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Visit City of Rodos.
The Orthodox cathedral of Annunciation
City of Rodos is obviously capital of Rodos. It is the only place where you can find restaurants and cafes and clubs as you imagine them. This nice crowded town contrasts otherwise lonely island.
Rodos town was the first even built on an urban plan. It's 2400 years old!! Rodos architecture was influenced by the Italian architecture of the late thirties (fascist). There is the Rodos harbor in the first picture.
One of the three parts of the...
One of the three parts of the City of Rodos, The Old Town of Rodos Beautiful with it's medieval buildings. I recommend going to the Archaeological Museum [tel. 0241/27.674]. It includes collections of coins, pots and sculptures from the Mycenaean up to the Roman era.
Archaeology: 10. Lindos - Rodos island
The archaeological site of Lindos extends outside and around the Acropolis of Lindos, on the west coast of Rodos island (Dodekanisa).
Other monuments of the area are some remains of the Knights Era, Byzantine churches and mansions of the 17th century AD.
Rodos Palladium, Rhodes
Date 4th July 2006
After reading the review dated 6th June 2006 we travelled to this hotel with some trepidation, what we found bore no resemblence to the poor reviews.
We have travelled to many countries and stayed in numerous 4 & 5* hotels and we can only say that the Rodos Palladium is a fabulous hotel. It is difficult to say which part of the hotel is the best as all aspects of staying at the Rodos Palladium are wonderful.
The hotel itself is spectacular, the food is delicious and plentiful. The staff are both friendly but professional and curteous. The animation ladies are delightful and hardworking. We have had a wonderful holiday and we will have no hesitation of recomending this hotel to our friends. I am sure that the Rodos Palladium is a hotel we will be revisiting in the future,
What more could you want?
We decided on the Rodos Palladium for two reasons: firstly, it is supposedly the best Thomson Platinum hotel in the world, and secondly, because of all the great reviews on this site. We certainly had very high expectations, and were a bit concerned on the journey there that we would end up disappointed. We didn't have long to worry about this though, as the transfer time was only 20 minutes.
However, walking through the smart revolving doors into the cool, clean marble reception area instantly dispelled some of our fears. The rest disappeared during the check in process - the staff were great.
Our room was spotlessly clean, and a good size. Do try and make sure you get a pool/sea view though - we did see rooms overlooking the front of the hotel (not a great view by any means) and having one of these would certainly detract from the experience.
The pool area is huge, with loads of loungers. The hotel wasn't too busy when we were there so it wasn't hard to find a chair, although we did have to get up quite early to secure a good one. The pool itself is great, although seemingly not heated (!) which is a bit of a shock to get into after the 33C heat! We found the sea beautifully warm though, and actually swam in it in preference to the pool. It's also worth buying a snorkel from the pool shop (they're only €8 or so) as there's lots of fish to see near the beach.
There are bars dotted around the grounds as well where you can get drinks, sandwiches and ice creams. One in the middle of the pool, one by the beach, and one outside the hotel. There is also a smarter, indoor cocktail bar which is nice to have evening drinks in while a pianist tinkles away.
The food was great, really good quality, and so, so much of it. Do not go to this hotel if you are watching your weight! We went on a half-board basis, and both breakfast and dinner consisted of several courses, mainly from the buffet bar. It was certainly a first for us to have onion rings and dauphinoise potatoes with our breakfast!
It must be noted as well that the restaurant staff were exceptional - friendly, polite, speedy, and nothing was too much trouble.
MY girlfriend had a treatment at the spa during our stay, and said it was a great experience. Again, the staff were perfect and it wasn't too expensive.
In terms of entertainment, this is the only area that you may consider lacking. There is a permanent stage outside the hotel on which there is a different show each night, revolving on a weekly basis. The acts were high quality - the Drifters and Beatles tribute band in particular - but the Kids Club dance (9pm, every night) did wear slightly thin. The hotel is not that close to any other bars either, although Rhodes and Faliraki are easily reachable in a taxi or on the bus.
Sitting on the beach on the last night, looking at the full moon, we vowed to certainly visit again next year.
Last year we stayed in Aldemar Paradise Royal Mare hotel which is several miles from Rhodos Palladium and we thought then that there is no better hotel in Rhodes. This year we decided to go to Rhodes again and to change the hotel choosing Palladium and I must say that we did not regret.
I agree that Palladium is in the middle of nowhere but wherever you are you must take a bus or a taxi to go to Rhodes old town or to Lindos because it is a must see.
Hotel is beautifull and directly on the beach which is very clean and well maintained ( only hotel guest are on this beach which is quite big). Beach towels are available free of charge at any time of the day and you can always find free sunbeds and umbrellas. Hotel personell is very polite and professional, so no problem at all.
Food is excellent and plenty but we had only one small remark - it would be much better if everything is on self-service base for dinner because sometimes we had to wait even half an hour to get main course which you choose from three offered.
Hotel pool is well maintained and clean. Rooms are very nice and cleaned well, bathroom is huge.
