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Sivila Hotel
Ranked #18 of 18 Hotels in Afandou
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“Bad Outweighs the Good (just)”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2012

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.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2012

I had to write and describe our experience of this hotel after reading all of the negative reviews. We booked a last minute week here for two in September 2012 and then read the Tripadvisor reviews which mostly seemed to slate the place.
This got us quite worried. Unable to cancel and prepared for the worst, we set off for a ‘week of hell’. Nothing could be further from the truth in our experience. We arrived at the hotel via the coach transfer which after dropping off several other groups, took about half an hour from the airport. Like in other reviews, we were dropped off at the main entrance to the hotel.
The coach did not drive us directly to the front door, we did have to walk the twenty seconds to the hotel, no problem for us, but a family with small kids etc may take forty five seconds, first problem dealt with. A large coach simply would have trouble pulling into the driveway, that’s all.
On arriving at the foyer, we were greeted by one of the biggest and brightest smiles I have ever seen. This was a theme throughout the entire stay. The staff were extremely friendly, courteous, attentive and more than helpful.
The main foyer and bar area seemed immaculate and quite modern. There was information on everything from local food, taxis, car and bike hire and day trips available here. The staff would help with any queries. There were two computers for internet use which didn’t cost much and there was wi-fi in the foyer area too at a small charge. All the staff spoke English, German and Italian fluently.
We were given our room keys at this stage but elected not to pay for air conditioning which we knew was to be paid locally. We went in the lift to our room and had a very pleasant surprise bearing in mind how dreadful we were informed the rooms would be. The room was immaculate. There was a huge, modern, white leather bed and very contemporary fittings. We had a 1st floor garden view room with a balcony. There was loads of storage space and there was a tv and two power outlets.
The bathroom was less modern but had a sink, w/c and shower as most of them do, a shower curtain which we folded away and it was tiled floor to ceiling like a wet room. The floor in here did get wet each time we showered but that did not concern us. If it did, we’d have used the curtain.
Even in September, the heat at night was stifling. On the first night, we went to reception at about two a.m. and asked for the air conditioning. The night receptionist came to the room immediately and sorted it out for us. Again smiling, being friendly and courteous. I would say to budget for this extra expense as the rooms at times seemed hotter than outside. The average outdoor, daytime temperature during our stay was 31 degrees. This was in early September so I can only guess what it’s like in the high season.
The following day and every day thereafter we went down for breakfast. Again we were greeted by a super friendly member of staff in the open air, pool side restaurant. The self service restaurant is the only one on site and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The ceiling is covered and provides a much needed shelter from the sun even in the morning. The restaurant is next to the pool, there are covered seating areas and around 40 sun loungers spread around a nice pool which also has a separate kids pool. There are inflatable toys and lilos etc if that’s your thing. There was a pool bar too. There’s also a small shop on site stocking a small range of essentials and lovely ice creams.
The food is fresh, tasty and well prepared. The choice for breakfast included several cereals, breads, cakes, biscuits, Greek yoghurt and honey, eggs, bacon, sausages, ham, cheese and Greek salad which was served with every meal.
Lunch and dinner were served with at least two veg dishes, and at least two meat and or fish dishes. These were incredibly tasty but not Cordon Bleu as you might expect from a hotel of this rating. However you could have as much as you wanted. Kids would have no problem with the menu as the food was not too exotic/spicy etc. There was something different with each meal.
It is accepted practice at the end of your meal to politely clear your dishes onto a small trolley for which the staff were very grateful. This took ten seconds, but for one awful family of Brits there, it was too much effort, they just flat out refused to do it, whilst the other nationalities did it with zero effort and much appreciation from the staff. That was quite embarrassing.
Red and white wine, beer and seven or eight soft drinks were offered with each meal. The hotel asked politely that alcohol only be consumed with lunch and dinner. Not an offensive request we thought.
This is where a lot of the negative comments/reviews come from I think and it seems there are people who want to go and drink all day and call that a holiday. If they cannot get enough free booze between lunchtime and half ten at night, this is the least of their problems. While people did drink at lunch and dinner we saw zero alcohol related, bad behaviour during our stay.
So that’s the hotel, the staff and the food taken care of, now to the location. Afandou is a lovely little village some two kilometres from the beach. There are tavernas, bars, supermarkets and chemists here. This is NOT Afandou Beach, that is a very sleepy, quite, quaint place at the sea shore. Afandou Village or centre as it’s called on the road signs is a ten minute walk away if you want to cross a busy road, fifteen if you skirt around this.
