19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Platanista Hotel continues to deleiver excellence
"I think it is appropriate to start with an admission that I am a fan of this hotel and all that it offers but I also have a critical mind and will record my honest thoughts.
In sum, if what matters to you on your holiday in the sun in Greece are nice rooms, cleanliness, good quality and selection of food at breakfast and dinner, staff that engage with the guests (who wish to be engaged) with humour and a range of languages and a location that is quiet but not too far from town, then this hotel should be very high on your list of hotels in the Dodecanese/Southern Aegean and top of your Kos list!
I have been going to this hotel for 12 years and all the essentials are provided and well managed but each year there are improvements, the hotel fabric is well maintained and the welcoming atmosphere is always there despite changes in the staff group over time.
This hotel has a variety of guests depending on the part of the season you travel including school holidays but whenever I have been there has always a been a good mix of people from a range of countries who get on well with each other. The children are well behaved and fortunately so are the adult guests. If you have lower level manners or a desire to make an idiot of yourself though excessive drinking/noise then this is not your place but if you are a friendly person/couple/family who wish to have a drink, mix, relax and have a good time then please book!
There is a gym, sauna and massage room as well as two very well kept pools set within tropical style gardens. There is mini golf, tennis courts and a childrenâs play area (safe). There is also a sandy beach facility across the road exclusively for hotel customers with a lovely view across the sea. The animation team provide opportunities for activities during the day and a selection of entertainments at night. As they have to cater to a wide audience, so some material will be to your taste and some not so much; this is the same at any hotel I have been to. What is provided is reviewed by the management regularly.
Food and drinks are available all day from a well run snack bar then drinks at an outside/pool bar near to the restaurant (interior and outside dining) and a bar near reception until late.
The prices of drinks are reasonable for a hotel of this high standard, for example, top end cocktails for 7 Euros, large gin and tonic 6.50 Euros, a large draft beer 4 Euros, glass of wine 3 Euros and nice coffees for less than 3 Euros.
Transport â you can hire bikes, quads, cars, scooters, etc., at a facility outside the hotel as well as many others in and on the way to Kos Town. Buses run regularly to and from Kos Town (1.10 Euros single fare in 2016) and to other areas. Taxis to town are around 7-8 Euros.
I have written this before but I need to emphasize the point that what makes this a hotel that many people return to year after year is the way it is managed and staffed by engaging people. If you ever have a question or an issue, however minor, simply raise it with reception, a member of staff or management (depending on the issue) and it will be resolved.
I am happy to answer any questions I can.
- Travel date: Thu 10th of November 2016
Simply a great hotel
"The Hotel Platanista continues to be my favorite holiday hotel. Yes it has very good food, yes it has good sized clean rooms and general public areas, yes the building and grounds are spotlessly maintained, yes it well managed and yes it has great facilities but why do I go, simple, the staff are fantastic, the animators are energetic and committed and the range of people you meet from different countries is a pleasure.
We all know that Kos received negative publicity in 2015 because of the alleged migrant problem; sad as it was the reality is that there were no issues just a challenge for Greece economically and in terms of the amount of personnel to deal with the matter. I have been to Kos 5 times since the spring of 2015 and I have never heard of a single problem caused by migrants then and of course now there no migrant issues in Kos at all.
The Hotel Platanista has faced a challenge with bookings because of inaccurate or unrefined news reporting but while I was there in early to mid-June I met a number of first timers to the hotel, of different ages, and they all said what a fantastic place it was citing the staff group for particular praise but also mentioning the facilities and the food. When I was there numbers grew considerably from what was a slow start to the season and the hotel was in âgood swingâ as I left.
I have recorded this before but wish to re-iterate the point if you are a person who thinks getting drunk and being loud, difficult or rude then please find somewhere else, this is a proper hotel where decent people from all over Europe come to relax and mix. If you want a âbar streetâ shot swigging type atmosphere go elsewhere. Thatâs not to say the bars are not fun they are!
If you want to broaden your education and cultural knowledge of other European people come to the Hotel Platanista; as before I met some lovely people from Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany and the UK and many said they would be returning. People of all ages mixed well and respected each other.
