More about Kalithea Horizon Royal
To attempt to add to the comments on the Kalithea Horizon Royal hotel already submitted recently by Jellypants82 from Lincolnshire would be easier said than done. My wife and I stayed at this fantastic location during the same period and we can only concur with what has already been said. Our holiday was a totally remarkable experience from arrival to departure from this truly outstanding hotel.
On arrival in the early hours of the morning, the booking-in process was painless and within minutes we were transported by minibus to our room. The superior room allocated was very spacious, spotlessly clean and perfectly furnished with breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. All our needs were catered for within the room including tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, TV and DVD player and an endless supply of cold drinks and snacks including fresh fruit. Throughout our stay the room was keep meticulously clean by the hotel staff with towels being exchanged daily and bedding and bathrobes every third day.
The first morning we quickly realised that the complex was actually two different hotels; Kalithea Horizon Royal and the Kalithea Mare Palace of which we could use all facilities from both. A choice of two of everything!
The facilities were first rate with lots to do for all ages including the younger generation, this included mini golf, tennis, football and volleyball courts, play parks, junior disco and a vast array of indoor activities all available on site. A daily programme of activities was also well advertised around the complex. Entertainment in the evening was very good considering that the artists are catering for a number of nationalities. Additionally, yet again we had the choice of different acts each night at either the Poseidon Taverna or the Mare Palace. The traditional Friday Greek theme night should not be missed.
The selection of food prepared in the Poseidon Taverna by Balis Georges and his team of highly skilled chefs was tremendous, lots of choice including both hot and cold selections. The same can be said of the other catering facilities around the hotel which come under the watchful eye of the Maître d'hôtel’ Kakoulis (Sebastian) Sanas. All of these facilities were exceptionally clean and very competently managed by polite and well motivated staff that were bilingual and seemed to communicate well irrespective of nationality. The a la carte menu should not be missed. Alternatively, the Athinia restaurant within the Mare Palace could be used
Special mention must be made of the Kalithea Horizon Royal, Maître d'hôtel’ who always seemed to be around no matter what the time of day or night ensuring that the catering facilities were being maintained to the very high standard which he demanded. Sebastian is a truly remarkable man who additionally offers good sound local tourist advice as well as being a very talented entertainer as we found out during the Greek night.
The Mythos pool-side bar provides a relaxing area with an indoor pool and sauna area which was aptly administered by Despina who has a charismatic personality and is always very quick to welcome all patrons with a charming smile in an exceptionally proficient manner. A selection of lunchtime snacks including sandwiches and hot and cold drinks were available daily from 9 till 5.
In all probability I could go on singing the praises of this truly amazing place, which is ideally situated a short bus/taxi ride from Rhodes town and Lindos, however, we were both sad when our holiday came to an end after 14 days and would like to thank all the staff for making our stay a truly wonderful experience. We certainly will be back to this truly incredible place, which in my opinion should be upgraded and given the extra star. We would have no hesitation in recommending this fantastic hotel.
not bad at all
hello there, just returned from a one week stay on the kalithea horizon royal hotel, this is a massive complex which is actually an extention to the existing "mare" hotel, with its on pool area, bar and retaurant. The location is wonderfull with sea views and very well kept grounds. we stayed in a superior room (only about £45.00 more) which was very mondern and clean there was also a dvd player provided but no english tv channels only bbc world wide, mostly german and greece which was a little dissapointing
so I suggest taking a few of your own dvds with you if you want a quite night in. when you arrive you'll check in at the "mare" reception and then be driven with your luggage to your room, you have a choice of 3 pool complexes and also a privite beach area, all have many sunbeds but the kalithea pool area (see photo) has the best views,please make an effort to look around the whole resort to find out all that is availible to you. With regards to the all inclusive package, the drinks are very good indeed, good bar service though out the day and at the pool just go down and its on tap to help your self (nice!), but the food, I hate to say is a real let down, I was hoping to have soom nice greek food but all i ha had was pizza, chips and pasta, you had the usally beef, pork and lamb every night but cooked slightly differrently, the breakfast was better, waffles, pancakes the cooked section was no where nears as good as a british one but was ok, all in all by the 4th night i was sick of it all the food, and im not an old fuddy duddy! With regards to activities they where very low key and I never saw any going on, which i missed, and the entertainment was very old fashioned.
