Just returned from a weeks holiday at this great hotel. After much research, I decided to choose the Atlantica Princess and my husband and I were not disappointed!
From the moment we arrived ( 10pm) on first evening the service we received was very friendly and efficient. We were advised that we had missed dinner as it had finished at 9.30pm but given a voucher to use on our last day for dinner or swap to use for a lunch.
We booked on a half board basis but most people were here on an all inclusive basis. However, you can upgrade to all inclusive on arrival if you prefer or even choose to do so for just a couple of days... we didn't bother. I think if you are a family this would be a bonus though as a plentiful choice of snacks, drinks( including cocktails) available all day.
We were allocated an apartment/bungalow, these are just opposite the hotel on a side road where a member of staff escorted us to our apartment. The room(625) was clean, very spacious with a kitchenette & fridge, sofa and plenty wardrobe space. The balcony was of a good size too and got the sun from early morning to late evening...just where I love to chill out and read my books early in the morning before going to breakfast.
The selection of food options either at breakfast or dinner was plentiful, something for everyone tastes. I suppose after 2 weeks you may run out of options but only if you are eating 3 variations of main courses every evening! The restaurant staff very helpful and efficient, I really can't speak highly enough of the friendly and accomodating nature of all the staff who we met during our stay here.
The location of the hotel was ideal, 15 min walk into the town of Trianda which has a selction of shops and plenty restaurants and bars. Just a 5 mins walk to the bus stop into Rhodes town.( 2.10€ one way) Rhodes town is gorgeous and well worth a visit - the medieval town along with the new town and three harbours is very picturesque to wander around, grab a drink and watch the world go by.
I would also recommend a trip to Lindos too - we did this via a boat trip from the main habour for 20€ per person for the day. It takes 2.5hrs to reach Lindos but well worth the trip, once there you have 3 hrs to go up to the acropolis, visit the beach and lunch. The views from the acropolis and quaint village of Lindos are breathtaking!! It is a bit of hike though or there's the donkeys you can hire for 5€ to take you up to the top, which I think is fine for children but while my legs work as well as the donkeys we chose to go by our own steam. A stop for swimming in the sea on the return journey to Rhodes was refreshing after our climb to the acropolis in 35 degree heat.
The hotel had nightly entertainment and I would agree with some other reviews in that the entertainment team really work well together and put on a variety of themed shows etc, it's not broadway but all done in good fun and you have to remember they are catering mainly for families. Good sized swimming pool, with separate kids pool and lots of loungers,although they would benefit from having a few more parasols. There was still the usual assault of towels reserving loungers from 7.30am each day with many people never appearing to the poolside until after lunchtime. There are several large trees that offer shade too but if you need a parasol then you need to reserve a spot early in the morning.
You are also just 5 mins walk from the beach however this is a pebbly/shingle beach and not the best, as we're not beach lovers this wasn't a problem but worth bearing in mind.
In summary you will go far to beat this hotel - good location, great food, superb customer service and the friendliest staff we have ever experienced on holiday. (and we are fairly well travelled). Well done Atlantica Princess, thanks for the wonderful holiday. ;-))
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