19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

Pretty Good Platanista!

4
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Reviewed Thu 27th of December 2012

"My boyfriend and I ended up staying at the Platanista hotel after this was our hotel allocated on arrival when we did the Thomson price breakers deal, we new the names of the hotels we could be given so we had a rough idea what to expect. The hotel itself is lovely and the grounds are beautiful. Our room (459) was extremely clean and was a good size for the 2 of us. The reception staff were very helpful and spoke good English. The food became a bit 'samey' as we were there for 2 weeks, and the waiters can appear rude however every morning the chef makes fresh pancakes and waffles!! The pool area and entertainment team were excellent, there were a range of activities in the day time from water aerobics to bowls to water polo. Each night there was also fun entertainment on e.g. Comedy night, men vs women games etc. Well done to Macho and Tina who worked so hard!!
We booked several excursions through our rep Yota who will do anything for you to make your holiday perfect. We went to 'bubble beach' which was excellent, 'Sunshine Cruise' where you stop off at 3 neighboring islands, this was amazing as you get to jump of the boat etc, 'Lido Water Park' which was empty so it meant no queuing and we went to 'Zia' a village in the mountains to a fabulous restaurant called Orome Don. It is the best place to see the sunset. Independently we visited the ruins in Kos town and the ruins of a hospital which you can get to by the blue train from Kos town, lastly we visited the thermal springs which are truly fascinating!(A bus comes every 15 minutes from the road 150m from the hotel). Thoroughly recommend Tingyaki beach which we went to twice, a bus does go there but we got a taxi. Very clear shallow water and white sand. There is also a good restaurant called 'Spitaki' near the marina which we ate at.
We would recommend Kos to anyone as there is so much to do and see, the only thing we would worn you about is the amount of stray dogs and cats. Also at night time alot of children busk and beg, a little girl rubbed my back and then asked for money. Overall a superb holiday and the Platanista hotel is good place to stay and it fairly central."

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  • Travel date: Sun 17th of September 2006

Great Fun at the Hotel Platanista

4
Good
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Reviewed Tue 25th of December 2012

"We were allocated this hotel on arrival in Kos as part of a 4* Thomson Pricebreaker package. As one of 3 named hotels, we had researched it before booking and were delighted that it lived up to the generally favourable comments made by others.

The hotel is found up a small road, about 150m off the main road Kos road and, hence, is very quiet with a mountain backdrop and views over the Turkish mainland. At 180 rooms, it is a medium sized hotel that had mainly UK and Italian guests with a mixture of Belgium, Dutch, Greek and a few Germans making up the cosmopolitan mix. During the day the hotel felt much smaller as most of the Italian guests (who were mainly couples) chose to leave the hotel. As a consequence, the poolside was never crowded and you could always find a sunbed either at the pool or in the grounds if you preferred. There was none of the “towels on the sunbed by 6am” syndrome so prevalent in other hotels.

There is access to a small beach on the other side of the main road. We chose not to use it as, like most the coast line around Kos Town, the beach was pretty poor. You needed to travel further to the North and West of the Island to find the bigger and better beaches (e.g. we loved Paradise Beach).

We were initially allocated rooms on the ground floor with a main thoroughfare outside our window and no views. We did not like the lack of privacy and light and asked to be moved. The hotel management were very accommodating and moved us to much better rooms with a mountain and sea view as well as a great sunset. Generally the hotel management were very responsive. They booked cars for us (at competitive prices) and the facility to rent towels cheaply (3 euros – changed as often as you like) for the 2 week period was useful.

Generally, we were very pleased with the food. It is buffet style as always but there was a good variety of well cooked food that never felt too “samey”. We over ate. Initially the service was excellent. The waiters were relaxed, friendly and attentive. However, after about 5 days, a good number of the waiters and some of the guests became ill with gastro problems. We were not affected but the hotel struggled to staff the restaurant for about 5 days and the service, particularly at peak times, plummeted. It could take up to 20 minutes to get a drink with your meal. The waiters that were left were brilliant though and worked really hard. The service did return to normal for the last few days of our holiday.

