Having visited Rhodes three times previously, we booked the Sheraton only because our usual hotel was full (we'd left it late).
It was a more expensive hotel than we'd usually pick, but our hands were somewhat tied, due to the relatively short notice, so we bit the bullet and booked, thinking that at least it was well known brand name, so we were hopeful we wouldn't be disappointed.
As soon as we arrived, we realised what a fantastic decision we'd made, the reception is spectacular, immaculately clean, and very welcoming. The staff were very friendly, knowledgable and were happy to help with whatever queries we had throughout our stay.
Our room was on the 9th floor, with a sea view, and I must say, we had a beautiful view from our balcony, and we regularly sat there with a glass of wine, watching the sun set......just lovely.
The room had a very large 'King-Sized' bed, and a single bed for our son, both of which were very comfortable. The room contains a flat screen TV with various international channels including Sky News, and also a mini-bar fridge. There were two bottles of water, when we arrived, which were complimentary, and we then stocked the fridge up with beer, wine, water and orange juice, bought from the local supermarkets.
The hotel has three pools, the main one at the front of the hotel is where most of the water based animation events take place, such as water polo and volleyball, so it 's fairly lively and can be on the loud side. We chose to use the other pool on that ground level (Floor 1), a smaller pool, which seemed a bit quieter, perfect for families or couples alike. There's a third pool, located on the 6th floor, which is overlooked by the restaurant. There are some lovely views to be had from that pool, but I sensed it was mainly used by more 'mature' couples, so maybe not quite as suitable for families with younger children.
The breakfasts were simply wonderful, a vast assortment of buffets, everything you could possibly dream of, and plenty you probably wouldn't. My personal favourite was the beautifully smooth greek yoghurt, with lovely honey drizzled on top !
There's a mini supermarket, which is slightly more expensive than those outside the hotel, and 3 or 4 other small shops, selling locally produced items such as shoes, handbags. One not to miss, is the frozen yoghurt shop, where you can choose your own toppings, they're just delicious.
The hotel bars are quite expensive, Eu 5.50 for a large beer, Eu 6 for a milkshake, and Eu 12 for a club sandwich, although I admit, that was easily enough for two of us to share as an afternoon snack.
The hotel has it's own section of beach, where you're looked after by a lifeguard, who doubles up as a sunbed man, and you can order drinks and food, from a very cheerful young man who then dashes back to the hotel and brings your order to the beach for you. The beach is somewhat stoney, but once in the lovely warm sea, you'll find sand underfoot. I'd recommend a cheap pair of beach shoes or flip flops, just to avoid the stones, but it certainly doesn't spoil the beach experience.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants just a short 5 minute walk away in Ixia, and an 8 Euro taxi ride will get you to Rhodes Town, where you'll find many bars and restaurants to choose from.
Overall, I simply can't fault the hotel, we had a most relaxing, enjoyable stay, and I would definitely recommend the Sheraton Rhodes Resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the island of Rhodes, only a few kilometres from the historic town of Rhodes, Sheraton Rhodes Resort offering global travelers, families and honeymooners alike the best of resort amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Rhodes Hotel Ixia
- Hotel Imperial Rhodes
- Sheraton Rhodes Resort Rhodes Town