Stayed here for two weeks at the end of August and I must say I was dreading it after reading the reviews on here! But despite all the bad press we had a fab time, one of my best holidays ever and if I was to return to Pefkos I would stay there again!
I want to address some of the common complaints I have read about.
1 - Cleanliness - the rooms were clean enough. It is a 3* hotel and so it is not immaculate, however floor were clean, bathroom was clean, beds were clean. And I am fussy! The only negative was that when we arrived the room STANK of smoke, it was stifling. I did complain and was given air freshener, I also bought some extra air freshener and we left the bedroom doors open whilst we went for a meal. By day 2 the smell was pretty much gone and didn't bother me again, (the bf didn't find this as much as an issue of me, and he hates people smoking near him!).
2 - Towels & Bedding - we did have to ask for towels after a few days as they state they change them twice a week but ours hadn't been done. Although this may be because one day the cleaner couldn't come in as we were still asleep. I did also get given one towel that was stained, but it had clearly been washed and smelt clean and new towels were given to me when I pointed this out to reception. Bedding was changed regularly and was clean and fresh. Also plenty of extra blankets were in the room, we had air con full blast and woke up cold!
3 - Air con - we felt the need to pay for it, it was E47.50 per week and we had budgeted for it as it seems to be the norm. I don't think it is fair for them to charge as I find it an essential when travelling in August, but they are just following the trend I suppose. The air con unit is only fitted in the main bedroom - we had a 1bed apartment. This meant the other room & bathroom were still hot and very stuffy. This was ok for us but if travelling in a 4 it would have been an issue.
4 - Rooms - our room was big enough and there were 3 good size mirrors. Our kitchen area was clean and we had plenty of crockery/cutlery etc. The fridge didn't seem to be working too well and wasn't all that cold, however not an issue for us as we ate out and only used kitchen for breakfast or tea, (one carton of milk did go bad seemingly quickly but no other milk turned). As I said we had a 1 bed apartment and were very pleased, however the standards of rooms seems to be quite hit and miss as other people staying seemed to think our room was much better than theirs - 183 is the room to ask for!
5 - Noise/View - We had a room overlooking the pool (as requested) The views were beautiful and we were delighted. However the noise was an issue at points. We often were out in the evening and got back when the bar noise had died down, however a couple of times we were in and the noise wasn't too bad, but at least twice the noise was ridiculous and felt like it was right outside our door. The upside of this was that there was always evening entertainment and a great laugh to be had with the other holiday makers at the bar!
6 - Pool - great size, very clean, and plenty of sunbeds. Separate baby pool as well and the deep end was very deep and great for messing around diving!
7 - Staff - every staff member I met was kind, friendly and helpful. They have great local knowledge and I found the young Scottish girl more helpful than the rep, as she would tell us the cheaper way to do things by ourselves!!
8 - Bar - good food served all day, crepes were fab (get the young lad to make them though as he puts loads of topping on) wide variety of food and drink and very reasonable prices especially if you do the 3 course set menu for dinner for E8.90 each!
9 - The Area - I now love Pefkos! It's a great resort with a great beach and some incredible restaurants. The location of the Finas is perfect as it is right next to the bus stop and very close to the beach and the main strip. I highly recommend the restaurant on the beach - Kyma - it is expensive, but worth it for the amazing views, delicious food and lovely staff. The waterpark in Falaraki is fab, there is a free bus everyday at 9.15 and returns at 5pm - absolutely no need to pay Olympic E16 for you transfer! The buses in general are a bit hit and miss on their reliability, however this one always turns up! The buses are air conditioned and very cheap so don't be afraid of them! Lindos is beautiful, very quick to get there so we visited twice. The Acropolis is pretty and not too bad a walk, lots of donkeys also available! We also got a boat to Lindos on one trip, E20 for a return on the glass bottom boat and this was a definite bonus to the day as we got two swimming stops included and the boat captain was fab! Rhodes town cost E11 return on the bus, but be warned it is a loooong way! I think this would have been better to have booked with Olympic on a direct transfer as it would have been about half the journey time and the bus in the morning was 1 and a half hours late!!!
All in all one of my best ever holidays, do not be put off by the reviews!! If you want 5* luxury then pay for it, if not go along embrace it and don't waste your holiday complaining - after all how long do you intend to stay in your room for?! Get out see the whole island, enjoy some great food, meet lovely people, socialise at the bar and embrace the party atmosphere if your room overlooks the pool!!
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