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Grecotel Rhodos Royal
Ranked #5 of 70 Hotels in Faliraki
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 August 2013

I have just returned from a week at this hotel with my husband and 2 teenage sons. I didn't have great expectations as we did not pay a great deal of money for this all inclusive hotel with Thomson's Holidays.
The rooms were immaculately clean, and good quality bedding. The rooms were small, but nice balcony and a bath. Fridge and safe in the room at no extra charge. I considered the hotel to be very well managed indeed with great emphasis on meeting all the clients needs and indeed exceeding them. The pool, gardens and beach were very well cared for and exceptionally clean. The food in main restaurant was very good, the food in the speciality restaurants was brilliant the Asia restaurant I would gladly have paid for the variety and quality was brilliant.
My only negative (which is no fault of the hotel) we were initially the only British people there, Thomsons dropped us off and we had no rep, not that we needed one.
TIP: Thomsons always attempt to pick you up from hotel 3.5 hours before flight we said no thanks and got a taxi form hotel to airport (15 mins) and therefore had an extra 2 hours at the hotel rather than at the airport (cost 25 euros) in very nice executive car.
Over all the hotel was brilliant, fantastic service, good quality local drinks, evening entertainment, on tap ice cream, cake etc etc. The beach was very clean and well managed. I would without hesitation visit this hotel again, we have stayed in many all inclusive type hotels and this takes some betting. Well done Grecotel - I will be looking for this brand on future holidays.

Room Tip: Pay the small extra charge for sea view well worth it.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

This all inclusive hotel suffers from it. The quality is compromised to accommodate the price and the facilities are desperate for renovation. The staff was usually nice, but not all at the pool bar. The food is not as good as other Grecotel hotels, especially in Crete and Kos ( from our past travels). The beach beds are oversold and you cannot get a good drink, even if you are willing to pay for it. The location is good to explore the island from. Not the Grecotel quality we are used to expect.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank YotaP
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

Recently stayed here with family. General impressions are satisfactory, but far from perfect, especially if you've visited Grecotels at Crete, and especially Corfu before. Here are main ponts to consider, the final decision is up to you.

- CONDITIONS OF STAY and ROOMS: Stayed at Family room. Clean and spacy enough, has two basins which is convenient. 2-roomed. family rooms are situated in main building only - not available in bungalows, as we'd prefere. TV set is only in kids bedroom, which seemed strange enough. Note that there's no such rooms with sea view. The wing of the building with family rooms is faced aside, so that you can here all the traffic noise and touristic buses getting tourists off at reception entrance.
- RESTAURANT: The choise of meals is good enough, but can't be compared with Corfu for example. No open grills outside, no special national cuisine thematic dinners as it is used in other Grecotels. Queue at the entrance to seat outside on terrace if you come a little later,
- BEACH: Sandy beach with parasols and sunbeds. Some rare trees giving shadow as well. Water edge is quite rocky though. Depth starts very close to the strand so we had to go to other great beaches at the Island (Tsambika, Afandu) so that kids could comfortably swim.
- ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES: No tennis courts. The poorest animation team we've seen in Greece. No clear program of sports, no daily tournaments (at least clearly announced). Of course, you can take the balls and equipment on your own if you wish to play. Evening programs look stupid and primitive, better spend an evening at a-la-carte restaurant or a bar terrace. Sometimes no evening program at all. No dicsotheque.
- STAFF and RECEPTION. Staff is generally friendly, professional and helpful, although at reception you sometimes may be answered "Sorry, we can not do anything about that".

That's generally main points I wanted to share. The clear advantage of this hotel though remains its lower price compare to other,

Room Tip: Ask for the room farer away from reception.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank Ilyas03
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

