31 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We arrived in the afternoon of june 2nd,peter was most welcoming and a mix up with our room(by the tour operator)was sorted in minutes.Entering,the room,it was clean and tidy with free facilities of a fridge and tv and also has mozzie nets throughout(a godsend,didnt see any other hotel with them although no doubt there is)The layout of the hotel grounds is of one to be admired(nice one pedro)and will only get better over the seasons.Our room was cleaned each day along with fresh towels on the beds.As we were B&B i cant comment on the other two meals but breakfast(when we got there in time!) was a mixed variety of sausage(make more please diane)cheese,ham,bread,jams,yoghurt etc along with an extended choice of beverages(five times more on offer than the tour operator deems we should have!).This is not one of those hotels who try to keep you there for the duration of your holiday,nick(manager)& staff were always there to offer ideas of where to sightsee etc on the island which was just as well as no rep came near(bliss).Unless you like walking,then car hire or taxi is the answer to getting about because the buses seem to run when they want!The beach is a 10 minute walk away but with sunbeds a 3 euro each,which makes the hotel facilities more appealling.All in all,a wonderful holiday which was made all the better by staying in an excellent hotel..."ÏÎ±Ï Î±Î³Î±ÏÎ¬Î¼Îµ sas aghapAme" to all the staff. "
- Travel date: 24th June 2010
Peaceful and Pleasant
"Just spent a peaceful week at the Olive Garden. Hotel was clean, friendly, quiet and welcoming. The gardens were really lovely with olive trees, lime trees and lots of beautiful flowers. Room was clean with nice balcony. Pool area was clean and relaxing. Breakfast was fine with continental choice. Overall this hotel was very good value."
- Travel date: 11th June 2010
"spent 14 days at hotel olive gardens looked beautiful on net but disapointed when arrived. pictures must show when first built as it has run down , pool side all dirty and broken tiles everywhere. peter seemed nice to start with but when i complained he turned nasty. room very basic shower a disgrace filthy is one way to put it. thats what i compained about he didnt like it and shouted at me like i was a 2 year old. he said "why didnt you tell me when you arrived, the maintenance man is away home." next thing the guy at reception arrived and changed shower head. the tiles were a disgrace as was tray you stand in. He charged 30 euros a week for fridge, meals were rank, 50 cents for you to phone taxi, and charged at least twice the price for drinks. I did not eat or drink or use the pool went elsewhere nearly changed hotel because he was downright rude and ripped everyone off. would never go there again. Spoke to other guests who said they felt the same, and told me he was having problems within his marriage and with guests complaining. Well im sorry you dont shout at your paying guests or tell all your having marital problems etc.I just didnt speak to him unless I had to, he knew I was not happy as he asked why I was so serious all the time I could not wait to leave, luckily my parents were at a close by hotel where we spent most of our time. Rhodes is beautiful and we met many lovely people who made our stay so welcome we will be back, just not to olive gardens."
- Travel date: 8th February 2009
We have just spent 10 wonderful days at ...
"We have just spent 10 wonderful days at the hotel. We were made welcome by Peter, Diane and Nick. All the staff were very friendly especially George, who runs the bar in the evening. The rooms we had were clean and comfortable and had a regular change of bedding and towels. There was an extra charge for the fridge. Greek night was good fun, lots of interaction and the food absolutely delicious. The breakfast is what you would expect for a continental and you can order a cooked one if you wish. The pool bar serves food all day, there is a good choice and all reasonably priced. It is not far to the village, a taxi is 12 euros return, but that between four of us was good. We had some lovely meals down there, especially Valentinas and the Roof Top Restaurant. It was a 10 min walk to the beach, the road is flat and quiet. The beach has a small shop and restaurant with good food. There is a line of pebbles, so beach shoes are needed but well worth the effort as the sea was so warm and safe for children. We would definately go back again, but would hire a car to explore Rhodes as the tours are expensive and you have to add 3 hours pick up, drop off to your day. Well done, Olive Garden, we had the holiday that we wanted and more."
- Travel date: 14th August 2008
What a lovely and secluded place Olive G...
