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“Sunshine Rhodes Hotel - Enjoyable Time Had By All !”

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Sunshine Rhodes Hotel
Ranked #9 of 32 Hotels in Ialyssos
Reviewed 21 January 2014

As a party of 5 adults and a 3 year old ( we all had our own rooms ) we stayed here from Sat 12th to Sat 19th October 2013. We booked with Travel Republic.

The hotel is in a fantastic location, one side is the hotel and all it's facilities, walk 3 yards the other side and you are on the beach. If you don't like being on a flightpath, then this isn't the hotel for you. The planes fly overhead, we didn't hear anything at night ( might have been all the AI alcohol ? ), but the planes certainly didn't bother us in the day.

The beach is mainly pebbles and your view from the beach is Turkey. We had a lovely room, very clean and modern with a view towards the sea. Our bed was so, so comfortable, it was very difficult to get up in the morning ! We had 2 televisions in our room - one in the lounge and one in the bedroom, the choice of channels if you are British is terrible even though you are not there to watch TV, it was still pretty dire ! We had a fridge and a 2 ring hob in our kitchen / lounge area. We were supplied with a bottle of water on arrival in our fridge. Air Conditioning in our room - however it wasn't on in October ( June to September ), Telephone, Hairdryer etc ....

If you like your tea and coffee in the morning then I suggest you take your travel kettle with you, even though it's an AI hotel it maybe quite a walk from your building to the tea and coffee facilities that are supplied.

Every day our room was cleaned and we were supplied with clean towels every day. I had a lovely surprise from the hotel staff of a bottle of wine and a basket of fresh fruit on my birthday whilst there - a lovely gesture - many thanks ! The food was good, good choice and something for everyone even though the British are in a minority here. The staff are so very friendly and helpful. We had gorgeous weather for October and there were many activities going on for young and old alike.

We never had any trouble getting a sunbed but then again the hotel wasn't full being so near to closing for the season ( best time to go ). A great atmosphere around the pool bar - here you are served with plastic glasses and for good reason - it's very near to the pool and a lot of people do walk around barefoot.

If you like your internet connection I would suggest you buy this before you arrive, the hotel does not supply free internet and they charge daily rates etc .. to the obvious weekly rate ( weekly rate at the time of our stay was 50 euros ! ). I would love to say ... we would go back .... but one of our party has MS and we had to use the wheelchair every day, disabled access is very ' hit and miss ' here, one minute you come to a ramp the next a huge curb. Until you have someone in a wheelchair then you know what you are up against, it would be great if the hotel management had to go around in a wheelchair themselves to experience the daily stress it causes. So I have to say good hotel for location, room, cleanliness, food, drink and friendliness but sadly we wont return because of the disabled access.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

===I want my hol, want my hol, want my holidays===

It was February. My partner Allan and I had a very hectic few months so we decided what we really needed was a holiday. An all inclusive holiday has a lot of aspects to consider so I’ll try and keep it short, but there is a lot of info to give you here so it’ll be a long one.

===To see you coun, see your coun, see your country===

After much deliberation and searching we found Sunshine Rhodes Hotel, sometimes known as Sunshine Vacation Club with a room costing £398 each all inclusive for a week. Sunshine have two hotels on Crete, one on Corfu and one in Rhodes and specialise in all-inclusive holidays. The one on the Greek island Rhodes is situated in Ialyssos (roughly pronounced EYE-AHL-IH-SOSS, though that changed slightly depending on who you spoke to) which is on the northern coast of the island and sits directly on the beach that runs up the coast. In the distance directly north you can see (on a clear day) Turkey. A bit closer to home you can also see the northern most tip of the Island which is home to Rhodes Town and is at most a couple of miles away. We ended up going in May.

===Planes, trains and automobiles===

Getting to the hotel really couldn’t be simpler. It’s situated about a 15 minute drive from the airport. If you’ve booked through a travel company then you should probably already have a transfer set up as we did. The airport is fairly small and easy to navigate with a plethora of transfer busses and taxi’s waiting outside. Even if you DIDN’T have a transfer set up, I don’t see a taxi costing you an arm and a leg as it really is a very short journey. We had a minor hiccup with being told to get on the wrong bus, but that was (thankfully) sorted when the driver looked at our paperwork and told us the right bus to be getting on.