Please go on the turkish day trip if you havent been before and rhodes town is fantastic!
Great hotel only let down by poor food
The Kalithea Horizon Royal Hotel is simply excellent.
From the moment we arrived we were made to feel very welcome and special.
The check in staff were friendly and efficient and even handed all of the female guests that were checking in a gift. We were transferred to our room via minibus to save us walking as it is quite a trek from reception to where our room was located and it was late about 10.45pm.
The room was great very clean and a superb view of the beach and ocean. As others have commented the room was equipped with Flat screen TV and DVD player. We were also left a welcome bottle of wine. The only downside to the rooms is that a double room was two singles pushed together never the best.
After checking in we made our way to the restaurant where we were greeted by Savas ( or as we nicknamed him Don Leoni !) he welcomed us and told us that the restaurant had been kept open for us. He explained the way the restaurant worked and made us feel very welcome. The bar/restaurant area was great and we had all of our meals there even though there were other options available as part of the AI package. The choice of food at breakfast, lunch and dinner was wide and varied - tip if you like juice with your breakfast go for the Apple not the Orange as the Orange is watered down. Both my girlfriend and I were very happy with the quality of the food and always managed to have something different - look out for the soup for your evening meal it is delicious.
The bar staff worked tirelessly and were always happy and friendly - In particular I would have to praise Alexandra as she was the friendliest, happiest waitress I have ever met. The choice of Cocktails that were included as part of the AI was amazing and they were available all day long.
The swimming pools around the hotel are every bit as good as the pictures on this website suggest - the only problem we had was that because it was so early in the season the pools were a bit on the chilly side.
We ventured out of the hotel a couple of times to Rodos 'old town' and Lindos. Rodos is a beautiful place but watch out for the Club Greece reps they are just trying to con you - trust me we fell for it and lost 3 hours of our holiday! Lindos is lovely from a distance but to be honest I felt a little disappointed once there. 6 Euros per person to visit the Acropolis is not great value for money as most of the 'monument' is a mordern reconstruction.
All in all I would say this is the best holiday hotel we have stayed in and we will definetley be returning - surely there can be no greater recommendation than that !!
A fantastic holiday!
Just returned on the 23rd October having stayed for 11 nights all-inclusive at the Kalithea Horizon Royal. We are a family of four and we can all safely say this hotel is definitely undersold! It is rated a 4* in the Thomson brochure however it should be rated a 5*. We have stayed at hotels throughout the world and we can honestly say this is the best hotel we ever have stayed in with regards to cleanliness, staff, location and facilities, it is quite simply breathtaking!
We arrived about 3am and we were dropped off at the Kalithea Mare reception where we were quickly checked-in and then whisked away via a mini-bus to our superior room at the Kalithea Horizon Royal, all in all the process took about 5 minutes.
First thoughts of the room were “WOW”! The room was very spacious with a marble bathroom and a balcony which had views overlooking the pool area and the Aegean Sea. The room came complete with LCD TV, DVD player, mini bar which had your usual soft drinks, beer, white wine and a packet of nuts, (this was stocked up every 3 days).
On arrival we also had fresh fruit in the room and 2 bottles of red wine which was also replaced every three days. The room was cleaned every day and we also had fresh towels and sheets, the room was spotless! The sheets and towels had the Horizon logo embroidered on them and you could even have a dressing gown and slippers to match for free, all you had to do was fill out the card left on the dressing table and leave for the cleaner. The room also had air-conditioning which had a remote control so you could manually operate it, I found this an excellent idea as it often got a bit nippy at night so you could either turn it off altogether or turn the temp up.
