First off - the biggest problem with this hotel is it's rating. If it was calling itself a 2 star hotel then it would probably get better reviews, as it's perfectly fine and basic. It doesn't matter that you may have got it for a cheap price (which we certainly did) - as soon as you see it's a 4 star that brings a certain level of expectation. So you read the reviews and dismiss bad ones thinking "you always get a moaner". I always try and see the positive, but I'm going to give a very honest review. if you're used to 4 star or even 3 star hotels elsewhere and haven't booked yet, maybe best to stay clear. If you've already booked then don't worry, but do prepare to be just a tad disappointed...
HOTEL/ROOM: Basic, but perfectly fine. Our room was the same as every other room we have ever stayed in abroad so nothing to complain about. Twin beds pushed together, plenty wardrobe space, TV (albiet an old set, but who cares?). Air-conditioning is only free during high season and costs 6 euros a day otherwise. It was hot for us so we paid it..glad we did as the room got quite unbearable at night. A safe costs 20 euros for the week and is non-refundable. When we came in we did not get given a wristband/card nor did we get anything with meal times, etc on it. Receptionist just told us when...very laid back, but not what we expected from a 4*. Sometimes the effort is nice! Do remember to pack mosquito repellent - Greece is really bad for them, and one night we forgot and got bitten terribly when we went out. I'd also recommend you get a plug-in for the room too. The pool is an okay size with a small pool for the little ones. There were always plenty of sun-loungers and some that were away from the pool in the garden area in the shade.
FOOD: Not a great deal of choice, this was the biggest let-down for us. For breakfast you have a table with bread, rolls, some biscuits, sliced cake and 3 choices of cereal (coco-pops, corn-flakes and muesli). There is also a bowl of greek yoghurt (this was lovely with the muesli) and what appeared to be honey but tasted a bit too artificial and syrupy..also marmalade, chocolate spread, etc. For hot food there were 6 trays with either boiled eggs, fried eggs, omelette, cocktail sausages, ham and beans. This would change every day - so you either got eggs and ham one day or eggs and sausage the other. There were always several trays with the same type of egg...variety here would have been nice. There was also a grill for toast, some more small slices of cake and one type of fruit (usually oranges for breakfast). Fresh fruit is always nice at meals and it's a shame they didn't have more than one type at any given time. at breakfast they also had a table you could make up rolls with cheese and ham...this would have been ideal at lunch-time, but it wasn't available then. For lunch and dinner there was a small table with a selection of salads/coleslaw (the coleslaw was lovely), then you again had 6 trays of hot food...meat stews/fish/pasta/potatoes..sometimes chips and small slices of pizza. The food was basic, but it was quite nice most of the time, if very limited.There was also soup (which was a bit watery) and rolls. There's a freezer with a selection of ice-creams and a small range of desserts (usually 2 types of cake - typical cream sponges, which were lovely but tiny, jelly and mousse). Because there is just one small table with meals a big queue could form. This made me very wary of going back up for more and to be honest probably accounts for people complaining about guests "piling their plates". There is also no snacks on offer during the day, which you would expect from a 4* all inclusive - unless you count the tiny table at the pool bar with coffee, biscuits and slices of madiera cake that was available between 4-6pm.
DRINKS: Again, not a great range. There are 2 bars, but the lounge bar was never open the week we were there. Outside at the pool bar was the most popular. There is a list at the bar with the All Inclusive drinks: Campari/Vodka/Whisky/Gin/Rum and 4 cocktails: Sex on the Beach/San Francisco/Blue Angel/Tequila Sunrise. There was also Red and White Wine and Beer. There wasn't the option to pay for any other drinks - that was all they had. But the vodka was real Smirnoff..and the barman gave generous measures. Cocktails were quite nice, but basic. There is also a range of soft drinks, coffee and tea. During meal times there is self service for soft drinks, fruit juice (concentrate, so really sweet) tea and coffee(at breakfast) and then for lunch/dinner there is wine and beer on tap too. As an aside, there is no option for diet juice in the restaurant which my boyfriend has to have, so was a bit of a nuisance having to get that from the pool bar each time.
LOCATION: Quiet, next to mountains. The beach is about a 5-10 min walk. We only went once so can't really comment. There is a supermarket across the road, plus more if you go to your right when you go out. Next to the hotel is the Star Bar, which we really liked. They have an 18 course mini-golf, several big screens playing sport and a children's play area with bouncy castle, etc. The staff were very nice. They also do lovely crepes/hot food/ice-cream/cocktails. If you go in the opposite direction there is a lovely bar/restaurant called Pallazzo's which is family run. Very friendly staff, especially the owner - and the breakfasts were lovely and reasonably priced. Kolymbia main strip is about 15 mins walk in either direction, and comprises of one large street with many gift shops, several bars and places to eat, etc. Memories bar did fab cocktails, and Statues across the road does 2 for 1 on cocktails (which for between 4 and 5 euros each was quite the bargain). If you want to go to Rhodes for the day you can get a bus if you walk to the left of hotel. 3.50 euros each way per person and takes about 35 mins. Do take a bus time-table at hotel as some of the times are odd! Rhodes is nice -do visit the old town in the medieval city walls, lots of lovely shops and history. Lindos is also 30 mins away - get bus from the same stop, costs the same. For some reason there is only 2 buses to Lindos - 9am and 9:30am! Lindos is also lovely, didn't brave getting on a donkey though!
ENTERTAINMENT: None. There is music played during the day at the pool bar (Greek music mainly) and then at night there was some chartier stuff played. But no brought in entertainment. However there is Table-tennis, a Pool table, small games room with air hockey/pac-man, etc), volleyball net and a Tennis Court.
SERVICE: Good. The staff were very helpful - especially the people on reception, always more than willing to give you advice, etc. Cleaners were very friendly too, always saying hello and the room was cleaned every day with fresh towels.
Overall, the Marianna Palace is a basic, laid back hotel with nice staff but it is not a 4* and this sadly is where it's going wrong. If we had known that it was basically a 2* then we wouldn't have booked as we expect more in the way of food/drink choice from a hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Marianna Palace Kolimbia
- Marianna Palace Hotel Kolimbia
- Marianna Palace Hotel Rhodes, Greece