We've just returned from Rhodes where we stayed at the Filoxenia which I had chosen based on the fantastic Tripadvisor reviews. It's difficult for me to review this place because some aspects of it were amazing but there were definitely some things that weren't so positive which I have to bear in mind in my review. I had arranged with the owner Nicos to stay on a half board basis for myself, my wife and daughter but I did say that we would want to eat out and sample the local restaurants on some evenings so in the end we ate at the hotel on 7 out of the 11 nights we were there. Ok so first the positives:-
Nicos and Evangalia and their family are the most amazing , hardworking, friendly hosts you will ever meet in any hotel, on arrival we were welcomed enthusiastically and given a welcome drink which was a nice touch and the whole family were charming and helpful at all times, certainly can't fault their attitude and friendliness.
The location is good , a short distance from shops and restaurants and a (stony) beach where they do kite surfing which you simply have to go watch it's soooo cool (wish I could do it it looked exhilarating)
The 2 pools are excellent , always clean with plenty of sun beds available (but see the negatives for more on that)
The price of the drinks and snacks was very reasonable , 70c for a 500ml bottle of water, 1.5 euros for a local coke / lemonade , large beer 3 euros and cocktails mostly 5.5 euros and many snacks for 2 or 3 euros, you won't feel ripped off here as far as drinks and food are concerned
The rooms were basic but cleaned every day with fresh towels and the grounds were immaculate, a very clean and tidy hotel overall
I had booked an apartment for myself, my wife and our daughter, I was happy to pay a bit more for one of the bigger apartments on the 2nd/3rd floor and that's what we got. We were in fact allocated 2 rooms (22/23) that are adjoining and have separate facilities i.e. 2 showers and 2 kitchen areas which did prove handy at times e.g when we were getting ready to go out in the evening however what I didn't expect (having not asked for 2 rooms) was to have to pay for air conditioning twice , the bigger room was 6 euros a night and the smaller room 5 euros a night for the aircon so in total €121 which was a rather unexpected and in my opinion unfair cost, I didn't see why I should have to pay for aircon twice when I only booked one room, ok we got 2 which was nice so in a way I hate to complain about this but it didn't seem right or fair to me
The showers weren't ideal, they've been mentioned in other reviews and they really can be annoying to use. For one thing the showers are tiny, they have a curtain all the way round that just sticks to you due to it's close proximity, of course that then inevitably means water going everywhere which isn't helped due to having to hold the shower as there's nothing to clip the shower head into. On the plus side the water pressure was fantastic and the water was always nice and hot (or cold if you needed to cool down!) but overall mainly due to a combination of the size and the fact you had to hold the shower when using it I have to say the whole shower experience wasn't one I want to repeat in a hurry
The sunbeds and umbrellas are looking tired , many of the sunbeds were broken (from where we were most days we could see at least 5 broken ones opposite us) and some of the umbrellas were very difficult to put up (needing 2 people) due to being really stiff. The majority of the sunbeds were of the white plastic variety and extremely uncomfortable to lay on , I ended up buying a lilo for 7 euros from the supermarket to put on the sunbed to lay on and I would definitely recommend doing that if you plan on laying around the pool a lot and can't get one of the more comfy sunbeds that seemed to attract the beach towel brigade and therefore weren't an option to most of us staying there
Things I didn't want to classify as positive or negative (mainly as they're subjective) :-
The food I had was good i.e. there was nothing wrong with it but I have to say not as good as I was expecting somehow, I can see why plenty of people would be happy just eating here and my wife enjoyed all of her meals (especially the Octopus) but we did have equally good if not better meals at other local restaurants and having spoken to other people we weren't the only ones slightly disappointed with the food and general restaurant experience. The service was slow at times, we did get the wrong things served to us occasionally most worrying having ordered 2 vegetarian omelettes being served 2 special omelettes with bacon and ham in (thankfully we're not vegetarians so were happy to eat what we got and it was delicious, I'm sure if we had been vegetarian the matter would have been dealt with quickly). I thought the bread was a bit hard and dry for my liking , perhaps that's how it's supposed to be but I'd rather it had been softer and not as dry although with Tzatziki on it was still delicious). Despite being on half board which should have included a dessert we were very rarely offered one or asked if we wanted one so only had one once or twice and the only options on half board were ice cream or Greek yoghurt (which I hadn't realised) with any 'upgrades' to the other desserts on the menu (which only cost on average 1 or 2 euros more than the standard ones) being charged at the full price for the dish concerned which I thought was a little unfair (and therefore didn't do very often). As has been mentioned in at least one other review it can take ages to get your bill at the end of the night, if you're in a hurry I would recommend asking to pay it there and then rather than wait for it to be brought to your table as that can take half an hour or more sometimes. Overall I have to say I was slightly disappointed with the dining experience in the evening. The food wasn't spectacular (although I have to say the BBQ was fantastic, don't miss that on a Sat night) and the service was ok but definitely could be better but this is a family hotel with only 4 or 5 people serving all of the meals and I think due to the laid back atmosphere and attitude (which is no bad thing) it did make it feel a bit slow and disjointed at times. I'd eat there don't get me wrong, there were some very nice meals e.g as I said the BBQ and the meatballs and moussaka and lasagne were very nice but quite often we didn't get a Greek salad with our meal which meant when a meal was served with salad as some where and that salad comprised 2 slices of cucumber and 2 slices of tomato it left me wanting a bit more, most meals did come with the option of pasta, rice or chips though, for some reason I seemed to be good at avoiding those ones though....