===Check it in===

The Entrance to the hotel is fairly grand. A large golden seahorse sprays water into a fountain in the courtyard and the reception building has marble floors with lots of very Greek looking artwork on the walls and some bronze statues kicking about. One thing I will say is that if you’re a bit of a prude about boobs and willies, then you may not quite enjoy the nudity of the art that will pretty much surround you in Greece. Thankfully we aren’t prudish in the slightest. Check in was very easy. We arrived around midnight and were greeted by a polite well dressed man explaining where to find the restaurants if we wanted a midnight snack and how to get to our rooms. He gave us a map of the complex and marked a few key areas that we’d want to have a look at and asked me to fill out some information. After that he handed me the keys and let us go on our way. Being that we’d left the house at 9am we decided we’d have a very quick snack and then go straight to bed.

===THE ROOM===

The complex has about 5 buildings that run in a line. The front of the blocks look out onto the pool and the ocean, the back of the blocks aren’t ugly to look at either with gorgeous smelling trees and flowers planted and neatly kept all around. After a short walk (maybe two minutes) we arrived at Room 401in the Iris building. While the block was clean there was a little whiff of sewage hanging about which made my heart sink a little. Thankfully once we got inside the smell completely disappeared. Upon first glance the room seemed great. Directly in front of you when you open the door is the bathroom door. The room opened up to the right where there was a large double bed and a seating area that also folded out into another bed. There was also a desk with an old television with the massive back sitting on it. Underneath the TV was a cupboard which housed a refrigerator. Each side of the bed had a lamp above a bedside cabinet. Each side also had a plug socket and a light switch that turned the room’s main light off. Right beside the door was a built in cupboard with hanging space; this is where the safe lived. Sliding patio doors were at the far right and opened out onto a balcony with two plastic chairs and a table to match on it. The Air-con unit was next to the entrance and looked a bit like an old storage heater. A bit of fiddling with the grating on the top right hand side of it revealed a very simple control panel.

---Room Relations---

As I said, everything looked grand on first appearances. We had went for the cheapest room the hotel had to offer, which turned out to be a family room so we weren’t expecting miracles. Looks wise we were pleasantly surprised. Even the artwork on the wall (which I later realised were scenes from Old Town further up the Island) was lovely. It all looked fairly plain and simple and clean. As such, we weren’t incredibly disappointed with anything but there were a few things that either could be better or that others may not enjoy. The first thing was that “Double bed” actually turned out to be two single beds shoved together which I felt was a bit naughty of them. It also led to the fun lottery as to how the beds would be made up each day. Sometimes they were made up with two separate sheets under one larger double duvet, other days they were made up with one sheet under the larger duvet. It did, however, make it obvious that the sheets were changed every day. It also meant that occasionally Allan didn’t have to put up with me stealing all the sheets.

---Conning the Air-Con---

Our next slight niggle was with the Air-Con system. Having turned it on as soon as we arrived we expected that by morning the room would have cooled down, especially since the blackout curtains on the balcony doors were blocking any heat and light coming into the room (fantastic, by the way!). Alas by the time morning came the room was stuffy and hot. Through the course of the holiday we realised that even with the Air-con on full, the room didn’t cool down. At most there was a slightly cooler bit of air directly above the unit. Leaving the balcony doors also turned the air con off as it has a pressure switch on it. We found out that if you cheat a little and jam something between the door and the pressure switch you can keep the unit on with the door open which, surprisingly, did help cool the room down better than just leaving the door open. Weird eh? There is a complimentary bottle of water in the fridge, I would recommend emptying this and using it to jam the door open. I don’t know if it was just our room’s unit that was on the fritz, but something tells me if you had paid for a more expensive room you’d probably get a bit more control in your room.

---Water Compliment---

Talking of the complimentary water, we noticed that this wasn’t replaced once it was gone. On the plus side, if you are lucky/ sneaky you can do what we did and pick up another from the packs that the cleaners sometimes leave unattended in the entrance to the block. After you have two bottles you can use one to jam the door open and another to refill from the water cooler at the pool bar. Huzzah, problems solved. If you don’t want to steal a bottle of complimentary water, I’d suggest not binning the one that you get so you can refill it as it’s always a good idea to have some chilled water in your fridge.


