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Today was sleep in, swim, lunch (with swim), home for dinner, swim, dinner then bed. Milly: I don't have much to say about mum's, let's say, simple approach for today. I guess she must be tired. That was what I did when I was tired. Anyway, the first thing that happened to me was sleep. An amazing sleep in 'till 10:00, when I only got woken up by mum, dad and Maddie loudly chattering at the kitchen table mixed with a chorus of meowing cats ...
... earthquake made the wells salty. It must have been very inaccessible, although has two natural harbours back to back so shelter would never have been a problem. We have useful fans on the boat. Claire decided to turn one off by sticking her finger into the fan. Result. Fan still turning. Blood gouting out of finger. We were delighted that she did not wake us!! Claire is the reason that Health and Safety ...
... 10 - 15 feet lower than the streets and showing great sophistification for the time - water pipes, floor mosaics, columns, etc. Kors is less than 10 miles from the Turkish coast and lots of water based activity. They sell t-shirts here just in case you forgot to bring one.
Weather has been perfect. We've worked through the jet lag. I had lamb chops for breakfast. We're looking forward to the next few days!
... a decent deal on a room. We took it. We followed her and 'Muma' up through town until we got to Mumas House. Fresh sheets, and real towels we were settled in. A stroll through town, and down to the beach a filling Greek salad and Moussaka for lunch and we were ready for a Greek siesta! We awoke and pottered about town, muma told us of a good local place for dinner ...
... shops named 'Jimmy shoe' 'Marc Spencer' and 'Nexst' they even had a pub called 'white mans pub' Righto.... We soon left and were on a bus to bodrum. Very easy instructions to the hostel. Dumped our bags and headed for dinner. After dinner and back in the room we had a quick look online for ferrys to Kos, however it seemed a little harder than pre anticipated...a fellow traveller said he was going in two days ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Alice Springs Hotel Kos Town
First of Many Times at the Alice Springs!
I stayed at the Alice Springs hotel in late June 2006 in room 222 (Beside the pool) with my girlfriend for one week after reading many reviews of the hotel on tripadvisor. As soon as we arrived in a taxi, Elias, George and Barbara's son greeted us at 2.30am and showed us personally to our room and in the morning, greeted by George and Barbara. The rooms were spacious and air conditioned, which was such a bonus in the hot weather. The staff were helpful in every way, from giving advice on where to eat and where not to eat, right through to hiring us a car on request. On Monday evenings, George hosts a BBQ night, offering traditional Greek (and a bit of Aussie thrown in) food, followed by a fantastic evening of entertainment, including traditional Greek dancers and a bit of fun and games also. We also had, on the Wednesday, 'Lamb Kleftiko' cooked again by George and enjoyed poolside. The hotel is a stone's throw away from the beach and a 10-15 minute walk to Kos Town. Overall, a wonderful holiday made better by a family who seriously know how to look after their guests! This is a hotel you want to come to season in, season out. Thanks for a fantastic time guys!!
Good fun at the Alice Springs
My boyfriend and I had a very enjoyable week at the Alice Springs Hotel in Kos.When we arrived we were greeted from our coach at midnight by George, the hotel owner, which we thought was a really nice touch and throughout our week stay the friendliness and service from the George, Barbara and the rest of their team never faltered.
They arranged a really good fun BBQ, which had great entertainment and good food and we met a few other Brits aswell which was nice.
The room was three-bedded with an en-suite bathroom, we found the room to be very clean on arrival and the maid came in everyday to bring fresh towels which was nice. The bathroom was a little small, however for a couple this wasnt a problem. We also very much appreciated George moving us in to a room next to the pool! It was clear from the start of our holiday the hosts wanted their guests to really enjoy themselves.
We had a great time on a boat trip to three islands, you'll see this advertised everywhere! however it was definitely worth 30 euros. The beach was very close to the hotel, and there was a great number of bars and restaurants near the resort which were not expensive.
On the whole we had a great time at the Alice Springs, it had a great vibrant atmosphere and there was never a dull moment. Many thanks to George and Barbara and their staff,
Jack and Kate (Jill)
The Aussies invade Kos!
Remember your last holiday?or the one before that?.if you are anything like us then you probably remember the place you went rather than the hotel/apartment or staff.
