Firstly, I've read a lot of the reviews, both good and bad, and would reiterate that you can't expect a Mercedes when you pay for a Fiat Panda... That said, you do get a lot for your money. The food was excellent and we NEVER had a bad meal whilst we were there (and my wife and daughter are fussy eaters). There was always plenty to eat too. Also, if you can't get you're sorry body out of bed before 9.30am for breakfast or wait until a sensible meal time to feed your family then perhaps the issue lies elsewhere than with the hotel... (lunch 12.30 to 14.30 dinner (tea) 19.30 to 21.30)
The room we had was on the first floor (room 210), we had a lovely view of the sea and mountains and couldn't fault the housekeepers. The beds were really comfortable and the bedding and towels were changed EVERY DAY. The bathroom is dated but more than adequate.
The pool area was lovely, always a sunbed available and the pool was kept clean. There are parasols and trees to shelter from the midday sun. The pool is shut from 6pm in the evening for maintennance (putting in the chemicals). The pool bar a godsend when the temperature rises. Lunch is served in the dining area close to the pool, which is a nice touch.
Afandou is exactly what you'd expect from a typical Greek village, don't expect a view straight out of 'Mama Mia' or boutique shopping. That's not what you get from a typical Greek village location. A good bar is 'Peoples Bar' where you get free wi-fi, bowls of popcorn and peanuts with your drinks and cocktails are two for 4 euros. You will get a good reception from the boss if he's there (you can always tell because his pink Vespa is parked outside, if he's in).
Finally, and most importantly, the staff... they're all lovely. Mos,the manageress, (who rumour has it is related to Jennifer Anniston) is fantastic and will even run you down to the beach in the morning and bring you back in the evening. Speak to her for advice on excursions if the rep isn't around. Tassos, the boss, is a star and very welcoming. The kitchen staff are great and very hard working. Finally, the bar staff, Nick and Spyros, AWESOME. Really great guys and always cheerful.
People have complained about the rules in previous reviews, personally, if you can't abide by a few common sense rules to reduce the noise levels after 11pm and to maintain a safe environment for the kids around the pool area, then go elsewhere and keep this lovely hotel and its wonderful staff, for people who appreciate their hard work and effort and value for money offered.
I've never been on a holiday before where there were tears in the eyes of hotel staff when we left. We were really made to feel like part of their family. They are all genuine and lovely people who go out of their way to help make your holiday a fantastic experience.
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- Also Known As:
- Rodos Star Afandou
- Hotel Rodos Star
- Rodos Star Hotel Rhodes/Afandou, Greece