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“Fab hotel for great budget family holiday! Ignore the moaners!”
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The Residence
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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“Fab hotel for great budget family holiday! Ignore the moaners!”
Reviewed 19 July 2012

We (me and partner, 11 year old and 3 year old daughter) have just returned from here after 2 weeks!
Firstly i will be honest and say i took time and researched hotels to find one that would cater for us - i didnt want an all inclusive holiday and four of us sharing one room anymore! The photos and reviews showed the main building that shows the modernised rooms and looked ideal.
When we arrived we were shown to an apartment in the building across the road which when walking into the corridors was slightly worrying! Once shown to our room which was 918 it was great! Sea view, top floor, 2 large rooms with modernised bathroom and little kitchenette and air con! It was ideal for the four of us!
There is a great pool area with swim up bar and plenty of sun loungers - no racing down putting towels on! It stated there was 3 pools but the third is round the back and not in use nor is the childrens playground which was a shame as the childrens pool by the main pool is tiny little square tucked away.
I CANNOT THANK THE ANIMATION/CHILDRENS CLUB GIRLS (JULIE & DORINE) ENOUGH! THEY DID A REALLY GOOD JOB WITH THE CHILDREN! They always had a smile on their faces and were very welcoming! THANKS!!!
Infact most of the staff were very nice! The evening staff in the ABSOLUT BAR though i appreciate the language barrier as mainly from eastern european countries not greek as we expected seemed rude at times and too busy smoking at the end of the bar and hardly ever smiled! They hardly ever smiled?!! CHEER UP GIRLS!
Our air conditioning stopped working and in 39 degrees of heat you need it and they moved us into the main building room 402 - it was fantastic! we had 2 bathrooms - jacuzzi bath in the en-suite! Big thanks To Nadia and Irina for the help!
It really is a great location and lovely hotel but it is 3 star and well worth the money!
Oh if you are wantng a beach holiday rather than a pool then the resort is a pebbly beach and the sea not suitable for young children!
We hired a car but not from the hotel as it was extortionate you can get for 45 euros less (3 days for micra) anywhere else but the hotel car hire!!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR BUDGET ALL INCLUSIVE FAMILY HOLIDAY!

Room Tip: Room 916-919 are top floor with sea view and quiet or main building more modern we had room 402 side...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2012

We stayed in the residence from the 13th till 28th june. We had to pay 1 days Aircon as the free aircon runs from the 15th june until the end of august as this is the countries hottest months.
We had an amazing time on our holidays, a very very high 3 star.

Def got more than we paid for. Room was across the road from the main reception building with two rooms and good sized balcony whish was great for us, meant we could put our 14 month to bed in the first room and then sit on the balcony with a few drinks.

Selection at meal times was good, very good for the size of hotel. We have had a better selection on previous holidays but they were much larger hotels and to be honest the food at the residence was far nicer than most places we have been before.

The staff, bar, reception and restaurant, were all amazing. The manager was brilliant, he made an effort to speak to us at every meal time.

Ilyassos was a great area to stay with the wee one. Really brilliant playparks in the are and a couple of cafes/restaurants with softplay areas too.
Being on the west of the Island was also good as it is breezier and turns out our daughter much preferred the pebble beach to the sandy one in lindos.

Only 14 euros for a taxi from airport which we would recommend over the normal transfers.

day trip to Lindos is a must, and go to ST pauls bay which is the other side of the acropolis - it is stunning. Rhodes old town is also a great day. Faliraki was ok, mostly really for the youngsters.

Room Tip: from what i could tell mosyt of the rooms were the same on the annex. dont know what they were like...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 July 2012

We just godt back from The Residence Hotel in Ialyssos. We got a good offer and thought "why not". We traveled with the Danish bureau BravoTours.
The hotel is located in the second row from the beach. be advised that the hotel is actually two buildings, one in the main building with the reception and pool and another across the street where the restaurant is located.
Upon arrival we were given a room that we found to be too noisy, we requested a more quiet room, and were told that we'd be contacted. No one did. We chose the "keep calm and carry on" approach to this fact. Also there was very little information from the reception.
The room itself was ok, we'd chosen af two bedroom apartment, but the airconditioning unit (free of charge) was located in the "living room" and was very hard to control. Temperatures did not match what was displayed at the remote. This meant that the bedroom was either too warm to sleep in or cold enough to catch a cold. Also our room's entry was facing a court yard, with some very big fans that ran 24-7. Ialyssos is located on the approach route for aircrafts, so there's airplane noise every 20 mins or so. The decor is rather worn but if you only need a place to sleep it doesn't matter. Another thing that does matter is the fact that there's not warm wather around 6 pm, when the pool closes, not a good thing when you're travelling with children.
The food, was despite good efforts and a generally happy staff poor. We only ate at the hotel because we were travelling with our 4 year old, and we didn't want to go out looking at restaurants all the time.
The pool is average sized and has a integrated poolbar serving drinks and snacks. The child pool is small and rather poorly kept with leaves and dirt in the water. The hotel has an entertainment team that arranges watergym and water polo. The watergym is quite entertaining both to do and to observe, but the water polo is rather annoying for anyone not participating, because it takes up the entire pool, there's splashing out on the first couple of rows and then there's the risc of being hit by the ball.
Needless to say we choose to spend our days and the beach instead. The beach is pepples and the water gets deep rather quickly. The hotel works with another hotel called Forum Beach, it's a 3 minutes walk to that beach where there are free sunbeds. Go there if you don't like being crammed in like sardines around a average pool.
The hotel also has a car rental bureau in the lobby called Etos. We rented a VW Polo automatic. This was a mistake. First of all, we asked if the car had side airbags in the back, we were told it had - it did not. Second, the automatic gearbox was a best unreliable sometimes it just stopped working and let the car idle at 20 km/h. Third the engine was shot, the car had trouble getting up to highway speeds. Given the choice we'd go down the street and pay a bit more for the new model of the car.
Some of the staff are very friendly and helpful, while others couldn't care less about your wellbeing.
All in all, if you don't mind poor food, unpredictable staff, and airplane noise, and just want a cheap holiday it's a good place to go. We just had our expectations a bit higher than what we got.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 June 2012

we spend only one night in this hotel, and then manager moved me and my family to hotel forum beach.
The Residence has two part Old one which was opened and new one which was closed and could be better but I don't know because was closed in our visit June 7-18 2012

