Review Rating: 5/5
Date of Visit: July 2021
After a disappointing few nights at Captain’s Hotel, I was determined to find better accommodation in Kos Town that wouldn’t blow my £50 per night budget. I spotted Hotel Sonia on Booking.com but disregarded it as the price was too high. It was also further from the beach and had no pool, so I had mixed feelings about whether it would be the right choice for me.
When I struggled to find cheaper alternatives or hotels with such positive reviews, I contacted the hotel directly to see if I could negotiate a better price. We exchanged several emails and eventually settled on a price that gave me a room for €60 per night, including breakfast. It was still over my budget, but only by a fraction.
After an initial 5-night stay, I was sold. The rooms are lovely, the owner and his family exceptionally friendly, and the breakfast was the best I’d had at any hotel on my trip. The location turned out to be much better than I expected: just behind the main harbour road with easy access to many tavernas, shops and bars but situated on a quiet street with hardly any through traffic. Yes, the walk to the beach took longer, but only 10 minutes instead of 5, so there is nothing to complain about.
I briefly relocated out of Kos Town and spent 4-nights down in Kefalos just for a change of scenery. Still, after getting a bit bored in such a quiet resort, I contacted Hotel Sonia again and was pleased to find they could accommodate me for what turned out to be another ten nights! I changed rooms a few times to fit around their existing bookings, but as I was travelling solo, this wasn’t much of a hardship, and it gave me the rare opportunity to sample several different rooms at the same hotel. All the rooms I stayed in were of a similar excellent standard, though naturally, the deluxe queen room was by far the best, with a bed almost as comfortable as my king-size mattress at home!
Overall, Hotel Sonia is a fantastic hotel in an excellent location for exploring Kos Town. I’ve already booked to return in 2022!