We have just come back from a 1 weeks stay at the Olympic Palace in Rhodes. It was absolutely excellent and cannot really be faulted in any way. The hotel is spacious, clean and spotless, the staff very friendly and helpful.
Our advice would be to make sure you book a room with a sea view. This may be a bit more expensive, but the rooms at the back of the hotel are merely facing an escarpment with no view. As you are unlikely to spend all day in your room, this may not be a problem for you, but I would recommend sea view room on one of the upper floors and as central to the hotel as possible. The hotel is built in a crescent shape, so for example you would not want a room to the extreme left facing the hotel, as the view is seriously compromised. If you like to sit on your balcony for a while in the evening as we did then a front facing room is essential.
The pools on offer are superb and it was a real pleasure to chill out on one of the readily available sun-loungers arranged around the pools. The rooms were cleaned daily and the cleaning staff would always offer a “hello” or “good morning” to you.
The restaurant facilities are superb and there is always a very full menu for both breakfast and dinner. Even the faddiest of children would find something to please them. The restaurant staff are extremely polite, friendly and helpful, and I would commend Parascos the Maitre d’ as he shows you personally to your table on each sititng, Mouri one of the Greek waitresses and Kyrie the head waiter is also highly attentive. You certainly don’t feel rushed or herded about in any way. A lot of the waitresses give a friendly smile and are Czech in the main.
We did half board, but tended to eat lunch in the poolside restaurant. Again, the food and service is superb and cannot be faulted in any way for the price. Also, the entertainments crew should be commended and again, they are very friendly and take an almost personal interest in their guests. There is usually some evening entertainment on and pool activities during the day.
Now the only slight downer is this. The hotel is a large one of several that faces the ocean. However, its located (although set well back) from the main road to Rhodes town. The beach is pebbly so we found we were better off poolside than beach side. If you want a walk of an evening there is really nowhere to go other than walking along the main road whilst being accosted by restauarant people trying to drag you in.
There are kiosk-type supermarkets close by, so water and provisions outside of the hotel are convenient and not too expensive. You need to buy the water and would not recommend drinking the tap water. But if you want a cup of tea in your room, the only milk seemingly available is over-priced (illogically) UHT milk. 1ltr was 2.60 euros.
Other than that Rhodes town is very attractive and my wife and I walked back from there after getting a taxi in and it took us about 50 minutes to walk back to the hotel at a leisurely pace. All in all for the price I would thoroughly recommend this hotel/resort for a good family holiday package.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover refined elegance and genuine hospitality. Olympic Palace Resort Hotel & Convention Center, with its unique architectural structure most recently renovated in 2008-12, welcoming and gracious with contemporary and chic interior design, offer's attentive service, upscale amenities, and blissful tranquility. Tastefully designed for comfort, 65% of our guest rooms are sea view with amazingly large verandas, ideal spots to take advantage of the amazing first rays of the sunlight or indulge in the enticing sunsets dipping in the Aegean Sea. Relax in our attractive and spacious gardens, or simply 'chill out' by the swimming pool, and enjoy a warm welcome from our genuinely friendly and hospitable staff. Alternatively you can take a stroll down to the beach and enjoy a swim in the crystal clear blue waters of the Aegean Sea and capture the breathtaking scenery. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Olympic Palace Ixia
- Hotel Olympic Palace
- Olympic Palace Resort Hotel & Convention Center Rhodes/Rhodes Town