We stayed in the Mitsis Grand for the last week of April, having originally booked for the nearby Mitsis Petit Palais, but on arrival at Rhodes, we were told the Petit Palais has yet to open for the season, and we'd been transferred to the Grand.
We were staying All Inclusive - the first time I've had an All Inclusive holiday. After this great experience, it will not be my last.
The hotel looks impressive as you arrive, just across the road from the beach (although the beach itself is not much to write home about) but with great views. The hotel inside is large, looks impressive, is spotlessly clean, and the staff were great.
Bedroom was a really good size, very clean, little balcony, perfectly good bathroom with decent shower, and nicely made-up each day. View from balcony could have been better (we were round the back of the hotel, overlooking the tennis court) and a few more channels on the TV (OK - an English one) would have been even better, but really - no complaints: great room.
All-inclusive offered varied buffet style meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main restaurant. I've read reviews claiming food wasn't too hot or about queues to eat: I don't understand. In the week we were there, the maximum it took was a couple of minutes for us to be seated, and the selection of food was excellent, well refreshed, plentiful, tasty and varied. Within the buffet section there was also a chef cooking a selection of things on the go (like eggs for breakfast, meats at lunch and dinner) so serving pretty much to order.
Within the package, there was also the option to eat in the Italian and Chinese restaurants on a limited but nice a la carte menu in the evenings - no extra charge, just book at reception the day before. The Italian was great with really impressive service. The night we ate in the Chinese, the service was well below average, but to be fair the hotel had already picked up on that and were working on it and getting it sorted. Early season issue I guess.
The all inclusive bar was in a room near one of the two outdoor pools (there is an indoor one as well). Good selection, open 10am-midnight, local beer and wine were fine, and lots of people seemed to be enjoying the local spirits and cocktails. Snacks were also available throughout the day from the bar, as were soft drinks and coffees etc. Sometimes you had to wait a few minutes before getting: I've rarely met a busy bar were you don't. Outside terrace area overlooked the pool, and there was entertainment every other night (OK - bar singer with a Karaoke iPad app and a Bontempi organ, but he did try!).
Both pools were nice with plentiful free sun loungers - I guess they may get crowded in peak season, but never a problem getting one when we were there.
The walled Rhodes Town is about 15 minutes walk (if you find the right route!) and well worth the walk. Near to the hotel there are a number of small shops, bars, restaurants if you want to get out of the hotel.
I'd happily return to this hotel - had a great holiday.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Mitsis Grand
- Mitsis Grand Rhodes Town
- Grand Hotel Rhodes
- Rhodes Grand Hotel
- Mitsis Grand Hotel Rhodes/Rhodes Town
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Hotel 5* is a member of Mitsis Hotels and is located at Rhodes Town, just few meters from the commercial city center, the Old Town and the port. The Airport "DIAGORAS" is 15 km from the hotel. Grand Hotel consists of 405 rooms and it offers luxury accommodation with view to Aegean Sea or the garden of the hotel. An excellent choice also for winter getaways or for business trips as the hotel operates all year round. The entertainment is an element that you won’t miss at Grand Hotel. The Lobby Bar is a meeting point for both the local community and the hotel’s guests. A cozy and hospitable environment where our guests can enjoy their coffee or drink as the Bar operates until late evening. Exquisite cuisine at the Main Restaurant Buffet as well as unique tastes from Italy and Asia at the 2 theme restaurants will give you the best impression. An indoor pool operates at Grand Hotel during the winter and 2 outdoor pool with sea water during summer offer ultimate refresh and breeze. The hotel offers also meeting rooms of maximum 600 persons, convenient break out rooms and state-of-the–art Audiovisual equipment with translation booths and expert staff for successful meetings at Grand Hotel. ... more less
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