Fodor's Expert Review Albergo Gelsomino Hotel

Vasileos Georgiou V, Kos Town, Kos, 85300, Greece Fodor's Choice

Built in 1928, back when Kos was under the thumb of Fascist Italy, this beautiful building was originally created as a hotel for prominent military officials. Later, it got a new lease of life as a TV studio, then stood empty for decades until it reopened in 2018 as a luxurious eight-room boutique stay with its own private beach. There's nothing else to match it on the island. The building has been sensitively updated, with its old juliet balconies, whitewash facade, and iconic Turkish-style pointed arches all kept. Rooms are all dark mahogany, slate gray, and gleaming white walls with murals that take their inspiration from Art Deco, and sea views to melt the soul. There's no pool or gym; just history. Outside, sun beds (€10 for non-guests) dot the pebbly shore, which has been topped up with sand. Meanwhile, the beachside bar-restaurant adds a dash of modernity with an excellent degustation menu. It is open all year.


  • an iconic building with a fascinating history
  • beachside breakfasts and good cocktails at the bar
  • free vintage bikes for guests to use


  • there's no pool or gym
  • you certainly pay for what you get
  • the glass "smoking booth" is a clever idea but very weird to look at




Phones: 22420-20200


8 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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