The good stuff - Nice place. Hotel was clean and comfortable and most important, relaxing. Room was good. Clean. Don’t go on holiday to sit in a room so it sufficed. Typically, the safe was extra. Food was good. All buffet. The range of foods on offer was better than a lot of places and the food did vary from night to night. However, we don’t go on holiday for the food. We go out to dinner for that, so it sufficed. The staff was generally friendly and helpful. Daily entertainment by the pool is typical of its kind – water polo, water aerobics and that kind of thing. You don’t have to get involved and I didn’t find the music being played too intrusive. The beach is a 15mins walk from the hotel or 5 mins in the free hotel transfer minibus. Not the usual nutter driving whilst abroad, which was nice. The beach is nice as are the family who run the sun bed business and ‘Sexy Billy’s’ Cantina. 2 beds and a brolly was €7 from the time you got them until 6pm. Getting the 0930 bus meant we always got beds and brolly. The beach is grainy sand and not the most comfortable looking stuff to lay on. There are toilets at the beech. They're free and clean. Take a snorkel with you as there is some excellent snorkelling to be had. Don't go too far out and supervise kids. The current seriously begins, where the rocky outcrop ends. Back at the hotel, the nightly entertainment was good fun after a couple of drinks, if you got your head in the right place and let go of all pretensions. Admittedly it’s exceptionally cheesy. Bingo, raffles, the worst of Disco during the, er, disco. It’s a cheap package holiday. What do you expect? Fire eating night was quite good. Cheesy-ness is an essential ingredient. Let go and enjoy it. Like I said, have a couple of drinks first. Try and get a room away from the main hotel and try and get an apartment style room, or else you’ll be enjoying the entertainment every night, whether you like it or not. We had an apartment in block 5, which was nicely out of the way. The hotel complex is not big so don’t worry, it won’t take a week to find the pool from your room. Kolymbia town is nice for a tourist visit. You can walk from the beach on your return, which takes 15mins. We preferred going from the hotel. Turn right out of the exit. Keep going straight on the first cross roads (smaller, crossed with London Street) and then turn right at the second crossroads. Keep going. Et Voila. Kolymbia. Go to Nico’s for some food. Don’t order starters and a main course unless you’re American. The portions are huge. We ate out, 1 main course, a 500ml bottle of beer each, plus tip for about €15. On the way back, stop at Brillianta Bar. A nice family ran place that’s relaxed. Happy hour, 2 for one, from 6pm-2am, B52’s aren’t easy to mix but they managed no problems. They tasted great too and the drinks were branded. 2 cocktails each in ‘happy hour’ for 2 of you was €7. Unbeatable prices. Talking of pricing, believe it or not, the hotel shop is on a par with the prices on the street. Except the books. Don’t buy the books. A bit of a cheek: take a novel bought here in Oxfam for £1.50 and left in the room on departure. Try and sell in hotel shop for €5. I don’t think so. On balance there’s more good than bad and we’d go back again if we just wanted to splodge somewhere, where it’s relaxed and still 35degC by the pool in early September. Unusually for us we didn’t want to go sight seeing much and so this hotel was perfect. Out of the way. Nice and relaxing. Just what the doctor ordered. Apparently if you did want to go for a small trip out, Rhodes City (cultural centre of Rhodes, allegedly) is only a bus ride away and the costs are apparently reasonable.
Not so good stuff - The all-inclusive cocktails weren’t great and I’d stick with the beer. The most annoying thing from this hotel was the fact that all-inclusive drinks are not served after 11pm. You have to pay between 11pm-1am. This in my view is not right. A glass of the beer you were pouring yourself at 10.59pm was €1.50 at 11. The bar men are sticklers for time by the way and there’s no charming those fellas. The bar staff are the most miserable I have seen working in the hospitality business, anywhere. Fortunately the relaxed nature of the hotel helped me past this for the rest of the time. We weren’t impressed by the use of glass by the pool and a few did get dropped. Customers were left to clear up their own broken glass and on one occasion a small splinter did find its way into my Wife’s foot (fortunately not requiring the e111 and only some tenacity). The main pool is deep by the way, so unless your kids are over 6ft you may want to keep an eye on them once they get past the water feature. There is a shallow pool for littlies.
Conclusion – There was a broad age range of people visiting and I think the hotel catered well for all ages and tastes. At least, they catered as best as you can possibly cater for everyone. The poolside was never majorly overcrowded and a sun bed was always available, providing you were prepared to move some about to where you wanted them. The Greek people are generally accepting and friendly and so when you’re out and about down the beach for example, you don’t need your guard up and can just get on with your holiday. The only people this hotel may not suit would be young groups or couples looking for action. Faliraki is just down the road (20-25mins taxi journey), but is prohibitive at €20 one way, keeping things nice and relaxed for the rest of us. We chose this holiday based on the good reviews on Trip Advisor and overall, The Golden Odyssey lived up to its reputation.
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