"What a lovely and secluded place Olive Gardens was. Peter is a fantastic guy, has plenty of tales to tell and is very welcoming along with Diane. The rest of the team at the Olive Gardens are great too, not to mention George the barman. We stayed in the new block which was fantastic however I don't know how different would have been if it was the old block. Breakfast is not much to shout about. There's tea and coffee on offer and it alternates between cereal and tinned peaches but there is an additional menu which you pay for of bacon on toast and full english breakfast's etc... There's a small shop that peter runs for anything extra that you might need but I think that it may be in need of expansion! As this hotel is not immediately close to any sort of amenities, hiring a car is highly recommended to visit the fantastic beaches that Rhodes have to offer. If you are travelling into Lardos, Rulas is definately recommended, we had the nicest meal of the holiday in there, and its very reasonably priced indeed. For any sort of significant night life, a trip into Pefkos and Lindos is definately recommended however, just to warn you, the taxis do charge an extra 2 euros to be called out from the taxi rank and to pick you up from the hotel, plus there is a charge from the hotel itself to phone the taxi! All in all, Lardos and Olive Gardens is a fantastic place to be for couples. Not very suitable for families or young groups as there is not alot to do in the immediate area. Our party spent most of the time in Pefkos, the beach is fantastic and the glass bottom boat trip there is definately worth it, with one of the funniest ships captains around! "
- Travel date: 11th August 2008
first impressions very good,diana and st...
"first impressions very good,diana and staff made us feel very welcome rooms very basic but clean. some noisy nights from corridor from staff and guests, breakfast was worth missing,peaches and jam and bread not our scene, luckily brought own kettle which we were told was against the rules! greek all you can eat buffett great hit with the kids. there were germans there but did not mix with us at pool or breakfast which they had in hotel buffett style. lardos beach 10 min walk feels longer need flip flops to get in water as very stoney beach could be cleaner, bought water from supermarket only 40cents hotel charged 1euro. hotel extras expensive charged us for ordering taxis.lardos village very friendly but basic some nice restaurants including the roof terrace restaurant good views at night. sadly our visit to olive gardens was marred by the forest fire from which had to evacuated and put in hotel in faliraki but we were glad to get back to olive gardens to enjoy what was left of our hols. "
- Travel date: 4th August 2008
Standard of rooms ok as we were in the n...
"Standard of rooms ok as we were in the new block(no,s 401 and upwards), however they did not change bedding and towels when scheduled and we had to chase diane on two occasions to get them changed. Pool area lovely and relaxing. Owners Peter and Diane were friendly but liked to cut costs in many ways at our expense. which was shown in the poor quality breakfast,( stale bread and cereal and something that resembled butter).Taxi fares not as cheap as your rep says as the taxi firm charge an extra 2euros to collect you from the hotel and they also charge you at the hotel to call a taxi. Lardos is a nice traditional Greek village with some nice bars (especially yamas bar were george and staff are really keen to look after you).Pefkos was nice but was a typical british seaside resort. Lindos was beautiful but far too hot to spend long there.All in all good holiday but spent a lot more money due to the location, hotel charging for all extras(fridge,air con,cooked breakfast,taxi booking...)and a poor exchange rate."
- Travel date: 26th July 2008
peter and diane were very friendly as wa...
"peter and diane were very friendly as was all staff. food was nice, but breakfast was rubbish it consisted of cornflakes or bread and jam 1 day and next day peaches bred and jam and so on otherwise anything else you pay for like toast 1 euro etc. the air con was expensive 90euros for two weeks ypu also had to pay extra for a fridge which we thought a fridge would be included in the room at no extra charge, the toilets are small and the air con was not very good in the old block but we were moved in to the new block and air con was much better and the room overall was much better. if you stay at this hotel i recommend the new block rooms 401 onwards. the location was ok but i recommend you have a car to travel to places otherwise theres a 15min walk to lindos town. there is a 10min walk to a beach but basically thats it. you will need transport to go and see places. overall the holiday was good "
- Travel date: 25th July 2008
A pleasant enough hotel, provided you ar...
