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Amathus Elite Suites
Ranked #3 of 129 Hotels in Rhodes Town
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic - We will return”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

We stayed at the main hotel two years ago - just when the suites had opened and we had one night there and loved it, two years on we are not disappointed. We booked with sovereign holidays and we would recommend using them. Their rep, Pearl, was fantastic, very welcoming and friendly and she knew her stuff well. The taxis were on strike so she arrangend for us to go on Thomson's (Sovereign's sister company) coach to the hotel and gave us a refund in cash! The onboard rep Kerry was friendly and helpful.

The Hotel:
The elite suites have their own reception and there are drinks and snacks availible free of charge during the day. The receptionist was great, she remembered us from our last visit. She checked us in smoothly and we were shown to our rooms, 164 and 165, by the manager, Leon(lovely man, very friendly). The rooms are stunning, very modern and stylish and we had a fantastic view of Turkey and the sea. The pool rooms are nice too but we sat by the main pool everyday so we had no need for it, but it would've been nice to have been upgraded but the suites were full. There are a two showers in the bathroom which is good and the rooms are spotless. The bed is very comfy and the air con is at an ideal temperature, although if you want it cooler the staff will lower it. We had one issue in the room but the hotel were very good, sorted it out and left a bottle of wine as compensation which was lovely and the Amathus Guest Manager's card for us if we wanted to contact him about the matter, but we don't as the problem resolved quickly and professionally. The housekeeping time varied according to some friends we made, but it didn't bother us as we weren't in the room all day and when we returned from the pool in the evening or after lunch the room was clean and had been made up.

The food in the Varkarola Taverna is excellent. Three times a week a themed 6 or 7 course meal is served and on Friday nights, the Lobster evening, there is a dancing girls show. The themed nights are alternative to the main menu and the main menu is still availible on those nights. Lunches were good too. Breakfast for elite suite guests in the indoor room of the taverna is delicious, the cooked breakfast buffet is very hot and tasty and there is the option to have food cooked to order (e.g pancake/french toast). The wait staff are a credit to the hotel. I cannot find fault in anyone of them, infact ALL the staff are fantastic. I feel the need to mention Mousacha because she is so friendly and enthusiastic and offers such personal service at breakfast and lunch. Michael, Sevora, Serafim, the maitre d' are superb - I cant mention everyone because I've forgotten their names but ALL of them our outstanding! We didn't eat in the buffet restaurant so I cannot review that.

The beach is very nice and there is an area reserved for elite suite guests with nice sunbeds and large wicker furniture. The beach is pebbly but about 1m into the sea you can feel the sand. The beach is connected to the hotel by a tunnel.

The pool areas are nice. There is a pool on the top floor of the main hotel but we didn't go there. Above the main pool on the groundfloor there is an adults only pool which is fairly small and quiet. The main pool is large and it is a rather unconventional shape but we liked it. There is a wet bar too. By the pool there are wooden beds with pads on them whilst further away there are plastic beds with no pads which are not as comfortable so this lead to people reserving the wooden beds as early as half 5. This meant that we had to get up early, thats my one complaint but it is to be expected in a large hotel in peak season and our rep told us the situation was worse at the sheraton. The spa pool is beautiful and for elite suite and spa guests only but we liked to sit by the main pool as our kids wanted to meet people.

Due to the taxi strike to get into town you had to get the bus, which is fine, but can get very crowded. Conveniently, there is a bus stop right outside the hotel. It costs 2.10 euros each for the bus, one-way, and a taxi costs 8 euros (when they're not on strike) The last bus leaves Rhodes at 23:30 so we didn't eat in town too often as we're late eaters. Ixia is ok, Villa di Mare is great place to have a drink or meal and I would recommend going there and in the Old Town there is a restaurant called Nireas, which is family run and it is amazing. It's hard to find but worth it. They serve the freshest fish and homemade Greek specalties. We went for lunch and the owner said he'd drive us back to the hotel if we came for dinner late, which was great!

Guests in the elite suites receive a free pedicure and the women also receive a free manicure in the most beautiful spa! It has fantastic facilities and the staff are again great.

Overall a fantastic holiday! We will definitely return (hopefully next summer!).

Room Tip: Sea view rooms have best view.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

Just returned from one week's stay in the Elite suites section of the Amanthus Beach Hotel in Ixia Rhodes. It is a separate area within the main hotel complex. the suites are gorgeous ansd spacious and the private pool was great as it meant there were no early morning trips poolside at 'bag' a lounger which the case around the main hotel pool.

