Best Places to Stay In Kos Greece For Families [2022]

Kos is a large island meaning it can often be challenging to decide where to stay. This in-depth guide will take you through the best places to stay in Kos and the best hotels in Kos to help you plan the perfect trip to Kos with kids. You’ll find a lovely family-friendly atmosphere and plenty of accommodation to suit all family sizes and budgets.

The island of Kos is famed for having some of the best beaches in Greece for families, ancient Greek ruins, a rugged mountainous interior and whitewashed villages.

Kos island is part of the Dodecanese island group in the South Agean sea, southwest of Athens. Kos is one of the most popular islands in Greece for families, both for package tourists and Greek island-hoppers.

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Map of Kos Greece – The Best Areas To Stay in Kos


Best Places to Stay in Kos

There are so many lovely areas to stay on the island of Kos with kids. Here are our top picks:

Kos Town – The Capital

The ancient Agora in Kos Town. Kos Town historical sight. Kos Town with kids
(Image Credit: Helen Simosson)

If you’re looking to stay in an area with plenty of amenities and things to do for kids, Kos town is a perfect choice. If you’re island hopping to Kos or staying a short time on the island, Kos town is also the best place to stay.

There’s a range of accommodations to suit all budgets.

Kos Town has two main beaches – Kritika Beach is a large beach within easy walking distance to the centre of town with shallow waters perfect for children. Kos Town Beach is a long thin strip of sand very close to the centre.

For history lovers, Kos Town is the cultural centre of the island. There are some fantastic greek ruins in Kos town, from a small Ancient Agora (compared to the one in Athens) to Kos Town Castle.

There are plenty of bars and restaurants for you to try some traditional Greek cuisine. The harbour area is full of lovely cafes, bars and ice-cream shops, perfect for an informal bite to eat. There are also excursion boats that head out to nearby beaches. In the town itself, you’ll find a mixture of cafe’s bars and restaurants as well as plenty of shops. Check out Farmers Public Market for plenty of Greek souvenirs, from olive oil and greek herbs to olives and soaps.

If you don’t have a car, Kos Town is the best place to explore the island and is the island’s main hub. To explore Kos town itself, a little tourist train runs around the town and the nearby beaches.

Kos Town Harbour. Kos Town beach. Kos Town with kids.
Kos Town Harbour (Credit: Kees Wielemaker)

Best places to stay in Kos Town

Orpheus Studios (Self Catering) £

Just 900 yards from Kos port, the Orpheus studios feature a fully furnished kitchenette and a lovely balcony. Rooms range from a studio with a city view to a deluxe apartment with a sea view. Rooms sleep 2-4 adults + kids depending on the room chosen.

View the latest prices for your dates here.


 Bristol Sea View Apartments (Self Catering) ££

The Bristol sea view apartments are one of the best places to stay in Kos Town for families. The complex is within easy walking distance to the centre of Kos town as well as being right next to the main beach of Kos Town.

Each apartment features a fully furnished kitchenette, balcony and dining area. Guests can choose between a one-bedroom apartment, two-bedroom apartment, or studio that sleeps 2-6 adults + kids, making the apartments fantastic value for money for larger groups.

The complex has an outdoor pool with sea views and a pool bar. Cots ARE available on request.

View the latest prices for your dates here.


Psalidi

Psalidi
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Just 2km from Kos town, Psalidi is one of the closest tourist areas to Kos Port. The resort features a long beach made up of sand and pebbles, which is well organised with plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas to hire. You can also try your hand at watersports with plenty of activities to choose from.

The road leading away from Psalidi beach has some excellent shops and Greek tavernas with some of the best seafood in Kos.


Best places to stay in Psaldi

Yiannis Yard Studios & Apartments (Self Catering to Bed and breakfast) £

This family-run complex has fantastic value for money. It is one of the cheapest places to stay in Kos but you’ll have access to an outdoor pool and snack bar and be within five minutes of the beach in a residential area.

Rooms sleep 2-3 adults. Cots ARE available on request.


