5 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Friendliest hotel on Rhodes
"We have been going to Filoxenia for the past 4 years. The hotel itself is spotlessly clean with beautiful grounds. You couldn't ask for nicer people, the family who run it are so friendly and welcoming and the food is so delicious you wont want to eat anywhere else. Can't recommended Filoxenia highly enough.
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of April 2015
best kept secret on Rhodes
"We stayed at The Filoxenia Hotel and had a great time, The owners of the hotel, Nicos & Evangelia, and their two boys, Mihali & Panagioti who run this hotel are very friendly had a smile for everyone was always helpful when ever asked anything great place to stay whether you have children or just 2 of you. The food is very nice and if you try the traditional food you will be hooked on it. The rooms are basic but are clean and tidy with clean towels daily and bedding changed regularly. The pools are lovely plenty of sun loungers and chairs by the pool, This hotel is like heaven just so relaxing had a great time with my family this included my father, brother, son, daughter, granddaughter, husband and myself. Will defiantly will return to the Filoxenia Hotel. If you are looking for a quite holiday (with no boom boom music to keep you awake) this is the right place to go to, close to the airport approx 20 minutes away,(dont pay for transfers with tour operaters just get a taxi but ask how much before you get in 10-15 euros is about right ) local village is about 400m away with the beach, shops and restrants all are very friendly (Mike's Bar is nice place to eat). "
- Travel date: Wed 11th of July 2012
Great budget holiday at Filoxinea Tholos, 17th - 30th September 2011
"We stayed in room number 24 which is on the first floor of the three story block of studios and appartments. Our room had a nice view of the olive grove and a sea view in the distance. Although there was only two of us we had an appartment with a large double bedroom and a further three single beds in the other room , which also had a kitchen and bathroom off it, Both to Greek standards.
Our Thomas Cook flight was delayed due to Greek industrial action we were greeted at 11.30 pm and shown to our room which was clean and tidy and was cleaned every day, fresh towels were supplied most days whith bedding changed several times during our two week stay.
We ate at the Filoxinea taverna on several occasions and found the food to be very good and also can reccomend Bella Vista tavern and Mikes Restaurant. Other restaurants that we ate at were all good value.
The lovely family who own and run the appartments and the rest of their staff are most helpful and friendly. The pools were clean and the general maintenance of the property was very good.
The only downside in our opinion was the lack of direct contact and information from the Sunset (Thomas Cook) rep
he informed us that he was often at the Doreta Beach hotel, which is about 500 yards away, however on the last day we received no information from Sunset or Thomas Cook regarding our transfer back to the airport until we telephoned the Thomas Cook area office. This was not the fault of the Filoxinea.
Well done to the owners and staff and thanks for a great fortnights holiday.
- Travel date: Sun 2nd of October 2011
The hotel is set just on the outskirts o...
"The hotel is set just on the outskirts of a very quiet resort. Tholos village is inland by approx 1km and is very pretty. The beach is shingly and pebbly with a couple of hotels set right on it; it has a selection of water sports and a very welcome breeze. The local supermarkets & restaurants are good, quiet and have some interesting Greek specialities.
The Filoxenia's grounds and 3 pools (2 quite large and 1 baby) are attractive and extremely well-kept; they have a crazy golf; enormous draughts & chess boards, swings and a see-saw. The family who own it live above the restaurant and are very welcoming.
One nice touch is a 'library' of approximately 200/300 books where visitors can leave, exchange and borrow holiday reading.
Most rooms overlook the pool area and have views across to the Turkish mainland. Ours was light and airy; we had daily cleaning and fresh towels with a bed change every other day.
The restaurant is really attractive with indoor and outdoor sections; it has old Greek artefacts and an overhead pergola full of bougainvillea. Most importantly it has mosquito zappers!!
There's a bus service immediately outside the gates that goes North along the coast to Rhodes town.
We hired a car and found the best price was at 'Payless' next to the nearest supermarket. We got 3 days for the price of 2. (Bit like Boots!) It was worth it as there are some amazing places to see, like: Tsampiki Beach Lindos, Rhodes old town as well as just meandering around the island.
Occasionally, you may feel patronised as the term "Of course" is used for everything!! You're not; it's just a generic term they all use.
If you want to relax in the sun; step off the treadmill and recharge; this is the ideal spot.
We'll certainly go back.
- Travel date: Wed 6th of August 2008
If you want a quiet holiday with not muc...
"If you want a quiet holiday with not much to do but lounge about the pool all day with a few quiet drinks at night, then Tholos is the place for you. A few bars, tavernas and a couple of supermarkets make up the village of Tholos. Unfortunately, we were looking for something more and found ourselves pretty bored a few days into our week.
The Filoxenia Hotel is basic but clean and spacious. Our room had a double and a single bed and there was still plenty of room for manoeuvre. There is a fridge, cooker and air con in the room but these are charged at around 5 euros each appliance per day to have them switched on. Only pay this if you consider it worth it, we didn't as it was cheaper to eat in the local tavernas, especially Billy's Place, where you get good food at reasonable prices.
You can get the bus from Tholos to Rhodes Town which stops right outside the Filoxenia and costs around 2.10 euros for one person for a single trip. Do beware, however, that the prices for food and drink in Rhodes Old Town are much more expensive than Tholos, especially the bars and restaurants around the fountain area. Archipelagos is a good restaurant, but check out the prices before sitting down.
Booking with On The Beach via the internet was a whole different matter. They cancelled our holiday the day before we were due to leave and I had to spend an hour and a half on the phone to get different flights and accommodation.
We ended up leaving from a different airport and stayed at a completely different resort to where we had originally booked. So make sure you receive confirmation from them at least.
I would not recommend booking with them as there was no customer service once we arrived in our resort. We stayed at the Filoxenia for a week and saw no rep from a British Holiday company.
Overall, although it was not our type of holiday, if you are looking for a peaceful week or two in the sun with not much to do, then go to Tholos. If not, Ixia or Rhodes Town would be a better option.
- Travel date: Tue 25th of July 2006