As an update the local transport costs to Kos Town, from the hotel it is 1 Euro 10 cents by bus and buses run regularly, or 7 Euros for a taxi. Depending on how fast you walk it takes between 25-40 minutes. The hotel maintains a sandy beach across the road and there are nearby bike, scooter, quad and car renting facilities.
So if you thinking of coming to Kos and the north east side of the island in particular there is no better hotel to choose.
- Travel date: Tue 28th of June 2016
small and friendly.
"Entrance to hotel beautiful, all staff very friendly. The bedroom was on the small side as was the bathroom so I asked for an upgrade which cost me an extra Â£170, thinking the room would be bigger as it said a delux room with whirlpool bath "wrong", it was exactly the same in every way except the bath. Abit disapointing but never mind, the holiday was great. A good 45 minute walk into town which my Husband and I enjoyed. The beaches were not very nice. The eating out was very nice but very very expensive in places such as a fish meal was 22 euros each. Drinks have gone up big style. It has been 12 years since we last came to kos, it has got very expensive, a bit dissapointing as this is a beautiful Island that has been spoilt by the euro."
- Travel date: Fri 13th of August 2010
A Great Hotel
"Spent two weeks at the Platanista. From check in to check out was great. Staff on reception speak good English and were very friendly, room was average size, clean, newly refurbished, would benefit from a fridge instead of a mini bar, and tea and coffee making facilities which we missed for a four star hotel. Food in the restaurant was excellent with a good choice, majority of staff were very pleasant and polite and polite. You can have pool towels from the reception but there is a charge of 3 euro's a week but you can change them as often as you like.
Safe behind the reception charge of 15 euro's a week. Spacious grounds, two large pools one with a jacuzzi and swim up bar, plenty of sunbeds, one umbrella for every two. Across a busy road to a good footpath that takes you into kos town, well lit at night and a pleasant walk ( approx 30 mins into Kos ) It's a change to walk through the marina on the way. Bus stop at the bottom of the road runs frequently. Beaches not very good, mainly shingle, there are areas of beach with sand where you can hire a sunbed and umbrella 5 euro's a day including 2 bottles of water. All in all a good holiday and will return."
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of October 2007
Excellent Hotel, Excellent Holiday !!
"Just back from a week staying at the Hotel Platanista - 15th to 22nd September. Below are the good and bad points........
Hotel Good Points
Recently refurbished so everything looks new
Very clean and well run hotel
Helpful and friendly staff
Activites arranged for most days...darts, keep fit, table tennis etc..
Two big pools with plenty of sun beds
Air conditioning in the room works very well
Hot water always available
Room cleaned and maintained every day
Hotel gardens are well maintained and kept clean
The food laid on at the restaurant was varied and good
The waiters in the restaurant were attentive and fast
Hotel Bad Points
You have to pay 14 euro per week for the use of a safety deposit box
You have to pay 3 euros for the use of a pool towel for the duration of your stay
The pool is not heated at all so can be cold when first getting into it !
There is not much located within the vicinity of the hotel
The beach across the road from the hotel is horrible
You have to pay additional 40 euros if you want to keep your room for longer on the day of leaving.
The cost of drinks are a bit more expensive than walking to one of the local bars
It is a 40 minute walk into Kos town
The bike car hire just outside of the hotel is great. Make sure you hire a go cart and quad bike....fantastic, fun way to get around the island.
We went with Thomson and their rep was great. Always available for advice and to answer questions. We chose not to do any of the Thomson trips but hired the go cart/quad bike and did them ourselves..... cheaper and much better/more fun!
Make sure you visit the hot springs...about 15 minute from the hotel by motor bike. Make sure you drive down to the spring and do not park at the top..it is a 400 meter walk down to the spring which I assume is a very horrible walk /climb back up afterwards in the heat.
Tingaki beach is great. 6 euros for two sun beds/umbrella for the day. The beach is white sand and the sea is safe and shallow for a long way...no fish in the sea though ???? did not sea any fish while snorkelling ??
