Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel is a luxury All Inclusive beachfront hotel near Kardamena, on the south coast of Kos. It's a short drive from the centre of the resort, where you'll find an assortment of nightclubs, beach parties and karaoke bars, along with places to eat and shop. The hotel has several outdoor swimming pools, plus a smaller pool for children, and is home to a water park with a selection of slides. There's a poolside waiter service, so you can order snacks and drinks from your sun lounger. You'll find four places to eat within the hotel grounds; three ‡ la carte restaurants and one buffet restaurant. The hotel itself sits in sloping gardens, dotted with palm trees. The buildings have light exteriors, with arched doorways and a sun terrace offering views across the Aegean Sea. Bedrooms are decorated in cool tones, with bright white walls, marble flooring and pale blue upholstery. They come with a balcony or sun terrace. You'll be able to use the facilities at a sister hotel, which includes a spa offering beauty and wellness treatments. At Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel, you can walk to the sandy beach, where you can join in with the hotel-run water-based activities, including canoeing, diving and water polo, along with beach volleyball. If you like to keep fit, you could play basketball, football and tennis. You'll also be able to attend the hotel's fitness classes, which include aerobics and aqua aerobics. After dark, you can watch the family-friendly evening entertainment with a drink from one of the hotel's six bars.
Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel is 5km from the former fishing village of Kardamena, where you can stretch out on the white sandy beach before dancing until late in the resort's bars and clubs. You'll be able to explore the waterfront, which is lined with places to eat and shop. If you fancy dining out, you could order some freshly prepared mezze, with a glass of the local drink, ouzo. Further afield, it's 32km to Kos Town, which is clustered around a yacht-lined harbour. You can explore the local market, where you'll find traditional Greek souvenirs, such as locally produced honey, hand-painted ceramics and homemade baklava. You can catch a boat from Kos Town to the Turkish resort of Bodrum, which is home to a modern marina, overlooked by a 15th-century castle. You'll be able to explore the resort's bazaar, where you can haggle for fragrant spices, leather goods and sweet Turkish delight.
At Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel, there are four restaurants, including a buffet restaurant, which holds regular themed nights. You'll find seven bars at the hotel, including one by the pool and another at the beach. They serve a selection of local drinks with cocktails, coffees and juices on offer.
Children can attend the kids' club, dance at the disco and use the playroom, playground and games room. There's also a teens' club, with regular organised activities.
The neutrally decorated rooms at Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel have high-speed Wi-Fi and satellite TV. They also come with a minibar and air conditioning.
Distance to city centre 5km
On the beach
Distance to airport 11km (KGS)
Address: 0030 22420 91230, Kardamena, Kardamena, Greece
Kardamena, Kos, Greece
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We visited at October half term with our 15 year old son. It’s a stunning hotel I must say. The unobstructed view of the sea from round the pool was amazing - the nicest view we have had from a hotel. The hotel was surprisingly busy for the end of the season. I think there would have been difficulty in getting a bed round the pool in peak season. We particularly liked the solo dome shaped beds. Bar and restaurant staff were very helpful and friendly. The reception staff could have been a bit friendlier I think. There were times I put off asking a question in case I got another frosty response.
The hotel were very good with Covid rules, lots of cleaning everywhere, masks worn etc. The food was quite basic, we didn’t have any snack but meals in the buffet restaurant but it was fine. You couldn’t serve yourself but the staff served you and it was fine. The a la carte restaurants looked stunning but on the day we were booked into the grill restaurant there was a huge storm and the restaurant was flooded. They managed to put sandbags down though and we had a lovely meal there. It was a shame we couldn’t have eaten there in the nice surroundings but it wasn’t anybody’s fault.
The drinks were good and the measures were good but the cocktail selection was quite small. I struggled sometimes finding something I fancied to drink. There was no poolside entertainment during the day and there was a bit of Zumba in the afternoon and some yoga classes and just a keyboard player in the bar in the evenings. Nice though. I don’t know if it’s livelier in peak season.
The beach was nice and I loved the beach bar. It was lovely to sit there and had a really nice atmosphere. There was a bus daily to kardamena and another to Kos town. We got the bus to Kos town and going through Kardamena it was all boarded up for the season. Kos town was ok but not too much going on. We wanted to come back before the bus was due to leave but it was €40 so we waited for the bus!
The hotel was a long way from anywhere, very remote with just a couple of other Mitsis hotels around them but you couldn’t use the facilities there. The Mitsis blue domes was next door as looked stunning.
All in all we really enjoyed our stay at the Norida heach. We had a family room on the ground floor at the back which was two rooms together and a bit of an odd layout but it suited us. We wouldn’t return as we like to have a walk around outside the hotel and maybe try some other bars but this was too out of the way, the hotel and views were stunning though and for a relaxing holiday, you probably won’t go far wrong.
Having just returned from the Norida hotel I am left with mixed views. the easy bits first of all:
Too far out - nearest town is Kardamena, 1hrs walk or €10 in a taxi, bear in mind at the minute it should be no more than 3 per taxi.
Literally on the beach
Pizza hut is superb
Good selection of drinks including beer
Room was lovely we had twin floor maisonette
Bed really comfy
The mixed part of my review now and this is difficult as I am not sure how much of this is related to Covid or not:
First off the restaurants you need to book. System allows you to book at 08.00 for that day or following but if you are not online at 08.00 you wont get a table, this is due to reduced tables because of Covid but I would imagine it would be difficult anyway. We ate at all 3 restaurant, Smoke Grill, Big blue and the Asian.
