Having our annual jaunt to yet another newly opened Mitsis hotel the Alila in Rhodes, we had mixed feelings. Firstly a quick mention about our flight which I rarely do as all air lines have a gun to your head as far as prices are concerned, either pay the price or don’t fly .Well I must mention the captain of our Easy jet flight, who managed to land the plane after four attempts due the very strong winds that cross Rhodes, and didn’t divert to Athens which would have cost us a day by boat, so full marks to Easy jet and there captaincy. Arriving at Rhodes and picking up our hire car at the air port, i can recommend auto tours car hire first-class and the car was brand new so I was the first one to hire it. So as we approached this gleaming metropolis in the night sky with its signature blue fluorescent domes and pool lighting with glistening chandeliers, we entered the minimalistic reception area, having emptied the luggage into the foyer, but were told to park the car opposite on a narrow strip of land, there seems to be security guards all about. Booking in was a bit cloak and dagger as there were people trying to buy rooms? The main restaurant closes at 10pm so we just made it, otherwise the creperie is open to 1 30am. Our room was on the top floor as we wanted and was sea view, i would suggest this as the side rooms only have minimal sea view and mainly look at the hotels either side. I must say the rooms are spotless with all the usual Mitsis refinements, a well stocked fridge, daily replenished, loads of storage space, shower products, towels changed daily and sheets, safe multi channel TV etc, and glass sliding doors to separate the rooms for the kids. This hotel is fully air conditioned and is the new kid on the block and has to go some ways to impress, as the surrounding hotels are at the top of the trip advisor recommends in Rhodes. The Alila has not got the space as the hotels either side, so has had to cram in what it can. This is what we experienced, firstly the breakfast is in the main restaurant, and across a bridge to an out side mezzanine area which is all very spacious, you are greeted each day with kalimara [good morning] and taken to a table which you request either inside or out the Greek hospitality here is working second to none. There is a multitude of breakfast choice although very spread out. A strange find here for the well laid out tables there are no cereal spoons these have to be hunted down by the fruit and only thirty out at a time for three hundred guessed so grab one quick, also milk is no where near the cereals it is by the tea box. Having obtained all you desire you may want toast, there is one toaster, and it is only an Olympic javelin throw away at the other end of the restaurant so good holiday legs are needed. A tip here if you like a pot of coffee or water for tea eat inside ,because out side you get one cup of coffee and one cup of water for tea its less for them to carry, PS, the baked beans are full of sugar and are very sweet. There are three main bar areas one behind reception, one on the beach and one on the mezzanine floor all spread out. Those wanting wifi will find best reception in the middle seating of the reception area where it is free. The two main pools are for adults and one for toddlers which is next to a small park and young children’s facilities, which are all very good possibly up to the age of seven, then that’s it. The whole complex is a search mission and I recommend a good hour’s walk about to find were everything is. There is suppose to be a hotel map, unfortunately when we were there, the printers had gone on holiday too so no maps for us .I must say to find anything you do have to delve into pans laberenth,as most themed restaurants, shops and spa are in a subterranean world void of natural light, having seen the place last year as a building site, it has come a very long way to fruition with only minor works still in progress .The opulent open atrium with bonsai plants and star shaped stones are all very nice and relaxing ,but depending were you sit there are extract fans which are noisy and fumes coming from themed restaurant kitchens so cooking smells stick to your clothes. All themed restaurants are bookable via a touch screen system hidden away on-2 floor level god no’s why, it is a bit of a pain to use as you can only book two days in advance, so a tip here is at one minute past midnight book what you want and you will get the table you want, otherwise you will join the queue all the way to red square, you get my drift as they are very apparent everywhere and there mannerisms. I did note that some senior citizens went straight to the reception and asked for tables, and were happily obliged as computer technology was science fiction to them. All the food in the specialist restaurants were of good quality, possible the exception of the Italian, as we were not partial to belly draft pork with everything. May i point out if you are a large healthy eater, then these restaurants will no fill you up, as everything is on the minimal side of portions, my one daughter who is not a big eater, loves onion rings so ordered some only to find you are supplied with three, the look on her face nearly turned the waiter to stone, but it is not there fault, you get the feeling that portion sizes are being directed straight out of head office in Athens. The crepe shop is nice with ice creams cakes and a variety of crepes, but the strongest drink you can have there is water yes water no tea or coffee? And the Mexican fridge is still broke after two weeks for desserts. The Alila is nothing like the previous two new builds, Blue domes Kos, Laguna Crete and there seems to be something lacking. The champagne bar which is just seating around the atrium, as is the wine bar, have no wine or champagne lists on products like previous hotels, just do you like dry , sweet or normal, err what’s that. The Greeks are trying there hardest but can only work with what they have, and a tip here if you eat in the themed restaurants don’t sit outside as the cooking outlet fan go directly