There is a stunning, 4 kilometre, sand and pebble beach with water as clear as Gin at Afandou Beach where the Sivila is. They pride themselves here on the clarity of the water and as a world travelled diver, I can say it’s the clearest water anywhere I have seen in Europe or indeed anywhere else in the world.
At one end of this beach is a small resort called Kolymbia. Not very..........anything really, just a collection of hotels and not much else. At the other end is Traganou Beach, a must visit as the snorkelling here is excellent. Slap bang in the middle is Afandou Beach. No hotels on the beachfront and the Sivila is a three minute stroll away from the beach.
This resort is quiet, there are four or five tavernas here and a couple of beach bars, but that’s pretty much it. If you want a quiet, relaxing, traffic free time, this place is fine. This place is chilled and you could find a spot on the beach all of your own. If you want swing from the chandeliers and rock out til dawn, maybe Falaraki, ten minutes up the road might be a better bet.
So to some practical advice and suggestions.
This hotel is all inclusive but if you have been to a huge, 5 star, all inclusive complex in Egypt as we all have, this place may seem a little different. I personally didn’t want to risk going to Egypt and instead decided to stay in Europe and try Rhodes for the 1st time. If you want to stay in the hotel and never venture out, I guess you could do that. There’s everything you need to survive.
If you did want to get out and about the island is spectacular and is very accessible and easy to navigate around. The roads are excellent and the drivers are as good as any at home. The island is quite small and you can get across it even on our preferred transport, a quad, in under an hour.
Lindos is a must see and takes about half an hour to reach from Afandou. There is the world heritage site there and the views are amazing. There are some lovely beaches there too.
Rhodes old town is worth a visit and is fun for a bustling night out combined with an exploration of sleepy back streets and ancient ruins. There’s a nice marina here too from where boat trips operate taking people around the island and or across to Turkey etc on day trips.
There are several places near to the hotel worth a visit. The seven springs are nice. Just literally that but a nice hour or so trip out. There’s an ostrich farm/safari place to visit. A shaded valley renowned for butterflies is nearby and many beaches and loads of other things besides.
You’d get a map with a hire vehicle and the hire firm would be more than happy to tell you where to go if you asked. You can organise a car/scooter or quad from the hotel and the firm drop off and collect the vehicle from there. We went into Afandou centre and got a bit of a better deal but not much. Save yourself the hassle and get it from the hotel.
One important thing to mention is the mosquito situation. This seems to have been blamed on the hotel in some reviews, not entirely sure how, but hey. Take some sprays for during the day around the pool and get a plug in for the room. THIS IS A MUST!
If you get a cab from the hotel to the airport, it will cost nearly 40 euros. Bit steep I thought.
Ok eating out.
If you get sick of the food in the hotel or just fancy a night out, there are two very different places I’d recommend. Leave the hotel and turn left, head down the road a couple of hundred yards. On the right is a taverna specialising in local fish and seafood. It has two small boats outside as decoration and the building is mostly blue and covered in vines and flowers. It’s run by the single loveliest hostess I have ever met. She was so incredibly friendly and helpful. The food was out of this world. Traditional local Greek food that was some of the best I have ever had. Expect a meal for two without drinks to coast about 30 euros, amazing. This place was called “To Fresco” but spelled differently in Greek, but just look for the place near the hotel with the boats and flowers outside.
The second place I couldn’t believe and sadly we discovered it on our last night. This place was in Afandou Cetre and seemed to be an extension on someone’s house. The 10 euro set menu was extensive and inclusive of all drinks including wine, ouzo, beer, water and soft drinks. At first glance there was a choice of over fifteen mezze dishes. Sounded nice, so we gave it a go. The hostess was lovely and welcomed us in and then the most amazing Greek food came out in an avalanche one dish after another, and it just kept coming! We thought we’d get a choice of a couple of the fifteen dishes but in fact it was all of them and more! The food was amazing, the service first class and the value beyond belief. At the end of the meal after repeated attempts to ply us with wine and even more food, we asked for the bill expecting it to be far more but the stated ten euros each was asked for and we paid not quite believing the meal and drinks we’d had for such a small price. This place was called Snak Map in Greek but if you head up the main street in Afandou centre until the road bends to the left, it’s on the bend. A reddy coloured place with an oval sign, definitely worth a visit.
I realise I waffled on, but I wanted to write and say how we found the hotel, the staff and the area in general. I can’t comment too much on what others have written only what we experienced ourselves. The hotel was fine. The staff were excellent. The hotel’s food was nice. The island is beautiful. It’s people friendly, warm and welcoming. Would I go back to the hotel? Absolutely. Would I recommend it? Yes I would. Would I go back to Afandou Beach? Tomorrow!!!
If you do go, I hope you enjoy your time as much as we enjoyed ours.
Thanks for taking to time to read this and I hope it helps you make your decision.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2012