As has been mentioned in other reviews the beds might not be very comfortable for some people with a very firm mattress, I did wake up with some aches and pains occasionally due to the unforgiving nature of the bed but hey some people might like it like that
There is noise from planes flying over and it's amazing how many flights do take off from Rhodes airport but you soon get used to it and it wasn't an issue during the night
I have selected 'no wifi' in answer to the question below 'did this hotel have in-room wifi' because our rooms (22/23) didn't have wifi in the rooms, we were occasionally able to get a signal on our balcony but it wasn't really usable due to the poor signal strength. Other rooms might be fine I don't know but the signal didn't stretch from the reception area to our room so bear in mind if in-room wifi is important to you
The heat made things very uncomfortable in general, aircon is a must in August but during the day by the pool I have never taken to laying under an umbrella as much as I have here and I stuck to factor 30 suncream for the whole holiday as the sun is so strong. I hate to moan about glorious sunshine and 34C temps but honestly it does sap your energy and make it difficult to do much during the day. Note I obviously haven't let this influence any scores on this review I'm just mentioning it for info, I like my sun but our whole family just thought it was too hot during the day and this was on the cooler west coast of the island where there was a breeze! If I was to visit Rhodes again I'd definitely avoid the hottest months especially with young children, unless you're happy to stay in the pool all day :)
To sum up then we had a wonderful memorable holiday in Rhodes at the Filoxenia, the only issues were relatively minor ones that could be addressed quite easily (apart from the heat but I can hardly blame the hotel for that lol). Unfortunately we didn't get the chance to say goodbye and thank you to Evangalia when we left as she wasn't there so if you're reading this Efharisto' poli' (hope I got that right) to you Evangalia and the same to you Nicos and all your family. We would definitely go back to Rhodes (not in August though) and would definitely stay at the Filoxenia in future
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Not just a word: a Philosophy!! Its meaning: friend (FILOS) to the stranger (XENOS)! Welcome to our family, to our home! Filoxenia! The perfect place for family holidays where relaxation, safety, culture and the feeling of traditional warm hospitality is always present! Escape to nature! Located at the outskirts of Tholos village, in the heart of an olive garden, the ideal basis for escapes in the countryside through rural paths and the most important highlights of Rhodes. Our place offers Three (3) swimming pools and free sunbeds for your relaxation during your holidays, alongside with bar-restaurant where you can enjoy delicious home-made food of the Greek cuisine, enjoy your cocktails throughout the warm days of summer or even relax under the shade of the pergola, enjoying the free wireless internet. For your entertainment, There are an 18 course mini golf, giant chess, giant droughts and a pitch for French balls, a table tennis and a playground. Let us guide you in the world of history and tradition through our exhibition of old family itens and rural tools. A library can be found in-site, all in your disposal !!! Bar-Restaurant Filoxenia We welcome you to the family restaurant Filoxenia, where we will offer you an unforgettable journey to the most pleasing joys of the genuine local traditional cuisine cooked with the purest products. Delicious dishes, cooked with our own pure virgin Filoxenia olive oil, olives, pickles, aromatic plants, various vegetables all of them from our own cultivation and production, which will make you experience the finest gastronomic pleasures. We would happily share with you some of the oldest, forgotten recipes of our rural tradition, so that your every meal will be transformed in a true journey in the world of gastronomy. In this journey, your dishes will be accompanied by one of the exceptional Rhodian wines that we have in a huge variety. End up your dinner in the best way by tasting our traditional home made fruit sweets and liqguers made by grannies Georgia and Anna !!! Filoxenia Hotel – Apartments has a number of different rooms of which are: -Single/double studios with 2 beds - Triple studios with 3 beds -Apartments with 4 beds -Apartments with 5 beds Rooms’ Description Every studio and apartment is equipped with a kitchenette of two electric stoves, fridge with freezer and the necessary cutlery, dishes etc... Furthermore, bathroom with shower, telephone, Air Conditioning and a safe- deposit box. Filoxenia offers the perfect place for your summer vacations. Designed accordingly to the traditional architecture and colors of Greek heritage, it will attract your sight immediately. Close to the world-famous Valley of Butterflies and the exceptionally preserved city of Ancient Kameiros, Filoxenia studios offer a wide range of activities and actions. From sight- seeing of monuments to excursions through the rural paths in the Mediterranean nature and from gastronomy to a first-hand taste of local culture. Let us guide you throught the paths for the Temple of Appolo Erethimios and the ruins of the cherch of Saint George ! Location and useful distances Filoxenia studios are located next to the main road that connects the city of Rhodes and all the villages of the west side of the island. A bus stop is located just outside of the hotel, making your transportation even easier. Rhodes (Greek: Ροδος, Rodos, [ˈroðos]) is an island in Greece, located in the eastern Aegean Sea. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of both land area and population, with a population of 117,007 and also the island group's historical capital. Historically, Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, a giant bronze statue was dedicated to Appolo, god of the sun and protector of the island. It was completed in 280 BC but was destroyed in an earthquake in 227 BC. No trace of the statue remains today. It's one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe Historical sites on the island of Rhodes include the Acropolis of Lindos, the Acropolis of Rhodes, the Temple of Apollo, ancient Ialysos, ancient Kamiros, Kallithea springs, the Governor's Palace, Rhodes Old Town (walled medieval city), the Palace of the Grand Masters, Kahal Shalom Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, the Archeological Museum, the ruins of the castle of Monolithos, the castle of Kritinia, and many more ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Filoxenia Hotel Tholos
- Filoxenia Hotel Apartments Rhodes/Tholos, Greece