First and foremost this is the worst 'All Inclusive' Hotel I have ever visited. True, it is cheap to stay here but the all inclusive package is terrible and I will detail why later. If it is the all inclusive aspect you are looking for, then avoid this hotel. If on the other hand you want a reasonable hotel and want to treat the all inclusive aspect as a bonus, then fine.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the hotel itself. It is a typical 3 star hotel in a reasonable location; the rooms and facilities are fine, the staff are very friendly and helpful, the pool and bar area are lovely, and the restaurant is adequate.
Food is very much a subjective test and depends on what each individual likes. For me personally, I found the food to be below average. You will never go hungry as there is always plenty of bread, salad, and chips. Over an above that I wasn't overly impressed. Breakfast is reasonable and for me was the best meal. There is a choice of eggs, toast, limited cereals, and other cold meats and cheese. Certainly plenty to fill up on. Lunch and dinner simply didn't appeal to me and I can only describe it as 'canteen' food. Breakfast is served between 0730 and 0930, lunch between 1230 and 1400, and dinner between 1830 and 2030. Don't expect any food outside these times, the snacks that are available between meals consist of little more than biscuits most of the time.
All inclusive drinks - This is where the package really falls apart due to what can only be called stinginess on the part of the owners. Beer, wine, and soft drinks are available from 1000 to 2230. The beer and wine is okay, the soft drinks are appalling - cheap flat cola and pop. There are no ice creams or lollies included for kids. Spirits are only available from 1730 until 2230 and there are only 4 - white rum, vodka, gin, and another I can't recall. These drinks are killed by the cheap mixers so taste awful. So if you are looking forward to a nice vodka and coke or rum and coke, forget it. The local spirits would probably be fine if they were mixed with proper coke, pepsi, 7-up etc. but they aren't.
The rooms and maid service are fine, although air conditioning is a must and has to be paid for separately (5 euro's per room per day). If you don't go for air conditioning, you will need to sleep with the door wide open and mosquitos are a problem especially at night.
Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby, dining room, and bar area but not in the rooms.
The location of the hotel is okay providing you don't mind some walking. There are 2 bars around 200 meters from the hotel. The centre of town is probably a further 400 meters but can be walked quite easily. The beaches are about 3/4 of a mile away so a bit far to walk however there is a courtesy bus runs back and forth a couple of times a day.
Kolimbia as a resort is okay. There are a few decent bars, the usual array of shops, reasonable beaches but a shortage of really nice tavernas. I have visited Greece an awful lot and although okay it is not as nice a resort as some others but overall typical.
Overall, with a few tweaks and a little less stinginess, this Hotel could be okay however in my opinion it is a typical 3 star hotel that has gone into the all inclusive sector and tried to do it on the cheap. In doing so all it has done is drag it down. If you want an all inclusive package, unless you are a beer and chips man, go elsewhere, you will only end up spending more money than you originally expected to. In the long run, you would be better off paying less for a B&B or room only package in the first instance.
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- Also Known As:
- Loutanis Hotel Kolimbia
- Loutanis Hotel Rhodes, Greece