We booked the Delfini as we felt it offered a simple base for sight-seeing in Rhodes but mainly because we were seduced by the selling point of it being a traditional Greek seafront Seafood restaurant.
Our room was small but clean and recently refurbished. We had a lovely view over the sea and it was a delight to sit on the balcony in the mornings. As it was early in the season, sitting out in the evenings was a little chilly but there were lovely big woolly blankets to wrap up in. The beds were firm, with a decent pillow and linen was changed once or twice during the week. The bathroom was incredibly small but clean, with a typical Greek hand-shower. Water was not always hot but usually there was enough for a pre-dinner shower. Towels were fluffy and white and changed once in the week. There was a hairdryer in the drawer, if needed. The room was kept spotlessly clean, with daily cleaning. We were concerned on a few security issues - our balcony door would not lock - and reported this but it was not fixed during our stay. We didn't worry too much but others might, especially during high season.
The communal areas were kept clean and although there were several small dogs about the place, there was no evidence of any 'mess' or smells. However, one could be put off by animals in the restaurant, perhaps.
The beach at Stegna is, potentially, quite lovely, however, when we were there (early season) it was covered in debris from last season, with littler, cans, bottles, and broken glass running the length of the bay. Litter bins were full to brimming over and clearly had not been emptied for months. The pavements were cracked and broken, with a variety of obstacles, ripe for tripping over, making it a risk to stroll along at any time but particularly after dark. Needless to say, we didn't set foot on the beach but went in search of other bays. On our last day a tractor came to clean the beach and it was looking spotless by the time we left. (Bad timing?) I am surprised the community in Stegna do not value their environment more - after all, they have to live in it over winter, when there are no guests. And by the time they are welcoming guests, one would think they might bother to clean up - even just in front of their own property!
Breakfasts were served on the patio, with typical Greek fare of fresh bread, Lurpack butter, jam, Greek yoghurt and honey. There were also eggs - freshly boiled or fried, cheese & ham, and plates of fresh fruit. Juice (of varying quality) was served every morning and jugs of coffee or tea (??). So far, so lovely!
The starter courses at dinner were also very good with a variety of salads, soups and traditional Greek items being served with a basket of bread. House wine was very reasonable at 5 Euros for a half litre of house red, white or rose, which although undistinguished, was drinkable. However, the only seafood we were offered all week was mussels with spaghetti (I had told them I don't like mussels at the beginning of our stay) and whitebait appeared as a starter on the day we had finally given up and gone elsewhere for a fish lunch! (More bad timing?) The rest of the main meals were mostly of a low grade, leaving us feeling disappointed and wishing we had chosen different hotel.
The owners and staff were delightful and made us feel welcome. Our stay was wonderfully peaceful but lacked atmosphere and attention to detail.
If you know the expressions - 'Sinking the ship for a ha'peth of tar' or 'a curate's egg' - you will know what is intended here. It could be great - but left us feeling disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the beach of Stegna bay in Rhodes, Delfini Beach hotel offers a seafood restaurant and a bar. Rooms feature furnished balcony with views of the Aegean Sea or the surrounding area. A satellite TV, fridge and air conditioning are included in all rooms at the Delfini.A buffet breakfast is offered daily in the dining area with sea views.Fresh fish, seafood and local specialties are served at the restaurant.Guests can relax in the sun loungers on the beach or have a drink from the bar on the terrace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Delfini Hotel & Restaurant Stegna, Rhodes, Greece