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All reviews a la carte snack bar rhodes town sister hotel free pedalos main bar veal english guests crepes bar staff bus stop outside the hotel pool towels sea view room the hotel shop plenty of sunbeds sun loungers hotel is lovely
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

my only downside to this holiday was that it was sold by thomas cook, who really do leave a lot to be desired when it comes to the little things of importance.put on a transfer coach that had seen better days a driver who apart from not speaking english,clearly did not understand it either, no explanation of any hotel on arrival it was pure luck we got off at the correct destination,as no communication was made at any hotel arrival.once inside the calypso you very quickly realise this is an exellent holiday venue clean in every aspect, and run with minimal fuss the place simply runs itself,very good food no wrist bands and several branded drinks,resteraunt staff are very good and allways cheerfull.on the whole very good holiday in a very good hotel,

Room tip: beds can be low but extra mattress can be obtained on request
Date of stay: October 2012
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3  Thank LichfieldAmber
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

We stayed in this hotel on our first package holiday and were pleasantly surprised. This turned out to be excellent value for money (we were all inclusive). The hotel itself overall a good three star. The food on offer was very varied and there were themed dinners every other day which kept things interesting. Another plus was that the snack and pool bar were open all day. The pools were clean and there were always plenty of sun lounger spaces when we were there. The staff were very friendly and always available to help out with any queries we had. We spent the majority of the week by the hotel pool/beach side but did two day trips - one to Rhodes Old Town and the other to Lindos. The hotel was brilliantly located for excursions as the bus left from outside the entrance. All in all, a very good stay.

Date of stay: May 2012
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5  Thank KPLondon1
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

At first look this hotel is great. All inclusive including all drinks - international brand alcohol. Food whenever you want it. Pool and own sunloungers on the beach. But look past this and you'll find a hotel that's fading a little. The pool was a little unclean and the paint was peeling off. The pool-side sunloungers were hit and miss - you'd sometimes get a broken one. But I'll give an objective review for you.

Room - twin room (even though was told it was double.) Hard beds as is the Greek way. Sofabed. We had a seaview which was lovely but noisy at night due to the entertainment being that side - but it was all over by 11pm. Good aircon. 2 wardrobes, one set of drawers, safe and hangers. Maid service every day with fresh towels for bath and pool/beach.

Food - mainly orientated to the German clientèle - 90% of guests were German. About 1% English. They did theme nights: Rhodian, Greek, Italian. Food very good and plenty of variety. A la carte restaurant which you can visit once per stay is rubbish. Really not worth it. Stick with the buffet and you'll be fine. Breakfast is a good mix of cooked and continental. Coffee and tea not quite up to UK standards but that's more to do with the milk. Lunch is served in snack bar where you can go in your swimming cossies. Good mix of salads, hot and cold dishes - and toasties & chips if you're missing them! Evening meal in restaurant - long trousers a must. Again a good mix but can get a little repetitive.

Entertainment - each night there is a mini disco for the kids (and the young at heart!) either in Calypso Hotel or Calypso Palace across the road. After that there is a mix of all sorts of things from karaoke to latin dancing. We enjoyed most of the entertainment but the "crazy show" would have made more sense if we were German.

Location - the hotel is about a 5 min. drive from Faliraki centre - 5 euros in a taxi or 2.20 on the bus. There isn't much in the vicinity - a 5/10min walk will take you to the Epsilon centre which has a few shops and restaurants. The beach side is good though with watersports discounted for hotel guests, glass bottom boat trips and the sea-bus to Rhodes town and to Faliraki.

Beach - take beach shoes. It's not quite sand and it's not quite shingle. Somewhere painfully in the middle! You can buy beach shoes from the hotel shop. The sea is quite shallow to the left side and deeper to the right. It is stony to get in and out and can be quite a struggle. There are plenty of sunloungers - they're not mean to be reserved but we saw people going down to the beach at 6am to put their towels down on the front row. Madness but true.