Pyli is a typical greek white housed village up in the mountains worth visiting with great views and shops selling local goods.
Asklepion and Zia are worth a visiting as is Kos harbour in the eveining for a walk around all the shops, bars and restaurants.
Kos airport.....people said this would be a nightmare..but other than being very busy with lots of poeple arriving or leaving the country...we found it very efficient.
That's about it !!
Hotel was great and I would recommend it. However, It is NOT a hotel for young people wanting loud music until the early hours of the morning with lots of noise and things going on.
If you are looking for a well run, clean hotel without the 18-30 crowd...you cannot go wrong with the Platinista."
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of September 2007
We have just returned from a weekâs ho...
"We have just returned from a weekâs holiday at the Platanista and had a wonderful time. Whilst the clientele at this time of year consisted mostly of people of retirement age (we are a couple in our mid thirties), this did not affect our stay.
The rooms have recently been refurbished and are clean and well equipped. The pool area is ample enough for capacity and is clean and well kept. The water itself however, was not heated and was very cold. Sunbeds were rarely reserved as there were plenty to go around.
The restaurant food was lovely and differed every night catering to everyone's taste. We ate in the restaurant every evening it was so good! You must try the pancakes in the morning they are delicious!!
The animation team worked hard providing activities throughout the day such as darts, water polo, table tennis etc. They also provided entertainment in the evenings consisting of quiz nights, bingo nights, and Greek nights, which for a four star hotel left a lot to be desired.
However, there are several tavernas within a 5 minute walk of the hotel, so this didn't become a problem. For a more lively evening, Kos Town is only a short bus or taxi ride away or even a 40 minute walk!
We elected not to go on any of the Thomson organised trips, however, we did hire a buggy and a quad bike from the hire shop two minutes from the Hotel and toured the island this way. We would highly recommend both modes of transport as a fun and exciting way to get around the island.
Tip: If you decide to visit the thermal springs just outside of Psalidi, you can actually drive right down to the bottom of the cliff to within two minutes of the springs. This was not well known and many people endured a rather long walk there and back up a rather steep hill (which is not much fun in 30 degree heat!!)
The nearest beach is shingle and leaves a lot to be desired; however there are some lovely clean sandy beaches approximately 15 - 20 minutes west of Kos Town.
The only negatives we found, were having to pay for our towels (3 Euros each for the duration), when you would expect a 4 star to provide these free of charge, the lack of a safe in the room and the standard of evening entertainment.
Having said all this, we would not hesitate to visit the Platanista again for a relaxing break."
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of September 2007
Perfect, relaxing retreat!
"We only booked our holiday 2 weeks before we jetted out but we couldn't have had a better, more relaxing week in the sun. I'm five months pregnant so convenience and relaxation were top of our list of requirements. From when we first arrived at 3am to the minute we left staff were friendly but not over bearing.Room was clean and of a really high quality. We had a pool room which was literally 5 steps to the pool and same again to the beautiful terrace restaurant. Meals were high quality and queuing was minimal. Its location is perfect for Kos Town (only ten minutes by bus) Pool area is clean and well maintained with enough beds to go round with a quiet, relaxed feel during the day. The entertainment team were fun and polite and the program of events was just enough to keep you entertained without too much disturbance to guests who just want to chill out! Music at the bar finished about 11.45pm each night (and even before this time its not loud) giving all guests a chance to a good nights sleep before another day of relaxation!
Would definatly recommend this holiday to families and couples alike.. You won't be disappointed!"
- Travel date: Fri 10th of August 2007
Great hotel, lovely holiday!
"We spent a week at the Platanista and enjoyed our stay a lot. The hotel is immaculately clean and the staff very friendly (although one of the ladies on reception would benefit from smiling now and again). They helped us rent bikes and also a car for a day.
The food was excellent, way better than we had expected. There is a large breakfast and dinner buffet. The latter changes every day (apart from the choice of salads and fruit), so we never felt we had to choose from the same 3 pots, so to speak. The weather was exceptionally hot even for Greece during the week we were staying and the staff were very hard-working and coped very well.