"A pleasant enough hotel, provided you are put into the new block (someone on here mentioned they are 4 star - I dread to think where they have been on previous holidays, but they are probably just about 3 star due to the fact they are new and clean). They are what you expect in Greece - basic, tiled floor, small bathroom with a shower and no bath, and kept clean by the daily maid visit with a change of sheets and towels 3 times a week. However, be prepared to part with a lot of money for the air con and fridge. I still dont understand how any accommodation can see fit to charge for a fridge in your room. Together with a fridge, the charge is 160 euros for 2 weeks - and the air con only just about kept the room "cool" set at 17c on the fastest fan. We met a lot of people who stayed in the old part, or Cell Block H as it become known, and they had no air con, the rooms were small, old and in dire need of updating. The reception area and bar of the hotel are pleasantly furnished, and the owners are friendly enough - a part Greek part Canadian family, who usually try hard to help, especially the older guy, Peter. Unfortunately, the main water pipe burst in the new block whilst we were there, and there was no water at all for over 12 hours, which was annoying but not hugely problematic. Each room in the new block has a small balcony but you wont get any sun on it in in the afternoon/evenings. The pool area is quiet, with a snack bar where breakfast is served. If you like cardboard shavings pretending to be cereal, or tinned peaches which you have to chase around the bowl with a ladel, then you might like breakfast. Otherwiese, its bread to fatten you up and give you indigestion as usual on continental holidays. They do serv e other delights at reasonable cost, including bacon, egg, sausage, etc, and up until 4.30pm you can buy perfectly acceptable snacks at the snack bar, including gyros, salads, and sandwiches and burgers, all reasonably priced too. The sunloungers around the pool are ok, some with old cushions, but take 2 towels as they really make you sweat (especially when its 45c). However, they are rather closely set out, and many of them are on the grass outside of the pool area, in the middle of what can only be described as a field with sheep, rubbish and some trees in. We were visited a couple of days by a couple of geep - cross between sheep and goats that run wild in the "garden". Strangely enough, we didnt see any Olive Trees! The hotel is a good half mile from the beach, which in the intense heat seemed to be more like 2 miles to be honest. It took just over 10 minutes to walk it, and the beach is clean and tidy with an area of parasols and sunloungers available at 7 euros a day for 2. Its a long sandy stretch, with a small restaurant behind and a small supermarket, so there is all you need for a pleasant day out, but further along and you will find the nasty German all inclusive resort in the Lorithia area of Lardos, the new purpose built suburb which is full of Germans, French and Poles, so with all due respect to those nationalities, you can get an idea of the difference in ambience and aggression levels! Lardos village itself is like something out of the deep south in America. There is virtually nothing there, apart from a main square with half a dozen restaurants and bars around it. The highlight of the day for the locals seems to be the arrival of the regular service bus. The choice of restaurants is limited, and we had a reasonable meal the first night in Valentinas, but an terrible one another night in Savvas, where the place appeared to be full of the local care in the community brigade. The people in Rhodes Town refer to Lardos as Hillbilly country, and you will see why. Personally, I would suggest to anyone looking for somewhere to eat or a night out not to bother with Lardos, and to go into Pefkos or Lindos. A good and reliable bus service runs into both for 1.5 euros each way. The last bus home from Pefkos is 10 to 11 at night, so you dont have to fork out for taxis unless you want a really late one. Taxis into Pefkos are 7 euros (although if you book from the hotel, they cheekily charge and extra 2 euros and the bar man makes you give him 50 cents for the phone call!!!!!), and 9 into Lindos. Pefkos is more of a beach resort, purpose built for tourists, whereas Lindos is the old historic town. Lindos gets stupidly hot in the day, it was 52c one day we were there, but its quite stunningly beautiful and is a must for a couple of nights out. We took the bus at 9.10am one day into Lindos and spent the whole day on St Pauls Bay Beach, where the wedding chapel is, and this was perhaps the most beautiful beach I have had been lucky enough to spend a day on. There is a cafe/bar on the side furthest away from the chapel run by a guy called Demitri, and he is very welcoming if you make the effort. Great for snorkeling and swimming here. Pefkos has a nice sandy beach too, although we tended to visit the smaller one at Agios Georgios, just down the road behind Pefkos by Night bar. Lindos has a wide range of eating places and bars, and the place is full of character with its cobbled streets. Anyone who does not visit Lindos for a night out does not know what they are missing. Pefkos however does have some fantastic restaurants, the