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Kalithea Mare Palace
Ranked #7 of 15 Hotels in Kallithea
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Lichfield
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“Lovely Hotel - Isolated location”
Reviewed 16 September 2012

We stopped at the Royal Horizon which is the sister hotel and is closer to the sea. The hotel is lovely, very clean and the staff are hard working, polite and efficient. We paid a very modest amount to upgrade to a superior room, which was worth every penny - lots of space, huge balcony with magnificent view! The food is good, with plenty of variety, but with no fresh 'show' cooking, which is a shame. The self serve wine is very drinkable, but dont touch the stuff in the bottles! The coffee is disgusting and so is the tea! Remember to pack some before you go! Some of the spirts actually tasted like they should, but some were very dodgy, avoid the 'gin'! The AI finishes at 11pm. The al la cart isnt really worth it - its just a reserved area of the main restaurant and serves the same food, just bought to you instead. It is a very steep path down to the beach, but there is a mini bus which runs regularly. Dont try and walk into Rhodes Town. Its at least 7km, but there is a bus (not that frequent) or its 10 euros by taxi. There isn't that much near the hotel, but it is a very pleasant walk down to the springs. Highly recommend the boat trip to Symi, Symi is a small isalnd about 1.5 hours from Rhodes Town and its very beautiful. In summary this is a lovely hotel, well worth a visit.

Room Tip: Upgrade to a superior room - well worth it.
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Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Andover, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Kalithea Mare for 10 nights from 5th September 2012 with two of our friends, we found the hotel was in a good location between Rhodes and Falaraki on a clifftop with it's own beach. The food was very good, most of the staff were very good, Sina on reception, Savvas and Flora in the main bar to name just a few. The hotel, pool areas and rooms were all exceptionally clean, the grounds and gardens were very well looked after a credit to the gardeners. The beach location is beautiful, crystal clear waters, a snorkel and goggles is a must to see all the fish. The only disappointment was we booked all inclusive through First Choice but after 11pm you have to pay for drinks and on the beach you have to pay for the sunbeds and any food or drink from the beach bar which wasn't stated in the brochure but we still had a great holiday, would certainly recommend this hotel and should we return to Rhodes we would certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Ankaran, Slovenia
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

I like this hotel soooo much, they are very hospitable, it is very clean, food is delicious - you have so many different menu to choose for breakfast and dinner.

to go to the beach you must go down the hill (5 min of walk), but upstairs you can come with a mini van that comes to pick you up every hour.

Only disadvantage is that you have to pay for umbrella and sunbeds at the beach - but if you are going to swim only in the swimming pool the sunbeds and umbrella are free. And maybe that you have to pay for the drink at dinner. But these (paying for sunbeds & umbrella + paying for drinks at dinner) is everywhere on Greek islands.

To the city of Rhodes you can go with the bus which comes very frequently and it doesn't costs a lot (cca 3 eur)

I have been there 2 times and probably i will go there again. I like it very much. Cant wait to go back there again.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

This was our second stay at this lovely hotel. We stayed June 2011 for 2 weeks and July 2012 for 2 weeks.

Last year we overlooked The Mythos Pool which is where majority of Thomson/First Choice guests seem to be located. However this time we requested to overlook The Athena Pool as this is where we spent most of our lunch time and evenings and thank you to the hotel for granting our request.

However this is where our first issue started. Most sunbeds were reserved before 6am. I am an early riser but when I went down to pool at 6.30am I would be the only one sitting on my sunbed, chatting to the cleaners, and yet nearly all beds were reserved. Some people did not arrive for hours and some had reserved beds for the children who arrived and went straight to childrens activities and never used them. I discovered beds were actually reserved in the middle of the night or maybe before people retired to bed! After a week of this I decided to take a walk to The Mythos Pool to see what it was like there and the situation was very different. Beds available at a respectable time, although some of the best were still reserved. So second week we went back to The Mythos Pool. It was just annoying as we had requested to be by The Athena Pool as we spent more time there and as my husband has some walking problems we were then having to walk to The Mythos Pool and there is a good walk between the two. They have a minibus service but so much hassle every time you go and return from the pool especially as we often went at different times to each other.

Second issue is the lack of supervision of the children around the pool. There is no lifeguard and there was jumping and diving often from pool to pool with a 15 foot drop with people swimming below. Only once did we witness a member of management telling someone off but the minute he was gone it started again.

However, despite these issues we still had another fabulous holiday. Everything was as good as the previous year. Amazing views from everywhere. Lovely room overlooking pool and sea,
kept spotlessly clean. Great food and entertainment. Staff hardworking, polite and always ready to help.