 Mitsis Ramira Beach Hotel (All-Inclusive) £££

This hotel is just 2.2 miles from Kos Town on a private stretch of sandy beach. Guests can make use of the free sunbeds and umbrellas on the beach and the hotel’s three pools.

For kids, there’s a kids pool and entertainment throughout the day, as well as an outdoor playground and indoor games room.

The hotel serves mainly American cuisine with speciality nights from all over the world. Guests can also use the ample sports facilities, including on-site soccer courts, tennis courts and a water sports centre.

Rooms are modernly furnished with the option of upgrading to a sea view room. Rooms sleep 2-4 adults + kids. Cots ARE available on request. View the latest prices and availability for your dates.


Kardamena

(Credit: Anna and Michal)

Kardamena is located on the south coast of Kos. Once a seaside village, Kardamena is a large resort with plenty of amenities. There is plenty of bars and family restaurants, a large-fully organised beach, and many shops. The area is popular with package tourists and one of Kos’s best places to stay.

Best places to stay in Kardamena Kos

Atki Palace (All Inclusive) ££

This five-star complex just steps away from the beach. The complex is set u like a small village. Guests can use the large outdoor pool, spa, gym and sports facilities.

For the kids, there’s a kids pool, mini club and special entertainment, including a mini disco each evening. Three on-site restaurants serve Greek and Italian food.

View the latest prices and availability for your dates at On the Beach.


Top Recommendation: Atlántico Porto Bello Beach Hotel (All-Inclusive) £££

The Atlantico Porto Bello Beach hotel is one of my favourite hotels in Greece for families. The main outdoor area consists of a large outdoor pool surrounded by sun loungers and parasols. There’s also a fantastic kids pool (the best I’ve seen).

The hotel is situated right on the beachfront of Helena beach, just down the road from Kardamena. Guests have access to sunbeds on the beach free of charge. The hotel is part of an all-inclusive package.

There’s a main buffet restaurant serving three meals a day and three themed restaurants. There’s also a pool bar, and beach bar for guests’ use.

For the kids, there’s a lovely fenced off playground just behind the beach and a kids club.

Check availability for your dates at On The Beach.

Helena Beach Kos, Atlantico Porto Bello Beach
The stretch of beach just in front of Atlantico Porto Bello Beach Hotel


Mastichari – A Quiet Family Break

Mastichari is a traditional beach resort on the northern coast of Kos, which is quieter than some other resorts on the island. You’ll be close to the Lido waterpark with rides and slides to suit all the family.

Mastichari beach is organised with plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas and has waters perfect for swimming.


Best hotels in Mastichari

Marika Apartments Lease (self catering) £ – Best Budget Hotel

Set right on the beachfront of Mastichari Beach, this small apartment complex features one-bedroom apartments with private balconies. There’s also an outdoor pool for guests to use. Rooms sleep 3 adults + kids.

Cots are NOT available, but kids are very welcome.

View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.


Gaia Royal (All Inclusive) ££

The Gaia Royal hotel Kos features a range of outdoor pools with a private road leading to Mastichari Beach. You’ll also find the Lido waterpark very nearby.

The all-inclusive package includes meals at the buffet restaurant and drinks at the on-site bars. For the kids, the complex has a lovely children’s pool, playground and kids club (4-12 years) where the kids can enjoy outdoor games and crafts.

There’s entertainment throughout the day and night if you fancy it and a huge range of sports on offer + free WIFI.

View the latest prices and availability for your dates here at Jet2 Holidays.


Tigaki (Tingaki) – Quiet and Relaxing

This small town lies on the northern coast of Kos. The town features plenty of fantastic family-friendly tavernas and restaurants and is perfect for a quiet family break with plenty of facilities. Tigaki beach stretches the whole length of the town and has fantastic views out to sea.


Best places to stay in Tigaki Kos

Miros Hotel Apartments (Self-Catering) £

The Miros Hotel provides fantastic value for money accommodation with an outdoor pool and bars all just 100 yards from the beach and 900m from the town centre of Tigaki. Rooms have a fully furnished kitchenette and dining area and sleep 2-4 adults + kids.

