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Dodeca Sea Resort by Forum Hotels
Ranked #24 of 32 Hotels in Ialyssos
Leicester, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Nothing special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2011

This hotel is not the bet in he world and its not the worst.

The food basic and there aren't many options. All inclusive should mean that you should have snacks through out the day. Well here you don't. There is a point in the day where they open a small area near the main bar where they have ice cream, pasta chips, bread, toasties ect.

Rooms, what can i say but bugs, bugs and more bugs! Gross! They are a decent size, its not like you go on holiday to spent all your time in your room.

Beach is FULL of pebbles, grass and bit of sand. I'm more of a white sand kinda person.

Entertainment is a joke, very poor.

I wouldn't go t this hotel again.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2011

First time travelling all inclusive and after reading previous reviews I was a bit worried about this hotel.
Well, we had great holidays, our stay was best ever with clean, large & comfortable room, tasty food (especially Greek Night) and so so friendly staff. The hand made pizza in a wooden oven by the pool and the midnight soup is always in my mind!!!
The island is great with nice beaches. Just rent a car and drive around the island (parking in the city was a bit crazy) Old town by night and Lindos are memorable!
We promissed the staff that we see them again and definitely we will go back to this brilliant hotel next summer.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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4 Thank 273Mag
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Christos P, Manager at Dodeca Sea Resort by Forum Hotels, responded to this review, 3 December 2011
Thank you for your review, hope to see you next season.
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Perth, Australia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2011

Had spent a few days to some hotels while in Greece, and this was one of the most memorable ones. The service was second to none, and will surely come back. The island is fantastic, and it seems we found one of the best spots with lots of night life all around the place.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Keighley, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2011

Just got back from the Forum Beach (17th August 2011) after 2 weeks there.
If you are a British family expecting the good food, activities and entertainment of a four star hotel please be aware you will be disappointed. If you get the hotel at a great bargain price and expect an average 3 star holiday without entertainment you will be just about right.
Here are my honest opinions which were echoed by several other people I spoke to staying at the Forum beach.
1) The rooms are spacious: 2 bedrooms, kitchenette and an bathroom.
2) The rooms are clean.
3) Most rooms overlook the pool area but one block is set behind the rest and therefore a bit 'out of it'.
4) The suites on the beach are not worth paying extra for.
5) The food is edible but is made from Greek produce. (nothing wrong with that as long as you are not expecting English grub)
6) The food is repetitive. Pork , pork and pork. Veal, veal and veal! Range of dishes is limited. No children's buffet available.
7) Breakfast is the best meal of the day-full range of cooked and continental. Greek salad is very good. Ice cream available 11-5pm by the pool.
8) Poolside buffet is very poor: dry sandwiches and biscuits! Lovely fresh pizza is available but you queue for 20 minutes or more while it is cooked, in the boiling heat, then get only half a small pizza from a miserable chef!
9) The drinks are all cheap alternatives to the spirits and mixers we are used to in the UK and are weak and tasteless spirits or very sweet mixers.
10)The bars stop serving all inclusive alcohol at 11pm so if you want to drink later than that you pay. If you want to drink late my advise is to walk a few hundred yards to one of the pleasant bars in town. The 'Yorkshire' is a lively karaoke bar.
11) The 'entertainment' is NOT EVERY EVENING! One hour of karaoke on Monday evenings 9-10pm and 1 hour of Greek music and dancing on Tuesdays. That's it for evening entertainment. You will end up going into the main street and therefore spending more money because your hotel is NOT really providing what is advertised!
12) Daytime activities are NOT DAILY. Water polo, darts, aqua aerobics and table tennis take place approximately 3 times per week. The children's disco is for only half an hour and only suitable for the under 7's. Bingo is played after the children's disco by about half a dozen people and poorly organised. The prize is a meal in the hotel's sister restaurant.
13) Very few British people stayed in the hotel. Most guests were Dutch, Scandinavian or Polish so if you like to mix with other Brits, kids playing together etc this is not likely to happen and because of lack of activities even less 'mixing' occurs.
14) The pool area is good. One pool is very shallow for little ones, the middle pool is deep and the third has the pool bar.
15) The beach is across a narrow quiet road. It is pebbly. The sea is beautiful but deep within the first few feet so not suitable for little ones. As it can be very windy at this side of the island the sea can get pretty choppy too but it also stops you overheating.
16) If you are a light sleeper please be aware you are in the flight path and close to the airport.

