We traveled to Rhodes at the Amathus as an all-inclusive package holiday through First Choice, which was the most cost effective way of organising our holiday by some considerable margin. We really enjoyed our week stay at this very well appointed hotel. In particular the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. The Amathus is not an exclusively all-inclusive hotel, however we were not aware of the proportion of all-inclusive guests to regular guests. Consequently, the way the hotel is organised is quite different from other all-inclusive hotels where we have previously stayed. Firstly, there are no coloured wrist bands. Secondly, drinks and some meals are signed for as a zero charge to your room (hence, you cannot easily discern who is receiving "free" drinks & who are actually being charged). There is local draught beer, house wine and premium branded shorts. I think that some cocktails are also included in the all-inclusive or "Premium Package" (PP) programme as the hotel calls it.
Food was buffet style as is usually the case with all-inclusive and mainly served in the 10th floor restaurant, which has both indoor and balcony terrace dining. It wouldn't win any Michelin stars but nonetheless was of a very high standard, and a considerable improvement on usual buffet fare. There were a la carte restaurants, but these were chargeable although we did have a "free" al fresco meal one evening which was acceptable, but not great. Our opinion may have been swayed as the weather was not good for eating outdoors, albeit undercover.
The main bar is on the 11th (top) floor with a fantastic panoramic view of the coast and Turkey on the horizon. The main pool and al fresco restaurant (used for buffet dining at lunchtime) is also on this floor. All is very well set out with a relaxed atmosphere, apart from some very serous and loud gurgling noises coming from the pool skimmers which was more than a little distracting when sunbathing. The are plenty of comfortable sun beds and parasols.
There are further al fresco dining, pools and pool bar at the front at ground floor level with a games area set to one side. All very attractive. However, they do play quite loud music from the bar which is mainly of the "boom-boom-boom" variety which would be more appropriate to a Faliraki disco. Again, plenty of sun beds, some with particularly comfortable mattresses. Snacks are available from the pool bar but these were chargeable. However, they are very good and modestly priced.
There is a subway linking the beach to the hotel under the very busy main road at the front of the hotel. The beach is small and gravelly. Sadly no golden sands like Lindos. There are sun beds and boardwalks, and a games area for volley ball etc. We did not find the beach attractive and in some parts quite scruffy.
Wifi is available throughout the hotel, including guest rooms. As part of our package we received a free wifi key. I don't know whether this is offered to all guests as there was a fairly hefty tariff notice at reception. The wifi connection appeared to be really quick and we had no problems with FaceTime video connections on my iPhone to friends back home.
The Amathus should be a great hotel, but it lets itself down in some areas. Parts of the hotel are looking a little unloved and becoming scruffy. Examples are: a skirting was falling off the wall in our room, the Jacuzzi shower in our room was not a pleasant experience and uplighter fittings have been replaced by the lifts on Landing 9 leaving gaping holes in the ceiling. Also, for some reason not all drinks of similar value are not on the PP. For instance white rum is, dark rum isn't. Espresso coffee is, an americano isn't (which is only an espresso with added hot water!). The PP finishes at 11.30pm, although the main bar is open until 1.00am. However, although these little niggles were a little irritating we otherwise thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The five-star Amathus Beach Hotel Rhodes is the perfect place to enjoy an island escape. With forest to one side and the sparkling Aegean Sea and mountainous coastline to the other, accommodation is comfortable and spacious with the newest addition – the 37 Elite Suites – oozing style, space, sophistication and understated glamor. Along with delicious dining options, fabulous outdoor spaces and the largest and most unique spa on the island, it ticks all the right boxes. The hotel is open from April – end October each year. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rodian Amathus Beach Ixia
- Hotel Rodian Amathus Beach
- Rodian Amathus Beach Hotel
- Amathus Beach Hotel Rhodes Rhodes Town