Hotel Norida Beach Kardamena

, Kos, Greece
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Hotel Norida Beach Kardamena

, Kos
4 star

Rooms: 527

Kardamena - Kos - 853 02 - Greece Hotel Website | | 2242-091230/1
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10/10
Fantastic
Submitted by: jane in 20/10/08
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Well what can I say. This was an amazing holiday, all the staff are friendly, the hotel is brilliant. They can't do enough for you. Everyone talks to each other, the rooms are fab. We stayed for one week and I didn't want to go home. All I can say is the people who don't enjoy there stay here must be expecting something almost impossible as we found they couldn't do enough for you.
10/10
Great
Submitted by: wayne @ stephanie in 14/09/08
  • Age Group:
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
We stayed there for 2 weeks. It was brill, great staff and food. Clean and tidy and very friendly. Pool and beach were great as well. We will return soon.
2/10
Honest review on Norida Beach...not good
Submitted by: Di in 18/10/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
Although this post is long, I have tried to include everything I can think of to enable you to make more out your holiday. If any advise helps anybody, then it was worth the effort of writing this.

We have just returned from a 1 week stay at Norida Beach Hotel Kos. (20th Sept - 27th Sept 07)
This is not a 5 star hotel, we would rate this hotel 3 star.

FUME SMELL.
We stayed in on the ground floor rooms just past the adult bar. The smell of diesel / fuel fumes were horrendus!! I am allergic to PPD (an additive in fuel) and after the 2nd day woke up with chest problems. The smell hit us as soon as we left our room, and drifted across that side of the hotel. This is totally unacceptable, no matter what the star rating of the hotel is.

ROOMS
Were clean, basic, although very disapointed that the shower was a hand held. Only had hot water on 1 evening. Beds, yes were concrete edged with wood loose slats laid across, check they are evenly laid before sleeping on them. We prefer a firm bed, so this didn't affect our sleep.Air con worked great. No tea or coffee making facitiles( although this is all inclusive, please read below, as this did make a difference to our stay). TV didn't work neither did the radio. There is a charge for the safe.
Maids plesant and worked hard.

BAR
The only decent drinks that really could be found were either at the adults bar or the beach bar. A rum and coke, tasted just like coke. The fruit juice they mixed with the sprits was watered cordieal, thus making the drinks taste extremely weak. The adults bar does have some named brands but these have to be asked for, otherwise you will get local brand stuff.
Bar staff all plesant.

RESTAURANT
No bacon, look like cubed hot spam, no mushrooms or cooked tomatoes for breakfast.. Food was OK although not always hot, which could have lead to problems with tummy upsets. Liver was on every day. Don't expect steak. Roast lamb in mint sauce very nice.Good fish choices.Pancakes were fab!!! Fried eggs for breakfast were often over cooked.

TAVERNA
excellent, get there before 2pm otherwise they start to clear away. The staff here were great.

CHINESE
excellent, would reccomend this to everybody!! Situated at the side of Taverna, within the same block. I don't like Chinese much but really enjoyed my meal here. The staff again exccellent.

RECEPTION STAFF
We found them friendly and helpful, we encountered 2 immediate problems when arriving, 1 being no plug and the patio table broken, this was corrected within 2 hrs. If you are plesent to them you get it in return.

POOL
We did not go in. The most we ever saw was 3 people who dare brave the cold, we were told it was like jumping into a salt slush puppy. I did however do a toe dip lol and it was freezing.

ENTERTAINMENT
OK . Expect to be pressurized into giving them excellent star ratings in questionarie at end of your holiday. The childrens entertainment went on far too late and by the time the adults started, we were begining to get tired, so therefore missed this some nights....as it really started after 10.30 - 10.45. They do seem to work hard though.

BEACH
Stoney not sand, and the sea gets very deep very quickly, so would not advise for young children, as they will be out of their depth within a few steps.

LOCATION
The views from this hotel are wondeful, set at the bottom of mountains and with sea views, it really is lovely.
Town centre of Kardamena is 4.5 kilometres away, too far to walk too in heat.