There was only one English Channel tuned in on the TV which was BBC World, however I found if you flicked through there was at times music channels which you could listen to music and wildlife/discovery programmes. You can also hire out dvd’s at the info centre for 2 euros for one night and they have a good selection ranging from children’s films through to action packed films, one night we watched American Gangster which was excellent!
We had a short walk to the dining room “Poseidon Taverna” from our superior room which we didn't mind but we also had the choice of catching a train which took you there and back and also down to the beach!. You could use any of the facilities at either the Kalithea Mare (next door) or at the Horizon, restaurants however the best restaurant on the two complexes was the Poseidon Taverna. On our first day we had to ask how to get there but we soon found our way. We were greeted by Savas (Sebastian) the restaurant manager of the Poseidon and all I can say is he made our holiday that bit more special! He explained that we can have our breakfast, lunch and dinner there and he showed us all round the restaurant. He explained that if we wanted a la carte one night to ask him in the morning for the menu’s to see which day we wanted and he would book us straight in.
The food was amazing especially for it being an all-inclusive buffet restaurant. The breakfast ranged from having a full English breakfast which was fantastic. You could have your usual fried, poached, boiled and scrambled eggs. The bacon wasn’t too fatty and was just the way we have it in England. There was also a selection of fried tomatoes, mushrooms, Omelet, sausages, and baked beans. You could also have cereal which consisted of corn flakes, coco pops and muesli. The continental breakfast included cheese, fruit, bread, croissants, biscuits, salami, waffles and pancakes. The hot drinks ranged from Tea, coffee, espresso, latte, cappuccino, hot chocolate, choco-milk etc and the cold drinks: orange, grapefruit and apple juice.
At lunch and dinner there is a large selection of fruit/salad/warm food provided every day, too much to mention and the desserts were stunning especially if you have sweet tooth, if not they do also have a cheese board.
The show cooking in the state of the art restaurant was excellent for the whole time we stayed their and we could not find fault with any of it and we thoroughly enjoyed our meals, even the 4 course a la carte was amazing!
The Mythos pool was lovely and quiet and the lunchtime snacks were often sandwiches, cheese pasties, sausage rolls and a few cakes. You could get your soft drinks, beer and hot drinks on tap here and you could just help yourself to the beer and soft drinks. The hot drinks often came with a chocolate chip cookie.
There is also a hotel beach area - which is just lovely. Lots of sun loungers, a little bar and lovely warm sea to swim in which is crystal clear. The sea was much warmer to swim in than the pools! It costs 5e a day for the sun loungers and you have to pay to use this bar, there are lots of little steps into the sea which makes it very quaint and charming, it reminded us of a scene out of the Shirley Valentine film and Mamma Mia…
There was a daytime program of activities such as archery, football, volleyball and aqua aerobics but it was all very low-key. Just turn up if you want to play seemed to be the way.
The entertainment was brilliant and you could watch the acts either at the bar in the Kalithea Mare at the bar at the Poseidon. Each evening the entertainment varied between the two hotels and we often found that if we missed one act we could always go and see it the next night at the other hotel. There were many professional acts which varied from the stage such as an ABBA tribute group, a Motown band and Celine Dion. At both hotels the bars serve international alcoholic drinks and the cocktails should not be missed, they are amazing, we simply could not ask for more!
There is no gym at the hotel but you can use the gym at the Kalithea Mare although we would recommend going early in the morning as there is no air-conditioning. The gym is in need of updating there are plenty of weights and machines although the only cardio you could do was to use the treadmill as the all the bikes seemed to be broken.
The hotel has 2 pool areas - Thomson advertises the 3 tiered waterfall area - but we barely used this area as the pools where smaller than the other area and also it seemed much busier than the 2nd pool area. Both areas look over the sea and have luxury wooden and very comfortable sun loungers. I have to admit it is the first hotel I’ve been to that doesn’t allow the reservation of sun loungers/umbrellas. If towels are put down or any personal belongings they will be removed and in my opinion this was fantastic. The pool area was very quiet and spacious, besides there was no need to reserve the sun loungers/umbrella’s as there was plenty available.
