My wife and family (2 x 6 year olds and a 2.5yr old) stayed for 11 nights.
Inbound/Outbound bang on time, tui/thomson good airline. Rhodes airport has a strange system of queuing for check in then for your luggage security, then for boarding passes, then for passport control, THEN for security, but it flows, it works, but it IS busy
Transfers: All good, lottery if you were 1st hotel, max 1 hour
Check In 3am: Had to make own way to room (expected, no worries) - quick, no queues.
Room: #523, family, great, got an extra card to leave air con on, 2nd floor, no ants , no mozzies, hard mattress, slippy floor when wet. Room occasionally smelt of cig smoke coming thru toilet air vent
** TAKE ** pool shoes, £4-£5 from sportsdirect, a) they stop you slipping over, b) kids can get over cargo net in kids pool, c) your feet won't get scalded on the hot waterpark floor. You can use them on slides.
Open 10-5.45, enough beds even in this peak season week, small queue to get in 9.45 if you are there at that time, it can get get windy, very windy, from the west, some spots are sheltered.
Waterpark is just great, toddler slides are tricky for 2.5 year olds by themselves, and for 1 adult going down with them. They will be way too small for all other rides. Other rides have height restrictions on them 1.2m and 1.4m however you can get special permission if the parent is nearby. Best slide is the bowl. Snack bar for lunch has great pizza as you'll read in other reviews, quick queues, always a table, bit messy, but hey what do you expect. Staff keep on top of it though, like they do in all the catering areas. Lifeguards do a great job, permission for under height children gets a bit pedantic. Main pool area does feel more sheltered, but also like a different hotel if you spend every day at waterpark
Massive range, always enough, tables always available, very good service for cleaning tables and making them available. Drinks are ok at this resort, often run out of some, bit diluted, and of course not branded. Zythos Zap lager is ok, not good. Wasps outside can ruin your dinner, recommend eat inside.
Kids met other friends, very friendly place with lots of nationalities, arcade for kids, small unofficial football pitch next to main bar. Evening entertainment is very similar but hey the kids love it, and you will get sick of hearing the Choco Latte song. I won the bingo, so I am a fan. The animation team are very good, not that we had much interaction with them, but what I saw them do, it was very good..
Outside the hotel:
It's a bit of a dive, didn't go into Faliraki, beach even at 200m in the heat was too far for the little un (maybe we should have gone more). Old Rhodes was sublime, the butterly park , it's a nice journey, its 5 euros per adult, but I wouldnt recommend..
That's it, better than I expected for a first choice all inclusive, I think the place must have stepped up it's game looking at former reviews..
Enjoy your trip should you go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ACCOMMODATION: Total number of rooms: 322 hotel rooms, bungalows and family rooms. They all feature individually controlled A/C, mini fridge, direct dial telephone, satellite T.V, bath/shower, balcony or patio. RESTAURANTS AND BARS: Snack Bar: Serves a wide choice of home made snacks. Main Bar: Enjoy a great variety of exotic cocktails, long drinks, coffees and cakes. Pool-side Bar: Directly on the pool offering all kinds of cool drinks and exotic cocktails. LEISURE AND SPORT FACILITIES: Large swimming pool, children's pool, sun terraces with umbrellas and sun beds, tennis court, table tennis, children's playground, billiard, backgammon and chess. WATERPARK FACILITIES: Speed Slides Three Lane Multi Slide Open Body Slide Enclosed Body Slide Open Tube Slide Bowl Ride Mini Sidewinder Children's Play Swimming Pool Wave Pool Lazy River OTHER FACILITIES: Reception, foreign exchange, mini market, safe deposit boxes, full excursion programs, car hire, parking area and internet corner. ENTERTAINMENT AND ANIMATION: Various weekly animation programs including Greek and other theme nights. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sun Palace Rhodes
- Hotel Sun Palace
- Sun Palace Hotel Faliraki, Rhodes