Alice Springs in Kos is in a different class of its own. Dont be fooled by the 2 star rating, because from start to finish George and Barbara provide you with 5 star service. Right from the word go the welcome we received was second to none, George and Barbara make you feel right at home as if you are part of the family, and then of course there is Georges unique banter.....Be warned he was born in Alice Springs, so be prepared for plenty of remarks about the Ashes (we will be watching the telly for the Melbourne test George!!) Georges favourite remark is "Respect the Hotel owner!" and he is right....so make sure you give Barbara plenty of respect ;)
Monday night at Alice Springs is BBQ night, its the perfect opportunity to get stuck in with some great food (thanks for the cooking tips mate!), Greek dancing and some fun and games, it really is not to be missed. Wednesday is also Kleftiko night, so if you love your Greek cuisine, and a few beers as well , then make sure you book your place.
The hotel itself is situated perfectly, just outside Kos Town and the beach practically on your doorstep. There are plenty of places to eat nearby, George will give you his own unique advice on where to eat and what to do. The standard of service at the hotel is top notch, your rooms are cleaned every day, (along with fresh towels and a selection of Georges roses), and the selection of food is a perfect balance of English and Greek, try Barbara's greek salad or village sandwich!
In about 20 years of travelling abroad we both agreed that this was the BEST holiday we had been on. Theres all the usual trips you can go on and Kos is pretty much like any other Mediteranean destination but the jewel in the crown is Alice Springs hotel. This is what a holiday should be and the finishing touch was George going to the coach when his guests leave and waving them off, i admit to having a bit of a lump in my throat saying goodbye!
We will definatley be booking to go back to Alice Springs as soon as we can. We got back to a rainy sunday morning at Birmingahm international and as we sat in our local pub having a beer monday evening we both looked at each other and smiled because we knew somewhere in Kos was an Alice Springs BBQ night underway.
If you are contemplating going anywhere near Kos this year then go to Alice Springs Hotel. You will not regret it.
Jon and Jo.
Would not stay anywhere else on Kos
The first review for Summer 2006! Just got back from an unforgettable holiday on Kos, made perfect by our stay at the Alice Springs. We booked on the basis of Tripadvisor reviews (thank you everybody), and the hotel more than lived up to what people say here thanks to George and Barbara and their staff.
Rooms: We had a Hotel (as opposed to Apartment) room on 2nd floor facing the road to the beach. This side might get noisy with boy racers driving by with their music up in high season but in early May we were fine. The room was simple but spotlessly clean, plentiful piping hot water from the shower whenever we wanted, extra blankets for cold nights not a problem, towels etc replaced and beds made daily.
Facilities: Great cosy outdoor bar open day and night serving food and drinks (breakfasts, snacks, Greek and English food) by the pool. Beaufiful pool, kept spotlessly clean like everything else, with lots of (free) sunbeds for chilling out. George or Barbara or both can usually be found spending time with their guests around this bar, they are always accessible and will bend over backwards to make sure all guests are happy.
Location: Set back from an attractive road lined with shady trees on both sides, and with the beach and sea visible at the end of the road. Kos town is just a 5 min bike ride or 15 min walk into the centre. We hired excellent comfy bikes (looked brand new) for only 4 EUR a day from Barbara's cousin. Kardamena is also pretty picturesque but very small and we would pick Kos town again because it's extremely pretty, with historic ruins, many attractive squares and the characterful (is that a word) winding streets of the old town with a variety of shops and restaurants to discover throughout. Also a great choice of boat trips leave from the harbour.
That's it, hope this was helpful. I will book this hotel and this resort again, no hesitations.
Fantastic friendly service and very entertaining!
I have been back one week now and Alice Springs is definately the most friendliest and welcoming hotel I have ever been to.
All the previous reviews have been spot on - George, Barbara, Elias and Rita could not do enough for you. They give great advice on where to eat and kept us entertained at the hotel, despite it being the end of season with all the other places closing down. Whatever we wanted, they all made such an effort to provide us with! We got to keep our room for our very late departure and we didn't feel like they wanted to kick us out (like some places do). As all the other reviews say, they can't do enough for you.
I don't think I have ever spent so much time at a hotel, but it was like a social event every night with even the people from next door continuously coming over to share in the fun...We had a fantastic (and possibly embarrassing) night at the highly recommended BBQ and I also got to have some pool lessons from George! I'm sure Gav will want to come back specifically for an Alice Springs Hotel Pool Championship - I just hope George and Elias keep practising!
