I`m pretty late with my review this time as our family of four (2+2) stayed at Mitsis Roda the first week of July.
The hotel is located right on the beach, 10-15-minute beach walk from Roda town and 50-60 minutes drive from the airport.
We exectly had known what to expect due to our previous holidays in Mitsis hotels. It`s a great way to spend your holiday with kids. And I must admit I have never seen so many kids in one hotel :) and we travel a bit. It`s not that I mind, I have 2 kids myself but this place was swarming with kids of all ages. :) So if you want a peaceful and quiet holiday definiately choose a different place to stay. ;)
As to the hotel. The place is rather huge, surrounded by wonderful lush flowers and trees with an impresssive reception area, many restaurants and bars. You can stay either in the hotel buildig or bungalows (some with small pools). I think, if you have a choice, hotel building is better because it`s much closer to everything. You have to walk much more from most of the bungalows, maybe except of 4 or 5 that are by the beach. And with kids it sometimes it can be quite a trip. :)
There are also some stairs at the hotel area, impossible to avoid. A lift is only in the main hotel building.
The hotel is very clean. We stayed at one of the main buildings, our room was a cozy family room, very spacious with the door leading to a little bedroom for the kids. We had a beautiful view over the sea. The bathroom was nice and modern with a haidryer. There also was a mini-fridge which we always find very useful, it was actually a mini-bar, refilled every 2 days. It happened once maybe that our bar wasn`t refilled but it was immediately done after I had reported it at the reception.
We had a wonderful maid, she was very nice, she brought extrasoft pillows for all of us and always left extra water for the kids. At the end of our stay my son even got some beach toys from her after he lost his own.
The food in the hotel is very tasty with a great variety to choose from. There`s also baby food and some dishes for kids with a special area for the kids to eat too. My kids are rather fussy eaters and my son is allergic to some products and we could always find something to eat for him. There are also 3 restaurants by the sea where you have to book a table in advance. We didn`t eat there but I must say there is really great staff there - I went there every day in the afternoon to heat my daughter`s babyfood and they were always smiling and helpful. Thank you!
I also met 2 restaurant managers there, we had a nice talk, they asked about my opinions if the hotel needs any improvements.
There are a few bars at the hotel, one by the pool and one on the beach. There was also a great team at work in the beach bar. There is a choice of ice-cream at the bars apart from the drinks and softdrinks and light snacks.
My only complaint about the food/drink at Mitsis is that they don`t serve Frappe! I couldn`t believe that. You could have cappuccino or expresso but no Greek Frappe. And I`m a big fan of Frappe and Greek cuisine in general.
THE BEACH. The hotel has a long beach with many sunbeds, one part of the beach is wide and sandy, the other narrow and pebbly. Both very shallow and ideal for the kids. My kids loved the beach so much that we went there at least twice a day skipping the pool with the slides.
Well, to get good sunbeds you had to get up early, unfortunatelly it`s everywhere the same it the high season.
Kids. There are many facilities for the kids at the hotel that`s why it`s so popular with families. There`s a good playground, slides, shallow beach, kids food, mini-disco, kids clubs, unlimited ice-cream all day and so on.
What I found amazing is that at the time of our stay there was a great mix of people from all around Europe. No loud Germans or Russian or drunk Brits partying until late at night. The hotel is rather quiet with some entertainment throughout the day and in the evening which we didn`t find greatly fun but ok most times.
All in all, Mitsis Roda Beach it`s a great choice for a family holiday. I can truly recommend it as we had fantastic time there. We`ll probably be back one day but for now other places are calling as we try to pick different holiday destinations each year.
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