There is a bus stop outside the hotel which for 2 euros each way you can go to Rhodes Town. Or take a bus on the opposite side of the road to the Waterpark or Falaraki. However as there were four of us we got a taxi which worked out the same and we often found that you are often waiting between 20-30 mins in the evening for the bus to come.
During our holiday we visited Lindos. A lot of walking is involved up and down steep hills to get to the Acropolis, however you could have a donkey ride up there and back again. We were advised not to get a donkey down as the donkeys know that they are going to get a carrot at the bottom so they go down as fast as the can! All I can say is the steep walk is definitely worth it, for when you get to the top you have the most amazing views and the Acropolis is simply breathtaking.
We went to Symi by boat. You had to be at the harbour in Rhodes town for 9am and it took about 2 hrs to get there. This place is truly beautiful and is definitely worth a visit.
We often went into Rhodes town in the evening which is a very enchanting place. It is a must to visit the old town which is truly magical, especially at night when all the lanterns light up the old harbour and the castle.
In the new town you will find your designer boutiques, there are many brand named shops like BHS and Zara. Although I wouldn’t recommend buying any perfume here or make-up as it is cheaper at the airport.
All the staff were bilingual and spoke more than acceptable English - not a mean feat where other guests ranged from French, German, Italian, Polish etc and all were communicated with more than adequately. A special mention goes out to the restaurant manager Savas (Sebastian), Polish waitress (Sonia) and the Greek waitress (Maria) whose service was exemplary.
Sebastian is extremely friendly and is always smiling and singing. He always looked very smart and every morning and evening had a new tie and shirt on, his wife does an excellent job!
We would like to thank Sebastian for making our holiday that extra special for making the time to come and sit with us for a chat, for telling us the best places to visit on the island and for making us feel so welcome, we will definitely becoming back just to see you!
All in all we had a fantastic holiday… we really did not want to come home and could have easily stayed another the week. The hotel is gorgeous with views over the Aegean Sea, the weather was amazing and the hospitality by ALL hotel staff was exemplary. We would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to everyone we know and we shall!
best in rhodes!
I am 53 years old and a very very selective person when it comes to a well deserved break in the sun!
The Kalithea Horizon is without doubt the best hotel complex that myself and my fiance have ever stayed in!
The first thing I will say is that I seriously regret forgetting to take my camera!!
Here are your plusses - accomodation - spacious, modern, extremely clean, excellent sea views from a standard room - we were in 782.
The bathroom excellent - no cracked tiles or grout as per usual - good size and shower pressure exellent! Also a good hair dryer.
Bed was firm but roomy and pillows comfy not the hard rocks that are the norm.
The mini bar was stocked every 3 days with soda water, coke, red or white wine and beer! at no cost.
The bath robes were included in a superior room but in our standard one a card was left for you to order one - that was not charged! Also tea & coffee facilities with kettle were provided but I suggest you bring your own coffee whitener or obtain milk from the mini market as theirs is rock solid.
The restaurant is large and always a table whatever time as the staff are on the ball and very accomodating. The food is good with some unusual choices such as wild boar, ostrich and mussels in their shells but plenty of chips, other potatoes veal pork and turkey / ckicken etc.
I think that the salads could be more interesting - not a lot of english chunk - very oily but overall we ate well!
My fiance loved the sweet deserts.. I loved the fresh pineapple and kiwi's
I am a fussy eater in respect of temperature - I like my meals hot but have ever only stayed in one hotel where this was not a problem - the food here verged on warm most of the time.
The pools are very clean as are the pool terraces, the pool bar staff are funny but do not linger so that is perfect!
No and I repeat in May.. no animation teams bugging you, no music around the pool area so a peacefull existence!
Never a problem in our stay getting a good sunbed with more than adequate padding.
There is a flat screen TV but the english speaking channels are fuzzy and barely existent - nothing new! German channels - no problem ;-)
walls are paper thin so be carefull what you say or do!
