20 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"just back from 14 nights in the kos bay view - now called panorama family! I was there with my husband and 3 childre aged 9, 6 and 2 there were also another 4 adults in our party. I was worried about going to this hotel after reading some of the reviews but we had an excellent holiday and the kids did'nt want to come home!
the animacion team were brilliant, kids club and games during the day and entertaining in the evening. food was good with lots of variety and rooms were huge!, the hotel will also provide you with a packed lunch if you go out on any trips,and the beds are'nt as hard as made out in other reviews!!!
we went out on a few trips but not through the thomas cook as you can get them cheaper by going into kos town and booking them yourself!
i would definatley recommend this hotel for a family holiday."
- Travel date: Sun 19th of July 2009
Just back from Kos and stayed for two we...
"Just back from Kos and stayed for two weeks, all inclusive at Kos Bay View Hotel.We were due to be staying at the Kos Aqua Hotel but had been told at short notice it was overbooked (even though we found out this was not the case) and were given the option of the Kos Bay View Hotel.
We were given a one bedroom apartment which was very clean and spacious. There was air conditioning in both rooms, complimentry water and additional extra's. For example, one of my son's had his 4th birthday while in Kos and when we returned to the hotel after a trip there was a birthday cake waiting in the room.
The staff at the hotel were excellent and were always more than willing to help.All the staff were great with the children, and always had time to stop and speak to them. There were club's for the children and we were initially apprehensive because there seemed to be no procedures for the registration for the children or the monitoring of the adult/child ratio. However, the children did go with the team and they really enjoyed their time with them.
The animation team were responsible for both the daytime activities and the evening entertainment. Their day's were very long and the lack of time dedicated to the evening show's was reflected in the show's. Alot of the show's involved the entertainer's miming to the music and sometimes not very well. We only watch one show until the end in two weeks because they weren't great. However, the staff did try to do their best with time they had.
There was alot of choice when it came to the food and there was a selction for the children, even though our boy's kept to the spagetti bolognese or chips.
We did not see very much of our Thomas Cook rep even when he was scheduled to be at the hotel. We would check the board to double check times and had to call the office on more than one occasion to find out where the rep was.
We did not book any of the trips with the rep (and they weren't promoted by the rep anyway) and booked directly in Kos. We went to Bodrum for a total of 46 Euro's for a family of four including the tax. The cost with the rep was around 46 Euro's for 1 adult!
Overall the hotel was excellent and we enjoyed our time there. We were in the minority of British in the first week but this changed in the second. The experience with the travel company did not meet our expectations but this will be forwarded on.
- Travel date: Sun 13th of July 2008
The Hotel is in a great situation & Quie...
"The Hotel is in a great situation & Quiet!! Very friendly staff who were helpful and adoring of our baby son. The giant A/C room is really cool which is great as it gets really hot. The hotel is clean, food is excellent with a wide choice of fish, vegeterean meals and meats. The whole setup we found to be very relaxing and the pools are fantastic to swim in. You can go and visit other hotels in the vicinity that are more lively if you feel the need. You have to dress up a bit at dinner, trousers for men, but this actually made us feel that the nights were even more special.
Disappointments were the beach, if you are not all inclusive you have to pay for a deck chair and the beach is stony & narrow. Be aware of the travel rep flogging day trips too. We got the same trip in Kos for 30 euros, firstchoice was selling same tour to the volcano in nissiros for 50 euros. Flight back from Kos airport is manic, be prepared to wait in a queue for a long time.
- Travel date: Thu 10th of July 2008
we have just come back from this hotel,w...
"we have just come back from this hotel,which was great except for 1 thing! the bed ! it was so hard we nearly fetched 2 sunbeds up to the room to sleep on! food was usual all inclusive, kids menu was spaghtti bolognase all week even my son got fed up with it! but it was always hot and the gateaux where gorgeous!
the staff were all fantastic very friendly, the van driver which takes you up and down steep hill was brilliant!
enetertainment...um i will give them benefit of doubt as it was there first week open but it was awful , painful to watch , then again it was a laugh watching them being awful....
pools were great the slides kept my 2 boys entertained ,
would go again , but if you like walking round shops at night after tea there are no shops near this hotel , 8 euros for a taxi into kos town 5 min away, well worth it sides street shops were lovely until we came across macdonalds!!!
great hotel if you want to just chill by pool, fantastic views of turkey,
4 hotels on site which you can use , go into the pananma hotel just below kos view! amazing!
- Travel date: Mon 26th of May 2008
One of the best holidays we have had! Lo...
