We were a bit worried as some of the reviews were not best. But we are more inclined to find the positives rather than the negatives and life is what you make it. On arrival we were efficiantly sorted and after a quick drink ( we arrived 22.30) we went off to settle in . No food was on offer through our All Inclusive deal, but you can order a pizza at the bar for around 4 euro.
The sun shone everyday, peaking around 42 degrees so the pools were a blessing.
The food for breakfast, lunch and dinner did not include a vast choice, but everyday we found something to our liking. Breakfast : eggs, greek sausages or bacon, greek coco pops, greek yogurt and fruit. Lunch; pasta ,salads meats and potatoes with deserts to follow. Dinner ;similar to lunch. The lamb pork and beef were tender, the chicken on the bone ( bit too much bone). Salads, chips , roasts or mashed potato. deserts were watermelon (never seen so much !) mousses (very sweet) or greek cakes.
Drinks. This is where they have a problem that needn`t be. In the restaurant they open up juice water teas and coffee at breakfast. At lunch and dinner beer/wine and carbonated drinks only. You could get a drink in the restaurant 7-9, the poolside bar 10-5 and the main bar 5-11 (till 2am if willing to pay, dont know if anyone stayed up that late though , we didnt , very expensive). This would have been better if all bars stayed open all day so you didnt have to keep walking up and down. The pool bar is closed ! They need to take that off the details.
The rooms: we had an appartment, much the same as the rest of the hotel, a bit tired, but suited our needs. The maid came in daily and cleaned and replaced towels in bathroom. (towels not to be used by pool, but we saw people doing just that). You took your chances with the temperature of the water. Peak times meant cool showers. Bedding got changed regular.
Air con and a safety deposit box (by reception) were an added cost, but we knew this.
The staff were 95% agreeable, just one waitress i didnt take to.
Sun beds ! not enough ! get up early and put your towel out to beat the germans and pols ( why is it always them !) if you have a room by the pool , a trick is to stash a couple in you room overnight! shh, i didnt tell you this.
Entertainment. Usual pool aerobics, water polo, yoga daytime. evenings ; they have a stage (outside in a cage, bring you chair out) with a few competitions and a couple of acts, not to our liking. so we played cards, went up to the shops etc of an eve. there are restaurants nearby if you want a change of scenery.
The area is on the outskirts of Rhodes, but lots of shops. A trip to old Rhodes and Lindos by Boat (22 euro per adult) are great. Bus stop outside hotel, bus every 15 mins.
Taxi prices a bit more than bus fares
Dont get a taxi transfer if you have more than 2 suitcases. OMG thought ours were going to end up falling out the boot ! strapped in by a bungee.
Take sunscreen in plenty as very expensive in local shops, we found a small carrefour which was a bit more reasonanable.
Hotel shop ok, more for the kids with inflatables, sweets and flops etc. few gifts. no good if you are self catering. no jeweley shop that we saw on details.
All in all We would say if you admit to being very fussy, not for you. But if you dont mind a few things being a bit dissapointing you should , like us, have a good holiday. you get what you pay for in this life. if you want luxury you have to pay luxury prices ! ( see elysium hotel, that looked lush !). with the kids though, this was a great holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- News for 2009: New Chef Koch employed that has extremely increased taste & quality of meals,New animation team and New service management.FILERIMOS VILLAGE is situated by the foot of the historical mountain of FILERIMOS in between the two villages Ialyssos & Kremasti on the northern west side of Rhodes . There are four room types in a revitalizing flowered garden area of 40.000m² with three pools. In the hotel, we give our guests full flexibility to choose room with breakfast, halfboard or All inclusive. Tennis court, Volley & Basket ball and Mini foot ball. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Filerimos Village Hotel Rhodes/Ialyssos