Excursions - there are plenty of excursions with Thomas Cook or you can do them separately. I would advise doing a few with TC as you get a lot more for your money. We went to Symi - a neighbouring island - 40 euros each. 5 hours on a boat, a random stop at a monastery and a visit to Symi town. It was ok but not the best. Went to Marmaris, Turkey - 50 euros each. Well worth it. Spent full day there and saw lots - spent lots too. Would recommend Kalithea Springs - go on the little train and take snorkels. Lots of fish to chase. Also do the glass bottomed boat trip - picks you up from the beach - do the last one in the day at 3pm because you get longer on the boat/in the sea. Again take snorkels. There are other excursions available.

Overall - a good hotel, friendly staff and a lovely two weeks in Rhodes. I would say that the only downside was the huge number of Germans there. Even the rep did admit that it was a very German hotel and not a usual Thomas Cook place. I didn't think it would matter too much as I grew up in Germany, but being surrounded by people who don't speak English was really claustrophobic. They also like to stare a lot and "give evils". Not the highlight of the holiday. We did meet a few other English people but they are few and far between.

This hotel is good for couples and families. Expensive but worth it. Try the spa treatments - amazing!

Room tip: Sea view is best - the other side over looks the sister hotel and a busy road.
Date of stay: September 2012
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10  Thank katystewart
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

Travelled with my partner on 8th Sept for 7 nights. Booked via Thomas Cook. Arrived at 8pm on the Saturday and decided to not get the transfer as it 1hr 30mins. Taxi was 15 mins and 28 euros which i would recommend doing. We did use the coach transfer going back.
At arrival to Hotel we checked in speedily and we were advised the restaurant was open until 9.30 so we could grab a bite to eat.
We were on the 6th floor which looked out on to the main road and facing the Calypso Palace which is the sister hotel.
Room was nice and clean. Towels are not massive. We used the blue ones for the beach and the maids were happy to change on request. Pillows are note great, i took my own after reading other reviews.
There is someone partrolling the beach so if you do take your own towels i would recommend you take one of the hotel towels with you as they ask if you dont have any what hotel you are staying at.
Breakfast was ok. ** I am pregnant so my tastes are a little all over the place** The hot stuff was the generic type to be expected. Didnt have this though as didnt fancy it. stuck to toast, cereal and pancakes. The fruit juice wasnt great seemed watered down.
Never had lunch in the restaurant we stayed down in the snack bar. Choice was good and varied and catered for most tastes. Was always something on offer that i thought was good.
Dinner was again decent. Due to my haywire tastes i didnt take full advantage but my partner did and was pleased with it.
Beach was lovely and clean. Went there every day apart from the last day. Went by the pool on the last day, had no issue in getting a sun bed. Pool was nice and my partner was like a big kid on the flume ! Also there were inflatables round the pool to use.
There is a shop on site which is reasonably priced and stocks everything. My flip flops broke so had to get some new ones.
all staff were friendly.
Was not a huge fan of the evening entertainment but thats personal choice. In the day they had Aqua Gym, volleyball, darts etc. Seemed to be fairly popular.
On the Friday evening there was a bbq outside which was really nice and had traditional greek entertainment.
We stayed on in the room until 5pm which cost an extra 50€ but it meant that we could enjoy the day before departing and could shower etc.
Was a lovely holiday, great hotel. Could not fault it overall.. Shall go back with the little one in a few years.

Date of stay: September 2012
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6  Thank Rebecca T
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

Me and my partner travelled here for a week Sep 2012, we originally booked another hotel however thomas cook moved us here due to an over booking. We arrived at 1am an were quickly given our room. The staff were excellent all week, very welcoming. Hotel was spacious and spotless!! minimal children, mostly older couples. Cant really fault this hotel, having never been to Greece and usually a regular at Sharm in Egypt, we would definitly go back to Greece and this hotel. However we would not trust Thomas Cook again. But the hotel was excellent, even the all inclusive were english brands such as smirnoff, southern comfort, bells etc. and wine was self service. Lovely week!!

Room tip: Ask for pool/sea view as we had a road view
Date of stay: September 2012
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5  Thank sophieee89
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