Myself and my husband stayed here for the 1st time from 12th - 19th September 2012, on checking in at 10 oclock we had missed last orders of evening meal but were given a green wrist band to indicate being allocated all inclusive usage on our last day, arrivals before 9.30 would have had a blue band. We could still have use of the bar until 11 oclock when all inclusive ends. As the previous review mentions unfortunately the drinks do let this otherwise lovely hotel down, obviously you don't get imported drinks only local but these did seem watered down and not very strong. The local beer is Mythos and in the hotel did not agree with my husbands stomach, outside of the hotel this beer was much better. Again as per previous review, we spoke to a few couples in our hotel and they all agreed that the drink was poor for all inclusive.
Apart from this, we were greeted by Martina on reception who was very accommodating and helpful, this hotel does employ fabulous staff, Maria also on receiption, sofia and Julia who run the restaurant, all the entertainment team who work hard trying us "tourists" to join in every activity. Brilliant kids club if you have young children, this ended by mid september but activities are there until end of September for adults.
Our Room was a sea view which we had requested and paid for in advance, Room 240 was a suite, plenty of room with a lovely big double bed. Very clean and double patio doors leading to a balcony, we had a sea view but there is a building right in front that does block out some of the scenery, plus the hotel needs to think avout cutting back some of the trees that are blocking full views of the beach and sea.
Food was of an international type which you should expect, we enjoyed it, chips thankfully were only on the menu twice when we were there, we were glad not to have english type food and much prefer to try foreign dishes. I would say the british are in the minority here, mostly polish, russian, dutch etc. Couldn't belive our eyes seeing foreigners pile up their plates and have all courses on their tables. Why would you do that, your food would be cold before you ate it.
Staff however have excellent language skills and there was never any problem.
The hotel is siutated close to the beach and is approx 80m as said in brochure, a path from the garden by the tennis courts takes you to the beach, the beach is not the best no sand very pebbly but the sea is lovely and warm and worth the hassle to take a dip. There are beds to hire from PATTY's CAFE BAR which is situated right to the left of the hotel, this is a fabulous chic bar owned by a lovely lady, quite a lot of the hotel guests hired these beds and would walk back and forth the hotel for their all inclusive drinks.
Pool area is clean and well maintainted, pool quite large with a separate childrens pool. Tip, beds that have sun all day until 6pm are near childrens pool and also near life guard. Plenty of beds and umbrellas but not all beds had sun mattresses and holiday makers would go around taking them off unused beds. Downside to get a good sun bed you would need to get up early and reserve with a towel. Hotel does not recommend this, but this is ignored.
Talking about the lifeguard, a plus point for the hotel, he is lovely is also vigilant and is employed from start of season until November 1st.
Hotel is located at end of a strip, dont be fooled Trianda is a large resort, by walking towards Rhodes from beach front of hotel there are plenty of bars, supermarkets and souvenior shops.
Be aware Gypsies with small children will patrol begging some nights, but just ignore this child exploitation.
I would also recommend that you jump on the train Bus hat runs outside of the hotel near beach front, it takes 50 mins for 5 Euro's but will give you a better look at the resort.
We made our own way for excursions by using local buses, bus stop is located on main road approx a 7-10 min walk from hotel, pharmacy on your left, bus stop across road near bakery, and bank, bench there to sit on. Journey by bus took 20 mins and costs 4,20 euros one way. Taxi will be 10 mins but will cost you 14 euro's one way,
We took a boat trip to Lindos which cost 20 euro per person, this is a 2.5 hour tripv each way with 3 hours in Lindos, a small half hour stop on the way back for a swim. This was a lovely trip and would do this again, Lindos is beautiful.
Rhodes old town is also another must.
On the whole the hotel is excellent, staff being their prize possession, the only downside in our opinion is the quality of drinks. We went out every night to other bars etc because of this.
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