Just back from Rhodes flying from Bournemouth. Hot and sunny every day and the rooms lovely-we, were on the 4th floor in the main block so had a good view of the pool, the lovely gardens, and lots of sea! Towels are provided in the rooms and for the beach/pool, which you can change every couple of days. The pool gets quite crowded so we went into the nice garden and used the shade of the trees around midday. Sunbeds seem plentiful and you do not have to 'reserve' them by putting towels on them, but there are a limited number near the pool. The beach is quite stony so you need 'sand shoes/aqua shoes' as even in the water it is a bit rocky. Seems to get deep quite quickly too, you can see the bottom, but its further down than you think.
The hotel is in need of refurbishment which someone said its getting when it closes this autumn, as the rooms needed a coat of paint and bits needed doing outside. I had to push my wife in a wheelchair sometimes, and although they have ramps around the hotel, there is no easy way for semi-disabled people to get into or out of the pool. We saw some 'older people' struggling. The gaps in come of the pathways certainly need smoothing over and levelling.
Food is good and plentiful, and has a wide variety-salads are lovely. There are 2 good separate restaurant to visit- Madame Butterfly serving Asian food and the Yacht Club serving Greek. This one doubles as the beach restnt during the day, and has a bar. There are also free drinks machines here, and another one near the main pool, where you can get coke, orange, sprite, beer, water and coffee all day long, which must have saved employing several waiters. These are also in the main restnt for meals, and in the evenings you get free wine.
There were quite a lot of Germans and Russians staying, but they tend to keep to themselves, although we did chat to a nice young couple from Stuttgart who hired a car for 3 days. (Good idea-not that dear, and you can get around the island easily-I forgot to take my license).
Must say thanks for looking after us to a couple of people-Nectaria, Dragana, and the 'fried egg man'.

Room Tip: ask for rooms with a sea view
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank d_shute
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

This would have been our fourth time that we had been to the Rhodos Royal and it never fails to make our holiday OUTSTANDING - this time was our Honeymoon and it was the best ever (Chris the Guest Relation Manager made sure that we were really looked after - Thanks). Yes it is a more traditional hotel, but is just has something that makes us want to come back year after year - is it the outstading staff, is it the hotel, is it the food & drink - it is all of it!. As two adults we cant comment on the family details, but there were plenty of WELL BEHAVED kids that seem to have a great time, but here I will try to explain our feelings:

Rooms: We go for a sea view as they are all a good size and to look over the grounds and the sea is fantastic. They are traditional rooms, comfy beds, towels and bedding changed daily with plenty of hot water and decent air conditioning (if you are british the TV is rubbish with only BBC world, but who goes away for the TV). We loved to sit on the balcony to watch the sun set!

Hotel: The hotel is spread out over a few levels with the fantastic well developed grounds and plenty of places for peice and quiet. There are two out door pools with loads of beds and unbrellas and an indoor spa / pool. We sat on the beach each day, had no issue with getting a sun bed any time of the day and the hotel supplied towels that were changed daily (the beach is part sand part shingle so take beach shoes) - the sea / beach is Blue Flag and is just heavenly. if the pool or the beach were not for you, plenty sat on the grass under the trees. Being all inclusive, the drinks are decent quailty (mainly local) with self serve soft drinks machines, beer, wine and coffee at the beach bar and in the hotel. The bar staff remember what you like and happily keep you topped up - we loved the cocktails! Also there is ice cream ready to self scoop, pop corn being cooked and mid afternoon Crepes being cooked fresh, just in case you get hungry!

Food: The main buffet restaurant is well laid out, with plenty of FRESH food cooked on show and a theme each day. The salads, meats (grilled, in sauce and carvery), fish, pasta and greek choices made you want to dive in and boy did we!, there is plenty of fresh fruit, desserts and lovely ice cream! - what more could you want The staff were just fantastic lead by Nectaria who has been at the hotel for 17 years and she remebers us each time we come - it makesyou feel really special. Do sit on the terrace, you over look the hotel grounds and the sea - very romantic!
The other resturant we went to is Madame Butterfly with decent asian food and table service - we went twice it was so good. This time we did not eat at the other one, but heard good comments.

Entertainment: The team do try, but it was not for us! we did love the outside entrainment they bought in with the tribute groups like the Drifters and Ill Divo.

Conclusion: We just keep comming back and will be booking for 2014 again. I would recomend that you do try this hotel and see if it gets under your skin like it has ours. Oh by the way there is only a smattering of Brits (which we fine with us), there plenty of Germans and Russians and NONE were drunk or too rude. They expect decent service hence why this hotel is so popular.

In the UK the best way of getting there is through First Choice, they are OK, our flight was on time and it is just a 20min transfer (on the way we were first drop off).