As with restaurants, I get a bit picky about hotel bathrooms. This bathroom came fully stocked with a toilet, sink, bath and shower so you don’t have to worry if you have people travelling with you who are specific about how they prefer to wash. Personally I hate baths and love showers so I was incredibly happy to see a good looking shower in the bathroom. I was even more impressed when I stepped under it for the first time. It was akin to being gently beaten to a pulp. In this case, that’s a good thing. The water pressure was amazing and was most definitely better than that of my shower at home. The temperature was the only thing I had slight issue with. If you wanted to shower just before the hotel restaurant opened or any other “typical” shower time, you may find that the water doesn’t really get hot. That being said, it’s never cold. Luke warm would describe it well. If, however, you don’t follow the crowd then you can get an amazing and hot shower out of it. Unlike other places I’ve been, the water even came out of the pipes clean, which is a plus! We were even supplied with two fresh bath towels and hand towels every day. I assume you’d get more if there were more of you staying in the room.

The toilet was fine and you are even allowed to put paper down it! Success! The only trouble I had was the first time I flushed as the flusher looks like a button to be pushed when, in fact, it is to be pulled up the way. Allan also had trouble figuring that out on the first flush which made me giggle when I heard him getting stressed over it. A quick shout of “pull-it, don’t push it!” sorted that out though.

The sink was big enough for the two of us to stand at brushing our teeth and admiring our pasty white skin in the large mirror behind it. There was also plenty of room for toiletries around the sink so if you’ve packed your entire supply cupboard, it’ll fit nicely around the sink.

===Leaving your Room===

Ultimately we view the hotel room as somewhere to sleep in between doing things. There is plenty within the hotel to do. There are three separate pools. One is a large swimming pool that was rarely overly busy; one was an activity pool for the kids with slides and basketball hoops which is where the entertainment crew danced around keeping the kids occupied. The third pool is up at the far end of the complex and is a “Quiet Pool”. It really does live up to its name too. There were never more than a few people sitting around it and Allan and I were the only people I saw swimming. The quietness is partly due to being quite far from the other pools. By quite far I mean not far at all, but it’s out of sight and a little further away from the bar than most people were willing to venture. It is surrounded by “please keep quiet!” signs but I imagine the biggest factor would be that there is a horrible waft of sewage in that area of the hotel. It’s not coming from the pool but you can understand that most people wouldn’t stick around long when it smells like that. We only went in once to get away from the noise at the main pool. The only other downside of the all of the pools is that they aren’t heated. I usually love a good swim on holiday but there was a day or two where the prospect of jumping into the cold water put me right off.

If swimming in the pool isn’t your thing, the pools are situated about ten meters from the beach which comes furnished with its very own ocean. The water is clear and clean and blue. The beach is mostly pebbles with a little bit of sand nearer the hotel, so that made it a bit less appealing but it was otherwise still lovely to lie on a sun lounger (the hotel has plenty on the beach free to use) and stare out across the water at Turkey.

More on the exercise front there is an open air Gym which has a small amount of good gym equipment such as weights, cross trainers and bikes in it. Mostly it was empty but I did see a few people use it over the course of our holiday. Mini golf is also available if you fancy it with a really good selection of crazy courses for you and/or your kids to work their way round. You can pick up clubs by putting a 20 Euro deposit down at the blue wooden hut next to the activity pool OR you can barge in, take them and shout at the staff when they tell you about the deposit like we saw one incredibly rude man do.

There’s more to explore in the tennis court area behind the hotel that also includes archery if you fancy it. It is NOT a toilet like a couple of late night punters seemed to think when they didn’t realise we could see them from where we were sitting. Toilet or not, the facilities are there and could be great fun if you are interested in them.

Lastly on the entertainment front was the open air theatre where the entertainment crew put on a show every night which is geared toward kids. If that’s not quite your cuppa either you might be interested in the massage parlour that is held in the “Apollo” building at the very back of the resort. Unfortunately the massages are not included in your all inclusive experience!



