Golden Days Hotel
35 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Myself and my partner stayed at the Golden days hotel on our trip to Rhodes. Although the hotel is fairly small and basic i couldnt find a fault during the entire week. The rooms had 2 single beds, spacious wardrobe, Shower, sink and toilet and a great little balcony to sit out on in the early evening to talk, have a quiet drink and relax while taking in lovely views. The rooms have air con but if i remember correctly it costs around 5 euros everytime you choose to put it on.
The Hotel lobby area was very nice with a great little bar, pool table and plenty of comfortable chairs to sit on in a nice cool area. Definately a great place to go to escape the searing heat for a few minutes.
The grounds of the hotel were small but very well kept and nice to relax in. The pool area was nice to sunbathe, read a book or take a dip in the very clean pool which was really nice around 6-7pm as most people had vacated the pool by then to get ready for their evening. There is a pool bar, with nearby tables and chairs with parasols to keep you and your food and drink cool during peak heat of the day.
There is a great patio area just as you come out of the hotels main entrance, where people including myself, enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch. The food was great and i highly recomend the greek salad. Over the other side of the patio area is a relaxing grass area with extra sunbeds should you wish to escape the splashing of the youngsters in the pool.
The location of the hotel was very good for people, like myself and my partner, who enjoy walking around the town seeing the sights and what the place has to offer. When you step put of the hotel grounds, if you turn right and follow the road along for 10-15 minutes you will come to the beach. Although the beach is very clean and the sea is great to swim in, i will have to advise you to wear some type of footwear as the beach is awkward to walk on as its a mixture of sand and shingle which can be fairly painful to walk on. Also at the beach was a delightful little bar which i recommend to visit fairly late in the evening as its so relaxing. Definately the place to go to enjoy a peaceful drink in the warm night air.
To the other side of the hotel grounds (if you turn left) is the town/village of afandou which takes about 10-15 minutes to walk through. It has lots of small bars and some truly great restuarants. I highly recommend the rooftop resturant and the pizza place where, if your sat at the right table, you can see the pizzas cooking in the stonebaked oven.
Getting back to the Golden days hotel, the one aspect that really made the place great was the staff. Carol, on reception, is english and will help you if you have any questions such as where the bus stop is if you want to go somewhere else on the island (visit rhodes town and lindos. Breathtaking). Yiannis, Lambros and Nikos are the guys who work around the hotel, mainly behind the bar. They are very funny guys who you can have a real laugh with, and if any men are feeling macho then why not challenge Lambros to an arm wrestle as he is the area champion.
The events they put on at the hotel in the evenings are very entertaining, with a greek style barbecue, kareoke night (which i didnt attend) And a greek night with food, drink and traditional greek dancers. The food was out of this world.
An amazing holiday at a great hotel"
- Travel date: Mon 9th of July 2007
Golden Days Indeed
"I have just arrived home from a 7 day stay at Golden Days Hotel.
It is a fantastic hotel for one reason the staff and the guests.
When we arrived at something like half past midnight we were greeted and checked in by Carol, very friendly and far more helpful than any tour rep.
We dropped our cases in and popped up to the bar for a drink.
We were immediatley greeted by Lambros, he is a very friendly funny guy with a wicked sense of humour.
We ran into Yiannis the next morning who is the other barman/waiter/receptionist (everyone does everything it seems) and he is also very funny and helpful even if he does try to pretend not to be.
The rooms were fine and functional considering all we did was sleep and chill out in them.
Would be great if they could have a double bed though. We did the Karoke night (no singing) and the Greek Night.
Fantastic value for money especially if you have a cocktail as your drink.
We look forward to returning next year.
The resort was lovely, it was quiet but we wanted that, the Greek people are very very friendly.
We ate at lots of restaurants for two people, three courses including alcoholic drinks was approx 30-40 euros.
We thoroughly recommend Anna's the food is fantsatic and Anna and her family the nicest people we have ever met.
Also try Four Seasons, Danielle's and Rustico in Rhodes Town."
- Travel date: Sat 23rd of June 2007
"This review is just so overdue - my apologies to all at Golden Days.
My 11 year old daughter and I spent two weeks in Golden Days in early July last year. We live in Dubai which has more than its fair share of upmarket hotels, most of which we have stayed in at some time or another, so we are used to a high level of service and amenities. Withoout question the level of service equals that of any 5* hotel I have stayed in. Not only is everyone who works at Golden Days a true professional but all interactions between hotel staff and guests are carried out with a smile and I mean a genuine smile, not on eof those plastic ones which appear on the faces of many 'over-trained' staff I have come across elsewhere.