There’s also the option of upgrading to a sea view room. Cots AND extra beds ARE available on request.

View the latest prices and availability here.


Astir Odysseus (Half board to All Inclusive) ££

This five-star complex is of fantastic value with all the facilities it provides. If you’re looking to enjoy a luxury holiday by the beach with kids, then this is your place.

Guests have access to a vast outdoor swimming pool with sunbeds and umbrellas. There’s also a huge range of spa/wellness facilities and sports facilities. Guests can also enjoy nightly entertainment.

There are a lovely kids playground and babysitting services available for the kids.

View the latest prices and availability at On The Beach.


LABRANDA Marine Aquapark Resort (All Inclusive) £££ – Best Luxury Hotel

4.8km down the road from Tingaki, the LABRINDA Resort has four stunning outdoor pools, including a kids pool. For food, there’s a buffet restaurant serving three meals a day, as well as bars serving drinks throughout your stay.

For the kids, there’s an adventure play area and swings and slides. The hotel has a kids club (4-12 years) during the summer season where the kids can take part in arts and crafts, music and drama and storytime. The hotel complex even has its very own aquapark with slides and kamikaze.

View the latest prices and availability for your dates here at Jet2 Holidays.


Marmari

Marmari Beach Kos
(Credit: Anna and Michal)

Best places to stay in Marmari

Roseland’s Hotel (Bed and Breakfast) £

The Roseland’s Hotel is just steps away from Marmari Beach and covers a considerable land area with an outdoor pool, gardens, restaurant and two bars. For the kids, there’s also a kids pool and playground.

A buffet breakfast is available with the option to add on dinner. Rooms sleep 1-3 adults + kids. Cots ARE available on request.

View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.


Caravia Beach Hotel (All-Inclusive) £££

Caravia Beach hotel is situated right on Marmari Beach. The complex is surrounded by lush gardens. The hotel itself consists of bungalows and suites with the option of upgrading to a sea view.

There’s an outdoor playground, kids pool and kids waterpark (5-12 years). There’s a buffet restaurant, beach bar and snack bar.

View the latest prices and availability for your dates at On the Beach.


Kefalos

Kefalos Kos
(Credit: Werner Bayer)

The inland destination of Kefalos is a lovely village on a hill with winding cobbled streets, sea views and some fantastic cheap places to stay in. The village is nearby a vast 12km stretch of sand, including three beaches – Paradise Beach, Magic Beach and Agios Theilogos Beach.

Just a short drive away, you’ll reach Kamari Bay which features a lovely black pebble beach, and you’ll find the area quieter than either resort nearer the airport.


Best places to stay in Kefalos Kos

Ikos Aria (All Inclusive) £££

This luxury five-star hotel complex spreads across 47 acres. There’s a range of outdoor pools to choose from and a lovely stretch of private beach.

The food is amazing at this hotel! The 8 restaurants are mostly run by a Michelin star chef and feature mainly Greek and Asian cuisine. There’s a wide variety of sports activities throughout the day, from water aerobics to mountain biking and table tennis.

There’s a huge array of activities specially put on for kids, catering from 4 months, including an on-site football academy (5-14), kids pools, children’s shows and playgrounds. Babysitting services are also available.

View the latest prices and availability for your dates at On The Beach.


Best 5 Star Accommodation in Kos For Families

Mitsis Ramira Beach Hotel | Kos Town

Astir Odysseus | Tigaki

Ikos Aria | Kefalos


Best All-Inclusive in Kos For Families

Atlántico Porto Bello Beach Hotel | Helena Beach, Kardamena | £££

Ikos Aria | Kefalos | £££

LABRANDA Marine Aquapark Resort | Tigaki | £££

Mitsis Ramira Beach Hotel | Psalidi | £££

Atki Palace | Kardamena | ££

Astir Odysseus | Tigaki | ££

Caravia Beach Hotel | Marmari | ££

Gaia Royal | Mastichari | ££


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