Sunshine Hotel has three restaurants and three bars. The main restaurant is a buffet and is situated just around to the left of reception and up the stairs. Breakfast (between 8am and 10:30am), Dinner (between 7pm and 9pm) and Midnight snacks (12am to 12:30am) are served here. The food is, quite honestly, fantastic. There’s always a huge selection of really well prepared and incredibly tasty food. Each night at dinner we noticed the main dishes changed so there was a really good variety and you could eat as much or as little as you wanted. A whole section of the restaurant faces out over the ocean with giant windows creating a stunning view, especially at sunset. Unfortunately the buffet also serves up stress. If you got there ten minutes after opening, you practically had to fight to get to the food. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people be so rude, pushy and impatient as I did in that buffet. We even had our seat stolen from us half way through the buffet when we both got up to get more and came back to our table to find people sitting there when it was clear we hadn’t left. The waiter saw this and called them something nasty as we moved table. We figured out that the best thing to do was to arrive after 10am for breakfast and about 6:50pm for dinner allowing you to get to the front of the queue, get the pick of the grub and find a seat all before anyone else has had a chance to crowd the place. Alternatively, you could arrive about 8pm and find it fairly busy but manageable but also chance not getting a good pick of the leavings. It was certainly hectic enough to really encourage us to book the other two restaurants.

---Booking the other two---

Alas, we weren’t informed when we arrived how to book the restaurants when we arrived. Basically each restaurant takes it day about. There is an Italian restaurant called Mama Mia’s and a Greek restaurant called Zorba’s Tavern. You need to book each restaurant the day before at exactly 11am. The queue for this is formed on the left hand side of the reception desk, though the place is completely devoid of signage or instructions about that, which lead to me standing in the reservations queue for 20 minutes getting more and more agitated that we were being ignored in favour of people checking out. My biggest tip here would be to make sure that you arrive at 10:45am at the latest to queue for reservations. They fill up incredibly quickly as they can only cater for about 20 people a night so you’ll get turned away if you are at the back/middle of the queue.

Bookings for Mama Mia are a simple affair, simply giving the time, room number, number of diners and choosing between smoking and non-smoking (remember that??). All that is then required of you is to show up, which we failed to do after having stuffed ourselves when we were out and falling asleep in the late afternoon. Booking Zorbas is a bit more complicated in that you need to choose what each person wants for their main course. The menu changes around too so you may not always get something you like. If you are booking for a large party you CAN come back later to tell them what everyone wants. Allan and I just chose while booking. The only downside of this is that you can’t always know there is something you’re going to like on the menu before you book.

As much as they do have two separate restaurants, both the Greek food and the Italian food were served in the Italian restaurant area. It was a little nicer than the tavern area but a little confusing if you haven’t been told about it. For starters at Zorba’s you’ll get a Greek mezé (a selection of Greek starters) and dessert is a help-yourself deal but on a much less stressful scale than the buffet. The food at the restaurant is absolutely, mouth-wateringly delicious. Both Allan and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The only problem we encountered the second night we ate there was that our table was infested with ants which made it quite uncomfortable. The restaurant is open air and we were just unlucky with our table but it was a bit disgusting.

The tavern area is used during the day for snacks between 12pm and 4pm and serves a selection of Greek and Italian food. Their spag bol was fantastic and their Greek Salad has given me the kick I need to start eating healthy again.


There are three bars in the complex. One is inside, just below the buffet restaurant, one is next to the main pool and there is a little bar up beside the quiet pool, however this remained closed the whole time we were there. Being that the hotel is all inclusive, the staff are pretty much used to giving you the selection of local brewed spirits and beers. They have 8 different cocktails making any of the more fire-water-esq spirits taste fantastic all of which we tried on our first day. We were off our faces by 1pm, sober again by 5pm and drunk again by 8. They do HAVE branded drinks which you would need to pay for but I’m pretty sure they’d panic if you asked for one since it simply didn’t seem to be done by anyone we saw. Both bars serve soft drinks and tea and coffee and the staff are all very friendly. Being the only Scottish/British people in the resort meant that I was constantly called “Ahhh Scotland!!”.