Went to the a la carte once as we did last year and still have the same view that it isnt great. We had no view, the food is not really any different from the main buffet except you are waited on. We left before desserts as there was a better choice on the buffet. It wasnt a problem, you have the choice.

To summarise, another fabulous holiday, planning to return next May for a week, this time with 4 family members . If the management read this review a big thanks to everyone but would appreciate the above two issues being looked into.

Room Tip: Upgrade to a superior room.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Manc lass
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

We all read the reviews for the bad points dont we?! I do! Well there arent any! Ive tried to think of something for you but there just arent any! Just spent 1 week all inclusive at this hotel with my husband and we had a perfect time. Its kind of 2 hotels in 1 but theres no divide. The brochure mentions sister hotel and i expected the other to be over the road and up a hill (me - negative? - never!) but they are both on the same complex and you can freely use any part of the 1 large site. Plenty of pools to choose from. Plenty of food and drink. Extensive food choice at the 3 main meal times. Attentive waiters. Large restaurants. Good evening entertainment. Choice of 3 bars for your night time entertainment. One is more for families if you have younger children (or one to avoid if you dont have kids!). Play areas for kids. Good sports facilities. Mini bus to take you around the complex if you so wish (yes, its big, but not so a person of average fitness will need the bus for). Private beach area for hotel guests. Shingle. Oooh I might have thought of something mildly bad.... beach area (beds and beach bar) not included in your "all inclusive". But prices are reasonable and like i said - plenty of pools to choose from. Well kept hotel grounds and gardens. Bedrooms are spotlessly clean. Cleaned daily. We stayed in a superior room which came with a safe for your small personal items. Good water pressure in the shower. Mixer taps. Good hairdryer. I was worried about having to rely on it but shouldnt have been. Settings of 1200, 600 or cool. Not as powerful as my 2000 hairdryer at home but it did the job just fine. 2 electric shaver sockets. Plenty of drawer and wardrobe space, hangers supplied. Large bed. (2 singles pushed together but you can never tell as they put a mattress topper over so you cant feel the join!). Great airconditioning in the room with multiple settings. Small fridge. TV and DVD player with remote controls. Clothes horse on the balcony! somewhere to hang your wet swimwear. Its the small things with me! ;-) Tea and coffee making facilities. Blackout curtains at the balcony doors to help you sleep past sun rise. Hotel reception staff spoke very good English and German had were very helpful and friendly. Shop in reception area sold same day newspapers from home. Bus-stops directly outside of hotel took you to either Falaraki or Rhodes Town. English speaking Chemist, a supermarket and a bar/restaurant showing sky sports 20 mins walk, or short bus ride away. Only local beers and spirits included in your all inclusive, but beer was good. Spirits not as strong as back home I dont think, but didnt bother me. All in all a lovely holiday and i genuinely cant wait to go back!

Room Tip: pay that little extra for a superior room and a sea view. It really is worth it.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Southampton
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

My partner and I have just returned from a week stay at the Horizon Hotel. This was our first time at an all inclusive hotel and I think its safe to say we will never look back!
As some have mentioned the hotel itself is linked with the Mare Palace hotel and situated on a large complex.
The rooms are contained as small blocks of 3 floors and we accommodated 343 on the ground floor and had a terrace rather than balcony. The room was basic but huge with a good size bathroom- For any girls I would recommend you bring your own hairdryer, I was aiming to pack
light but the hotel hair dryer was useless and I ended up just letting the wind do the work.

We found the size of the complex to actually be of benefit and felt that we had much more choice especially where entertainment was concerned.

The hotel offers a great choice of pools and whilst some have mentioned an issue with towels on sunbeds this only really seemed to be an issue at the main pool outside the Athena restaurant. For us it was a tough choice between the Mythos pool which was quieter and had a lovely refreshment bar and a larger pool located at the hotel reception- We found there to be sun beds free throughout the day.

We ate in the Athena restaurant for the whole duration, the buffet offers a good selection of fresh food- and I am a very fussy eater!
Fantastic selection of drinks including a good choice of cocktails. Bottles of wine and water can be taken from the fridge in the Athena restaurant but both of the other pools have drinks and snacks near by.