Not impressed. My cousin and I have just returned from a holiday which has ended up costing us twice as much as we thought.This hotel was not what we expected. We were mislead from the beginning. We booked this hotel but on the website the description and photos were of another hotel. On arrival we were told 56euros per week for air con! which you needed. We were told we were only on LIGHT all inclusive what the hell is LIGHT all inclusive. We soon found out only local beer and wine available and that was only between 12.30-2.30 lunch and 6.30-10.30pm no spirits not even free tea and coffee after 9.30 am until 3.15-5.15 when tea and coffee were served with cakes (3 different biscuits and a chocolate cake) same every day. The beach was 10mins walk away pebbles and only one restaurant to take shelter from the sun no other tavernas. Afandou was 30mins walk away taxis cost 6euros to Afandou. No entertainment in the bar at night no rep available. Kalumbia was a lovely town but again 10 euros each way. Falaraki 12 euros each way or 2euros on the bus but you still had to get to Afandou as no bus service from the hotel. A small train came every two hours but that was 2.50euros and took forever. So needless to say all our money we took had been spent within a few days on taxis and aircon.!!!! On arrival we were bombarded with complaints from other guests who were soon going home and couldn't wait. Two other couples who arrived the same time as us and staying for 2weeks were eventually transferred to another hotel where everything WAS all inclusive!!! However they had had to wait a full week during which time they had to wait by the phone for up dates as to when and where they were going. So they couldn't go anywhere and were stuck in the hotel for a week. Not impressed. The bar staff and the pool staff were lovely and we felt sorry for them as it wasn't there fault just very poor management and the owners were money crabbing. Food was not brilliant the breakfast was horrible. The only fruit that was available was melon!!! ON the up side to the holiday we got a nice tan and met some lovely people some of which we hope to stay in contact with. The other down side is that we will still be paying for the this holiday for the next few months with credit card bills.!!!!! would I recommend this hotel No unless you are a recluse would I stay here again NO NO NO. I have just been on the website again and it seems that this has now been rectified. Probably due to all the complaints. while we were there nearly everyone who arrived had a complaint and one or two times there were heated arguments at reception people arrived one day and obviously either left or got moved cos we didn't see them again. HOLIDAY TO REMEMBER BUT FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS!!!!

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2012

The worst hotel I ever stay!!!! don't waist your money! hotel in the middle of nowhere no shops no night life few restaurants and all empty!!! only one bar on the beach wroth visiting!
hotel advertise that it's been refurbished! no way! only the reception area! rooms are old and awful. small too. very hard mattresses and small old and smelly pillows made my sleep uncomfortable. after few days I wanted to go home! have you ever seen safe in reception area? The small draws you could hardly fit something remind me factory lockers but 100 times smaller.
Food was very bad what people didn't finish for lunch they add a bit of source and serve for dinner! disgusting. wine it's like cooking wine! taste vinegar. beer I couldn't call it beer. all cheap staff that I couldn't enjoy. We end up eating in the village next by. They advertise a mini train witch didn't run for 5 days we end up paying taxi 8 EUR to village and 6 or 7 to return depending on driver. Mini train cos 2.5 EUR per person not a small charge at all like they say! we end up spending a lot of extra money for it.
When we arrived swimming pool was so dirty I couldn't see tiles on the bottom but they decide to clean after few days. where was not enough sun bed for all the people and people leaving towels through the night so if you not an early bird no chance for a space.
Just remember it's not all inclusive they only give coffee in the morning and wine and beer for lunch and dinner till 10.30pm. no spirits included! so how they can class it as AL?
Internet cos £50 per week it's not free what a rip off? Don't pay it better go to the sea side to the bar called al mare cafe spend £50 for drink and get internet free!!! very nice cafe open 9 am to 1am with very nice owners! they will look after you!
sea goes deep very quick not good for kids. sun beds very expensive 8 eur for 2 last year we pay 4 eur in Zante! stony beach but very quiet place just for relaxing holidays! this hotel not good for people who is looking for night life!
If you looking for nice holidays in Greece go to Zante Alykes 100% bettter then Rhodes!