We very much enjoyed work of the Animation team made up of Michaela, Tina and Matt. They engaged with the guests both in and out of work and our 2 teenage daughters had a great time mixing with the team and other guests. Everyone was very friendly and joined in. As a consequence, there was a lot of good humour and familiarity between the guests that gave the hotel a great atmosphere. Perhaps we were lucky with our fellow guests, but we had a really fun time and the girls made some great friends.

Overall, we had a very enjoyable stay at the Hotel Platanista. We wanted a relaxing and fun time and, despite a few niggles, we got it."

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  • Travel date: Sat 19th of August 2006

A Civilised Safe Bet

4
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Reviewed Thu 20th of December 2012

"We stayed at the Hotel Platanista in late May 2006. It is really lovely, airy, exceptionally clean and with a quiet atmosphere. We found the food particularly good and the staff very efficient and helpful. There are awards on the wall behind reception going back years and years from various tour operators who have been using and praising the hotel for a long time. I think you can book with confidence! Have a good time! This holiday in Kos was one of the best we have been on."

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  • Travel date: Tue 11th of July 2006

Relax and enjoy Kos at Hotel Platinista .

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Thu 20th of December 2012

"If you want a quiet and relaxing hotel then the Hotel Platinista is for you . Very good pool area where you can always get a sunbed .
Most of staff very friendly and helpful . Everywhere very clean and maid service excellent .
Food very good in general but sometimes choice a bit limited and predictable . However probabley due to the fact that most guests are 50+ of different nationalities .
Although outside Kos town frequent bus service or easy to walk in 30 minutes maximum . Not near what you would call a beach . Would have to have a very vivid imagination to describe near by rocky bathing areas as a beach .
Would say that evening entertainment is very limited and exclusively for those 50+. Staff do their best to get people to participate in events without ever being over bearing .
If you are 50 + and want a quiet and relaxing holiday in a very comfortable hotel then ideal . If like me 40 + independant type is an ideal comfortable base that is relaxing when you fell like doing nothing .
If young and lively with children then would be unsuitable .
If I was to stay in Kos again I would stay in the Hotel Platinista because if standards remained the same I would have another good holiday ."

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  • Travel date: Wed 28th of September 2005

If you want a quiet and relaxing hotel t...

4
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Reviewed Wed 31st of August 2005

"If you want a quiet and relaxing hotel then the Hotel Platinista is for you . Very good pool area where you can always get a sunbed .

Most of staff very friendly and helpful . Everywhere very clean and maid service excellent .

Food very good in general but sometimes choice a bit limited and predictable . However probably due to the fact that most guests are 50+ of different nationalities .

Although outside Kos town frequent bus service or easy to walk in 30 minutes maximum . Not near what you would call a beach . Would have to have a very vivid imagination to describe near by rocky bathing areas as a beach .

There are some nice bars in vicinity and would recommend Europe Bar because of the friendly staff . Also would recommend Michael and Terpo taverna for its excellent and reasonably priced food .

Would say that evening entertainment is very limited and exclusively for those 50+. Staff do their best to get people to participate in events without ever being over bearing .

( Usual assumption that once you reach a certain age you forget you liked popular music of the sixties/seventies and started listening to cabaret in the club style ! ) .

If you are 50 + and want a quiet and relaxing holiday in a very comfortable hotel then ideal . If like me 40 + independent type is an ideal comfortable base that is relaxing when you fell like doing nothing .

If young and lively with children then would be unsuitable .

With regard to Tour Operator importantly description of Hotel and location was fair and accurate and enabled me to make an informed choice . Outward flight on time , check in very quick . However luggage allowance 15kg for late deal very poor . I don’t go on holiday to wash clothes ! I knew this before hand but did not realise until I packed my case how much of an impact this would have on what I could take .

