Where do I begin, firstly we were a party of 7 who booked in January 2006 to stay in August and requested side by side rooms. Well when we got to the Solemar 3 of the party was told there apartment was not available and the previous occupants were still in the apartment due to their flight been cancelled, (dodgy, which we also discovered was told to other people arriving after us and yet our Rep confirmed that no flights were cancelled) we were told that we would have to stay in the hotel for the night and the following morning our apartment would become available. Just the start of the pantomine. Next morning still no apartment when were then told we would have to go the hotel next door Les Cocotiers for the remainder of our holiday, was told there were no apartments together and the only way that would be possible was for the management to put the buildings together (nice). The Manager (not a particularly pleasant greek man) said that we had not booked together or come in on the same flight (which was not true) and stated that it made no difference where we stayed, the hotels were all the same it was just a name that differentiated them!! Not sure he saw our point of view in that we had paid to stay at the Solemar and no where else. Still after we persisted and refused to move hotels (what do you know) he found us an apartment.
The swimming pool is very dodgy becomes very deep very quickly and without any warning, there are also many a dangerous tile and lights that are hanging out of the sides, so watch your legs when in there.
The showers in the older block of apartments are hilarious you basically have to hold the shower head over your head and finding a good temperature is very hit and miss, also every time you have a shower the bathroom becomes a lovely swimming pool (great effect).
As for the linen some people have stated that they had fresh linen every day, well we certainly didn't and sometimes had to practically fight the cleaner for clean towels and sheets and also toilet rolls. My advise is, if you stay there take your toilet roll off in the morning and hide it and then she will leave you another one otherwise you are basically stuffed.!!!
Much of the furniture in the old block of apartments could do with being refreshed and don't even bother about the air conditioning which is charged at 6 euros per day but gets frequently turned off especially at night when you need it most, you could also do with an air conditioning unit in the main area of the apartment because if you are unfortunate to have to sleep in that area it is not pleasant also extra beds in living area are camp style beds and very uncomfortable.
Would definately not recommend and would never return to the Solemar!!
Ixia and Rhodes itself is beautiful and a must, we found Dimitrious as an excellent restuarant to eat at, the staff are very friendly (especially George and Lazarus) and the food is really good, also a bit further down Eddy's Pub is a great place for a follow up drink run by a dutch couple Eddy and Caroline who are really good fun. Rhodes town by day and night is a must there is plenty to do in both Old Town and New Town.
Would definately return to Rhodes as it keeps getting better have previously stayed at the Oceanis which was great but would never return to the Solemar especially due to the poor reception from the miserable staff and the state of the apartments.
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