Have just returned from my 9th visit to Filerimos! I never thought that I would be someone who goes back to the same place more than once or twice, but have such a great time and have made many friends - both locals and others from Britain, Holland, Poland, etc, who all revisit too. (We have a site called 'Holiday Friends of Filerimos' where we keep in touch).
The staff are brilliant - they treat me like visiting royalty! All credit to George Zouroudis, Manager for the last two seasons, who has made some noticeable improvements: the food is better - there is always something nice to eat and lots of choice, and it's kept hot: an army of grounds staff keep the beautiful gardens and the pools looking lovely: Yiannis the barman is a legend - such a brilliant guy with a great sense of humour, excellent language skills and he's quick and skilled at his job. He mixes marvellous cocktails and entertains as he goes. Hope they never lose Giannis - it would just not be the same place.
The apartments are cleaned six days a week. The maids are unobtrusive, efficient and really pleasant and helpful. I love the garden apartments - airy and scenic with wildlife around - hedgehogs, a friendly hooded crow who acted as an alarm clock, two young cats who remembered me from last year and a beautiful owl who peeked out sometimes from the back hedge. (By the way, look out for the dog with puppies on the road to the beach - beautiful).
The beach is pebbly so no sand between your toes but you need something on your feet. It's about a half-mile scenic walk. The Mirteni Bar is a good place to stop off for a cool drink on the way: Julie and family make you so welcome. Sunbeds are three euros fifty now, but you can stay all day for that. There's mostly a good breeze there so it never feels too hot.
Town - Ialysos/Trianda - is about a mile's walk away. Plenty of bars/restaurants. For shopping for good quality clothes, bags, etc at excellent prices, I always go to see Phillipos and family, opposite the Alkionis Sports Bar (really good bar and food). Sakis and co at the Rainbow Bar by the Electra Palace Hotel always make me really welcome too - great late evening fun place to be! (just a short taxi ride from Filerimos, or walk it like I do).
Rhodes old town on Saturday night/Sunday morning is the place to be. All the clubs, bars and streets are full of people and the atmosphere is amazing. Some really expensive restaurants there, but if you choose carefully some really good value ones too.
Back at Filerimos Hotel: in the grounds is a beautiful, tiny church. You can light a candle if you want to, but it is worth a visit just to see the exquisite paintings and decoration.
Animation team, as ever, were friendly and fun. Mostly need to be French-speaking currently as about eighty percent of guests are French - lovely, friendly people, even though we mostly did not speak the same language. Also met some fun Russians and a few folk from Czech Republic, Poland and Netherlands.
I have already booked my return flight for September!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- News for 2009: New Chef Koch employed that has extremely increased taste & quality of meals,New animation team and New service management.FILERIMOS VILLAGE is situated by the foot of the historical mountain of FILERIMOS in between the two villages Ialyssos & Kremasti on the northern west side of Rhodes . There are four room types in a revitalizing flowered garden area of 40.000m² with three pools. In the hotel, we give our guests full flexibility to choose room with breakfast, halfboard or All inclusive. Tennis court, Volley & Basket ball and Mini foot ball. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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