Best hotel in the area. Greek staff were very friendly and helpful.
We arrived at 4am and were greated by Nikos, providing us with champagne and bottles of water. Check-in was swift and the night porter was very quick at bringing our bags to the room.
Our rooms was clean and very spacious with modern decor and nice furnishings.
The food served in the main restaurant isn't the highest of quality but there is a lot of choice, so you won't go hungry. They have themed nights throughout the week also which keeps it varied. Some of the food is quite salty though, but on the continent they do tend to add a lot of salt to their food.
We also had two a la carte dinners during the week at the on site restaurants, an Italian and a Greek. The Greek restaurant is good, the starter of Greek Meze is the best course and the most filling, you barely need the other two course as there are so many plates to the meze. The Italian restaurant serves very small portions, and the food isn't top range.
The hotel is split into three areas (activity, relax, deluxe), when we booked this wasn't clearly highlighted, so you may want to specifiy which area you want. We requested to be moved to the relax or deluxe area (we were willing to pay the extra), we were directed to speak to our First Choice reps, they didn't come back to us after a day and a half so we requested again where they insisted their response must have been swept away by the cleaner after being put under the door. After this second request we never heard anything more from the reps about moving rooms; even if there was no room free, it would have been courteous to come back to us.
The Kolymbia area itself doesn't have much going on in it, there are alot of unfinished buildings in the nearby area, the 'main strip' of Eucalyptus Street is about a 15 minute walkaway and it consists of bars, a few restaurants and tourist shops full of fake branded goods.
Mixaha Keramik, on the way to Eucalyptus street, is a lovely glass and ceramic shop run by a husband and wife where you can buy beautiful glassware and a souvenir .
Kolymbia beach is pebbley but clean; there is a sandy beach at Tsambika (about a 5/10 minute car journey or 30 minute walk around the big hill next to the Holiday Village) you can get two sunnbeds for 8 Euros. The water at Tsmabiki does have some black/petrol slick from the speed boats going up and down the water.
There is a bus service around the corner from the hotel, we paid 14 Euros for two adults to get a return to Rhodes town. However, if you are planning to venture out most days it is probably better value for money to rent a car (70 Euros for 3 days).
If you tell reception by 6pm the day before you are spending the day off the resort, the restaurant will make up a pack lunch for you. The pack lunch is basic (a sandwich, mini Greek salad, crisps, water and juice carton, and an apple), but handy if you are not wanting to spend extra money on food.
If you have children, i think this would be great for a family holiday as there are lots of daytime activities for children and evening entertainment.
As a couple, we wanted somewhere we could relax and unwind for a week and this hotel definitely catered for our needs. The adult bar open in the evening is a nice touch if you want to distance yourself from the family entertainment.
I definitely recommend making the effort to visit the Kalithea Spa, Rhodes Old Town and the Acropolis.
First Choice put on an excursion to the Acropolis at 25 Euros per adult, which frankly is a rip off as this doesn't include your entrance to the Acropolis (6 Euros), your lunch, or any sort of tour. On the First Choice excursion they do take you to Tsambiki beach on the way back, but as said before it's not that far from the hotel. I think the price of the excursion is very high for what is a glorified bus ride.
- Also Known As:
- Holiday Village Rhodes Hotel Kolimbia
- Holiday Village Rhodes Greece