best of which are Terpsis up by the main square where the buses/taxis drop off, Enigma down the "strip" with gorgeous rooftop terraces overlooking the whole bay, and The Greek House down towards the Central Beach - this is by far the most reliable and best quality food we have eaten anywhere in Greece and well worth a visit. On the way down to The Greek House, there is a bar called Fuse run by a guy called Kostas, a real gent, and a right good laugh too. His best mate runs the car rental place over the road, and you will get to know him too. A genuinely nice couple of blokes. We hired a car for 3 days and went to Rhodes Town and stayed in a "proper" star hotel for Â£65 for the 2 of us (Best Western) and had a great night out in the remarkably chilled out capital, and also had a day at the superb water park in Faliraki, as well as the final day down at Prassonisi, at the foot of the Island where the 2 seas meet - this place has to be seen to be believed! Spectacular. Rhodes is a lovely island, this was our 2nd visit, but we would definitely not go to Lardos again, and the Olive Graden is far too cut off from anything to recommend it. It was ok for what we paid (Â£270 for 2 weeks on 25th June) and we met some nice people there too. However, be prepared to pay out for taxis, buses and most importantly a car if you want to eat out in nice places, see nice beaches and generally have a good time, thus making this a bit of a false economy what with the extra transport costs we had to pay out to see some form of life. Oh yes, and final top tip, if you get a choice, dont get a flight through the night. It really is a killer. Paying a bit extra to get home before the end of the day is well worth it, believe me. "
- Travel date: 15th July 2008
We have just returned from a two week st...
"We have just returned from a two week stay at the Olive Garden Hotel which we booked on the strength of the reviews we had read beforehand. We were not disappointed and had a quiet relaxing holiday in an excellent location enhanced by the friendliness and helpfulness of all the staff at the Olive garden especially Diane Peter and Nicco. Nothing was too much trouble and because of a shower problem we were offered a room change from the old block to the new block. I would class the old block as standard accommodation expected at a two star hotel but the new lock is definitely four star!! Also I understand the older block will be revamped at the end of the season to bring it up to the standard of the new. Some of the negative comments I read previously seem to me to be made by people who have paid for a two star holiday and expect four star accommodation and facilities. We found the Olive Garden to be an idyllic oasis away from the built up areas of Lindos and Pefkos. Beautiful gardens, lovely pool, minutes away from Lardos beach and a pleasant twenty minute evening walk into Lardos for an evening meal if not eating at the hotel. Would strongly recommend Roula's where you are welcomed and looked after by another local family who will guide you through their extensive menu and ensure you sample Greek food at its best and at very reasonable rates accompanied by ice cold tankards of draught Amstell beer!! We are both in our mid sixties and used local transport all the time apart from car hire for a couple of days to explore the west coast and the centre of the island. A great holiday and well worth the title 'Small and Friendly' - thankyou Peter, Diane and Nicco."
- Travel date: 28th June 2008
What can I say? A great holiday from s...
" What can I say? A great holiday from start to finish we didn't want to leave!!! All the staff were great especially Peter Diane and Nick who were always around to help with anything we needed (from translating instructions on tablet boxes to helping us undo the padlock on our case when i managed to lose the keys)!!!!! The hotel was lovely set in gorgeous gardens in a nice quiet location although it is only 2 minutes from the bus stop great for exploring the island cheaply!! 5-10 minutes from the beach and about 20 minutes from Lardos village which has some great restaurants. We would definitely think about going back and would recommend this hotel to anyone. Thank you Diane, Peter, Nick and all the staff at the hotel for making our holiday a great holiday hope to see you all again soon."
- Travel date: 16th June 2008
Unfortunately we could only stay a week ...
"Unfortunately we could only stay a week because of work but we wish it could have been a fortnight. The Olive Garden is a lovely hotel with nice gardens and swimming pool. The owners Peter and Diane and staff go out of their way to make the stay a happy and enjoyable one. We felt as though we were part of their family as they were so friendly. We booked Bed and Breakfast as we like to keep our options open but the food in the hotel was so good we ate in every night but one. The hotel is situated 10 minutes walk from the beach and 20 minutes from the village so if you want a relaxing laid back holiday as we did, it is the place for you. "
- Travel date: 1st October 2007
Top traveller tips for Olive Garden Hotel
"Valentinas, Rhodes town,some local restaurants in lardos"
"beautiful, very friendly locals and lovely eating places. "
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