As for the entertainment - all the best for blond girl in charge for stretching and water aerobics. Regarding night entertainment I can not tell since we did not stayed in the hotel after dinner. Health massage center is a recommendation - I have tried head massage and half body massage and I must say it is FANTASTIC.
By all means, we would like to come back to Rhodes and Palladium as well.
Not exactly a 5 stars hotel...make it 4!
In short, Rodos Paladium fails to deliver what other 5 stars hotels do: 5 stars service.
1. when we got there, at 11 am, tired after a short but very early in the morning flight, we found out that our room wasn’t ready, so the receptionist told us to leave the luggage in the hall, where it stayed unattended for a couple of hours, and come back at around 1 pm.; so, we left our luggage, told her we will be at the bar and went there; we checked several times, before 1, but she kept saying we should come back later; at a quarter to 1, amazingly, she said that she gave our room because we took off; did she imagined we went back home? I don’t know, but we had to wait another 30 minutes for another room;
2. don’t imagine that all the rooms are in the hotel; even though they do not say on internet, there are 4 or 5 smaller annexes, and, as we figured out later, if you don’t come through a major travel agency, you get a room in one of these annexes, no doubt about it; we got one in the last building, and it was a joy to walk every time we wanted to eat, check internet, talk to reception etc;
3. the 4 receptionists that supposed to be there constantly were not; you could find maybe one, but always busy and had to wait for the second one to appear; they were quite careless and smiling only towards the big agencies’ clients; needless to say we weren’t amongst those;
4. the room cleaning was ok, except that we had to put the glasses we used on the terrace, on the table, in the room, in plain sight, otherwise they would have been left on the terrace, unwashed; same with the ashtray; the cleaning was done in such a rush, that we actually found the dirty sheets left in the middle of the room one day;
5. when we came, they told us that we will have a reserved table for as long as we stay, for dinner; first night they said they will put us at a table, but that won’t be out table and only the next dinner we will get ours; the second night, we got a table and we ate there for a week, but, after a while, we felt like going and tasting real greek food in real greek tavernas, so we skipped dinner for 3-4 nights; when we came back to have dinner in the hotel, needless to say that our table was already given to someone else and I had to convince the lady at the entrance that we actually ate there for one week and to bring the waitresses as witnesses; she didn’t apologize, but told us that we didn’t come few nights so they thought, without bothering to check, that we won’t come back; they hardly found us a table but again told us that the next night, it will be a different one; we didn’t come back and preferred a restaurant in Rhodes city;
6. we decided to send some postcards; we wrote them and put them in the mail box at the reception; being a transparent one, we noticed that they were there 3 days later, so we asked the receptionist how often they send the mail; she answered that every day; we told her that ours are there for three days, so it’s not every day; only then she admitted that actually, the mailman comes only once twice a week, and if you are unlucky enough to put your card on Monday evening, your letters will stay there until Friday; we didn’t mind the waiting, but the fact that she lied to us was pretty disturbing;
7. also in the restaurant, we paid one night for a bottle of water, leaving the money plus the tip on the table; next evening, one of the waitresses told us that we didn’t pay, so she will charge it to our room; we said we paid, but of course our word wasn’t good for, so she insisted that she didn’t find the money, so we will pay at the reception; after few days, we talked to one receptionist, explained him the situation and after 10 minutes of discussions, we told him that as long as the bill from the table wasn’t signed, as it supposed to be, we won’t pay it, as we left the money; he said that is fine, the waitresses will be charged with the missing money; again, needless to say, in the last day, the very same bill was presented as due; we again told the whole story and refused again to pay it; we didn’t pay, but it was one hell of a ride to exonerate ourselves;
All in all, despite some friendly faces at the bar, the quite good food, the good looking pool we didn’t try, since we are sea-lovers, and the quite big rooms, we didn’t feel the money was worth it. Better try other hotels. Unless, of course, you travel through a major travel agency…
Not bad at all
This hotel is not for tourists seeking thrills, wild excitement or exotic of any kind. If you look for constant entertainment or if you drink a lot - go somewhere else. The hotel is situated in the middle of nowhere (side by side with other similar hotels). Faliraki is closer than Rhodes city, but you'll need a bus or cab for both destinations. This hotel is, simply, for family people, possibly with a kid or two (the smaller the kid - the better). And if you are a lazy guy like I am, I think that you are going to enjoy your stay. Just don't forget to bring a few books and an MP3 player.
Yes, this hotel is huge (I mean huuuuuuge) and it's quite possible that my bed or room or air conditioner was better than some other. Simply, I had no problem with any hotel facility, neither indoor nor outdoor. The food is excellent and replenished frequently, but the menu (especially at evenings) could be better (tends to be boring after six or seven days). The pool seemed to be decent (it might be cleaner, though) but I did not use it at all. The reason is simple: this hotel has a wonderful, well maintained beach with shallow, crystal clear, warm water which is unusually calm (suitable even for smallest kids), despite of strong winds which blow almost constantly. Yeah, I forgot to say: if you hate wind, don't go to Rhodes at all. Rhodes probably keeps world reserves of windy weather - some (like me) like it, some don't.