The rooms are very well-maintained and extremely clean and the whole place has an atmosphere of homeliness, in other words it makes you feel welcomed.
We will be going back this year but for a month this time. we love it and I am sure you will too."
- Travel date: Mon 26th of March 2007
"Having recently returned from the Golden Days. In fact our third time. We have now booked again for June next year. Do not be put off with the star rating as accommodation is above basic but exceptionally clean. All rooms cleaned every day, beds and towels changed daily. staff are the most friendly and helpful we have encountered and cannot do enough for you - you certainly would not get this service from a four or five star hotel. Being placed at the beginning of the village it is ideal for walking into the village with lots of bars, restaurants, minirmarkets and a few shops. Entertainment - Greek night fabulous with a meal, karaoke (we did make it back in time but joined in to Bingo). We hired a smart car from Rhodos cars which was fun to drive and certainly got us around the island. Staff especially Carol on reception who is English will do anything she can to help - in fact all staff are great. The Boss since he took over this hotel has turned it from the hotel from hell to a wonderful place to stay! We ate at the hotel at times, breakfast good selection and a variety of snacks, lunches and evening meals reasonably priced.
We would like to recommend Anna's for a wonderful english breakfast and evening meals. Her hospitality is second to none, again friendly and will provide anything you wish - you just have to give her notice the day before.
Another place opposite Anna's across the road is the four seasons which provides a good selection of menus, again friendly staff. The bars in the town square again are friendly and would recommend Mike's - he always makes you welcome and makes superb cocktails and serves ice cold beer.
If you want to travel a little further afield for a meal go to Ophra in Falariki - this place is situated at the beginning of club street - light terracotta and white with a dome and inside with greecian marble pillars - excellent value to a very high standard.
Again, we could not recommend staying at the Golden Days highly enough - superb value, very, very highly recommended.
Sandra and Michael"
- Travel date: Fri 6th of October 2006
A Little Greek Paradise
"Ok,where do I start?? Oh, I know, BEST HOLIDAY EVER!!! We had never ventured as far on holiday before,tending to stick to Spain(never again!) but this wonderful village with all it's charms has completely stolen our hearts. First of all,until it was recommended to us we had heard of neither the Golden days or Afandou,now it's somewhere we'll never forget. The accommodation is spotless,very basic but what else do you need? The hotel has an excellent restaurant on the terrace which is open from 0830-2030,breakfast is served til 1130,which is great after a night in town(more about that later!).The bar & restaurant are mainly run by the gorgeous Yiannis who seems to be there 24/7,when we asked him when he slept he replied with a grin "I sleep in the winter!".The bar is open all day & very reasonably priced. The hotel also has a pool table,dart board, swimming pool where lots of fun & games go on mainly due to Lambros who's whole purpose in life seems to be to make sure you're having a good time & a lovely garden where you can just while away the hours on a sunlounger. I have to point out that this is the first holiday we've ever had we're you're actually encouraged to have inflatables in the pool.There's regular entertainment including a Greek night with dancing & a barbecue which is a must, a karaoke night where once again Lambros shines & a quiz evening. Venturing outside the hotel you're on the main street down to the village square. Both sides of the roads are packed with shops,bars & some of the best restaurants we've ever had the pleasure to eat it. My favourite was the Four seasons just down from the hotel. Absolutely superb, I'd never eaten Greek before & now am completely converted. try the Greek plate with a bit of everything, you won't be disappointed. My partners favourite eaterie was Mimhes,further down on the other side. This small family run taverna which also does a take away service- try their gyros,I guarantee you'll never eat another greasy english kebab- has excellent value,delicious meals & drinks. A 3 course meal for 4 including drinks cost us 30 euros,amazing! Others well worth a mention are Tastys,Annas,Bon viveur & the Life garden where if you get a pizza get it between you,trust me!!We never had a disappointing meal in the whole fortnight. So after you're well fed it's time for drinks. Although there are bars all the way down including a lovely German bar we tended to head into the main square where we found Iakynthos, its the 2nd bar after the co-op bank with the 3 tellys & thanks to the cheap drinks & the wonderful atmosphere created by Minas & terry(who takes bartending to another comedy level) every night we went there we had a great time,you must visit there at least once,you won't be disappointed.My partner also wants a mention for Mikes,a cocktail bar just off the square opposite Bon Viveur,it's the only bar in town that serves John Smiths on draught,the hostess Maria is delightful & someone else I now class as a friend. Well,if you don't like the sound of this wonderful place by now theres no hope!! My notoriously hard to please 16 yr old who actually said the place 'looked like dullsville & he wouldn't have gone if it hadn't been paid for' is now recommending it to all & sundry & 2 families of friend of his have now booked up for next year! Not only are we going back for a week in may we've also booked our wedding there for next October,scrapping our original plans in Cyprus. The hotel is doing our reception on the terrace & it's going to be fantastic. So if you do go to this little Greek paradise,when you see Carol,Yiannis,Lambros & Irene at the hotel & Minas,Terry & Maria in town,tell them "Deb,Steve & the lads from Whitley Bay say hi....& thanks for our best holiday ever""
- Travel date: Thu 21st of September 2006
I love golden days
"This is my 5th year in afandou including one year of working and theres nowere id prefer to stay or spend my time than at golden days!