You have to be physically fit to stay here - the restaurant from the main reception/ bar is a good 10 minute walk - ok we left with muscles on our muscles! not a bad thing but not so good for the elderly or infirm.
We had a bad scurge of mosquito's - thats not spelt correct possibly and thats in May but the team did their best errecting those ultra violet grids at various points during our stay - the whole team are certainly on the ball and have our best interests at heart so that is why we as a couple will definately be booking this hotel complex again in early May next year!!
Transfer time from airport - 1 hour at least by transfer coach, poss 20 mins via taxi!
We have been to so many upmarket hotels in the Greek Islands and this one is by far - SIMPLY THE BEST!! and you can put the paper down the loo!
Thank you for reading - Kate and Matt
Above average with points of improvement
We went to Rhodes for 8 days end September. Our main goal was to relax (as I was 5 months pregnant at that time) and enjoy some good weather. This was our first time in an all-inclusive hotel. We chose the Kalithea Horizon based on the reviews at Tripadvisor and here are some of our findings.
Location: Kalithea is about 6 or 7 kms from Rhodos-city. It’s quite small place with nothing going on. Still it is very close to Rhodes-city and you can take the bus to Rhodes-city in front of the hotel and jump off at the end station, which is close to the old castle. The bus trip costs about 2€.
Hotel: The infrastructure of the hotel is quite recent. I didn’t notice any defect or broken things. Our room (deluxe) was spacious with a balcony and sea view. It was good and clean, with a flat tv, dvd player and mini bar, but not luxurious.
At the hotel there is a group of swimming pools, one close to the restaurant and the other on the way to the private beach. There were enough sun beds for the guests in both options. Unfortunately, there always guests that “reserve” a sun bed putting towels on them, when they are somewhere else. Still, because we went during the low season (end September – begin October), there were always sun beds over for the other guests.
There is also a private beach with sun beds. It looked nice, but the water was too cold for this time of the year.
Most of the guests were of the 3rd generation and there were only a few kids at the resort (about 6). I believe 65% of the guests were Germans, 20% Dutch & Belgians and 15% Russian and other nationalities
There are 2 restaurants at the hotel: one buffet and one à-la-carte. For the à-la-carte restaurant you have to make reservation and there is a dress up recommendation (no sport shoes, no jeans…). As my husband and I were not in the mood to follow those rules during our holiday, we only went to the buffet restaurant. This one had an open kitchen, so you could see the chefs preparing the food, which to me is always a good sign. The only shame here is that the food was too much adapted to the ‘north European” taste, like Brussels sprout, which you would never find in the Greek cuisine.
The best dinner was on Friday: Greek night with all the typical Greek food as Moussaka!
Every night there were entertainment shows, including a Celine Dion imitation, but we never went to the shows. We preferred to play table tennis or billiard. For those with kids there was also a kids-disco around 20:30hr.
The things we didn’t like are:
- at 7.am every day, no exception, there was a small truck of the hotel around the hotel blocs throwing bags with towels for the cleaning ladies. We could hear the loud noises of the truck and the guys throwing the bags on the floor from our room!
- The cleaning ladies showed up every morning between 8- 8:30am on the hall ways and they were always talking very loud, screaming from one building to another and laughing out load. They didn’t seem to bother if there were still some guests sleeping. This happened every morning, so it was impossible to sleep till late.
- The walls between the rooms are thin, so we could hear our neighbor talking and snoring.
- The breakfast was till 10am, including in the weekends. In my opinion, they closed too early.
- The swimming pools, sauna, massage closed at 17hr. In my opinion this was also too early, but maybe this was so because we went in the low season?
- Somewhere it was mentioned that the swimming pools were heated, but that is not true or the heating system was off. The water was pretty cold even though the weather was quite good (25 to 30 degrees).
- In the room, there was a dvd player, but you could not rent a dvd at the hotel.
- On our first day at the hotel, there was a photographer taking pictures before dinner. The next day, during the breakfast you could buy your pictures. He was not pleased with us, because we didn’t want to buy ours (too expensive in our opinion). He was actually rude to us, like it was (almost) mandatory to buy the pictures.
