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“Good base for a visit to Rhodes”
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Virginia Hotel
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Koskinou
Warminster, United Kingdom
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“Good base for a visit to Rhodes”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

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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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

We stayed at the Virginia 7-21 September 2013. We haven't got a bad word to say about the hotel. We loved the food the people and the company. I would say that outside the hotel is like a rubbish tip and was quite off putting but this is not down to the hotel but the local council.
The bed was extremely hard but clean, we had a room in the old part it was definitely adequate for our needs. What do you do in the room? Met a lovely couple who showed us their room in the new part, it was very good but too big really for 2 people.
Would definitely stay there again. I think it would be a good place to take children too, they have an animation team and play area's around the hotel which would suit the young.

Room Tip: I think any room would be suitable but if you like more space then chose the New building
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Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

We stayed at the Virginia from the 14th - 25th September and were really worried before arriving after reading all the negative reviews but when we arrived we couldn't of wished for better. We were given a lovely room in the new section of the hotel which overlooked the stunning pool, the room was lovely and modern with both a bath and shower cubical. All the staff were really friendly with a special mention to Iris on reception who is so lovely. Both bars are good and play all English music, there is no entertainment at night but we made lots of friends so we made plenty of that ourselves, good selection of drinks and you can buy cocktails and bottled beer if your fussy. The food was very nice, always hot and a great selection, we never went hungry and always enjoyed all meals. Both pool areas are lovely with plenty of sunbeds, we preferred the new poo as they play music, the lower pool is abit quieter. It seems as though they do have a animation team on throughout the days but they finished on the day we arrived, it looks as though they only work certain months. The hotel is abit out of the way but bars, shops and restaurant's are only a ten minute walk away and taxis into the old town and Faliraki are only 9euros per way. We had a great holiday, the weather was fab and we cant complain about the hotel. Ignore the 'moaners'.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

We have just got married at Kalithea Spa and all stayed at the Virginia Hotel. As soon as the hotel knew we were getting married they immediately upgraded all our wedding party most of us being in the new maisonettes which were lovely. All the hotel staff were extremely helpful and went out of their way to ensure that we had everything we needed we even had complimentary champagne and flowers in our room on our wedding night. The hotel was very clean there was plenty of food with excellent service - well done hotel Virginia! !!

  • Stayed September 2013
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warsop
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

Stopped at the Virginia for one week from 18.09.13. After reading previous reviews we were very anxious as to what we were letting ourselves in for. I honestly don't understand what some people want from their holidays and why they try to put others off just because they don't get something for nothing.
On arrival we were allocated a room in the "old" side of the hotel, ok, it was in need of refurbishment and was a bit small but was kept clean and had a nice view onto one of the pools. The hot water did not work, but was rectified very quickly. The beds were comfortable(I think assisted by the vodka). The food was more than adequate and we found something to eat at every meal time. The service was excellent especially the bar men at the main bar who kept queues down on his own, he also got to know what you were drinking and had them ready when he saw you coming!. The pool areas were very good, we didnt use the newer pool as there were always spare beds around the "old" pool area which we preferred. The sea was lovely and warm, very clear as well and the beach area was good although I would recommend beach shoes as it was not all sand but pebbly. The beach was easily accessible down a hill (not like some previous moaners had written that it spoilt there enjoyment, get fit then!!!). In general the greek people we found to be always freindly and never pushy which helps. Only downside for us was that the hotel is a little isolated.

Tips - Try walking to Kalithea springs, it is about three miles as you turn left out of the hotel, it is a very nice place to visit and the dip in the sea is well worth it when you get there!
Rhodes is within walking distance for the fit, it is approximately 5 miles as you turn right out of the hotel.
Dont be fooled by the designer outlet signs on the main road, we walked to the "outlet" to find it was actually a run down shop and only 1/2 mile outside of rodos town by the time we got there! lol
Taxis and buses are easily accessible. Bus stops both ways are straight outside the hotel grounds. Get your own taxis as the hotel add on around 4 euros to book for you

Bus to rodos town is 1.80 euros either way, taxis range from 8 to 10 euros depending on if you are prepared to haggle. Falaraki on the bus was 1.5 euros and 7 euros for a taxi.

I would recommend hiring a soft top to explore this beautiful island, it cost us 70 euros for the day for a new blue motion VW Golf convertible and manged to clock up around 150 miles, we will be hiring one for the week when we come next year!

The hotel is definately worth the money, you get what you pay for and doesnt deserve the reviews previosly given. All in all we would return again, hopefully next year

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

After reading previous negative reviews for this hotel I was more than anxious about going and even tried to alter my booking!!!! We spent 14 nights from 11 September 2013 at this hotel. My first impression was 'WOW' what on earth are people complaining about. We had requested to stay in the newer refurbished rooms and this was what we got. The rooms were lovely and spacious. I did have a look at the older rooms, which were on the smaller side, but still absolutely fine and spotlessly clean.

The gardens and pool areas were kept immaculate as were all of the bar, restaurant areas etc. The staff worked extremely hard and were all very friendly and accommodating. I would like to say a great big thank you to Iris, Dominic, Peter and Michael who were fantastic and made us feel so welcome.

The food was excellent and there was always an ample variety to choose from. In previous reviews it mentions food running out but I would advise that this was not our experience as when food did run low it was immediately replenished so that everyone had the same choice whether it be the beginning or end of the meal sitting.

There was a mixed variety of tourists from differing nationalities, including English. I would say that at no time did we feel excluded or treat any less favourably than other holiday makers.

I don't generally do reviews but felt very strongly that this hotel was being given a bad deal hence me taking the time to do this.

I would have no hesitation in returning to this hotel as we could not fault it.

If you are looking for a good quality hotel with the aim of having a relaxing time then this could be the place for you.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013

Just arrived back on the 18th September from the Virginia Hotel after staying their for 1 week.Had a great time ,paid to upgrade the room before going as I had read the previous reviews,and the room was fab ,above the pool bar very modern and spacious,but not necessary as we befriended a couple who has a room overlooking what would have been the original pools which was not as big and had no bath but would have been fine ,you only sleep in it.Every day early the Maids were out washing all the outside areas around the pool,arranging the sun beds,mopping the outside steps etc.Our bed linen and towels were changed every day ,which was lush getting into clean sheets every night.As for the food could not fault it,My only moan is they need to get another coffee machine or reposition the one they have got away from the fruit juice machine as they are far to close together.I lie that's not my only moan the Russians.They are so rude,pushing in all the time,no manners and they are pigs.They pile their plates up unnecessarily.Anybody would think they had not eaten for a week.2 adults at Breakfast 5 dinner plates filled with food ranging from eggs ,bread,meat and fruit .But on a positive note going on our experience if I decided to Holiday in Rhodes again I would stay at this Hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Virginia Hotel
Address: Reni Kosnikou, Koskinou 851 00, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Rhodes > Koskinou
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Koskinou
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Hotel Class:3 star — Virginia Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 170
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