12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Nice Hotel every one friendly didnt like...
"Nice Hotel every one friendly didnt like the Breakfast though so walked to a cafe every morning. the bar man was great told us the best resturants place to go. best holiday!"
- Travel date: Wed 23rd of April 2008
I would definitely recommend this hotel...
"I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone! It was perfect. The only thing I didn't like about Rhodes Town was the wind, but that was not really that much of a problem and it certainly wasn't cold. The view from our hotel was amazing. The room was nice and clean. The pool was nice, it was empty most of the time (mainly, I think, because it was so cold when you got out because of the wind!). It didn't take long to walk from the hotel to the historical part of Rhodes Old Town. We were bed and breakfast and the breakfast was nice, usual cakes, meats, cheese, eggs, dodgy bacon, beans, etc. I had a croissant every day! We had a couple of snacks at the hotel bar, one being kebab with Tsaziki and it was soooo cheap and absolutely delicious. The only reason we didn't eat there more often was because there were so many gorgeous restaurants in Rhodes Old Town.
I think there is something for everyone in Rhodes Town. I absolutely loved it. There is the culture, amazing restuarants, lovely beach, good shops, a couple of nightclubs (we didn't venture into these!)......We had some of the best cocktails ever tasted in Rhodes. We went on a great train ride (always busy). The beach directly in front of our hotel was nice, but very windy (they call it windy beach!), but just around the corner it was just as nice and no wind. The historical sites in Rhodes Old Town are the best I've seen anywhere! Brilliant! There is an aquarium which is cheap and good to have a wander round. We had one rainy day and did this on that day. Blue Lagoon Pirate Bar is brill and the drinks are lovely. I can imagine kids would like it in there. There is a pool in the bar and parrots flying around! We did a boat trip to Lindos which was long, but worth it. The Lindos Acropolis is worth a visit and the beaches are lovely.
I LOVE RHODES
- Travel date: Tue 1st of April 2008
Excellent Location and Value
"We stayed at this hotel for a week 5-12 September and were very pleasantly surprised not only with the hotel but with Rhodes itself as we had never been before. First the Hotel: It took only 20 mins to get to the hotel by taxi at a cost of 17euro. Although we arrived at 1.15 am there were plenty of taxis at the rank. We had a swift check in and were given a key to our room on the 3rd floor no: 310 which was one of the bigger rooms with a direct sea view. The room was spotless and simply decorated in blue and white. We had a large bathroom with toiletries provided and the room had a fridge which you could fill with your own goodies. Air conditioning is provided and does not incur an additional charge which is good, however, you have to rent your safety deposit box and a kettle if you want one. The breakfast at the hotel has a good selection of hot and cold foods, cereals, yogurts etc; andis more than adequate although I do feel they could extend the times from 9.30 am to 10.30 (minor whinge from a sleep lover).
There is a good supermarket attached to the hotel and hotel staff are very efficient friendly and will answer any questions happily.
The hotel is across the road from a great stretch of beach called windy beach and is aptly named although I found the mild wind a godsend and it is brilliant for getting a tan. The beach is pebbly but the water is turquoise I would advise people to invest 6 euro in some beach shoes to make getting in and out of the sea easier.Rhodes has a stunning walled old town about a 20 min walk away with beautiful shops and restaurants, however, the new town has dozens of restaurants also and are much better value. There is no shortage of things to see and places to relax
Mike and Ana at the Tivloi bar are great fun and serve very reasonably priced drinks(large beer 2 euro!) their bar is just up from a popular restaurant called Jason which also looks very popular. Scalinis in the new town is excellent for food and great value. All in all we were delighted with our trip to Rhodes and will definately be going back."
- Travel date: Fri 28th of September 2007
It's a Steal!!!
"We stayed here in May 2007 for 2 nights and we paid 33 Eur per night. It's a steal at the price. The room was pretty nice, no fancy decor, but it was a good size and absolutely clean and there was a small balcony too (partial sea view). The price included BF, which was again pretty good. Friendly staff and convenient location. About 20 mins walk to the old town, the beach is right across the road, plenty of restaurants, supermarkets, car/scooter hires nearby. The restaurant also has a cafe and bar, there isn't too much variety in the food menu, but the food was decent and inexpensive and so were the drinks. We would definitely stay here again."
- Travel date: Sat 26th of May 2007
"We stayed in this hotel in September 2005 having booked it through XL holidays. The hotel is located on a busy road, just across from a lovely clean beach, and situated only a ten minute walk to a good selection of shops and bars. A further ten min walk from here you have Rhodes Old Town for an even bigger choice of activities and places to eat and drink. The beach is literatlly over the road (busy) so is handy.
The food (we were b&b) was basic but nice. A mix of hot and cold buffet was available, which is hot and varied. We didnt eat here at night.
The room was clean and basic. Was in need of re decoration in my opinion but was OK for our week's stay as was clean. Our view was poor. Overlooked the back of the hotel to residential street, and due to being full we couldn't move. The room was cleaned regularly, and the bed was comfortable.
