after reading some reviews of the kassandra appts, I was abit weary. I dont know why people have complained to be honest?!
We arrived early hours of the monday morning, the receptionist (very friendly) gave us our keys, showed us where to go, and said that the bar was still open if we wanted a drink.
Our room 222, was lovely and spacious, big balcony, nice size kitchenette that comes with working kettle and fridge. We didnt use the hot plates, but all cutlery is there for you to use.
The towels and sheets are changed daily, which was lovely to come back after being out everyday, to a clean bed and clean towels!
There is a tv, but who wants to watch Tv when you're abroad? You can do that at home!!!
Yes the shower is small, and its not a power shower, but its hot water, and it does the job for when you get up in the morning, or come back from the beach or the pool for the day! Its greece dont expect a massive bathroom!
The supermarket next door was good for basics, water, beers, milk, I'd already bought teabags. But for my of a variety of food etc go to the main strip of shops up the road 10 mins away, all the supermarkets sell cereals etc.
We could have eaten breakfast at the hotel, but 5.50 euros, we stuck with our museli and a ham and cheese roll every morning. The bread over there is far more lovely than what we have back here at home, and only 20 cents for a large roll, bargain!
The 1st night we ate at Sirtaki Grill House Taverna up amoungst the main strip of shops and bars etc. I had swordfish, it was huge, filled half my plate and was only 7.50 euros! It came with salad and few chips, was stuffed! So we thought thats it, we'll come back here again. 2nd night we ate at the Itailian pizza place just opposite, my other halves pizza looked lovely, whilst mine was soggy, probably cause the chef put on about 3 green peppers and covered it with them!!
We then hit upon Posperi. If you walk out of the Kassandra Appts take a right walk up towards the traffic lights. Over the road there is a bar/cafe, walk past that, head on down the road, its dark and you wonder where you are, take the 2nd left opposite Pro Direct a computer shop. Walk down that road, Posperi is next to a car engine shop, it isnt sign posted, only a small sign outside. But the meze in there is just to die for, every night we had 5 diffrent mezes to share and a mythos each. It ranged from between 23 euros to 28 euros. Which for what we got every night was brilient. Its all cooked there and then, so its fresh, they even give you a free chocalate cake, or fruit with greek youghurt as dessert for free at the end of your meal. We liked it that much we took our cases on our last night there, ate, then went to the airport!
I cant comment on The Kassandra food that they had on offer as we never ate there, but beer good and cheap, and always served nuts with your beers!
Used the pool one day, when we got the beach the waves were abit choppy, so we had a pool day, very nice and chilled out, but you can taste the chlorine! Which isnt pleasant, but for a cool down in 35 degree heat it was worth it!
Everyone has said about the cats. Now we have cats here at home. So they dont bother us. The ones at the Kassandra are looked after, they're fed, you can see that they dont scrounge for food, if anything all they're after is abit of affection. Had one of the little ginger ones sat onmy lap on our 2nd night. They mainly all come from the house that is situated at the front of the appartments and next to the supermarket. But we found them no bother.
The beach from the Kassandra, walk out of the main doors and walk left down the dirt road, you'll be able to see some gorgeous villas/apaprtments, some not (the villa that is pastal pink leaves much to be desired!) head on down and there you are at the beach. I would advise buying or taking your own flip flops/trainers for the water, as its a stone/shingle/sand beach. And the walk from your sunbed into the water killed my feet the 1st day. But the water is so warm, and you can float round where its salty. The guys who collect the money for the sunbeds are pretty relaxed and letyou have a swim forst before they get their money from you. 8 Euros for 2 sunbeds for the day. You do get the mad donut man as I called him 'special donuts chocalate carmel mmm' everyday. Also the chinese massage ladies. Now this I did do, but only cause I watched another lady next to me have one done. 20 euros for a back massage, except it wasnt just my back, it was my arms, face and head too, which I thought was worth it!
Now bars near the hotel. Nikos Bar was brillient, run by Niko (as you may have guessed) but unfortunatly is retiring at the end of this season, or so he says! (We think he might give it one more year, he likes it too much!) But 2 euros for a large beer, plus showed some of the footy games too. He also made some mean cocktails!!! For footy lovers such as us, if you walked up the road, past The Catus Taverna, and walk round past The Blue Angel, carry on down and you've got Alkionis Bar, which has got 18 screens and shows every premership game, champions league, and some championship football. Drinks ok, 3 euros each, we didnt try the food, but what other people had looked good!. If you walk down abit further theres kaveliros that serves basic food, drink and has 2 large projector type screens.
Bus stop is just outside the Kassandra so a trip into Rhodes Town is worth it only 2.10 euros each, be warned we went end of season, and they squashed us on like sardines, not pleasant! By the time we got off at Rhodes Town, needed water and sit down! Oh and in Rhodes Town if you get stopped by an Agean Blue Rep with scratchcards, dont do it! I'd apprently won a 'big' prize, a free holiday which isnt so free when you read the small print! They're just rying to flog a sort of timeshare thing at you! If you want that go for it! But its not worth the time and hassle!
So, will we go back, yes, will we stay at the same place, yes, and will we do more next time than this year, yes!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We would like to welcome you to Rhodes and at Kassandra Family Apart Hotel and we hope you will enjoy your stay with us. Kassandra Family Apart Hotel is an independent hotel owned by a family. The Hotel first opened in 1989 and consisted of three buildings, which were extended into five building in the year 2000 and counts a number of 147 apartments, which can accommodate about 450 guests. Kassandra Family Apart Hotel is an ideal place to be for families and people who would like to enjoy their holidays in a friendly, relaxing atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kassandra Apartments Hotel Ialyssos
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