- The mini-bar at the room was included in the package (a good deal!), but it was replenished every 2 or 3 days. The drinks included wine and beer as well a Greek version of Coke and Sprite, which we didn’t like either, but ok, this is a matter of taste.
In general, for the price we paid, this hotel was above average. Good infrastructure, good quality buffet (open kitchen), nice swimming pools, beautiful sea views and with easy access to Rhodes-city in a quite location. The less attractive points could easily be improved. I hope they do…
Just got back from 2 x weeks at this lovely hotel, rooms very roomy, food very good & evening entertainment good , The grounds & gardens all beautifully kept. The staff were always polite & very friendly.
We had about a 15 minute walk to the dining room from our superior room which we didn't mind but it would have been unsuitable for someone with mobility problems.
You could use any of the facilities at either the Kalithea Mare (next door) or at the Horizon, restaurants etc.
Everywhere is exceptionally clean, towels changed every day & sheets about 3 times a week.
The swimming pools are brilliant, all in all a lovely holiday
Returned 24 September having stayed for 2 weeks.
We arrived about 5pm and were eventually whisked away to our superior room which was lovely.
Had a few problems finding the restaurants and were glad we hadn't arrived later in the evening. It is a lovely complex but as previously noted - very spread about. The entire place is kept beautifully clean and we could not fault the service.
To avoid queuing we tended to favour the smaller restaurant nearer reception and were a little disappointed that the reception bar didn't serve cocktails but the ambience was much better there.
We had no complaints whatsoever in respect of the food and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. A few euros regularly given to the bar staff ensured a good flow of drinks and the entertainment on the whole was decent.
The Mythos pool was lovely and quiet although the downside to that was that the lunchtime snacks were the same every day, the only variation being either cheese pasties or sausage rolls. The lack of variety was more than made up for by the staff, Despino (nicknamed Desperado by us) and Evi who were happy all day long.
Overall we had an excellent holiday and would return. Do not miss going to Rhodes Town and the Kalithea Springs. I suggest you visit these early in your holiday and you could find you will return time and time again.
Amazing views, beautiful gardens
The hotel itself is more a complex comprising the Horizon and the Kalithea Mare - with guest able to use the facilities of both ! As a huge positive, this means that the number of pools, bars, restaurants etc is huge, the downside is that it is quite far from one end of the complex to the other - only really an issue if you have mobility difficulties, and throughout the day there is a mini train which transports guest around.
The main Horizon pool area is the most photographed area with views from the pool and main restaurant/ bar over the ocean - which is breathtaking and every bit as good as in the brochures - the hotel is worth a visit for this alone i think !
The gardens around the hotel are very well tended and pleasent and there was a Stork which visited the hotel most days which was a nice bonus to see.
We spent most of our time at the Mythos pool (there are 3 pool areas) and the private beach. Each pool has its own pool bar with self service drinks and served snacks.
The private beach is a rocky little cove and very pretty, the water is lovely and clear and great for snorkelling - a wide variety of fish to see. Its worth picking up some of the beach shoes that all the local shops seems to sell as it makes it easier to stand on the rocks. There is also a beach bar, although this is not part of the all inclusive package.
The food was fairly good, if a little repetative. There was always a fairly good choice of foods, however the choice at breakfast was by far the best.
The rooms are of a good standard and clean, we had a superior room and had wonderful view of the sunset as well as a sideview of the sea.
The hotel is situated on the main road between Rhodes town and Faliraki. Kalithea is within walking distance, although there isnt much there. There is a bus stop just outside the hotel which makes getting around easy. With such a nice hotel and private beach it is quite hard to bring yourself to leave the hotel grounds - but make the effort and visit Lindos and Rhodes town, both are well worth it. We also did a trip to Marmaris in Turkey which was excellent value.
In short - if you have booked this hotel, you wont be disappointed!
definately recommend this hotels excellent!!!!!