The rooms are basic but what else do you need really!! Most of all its the staff paniyoitis, lambros, carol, nikos and yannis that always bring me back to golden days and afandou there all very good friends of mine also the people that return year after year its always nice to arrive at the hotel after along jorney and see a pool full of familiar faces, and they all think of afandou the same way as i do its like a drug you just cant stop going back!! Even on my second visit to afandou everyone in the village just seems to rember you its a really nice welcoming!!
Back to golden days iv been to 5* hotels but never will you get service entertainment and friendship like you do at golden days. The rooms are kept very clean and all the complaints about the noise is silly i stay in room 60 next to reception and bar area and il just say i have never ever had a problem with the noise! il be returnig in april for a weeks hol at golden days of course then start work!! Thankyou to all the golden days staff for a fantastic 5 years"
- Travel date: Fri 15th of September 2006
"Just got back from a brilliant week at the Golden Days Hotel in Afandou and wanted to tell everyone what a great place it is. We had never been to Rhodes before but booked this after reading some good reviews about the resort in general and the hotel in particular.
If you are looking for a safe, friendly resort with good bars and restaurants but nothing too wild then Afandou is perfect. You can get the bus into Rhodes Town from the square - well worth a visit - and Faliraki is a short taxi ride away if you want livelier nightlife.
The Golden Days is what made our holiday. Most of the guests are people who come back year after year, everyone is so friendly and the staff are brilliant - Carol, Nikos and Yiannis, and special mention to Lambros, who is a star. The karaoke night and Greek nights are a must!!
We had the best holiday we could have wished for, I will definitely be going back and would recommend it to anyone."
- Travel date: Sun 20th of August 2006
After reading the mixed reviews we wondered.....
"We've recently returned from Rhodes (in a little chaos at the airport but that's no surprise!) - A fave destination of ours and we loved our holiday, yet again. This was our first time staying on the East side where the sea is calmer, the temperature higher and winds lighter!
Golden Days - I had selected the hotel from a few options offered by a website agent - relying on recent reviews on Trip Advisor! Very helpful reviews, however, I was concerned about the one review about the noise and pigeons, so we called the hotel the day before to check our room numbers (booked 2 rooms). The lady was very helpful and had booked them well away from the bar (the rooms were on the first floor - 117 overlooked the pool and 105 overlooked the sun garden). She apologised as the rooms were not together (my partner and I had preferred to have a room for our 3 teenage boys nearby) - but we were aware that we had booked up late so didn't really mind.
After an overnight flight to Rhodes airport we had the usual hour or so wait for our baggage, Afandou was about a 40 minute coach transfer, so we got to Golden Days about 6am and were cheerfully greeted by Nikos. In a few minutes we were catching up on our sleep with the boys crashed out in their room along the corridor which was no problem.
Golden Days is a 2 star hotel and the accommodation was as expected, I agree from other reviews that it wouldn't be that easy to cook as there were only 2 rings (one tiny) and few utensils - but quite honestly, the food at the hotel was lovely, whatever you had, our boys had pizzas, (much better than Danielle's Pizzaria in the town) we had breakfasts, and there were lots of cafe/restaurants nearby with reasonable prices.
FOOD - There were cheap takeaways where 2 Pitta Gyros and chips were 5 euros - great after a few too many cocktails at the 'Cafeteria Bar! At 'Sergio's' you can get generous portions plus a basket of fresh warm bread rolls for 6-7 euros per person - if you're hungry or a big eater, we found it the best value and tastiest place in town - we regularly ate on the top level, 'Tasty's' was good too. If you fancy a more gentle traditional Greek restaurant we recommend 'Elena' Restaurant - it's blue and white and on street level, the greeks eat in there too, it's very friendly. The most expensive place we found cost about 10 euros for a main course in the restaurant on the corner of the town square (just up from where the train parks at night). We found that apart from one or two places (I would avoid 'Danielle's Pizzaria - they did not want to serve 5 of us and threw the cutlery on the table - we waited ages, another couple next to us got tired of waiting and walked out, there were a lot of raised voices from the serving area and, when we were eventualy served 2 of the pizzas were not what we ordered so we assumed they must have been the order being cooked for that couple - we then were told that's what we had ordered in the first place - so never visited there again!!) The rest of the villagers we met were very welcoming and friendly, they were really nice and genuinely interested in chatting and talked about their children and families.
