We booked a 4-days stay in To Spiti Tis Irinis after a glance at its generally good review score. We spent only two nights there, of the four that we booked, and sadly those two nights are just enough to form an opinion about this aparthotel. I wish I had invested a little more time to read some reviews available on the internet, including those non-English ones too, before booking. Anyway, I did not, thus our disappointment was huge.
Since 2008 me and my girlfriend have travelled to different Greek islands many times, always staying in cheap apartments for about 30€ per night, so we don't expect luxuries and often turn a blind eye to some slight flaws or shortcomings. It was the first time when we were really disappointed.
Firstly, I was a little surprised when during the check-in the owner, Mrs Irini asked me to pay in cash the whole price of our stay immediately, while we were still standing at the door of her flat on the ground floor of the aparthotel, with our suitcases still on the street in front of the house. Of course now, after our stay, I do realise the reason behind that haste!
Although the house doesn't look bad from the outside, your impression is soon getting worse while you enter it. The staircase is dark, with narrow, steep stairs. Our "apartment" on the second floor was tight, and my girlfriend soon gashed her knee on the corner of the bed, which certainly wasn't a good start.
The room smelled a bit musty, and all furniture and appliances except the kitchen sink and cooker were dated and worn out. No real table and chairs, only a kind of a tourist table and two folding chairs. The poorly appointed room was cursorily cleaned before our arrival, but we were somehow reluctant to put our things to the drawers and wardrobe. The sheets and towels were fresh, though.
The bathroom was really disgusting, with cracked tiles, and the toilet seat broken. The real problem however was the flush hardly working.
To Spiti Tis Irinis indeed has a good location, a short walk from the Kos harbour and centre. It's nothing unique though, as there's a lot of other hotels and apartments in the area, and they all have the same advantage: they are close to the port and the Old Town.