Soak up the sun on a pristine beach, swim in the cool sea waters, and explore historic castle ruins and lively town centers in our picks for Best Places to Stay in Kos.
Stroll along Kos’ weaving cobblestone streets to discover an abundance of charming hotels and apartments for all budgets.
1. Ilios & Irene Apartments
The island’s largest town is a cultural and touristic hub with a great mix of bars, restaurants and historic landmarks. A good choice of accommodation stretches across its weaving cobbled streets from affordable apartments to elegant resorts.
Those wanting to relax on the beach should head to Marmari, where a wide sandy stretch of coastline is lined with chilled out beach bars and tavernas. A sleek option is D’Andrea Lagoon, a luxury adults-only hotel that sits on a private stretch of the beach. Rooms are designed in cool white with cowskin throws and floor-to-ceiling windows, while suites feature fireplaces and spa baths. Spend your days beside the glistening tree-framed pool or enjoying a treatment at the serene sensory Tamaris Spa that uses music, colour and aromatherapy. For a taste of gourmet Greece, dine at Ode, a restaurant that is touted as one of the best on Kos.
The beaches of Psalidi and Lambi sit adjacent to Kos Town, but are less crowded and more pebbly than the main stretch. The former is a hotspot for people who take advantage of all-inclusive packages, while the latter has an appealing mix of family-run apartment hotels and upscale 5-star resorts like Oceanis Beach & Spa Resort and Grecotel Kos Imperial Thalasso.
2. Achilleas Beach Hotel
The coolest village on Kos for those looking to mix it up a bit, Kefalos is a lovely traditional Greek destination that bursts with history thanks to its meandering alleys, enchanting castle ruins and bucolic beaches. It’s also home to some of the best hotels on the island – from chic adults-only options like White Rock of Kos up to luxury beach resorts such as Ikos Aria.
The 330-room Achilleas Beach Hotel is geared toward families, who can enjoy low rates for an upper-mid range property with easy access to a water park and beaches. Guest rooms offer comfortable beds, large balconies and terraces, and a handful of kid-friendly amenities such as an indoor kids’ pool and two kids clubs.
In addition to the perks of its location, this hotel offers guests an array of relaxing in-house facilities including a swanky spa, a seasonal outdoor pool and a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Aside from its own offerings, this charming boutique hotel also puts guests within walking distance of the town centre, as well as a wide variety of eateries and landmarks.
3. Antonis Hotel
Antonis Hotel is located in Oroklini village, within a 15-minute drive of Theofilos Georgiadis Park and Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium. It is also a short car ride from Finikoudes Beach and Port of Larnaca. The accommodation features 28 air conditioned rooms with kitchenettes that provide the ideal base for your stay on Kos Island. Guests will enjoy private furnished balconies and 26-inch LCD televisions.
The resort offers an array of premium amenities, including car rental, a pool bar and a 24-hour reception. There are also a range of helpful services available for guests, such as laundry facilities and luggage storage. A full English breakfast is available every morning, and lunch and dinner featuring Cypriot dishes can be enjoyed at the restaurant.
The rooms at Antonis Hotel include refrigerators, and are equipped with cable/satellite channels. They also have private bathrooms with showers and slippers.
The resort has an outdoor pool for you to relax in, and is a short car trip from Ekklisia Panagia Korifini Eastern Orthodox Church. It is also within walking distance of the coastline, meaning you’ll be able to easily explore the area.
4. Kos Town Apartment
Kos Town is the cultural heart of the island and dotted throughout its weaving cobblestone streets are lodging options for a myriad of budgets. Whether it’s an affordable apartment, a modern motel or a five-star resort there is something here to suit every traveller’s requirements.
The beaches on the south coast are also a big draw, particularly the long sandy sweep of Tigaki Beach which is ideal for kids and offers great water sports. Astir Odysseus is a popular upmarket beach hotel with plenty of family amenities while the smaller hotels in Kampos are simpler but equally family friendly.
