Just back from the Sun and Sky - absolutely loved it! We had a really great, relaxing time.
Yes, the bedrooms are pretty basic and the bathrooms are dated, and the hotel itself looks a little "tired" in some places, but that didn't bother us at all. Shower was decent - good water pressure. Housekeeping excellent - sheets and towels changed regularly. Lovely big balcony - plenty of space to dry towels and clothes etc. Nice view over the gardens. The bedrooms are big and there's plenty of storage space..shame that all of the rooms seem to be twin rooms, so we didn't have a double bed, just 2 single beds pushed together, but that's a minor point! The beds are comfortable though. Fridge was useful.
The air con would have cost us an extra 6 euros per day because it was May, but we found that we didn't need it anyway. Weather was fantastic and very warm, but there was enough of a breeze and May is a great time to go because it is not stiflingly hot and pushing 40 degrees! So the air con wasn't necessary for us.
The pool area is absolutely lovely and there are plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas. The pool is really clean, and the gardens are pretty and really well-maintained. Great tennis court too!
I really enjoyed the food in the hotel, as I like buffets and being able to try a bit of everything. There was always plenty of variety and when dishes ran out, the staff were very quick to replace them. They were also fast at clearing the tables. I think my boyfriend found the food a bit more hit and miss than I did, but agreed that in terms of value for money, it couldn't be beaten. I think we would have liked some more Greek dishes though! We love Greek food and are always keen to sample the local cuisine! But the hotel has to cater for so many different nationalities, as well as kids etc, that it must be tricky - generally I thought that the menu was very well thought out and attempted to cater for everyone. There are themed nights a couple of nights per week, including a BBQ! My boyfriend was particularly impressed with the dishes on the Mexican themed night! For the money you pay and the fact that you can help yourself to as much food and as many drinks as you like, I just cannot understand people complaining about it.
The local beer is nice and the cocktails are great too - very strong!! Soft drinks not great...tasted very cheap and sugary, but again, a very minor point! Drinks are served in plastic cups, which was not an issue for us, and it's also understandable to serve them like this when you are sitting around a pool.
Antonio's pizza place across the road from the hotel is absolutely fantastic if you find that you fancy a meal out - delicious, authentic and reasonably priced. Mike's bar next to it has a good atmosphere, good drinks and it stays open REALLY late. There are lots of restaurants and bars in the area, and the small supermarkets and souvenir shops are good too.
The hotel had a very pleasant atmosphere when we were staying there - guests were mostly Russians, English and Germans. The entertainment nights, which are held 3 times a week include Greek dancing, live music, karaoke etc.
We would highly recommend a visit to Lindos - it's simply stunning - and we had the most amazing meal there at Cyprus Tavern Timi's Place - there's a fantastic view from the rooftop restaurant, the food is fresh and tasty and the service is friendly. Lindos is an extremely busy place - coachloads and coachloads of people, but well worth visiting - it is so ancient and picturesque. Great beach too.
Rhodes Old Town is also beautiful, with lots to see. It's quaint and pretty and a very relaxing to walk around. Lots of shops too, so ideal for souvenir hunting! The Water Park at Faliraki, the largest in Europe, is supposed to be fantastic but at 22 euros each, we thought that was quite pricey, so we didn't go this time, but will definitely be on the list of things to do for next time! We were also planning to visit the Valley of the Butterflies, but heard that the end of August/September is probably the best time to go, because the butterflies apparently only start coming out of their cocoons in June/July.
Rhodes island caters extremely well to tourists and we found the bus service to be very good. The hotel is ideally located for exploring the area. It might be a bit too quiet for some people, but it was wonderful for us. The bus stops to Rhodes Town, Faliraki and Lindos are near the hotel. A taxi to Rhodes Town costs around 9 euros, as the hotel is around 4 miles from Rhodes Town but it's worth haggling!
I would highly recommend Kalithea Sun & Sky as it's the best value for money holiday we've ever had and the staff really go out of their way to make you feel welcome. They are hard-working, friendly, efficient, attentive and helpful and there is a cheerful laidback feel to the hotel which I really liked. For what we paid, it was of an excellent standard - I would definitely go back!
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