I found hotel personnel to be pleasant, friendly and hospitable. The only real objection came on the very last day. I wanted to keep my room for a few hours more (and pay for it, of course), but it took considerable time (and several meetings with various pissed-off hotel clerks) to get a makeshift room in the basement. It served for the purpose, but it spoiled my (almost) perfect impressions.
Somebody wrote that evening bands played for only an hour (poor evening entertainment). Thanks God evening bands usually don't play any longer! What's the point in listening to cheap, miserable Beatles-like bands playing Beatles-like songs with Beatles-like haircuts? The sound of wind and sea is much more inspiring. If I was a hotel manager, I would throw all those 'bands' and 'animators' right into the shark's mouth.
In short: come to this great hotel if you want to rest. In piece. I mean, without any kind of distraction :)
Pardon my poor English.
"Rodos - the Isle of Love"
A Russian pop-singer used to say that she has found real paradise on the Earth - the Greek island Rodos. There she felt happy. After spending a day in Rodos I can hardly say that I would agree to come back. It might be wrong atmosphere for me, it might be inner discomfort, it might be high price we were taken for the excursion to Rodos from Turkey - whatever. But I surely can't deny that Rodos is a gorgeous island. The nature's beauty really strikes you, but... the island is not rich in historic buildings, there is not much to see there.
"Where the Colossus Was Standing"
RODOS - the island with one of the Seven Wonders
Colossus of Rodos
Rodos has an area of 1,400 sq. km. and a coastline length of 220 km. The land is by and large mountainous, the highest mountain is Attavyros with 1,215m. height, with small plains, verdant ravines and river beds, valleys and plateaus and long sandy beaches. A perfect place for a lazy but interesting vacation. :-]
Shopping in Rodos.
Beach by my Hotel - Rodos
Rodos, thew view from Lyndros
Tips needed for our itinerary (Kastellorizo-Rodos-Simi-Nisiros-Santorini)
We're doing a trip (if we stick to our plan) to Kastellorizo (from Kas-Turkey), Rodos, Simi, Nisiros (Tilos as well probably), Santorini (and who knows where else) starting from 22nd June. Then we'll pass to Venice and come back to Greece. Maybe then we can go on travelling between Greek islands a litlle bit more and then back to Kas-Turkey.
So is there any islands you may-or may not suggest (around the itinerary) to a couple looking for natural Greek island atmosphere rather than beaches and touristic attractions?
Plus; we need suggestions about the islands.
-Is it possible to find a camping in all of them? Any camping (tent) experience thereabouts?
-Or should we just forget the idea and find a pension or a hotel for a reasonable price?
-Can we find rooms easily during the period without reservations?
-Are there online (cheap) hotel booking info centers like the ones at train stations all around europe?
-We don't want to be restricted by our own plan too much. I'm seeing that trips between the islands take couple hours by ferries. Can we just decide to head to another island and hop on a ferry the same day or should we reserve tickets in advance in that period?
Re: Tips needed for our itinerary (Kastellorizo-Rodos-Simi-Nisiros-Santorini)
We visited Rhodes and Simi early October a couple years back. Lots of ferries were in operation (daily between Rhodes-Marmaris plus Rhodes-Simi and about 2-3 times a week Simi-Datca in Turkey) so it should be even busier with scheduled services and excursions now.
Simi is fantastic, especially if you get away from the harbour and walk up into the old town or take the bus over to Pedi. Hardly any beaches or nightlife, so a real old-fashioned feel to the place, although there are some v good tavernas to enjoy.
Not sure about camping, I'm afraid.
Santorini is likely to be extremely hectic, but deservedly so.
I recommend you contact the folks at SymiVisitor.com, they run a travel agency and are full of info about their island. Very friendly and helpful! Happy trails.
Disabled /wheelchair friendly
Would appreciate any info on disabled /wheelchair friendly Hotels and resorts in greece
Re: Disabled /wheelchair friendly
That would depend where in Greece you are going.
Dont know about mainland Greece but there are hotels in Rhodes island like the Hilton, the Mediterranean or the Rhodos Palladium that have wheelchair facilities and all areas are easily accessible.
Re: Disabled /wheelchair friendly
If you google 'disabled access hotels greece' you'll find lots of options: I did!
i will be in rodos soon.
i will thank u if you will answer some questions:
Which places are attractive besides rodos-town,lindos and butterfly vally?
Can i take 1 day tour to some place around rodos town?
Can i get to lindos by a boat?how much time?
Is there is a market day and where?
Is there any special festival of exhibition in these specific days(22-26/9)?
Hi, I am not sure if this is in the valley you mentioned to exclude or not. But DEFINATELY find a way (rental car) to get to Embonas while on rhodes. the town is fabulous and i go back every time i am there.
Lindos created the intriguing walled city of Rhodos. The beach at Lindos is stunning, with huge rock outcroppings. Double-check a Greek tourist site, but I believe all ferries to and from island dock at Rhodes.
-Jack, New York
Re: Re: ask
What is the distance betwean rodos-town and embonas?
Re: Re: ask
i belive it was about an hour or so. been 5 years since i was last there. you have to go around the west side of the island and then back east inland.