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2012

Been back just over a week from probably the worst hotel we have ever stayed in abroad! Have read all the recent reviews and agree with them all. Food bad, certainly not up to the expected standard of the 3*+ we were told it was, never heard of the term "all-inclusive light", think they just made it up to make extra money from the guests! We arrived in the early hours of the morning on Sunday 15th July, and were very impressed with the big spacious light and airy reception, had a drink at the bar (which we had to pay for), then went to our room- what a dump!! We were on the ground floor, room 7. Big room, 3 single beds for 2 of us,with a fridge that actually worked, bathroom looked like a "before refurbishment" one, with a tatty shower curtain like one you can buy from a £1 shop. When we arrived there were ants all over the room and bathroom, even crawling over the sheets and pillows- yuck!! Had to do a mass killing spree even before I dared to get into bed! Tried to have a shower, but found the water was freezing cold. Actually, our shower was almost always cold, except sometimes there was warm water for about an hour between 5.30-6.30 in the evening. One evening there was no hot water at all! We subsequently found out that the room next door had hot water all the time, so how does that work?? Outside our room we had a small table with 2 chairs, but near to that there was a permanent pool of green stagnant water, which we were told was from the air conditioning unit in the rooms above us. It made the marble slabs outside our room very slippery, but this water was never brushed away so just got bigger each day. The open air room we ate all our meals in was not nice, and was open to all the flies, and when the metal covers over the food containers were removed so you could help yourself (think of school dinners) often the flies swooped onto the food. More yuck! Table cloths were only wiped down after meals too, no nice clean white cloths replaced for the next meal. One evening meal, the only dessert was a tray full of red apples on individual saucers, not very inviting. The usual waitress was very helpful and cheerful, how she remained happy, I will never know! We had a couple of so called "power cuts" in the afternoons when we had tea/coffee and cakes, meaning there were no drinks from the dispensers behind the pool bar, or hot drinks either. Amazingly, the electricity came back in time for the dinner though! Talking of electricity... the man who did all the DIY came to replace a light bulb in the outside light next to our room, I told him our light wasn't working either. He took the lampshade off and discovered no bulb there. Aha he said, went to replace the bulb with a new one, and nearly electrocuted himself! A big bang, his screwdriver flew out of his hand, and he almost fell off the chair!! This fused all the lights in the nearby rooms, so we decided not to try to replace the bulb again. Ther had been a fire in one of the rooms a few days before we arrived, and I'm not surprised as the electrics were a death trap!!
The pool was ok, but nowhere near enough sunbeds for the guests, these were not stacked up and the area hosed down at the end of the day, subsequently, people left towels overnight on "their" beds, meaning some always got a bed, and others never did. I thoght this practice was reserved for the Germans, but we were all from GB I think. One night someone apparently took all of the towels off the beds and put them in a pile somewhere- obviously had had enough of this mean-spiritedness regarding the sunbed exclusive rights some people displayed.
The area around the hotel was also very run down, and had the air of a village that had definitely seen better days. A supermarket opposite was boarded up, as were other places nearby. You were really stuck in the middle of nowhere, and the little local train only ran on 1 night whilst we were there, and we were told it was broken. There was a lovely cafe opposite the sea, and we had breakfast there 1 morning just to have a change from the usual mini frankfurters and flat omelettes and pale beans that were offered every day! However, it was a good 15 min walk to the sea, and in the blazing 50*c heat, not very pleasant. I believe the walk to the bus stop the other way was even further, so we hired a car for 4 days as I have limited mobility (had a knee replaced in March and am waiting for the other one in a few months), so felt there was no option but to do that, which also meant we could get away from the terrible hotel! We saw most of Rhodes in 3 days, a beautiful island, esp on the west coast, with some amazing beaches (most were shingle) and beautiful blue,calm, warm water to swim in.
We decided to leave Sivila Hotel 2 days before we were due to come home, and joined a couple of others at the Lutania Hotel in Kolympia nearby. Wow- what a difference!! Real 4* luxury, proper all-inclusive food and drinks, beautiful meals and loads of choice too. They charged only 130 euros for 1 night and 4 meals, and an extra 24 euros to keep our room until 7pm. The manager actually apologised for our experience at the Sivila, and offered a discount for next year with them if we wanted to return. We also saw some local Greek dancers too- the 1st bit of entertainment we had had all week!
On the positive side, all the other guests were very friendly at the Sivila, although our main topic of conversation was undoubtedly our bad shared experiences there! We were told it used to be an old people's home, but the management had quite clearly tried to turn it into a money-making scheme on the lowest possible budget, with poor accomodation and food. We paid almost £900 for our holiday too, not exactly cheap, so we should have had a better experience than we did.
I would definitely not recommend this hotel to anyone else, unless a total overhaul was done.
Sorry guys, left quite a bitter taste in the mouth this one! Oh yes, forgot to mention that I also got eaten alive by the mosquitos and had to go twice to the pharmacy to get expensive lotions to ease the pain and itching.The scars have only just gone too!

