We stayed at the Ialyssos Bay hotel for 10 days in early October 2012 and we had a thoroughly enjoyable break.
When we read reviews of hotels on sites such as Trip Advisor, the comment which we take little notice of is food quality, unless all reviewers agree that it leaves a lot to be desired. Food is a matter of individual preference. We love to sample local dishes, many of which were available at this hotel. We found the food here to be good quality hotel fare. In this hotel, breakfasts had a selection of three cereals or porridge oats, bread rolls and loaves and toast-making facilities. The cold breakfast buffet had salad vegetables, cold meats and a selection of local dishes, while the hot buffet had cheese-topped grilled tomatoes, potato dishes, sausage, boiled and scrambled eggs with either poached or fried eggs or omelette as an alternative. Bacon was available on some days too as was a mixture of fried onion and peppers and "eggy bread". A selection of cold sweet dishes was available, together with croissants, apple and date pastries, chocolate or Madeira cake and two different yoghurts. Lunch and dinner menus had soup (different in the evenings), breads and rolls. the salad bar was well-stocked with an assortment of local salads as well as sliced tomatoes and cucumber and cold meats and cheese. Hot meals were varied, with a selection of meat dishes, vegetable pies, pasta dishes, hot potato dishes and chips on occasions. Local hot sauces were offered and were very tasty. A selection of sweets and ice creams was available at both meals and fresh fruit at all three. We thanked the chef and were very satisfied with the food. These are the same dishes which were found to be dull and uninteresting to other reviewers. It is down to personal preference and it is never possible to satisfy all of the people all of the time. The selection seemed to us to be sufficient for anyone to find courses which suited them.
The snack bar offered salad baguettes on most days. Chicken portions, pizza slices, cooked pie slices. fish fingers or burgers or hot dogs were offered at various times, together with other hot and cold dishes, all of which we enjoyed. Cakes and pastries were available in the afternoons.
We booked through First Choice who now only offer an all inclusive menu. It is made clear that local wines and beer are included, together with non-branded spirits and soft drinks and tea and coffe and a range of four cocktails. Branded drinks are also offered but these must be paid for.
Our room was clean and the linen was replaced each day. Air conditioning made the high October temperatures manageable at nights. Unusually, the room was carpeted and this had been cleaned before we occupied the room and vacuumed during our stay but It showed some stains, perhaps to be expected at the end of the season. The bathroom was kept very clean by the maids. TV is dreadful, only two English Language news channels, neither of which covered much British news.
The public areas were kept clean but the standard of the furniture was not always good, with frayed leather/vinyl coverings on some of the chairs and settees.
The staff are brilliant, polite, helpful and pleasant at all times. The reataurant manager, Julia, was especially helpful and made us feel welcome always. Reception and shop staff were also friendly and helpful, as was Arthur, who ran the poolside bar and snack bar,
This is probably a good three star hotel and matches up to some of the four star accommodation we have stayed at in the past. Because we stayed here at the end of the season the entertainment had ceased, for which I was grateful since I have found that in many hotels it is usually second-rate and always far too loud.
Beware the Aegean Blue people in the resort and in Rhodes. They claim not to be time-share but they seem to be exactly that. After sitting through an hour of their patter we said "no thanks" and left.
As with most hotels, the "No towels on sunbeds" rule was stated but was not enforced.
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- Also Known As:
- Ialyssos Bay Hotel Ialyssos
- Ialyssos Bay Ialysos
- Ialyssos Bay Rhodes