We recently returned from an 11 night stay in Belvedere Beach Hotel (28th April - 9th May). We enjoyed Rhodes so much that we are thinking of returning in the autumn.
This morning we noticed a newspaper advertisement and decided to check out the named resort in S.E. Rhodes. This led to Tripadviser site and of course had to see what others thought of Belvedere Beach.
I do not usually bother writing reviews but am moved to suggest that folks should read brochure descriptions very carefully and do some homework about the resort. (I overheard someone ask her friend if they were near Spain) In the brochure shown to us at Thomas Cook, proximity to road was stated - therefore expect some traffic noise and take ear plugs to lessen the problem. Buffet style meals were stated and provided for most tastes. We found the choice at the Belvedere Beach good, replenished frequently, hot and satisfying. British guests should not be surprised by the direct approach of other nationalities to getting what they want, so don't take offence if someone rushes in in front of you - they do it at home and it isn't a slight.
We noticed how keen proprietors were to entice us into their establishments and put it down to the being in a city, beginning of season & the dreadful state of the Greek economy. It's hard to blame folk for trying to make a living especially with so much competition. We found that a smile, no thanks just now, we have just eaten or perhaps later, was met with smile and see you type of response. Many people were happy to let you look and chat even if you bought nothing. These people are struggling yet remained polite at all times.
Most places in Greece expect you to bring your own beach/pool towels and these are usually cheaply available locally if you forget. It really is unfair too use bathroom towels for this purpose. Temperatures are better from second week in May onwards, pools & sea warm up throughout the season so try September/October if this is really important to you.
I agree about the funny wee two step bath/shower in some rooms - possibly those with sea view. We met folks who had a 'normal' bath in their pool/sea view room. Nevertheless it was perfectly adequate.
The only complaint my husband has is the pool & sea were a bit cold. He's an excellent swimmer but takes ages to get into cold water! However even he managed to swim in both sea and pool. His own comment - "what do you expect early in the season?"
Many people expect to pay 2 star prices and get 5 star accommodation, service etc. Be realistic and you will not be disappointed. Just be a little tolerant and enjoy your holiday.
Rhodes town is fascinating. City tour bus with hop on/hop off stops is good value @ 9 euros. Boat trips to Symi and Lindos were great - we had three dolphins swimming alongside our boat.
The Belvedere Beach Hotel staff are excellent - polite, interested, helpful and their command of languages is admirable. Entertainment in the hotel on 3 nights a week - Greek Dancing was the best - what fun we had. Go on - give them a try.
Last thought for beach lovers - if you find the sea breeze too cool early in the season, walk round to Kos beach near the Casino and you will find it more sheltered.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rhodos Horizon Resort is a 4 star hotel situated at the entrance of Rhodes town ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Belvedere Beach
- Belvedere Beach Rhodes Town
- Hotel Rhodos Horizon Resort Rhodes/Rhodes Town