onto outside tables totally illegal in Britain, i saw customers in there top Armani dresses etc walk out chocking on thick blue fumes from what was been cooked. The woodwork on the ceilings are going black already and the place has only been open a month and it makes you wonder if you are having your evening meal in the local NCP with the engine switched on . The games room is at low level tucked away in one corner with an array of gaming machines and video games, and the internet corner is still not working. Evening entertainment is provided via the theatre and on the mezzanine floor, the theatre is to the left of the hotel partly underground. There were some singers and dancers, but the slapstick routine was pitiful and guests just left , but a couple of good groups did entertain on the mezzanine floor next to the bar wall. Drinks wise don’t expect your know brands as they sold out or were not in supply but were all very palatable. I have been to many five star hotels, but this is the first one that has never had rum or as the Greeks call it black rum, what’s going on here Mitsis, so take your own. We couldn’t find any cocktail menus either, only a small sheet description at the beach bar. The barman would make you up a cocktail if he new it, which was not like we had experienced at other Mitsis hotels. The relaxing sun beds were plentiful as new stock arrived each day so you always got one and the hotel was full, as far as towels , the usual 20e deposit got you a change of towels each day ,and the towel attendant was there most of the day from 9.30 to sunset just on the beach. The beach would have benefited of fifty tons of quality sand ,as easily found in other parts of the island as the present sharp rocky sand, needed jelly shoes, although pallet type walk ways were be built everywhere during our stay. The beach bar has good staff and small toilet facilities and showers are available. A nice touch here is the pizzeria, which serves all day freshly cooked pizza of limited choice but nice flavours, all can be consumed under a bedewing type tent on bean bags and small tables. The grass area of which there are loads is for kids to run around there’s a small park, there is a tennis court and a Ping-Pong table, also beach ball if you wish to join in. The yoga sessions are twice a day either on grass or early in the children s pool which is just over a metre deep. There are other sea activities that are payable such as Paragliding. Banana boat and a few other things that can pull your insides out, although these are not on the AI package. One point of interest may be boat trips, which are available fifty yards away, and you pay on the boat, they all operate to a time table that is clearly displayed, but note no boat trips on Sundays. I recommend the captain hook tour which is two and a half hour trip, calling at two nice secluded bays in which to snorkel ,all new equipment supplied and a beer or soft drink included, and half decent music playing all very leisurely for 15e ,kids ten and under cheaper, well worth it. I would recommend hiring a car so you can drive to many little alcoves yourself, or down to the end of the island to Prassonissi where there are miles of beach and you can go wind surfing or stroll out for miles in the sea only up to your waist. The Alila it’s self I would describe for families with children under ten, or with out children, or senior citizens, this is not a resort for teenagers or if they go it may be better for them to go to tacky Falaraki at night as it is only just over a mile down the road. The hotel is very wheel chair friendly and there are four main lifts serving all floors, and assistance seems to be all about and i think disabled rooms are catered for. The main restaurant may be better for them with its kaleidoscope of choice, food wise, but only one soup and yes they have no bananas? You do note that gluttony prevails with some Europeans though. We did try to keep our room due to a late flight, this is a hit and miss affair as it depends who is coming in after you. We were offered a shower room free of charge for one hour with towels provided and a well stocked fridge, although don’t leave anything on the bathroom floor as the shower leaks everywhere and is possibly on the still to finish off list .All in all a nice relaxing holiday we found the hotel immaculate, and they must have shares in windolene the amount of glass that is perpetually cleaned it gives the impression of more like a shopping mall in its design, but no one can complain on this discounted period, although prices will go up to recoup monies spent. Again I must congratulate the Greek hospitality we received; we only encountered a couple of waiters that needed a charisma bypass, so we may visit here again in the future as we love Rhodes its self, as regarding has the Mitsis Alila found the seventh wonder of the world again ,well the jury’s out and will have to see ,as some guests experienced quite a few problems with rooms and even the private pool rooms are not private at all , with complaints of blue pool lighting being on all night poring into there rooms. The yet another Mitsis new building in two years time is in the rumour mill so watch there press issues, it could be Corfu or Mykonos so watch this space ! As ever kind regards.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- He largest privately owned hotel chain in Greece, Mitsis Hotels is proud to announce the entry of MITSIS ALILA EXCLUSIVE RESORT and SPA on May 2013. ALILA EXCLUSIVE RESORT and SPA offers true 5 star services on one of Greece s most popular islands, Rhodes. Rhodes (ro-dos in Greek) is the jewel in the Dodecanese crown. It combines all that is needed in a holiday island: beaches, nightlife, culture, scenery, greenery and comfort. Our approach is life style oriented, modern and fresh. We aspire to values such as genuine Mediterranean hospitality, an authentic Greek isle experience and exceptional cuisine focus on Mediterranean, International and Asian traditions. ... more less
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