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Best Places to Stay In Kos Greece For Families [2021]

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, south-west 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 for families – An Overview

The island of Kos is very diverse and its often hard to decide where to stay. Your choice should depend on what you’re intending to do.

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If you want to stay in budget accommodation and explore the island or you want to explore the historical sights and shop, stay in Kos Town. Kos town is also the perfect choice if you’re island hopping or to get acquainted on your first time in Kos.

Where to stay in Kos for an action-packed beach holiday

If you’re visiting Kos for a family beach break, you’d be better off in one the islands coastal resort towns.

For the best of both worlds, head to Psalidi, just 2km from Kos Town. For a lively holiday with plenty of kids activities and hotels with a multitude of facilities, head over to the South coast of Kos to the resort of Kardamena.

Where to stay in Kos for a quiet family break

If you’re looking for a slightly less lively atmosphere, head to the north coast of Kos where you’ll find the resorts of Tigaki, Marmari and Masichari. There’s still plenty to do and also some package holiday options.

Remote areas to stay in Kos

Want to get away from it all? head to the inland village of Kefalos for a truly unique experience. You’ll still be near some amazing beaches too!


Kos Town – The Capital

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 accommodation here to suit all budgets from self-catering apartments, unique Airbnb’s and 5 star all-inclusive hotels.

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’s plenty of bars and restaurants for you to try some traditional Greek cuisine. The harbour area is full of lovely cafe’s, 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. Make sure you 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 main hub of the island. To explore Kos town itself, there’s a little tourist train that runs around the town and the nearby beaches.

The ancient Agora in Kos Town. Kos Town historical sight. Kos Town with kids
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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 sleep 2-4 adults + kids depending on the room chosen. Rooms range from a studio with city view to a deluxe apartment with a sea view. 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 which sleep 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

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 organized 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.

Psalidi
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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. Not only is it 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. View the latest prices and availability for your dates.

 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 as well as 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 make use of 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

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

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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 make use of 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. There are three on-site restaurants which 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 plenty of sun loungers and parasols. There’s also a fantastic kids pool (the best I’ve seen) with a separate seating area.

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 as well as 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 as well as 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 in close proximity 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.

Mastichari Beach Kos, Mastihari with kids, best places to stay in Kos
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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 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 as well as 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.

Tingaki. Tigaki
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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 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 the place for you.

Guests have access to a huge 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.

For the kids, there are a lovely kids playground and babysitting services available. 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 as well as swings and slides. During the summer season, the hotel has a kids club (4-12 years) 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
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Best place to stay in Marmari Kos with kids
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Best places to stay in Marmari

Roseland’s Hotel (Bed and Breakfast) $

The Roseland’s Hotel just steps away from Marmari Beach and covers a considerable area of land 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. For the kids, 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

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.

Jut 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.

Kefalos Kos
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Best places to stay in Kefalos Kos

Best Airbnb in Kefalos – Kefalos View Two (Self-Catering) $

This Airbnb provides guests with the experience of living like a local in a traditional village combined with proximity to some of the best beaches in Kos. The apartment has a fully furnished kitchen, balcony and bedroom with three single beds – great for a smaller family with children (less suitable for babies) Check availability for your dates on Airbnb.

Ikos Aria (All Inclusive) $$$

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

Throughout the day there’s a wide variety of sports activities from water aerobics to mountain biking and table tennis. 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 huge array of activities specially put on for kids too 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 | $$


Best Places to Stay in Kos Without a Car

  • Kos Town
  • Psalidi

Airbnb in Kos

Most Airbnb’s in Kos are located in Kos Town although there’s a small amount located elsewhere on the island, mainly in coastal areas and a few in the village of Kefalos:


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