We visited this hotel for a week from the 5th of May, and had a very relaxing and enjoyable time. I had been very put off by the ‘rat attack’ post, and this prompted me to email the hotel (email@example.com Tel: +30-22410-23021 Fax: +30-22410-34401). They put my mind at rest and when I arrived it was immediately clear that this is not the type of hotel where rats would be normally found in the room. Nectaria – the reservations Manager was very kind and welcoming and ensured our rooms requests were exactly as we had asked for. The hotel appears bright, clean and freshly decorated, and I don’t feel the photo’s on the website are really doing it justice, as it generally has a very open, airy and pleasant aspect.
Our room was bright, modern and clean, with beautiful (though partially obstructed) sea views. (Room 516 in main building). The rooms have a fridge but no iron or kettle, which would have been of benefit. Also we were informed on asking that the hotel does not switch on its air conditioning until June, which was a problem to us as it was a fairly hot week and we then had to leave the balcony door open which caused quite a problem with mosquito’s at night, and we were bitten as a result. We did use citronella candles but this made no difference. You need to be aware that there is a switch next to the light switches by the bed (which is no different to the light switches) which turns off the whole power supply to the room. This is a potential problem if you’re not aware as there is no sign to alert you.
The food in the hotel is ok and of reasonable quality, but the menus in both restaurants are static and I would imagine would become repetitive if you are on the half board option. The food is more expensive than eating out, (as I suppose you would expect) but as an example one lunch time we had a Greek salad, a bowl of chips and two soft drinks and it came to 18 Euros. The breakfast buffet, whilst offering a fair choice (pastries, cereals, fruit, hot options, cheese, ham etc) is repetitive and became a little boring by the end of the week. We found the drinks in the hotel to be very expensive eg Vodka and tonic 6 Euros. The service was always good throughout the hotel and the waiting staff very friendly. There is a small supermarket at the entrance to the hotel, which sells almost everything you may need, and we noticed that people were bringing in food and drink from there to have by the pool.
The pool is salt water and was clean and well maintained, but very cold but this was to be expected I think so early in the season. The amount of sun beds by the pool seems limited in terms of the size of the hotel. We were unable to find beds on one occasion as in spite of requests from the hotel not to do so, people were reserving beds early in the mornings. The hotel wasn’t full, so I would imagine there is quite a scramble for beds in peak season.
There is a sauna in the hotel, but you have to pre-book it with at least an hour’s notice, and it costs 20 Euros an hour. We extended our rooms on our day of departure, which cost 35 Euros per room ( this seemed very expensive in comparison to the room rate we had been paying but is apparently a fixed charge that hasn’t changed for the last 2 years).
We hired a jeep for 4 days which cost 160 Euros. This enabled us to visit lots of different beaches, the best of which are on the other side of the island ( which is generally warmer). We particularly enjoyed Anthony Quinn Bay and Tsampeka as they were beautiful and quiet. Rhodes town is a short ride ( 10 mins) up the coast and a taxi from the hotel is 10 Euros. The old part of the city is fantastic and full of restaurants and shops. We were told to be careful though as some of the restaurants apparently advertise low prices on their board outside, but the actual prices on the menus inside are higher and so people were being misled.
We ate out several times, and would particularly recommend the Rodos Garden restaurant which is very near the hotel on the main road opposite the beach. The bar next door is owned by the same people and Bill the drinks waiter, is really friendly and is a wealth of information about the local area.
All in all we had a very relaxing and peaceful holiday and I would recommend the hotel to anyone.
For sea views ask for a high room in the main hotel block.
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