I travelled with my 82yr old mother and my 25 yrold daughter so we all had very different needs. we were in a ground floor suite near the road and, despite some earlier reviews about the road noise, we, personally did not find it a problem for the most part. The dominant sound was that of the running water in the pool. We are all from different parts of London or the suburbs so well used to backgroud noise.the staff were very friendly and acommmodating. however, being picky and on a slightly negative note, for a 5 star hotel, the service was not 'joined up' and tended to ber a bit'ad hoc'. for examole , on the first day our room did not get service and made up until 4pm or complimentary bottle of water despite several phone calls to reception. Sometimes clean towels were left in the evening in turn down service and sometimes we had to call housekeeping to bring them. The same went for the delightlful little treats that were supposed to be left on a daily basis. All minor irritations I must admit but an area that needs improvement .the food in the restaurant was very pleasant and all in all , it is certainly a hotel that I would consider returning too.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2011

We stayed in one of the Elite Suites with private pool and garden. It was perfect for our 8 and 10 year old. They were able to jump into the pool when they wanted and play in the garden when they liked. One word of warning - the Elite suites (especially the ground floor ones with gardens are closest to the road). The road is very busy. It was one of things I was worried about before we arrived. However, I found that the sound of the water inthe pool when splashing around and the sound of the crickets helped to 'disguise' the sound of the traffic. I was surprised how used to it I became. Back in the UK we live on a very quiet road and so we are not used to hearing a great deal of traffic but we were comfortable with it here. It's a call you need to make before you book.
The quality of the suite was top notch. I travel a fair deal with business and ican say the standard of the Elite suites is definitely 5 star. The room was very modern and clean with some crazy blue lighting if you so desired. The bathroom was spacious with a great stand up shower cubicle. The private pool is 25 sq meters and 1.3 meters deep so large enough for children to jump in.
Breakfast in an Elite suite only restaurant which was great - with eggs and pancakes made to order as well the regular buffet expectations. We ate a few lunches and dinners in the Taverna by one of the pools and it was good value with some great views of the sea. We also found some restaurants nearby which are well worth trying. Olympias was very good - don't be put off by the pictures of the food. Le Gourmet nearby was also good - though expect to be patient as far as the service is concerned.
We found the main swimming pool to be rather 'standard' in that there was not a great deal to do - no slides or major waterfalls etc - hence why I was glad we booked a room with a private pool. The sea is very warm and can have sufficiently high waves to make it fun for the kids.
On the second night we ate in the buffet restaurant in the main building as we were quite tired. I can honestly say that it was a rather depressing experience - the food was mediocre (which was especially surprising as it was a Greek night) and as the restaurant is on the 10th floor there can be some great sea views but as the sun had not yet set the restaurant had to have the curtains closed to shelter us from the strong sun - most depressing.
Overall, we had a great holiday at the hotel but I should say that there is a strong feeling in the hotel that the Elite suites are completely separate from the rest of the hotel. The Elite suites are definitely 5 star. On our final day, as we had a late flight, we were given a late check out but in a room in the main hotel. Sat here in that room whilst I write this, I can say that the room is definitely not 5 star - probably 3+ at best. Small room - with basic furnishings and it is quite depressing.
I would definitely come back to Amathus but it would have to be the Elite suites again.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2011

We stayed at the elite suites at the beginning of June for a week and were thoroughly impressed with the standard of accommodation and the friendliness and professionalism of staff working there. From the moment we arrived (with two tired children) we were greeted with canapés and champagne and soon felt relaxed with the surroundings. The a la carte restaurant varkarola served amazing meals. We don't usually stick to the same restaurant every evening but here we did! Special mention must be made to leonidas and stefanos who offered a top class service, always ready to help and also to Elena the receptionist who was wonderful. The elite suites were a cut above the rest of the hotel. Little treats were left in our room in the evening and a daily newspaper was provided, which was a nice touch. The breakfast room offered a big variety of food, was limited to guests of the suites making it more exclusive and offered great views. We also enjoyed the complimentary spa treatments!
Andrea and Nicholas, London.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Essex
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2011