BARS - We had 3 favourites - the 'Cafeteria Bar' (the 2nd or 3rd bar along from the Co-op bank in the line of bars in the square) where Terry acts the fool during the evening and entertains with his magic tricks! They have a pool table and lots of football shirts hanging inside, 3 screens showing football, sport, Mr Bean (as do 2 other bars!) and Sky Sport news! Their slushy cocktails are lush and you can just sink into their comfy chairs with free dishes of nuts and popcorn! The German bar 'Veltin's' - just a short walk from the hotel towards town where Walter is very welcoming and gives you free shots of some very strange liquers! Very medicinal! We went there to see a friend of ours from last year, Klaus, who sings there on Tuesday and Friday nights - we came away after making great friends with Walter, he's a real cheerful character. DIVA just next to Golden Days is a trendy garden bar, nice lighting,music and karaoke most nights, and not too pushy with getting volunteers! Apart from the Greek and Karaoke nights which stopped at midnight our hotel bar never seemed that busy or noisy, in August that was a surprise, but even by the pool in the day - it wasn't particularly busy and we had no sunbed problems, everyone observed the regulations on no reservations!
SHOPS - There are supermarkets closeby to get your provisions, British and German newspapers, souvenirs and cheap cigarettes, my favourite jewellers' was Irinis gold, the owner was really friendly and helpful and had unusual pieces.
Overall, Golden Days was in an ideal location, a short walk from town and 15 minute walk to the beach (where there's a cafe, fish restaurant and hotdog van which cooks fresh burgers for 2 euros), the long beach is comprised of pebbles and shingle - if you go there often I would buy an umbrella - very useful for 7 euros, when we saw them it was near the end of our hols!). You can take the Dotto train to the beach for 1 euro, but don't forget to get off - it stops at both ends of the beach and it's route calls in at some hotels.
People return to the hotel annually - we met a couple on their 7th visit, they leave their own toaster there and have a favourite room. We liked our rooms, we purchased the air-conditioning option - about 5 euros a day - which was great for sleeping and getting ready to go out in the evening! We also had a safe deposit box which was by the reception area, The cleaners were in daily, the odd pigeon mess was cleared up, we had no problems with drying our washing on the veranda. The beds were ok, the shower worked, we had no complaints. We were even able to book a room to stay in until 8pm on the day we left which was great for us all to shower after a day by the pool. We suggested that for overnight arrivals a bottle of water in the room's fridge would have been appreciated as it is what you need on arrival.
The staff were all really friendly, the best we have ever had! Maria is cleaning nearly all the timeand she's so sweet, Lambros is always around he's brilliant with the kids and adults too, so helpful and a great laugh. They all say goodbye to you which is a nice touch. We didn't go to any of their special nights but that was only because we've done several greek nights before and not being singers didn't fancy karaoke. We did a lot of things separate from our lads (which we couldn't do back home) it was great that we could each have our own space, the lads had a great time making friends and swimming in the pool, Afandou is definately a friendly place to stay, we intend to return next year to see everyone again!"
- Travel date: Fri 18th of August 2006
"Just back from one of the best holidays weâve ever had, due in the main to the Golden Days Hotel and all the fantastic staff, who were so friendly and welcoming. Itâs a real family atmosphere and they go out of their way to make your holiday perfect.
The rooms are basic, but immaculately clean, thanks to the lovely Maria and Irene, who do a top job. On Reception Carol & Katarina go out of their way to help.
We ate breakfast and lunch in the hotel restaurant most days. The food is lovely, and the service was first class and always delivered with a smile by Yiannis!
Lambros and Nikos were the entertainment of the hotel! Theyâre fantastic guys and excel themselves at the Karaoke & Greek nights, which are not to be missed as you are guaranteed a great time. Lambros could certainly teach Tom Cruise a thing or two behind the bar!!!
Afandou itself is beautiful and not too busy, although there are plenty of restaurants and bars. We would definitely recommend Sergioâs (Greek/Italian food) and Danielles (Italian). Itâs a pretty village, so well worth exploring. The chapel at the top of the (big!) hill, opposite the hotel is beautiful, and you get an amazing view of Afandou and the sea from up there.
