Michelangelo Hotel Greece
9 / 10
On the Ágios Fokás shoreline, 5.5 miles (9km) southeast of Kos Town, with knockout views to Nísyros and Turkey’s Knidos peninsula. Buses 1 and 5 to/from town stop frequently outside, so car hire not essential.
Style & character
7 / 10
Updated-Bauhaus exterior, with fetching rock cladding, softened by lawns and occasionally sparse landscaping. Interior common areas – especially the lounge – have ‘wow’ factor.
Service & facilities
8 / 10
The basement Therme Spa (Thalgo products, open daily) has a pool and three treatment rooms but, without natural light, feels dark. The similarly dim, adjacent gym (free to all guests) has 10 machines. There’s a brighter, remote massage room. Lawns and some olive trees surround the upper, square-ish pool. The Aegean-view, unheated infinity pool, with swim-up bar, is long and deep enough (160 metres/two metres) for serious swimming. The sand-and-shingle beach (sunbeds, tamarisk-shaded bar) offers the clean sea typical of Kos’s south shore. Private dinners and weddings are organised outdoors near the kids’ club, or in a small functions room; the chapel should be consecrated soon, with an eye to more nuptials.
Service friendly and willing, though sometimes slow at restaurants or bars.
- Fitness centre
- Kids' club
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
- Tennis court
There are 254 rooms in five categories; plump for superior sea view at a minimum, though all furnishings/décor are identical. They’re arrayed over six wings in total, with a mix of mountain (ie inland), garden or Aegean views. Premium Sea View doubles have capacious balconies, mid-range (not premium) king-sized beds, grey variegated wallpaper, medium-screen TVs, safes and fridges (minibar on request). Bathrooms feature oval butler sinks, combo tub-showers, bathrobes/slippers and retractable make-up mirrors. Junior suites are only slightly larger than premium doubles.
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Food & drink
Two full-service restaurants (buffet and à la carte) provide enough variety and quality over a week or two’s stay, something unusual in hotels wholly or partly all-inclusive. There are also three (snack) bars, including pizza (from £7), burgers and sandwiches (£6 to £8). Main bar prices are not that exorbitant: £4 to £6 for straight shots of mid-range whiskey, £7 for most cocktails and from £3 for bottled or draught beer. Many drinks included for all-inclusive guests.
Value for money
Low/high season half-board rates for premium sea-view doubles range from £132 to £245. A junior suite (fitting a family of four) from £155 to £281. All-inclusive rates are only 20 to 25 per cent more. Spa treatments are competitively priced (50 to 75 minute massages from £51, couple’s 50-minute massage £110). Booking all-inclusive also gives you unlimited access to the sauna, hammam and indoor pool, and use of all facilities and restaurant through to your last day if departing on an evening flight. Half-boarders have to pay £10 per day for spa access, and are largely restricted to the main buffet restaurant. Complimentary Wi-Fi signal throughout.