Overall my children and I had a pleasant holiday because the weather was great and we did meet some nice British families however I went expecting to need very little spending money because with all inclusive everything is paid for up front. In the end I spent more than I would have liked on food and drink outside the hotel. I feel the hotel is falsely advertised so please think carefully before booking here.

(45 year old mum, daughter 12 years and son 10.)

Room Tip: do not go in the green building, it is smelly
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

Even thaw this is a simple hotel, the service is great, the pools are clean and the all inclusive worthy.
The rooms are clean and well maintained, we found the pillows and mattresses a little hard.
A 2 EURO tip to the maid on the first day, will provide better service.
Two "BUTS" should be mentioned, stay away from rooms in the EAST building, that is 200 to 300, these rooms are close to the sewerage system.
The food is simple Greek, do not expect a gourmet cuisine, after 5 days of eating you really miss MCDONAL'S or other fast food.
You can consider eating out from time to time.
There are some painful extras like the safe rental, or WIFI services, for those hooked.
There is something very interesting we came across, things left in the pool area, like towels, sunglasses, and even wallets, are left there and touched not.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms on the WEST buildings, prefer the NORTH WEST wing.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Haifa District, Israel
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14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2011

the hotel was all included, the food is tasty & fresh. the rooms - there are 3 buildindgs stay away from the green (very old) the brown & blue are near the pool.
we rent a car near the hotel - galaxy - o.k too.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Boston, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2011

After reading a lot of bad reviews on here I was worried about this hotel and the food but as we got this holiday really cheap we thought we could always eat out or cook if it was really bad. The food was really good I couldnt fault it there was loads of choice (no chips the whole time we were there) there was about five different salad dishes every night which changed most nights. Lots of meat and vegetable dishes and pasta, even a different chinese dish every night. We went with our children aged 12 and 9 and two friends. In the mornings the kids kept having pancakes and fried eggs which I got a bit addicted to as well they are cooked fresh every morning by (who we called pancake man) the kids even went to shake his hand when we left as they loved having them in the mornings. there was also cereal, meats cheeses etc and natural greek yoghurt with honey which was the best yoghurt I have ever had. There is also a huge balcony with about 40 tables outside. I think we went just outside the season as there was no entertainment in the evenings but we are not interested in that anyway as we like to have a walk or have a drink and chat. We stayed for 10 nights and there was one night of Brazilian dancers which was good. There was a few things on in the day like football for the kids but not a lot. We had a car and went out every day so again this didnt bother us. The kids did make a lot of friends at the hotel and they really enjoyed it there they met kids from Sweden, Denmark and Holland. The only problem I think was everyone was saving sunbeds with towels but I think if you were up by about 8.30 - 9am and put your own out then you would be ok. We would get back by about 3 - 4 in the afternoon and always managed to find beds free ( I think they had had enought by then). I would say the best staff were serving in the bar that is at the pool they made up drinks for us as well which werent on the menu. Accommodation was very good and clean our beds were made up every day and room cleaned. We will go back one day as we really did get value for money. I would say this does live up to its 4 stars.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Christos P, Manager at Dodeca Sea Resort by Forum Hotels, responded to this review, 3 December 2011
Thank you for your review, hope to see you next season.
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Property: Dodeca Sea Resort by Forum Hotels
Address: Ferenikis, Ialyssos 85101, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Rhodes > Ialyssos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access 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:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Ialyssos
#9 Luxury Hotel in Ialyssos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Dodeca Sea Resort by Forum Hotels 4*
Number of rooms: 183
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dodeca Sea Resort is a 5 star resort complex, consisting of 183 apartments built directly opposite a superb pebbly and sandy beach, on the north-west coast of Rhodes. Situated just 9 km from Rhodes Town and 1 km from the village of Ialysos, it offers a unique blend of relaxation and sporting activities. Quality Accommodation with fully equipped apartments for two to six persons featuring: private bath and WC, hair-dryer, direct-dial telephone, individually-controlled air conditioning, satellite TV, Kitchenette with electric cooking rings and fridge, double glazed windows, balcony or terrace with pool, sea, garden or mountain view. ... more   less 
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