Maxine & Gav
Home from Home
I have just returned from the Alice Springs, and as My title suggests the hotel is a home from home.
George, Barbara, Elias and Rita are so welcoming and friendly that anybody can relax from the first day of their holiday. George has the inside scoop on all the local trips and taverners so you won't need to waste your holiday looking for that nice little greek taverner, or perfect trip.
I have never been to a hotel or resort where I would keep going back every year, but the Alice Springs would draw me back over and over again.
Hotel had a wonderful setting. Right near the beach, George and family were so helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Elias has a nice moped (harley), he knows how to make a cocktail. Myself and my wife loved it, will be back soon.
Pete & Em
Home from Home
Just returned (early this morning) from a fantastic two week holiday in the company of George and family at the Alice Springs. It has to be the best most welcoming place I have ever stayed. The atmosphere between guests and staff was brilliant especially when The Ashes came home, having an Aussie hotel owner makes it even more fun. I actually met the lovely Jo Cole and her friend Claire (see June 2005 review) during my second week. There were many other people there who been before and that helped create a family atmosphere. The BBQ and lamb dinners HAVE to be done. The pool and bar are superb. Location is spot on. Ask for a ride on Rita's trolley!! I feel sad its over but I will return.
Love to all at Alice Springs - Guy Weston
Nothing Beats The Alice Springs
This is my 2nd stay at The Alice Springs and again I was thrilled to have another excellent stay. Greeted by Elias in the early hours like I was an old friend made a very special start to my holiday. I stayed in a room overlooking the pool which was the perfect setting. The room was spotlessly cleaned, timely each day by the friendly household team. I agree with the last review about the Alice Springs bar food, very good value and yes the Big Breakfast was amazing. My favourite lunch snack was Club Sandwich which was served with perfect french fries. This hotel is one of the best on the Island and you must go to experience the happy family atmosphere. If I could fly out again tomorrow I would. I have 3 trips planned to the Alice Springs next year - May, July and September - that should tell you everything you need to know! from Jo Cole. xx
We have just returned from George & Barbara's Alice Springs Hotel and they could not have made us feel more welcome. The Hotel is family run so within the first day you are made to feel very welcome and looked after. George organises a BBQ night once a week which is a must for young and old. I don't want to say to much about that other than you have got to go and it's well worth the few euros for the night. They also do a "Dinner Night" it is quite simply a Lamb Dinner sat around the pool but not being a great lamb fan this by far the most tasty and suculant lamb that just fell off the bone. well worth a try.
It's about 10 mins walk in to the main town along the main road or 15 mins down the beach but Taxis were only 5 euro as a flat rate where ever you go in Kos so we found it nice to walk in to town and then get a taxi back. The rooms are clean and white washed walls, Patio doors with an outer sliding blind door that we used instead of the glass door as this allowed a nice breeze in the room whilst not letting the sun in, allowing the rooms to keep cool for your return. The pool is great and we found people were coming to use our pool and Bar from other hotels as they all had been recomended by other people at their hotel to come to the Alice Springs, in comparison no one from our Hotel went to any one elses pool/bar.
Kos it self is a beautifull town with a mixed and diverse atmosphere. their is BAR STREET that is exaclty that, we went their 1 night and had fun bartering with the bar reps for half priced drings but then on the flip side you have some relaxing Beach Bars and off the main market Square you get some lovely little greek bars / tavernas. the 3 island cruise is excellent, we went on the "Savisar" ( also owned by the same company who run the hydrofoil to Turkey) the biggest and in my view the friendliest of all the boats if it get's choppy some boats are not allowed out however due to the size of the savisar it does go out and you are less likely to be sea sick on it. Nic on this boat was great when it came to my fiancee feeling slightly sea sick they did everything to make her feel better and it worked, A real hihghlight of the holiday. if you are going to book any trips do it on the harbour as its half the price the tour reps charge. 49 Euro or 25 you choose?
we are hoping to go back to Kos in September 05 and will definately stay at the Alice Springs hotel again, its not worth risking staying any where else once youve found probably the best hotel on the island, once again thank you for a great holiday and I can't not mention Ilios their son who will only complain that he's not been mentioned otherwise, you are still a poor Pool player! " George one more carling, darling"
Andy & Bec put it on 107, doh 210.