We have just returned from staying at the Elite Suites for a week.
The Elite Suite rooms are wonderful - a couple of days before we went I phoned the hotel direct and asked if we could upgrade to a room with a private pool - which we did (did have to pay) These rooms are lovely and the pool and terrace is great for just getting away from it all.
As others have said each day you get a bottle of water, newspaper and a little treat. - though one day we didnt get this and though wasnt worried about the treat we did want the water - we asked at reception and with in an hour of us going back to room it was all there. - I had also said that a plate of treats we had had the day before and we hadnt eaten it all - had been left in our room all the day before and this particular day was then put outside the door and had been sitting there all day - which i personally did not feel was that great - but again it was cleared away as soon as I said.
We ate in the Varkola restaurant every evning and every lunch time and found the food to be very good - though I would imagine if you were there for 2 weeks it would get a bit repetative as the menu is not changed daily.
Even though the elite suites are seperate from the main Amathus Beach hotel - the main bar area (and only bar) to use of an evening is in the main hotel - we found this bar area to be very tired looking but also very hot of an evning and we found that it was too warm to sit comfortably in. so only had one drink and then went back to our room - and some nights didnt even bother to go over there.
Also the Varkola restaurant is outsde and also got very warm and a few ceiling fans would not go amiss in there.
I also think this restuarant should have a smoking and non smoking sections and we were sometimes sitting next to people smoking whilst we were trying to eat.
There is advertised that there is a private pool and beach area for elite suite users only - at times there were people in these areas who were not in the elite suites and nothing was done to stop them going in there.
You pay a lot extra to stay in these rooms so I feel this is something that should be enforced.
Overall we had a great time and the elite suites are lovely but I do feel that being part of the Amathus Beach hotel takes away something from the suites experience.
We was told that there is talk of a new bar area being built by the elite suites soley for the use of elite suite users - this I think would be a very good idea.
I would go back to this hotel again , but think perhaps only when the main hotel was more up to scratch and if another bar area was built.

Room Tip: Try to go in a room with private pool
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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AmathusHotels, Business Development Manager, Amathus Hotels at Amathus Elite Suites, responded to this review, 22 July 2011
Dear Reviewer

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and experience at the Elite Suites of the Amathus Beach Hotel Rhodes on Trip Advisor. We will pass your good comments and thanks on to the rest members of our staff. Your comments are very encouranging for all of us here at the Amathus Hotels.

Being a client of the Amathus Hotels, you may appreciate that our aim is to strive continuously to improve both our services and our facilities in order to maintain our position as the most luxurious hotels in Cyprus and Greece. Therefore, we take very seriously the constructive comments of each and every guest of ours so as to exceed their expectations with our services and amenities. The points you raised on your review have been forwarded to the relevant departments and further actions will be taken.

We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back to any of the Amathus Hotels in the near future. Please rest assured that we shall do our utmost to exceed your expectations and extend to you our well-known “Amathus Hospitality”.

Warmest Regards
Katerina Yennari
Business Development Manager
AMATHUS HOTELS DIVISION
Email: kyennari@amathushotel.com
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2011

We have just returned from a weeks amazing holiday experience. From the first minute you arrivie at your own exclusive reception you are greeted with a glass of champagne and a friendly welcome . We were then taken to our fantastic room ,with private pool and garden . The room had all the touches and more , with the best lighting you could get . That evening we went to the al carte restaurant , the food was of the highest standard , but most of all the manager and his staff were outstanding . Nothing was too much trouble to them , and they always had a pleasant smile for you . You are greeted with a warm personal greeting every time , this was just the same at breakfast time .
In our room daily we had complimentary water ,fruit , newspaper , along with local produce .
The rooms are cleaned twice daily with clean bath and beach towels .
Down on the beach there is a reserved area for the suite guests , with hammock , sun beds and comfortable seating .
We could go on all day , but simply we have been in many 5 star hotels and cruises and none of them have come close .
The main feature is the total commitment by all the staff .
You are treat as a true VIP and come home feeling totally happy and relaxed and wanting to return back to heaven .

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Montreux, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2011

We stayed at Amathus Elite Suite for the second time ; it is always a great pleasure, it's fantastic, accommodations, services, food everything is perfect.
Totally new large cleanness room perfectly equipped, with amazing swimming pool, nice terrace with sea view ! Newspapers, champagne, daily gifts and attentions… we are always impressed by this hotel ! The wide bed is a dream ; we slept as in the clouds. People are so kind, they looked after us very well and answered our every wish ! The SPA is pure place of luxury ; very impressive ! Treatments and massages are more exceptional than you may expect in such hotel.
We also recommend the private cosy restaurant Varkarola with every evening special menu, atmosphere and food are excellent.
At 10 min. of the old Rhodos city centre, you get great value for your money… even much more. Thanks a lot to everyone !

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Amathus Elite Suites
Address: 100 Iraklidon Avenue, Rhodes Town 85101, Greece (Formerly Elite Suites by Amathus Beach)
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Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Rhodes > Rhodes Town
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Rhodes Town
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Rhodes Town
#2 Family Hotel in Rhodes Town
#3 Romantic Hotel in Rhodes Town
#3 Luxury Hotel in Rhodes Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Amathus Elite Suites 5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our dazzling suites offer uninterrupted views of the Aegean sea through sunny floor-to-ceiling windows. The beautifully appointed bedroom has a combination of marble and wooden floor, a living area with a corner-sofa bed, all done in a sophisticated style. The irresistible washroom has a full-length tub, separate shower, and two washbasins. The outdoors beckons intimate dining on an expansive balcony terrace. ... more   less 
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