Return flight experience dreadful although I would say this is due mainly to the poor local organisation of airport . For this reason alone I would possibly not return to Kos . From arrival at airport took nearly 1 1/2 hours to check in . Where I would criticise Thomas Cook is that it was obvious that they were aware of this local problem and they should have made their customers aware of this prior to arrival to ensure that we could have been accordingly prepared . So if you go to Kos eat and drink before you go to the airport . Take plenty of water to drink when you are standing around outside in the heat . By the time the delayed flight took off consequently there were some hot and bothered young children who behaved accordingly all the way home . Also unable to get hot drink on plane . I would travel with Thomas Cook again because overall I had a good holiday and the faults I found appear to be generic to the whole of the package holiday industry .

Overall Kos is a good place to visit for the independent traveller as it is easy to visit other near by islands and Turkey cheaply if you make your own arrangements by buying direct boat company rather than agents . There is also plenty to see on the island to keep you occupied for two weeks . Not a place for beach lovers as the sandy beaches are located in a part of the island that is windy hence popularity with wind surfers .

Only disappointing thing I found about Kos is the people are not particularly friendly or relaxed as you find in some other Greek islands . Mainly just see tourists as a cash cow and have no interest in making conversation unless you are likely to buy something . However if you make the effort can still find nice Tavernas where people are friendly . However all of these in old town of Kos .

Overall had a very good holiday and would recommend the Hotel Platinista as a very good place to stay for suitable age group . A very comfortable hotel , with decent facilities and very friendly staff ."

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  • Travel date: Wed 31st of August 2005

Good food in restaurant even though it i...

4
Good
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Reviewed Sun 31st of July 2005

"Good food in restaurant even though it is buffet service, wide choice of Mediterranean dishes.

Hotel, pool and grounds clean and well maintained. Staff friendly and helpful -especially waiters "Tommy" and "Rosie". Possible to walk to local beach but pebbly and not good for swimming, suggest getting car/scooter and going to other end of island-Kefalos.
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  • Travel date: Sun 31st of July 2005

My Husband our 16 year old daughter and...

5
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Reviewed Thu 30th of June 2005

"My Husband our 16 year old daughter and myself have just returned from the platanista Hotel. This is a great hotel if you want to get away and have a relaxing break. I would say this hotel is more for adults than children as there was little to do in the hotel during the evening for our teenage daughter but Kos town is only 10 mins away by taxi and this would cost you 5 euros.

The rooms were very spacious and very clean and all the staff were helpful and friendly. The food here is excellent and they have a good variety of hot and cold dishes. Look out for Spartak the waiter he always has a smile on his face and could not do enough for us.

They have a large pool area with free sun lounges and you don’t have to get up early to put your towels on them. you can get lunch time snacks from the pool side bar but if you want a change try the little Taverna across the road from the

hotel this was very cheap and the food good.

If you were going to go around the island I would recommend that you do these trips yourself rather than then through the tour operator as it works out much cheaper. If you go to Kos town and walk along the front you have all the boats that are doing the excursions. Look out for Laumzis sun cruises and a gentleman by the name of Nicos (very helpful ) we went on the three island cruise with him and we had a fab time, lunch was included in the price and this was in a little restaurant on the island of Kalymnos (excellent meal). You will be taken to a sponge factory during the tour a word of warning don’t buy a sponge from here they will charge you 15 euros and you can get the same sponges for 6 euros on the sea front. We also went to the market in Turkey with this company, which cost us 15 euros for adults and 10 euros for children. We left at 10 am and was over in turkey within 20 mins, we had time for loads of shopping and returned to the boat at 4pm. (much cheaper to do it this way than through the rep at the hotel.

If you go into Kos town you must visit the Magical Taste Taverna on a Saturday night and ask for Popi, this was a fab night with Greek dancing that you did on the pavement in front of the Taverna (good Laugh). We went on the Greek night organised by the rep but was this was a ripe off and very expensive for what you got. We were told that you could eat as much as you liked and that all drinks were included. When we got there the meal was very poor and we were expected to keep the same plate for each course, which we didn’t find very healthy as there were loads of flies around the dishes. The only free drinks that were available were wine, orange juice and squash ( if you wanted beer or coke you had to pay) The Greek dancers were good though.

This was our first time in Kos and we are going to return to the Platanista next year as we have fallen in love with the place and its people."

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  • Travel date: Thu 30th of June 2005

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