on lastminute.com, then shopped around and eventually saved Â£700 by booking through sunshine.co.uk
I would definitely recommend this holiday to anyone. 10/10"
- Travel date: Thu 2nd of November 2006
Stayed here on a half boards basis. Deco...
"Stayed here on a half boards basis. Decor and rooms very 5* but some staff indifferent. Only the receptionist that was older than the others was of any help on arrival. The others were very matter of fact. In the restaurant the quality and choice of food was excellent and we were lucky to have Vasillas and Anastasias as our waiters. Very friendly and helpful and always ready with a bit of fun. Always chatting to the customers in their area (which is more than the other waiters and waitresses were doing!). So made a point of always being in their area even though it was a smoking part of the restaurant. Maitre'D very friendly also. Room clean and as others have noted chambermaids very efficient and always greeting you in the mornings. BIG MINUS point is no allocation of sunbeds and am ashamed to admit that it was a case of beating the Germans at their own game by putting towels on the beds in the morning before breakfast (although there is a notice in the hotel asking you not to do this). Why they cannot (as they have done in all other 5* hotels I have stayed in) allocate you a spot for the duration I do not know.
Bar staff also very pleasant but sometimes they take quite a while to serve you
However having said all that if the hotel got its act together on the attention to detail and dealt with the surly attitude of SOME staff it would rate much higher."
- Travel date: Fri 29th of September 2006
Spent a week at the Kipriotis Panorama i...
"Spent a week at the Kipriotis Panorama in June 2006 with husband and 2 children. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hotel definitely 5 star.
We had Junior Suite with amazing sea views and very spacious plenty of room for all 4 of us. Hotel was spotlessly clean. The entrance lobby and reception area was amazing and very grand. Everything is so shiny and clean! Food was superb with lots of choice and staff were very friendly. Plenty of space round the pool and towels provided.
Only downside was lack of entertainment but you can visit the sister hotels for your evening entertainment or, better still, journey into Kos Town at night for plenty to do. Will definitely return to this hotel in the future."
- Travel date: Thu 8th of June 2006
We stayed just down the road 2 years ago...
"We stayed just down the road 2 years ago, this is a lovely area and nice island.
We went early in the season, one day of rain, otherwise perfect weather, evening just a bit chilly, but still good.
The Panoramas is 5* as far as the accommodation and cleanliness of the rooms and hotel grounds, and the rooms are big, the air conditioning does not work it is just a blower sometimes they do not switch it on to mid summer, service & food is 3-4*, the service is lacking and the food is average, good variety. The maids are very nice though.
The power went off 3 times and there was no not water for over 2 hours one night, not good if you what to bath the baby.
They do not cover the all inclusive that well, if you miss lunch the only food available is cake and biscuits at 4.00 to 5.00pm if you miss dinner there are mid night snacks, never found them. There is no information how it all works and where to go there are very few facilities for children, it mainly for 40+ and 90% of the people there were German at the time of our stay. Very pleasant people though. The pool areas have no steps in to them only ladders, the water is cold, so gradually getting used to the water is not an option, no good for children or 60+ either. No life guard. If you are a couple then this would be an enjoyable holiday.
Although I have highlighted some of the gaps, this is still a lovely place to stay, it just other hotels do the all inclusive and kids much better.
The good thing is that there are three other hotels on the complex, you can use any of those facilities including the restaurants."
- Travel date: Sun 21st of May 2006
This hotel certainly has the 'wow' facto...
"This hotel certainly has the 'wow' factor. It is like walking onto the set of Dynasty when your first walk in! (Which could have been as a result of the 2.5 hour transfer from the airport!) Still this is a small price to pay as the hotel is immaculately clean & plush, the rooms are massive, bathrooms are beautiful and well supplied with towels and bathrobes.
The pool area is superb, very quiet and you never have to fight for a sunbed or space. The restaurant is fabulous, never having to queue or wait for a table and the food is wonderful. It is great to go to a place where you can dress for dinner and not feel out of place! In fact you are more likely to feel out of place if you venture in your shorts and bikini top (horror!)
Entertainment is very subdued but perfect if you are looking for a quiet relaxing holiday, cocktails and a peaceful night sleep rather than karaoke and party til dawn! Not one lager lout in view! This is definitely the kind of place you go to for a bit of 'class'. Kos town is lovely, a bit more down to earth, day trips to Turkey and Rhodes are easy to book, quick and incredibly cheap.
All in all the best holiday ever and we will certainly be going back."
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of February 2006
This hotel is beautiful. My boyfriend an...
"This hotel is beautiful. My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to get a sea view room. The view across to Turkey was stunning and the room itself was, clean, spacious and of a very high standard. All the staff, were pleasant from the receptionists to the chamber maids, they all greeted us happily and with a smile. The three pools were well kept and also had stunning views across the bay. We stayed half board and we were really impressed with the food, not only did it taste good, there was lots of choice. The waiters were helpful and seemed to go of their way to make the eating experience a good one.
I would consider this hotel to be more suited to the older generation as there was not much to do at night, which suited us fine and meant that it was a quiet and peaceful place in the evening. Be warned, it is on a steep hill, so it could pose a problem to those with walking difficulties, although there is a mini bus that runs every 15 minutes taking guests up and down the hill. It seems the hotel caters more for the German market, than the British. There were a lot of Germans there and the TV stations were mostly German, which was a bit of a disappointment. But then you donât go on holiday for the TV.
The beach was a long walk down the hill and a bit of a disappointment when we arrived because it is a shingle beach and not at all inviting. If you are looking for a 7 day break, to relax and rejuvenate you will certainly find this at the Iberostar Kipriotis Panorama.
- Travel date: Thu 10th of November 2005
The Hotel is well worth it's star rating...
"The Hotel is well worth it's star rating. Very clean and spacious. The Hotel reception is something to behold. Food excellent and plenty of it. The only complaint is the lack of evening entertainment.
The Island is very interesting Zia is a good place to visit for goodies to take home. Paradise Beach was our favourite. The Greek people are friendly and mostly all speak English. Would certainly return to Kos and the Panorama Hotel is great.
- Travel date: Thu 3rd of November 2005