The pool in this hotel was AWFUL. It is tiny, on the main road, and over looked completely by buldings on three sides and a huge wall at the front. I was terribly disapointed at this. Plus due to winds from the sea, and shadows from neighbouring propery, it made it chilly all day round despite it being 26 degrees. We used everyday the pool at the hotel next door for the minor fee of 1 Euro, which on some days they did not collect. This pool was much larger, in constant sun, and pretty with trees and plants. The only thing was if you were not down by 10 am you had NO CHANCE of getting a sun bed, and would have to run the gauntlet of the busy road to get to the beach.
Overall I did enjoy this hotel, but it is a basic hotel. Do not expect it a fabulous or fancy hotel as it simply is not. It is a bed for the night but thats' all."
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of April 2007
Our favourite Greek Destination
"We have stayed at this hotel twice; the first time in 2005 and on deciding to return to Rhodes in 2006 going back to this hotel was a foregone conclusion for us.
For me, what makes the hotel special is the service which is both friendly and warm. From the receptionists to the bar tender and the cleaners you are always made to feel very welcome.
The hotels location is excellent on the beach, although there is quite a busy dual carriage-way type road separting the two. This held no concern, you simply get use to it and in my view it does not dampen your enjoyment in anyway.
The hotel is twinned with the Belvedere Hotel which gives you access to their swimming pool; which is just aswell as the pool area at the Rhodos Beach is not up too much.
To finish then a great hotel - in a brilliant location which is made even better if you pay the premium for the sea view rooms - which we did the second time round."
- Travel date: Wed 17th of January 2007
great two star base
"This was a good two star hotel , with four star reception staff. We felt up-lifted every day by the friendliness and consideration of the reception staff and 'George ' the waiter in the snack bar. However if you are expecting anything other than basic rooms, which are clean and functional, you will be dissapointed. Breakfast is a kind of school dinners canteen affair. Food is average. The pool is small and has a view of a very rundown hotel to the far side which wasn't very pretty, but we soon stopped noticing it.
We had dinner at the sister hotel next door where the food was good but got repetitive after a few days. The real find was Loot; just go right as you leave the hotel and you can't help being drawn in by Yamis the owners warm smile and the wonderful family atmosphere! It was my son's 16th birthday while we were in Rhodes and we went to Loot to celebrate it. As you can imagine teenagers are tough to please but a brilliant night was had by all, (including a birthday cake supplied by Yamis and a very roudy chorus of Happy birthday). Needless to say the food was excellent to!
I would go back to Rhodes in a heart beat, and if I was looking for a friendly no frills hotel close to town I'd certainly go to this one again."
- Travel date: Wed 11th of October 2006
"We had the best holiday we've had staying at this hotel! Very clean n friendly, great location, n wasn't the breeze just brilliant!! Only a 6 minute walk to New Town 20 to the Old, which you have to visit ( we went twice for a day) Beach not really suitable for kiddies as pebbly n shore slopes quickly downwards, 10ft out n up to your neck! We ate quite a bit at the Belvedere, just because it was a buffet, you are given rather large platefuls when eating in the town!! Never had one bad meal though! Loot just down the road is good as is Belmo Palace, left fork by petrol station, down road on left hand side, very good value. 7 Euros for 2 sunbeds n parasol on beach, 1euro each for bottle of water n sunbeds at Belvedere ( early birds get the parasols)One tip though, pay the extra for a seaview room as the rooms round the back are not so good, we had one for late checkout. OK for that, but a lot smaller than the one we had. Cost us 30 Euros, dear, BUT we had it till 10pm which was great for us! All the staff were brilliant from the cleaners to the supermarket, always a smile n a greeting!! The same in the Belvedere!! 8 Euros for a buffet meal, so you can have as little or as much as you want, perfick! Relax n enjoy! Kalimera! Kalispera! n Kalinitha!"
- Travel date: Fri 14th of July 2006
"Just got back from the windy island of Rhodes! (10 July 2006) The weather was fantastic - if you like the wind. We stayed in Rhodes Town which is mainly facing Turkey and can be incredibly windy - that didnt bother us as the weather was in the 40s. The wind kept the tempreature down but done nothing for your hair - and watch out its deceiving you can easily get burnt. The beach here is beach pebbles, so we ventured slightly round the island up towards the marina where the beach is more like fine grit and the wind less. We stayed at the Rhodos Beach Hotel, which is three star and deserved everyone of them. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the rooms - although basic - were clean and tidy and the towels were changed three times in the week we stayed. We were on the 5th floor (top) and the wind howled round the building like a horror movie but didnt stop us sleeping. The pool there could do with a bit of fancying up as its quite basic but a total suntrap. However we found the pool to be smaller than the appearance given in the brochure we booked from - Olympic.
Old Rhodes Town is delightful with shops for fancy flipflops, gorgeous jewellery both 14/18k or "junk" jewellery made of Swarovski crystals and the general tourist souveniers. You have to smile sweetly and walk on otherwise youd be having a drink in everyones bar! However we found a fantastic restaurant that did cater for genuine greek food (rather than chips, pizza and spagetti which can be found everywhere) and I would recommend you take the time to visit Romeos in the Old Town. Food and staff were excellent.