"One of the best holidays we have had! Lots for the kids and adults. This is definitely a family hotel.
Two good size clean pools, good food, nice clean rooms and very good entertainment. We had a one bed apartment which was huge. The staff are very friendly and the animation team work very hard to entertain.
You also have use of the two other hotels facilities which are on the same complex. The only downside was that the beach was not very good and the free beach bar was only for the other two Iberostar hotels and not the Kos Bay View. This did not bother us as the hotel was so good, but if you like to spend time at good beach its a bus ride away. "
- Travel date: Sun 26th of August 2007
Kos Bay View Jul/Aug 2007
"Just back from the Kos bay view hotel thought that I would write a little review.
Hotel loacted on top of a massive hill(600ft)helps with the cooling!
The hotel was clean and the food was poor but the staff were friendly. Entertainment was dire from the amateur holiday reps. This hotel had no facility for teenagers like pool table/games etc. Fine for families with small kids who are entertained with the pool all day but don't take teenagers! Great place if you want a quiet do nothing holiday, but if you need any excitement do not choose this hotel. There will eventually be a nasty incident in the pool areas if the behaviour I witnessed is continued. There is no lifgaurd/attendent at the pool and there are consequently no rules in place. It was a total shambles with kids throwing/pushing other kids in to the pool. I would not return to this hotel.
rooms cleaned every day
Good place for families with small kids.
good views to Turkey
Good breeze as you are high up a hill
Located at the top of a massive hill(need to be an athlete to get up there)
Non existent leisure facilities.
food is generally very poor(salads are good)
isolated from most amenities shops/bars/restaurants etc
No pool attendent/lifegaurd."
- Travel date: Sun 12th of August 2007
very relaxing holiday, even with the kids
"Have just returned from 2 weeks at Kos Bay View Hotel.
Our children are 5 & 7 so very busy, they had a great time as did we.
The pool areas are well maintained and very clean, even the pool toilets which can sometimes be very messy by the end of a day. There are plenty sunbeds available, but you have to be on the go early to get shade.
The indoor play area is fantastic, cool enough for them to run about in & a bar area for them to get juice.
The room was cleaned every day & fresh towels left. The bathroom is a bit on the small side when you have to try & shower children. There is no fan either so after 4 showers at night it is very steamy for a while.
The restaurant was well set up and the food was fantastic. There was never any problems getting something, even with food intolerances. It is self service for meals & drinks.
The childrens club staff also done the evening entertainment, a bit ropy some nights but the children enjoyed every night - easily pleased! The amphitheatre area where the entertainment is set up is great, never any problems getting a seat.
The staff were all friendly & helpfull.
Although the hotel is on a hill, there are mini buses running up and down constantly if you feel the need to use them. Don't let it put you off you will have a fab time.
We would recommend this hotel to anyone, escpecially with younger children."
- Travel date: Sat 11th of August 2007
Fantastic will be going back!!!!
"Just came back on the 4th of August and wanting to go back.!! When we arrived it was after midnight and was very tired after a long transfer, aussie gent behind reception was very friendly and helpful After checking us in he opened the restaurant to have a quick bite to eat . Due to the fact most of the rooms are up a steep hill we were taken to our room by mini van (1601), the room sizes are brilliant and a double bed that could of fitted all of us in!. All the food on offer is very nice and always plenty to choose from, but may seem a little mudane at times.The rooms were always clean, with a maid service every day. The views were fantastic , and we could see Turkey very clearly. The hotel has 2 large pools, 1 with water slides, which the kids loved. There were quite a few nationalitys staying in the hotel German,French,& Dutch and sometimes felt a little isolated, but did meet other Brits.The evening entertainment was ok but could of been better. The only bad thing i could say was the hill which we nick named" CARDIAC HILL" but there was a bus every 10mins if you did'nt feel like walking. Overall this is a lovely hotel and beautiful place to visit, this is well worth the money and we will be going back!"
- Travel date: Fri 10th of August 2007
Great holiday, good hotel
"Got to the Kos Bay View at 06:30 and received a very warm welcome at the reception. Our room was at the top of a very steep hill (oxygen mask required) but it was worth the climb a huge 1 bedroom apartment with superb air con system and view to die for. Food at this hotel is the norm for all inclusive, pasta, meats, fish, vegs and loads of salads on offer. Beer and wines were great but the local spirits were not for me (paint stripper) gin being the worst. Hotel staff were friendly and helpful animation team tried hard (seen a lot better in other Iberostar A.I. hotels). The hotel is very cosmopolitan Germans, Belgians and Dutch being the most prevalent (until our very own little Scottish invasion happened). Met loads of great people while at this hotel so BIG UP TO THEM for making our holiday a little more special. Oh and lastly if you should visit, say hi to Hussain at the pool bar from the Scottish mob and put a few euros in his wee tip box."
