We have just returned back from the Holiday Village after a weeks stay, myself, my husband and two children aged 8 and 18 months.
The hotel grounds are very impressive. We paid extra for a swim up room in the activity section on the advice of a friend that had been to the hotel last year. To be honest I would have preferred to be in the deluxe part as they had a swim up pool bar and it is only a short walk to the activity section. Where we were was a bit of a walk to the nearest bar. Our room itself was lovely, very clean, plenty of space, we had two double beds which were very comfy and also a travel cot for my 18 month old. I would have preferred an actual cot as the base of the travel cot was very hard without a mattress. My eldest loved the fact he could jump straight off the balcony into the pool but for us, if I were to go to this hotel again, I wouldn't pay the extra money for the swim up room as we didn't make use of it, from 11 am the sun was off our balcony and when looking around only a couple of swim up rooms had sun later into the afternoon.
This hotel is fantastic for kids, the pool area was always clean, the waterpark has just enough slides, its not too big and i was happy for my son to be running around with friends he had met without me following him. The shallow/ small children's section with the smaller slides is great, it is shallow enough so my youngest son could walk around and if he did fall he wasn't scared, he could easily get him self back up. There was always something going on around the pool for the kids to do. They even had a section of the grass under a cover with baby toys so we could sit for a while and let my youngest have a play, i was very impressed with the little things like this.
We didn't take any beach towels, we hired these from the supermarket in the hotel and paid 10 euros deposit on each towel and we could change these every couple of days. We received our 40 euros back at the end of the week,
There really is not a lot around this hotel, we hired a car from a hire place just on the road out of the hotel it cost us 55 euros and we had it from 8:30pm tuesday night until 6:30pm weds. they quoted us 75 euros in the hotel. We drove to Falaraki on the Tuesday night and had a wonder around there, it only took 20 minutes to get there and its a great resort with plenty going on, my husband went on an 18-30's there years ago and he said it has totally changed, there were plenty of families of all ages walking round. We drove to Rhodes old town on the wednesday and also Lindos. This was an excursion they offered in the hotel through First Choice but it would have cost us nearly 200 euros! having the car and being able to come and go as we pleased, I thought was a much better way to do it having young children as it was just so hot walking round and when we had had enough we left. Rhodes old town is definitely worth a visit, I think it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. if I were to go again I would prefer to go around tea time when the sun wasn't so strong.
The food, was very repetitive, and a lot of the time it was cold/ luke warm by the time you got to your table to eat it, I have been to a few 5* in the Caribbean and the food in those hotels was unbelievable, there was always something different and a lot more to choose from through the day. I think for a 5* hotel the food could be a bit better. Although i was impressed with the childrens section with plastic plates, knives and forks. Also they had a microwave, food processor and also a bottle steriliser in the restaurant.
If you want to eat at the al a carte restaurants you need to book these literally the day you get there as we left it until the day after and we could only get one reservation for the Friday, I thought this was very disappointing, may be a system where you could only book up to 3 days in advance might give other people chance if they missed out the first time. This also goes for the high ropes, if you want to book these for your children this needs to be also booked as soon as you arrive as we booked it on the Tuesday and could only get the Thursday.
One thing I really wasn't impressed with was when I booked this holiday I paid £90 for a late checkout as we were flying at 6 am in the morning, I think it is disgusting you pay £90 for a late checkout and it only gives you another 6 hours. With the late checkout included we were due to be kicked out of our rooms at 6pm even though we weren't getting picked up until 2:50am. We had to pay a further 30 euros to be able to keep our rooms until 2 am. If you have booked a late checkout and you need your room like we did until the early hours of the morning you will need to put your name down for this as soon as you arrive at the hotel as we were told its a first come, first served basis.
All in all we all had a fantastic holiday here and i would recommend it to anyone.
- Also Known As:
- Holiday Village Rhodes Hotel Kolimbia
- Holiday Village Rhodes Greece