OVERRALL
Apart from the above one of the disapointments for us was the lack of decent food available between 2.30 - 6.00pm. The restaurant and Taverna close at 2.30 with the only food available then being from the beach bar, or small fridge near the inside bar, until dinner which opens at 6.00 .If we went out for the morning and came back after 2.30 all we could get was yuk hot dogs/ small dry rolls filled with meat cheese / tomatoes, dry cake and ice cream.
They did do packed lunches and the nicest thing about them was the box they were presented in, they contained, 2 apples, 2 boiled eggs, feta, 2 plain dry rolls, 2 dry cheese / meat rolls, and 2 bottles of water.
Apart from going into the main restaurant for your breakfast, you could not get a cup of tea or coffee from anywhere until 10AM. We like a cup of coffee / tea first thing. I didn't even think of taking a travel kettle with this being an all inclusive.
This hotel has the possibilty of being a far better, it lets itself down.
Flies near the open bar, OK this one is a difficult one for the hotel to deal with, but these flies bite within milli seconds of landing on you, but doesn't leave the marks or itching a mosquito would leave.
Would not recommend this hotel to disabled.

ADVISE
Take a travel kettle and some teabags / coffee for first thing in the morning.

When having tea or coffee in restaurant, use the milk from the cereal counter, the milk in the jugs provided, was more like evaporated. Ideally take your own home teabag to restaurant as well.

Take your own hairdryer, the one in the rooms, didn't have enough power to blow the skin off a rice pudding.

Remove the brass tab which powers the electric off your room keys, leave this in the socket as it will keep your air con and electric on during the day.

Don't ask for juice in drinks, ask for it separate.

Go to the adults bar in the evening. Waitress served which is nice.

Book the Chinese.

Hire a bike / quad / car etc and see the rest of the island, Zia is breath taking!!!.

There is no money exchange available at reception.

Make sure you don't go over your baggage allowance, the Kos airport are very strict and will charge 9 euros a kilo, anything over.
Couldn't find any scales to double check our cases at hotel.

Take your driving licence, hire some transport, the island is lovely, and worth a couple of days of your holiday to see it.

Cigerettes are around about the same price throughout the island. 200 superkings between 28.5 - 29 euros.

Take immodium. Whilst my husband and I didn't really have any problems, there were many that did. I think we were fortunate.

Take baby nappy bags for disposing of used loo roll.

There are showers in the toliets, between the restarant and recpetion, use these if you can only get cold water in room like us, also ideal for last day stay rather than paying the 40 euros for keeping your room on. The door is often closed, and unless you open them you would not know they are there. Womens is direct in front of entrance to toilets and mens to the left. Although they do not have separate door for privacy, it is worth it for a hot shower.

Some of the excersions were cancelled if not enough had booked or too windy for boat trips which is understandable, and people were not informed until time of departure, which lead to unhappy guests, whom had planned their day out.. Try and get about yourself, where you only have yourself to rely on.

Hotel is along way from the town centre and walking there in the heat, I would not reccomend.

Watersports, eg pedlos although free required a 30 euro deposit, so if you would like to do this leave enough money for deposits.
The toilets on the beach are closed, you have to use the Taverna toilets.

TO FINISH
Would I reccomend this holiday to my friends and family, personally ...no, unless they got this for £250 a week.. I certainly would not advise 2 weeks here, unless you hire a car bike or quad. Overrall we did have a nice holiday despite the problems, the weather was great, the staff are lovely, its a shame the hotel lets them down too. The hotel is clean and tidy. Don't expect a 5 star but a 3. Get about and enjoy Kos it is a lovely island.

10/10
Best holiday ever
Submitted by: steph in 23/09/07
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
I thought that this was the best hotel that I have stayed in, any problems got sorted straight away, reception were very polite and helpful. All staff were brilliant and the animation team made the whole hoilday worth while!
10/10
Wonderful week
Submitted by: Clare in 25/08/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Greece
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
My partner and I stayed for a week in May having been to Kardamena before. We were so impressed we have booked again for September. I cannot believe the negative reviews what do these people want for their money? The food is endless and if you can't find something to suit there must be something wrong with you! The staff we met were all very hard working and very polite. When we arrived our TV was not working we reported this to reception and it was dealt with within the hour. As a Head Housekeeper in a busy hotel in the south of England I know exactly what to look for and was more than happy with my stay and so looking forward to the next. My only warning is the area around the pool gets very slippery so be careful!
2/10
WORST WEEK OF MY LIFE!
Submitted by: Nicola in 07/08/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
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This hotel is in no way a 5 star! We are a family of 4 with kids aged 3 and 11. Firstly most of the reception staff are very rude and give you the impression that you are putting them out even when you are only ordering a taxi! Yes I know they work long hours for little pay and that they deal with some horrible people but i was always pleasant and thankful and yet they still treated me like dirt! The food is HORRIBLE! It does not cater for the english at all its the 1st time ive ever been offered rabbit stew and quail stew abroad. Not to mention the perch! (Which aparently is a fish that eats crap from the bottom of rivers and tastes the same. we dont eat perch in the uk and no wonder) Even the breakfast was awfull. No bacon, beans or tomatoes or english cereal. Yes its nice to try something new but its also nice to eat. We only went for breakfast twice and never went for lunch and missed dinner 3 times prefering to get get in a taxi and go to the foo king goo (a great restaurant in kardemena ) Also the place is aimed at the German market and believe me they know it! They push in around self serve areas and then complain if they cant get to what they want quick enough! I have been told that the Germans pay more for their holidays and so get preference if this is true then they shouldnt advertise in the english market.
2 of the 3 pools are salt water and they are so salty that you float in them! Also if you get the salty water in your eyes youve had it! The only other pool is chlorine and has water slides so its great for the kids but there are no sunbeds here only chairs. Also all drinks are served in glasses and the amount of broken glass around the pools is horrendous. We met many people adults and kids who had got glass in their feet whilst walking around the pool. The staff at the pools are friendly but overworked and dont have the time to sweep the glass up.

