My family and I, (husband and 2 children aged 7&11) have just returned from a 2 week all inclusive stay at Pefkos Gardens.This was our third time in Pefkos however our first and probably only time at Pefkos Gardens. I had read the mixed reviews before hand but honestly could not imagine a place to be a bad as people were writing, not in Pefkos! its such a fantastic place!
Firstly the hotel: - its situated in an excellent location, 5 mins or so walk to Pefkos, with lovely gardens and stunning views from the roof top restaurant. However, the rooms are AWFUL. I have stayed in Greece for the past 15 years and am used to basic, but these just take the mickey! We had 4 single beds lined up together in a row, in a studio room suited for 2 people. There was not enough room to even swing one of the cats! it really was cramped and quite stressful at times trying to get 4 people ready in the small space. Ok for a couple, but not a family of 4. I don't know how parents with toddlers would cope. They were however kept very clean and linen and towels were changed every other day. The cleaners worked so hard and were lovely ladies. Very sad to see them sleeping on the poolside beds at night, really not sure why that was?.....
The pool: - lovely sized pool and kept pristine by the maintenance guy. However you need to be up by at least 730am to get a bed. Some people left towels on overnight which were never removed by staff! very annoying. We never once managed to get 4 beds for our family and had to make do with plastic chairs for the kids to sit on. Quite cramped at times and I could usually touch the next persons bed just stretching my hand out! The pool had to be closed one day due to 'poo' being discovered in the shallow end! quite hard to believe until we were told that the owner lets her dogs swim in there in the mornings. We however did not witness that.
The restaurant: - lovely rooftop restaurant with stunning views and a lovely team of staff who always worked hard and were polite and efficient at all times. Meals were OK, but thats all. Nothing special but all edible. Nothing at all separate for kids. So if you are looking for burgers and nuggets, this is not the place! Chips were served twice in the two weeks, same with fish fingers. Some days were better than others. I was getting a bit fed up with it all towards the end, the arrogance of other foreign holiday makers was disgusting to watch. They did not wait their turn for food, often piled their plates sky high, especially with croissants and cake which would then run out, but the worst was watching the way they treated the staff. Very sad to see one of the young plate clearers whistled at and then rudely told to clear their plates immediately......
The bar and courtyard: - Where do I start with this one!! The courtyard is a wasted space with entertainment only on once a week (Greek singer). There is absolutley nothing to do, bearing in mind this is an all inclusive so the nights are long and BORING! There is not one word to describe the bar man but at least 10, starting with arrogant, lazy, full of himself....... I could go on and on. I have never once come across a bar man in Greece like him. If he likes you then you are fine and you will get all the drinks that you want and when you want. However for some reason he did not like us one bit so we were in for a tough ride. He routinely ignores the kids waiting patiently at the bar and always serves the adults first. My boys waited from 1145pm until midnight to be told the bar was closed. When we disputed this they were given water! 5 minutes later an adult was served beer! And this was the story night after night. In the end we started walking into Pefkos at night just to get away. The atmosphere is geared more towards the Eastern Europeans, with Polish/Russian music being played mostly.
This hotel was not for us and I can honestly say that we are glad to be home. Such a shame as it has so much going for it. It is not a family run hotel and the staff are NOT greek apart from the owner Barbara and the manager George who you do not see very often (but who is a lovely man). I would not recommend staying here, Pefkos is such a lovely place, along with Lardos and Lindos. Look around, save your money and have a great holiday because you won't here!
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- Also Known As:
- Garden Hotel Pefkos
- Hotel Pefkos Garden Rhodes