===Noise pollution===

Given that the hotel is 15 minutes from the airport, you may have realised that you are directly under a flight path. This, however, isn’t a big issue. The flights in seem to be less frequent during the night and the balcony doors do a good job at cancelling out the noise from overhead holiday-makers. A little closer to home is the noise that the Air-con makes but I wasn’t getting along too bad with that. The thing that caused the most noise, however, was the hotel entertainment. Our room was at the back of the blocks which meant we couldn’t hear the racket coming from the pool bar and the entertainment team during the day. If we had a room round the front I think that would have driven us crazy. There were, however, a few nights where we had our ears blasted (with the same music every night) from the outdoor theatre which is behind the blocks with the rooms in them. If you want a quiet relaxing holiday, I will tell you now, this place is probably not for you. We adapted our ideas pretty quickly but if you are a stickler for peace and quiet, avoid, avoid, avoid.

Kiddies will probably love the place. Most, if not all of the entertainment is geared towards them. The entertainment team really do dote on the kids at the resort keeping them involved and playing games with them. If I had kids, I would definitely be taking them to one of Sunshine’s hotels just for this. If you don’t have kids, the entertainment team are still lovely and we actually ended up making a couple new friends out of them coming over and chatting away to us while we sat sipping on cocktails. That made it a bit easier to forgive the noise they were making all day!

===Disabled Access===

One thing I would say is that I don’t imagine this place would be incredibly friendly for people in wheelchairs or who have trouble with stairs. All the rooms I could see, even ours which was on the ground floor, had at least one step up to them. Some of the nicer rooms on higher levels had a lift that could take you up, but you still need to get up that first step. Throw in that the main buffet restaurant is up a large flight of stairs and then a smaller flight of stairs, you’d be scuppered to get up that in a wheelchair without a lot of hassle. The other restaurants are on a ground level but booking may cause issues with that. Obviously the decision would ultimately be up to the person in question but I know if I was in a wheelchair I’d be a bit daunted by this place.

===Things to do nearby===

If you want to go outside the hotel, there is plenty of really cool stuff to do for fairly cheap. The strip outside the hotel has a bunch of restaurants on it and there’s a bus about a ten minute walk from the hotel that takes you directly to Rhodes Town for 2.20 Euros each. There’s also taxi’s everywhere. Rhodes town has a new section which is boring and full of brand names and an Old Town which is basically built within a huge sprawling castle. It’s beautiful and well worth a visit. In Rhodes town there are also the ruins of an Acropolis and a Temple of Apollo (basically, Greek temple ruins) which is no more than a half hour walk or a very short (but 8euros) bus ride. I recommend walking as you’ll get to see more of the island that way. If you’re in Rhodes for a while, you might want to take a trip across to Turkey or one of the surrounding Greek islands, there are boats all along the harbour offering day cruises as Rhodes is about 45 minutes by boat away from a good few places. They range in price between 25 and 45 Euros so have a look around the harbour for the best deal. If you want you can also book day trips to the other side of the Island to see Lindos which is also full of traditional Greek stuff and Falaraki which is full of traditional teeny bopping Brits having a rave. There are travel shops hidden between the restaurants outside the hotel and you’d probably be able to find some in Rhodes town too if you wanted to do this.

===My Top Tips===

Ask at the reception for a bus timetable and a map to the bus stop. It comes in really handy.

If you want to get a seat on the bus, there is another stop on the same street you’ll be directed to but about a three minute walk away to the right instead of the left. It’s a big yellow pole with a square on it.

The bus back from Rhodes Town is labelled “Kremasti”. Keep an eye out and ask the driver if he goes to Ialyssos to make sure.

Get to the buffet either very early or very late. Arriving on time will lead to a battle of wills.

Queue to the LEFT of the reception desk at 10:45am to book restaurants.


Price:4 out of 5: for what we ate and drank, it was well worth it though still maybe a touch near the expensive side.

Room: 4 stars out of 5: Everything was nice enough, Air con was a bit of a pain and the two single beds were a bit annoying.

Bathroom: 4 stars out of 5: Clean, tidy, shower good most of the time but occasionally let down by water temperature. Towels changed every day.