This was a wonderful holiday which we cannot fault. Our only regret is that we didnât go for longer. Most of the people we met have been staying at Golden Days for years, so that speaks for itself. Weâre already planning to go back next year with our friends and canât wait! Look forward to seeing you all next year!
Thanks for a brilliant holiday!
Kelly & Claire xx"
- Travel date: Wed 26th of July 2006
The holiday of our life!!
"We arrived back from Golden Days Hotel on Wednesday, and could not wait to write a real, honest review on the hotel - with no nit-picking!
When we arrived at the hotel we were met by Lambros, who kindly helped us with our luagge and lead us to the reception area where we were meeted and greeted by the lovely Leeds born Carole. During check-in we were made to feel so welcome and nothing is ever a problem. When checking in we were allocated RM 65, and after reading some very appauling reviews we were a little worried - as you can imagine!
Upon entering the room we were very happy with the quality and size of the room. The rooms are very basic, however very satisfactory. In the room was a kitchenette, a large wardrobe, twin beds and a vanity unit - but who needs more!
After unpacking we ventured out to the bar area, where again we were met by the mad-man Lambros. The bar offers many options whether they be cocktails right through to soft drinks. Once we had our drinks we parked our selfs on some very comfy sofas, which is exactly what you need after the long journey!
Throughout the holiday we ate in the hotel restaurant - which is delicious and the service provided by Yannis is second to none! There are many different choices for breakfast, which is served right up until 11.30am. The restaurant also serves many different Greek dishes which are available between 1pm and 5pm.
The pool area is also a delight. There is no early morning towel briggade and previously suggested. This may have been the in the past, however management of the hotel have placed signs all round the pool and in the reception area stating that this behaviour is forbidden. All new sunbeds have just been purchased for the pool and garden area to replace the ones previously broken. Entertainment by the pool is provided, yet again by Lambros - he gets every where!!! Tthe pool bar is open between 11am - 4pm, only during peak season.
Although the restaurant in the hotel was wonderful, we chose to try different restaurants on an evening. We would highly recommend the chinese across the road from the hotel. Initally I refused to eat chinese in Greece, however I was pursaded after such good reviews, and I agree that the food at the chinese restaurant is the best chinese I've ever eaten!! I would also highly recommend Sergio's (the Italian/Greek restaurant) just outside the town square, and Tasty's - the upstairs garden restaurant.
The entertainment at the hotel includes a Greek Night every Friday for a mere 15 euros. This price includes Greek dancing and wonderful traditional greek food . And the karaoke night which is every monday night is a mere 9 euros. For this price you get karaoke entertainment, tradtional greek food and a drink of your choice. Out of the two the karaoke night is our favorite - it's not a must that you have to sing, and the atmosphere is brillant and such a good laugh as they involve everyone!
All in all the holiday has been the best ever due to the efforts made by all the staff at the Golden Days hotel. Everyone goes and of their way to make the holiday exactly what you want it to be.
Also it's not only the staff that make the holiday what it is but also other guest staying in the hotel who return every year. This is what makes the Golden Days experience the family home that it is.
On this holiday we met some of the most amazing people who we shall be friends with for many years to come.
I would like to thank all the staff at Golden Days for the most amazing experience ever and we shall see you again January!
Thank you again!!
Kym and Darren x"
- Travel date: Thu 13th of July 2006
"This is not the Hotel to stay in if you have a family and want some peace. They have entertainment nights which consist of live bands, and the noise is deafening. There are many shops which have closed down in this area and it is quite run down. It is not the kind of place to have a holiday. Hotel Management also drink with guests in the bar. This could explain why they have no energy to fulfill their duties in the hotel. They need to present a more Professional front to guests.
Rooms are not cleaned to high standards as you expect of any hotel. This is important regardless of rating. Be aware of basic safety requirements (for children); ie balcony doors which do not lock.From this, one can conclude that the rooms are not being well maintained."
- Travel date: Fri 6th of February 2015
John & Sue. Barnsley South Yorkshire
"We booked this venue last minute but what a venue. This venue is second to none with everything that you could possibly need. The rooms are very clean, the food is excellent,the entertainment is to be experienced and the staff and owners are the best that you could ever want. We are getting married in 2014 and wanted to buy our rings in Greece, the owners not only directed us to a fantastic jewelers but arranged for us to meet the jeweler on a personal basis. This is the unique service that you will receive here, we would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone and will be returning soon. "
- Travel date: Wed 1st of January 2014