We stayed at the Kipriotis hotel 2 weeks (18.8-1.9.2013) for a sunny holiday. We had booked the trip at quite low cost and really had no expectations. The bus ride from airport took approx. 25minutes, stopping at 2 hotels in the west side Rhodes before arriving Kipriotis. At the hotel we got our room in an instant without any hassle. We stayed in room 424. Generally we were really satisfied and all the small remarks I list later are the things that kept the hotel from being perfect.
I'm not much of a storyteller so I'll just list everything:
Reception & hotel generally: Did not need reception services much but they were friendly and helped when we had questions. The hotel has a bar, a restaurant, lounging area, pool with pool bar & restaurant.
The hotel itself is about 5 minute walk away from the edge of the town but trust me, it's not an issue. Walk 5 minutes and you find the touristy area with tourist shops and tourist restaurants. Walk maybe 5mins more and you reach the modern part of the town with more shops (zara, bershka, H&M, pull&bear, Adidas etc.). Walk a minute or so and you reach the old town that was like all the other old towns in the mediterranean area. Restaurant after restaurant, tourist shop after tourist shop. Visited 2 or 3 times.
Elevators: They exist. But unless you can't walk stairs, don't wait. There are 2 elevators that fit 2 or 4 small persons so they are very crowded, we had to carry our luggage to 4th floor and had to walk daily up and down from breakfast and from the pool area but it was no problem, good exercise after all the eating!
Room: Regular 2 bed room you can expect in Greece, nothing fancy but definitely not bad. Very little noises during the night. Plumbing makes a little sound and the hotels nearby have program during the evening but still, not noisy in my opinion. The balcony overlooked the hotel across the street and the sea of course. The hotel across was really not the problem but the wind was: you could not play cards etc on the balcony and I think we sat there maybe 5 times during 2 weeks.
Breakfast: Had the same breakfast for 2 weeks so you can imagine the last few days were not very enjoyable anymore. Generally the breakfast was eatable quality. Warm food (eggs in different forms, croissants, sausages), bread with ham and cheese, greek yoghurt with peaches (canned), very sweet juice (orange or grapefruit) and machine coffee (cappuchino etc. too)
The breakfast was served 7.30-9.30 and it was usually crowded after 8 o'clock but to us it wasn't a problem because the queueing took max 1min and there was another breakfast room a bit further down that was always empty.
There was also a dinner buffet in the "restaurant" where the breakfast was (19.30-21.30). We did not try it as there were lots of restaurants in town. It would have cost 13€ so not a bad deal if you're really tired.
Pool area, bar & restaurant: The pool area was really great for us. It was quite crowded and we had to reserve beds before breakfast to get a good position in the sun. The pool is 1 to 1.6 meters deep so no jumping etc. There were swimming matresses left by other people in the first week which was great. The not so great side was that there were also balls that people were throwing in the pool and ultimately splashing water all over the place. There was OK music playing throughout the day, starting with more relaxing music during the AM and turning to a bit too disco in my opinion at 2-3 o'clock. The pool was closed at 18.00.
The pool bar offered all sorts of drinks for a restaurant price, we decided to save a few pennies and bought all drinks from supermarkets. Bar stools seemed to be occupied by the same people throughout the week.
The pool restaurant served a variety of foods from pizza, pasta and salads to greek specialities. The price was good, 20-30eur for 2person lunch seemed cheaper than going to the town. Going to the town for a lunch would take 30-60minutes when you can eat at the pool area in 20minutes and be back in sun tanning!
The hotel bar next to the reception offered a variety of drinks with about same prices as all over the town, 2-3eur for a beer and 5-7 eur for drinks. It was a good place to go before going to dinner or after the dinner. There was also a pool table in the next room (cost 2€). The room next to the bar had a sort of "book drop", with books mostly in scandinavian languanges and only a few in English.
Lounging area downstairs had a pool table, air hockey table and soccer table. 2 computers with internet access (0,50€ per 10min), changing room, showers and changing room. This was where people were waiting for their flight leaving back home.
The hotel supermarket had a premium of 0,20-1,00 eur comparing to other supermarkets so only use it if necessary. The drinks were almost normal price there so don't bother carrying much from farther unless you want to save a cent or two.
Rhodes generally & restaurants: supermarkets all over were all over and were a good source for drinks etc. All the food stuff was a bit expensive, fruits were a little cheaper. Beverages were about 1€, beer too. We paid 2,5€ for 6x1,5L water which was about the average price.
Restaurants seemed to have the same menu everywhere. If you don't eat the most expensive portions, lunch and dinner will be from 20-40€ including drinks (they usually cost as much as 1 main course). Pita gyros was offered in many places for 2-3€, a great snack for lunch or after a few drinks! The 2 old grey fellas in the pita place next to the Shell were great, try the place out!
I recommend checking out the tripadvisor top10 restaurant list for Rhodes, we visited quite a few of them and they were all OK. Try Jack's, its a good scandinavian style Grill.
Kerasma was good, Saffron was a slight dissapointment but still good Indian food. Tamam was the only restaurant that had a queue(!) during the evening but we didn't try it as it was a bit more expensive. Capriccio (italian) was a good restaurant very close to the hotel, order the bruschetta! I'd try to avoid the most touristy restaurants although we tried a few and they weren't that bad. You will definitely spot when you arrive to the tourist restaurants as they have guys trying to lure you in. For drinks, I'd suggest J&J bar that's on the west-east bound road from Shell to old town.
If you like waterparks, try the Faliraki one. We did and enjoyed. Free bus from the bus station or a taxi (15-20€). The ride takes a little less than 30mins. Google Faliraki water park for more information.
OVERALL: Very enjoyable hotel. Not much to see in the town but if you enjoy the sun and eating well its great place to spend your holiday!
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