Like many others I was concerned reading some of the reviews before we arrived at the hotel. We travelled with Classic Collection and had a private taxi to and from the airport. We arrived at midnight so check-in was smooth. The night porter took us to our room (room 100) but he had to ring reception twice before he found our room which had Corner Suite no. 4 on the door. I said 'This is not room 100' but after ringing reception again I was told it was. The suite did have a sea view balcony but the view was slightly blocked from the balconies either side of us. The up side was we had 2 large rooms, one with twin beds where our 17 year old daughter slept, and a double bed for us, both rooms had a sofa, and we had a table and 2 chairs. The balcony was a good size and accessed by both rooms, but with only 2 chairs. I requested a third chair the next day and it arrived promptly. The bathroom area was large with a toilet, shower, 2 basins and a Jacuzzi.
The air conditioning was included in the room price (we have had to pay on arrival for this in Greece before) it worked when we put our key tab in, we used a ski card my husband had to keep the air conditioning on when we were at the beach or pool...naughty I know! There was a TV in the room but didn't use it, however it did not seem to have a power supply anyway!
You are given towel tokens on arrival and informed to exchange them at the pool bar for your bright orange beach towel. Each day you are then meant to replace your used towels in the trolley and obtain your tokens back...but in reality just exchange them for new ones to take back to your room so like everyone else you can secure your sun bed the next morning before the towels become available. However, there did seem to be enough sun beds available, if we returned to our room at lunchtime we took our towels with us and had no problem finding new sun-beds later in the afternoon either by the pool or on the beach. The sun-beds on the beach were wooden and yes some needed repairs. White/grey mattresses were used for these sun-beds as the pool ones were wicker and ok with just a towel, but this did not stop some guests taking the mattresses to the pool area.
The food in the restaurant was good, there was plenty of variety both at breakfast and for the evening meal. There was a Greek BBQ on the Monday evening where the tables were placed around the pool, this was a nice evening. There was always plenty of food for everyone whatever time you came to the restaurant, but we had fun watching the 'melon wars' as many guests used to grab platefuls of water melon immediately on entering, this at both meal times!
We sat in the same area of the restaurant for our stay and our waiter Alekos was always cheerful and helpful and had no problem giving us a second cup of coffee at breakfast. Yes you have to buy your evening drink with your meal but this is not an unusual practice abroad.
We visited Phillips bar some evenings for cheaper drinks. This bar is owned by Phillip and his extended family who are all very welcoming. We did have a drink by the hotel pool bar some evenings too and although the prices are more the service is good and attentive. During the day we bought french fries for our daughter for lunch from the pool bar and Nora worked hard with always a smile and laugh. The local supermarket is not far from the hotel and is the place to go for your bottled water.
Wifi in reception was spasmodic but we accidentally found it worked very well sitting at the pool bar and by the sun-beds on the grass, so don't sit inside reception if you want the internet.
I loved watching the planes come over the beach (1200 feet) on their approach to the airport, but they did not disturb you at night and even during the day they were not all that frequent.
The local buses are ok for your trip to Rhodes town, the local supermarket sells the tickets as you are not meant to buy them on the bus. The buses can be crowded but are air conditioned!
We would certainly return to this hotel, yes it does need some maintenance but what building doesn't in Greece?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The SENTIDO Ixian Grand - Adults Only (over 16 y.o.) is a premium beach SPA Resort at the west coast of the island Rhodes directly located at the Ixia beach. Moreover, the SENTIDO Ixian Grand - Adults Only has got 211 rooms with a cozy ambience. Just a few minutes away from the hotel is the UNESCO world heritage "the historic center of Rhodes" and the "Mount Flerimos" with an huge panoramic view. Enjoy the sunset at the beach, the attractive surroundings and the premium hotel SENTIDO Ixian Grand - Adults Only. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ixian Grand Hotel Ixia
- Ixian Grand Ixia
- Sentido Ixian Grand Rhodes/Rhodes Town