We stayed here in August - 2 adults and child aged 9 - for 2 weeks. Were lucky enough to be upgraded to one of the newer, larger rooms overlooking the new pools. Room consisted of 2 bedrooms with inner hallway where there was a large wardrobe and plenty of drawer space also housing the safe (payable at reception). There was a separate spacious bathroom with hairdryer and plenty of area around basin for your lotions etc. We had a bath with a shower over - my criticism of this would be that the shower cradle was not directly over the bath, it was waist height so you had to hold it over yourself to shower - very awkward. The hotel should really look at moving these into a better location.
Plenty of hot water though. Main bedroom was huge with a massive balcony with 4 large metal framed chairs and a table - lovely spot to have a drink in the evening as the sun went down with sea in the distance.
This is the first hotel for years where I have not had to be up at the crack of dawn to reserve a sunbed! There were still plenty left late morning, and in fact most of the day.Such a pleasant change. Don't know if this was because the clientele were mainly Polish guests or not. There were not many British guests staying here but the ones we met all seemed to be enjoying the hotel and were great to chat to.
The restaurant did it's best to accommodate all tastes. Food was quickly replenished and was mainly well labeled so you knew what you were eating and even the most fussy eater could usually find something they liked. We tended to eat on the terraces outside as it got very hot inside. A lot of the crockery was chipped so the hotel could look at replacing this in time!. Cutlery and juice glasses were always very hot - so you knew it was clean! Restaurant staff worked hard to clear tables and the bar staff worked very quickly serving drinks to keep queues down. Good range of drinks included in the all inclusive option except for whiskey. But you could always pay for it and cocktails if you needed to.The longest queues were always at the ice cream station with small children battling to scoop out the different flavours (usually choice of 3 or 4) bending down into the large freezer! Teaspoons and dishes here were always in short supply.
Hotel entertainment was provided by a Polish tour operator (their answer to Thomson or Thomas Cook). They ran a kids club (British children joined in with this occasionally) an Aqua Aerobics session in the morning, poolside games late morning, waterpolo in the pool mid afternoon, then Kids Disco early evening followed by - occasionally- a quiz or bingo or themed night. They worked very hard, involving guests of all nationalities and having a great range of languages. Current pop music played round the larger pool all day but wasn't too loud - just right.
In the older section of the hotel was a couple of smaller pools which were quieter. There are 2 playgrounds for the kids, the newer one having a large wooden pirate ship with built in slides-very impressive.
Special mention must go to Iris on reception(there was another receptionist but we didn't see her as often)- as she is so helpful - and honest in her suggestions on what to do, where to go and how to get there etc. She speaks so many languages too. Hotel has it's own small supply of cars for hire on site which we took advantage of one day to drive down to Lindos - wow a must see but incredibly hot and busy. Stopped off on way back at the beautiful Tsambika Beach as Iris suggested, where you can park for free at this large and fairly busy beach - the water was so warm here too. Just a few miles south of the hotel just before Faliraki is the waterpark. Great for a day out - we wore flip flops walking around as the ground was so hot, Just leave them at the bottom of the slide or ride and pop them on again when you finish - quite safe. Excellent snack bar here with great food at reasonable prices. Entrance was about 22 euros per adult. There is a free bus that runs from Rhodes Town but didn't stop enroute past our hotel (we already knew this though) so got a taxi from the main road instead - quick and quite cheap. Park operates a cashless system, you just select how much credit you want put on your wristband and use this to pay for food and drink etc.
The beach by the hotel itself is so close and more than big enough to serve the few hotels in this area - 10 euros for 2 sunbeds and 1 parasol. Yes there's a short but steep lane down to it but most people even those with pushchairs were managing just fine.
There is nothing in the way of shops and restaurants in the immediate area, just a few 20 minute walk away, but I would suggest taking another cheap taxi to Rhodes Town just a short ride away, Lovely walled town overlooking marina filled with flash yachts, pleasure boats and the like. Then meander through the streets to the top for the best views of the area with loads of shops and restaurants to choose from. Great atmosphere here - beautiful place.
All in all a good holiday in a good hotel where staff work hard, are friendly and welcome all nationalities. Just a couple of niggles with the shower holder and chipped crockery and wish it was closer to a town but would definately recommend to others
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- Virginia Hotel Koskinou
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