First off the smoke grill. We were expecting oven roasted potatoes with the lamb shank as per the menu and when it arrived we had Orzo and lamb, when we questioned what it was we were told part of the basmati rice family, luckily we knew what it is was as one of the party had a wheat allergy so there is a big learning for the hotel on this front !! They also advised they brought us chips to make up for it but in reality we had ordered them anyway. The Vitello Tomato and Spinach salad starters were amazing, as well as the burgers and the lamb but the light Spaghetti was ridiculous small, all desserts when down well but please note the profiterole is just 1 profiterole roll. We were never once asked if we wanted another round of drinks, we had to get their attention to get another round.
Two days later we did the Big Blue and further issues. Service was very slow, we had our drinks order taken within 5 mins but took 15-20 mins for the food, which when there was only 4 or 5 tables in total was very frustrating. When we asked for chips (very British I know) this was meant with a huff and a puff but in the end we did get them. The starters here were the complete opposite to the Smoke Grill, the Tabbouleh salad with salmon had the smallest piece of salmon you could imagine but yet the Linguini was bigger than the spaghetti main from the Smoke grill. When the main meals arrived all were wonderful, although one of the mains was forgotten so it took another 5-7 mins for that to arrive. Desserts were all good too. One of the staff could see the one meal wasn't eaten and they did offer to cook something else but we declined.
A couple of days later we tried the last of the 3, the Asian, when the Sushi arrived we asked if they contained meat to be told "of course it does it is sushi" to which I pointed out we had a veggie in the group and sushi refers to rice so we quickly got an apology as were advised one didn't. Again asked for chips, first told no, then told the children could, so when asked if we could have a couple more for the adults, told no which was very bizarre. We asked if the tempura prawns could be done without the egg as per the menu to be told sarcastically no as it was part of the batter, but yet the duck on the main that I ordered came with pancakes and no mention of pancakes on the menu so all in all not a lot of consistency in the way the menus are written, but again all th food was great.
Before you think, considering you said it was hard to get a booking on the system you ate in all 3, I had help with all the bookings from the guest relations manager, George who was a great guy.
To sum up the 3 restaurants, food really good, portion size not uniformed but service needs a lot of improving.
Up to the main restaurant which was buffet service, or was at least till Covid. Food here was ok, not a huge variation through the week, food was always warm not hot, desserts were the usual for abroad, very bland a lot of cream and taste the same. Breakfasts could be busy and there was always a queue for freshly made omelettes, these were very good but there was a lot confusion with the queuing and people were going in all directions so very little social distancing. Not a huge amount fruit on offer either apart from at breakfast. One thing to watch out, no allergens or info as to what is in each dish, it is down to the customer to ask for the info.
Crepe desk - only went once, was ok, at the end of the day a crepe is a crepe. Ice cream also available here through the day, again depending on who served you depended on how much you got.
Evening drinks service - Generally this was ok, but on the one night I did get the order wrong, the young lady taking the order, huffed and puffed, rolled her eyes at me, ripped the order off the pad and started again, very unprofessional.
One thing we did notice was, we were always greeted in German, there were a lot of Germans at the hotel and for us priority was given to the them,.
Sunbeds - While the hotel wasn't full we did find ourselves getting up by 07.30 to get a bed around the main pool, would be earlier if the hotel was full.
Rooms - Our room was lovely, had everything we needed but did notice that the drinks fridge was only refilled every other day, other AI 5 we have been to was every day and also the mug I had a tea in on day 2 wasn't taken by the maid and ended up having to be rinsed ourselves, not a problem but not also what you expect for a 5 hotel, was this Covid related, I don't know????? We did notice the odd ant in our room too. One thing that wasn't pleasant was the drain in the walkway, huge drain that did almost fill to the top so you would get water spray on the walkway from it (outside)
Location - Middle of no where. As I put at the top you are at least an hour away from Kardamena so its really a taxi and that will cost you €20 return. That said whether it being end of season and Covid the one night we were down there, nothing was happening.
Wifi - The basic wifi worked very well, but bear in mind the hotel wasn't full but don't forget at the min you can still use your call package over there, well you can on EE.
Hotel pools - very nice, clean and able to swim in them but watch out for the steps in the main pool, steps the same colour as the floor so you do tend to bang your toes.
Entertainment - the team were very energetic, the 17.30 dance slot was always busy, some of the yoga and aqua sessions could but not always, again think end of season wasn't helping here
hand sanitiser - plenty of these dotted around the hotel.
Beach - Very clean but stone, so not the best. Plenty of beds available and also water sports but they are not cheap, 15mins jet ski is €45, which I felt was a lot. Pedalo free for 20 mins.
All in all the hotel was very nice and facilities were very good, location not the best and due to Covid you are unable to use the sister hotels next door. Staff service needs a huge improvement and also their knowledge around allergens, after all there is so much about them in the UK it is something they need to get right. In the current climate even though signs are about requesting you to wear masks, the staff can't ask you to, the Greek government say they can't reinforce it so was very much 50/50 of guests wearing them.
Would I go back - No, main reason to far out more than anything else really. Would I use the Mitsis hotel range again, yes.
Only had the two nights booked as due to fly out at an awkward time as we had been staying at another hotel for our previous nights which was lovely but no where near to how lovely this hotel chain is. Everything you could want from a 5 star hotel is here! Just don't understand about those who moan about Norida. Meals wonderful! Service excellent, entertainment ok but it is October at least there is something, all the usual mitsis offerings, tea and coffee facilities in room, drinks in fridge, beach towels, cocktails included in price, bedroom comfort, excellent! What I will compliment Norida on is the way they have organized the buffet area it works perfect! To each servery there are ways in and ways out, personally I found it worked, and they offer you good servings too. No problem. For October we had good weather 😎. If you're luckily enough to visit this hotel enjoy the experience! 👍