My two female friends and I stayed at this family run hotel last week. We were disappointed for various reasons, sadly. The lady who runs the hotel didnt smile all week or extend any kind of friendliness or small talk (unless she was taking extra cash from us for an extra service), therefore it felt distinctly UNfriendly, not like the usual friendliness you come to expect from the Greek people. We arrived at about 5am to a stiflingly hot room. This was because the curtains had been left open, in our opinion, to ensure the room was very hot so we would purchase air conditioning. The air conditioning was 8 euros per day. She even charged us for the first night, even though we only arrived at 5am!! After having paid for this air conditioning, we wanted to ensure the room would be cool when we returned home after a day out. Therefore, we left the key fob in the slot so that it would remain cool. However, after we left the room, somebody would sneak in to our room and remove the fob so we couldnt have the air conditioning on!! We really did not appreciate the fact that the owners thought they could sneak in at any time, when we weren't there. We were shocked to find that the maid only visited our room ONCE in the whole week to change the sheets and towels, and most importantly, the bin by the toilet in which you have to put the soiled toilet paper. This is really unacceptable and extremely unhygienic. Luckily we had our own carrier bags and had to take the soiled toilet paper bags out to the skip ourselves, they didnt even think to provide us with bags. You can imagine that by the end of the week the floors needed mopping, the sheets really needed changing again as it was very hot and fresh towels would have been nice, NONE of this was done apart from once midweek.
The owner will charge for any extras, nothing is done by goodwill. Everything is chargable, you cannot even take your own drinks and food to the poolside (even though these apartments are self catering?) We were charged 18 euros to keep the room until 6pm so we could shower and change in comfort.... guess what... to cap it all off, someone sneaked into our room mid afternoon and took away the key to the airconditioning. She couldnt even allow us to have a cool room before our flight home. Yet we had paid for six nights, so obviously she charged us for the first 'night' (from 5am??)
The apartments are right by the extremely busy main road to Rhodes town, it is like being beside the M25. After a week it was too much. If you are a light sleeper, I suggest you take ear plugs, the noise from the road is relentless. Also, some of the windows and doors do not have curtains, so you are woken up in the early hours to bright sunlight and of course, the heat streaming into the rooms.
Apart from all the negatives regarding the apartments, we had a fantastic time, it is what you make it. If you come to Faliraki, make sure you visit MIKES BRITISH PUB. Funny as it sounds, it is actually run by a fantastic Greek family, Yanni is so friendly and always makes you feel really welcome. The pizzas are to die for, made by Italian chefs, I can guarantee you will return once you have tasted them!! He will give you a free cocktail on your first visit there, and if you dine there you will get a massive 'fishbowl' cocktail for FREE!! nothing is too much trouble for Yanni and they pull out all the stops to make sure you have a good night in their pub. Its a short walk out of Faliraki but WELL WORTH IT!!
We enjoyed the beach too, not too busy lovely and sandy. All in all a fantastic week but we really do not recommend these apartments.
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