We stayed at the Sivila from 15-25th September and this is an attempt at an honest review based on our experiences. At the time of our stay the hotal was nearly empty so I cannot comment on what it would be like full. Apologies if this is a bit long.
1. Reception - very nice, quick check in and out and dealt with any problems quickly and without fuss. We arrived late afternoon and had no problems.
2. Rooms - we were in a "refurbished" (read repainted) room which was ok, clean and fairly spacious, we had none of the reported problems with ants etc.The bed, though firm, was comfortable and the bathroom adequate although the shower was a bit hit and miss with an old fashioned curtain meaning that we flooded the room every time. We had a big fridge which was great for water etc.
If you can stand the heat, you can save €49/week for A/C, ask for a room at the front as this gets the sun only in the morning so is cooler at bed time. Outside temp was around 30C but we managed without A/C.
3. Location - here lies the main problem with the Sivila, it is quite remote and, unless you want a long walk everytime you go out, you will need taxis. The nearest town, Afandou, is a good 50 minutes walk and the train runs only when it's not broken and costs €2-50 pp. A taxi will be €8 in and €6 back so each trip starts at around €14 even to get the bus to Rhodes etc.
If you want to stay in fine, this won't be a problem, the beach is less than 10 minutes walk and has 2 fish restaurants and a nice cafe.
4. Pool/beach - the pool area is very nice, clean with 30 odd sunbeds and the pool is a good size with a shallow end and a small pool for kids. It also has a large grassed area and has a few parasols and plenty of trees for shade. The pool was cleaned daily.
The beach is ok but stoney with sandy patches away from the water and there are sunbeds and parasols for hire. Faliraki and Tzambika are both 15 minute taxi rides away and are both sandy.
5. Food & Drink - this is where it gets tricky, the food wasn't terrible, just repetitive and bland. Breakfast and lunch were better but dinner was not that good and we ate out 6 of the 10 nights which brings a lot of expense with taxis etc. Having said that the kitchens were spotless and no-one at the hotel reported any stomach problems, food was plentiful and hot, just boring!
Many negative reviews on here about the AI Light but while we were there we had beer etc all the time, not just with meals and in the evening as advertised when we booked. The new schedule at the hotel does state that this restriction has gone and we could have what we wanted, when we wanted within the limits of beer, wine, vodka and soft drinks.
6. Staff - lovely without exception, unfair to single out anyone.
7. Overall - it depends what you pay, it's a 3 star hotel so should only cost 3 star prices. You will need to budget for taxis, meals etc so this will probably price it out of the market the way it is now, we spent around €300 between 3 of us in 10 days above and beyond the holiday cost. If I was offered this as part of a package for £220/week I would seriously consider going back but any more, then no.
Bring plenty of mozzie spray, in September it is really bad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel offers a total of 55 comfortable rooms, which can accommodate between 2 and 4 people (depending on the type of room booked). Fridges are available on request (with a local charge) and all the rooms have a telephone, air-conditioning (with a local charge), daily house-keeping and either a private balcony or shared terrace.Please note that free air conditioning is provided. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sivila Hotel Rhodes/Afandou, Greece