The entertainment was good on the whole we watched a fire breather, Tina Turner tribute, Greek dancers and the dream girls..the comedy show in the Safari bar was questionable but possibly more aimed at German guests.
We only ventured out twice in the week, once to the Water Park which is 20 Euros each. You can take the bus outside the hotel on the opposite side of the road for about 1.80 euros each and it takes about 10 mins max and is the second stop, its not the best water park out there but well worth a visit. The second trip out was to the old town again by bus, the bus stop directly outside the hotel..this was a bit further and the last stop on the route but at approx 3 euros pp you cant complain! The old town is a very pretty maze of cobble streets with a good selection of bars and cafes the old castle/fort was spectacular and made for some great photos. Buses run every 20mins from about 7:10am from what I recall
The reception desk were extremely helpful on answering any questions about buses/timings etc

The downsides, in reality very few and certainly nothing that spoiled the holiday. There is a slight whiff of sewage at the main pool and this seems to be mostly in the morning- our solution was to just use the other pools which were perfect.

A lack of info..we arrive at 11pm so didn't have a chance to get our bearings..we must have done atleast 5 laps of the complex before finally finding the reception desk- The arrows dont seem to point in the right direction! We didn't realise we could also have eaten in the Thalasso restaurant until the last night when we overheard another guest. Would have been good to have had an info pack in the room.

Its windy in the evening! not really an issue but worth knowing to pack appropriately

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2012

We have just returned from a wonderful 1 week all inclusive holiday at the Kalithea Horizon. The Horizon and the Mare make up a large complex, set in a stunning hillside location. This means that everything is quite spread out and paths between places are quite hilly. Personally, this didn't bother us, if anything we liked it as the grounds and scenery were lovely and it helped walk off some of the food and drink! For anyone who would struggle with this though, there is a minibus that runs between the beach and the rooms and if you call reception they will send a golf buggy to collect you and take you where you want to go.

Our room was a superior sea view room overlooking the pools at the Mythos bar and out to sea. It was very large, spotlessly clean and the air con was very powerful! The maids did a good job of cleaning the room daily and chaning the towels. There was a fridge in the room containing water, beer and soft drinks, although these were only replenished every few days, there were plenty of bottles of water available around the complex and you could take drinks back to your room.

We always chose the sunbeds around the Mythos bar and on the grassy area overlooking the sea, simply as these were the most convenient for our room. We never had a problem getting a sunbed at any time of day. The pools were a little chilly, but after toasting yourself all day this was actually quite refreshing! There were no lifeguards at any of the pools, but I can't recall ever having seen a pool lifeguard in a hotel! I also saw no evidence of any broken bones as a result of people slipping by the pool areas! We did visit the beach, but it was a bit gravelly and rocky for our liking, the water was very clear and good for snorkelling though, we just prefer a sandy beach!

The complex has quite a few optons for food - the Thalassa and Athena restaurants serve breakfast, which is a buffet of fruit, cereals, breads, meats, cheeses, pastries, pancakes, waffles, yogurts and cooked breakfast items. There is a lunch buffet at the Athena restaurant and snacks and cakes are served throughout the day in the numerous pool bars, with Delphina offering a table service. At night you again choose from the buffets at Thalass and Athena. We preferred Athena as it had a bit more atmoshpere and it was nice to sit outside by the sea. The food was a very good selection and high standard for all inclusive, we didn't feel bored after a week! The only slight disappointment was the a la carte - although the service was good and the setting pretty, the food was nothing special.

All the staff were very friendly and worked tirelessly. Nothing was too much trouble and the bar staff were literally serving as many people as they could at any one time! Consequently we never had a long wait for drinks. The wine wasn't great but the beer and cocktails were good.

Other than Kalithea Springs (worth a visit) there isn't really anything in walking distance of the hotel. As such, we decided to hire a car as this worked out more cost effective than the excurision and allowed us a bit more freedom to explore the island. Although there is bus service to Rhodes Town and Lindos, the buses were always packed and we were told the journey time to Lindos was an hour and a half. With the car we saw Lindos,Rhodes Town, Prassinissi, Kamiros, the butterfly valley and Tsambika beach. All of which were fantastic. Driving around the island was very easy and all the places we visited had free parking, so would definitely recommend car hire.

I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel, this holiday didn't cost the earth, and I think that a few people could do to remember that when writing their reviews, particularly when criticising the food!

And for the record, no I don't eat at McDonalds and I have never stepped foot in a JD Sports!!

Room Tip: Superior room with sea view is definitely work the extra money. Also, if you have a late flight home...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kalithea Mare Palace
Address: Rodou-Falirakiou, Kallithea 851 00, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Rhodes > Kallithea
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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#5 Family Hotel in Kallithea
#7 Romantic Hotel in Kallithea
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kalithea Mare Palace 2.5*
Number of rooms: 114
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