After the first 3 days the number of guests seemed to nearly double and as another reviewer before us mentioned, these were 'all - inclusive' guests, sporting unattractively labelling pink wristbands. The pool area became quite a bit louder due to all the families and at mealtimes there was a queue. Still it all worked out quite fine.
There is an animation team working at / for the hotel. They were friendly and not too much 'in-your-face', so saying no thanks was easy for those of us not into the offered activities. The evening events were entertaining, but if you are under 30 yet over 18, you might want to head outside the hotel for the nightlife.
The trip to the town of Kos took about 25 minutes on foot. You walk along the main road so it is not incredibly interesting after you have seen it once. Renting a bike or even car to go and explore the island is well worth the cost. Especially the beaches around Kardamena are worth a visit since there are way less people than at the other places.
Book with ease & enjoy your stay!"
- Travel date: Sun 29th of July 2007
Fantastic hotel with charming staff!!!!!
"I stayed at this hotel between 10th - 17th June 2007. Had a twin room, which has been newly renovated to a great quality and standard.
There are 2 fantastic big pools, with Jacuzzi and lots of sun lounges. Also had immediate access to shingle beach at Psalidi, which
is across the road and very quiet. The buffet food was excellent morning and night. The staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly.
The pool barman and the evening entertainment team did an excellent job, in getting us into the spirit of things. Thoroughly recommend the Greek night, loads of fun if you like to dance. The local bus service to Kos Town is frequent and the 30 min walk is very picturesque at a slow pace. I thoroughly recommend a day trip to Tagaki and Paradise Beach too. Hourly bus services run from the bus station in centre of town and much cheaper than taxis - 1.60 euros each way. Also Lampi beach is good for water sports and Bar Street is main place for night life. Kos is a beautiful island and I will be
returning to the same hotel in September. In a nut shell, a superb family run hotel with excellent facilities and fantastic staff."
- Travel date: Sun 1st of July 2007
We have just returned from our second ho...
"We have just returned from our second holiday at The Platanista. This is a fantastic hotel in a great location not far from town, a short bus ride, or 20 minute walk away.
The staff at the hotel are extremely friendly and do all they can to help. All areas of the hotel are very clean and a lot of refurbishment work has been undertaken on rooms etc.
The pool areas are also very good plenty of room and lots of sun beds.
The food is very good particularly the breakfast.
Just down the road from the hotel on the way to town is a really great bar called the Europe Cafe Bar, the staff here are fantastic and they have entertainment nightly and show English football on the big screen. The bar is right on the beach and the sunset from here is the best, cocktails are buy one get one free, what more could you ask for.
We are thinking of making a return trip here in September itâs that good and the people in Kos are really friendly too, it's the best Greek Island we have been to and the only one we have been to more than once."
- Travel date: Thu 24th of May 2007
Loved the Platanista
"We have just returned from our second holiday at The Platanista, this is a fantastic hotel in a great location not far from town, a short bus ride or 20 minute walk away. The staff at the hotel are extremely friendly and do all they can to help. All areas of the hotel are very clean and a lot of refurbishment work has been undertaken on rooms etc. the pool areas are also very good plenty of room and lots of sun beds. The food is very good particularly the breakfast. Just down the road from the hotel on the way to town is a really great bar called the Europe Cafe Bar, the staff here are fantastic and they have entertainment nightly and show English football on the big screen, the bar is right on the beach and the sunset from here is the best, cocktails are buy one get one free, what more could you ask for. We are thinking of making a return trip here in September its that good and the people in Kos are really friendly too it's the best Greek Island we have been to and the only one we have been to more than once."
- Travel date: Wed 23rd of May 2007
We have just returned from two weeks in...
"We have just returned from two weeks in the hotel Platanista all the staff were excellent the bedroom we stopped in was new and very clean, they are updating all the other rooms over the winter. The food was also excellent.
The bus into Kos town is just 300m away and bus tickets can be purchased from the reception in the hotel."
- Travel date: Sun 22nd of October 2006