Pool: 4 stars out of 5: Mostly lovely, though a touch on the cold side with the quiet pool area smelling a bit bad.

Restaurants: 5 stars out of 5: Based solely on the food, 5. If I start thinking about the people who ATE there, I’d have to take stars off. But I won’t.

Bars: 5 stars out of 5: they have a really decent range of drinks and all for free. Can’t really fault that!

Cleanliness: 4 stars out of 5: mostly the place was very clean, just the ants that had my skin crawling that loses a mark here

Noise: 2 stars out of 5: Great if you have kids, a total pain if you don’t. Not a great hotel if you want peace and quiet throughout the day.

===My Verdict===

The place was nice. It was a bit noisier than we had hoped for, though that doesn’t mean we were kept up at night. Just that we had looked forward to a relaxing beach/poolside holiday and the day was somewhat akin to a disco around the pool. We could put up with it but I’d definitely be tempted to look for a couple’s only hotel next time we go somewhere. If you have kids it’d be brilliant for them. The food was great and the drink was decent too. The staff were mostly very polite and helpful and the entertainment crew were a great bunch despite the noise they were making. The ants in the restaurant have to take a point off as does the noise which leaves a three, but don’t let that fool you; it’s still a decent hotel for a family get away or for people who just aren’t as grumpy as us when it comes to other people making noise. Three stars out of five from me.


Sunshine Vacation Club
1 Rapti Square

Tel: +30 22410 92411

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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16  Thank ryanando
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

Just returned from two weeks at this hotel, after previously stayed several times at their hotel in Corfu. Arrived to a warm welcome and lunch, before being shown our room which had a great view of the pool and sea. Bright and airy, quite large and spotless. All the staff for our entire stay were friendly, kind and very helpful. The weather was lovely although was starting to get chilly in the evenings and the animation team moved into the main bar area which became quite packed out and very noisy. There is a nice selection of shops and bars nearby if you choice to wonder away from the complex. The lovely cake box which served great coffee, rolls and cakes daily, nice to sit and watch the world go by.
The food in the hotel was lovely and lots of choices, and Mama mias served a lovely evening meal. The only downside was that the last few days we were there was getting close to closing for the winter season and the food in the main diningroom was starting to refect this in the standard of food and quality. which was the only mark on a fabulous holiday.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

We've just returned from a fabulous holiday. Everyone was helpful and friendly and did everything to make our stay so enjoyable.

Our room was comfortable and clean, the food was in the main restaurant was ok, there was always something that you could find and enjoy. The other restaurant that you could book at was excellent for both the Greek and Itallian night. If you get fed up of the food in the main restaurant there are several bars and restaurants nearby that are reasonably priced.

The animation team were particularly fantastic, they all work really hard, especially Rio and Lara and before they went home Cassey and Adi, to keep you entertained throughout the day and the evening. Their numbers have reduced as the season comes to a close but they still try to put on all the shows that they can. We were lucky to see, The Abba Show, Lord of the Dance, Cabaret Evening, Stars Night and my absolute favourite was Mr Playboy, I have never laughed so much it was so funny. Every evening for the kids they put on a mini disco with dances from around the world. I don't think I will ever forget their club dance!

The island itself is beautiful and we were really glad we hired a car for a couple of days so that we could see its beauty. A visit to Rodos Old Town is also a must.

Overall it was an excellent holiday. I didn't think I would want to go back to the same place again but would definitely consider this now.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Teresa B
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

