We (family of 5) booked a week's stay at Forum Beach Hotel in Aug 2013. I had read some poor reviews so was a bit apprehensive about the trip, but as it was last minute, we bit the bullet and went for it seeing as some people had also provided positive feedback. Firstly, I've no idea what kind of service/accommodation these people who have given high ratings to this hotel are accustomed to...
- No amenities in the room. Not even hand wash/soap which is absolutely disgusting. You will literally have to buy everything there (soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash etc.) so go prepared. If not, guess what, they have a shop which they can sell it to you for premium prices.
- I suppose we should be grateful that they provide towels. Beware these will only be changed intermittently and perhaps only if you're hovering above the cleaners asking for fresh towels. On that note, cleanliness is NOT a priority for this hotel. The bath was not cleaned once, despite our pleas. Bed linens only changed if you catch the cleaner. The only thing they did really was mop the floor - a given since you end up getting sand everywhere anyway.
- Food - pretty dire. There were occasional decent things on the menu, but it was generally pretty awful and repetitive. Good if you want to lose a few pounds as you end up not eating much of it. Judging by the amount of food wasted, i think other people felt the same. The drinks were also really horrible. Not even watered down, just tasted horrible. Not to mention the queues...
- Reception staff - I found these people to be most unhelpful. They seemed to be on some kind of pedestal, looking down on you. To exemplify, we asked them various questions about things we could do near the hotel, but they didn't know ANYTHING. I asked if we could get a ferry/boat from Rhodes town to Lindos, the lady smirked and told me, 'I don't know but if you say there is, there must be!' - it's remarkable they know so little about an island they live on. On our penultimate day, the cleaner told us about Captain's tour company (short walk away) which organises tours around the island. It proved to be quite useful because otherwise you'll end up spending a lot of money getting around.
- TV. I can see from other reviews people had 3 channels, we only had one which was on loop (news), terrible for the kids. The tv was really old fashioned.
- Beds - possibly one of the worst beds. Just so hard.
- Hidden charges - wifi is EUR50/week, beach towel (you'll need to hire these), safe (EUR 50/week) - never had to pay to use a safe that was in the room & not being used, to make matters worse, our door didn't always lock!! Air con (EUR 50/week), late checkout (chargeable)... it just goes on. They will rinse you out in every way they can. Left luggage is literally a room where you take your bags...
- Hotel seems to be geared for the Germans and Russians. Most of their tour infos were in those languages too.
- Jacob the bellboy was nice and helpful as was Coco the entertainer.
- the stone baked pizza was edible but queues are very long.
This hotel is not a 4 star by any stretch of the imagination. It's a old tired establishment that it falling apart. I would suggest staying somewhere else. Never have I been so relieved to leave a hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Forum Beach Hotel is a 4 star resort complex, consisting of 249 apartments built directly opposite a superb pebble and sand beach, on the north-west coast of Rhodes. Situated just 9 km from Rhodes Town and 1 km from the village of Ialysos, we offer a unique blend of relaxation and sporting activities. Quality Accommodation offering fully equipped apartments for two to six persons featuring: private bath and WC, hair-dryer, direct-dial telephone, individually-controlled air conditioning, satellite TV, Kitchenette with electric cooking rings and fridge, double glazed windows, balcony or terrace with pool, sea, garden or mountain view. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Forum Beach
- Forum Beach Trianda
- Forum Beach Hotel Rhodes/Ialyssos