9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Beautiful Grounds, but bring your own Pillow!
"The grounds were very nice, and the beach though small we liked very much.
The rooms were small, and the beds were very hard-we ended up sleeping on pool floats, and the service at the Front DESK was less than spectacular. In the dining room, (we were on the "half board" plan) the food was mediocre, but the staff was very nice to us-
If you need an extra pillow or towel, you'll need to bring your own. When asked for either of these items we were told it would be "VERY difficult" to provide anything extra.
The hotel is actually located away from the very busy main Faliraki beach which we thought was OK. The Pool could have used a good scrubbing. The entertainment -we really enjoyed. The first night there, they had Greek Night with lots of dancing. There were always events going on for the kids, and many seemed to participate and enjoy. This hotel was OK but I wouldn't stay here again."
- Travel date: Thu 15th of September 2005
8 mediocre days at the Kresten Palace
"We stayed at the Kresten Palace from August 9th- 16th. Let me start with the hotel's good points: A/C and hot water were available 24hrs a day. There is a bus stop and taxi station right outside of the hotel entrance. Down the road to the right are some mini-market type stores that also have more reasonably priced souvenirs. There are also a few good places for lunch within walking distance. The rooms and the hotel in general are clean. Now the hotel's bad points: We discovered by accident on the second day that the door to our room seemed locked but, with a hard pull, just opened up! We reported this asap and they sent a maid to sit in the room since we were leaving until a locksmith could fix the door. The meals were terrible. The breakfast was fine as long as you don't mind flies landing all over your plate. Dinners came with the same flies everywhere, sweating since there is no a/c in that area, fruit that seemed to be cut weeks in advanced and food that just didn't taste good for various reasons (cold, greasy, salty...). We gave it 2 tries and then ate the rest of the dinners out. The hotel is a bit run down in general. The hotel staff was not helpful in any way! We asked the receptionist about attractions that she thought a visitor to Rhodos should see. Her response was "what do you want to see?" Duh! The man at the desk seemed annoyed most of the time. I would never send a friend or associate to this hotel. I found more reviews for this hotel under "Kreston Palace" on this site."
- Travel date: Wed 31st of August 2005
"we have just returned from a week in the kresten palace.The hotel is geared up for mainly italian visitors plus germans and slovaks in fact we were the only british in the hotel.It was spotlessly clean but the bedrooms were looking a bit shabby we only ate dinner once even though we had paid for it ,it was as if the guests had never seen food before!We got a taxi from the rank just opposite the hotel and went into the old town for our evening meals found lovely restaurants and on the whole the prices were great.We deffinately want to go back to Rhodes next year but not to this hotel."
- Travel date: Sat 9th of July 2005
Kresten palace 12.06-26.06
"Everything ok for the price...but one thing was horrible...AIRCO!!!!!....We'll died at 08.00 in the morning...because no AIRCO...."
- Travel date: Mon 27th of June 2005
A fine family holiday
"Our family of three visited in mid April as part of a last minute package. About 6 km from the town of Rhodes, the hotel has a great setting overlooking the sea. On a clear day you see both the town and Turkey.
The best things: a very clean, modern hotel with good size rooms (most with sea views), a very large swimming pool great for the kids and with a poolside bar, easy access to Rhodes town (6 euro taxi ride, or very cheap bus if you are willing to be patient). And above all, a friendly and helpful staff.
Other things: The shop inside the hotel was handy. There is a games room with a few coin-operated games.
Not so great: The food was edible but unremarkable. There is a TV but Eurosport was the only English language channel. The beach is quite private but small. There was a small exercise room, but it was unattended and some of the equipment needed to be fixed.
Would we stay there again? Yes, but perhaps only bed and breakfast.
Other things to do: Rent a car to tour the island (especially Lindos). There is a car rental agency in the hotel. If you walk down the hill, there are several other agencies with slightly older cars but significantly lower prices (from 20 euros a day with all insurance)."
- Travel date: Wed 28th of April 2004
"My wife and I stayed for a fortnight in 2001 as part of our Silver Wedding anniversary. We were told at the airport that our accomodation had been changed and planned for the worst. We couldn't have been more wrong. Lovely first impression and it got better from there. Family owned, and it shows - the atmosphere was friendly and warm. Good selection of food and pleasant ambience throughout. Minor issues resolved without fuss or bother. Our room was adequate and the additional facilities varied. Overall, we felt we had had 5* treatment at 3* prices. We were impressed enough to go back this year and enjoy a week with them."
- Travel date: Sun 20th of April 2003
Best Holiday Ever
"Just got back after a week in rhodes, stayed in kresten palace
the hotel is fantastic, booked half board
the staff was excellent, very helpfull and polite
everybody was always smiling, the receptionists, the waiters
the rooms were very big and cleaned every day
the pool was lovely, clean water
the food was ecxellent, large boofet for breakfast and dinner
- Travel date: Wed 21st of July 2010
"What an amazing holiday! We booked it on the Wednesday and went on the Saturday and held our breath as the coach reached the hotel. Lets face it, pictures of hotels can sometimes be deceptive. We were taken aback with how fantastic it was.
Staff were courteous and extremely helpful and friendly. The room was impecably clean, every day without fail, the food was exquisite and extremely varied, the pool was clean with plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas, in fact we could not find anything wrong whatsoever, and recommend it to all at the highest level.
We would definitely go back the the Kresten Palace Hotel again."
- Travel date: Mon 19th of January 2009
With a rating of 10, it's obvious we fou...
"With a rating of 10, it's obvious we found the hotel, island and people exceeded expectations. So much so that we went back two years later and took friends! A mark of the quality is that the first evening of the second visit, the Restaurant manager came over to greet us and welcomed us, having recognised us from the previous stay.
But back to the basics. The hotel is on the 'right' side of the island - ie away from the airport - but close enough to get there in 20 mins self drive. Taxis are fixed price and bus fares very acceptable, particularly into Rhodes Town from right outside he Hotel if you intend to enjoy the wines and beers. The facilities in the Hotel include a games/fitness room etc and you don't have to leave with choices for eating, both through the day and evening with a mixture of waiter/ess and buffet service and excellent choice of wines [House wines very acceptable]. Rooms are with or without sea view but the inland views across the hills or up to Rhodes are equally impressive. Sea view rooms give a more inclusive feel as you see the whole of the impeccable grounds and can watch the evening entertainment from your balcony if you prefer. The Hotel is generally quiet and appreciates not everyone is a night owl but bars are lively and friendly. We found that hiring a car for two/three days at the Hotel gave us as much freedom as we needed and local rates can be negotiated with reputable companies. The brochures and guides will suggest trips and visits - Rhodes, Lindos and the west coast drive were our favourites. Falaraki is only for the brave. A day trip to Turkey is available but be prepared to be pestered to death and try to avoid using a 'guide' unless you want to meet all their relatives who invariably have the "best prices" in town! I could go on but I suggest you give it a go for yourselves.
PS Brush up on your German - the Hotel is a very popular German resort and I believe this contributes to the exceptional standard and service provided."
- Travel date: Mon 4th of February 2008