My husband and I stayed here 28 Sept-5 Oct. We booked flights with Easy-Jet including extra leg room seats which were fab and made the 4 hour flight time much more comfortable. We booked private transfer with suntransfers.com and had no problems. I couldn't wait to see the room as I had booked and paid extra for a sea-view room and from the pictures I had seen on here thought they looked really clean and modern. After checking in shortly after 11.10pm we were told where we could find our room, we were located in block 5 room 570 (block 1 being closest to reception). When we opened the door it was a big let down, it was dark and dismal, the bathroom was tired looking and had an old white shower curtain, it felt dirty. Our double room was actually 2 single beds pushed together with mattresses that were so hard.
The view the following morning was lovely with a full view of the sea, The choice for breakfast was quite good with cereals, fruits, yogurt ,pancakes, etc although the bread was terrible
Lunch was either taken in the main restaurant or in the taverna near the activity pool, we ate at both and always found something we liked. Dinner was a bit hit and miss, and like some other all inclusive hotels can get a bit repetitive, we only lasted 3 nights then went to a bar just outside the hotel a short walk to the right called Fiery Blaze where we had a few drinks whilst my husband watched the football (something the hotel could possibly consider showing)we also had a burger & chip which was lovely, Costas at Fiery Blaze was very friendly and made us very welcome, we also got to use their internet free of charge, something again that the hotel charges for.
The weather was pretty grim that week, we had heavy rain and thunderstorms and even managed to see a twister, the fact that the weather wasn't that great was a problem, there is only so much drinking you can do and I was actually bored by the middle of the week. We hadn't taken a kettle so as it was raining so hard meant we couldn't leave our room to get to the bar to get a coffee or anything. The entertainment is mostly outside and due to people complaining about the cold they moved the tables around in the lounge bar, this was quite claustrophobic and meant that people that went to that bar every evening because it was quiet had to move to make way for the animation team to try and get everyone motivated to take part but the entertainment was boring with bingo most nights that seemed to take forever. Don't get me wrong the animation team did a fantastic job and worked really hard as do all the staff who work at the hotel, I just felt there could have been more shows maybe.
It is nice to be able to have a walk outside the complex which we did a couple of times a week and we had a lovely meal at Knights of Olde which is a proper greek restaurant/taverna about 250 yards from the hotel, the meal including drinks was 25 euros and was a pleasant change from the all inc.
This was our first visit to Rhodes and we would visit again but I think we would try a different hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

We stayed at this hotel last year, this is the reason we booked to back this year. We were a bit disappointed this time around. The standards seem to have slipped somewhat. The food wasn't as good, it was bland and repetitive. The standards of cleanliness around the hotel left a bit to be desired, although our room attendant was great. The staff were all very friendly and helpful apart from the staff at reception. We had to ask for our fridge to be replaced on our first day (Sunday) as it was not working. It took several trips to reception, being told "oh yes it will be replaced today" by different embers of the team and was finally not replaced until Wednesday afternoon. Whether this was the fault of reception or the maintenance team I don't know but there it is never acceptable to be rude and dismissive towards guests.
I am sure we will return to Rhodes, an probably Ialyssoss but not to this hotel.
Another point is when you get bored with the food you must try Alkionis Sports Bar and Grill for a great meal.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

Stayed 18th sept for two weeks our second visit, and just booked again for next sept.almost everything excellent, but evening entertainment could do with spicing up more visiting acts, who wants a hour of bingo or tombola every night, but we dont go for entertainment really.
I think the restaurant and snack areas first class, didnt bother with booking a la cartes as enjoyed friendly staff in restaurant (thank you michael for football updates daily.) Again looking forward to our return to very sunny sunshine Rhodas.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank TheHistoryMan1
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Address: 1 Platia Rapti, Ialyssos 851 01, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Rhodes > Ialyssos
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Ialyssos
#4 Spa Hotel in Ialyssos
#6 Luxury Hotel in Ialyssos
Price Range: £69 - £239 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sunshine Rhodes Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 405
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. 4-star Sunshine Rhodes is situated on the sandy pebbled beach in the ancient town of Ialyssos, 7 km from the city of Rhodes. Guests have access to a private beach, 3 pools and a tennis court. The Rhodes Sunshine offers air-conditioned, elegant rooms, some of which enjoy sea views. Each is equipped with a bathroom with hairdryer. In-room facilities include a mini fridge and satellite TV. Wi-Fi access is provided upon charge. Dionissos Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch buffets. Mamma Mia Restaurant serves Italian cuisine and the Sunshine Bars serve cocktails and juices. Mountain bikes are available to rent and aerobics classes are provided. Younger guests can have fun in the children’s pool or the playground. Butterfly Valley is 16 km away. Diagoras Rhodes International Airport is at 6 km. Free private parking is possible on site. Families particularly like the location — they rated it 8 for a stay with kids. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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