There was no english entertainment on an evening at all. The entertainment that was on finished at 9.30 and they didnt include the english kids. a couple of times they had the italian kids on the stage to sing the national anthem! Not really what english kids want to hear.
I have traveled all over europe with my family and we have never had such a bad holiday before. Rude receptionists, bad food and lack of entertainment. If you're English and thinking of booking here please take heed of my warning. If you think oh shes just being picky and It will be fine (as I did when i read bad reviews)believe me you will be back on here writing your own bad review as soon as you come home.
9/10
Superb food, service and staff
Submitted by: Sue in 24/07/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
We went to Norida Beach on a late deal. It was a fantasic hotel with beautiful food and excellent helpful and friendly staff. Kardamena was only a bus ride away and the hotel about 15 minutes transfer from the airport. 18 Euros is the approx price for a taxi transfer. Best holiday to date. We would recommend this hotel to anybody looking for a superb holiday.
10/10
Excellent holiday again!
Submitted by: Denise in 06/07/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
This is the 3rd time we have visited the Norida Beach Hotel and it gets better each time we visit. The hotel & rooms are very clean and we have stayed in 3 types of accomodation. Yes, it is steep in places, but this year we stayed in the new appartments overlooking the beach, the view was magnificent. The staff are always very helpful, and work very hard. The animation team are great fun and very friendly!

The food choice is excellent and plentiful and there is always something new to try. The sea is lovely & clear and worth buying a snorkel & mask to see the fish. This hotel is excellent value for money and the service very good, we have always holidayed here in June. For those who choose to criticise, remember that if you are not in England the pace of life is slower and sometimes things take a little longer. Our 12 year old son always finds lots to do and there is also a go karting track within easy distance from the hotel. We hope to visit Norida beach again.
8/10
Best All Inclusive so far!
Submitted by: Elaine in 24/06/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Cheap Getaway Holiday Maker
I have just returned from the Norida Beach hotel, having booked on the internet at very short notice. I then read a couple of reviews and immediately regretted booking it without reading them first. I need not have worried.
The room was excellent, service was first class, the food was beautiful - cooked to perfection, and so much choice! The bars had brand label spirits and beer and was definitely not watered down as I read in one of the reviews before I went!

The Reception staff were very helpful and friendly and had a sound knowledge of the area, location of various attractions and were polite. The entertainment was not really my choice, and was better for children. The beach was shingly but just a short walk along the coastal pathway found a lovely sandy beach where the sea was calm and warmer! The location was slightly away from the town of Kardamena, but the hotel offers a free shuttle. There are bicycles, quad-bikes and motor scooters for hire on site very reasonably priced, so there is something for everyone. Definitely a 5* hotel.
9/10
Great Hotel
Submitted by: Susan Pruce in 15/06/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
Just got back from Norida Beach Hotel, and despite some very negative reviews, we had no major problems at all. Our room was spotless, the food choice was very well though out and fresh, the staff (in all areas) work themselves to the bone and despite that, are courteous at all times. If you have children then I would highly recommend this, as the entertainment is centered around them, even the shyest of children enjoyed themselves. Just a few tips, let your bathwater out slowly to prevent overflow from the drains, if you require a quiet drink then go to the adult bar, and wear loads of suntan cream as it is very hot there. Kardamena was fantastic, hire a quad bike, it coast us 25 Euro's for the whole day so you can have one each, and explore the island. The ringos (water sports) are so much fun, but wear goggles. All in all we had a fantastic time and would highly recommend it to all age groups. It is however classed as a 5*, but I would suggest that 4* rating is more appropriate. Have a great time!!

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  • Address: Kardamena - Kos - 853 02 - Greece
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