In some way I feel guilty about writing this report as this hotel has been our secret, but I cant help myself - I hope you find it of interest.

Room Tip: Get a Sea View or a Garden Room (remeber though the Garden Rooms can be looked into)
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Weight01
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Reviewed 1 June 2013 via mobile

We had our honeymoon here last year with 23 of our family and friends joining us. We stayed in 1 of the bungalows in the grounds of the hotel, it was lovely. The hotel also has 2 blocks. Our families were spread amongst both blocks and the rooms were mostly lovely.
Lots of entertainment going on daily in the pool. The animation team work so hard keeping everyone amused throughout the day and it was nice havibg clean towels daily. The evening entertainment does get samey but a lot of effort goes into it.
The 2 pools are lovely, water aerobics and polo keep everyone amused as do the water slides for the little ones.
We preferred the beach bar. The bar manager down there was amazing, nothing was too much trouble for him. Wine and beer on tap!!!!! We were ordering irish frappe most mornings by 11am. Pancakes every afternoon at 4 kept the kids amused.
The quality of the food was pretty good, when you're all inclusive food always tends to get a bit samey by the second week. However there was a good selection everyday. We also booked into the a la carte and chinese which was well worth it.
The hotel was in a good location for the water park, the animation team arrange a weekly trip there at a discounted rate. You can pick up the bus outside the hotel into rhodes town. Its beautiful and not to be missed.
There is also a lovely shopping centre outside the hotel selling leather bags
Gifts and niknaks. Also some nice bars when you feel the need to escape.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed 6 April 2013

We stayed for a week last September and will definitely return here. We had a bungalow room, close to the pool, restaurants and bars and a short walk to the beach. Perfectly situated, a week of sun, peace and relaxation. Room: a lovely roomy bungalow in the gardens, no one above us, our own patio and lovely lawn to relax on. Patio was furnished and we had 2 loungers as well which we used on the grass, either under the shade of a tree or in the sun. Room cleaned very well every day and towels replenished, cheerful and accommodating cleaners who looked after us well. Food: Main buffet restaurant was well laid out, good choice of hot foods, the most delicious salads, fresh bread at every meal, choice of desserts, fresh fruits etc. Different theme every night with show cooking stations as well as an authentic Greek Corner at every meal. In addition to the main buffet we could book at either the Greek or Asian al a carte restaurants. We tried the Greek, which was in the Beach bar and it made a nice change to be waited on, didn't get chance to try the asian. Breakfast was served in the main restaurent, also lunch or this was also available at the beach. We ate at the beach every day, always something different, nice salads, bread, desserts etc. Drinks: very drinkable wine - too drinkable some nights! Excellent range of cocktails, very friendly and efficient bar staff, especially at the beach bar. Beer, wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee, hot chocolate - all available to help yourself to from dispensing machines, ice cream whenever you wanted to help yourself to a scoop, popcorn machines - struggled to try all on offer!
Entertainment: a hard working team who tried their best to entertain everyone. Great show time productions, even tho we didn't understand some of it, it was still thoroughly entertaining. At the beach bar one night we had a Drifters Tribute band who were excellent, followed by a disco and dancing - a great evening.
Beach: Plenty of sun beds and parasols, beach towels complimentary and changed every other day, you need some beach shoes as the shore line is a bit stony and rocky in places. The grounds and hotel are spotless, the staff very pleasant and helpful, small shopping centre you can walk to for a mooch, Faliraki just down the road tho we didn't bother to visit. Rhodes town about 30 mins on bus which stops just outside hotel. Very easy trip, old town is just fantastic and well worth the visit.
Only negative was the smallish number of tables to eat al fresco and had to queue most times. Having said that, the staff were very efficient at getting you placed as soon as possible and you weren't rushed afterwards.
We had a really good time and will definitely be back again.

Room Tip: Garden bungalow perfect for 2. Ask for single storey as no neighbour noise at all!
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Rhodes-Kallithea Ave | PO Box 426, Faliraki 851 00, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Rhodes > Faliraki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Faliraki
#5 Luxury Hotel in Faliraki
#6 Family Hotel in Faliraki
#19 Romantic Hotel in Faliraki
Price Range: £125 - £320 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grecotel Rhodos Royal 4*
Number of rooms: 353
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