Room Tip: Don't think there were any good rooms in the hotel!
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2012

when booking a break for my 14yr old daughter and myself the all inclusive choice was limited as we booked with only a couple of weeks to go.We opted for the Sivila in Afandou which as it turned out was all inclusive light, this was ok for us but other guests were not happy with this arrangement, many saying that it was not mentioned in information they had read.
On arrival to the hotel we had booked an up graded room!! with twin beds and a garden view but unfortunately we had a double bed and a view over the carpark and above the outside veranda where people gathered at night to drink(QUITE LATE). When we realised this on arrival we asked to be moved but they said they were full and to return in the morning and they would see if they could move us, which they did do but we still felt a little put out.
The rooms were basic but clean as was the rest of the hotel and pool. Food was exceptable with some days better than others, a few more desserts would have been welcomed but service was with a smile especially by the lady who served us our drinks by the pool all day.
The hotel is very isolated with the village of Afandou being a 10-15 minute walk and Kolumbia a 45minute walk,although you can use taxis. The beach is a 5-10 minute walk but we found this a little disapointing as it had shingle and pebbles by us although i believe it may have been better further up.
There is no entertainment laid on at the hotel ,so this could do with some improvement especially if they want to attract families.
A visit to the old town of Rhodes i would reccomend especially if you wish to do a little gift shopping and a meal by the harbour to finish.
Our holiday was made extra special and enjoyable by the new friends we met so thankyou to Karen,megan,Lindsey,Ros,Jamie,Emily and their grandparents .
Would i reccomend this to anyone probably not but i would not advise anyone not to go either,the only consolation forus was that we did not go to the golf view hotel or the Rodos hotel as they looked!!! worse when we collected people on the way home.

Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Atherstone, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2012

Me and my friend stopped at the Sivilla for a week in July. The whole experience was awful...we were checked in at 3am by a very unfriendly man. Air-con was an additional charge of €56.00, however when booking this was not in any of the small print, whilst there we had a heatwave...53* and no air-con is not a pleasants night sleep. We had ants invade the room on two occasions, once in the bedroom and once in the bathroom, when we asked for the room to be sprayed the second time we were told that ants are normal in Greece and we had nothing to worry about, when we insisted that they did something about it we were told it was perfectly normal for ants to be living in the bathroom and she didnt see it as a hygiene problem, even though they were crawling in our toothbrushes. The food...well if you are wanting to loose weight this is the place to go, we survived off lettuce and feta cheese for 7 days, in the morning there was a choice of breakfast including warm yoghurt, bread with flys buzzing around for toast (1 toaster for the whole hotel...and even that didnt work properly), mini hot dog sauasages were sometimes on offer...dripping in oil and occasionally we had the privaledge of fresh fruit. Lunch and Dinner were equally as discusting, food was not even presented nice, watery smash potatoe slopped in a silver tin with flies buzzing around is not my idea of a holiday dinner...no basic food such as chips on offer either. Drinks are not all inclusive, watered down warm wine and watererd down local beer was on offer at lunch and dinner then served at the bar until 10.30pm, no spiris are included in all inclusive and are overly priced. Soft drinks include Rola Cola and Fizzy watered down orangeade...yuk! There was a powercut...twice whilst we were there too so warm water was on offer all day! There was no entertainment at night...just the same 15 songs played over and over again. There is a small bug fested play area on offer to the children but this is away from the bar and not ideal for the children to play in alone. The whole hotel is just appauling and during our stay we were not the only people to comment on it, one couple actually paid to move hotels for their 2nd week. When we booked it was stated that the beach was a ten minute walk away...well yes it is but it is a pebble beach with no tourists, eary and secluded. It also said town was a short walk away...incorrect, we paid €10 in a taxi to get into Afandou Centre. We spent over €200 in taxis as there is nothing in walking distance, one night we walked down the beach and when we walked home it was dark...we ran the whole way home as there are no street lights or pathments. We were also told there was a free mini train - this was out of order and there was no alternative offered. No rep visited the hotel throughout our whole stay. How this place gets away with it I dont know, I would not recommend this hotel to anyone and would not return if someone paid me too. Hurrendous!!

...on the plus side there were some friendly helpful staff. The handy-man (romanian happy chappy) was extremely helpful and couldnt do enough for us and also the bar man in the day round the pool was friendly and helpful. And the cleaners...they did a good job too!

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Sivila Hotel
Address: Afandou Beach, Afandou 851 03, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Rhodes > Afandou
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Afandou
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Sivila Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 55
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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Sivila Hotel Rhodes/Afandou, Greece

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