- Travel date: Fri 20th of July 2007
Okay but some issues
"Reading the reviews below seems to me this has been written by somebody from the hotel itself as some kind of self-marketing.
The hotel rates itself as 5*. Would grate this overall as 3*.
Hotel located on steep hill. Consists from several different buildings located at the hill, with reception in the main complex which surrounds the pool (with two water slides), with the next pool slightly away.
Ten minutes walk down to road (which follows the beach and goes to Kos town). Hotel is part of Iberostar complex consisting from three hotels [best one is Panorama, Kos Bay View the second]. Minibus runs regularly around the complex, friendly drivers. Very close to Kos town (10 min drive by public bus, less than 2 EUR fare)
Large rooms, even apartments with two double rooms available, with kitchenette (fridge etc).
Not so good air-conditioning [at reception they explained as temporary problem with electricity causing AC generators working on reduced capacity]. Given that hotel located top of the hill most of days windy making the hot weather reasonable and enjoyable [also reduces need for AC for some nights].
Kids âPlaylandâ located in Panorama hotel [i.e. need a minibus from Kos Bay View hotel]. Its large room with two inflated castles etc., very nice for kids 1 to 15 age.
Night entertainment consists from kidâs disco followed by some program. Pretty much the same you would see in other all-inclusive hotels; would say rather weak performance but the âanimatorsâ tried their best. During the day not much except for animators + volunteers dancing on some stupid Turkish song twice a day around the main pool.
Wanting to venture out to have a look around the island most people hiring cars, scooters, quad bikes or buggy cars. There is car / quad rentals just down the hill at the point where you will be picked up by hotel minibus. Try buggy (EUR 45 a day) its a great fun.
Try Lido Waterpark located close to Mastichari with over 15 water slides (EUR 17 adults and EUR 13 kids over 4 age entrance fee). There is free bus going every day which will pick you up in front of Ramira Hotel at 10:30 [takes one our to get to Lido park; returns at 4pm].
All-inclusive, buffet style. Reasonable choice to eat three times a day. Very good desserts. But in between not much to eat! Although declared refreshment available all day there are some cakes available mornings and early afternoons for few minutes before they run out. Its certainly OK for adults, but this hotel declares itself as family hotel so should know kids donât eat only three days a day! This is actually not an all-inclusive Iâm used from other hotels with food available all the day.
Drinks rather bad with cocktails made from local spirits (rather cheap ones, even Greek Metaxa not available?!). Good beer (Amstel). Forget that drinks are brought round pools on trays (as somebody below mentioned), you have to serve yourself from two bars.
THERE IS ACTUALLY NO BEACH. Although Iberostar declares private beach, this is the worst dirty beach in Kos. Also, although being all-inclusive, Kos Bay View guests need to pay for the basic refreshment served from small kiosk [surprisingly other two Iberostar hotels get this free].
To go to beach you need (i) hire a car and go to other KOS places [recommended Tigaki with large nice sandy beaches or Mastichari beaches], or (ii) go to beach of Ramira Hotel [few hundread meters right].
Arriving with charter flight with people for various hotels be ready will take more one hour for transfer bus to get to hotel from the airport.
Should you get the package for very good price go for that. Would you prefer beach [and not to stay all two weeks at hotel an its two pools] you would need a car. Seeing prices I recon to hire a car at the airport [seemed to me half price to what would pay close to hotel]. Be ready to travel each day to beach to the other side of the Kos island. Should you prefer hotel with beach go to other one. Seems to me, however, Kos hotels are rather moderate."
- Travel date: Sun 15th of July 2007
"Great holiday for young families, very clean and rooms well air conditioned. Many staff ,so no waiting at the bar.bus every ten minutes to the beach(need to pay for beach beds 6 euro for two)
food excellent. if you go to pool bar tell barman hussain mr martyn from scotland says hello."
- Travel date: Sun 15th of July 2007
High on the hill
"The Bayview is high on the hill with a good view across to Turkey and also back to Kos town. The staff are friendly, and constantly offer to drive you up and down the hill. My room was spacious, spotless and well airconditioned. The breakfast display was large, if not tremendously appealing. The pool areas, as mentioned in other reviews, are family friendly. If you are after the nightlife of Kos town, this place and its sister hotels down the hill are a little out of the way. However, I would recommend it to a family happy to play by the pool for a few days."
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of July 2007