As for Olympic - make sure you use another tour operator - but thats another story!"
- Travel date: Mon 10th of July 2006
Just returned from Rhodes
"Just returned from our two week holiday at the Rhodes Beach Hotel. Had a wonderful time in our fifth floor room overlooking the sea. Stayed on a bed and breakfast basis but had a meal (cost 8 euros each) at the Belvedere Hotel, sister hotel where all meals are served. Very good, plenty of choice but a bit chaotic as both hotels use this restaurant. Breakfast at Rhodes Beach was very good. Fresh fruit, yoghurt, a selection of the usual cold meats and cheeses, a variety of cereals and lovely fresh bread and preserves. Unfortunatly no toast! The rooms were cleaned daily but you wouldn't know it but for the beds being made and a quick mop through. Fresh toiletries and towels regularly. The staff at this hotel are extremely friendly and cannot do enough for you and at the end of your holiday you are asked to name the most helpful member of staff so this accounts for everyone doing their very best for the guests. The beach opposite the hotel is very windy and indeed is known as windy beach but further along the coast the wind ceases and it is much hotter, but we found this wind to be a godsend in the 32 degree sunshine even though we had air conditioning (charged at 6 euros daily). There is plenty to see and do in Rhodes and we had a trip to Symi island which is beautiful and well worth a visit. We hired a car during our second week, this was really inexpensive and we managed to see the whole of the island including the mountains which was fantastic. Finally if you stay at the Rhodes Beach you must have a meal at 'Loot' Restaurant only a couple of doors away. This family owned restaurant must serve the best food on the island at ridiculously low prices with a fabulous sunset thrown in for free."
- Travel date: Sun 25th of June 2006
Decent, Inexpensive Hotel
"I stayed at the Rhodes Beach Hotel (near Rhodes Town) in Oct. 2005 for two nights. It was only 45 Euros/night! Although this hotel wasn't the cleanest or fanciest I've seen, they were kind, respectful, friendly, and my room was cool (most hotels on this island won't let guests use A/C after Oct. 1--it was over 90 degrees and humid!). The view of the beach was lovely too, and it was located a short walk from the historic Rodos Town.
Do yourself a favor and stay near Rodos Town, if you go to Rhodes at all. I wasn't thrilled with Rhodes in general, but loved the old town--very charming.
If you swim in the ocean here, beware of strong currents and many jellyfish--I got stung four times in less than 10 seconds! But, the beach is beautiful."
- Travel date: Mon 19th of December 2005
Wonderful memories of Rhodes Beach
"We recommend this hotel 100%. We were concerned there were no reviews to be found anywhere before we left for our holiday; this maybe due to the high number of varied international guests staying at this hotel. We arrived in the early hours and were warmly welcomed at reception. Our room was spotlessly clean, spacious and very comfortable. Our balcony had a sea view overlooking the beach; every night we were treated to a fantastic sunset over Turkey. The beach is sandy/pebbly so swimming shoes are advisable. The beach is known as windy beach and it certainly is, however it is welcome as it is so hot in August. Our room was cleaned daily to a high standard. All members of staff from the maids, barman, poolside staff and the reception staff were extremely friendly to everyone and nothing was ever too much trouble to them. The pool side is smallish but adequate as a lot of guests use the sister hotel next door 'The Belvedere,' where you can eat your evening meal and sample the entertainment there on an evening. You pay 6 euros for the meal, 1.50 euros for the use of the pool (this includes a bottle of water). The buffet breakfast had ample choice and was always fresh. The hotel hired a car for us which we recommend; the roads and traffic make driving easy and we saw some fantastic sights; especially up in the mountains (very high). We recommend Lindos and visit Sianna and eat at a taverna opposite the linen shop which serves delicious food. A drive down to the very southern tip of the island Pressonisi is well worth it; it is a sight full of camper vans, restaurants and shops, where water sports fanatics all gather. It truly is an amazing sight as on each side of the beach is the sea; the Agean and the Med. In winter months apparantly the two seas meet and the beach is no more. We took a boat trip to Symi and Panorimitis which are beautiful; but beware the temperature there is 5 degrees higher than it is in Rhodes town. The night life apart from 'Bar Street' is mainly geared up for evening meals out. There are a number of cocktail bars who are only too happy to serve beer as are the restaurants; they do not mind if you do not wish to eat there. We recommend 'Loot' a family restaurant just along from the hotel, who serve delicious food and are very friendly. Bar Street is worth seeing as it is heaving from around midnight to 6am (16 - 24 yr olds). Beware of eating at night in the square of the old town within Rhodes castle. It is a fantastic bustling experience but our meal was poor and very expensive; we felt we paid for having a seat in the roof top garden which was a fantastic sight. We have some wonderful memories of our holiday in Rhodes and would certainly return."
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of August 2005