The west of the island is quieter with a rugged landscape framed by mountains and secluded coves. Mastihari is a lovely village that attracts many travellers looking for a more authentic experience away from the crowds while Kardamena is a resort area favoured by those buying all-inclusive packages with resorts such as Akti Beach Club a favourite choice. Alternatively, the inland village of Zia has a small selection of tavernas that are great for those on a budget and who want to get a feel of authentic Greece. Apartments are a good option here too with a variety to choose from including the contemporary and cosy Lango Design Hotel & Spa, Adults Only.
5. Kos Town Hotel
Kos Town is the island’s vibrant capital, with a lively ambiance and enticing attractions. The cobblestone streets are lined with eateries, bars, and boutique hotels. The renowned Lambi Beach is nearby. The capital offers a balanced blend of vivancy and tranquility, ideally suited to all types of traveller.
The capital’s many upscale and affordable hotels offer guests a diverse selection of rooms and amenities. The stylish and minimalist Kos Aktis Art Hotel is set in a stunning seafront location and boasts gorgeous views from its elegant rooms. Guests can pamper themselves with traditional spa treatments and enjoy delicious Mediterranean cuisine.
If you’re looking for something more down-to-earth, try the cosy and welcoming Gaia Garden. The simple guest rooms are surrounded by beautiful gardens, and the onsite restaurant serves up authentic Greek cuisine.
For a more luxe experience, head to the southwestern corner of the island and stay in Kefalos. This small traditional village is bursting with charm thanks to its meandering alleys and picturesque sea views. It’s also close to some of the best beaches and historic landmarks on Kos. You’ll find a range of affordable hotels in Kefalos, including the boutique Albergo Gelsomino. The luxurious hotel was originally built in 1928 and features plush, elegant rooms with stunning views.
6. Kos Town Budget Hotel
Kos Town is the vibrant heart of the island with a lively selection of bars, restaurants and historic landmarks. It also offers a superb array of hotels to suit all tastes and budgets. Opting to stay here will put you within walking distance of everything this great city has to offer – a pulsing nightlife scene, enchanting castle ruins and bucolic beaches.
If you’re seeking a place to stay in Kos that’s bursting with character, look no further than this charming two-star hotel. It’s just a stone’s throw from the city centre and offers guests neatly appointed rooms, a private bathroom and free WiFi access.
Situated just a short stroll from Eleftherias Square and Lambi Beach, this guest house is perfect for those wanting to explore Kos on a budget. Its 10 air-conditioned rooms are a comfortable option for your trip to Kos.
Luxury resorts are also available in Kos, including the stunning Pelagos Suites Hotel & Spa. This elegant property enjoys a spot on the famed Lambi Beach and features 3 pools, 2 tennis courts, a football field, water slides and a spa replete with hot tubs. Alternatively, stay at the stylish Lango Design Hotel & Spa for an exclusive adult’s-only retreat atop a pristine stretch of Marmari beach, where you can lounge by the pool, indulge in gourmet cuisine and enjoy the spectacular views.
7. Kos Town Private Apartment
This cosy apartment hotel is a short walk from the beach, as well as Kos town center. It offers rooms with private balconies, and has a pool and a bar.
Sleek and minimalist, this adults-only boutique gem sits a few sandy steps away from Lambi beach. The 54 spacious rooms are airy and beautifully appointed, and some boast sweeping sea views. The top suites offer a fireplace and a hot tub. Pamper yourself at the superb spa, and by night dine on fine Mediterranean cuisine in the elegant, linen tablecloth-clad restaurant.
The location of this hotel is ideal for those interested in exploring the local area, with the Archaelogical Museum, Hippokrates tree, Casa Romana and Roman Odepn all within walking distance. There are also a number of restaurants and bars in close proximity to the property.
Guests have raved about the staff’s friendliness and hospitality, as well as the breakfast and dinner options available. It’s the perfect place to stay in Tigaki, where guests can enjoy a balanced blend of vibrancy and tranquility. The accommodation is also a great option for families, as it offers rooms with kitchenettes and has ample amenities. A typical guest room can accommodate up to four people.