When we arrived we was welcomed by a really friendly happy guy in the reception area who told us to wait for the bus to take us to our room when the driver came he was really friendly, we arrived at our room and couldnt believe how clean it was there was a welcome pack of coffee and tea and the minibar was loaded with water, soda, beer and wine and snacks what i wasnt expecting it was replenished every 3 days which was wonderful there was also two bottles of red wine in the room, went in the bathroom and there was lovely folded towels with fresh flowers and complimentary toiletries and our sea view was out of this world absolutely stunning the maids do an excellent job they tidy your room to excellent standards clean bedding and towels everyday , the hotel is huge couldnt believe how big it was even though i had seen pictures and read the reviews on here the size was still a shock although it was a nice shock it took us a day to get used to where everything was but was simple after that but never fear theres a mini train that drives round the hotel constantly so that is always available free of charge, there is 9 swimming pools which were lovely and clean the top one near reception has a nice waterfall and was nice and shallow at first to get used to the tepid water but once in the pool and swimming its fine, the middle pool was a lovely sun spot although never seemed to get very busy but that will probably be because we went in low season but i bet even in full season theres enough sun loungers to go around, i never went in the tiered pool as i prefered the space around the middle pool and like i said before it was a real sun trap, the entertainment was great the celine dion tribute was fantastic so were the drifters tribute and the magician was top quality, the only downside which i didnt like was all though its all inclusive in the main bar you have to rely on a waiter to come and serve you and on a few occasions we were left without a drink for quite a while and they wouldnt serve you at the bar they tell you to take a seat and the waiter will be round i dont know if everywhere in greece is like this as it was my first time there but i dont think waiting 30 minutes or so for a drink is acceptable but then again it was low season and there was only two waiters on so maybe there will be more in high season, the snack bar round the middle pool was fantastic ham and cheese salad sandwiches available and pasties and pastries all were beautiful and the main restaurant food was of excellent standards you could tell the efforts they put into it along with the presentation and there was something available for all palets from fussy eaters to those who want to taste genuine greek cuisene theres something to satisfy everyones taste buds, and the drinks were all of high quality the beer was lovely beware if you ask for a large beer trust me youl get a large beer but it was execellent, and the apple juice on a morning was very tasty and thirst quenshing so id recommend that instead of the orange, the cleanliness of the hotel is superb wherever you look there cleaning and the gardeners do a great job the quality of the gardens is beautiful stunning with lots of different types of flowers too many to mention the private beach was lovely the water was a bit cold but like the pools you warm up after a minute wen you start swimming but it was quite rocky so i certainly would recommend swim shoes overall the staff are fantastic and friendly always make you feel special, I would recommend a trip into rhodes as its beautiful you can get a bus for 2 euros or you can get a taxi for 8 - 10 euros which we did as there was no air conditioning on the bus and we couldnt open the windows and it was really too hot and stuffy, i would recommend this hotel to everybody so if you are planning to book or have already done so trust me you certainly wont be disapointed we went for a week and are already looking to book again for next year for two weeks
Valley of the Butterflies
Our bathroom - this one was clean enough :-)
We are arriving by ship, could you tell me the best and cheapest way of getting around the island.
Re: Jacko 34
If you are arriving by ship, you will docking at Mandraki Harbor, which is directly opposite the Old Town where the main attractions are. If you are staying for a few days, you can rent a car - cheap and hassle free - to explore other parts of the island. We rented a car from Butterfly. It cost us less than the prices quoted in the hotels and we got the key in a matter of minutes, without a shred of bureaucracy.
Re: Jacko 34
how long do you have there? and how many people?
I ahve a number of videos on you tube of places you can get to easily.
Kritinia castle is my favourite I think
Re: Jacko 34
Ships can arrive at three places in Rhodes depending on whether you are on a ferry or a cruise ship.
Depends how long you have to get around the island, best won't be cheapest.
I'm assuming a cruise ship in which case they arrive at the Commercial/Piraeus ferry quay not Mandraki.
The old town is right by the Commercial quay and very easy to walk around.