Room Tip: Hotel Forum Beach, anyway thre are two types of rooms as well (new and old) be careful and ready to...
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, Manager at The Residence, responded to this review, 30 June 2012
Dear Guest, thank you for choosing The Residence for your vacations. We are happy that you had beautiful vacations at the Forum Beach hotel. Regarding The Residence we would like to mention that we do not have the old building and the new building. Both buildings have the same renovation, however the rooms in the main building have a different design from the normal apartment and for that reason have also different price. We believe that your travel agent offer you both options from our different type of rooms. As you may notice we have our clients to have great vacations in our hotels, we pay attentions to their needs. Thank you again for your review although that we believe that a 4 will be more accurate :)
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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2012

FANTASTIC, absolutely blinking MARVELLOUS. Simply the best 'all inclusive' package we have ever been on. Hotel position is ideal, being about 5 miles down the coast from Rhodes town and about 100m away from the sea front and in an area you can walk for miles in any direction. Accomodation is above average, and each room has a usable balcony to sit out on, especially nice first thing in the morning or dusk. The swimming pool is a nice size and very private with plenty of sunbeds and a bar that can be accessed whilst still in the pool.The staff are super friendly and always see to any request immediately. The FOOD was so much better than I expected, loads of choice and everything well cooked and seasoned. If you are on a tight budget, forget cheapo self catering, b&b, or half board. Go 'all inclusive', and head to THIS hotel. My daily intake was 3 pigout meals, 15 small beers (continental lager type), 5 g & t's, 4 cocktais, 6 coffees & 4 ice creams. And all for about £25 pppd, (not including flights and transfers), I do not know how they turn a profit. Now for the DOWNSIDE - I have come back from my week away a half stone heavier - thats a full pound a day I have put on, but hey, I was on holiday.

Room Tip: Ask for a 'Garden view' room, this will be best for sitting out on the balcony.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Odense, Denmark
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2012

Knowing, this was only a 3-star hotel, me and my boyfriend wasn't ekspecting too much of the hotel, but we were happily surprised. The food and drinks were very good. The all-inclusive food, were served at an indoor restarant, and everyday you could chose from both greek and europian food. Great variation :) The cooked us pancakes every morning:) The all inklusive drinks were very good to. ( Johnny in the Poolbar will become your best friend - he is super nice and friendly and makes good drinks - especially the pinacolada. Try to make him make you the pina colada Greek. It is a blue varation of the original pina colada :) )
Some of the hotelguests were very angry during our stay because they felt the standard of their room were to poor. I did not have any complaints though. The room were a bit tired/old, but it was cleaned everyday ( exept sundays- greeks dont work that day) and we had a big 2 bedroom apartment with a nice big balcony and a refrigerator plus a TV. ( only minus is that the bed was really hard)
You have to pay for the safety depositbox and the aircondition. On our first day we could not get the tv to work and there were no light in the livingroom. When we called the reception they sent someone up, when we went to eat dinner and when we came back everything was fixed. I dont think you can ask for more when the price is so cheap and the hotel "only" has 3 star. The service was super great. Both the girls in the reception and the nice souschef at the restaturant were very helpfull.
When we stayed at the Residence( may/june 2012) we stayed in the hotel across the small road from the reception. The main hotel ( where the pool and the reception is) were not used. I think it is because it is being renovated.
If you want to go to another restaurant one of the days then try the "knights of olde restaurant on Ierou Lohou , five minutes from the hotel. It is so romantic and the food is the best i ever tasted i Rhodos:)
As long as you dont expect 5star quality the you will enjoy the residence. But if you want luxury go somewhere else so the rest of us can relax, enjoy our stay, and ofcourse - we wont have to listen to all of your complaints:)

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2012

We had a delightful holiday at this hotel. The hotel was clean and spacious. Our room, modern and large, with a mini kitchenette and fridge. The maids kept the room clean and tidy, regularly changing the sheets and towels. The all inclusive food was varied and fresh, however if you like deserts, there wasn't a big choice. The staff in the hotel and poolside were so friendly. The poolside was large and clean with a pool bar and plenty of sunbeds and chairs in full sun and shade. Although we didn't need it, there are extra charges for Air-Con and Wi-Fi. We will choose to come back to The Residence next time we visit Rhodes.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Residence
Address: 14 Ferenikis, Ialyssos 851 01, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Rhodes > Ialyssos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Ialyssos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Residence 3*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The RESIDENCE, set in two blocks and separated by a small public road, has recently undergone a complete renovation and promises a new experience for the demanding holidaymaker. Set on the green and lush north-west coast of the island (100 meters from the public pebbles and sand beach), 8 km from cosmopolitan Rhodes New town & the historic Old City, 900 m from the lovely city center of Ialysos with various gift shops, bars & nightlife supermarkets & restaurants, 11 km from the airport.ROOM DEFINITION: One bedroom Apartments (2 – 4 persons): the completed renovated and tastefully decorated apartments have a separate double bedroom, combined living-sleeping area including kitchenette with two electric rings, fridge, individually controlled air conditioning, safety deposit box, television set, bathroom, balcony or terrace. ... more   less 
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