My daughter and I stayed here for a week recently. we were not phased by being virtually the only Brits. This isnt really an issue, it just detracts sometimes from familiar ambience. The hotel presented quite nicely. Large reception area with comfortable seats. We were presented with the option of having a sea view room which we needed to pay 7 euros per night extra for. Disappointing - but with standing water close by, we thought it best - and previous reviews had indicated some of the rooms were less than salubrious.
We had a nice airy room with balcony above the reception area. The furnishings are very dated, television a useless specimen (not that you go away on hols to watch TV!) but the most irritating thing was the door to the bathroom, made a horrendous noise on being used - warped after years of use and wetting in the bathroom.
Airconditioning, we were told was a further 7.5 euros because it wasnt july! This did not impress us and the cost particularly high we thought. however, the temperature down that side of the island is particularly hot - some 4 degrees hotter than Ixia or Rhodes town where the sea breeze is a welcome cool. Still we had to have it, having been eaten alive by mozzies on one night - apologies to the neighbours but we had to bash them all night. A lesson to be remembered when one tries to use the mozzie guard with the sliding doors open - DONT! it doesnt work.
Still, being positive, the rooms are cleaned each day. There are clean towels and a wipe down of floors. I have no complaints at all with the cleanliness and how hard the housekeeping staff worked. They were friendly too.
Food - initially there were only about a hundred in the hotel, or thereabouts and so the choice was okay for people who like food, but if you are a picky eater, not so good. Contental breakfasts with some scrambled egg seemed to be the fare in the morning. Lunches were often with pasta or rice and a potato dish, some random veg - twice brussels sprouts, sometimes carrots and sometimes broccoli. But there was always a fish and at least one meat choice and plenty of greek salad items, tzaziki etc. So I have no complaints about the food. Dinner was similar. Sweets/desserts were more limited than expected but I prefer savoury so that didnt bother me. wine and beer from a dispenser which was palatable.
The other irritating thing about the hotel was their insistence on using the cheapest plastic cups that money can buy for drinks at the bar. Irrespective of whether or not you were drinking inside or outside. Whilst I understand there will always be idiots who get drunk and fall about the place and there is a need for plastic cups, especially poolside, I objected to this whilst wishing to drink indoors.
The pool is well kept and the poolside area clean and well presented. A good view to the sea which is accessed across the parking area - the beach is pebble so flip flops are definitely needed. There are lounges and tables at 4 Euros per day on offer there.
If you use a satnav to get there, it will take you to the Lindos Princess.... dont look in there, it will make you wish you had booked there - but its far more expensive.
There is no entertainment and the clientele - tended towards middle aged bavarians, eastern europeans and quite old people. Pefkos is better if you want a bit of brit night life and it isnt really walking distance in the heat.
take a wander to lardos, nice little village with someting on Friday nights. good prices to try eating out. Pefkos for louder brasher scenery and hire a car to get out and about. We managed it and it was well worth it.
All in all a medium priced holiday that was a nice break. I wouldnt rush to go back there, not because it was awful, it wasnt, its just that I have experienced nicer places and better scenery. Perhaps Rhodes is a little tired overall now.
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