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 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!).
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Odigeo and Agoda so you can book your Amathus Elite Suites reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Elite Suites By Amathus Beach Hotel Ixia
- Amathus Elite Suites Rhodes/Rhodes Town