I actually couldn't wait to leave this hotel. I was just amazed at how many of our fellow holiday makers seemed to love it and overlooked what were, in my ooinion, pretty funamental failings for a supposedly five star resort. My overall view of this MW hotel was that it was soulless and in all honesty, quite depressing. To be fair, this was our first ever family holiday - having a young son of almost two. Prior to this, we have always opted for a private villa in Europe where we have our own pool and can buy local produce in the markets and cook every night. We opted for something different because everybody raves about MW. To be frank, this simply wasn't our bag. But in terms of the specifics, we went with an open mind, preparing to be wowed following all the positive reviews but were left feeling cheated. The hotel itself had no vibrancy or atmosphere to it. You could sit by the pool and literally hear a penny drop. A bit of music wouldn't have a gone a miss just to breathe a bit of life into the place. Forget people watching either - the people were seriously bland albeit "nice". Others have mentioned the freezing pools but seriously MW, sort it out. It is simply not acceptable to charge the money you do and expect people to plunge into icy waters every day. I had envisaged splashing about in the water with my boy when he wasn't in the creche but instead he screamed everytime he was put in because it was simply beyond the realms of comfort. That was irritating beyond belief. In addition, the Wifi only seemed to work in the hotel lobby and even then it was temperamental at best. I ended up having to use my phone as a Wifi hotspot which cost me a small fortune. I think it's pretty much taken as a given that when you go away you will have internet access. It's not exactly a luxury and we are in Greece, not outer Mongolia, MW. The food: uninspiring and frankly, if I never see a buffee counter again it will be too soon. For the money, you should be able to eat a la carte if you wish. It felt like being in a canteen - again the outside eating area was fine but inside was grim. Now on to the beach. Wow....I don't think I've ever seen a nastier beach and I've been to Blackpool. Think grey dirty sand, littered with sharp objects, stones and the odd large rock thrown in for good measure. Not fun at all. I didn't come equipped with beach shoes and almost ripped my feet to shreds one day. Having a severe case of cabin fever after a couple of days we decided to venture to the nearest village called Kolimbia which is about 15 minutes away. Shouldn't have bothered - full of tourist tat. Simply awful. We hired a car from the hotel one day and ventured to Lindos which quite honestly, was the highlight of our trip. We had an amazing lunch and got to see a well preserved quintessentially Greek village and swam in the beautiful bay (with lovely soft sand). Finally, my assassination of this resort would not be complete without a review of the rooms. I cannot honestly believe that they call this resort five star. Think of cheap and nasty beech coloured furniture, Ikea sty-lee with hard beds and pillows and you get the picture. It was a shame as well that the balcony was covered so it got no sun. All in all, not a good experience for us. We certainly wouldn't risk MW again. A villa in the South of France wins hands down every time, kids club or not. Did you know the founder, Mark Warner's real name is Mark Chitty? Say no more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Five Star Hotel ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Levante Beach Resort Rhodes/Afandou, Greece