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Golden Odyssey Kolimbia
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kolimbia, Kolimbia 85102, Greece   |  
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Ranked #21 of 30 Hotels in Kolimbia
Reading, UK
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“Good in parts”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Most of the reviews for the Golden Odyssey here on Tripadvisor seem to be valid - both the good ones and the bad ones - it's that sort of place (!)

We arrived at 2:00 am, hot & thirsty after a long flight, and were shown to our room. Very basic - nothing in the room at all except an empty fridge humming noisily to itself. Hard beds. One shockingly thin, foam pillow each. You couldn't get a drink, a cup of coffee, even a bottle of water. The only option was to slake our thirsts from the tap in the bathroom.

The next day things seemed much better. The barren room & bathroom were at least spotlessly clean, and the aircon worked ok. We got more pillows from reception. The gardens were well tended. The pool was nice and - maybe because the hotel wasn't full - there were just enough sunloungers to go round. The food was done on-the-cheap, but tasty enough.

The drinks: 'Pour it yourself' wine/beer/soft drinks until 5pm from dispensers at the pool & the canteen. After that, free wine/beer/cocktails until 11pm served at the bar. The free beer was cheapest possible watery stuff served in toothmug-sized glasses. The wine was pumped from a vast cardboard box. After 11, (and any other time if you wanted a change) you could pay for drinks from the bar, and received reasonable quality ones!

Overall, the 'inclusive' food and drink were just about adequate. They certainly help keep the cost of your holiday down by providing basic fare, but you'll probably end up having at least a couple of meals and many drinks at the bars and restaurants in Kolimbia and beyond.

The evening 'entertainment' at the hotel was uniformly dreadful. The nadir was the karaoke night. No one wanted to sing, so the entertainments guy decided it would be funny (for him?) to torture us with jazzed up Strauss waltzes, and lugubrious piano music by Debussy and Ravel until someone capitulated!

The bit of Kolimbia outside the hotel is Ghost Town like, as others have mentioned. Endless olive groves, populated only by giant bulls, scraggy chickens, tumble-down buildings, and deserted former- supermarkets with smashed windows. An ideal spot for someone to set up paint-balling thing.

Further towards the beach, Kolimbia gets more lively, with shops, tavernas, cocktail bars & restaurants.

Despite everything, we had a good, relaxing holiday. It's nice to wander down to the beach (past the bulls!) early in the morning before the sun kicks in, then stroll a few hundred yard up to Kolimbia for refreshments and a spot of lunch when it starts getting too hot. We hired a car for a few days so we didn't feel stranded. Lindos, a few miles down the road was lovely. We took one trip from Olympic - the boat trip to Halki island. Lovely old village. Nice beach. But the coach took 2.5 hours to get there, and another 2.5 hours back (because it stopped at so many hotels along the way) - so not really recommended.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012 via mobile

First of all I would agree 100% with the review below it is spot on,I have just returned from Golden Odyssey with my husband and 2 teenagers.When we first got dropped off by the Olympic Rep arriving at the hotel from the coach,we was the only family getting off & I did think to myself oh no this is a Ghost Town and I was so right.The Olympic Rep called Neil was not helpful and I found him very moody which I have never experience before with Thomson they are always smiling & welcoming you.Where do I start with the hotel,well the food was awful,flies everywhere,cats wondering in the Resturant and people feeding them from there dinner plates,Orange juice is squash at the bar & at the Resturant in warm glasses not good if you want a cold drink.The entertainment was ok nothing special,The pool was nice,but broken sun beds around the pool,I didn't even want to look at the lunch snacks if It was anything like Breakfast & Dinner I would rather not eat.I drink Diet Coke at home but I was surprised you can't get it at the hotel only Coca Cola unless you say your diabetic as one of the reviews said.We went to the Waterpark twice in one week on the Free bus(what Neil didn't mention on perhaps)as he wanted us to go with him on a Saturday as they only do that trip once a week and we went twice before Saturday so my advice is get a Free Bus.We paid for All Inclusive but everyday we went out for dinner and enjoyed which was more money but at least we can have good food.This is not a 4 star Hotel which we normally go to on a holidays,I would rate the holiday as a 2 star,to be honest I couldn't say 3 star considering we paid nearly £4000.Rhodes was ok but we was disappointed with the hotel soo much the air con was terrible which you have to give 20 euros for a deposit for,the shower was a low one basically a shower head over the bath taps,and terrible smell of the sewage which you can see next to the tennis court & you have to hire a car. It's in a poorer rifle location,please don't waste your money like we did,it's more like a Greek Hotel not many English was staying when we was there.I won't be booking anymore holidays with Olympic again

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

In the past I've been quite sceptical of negative reviews on Tripadvisor.
You generally have to read between the lines and make your own conclusions; however, in this case they are mostly right. This hotel is advertised by Olympic as being an all inclusive 4 star. Quite simply, it doesn't deserve that classification. It's initially very hard to put your finger on why, though. It's a nicely laid out place, the rooms are basic, but very clean and the majority of the staff are ok. But..... The food cannot be described as more than adequate. You won't starve, but you will get bored of repetitive dishes, poorly served up canteen style. And don't be surprised if something runs out; it might get replenished, it might not. Something else may appear instead. Want coffee after your dinner? OK, but you'll have to go and fetch it from the bar on the other side of the complex, unlike the beer which is on tap in the restaurant, along with the usual sugary imitation big-name drinks (when the machine is working). The orange "juice" is really just squash. Want a bottle of water? Then you'll have to buy it! There is free chilled water on tap, with the emphasis on TAP. That's the very thing that the Olympic reps tell you to avoid drinking on the drive from the airport. Want the free cocktails mentioned in the brochure? That's a typing error according to the Olympic rep (although we did find out later that some basic ones were free at the bar). Wine with dinner? It's in a dispenser in a separate room. Coffee with dinner? Only if you are prepared to walk to another building to get it.
The pool bar, where they serve the lunchtime food, is even worse. Chips, fish fingers, pizza, spaghetti bolognese, some basic salad stuff, melon. Sitting in the restaurant in the evening, you could tell who the new arrivals were. They were the ones who came in all happy and smiling, but just watch their faces drop as they walked along the food bar. On the whole, the catering and drinks can best be described as doing everything on the cheap. Second grade fruit and veg, tinned meats, processed cheese, wobbly desserts. And lots of chips. I seriously doubt whether any actual cooking was being done in the kitchen, probably mostly reheating. Despite that, the place always smelt of fish, even when it wasn't on the menu. Putting nice tablecloths on the tables (when none of the crockery and cutlery matches) and fabric covers with bows on the metal chairs is a bit like putting lipstick on a pig. Not what you expect in an alleged 4-star hotel.
The hotel has about 175 rooms, so assume about 350 guests. I counted less than 100 sun beds, at least 1/3 of these were damaged in some way. I'm sure you can work out the implications yourselves. The pool itself is very clean and quite adequate for families. Our air-con wasn't working properly on arrival but was promptly fixed when asked. As other reviews have noted, you WILL need earplugs if you keep it on at night. Having a full size fridge in the room was useful, but just adds to the heat in the room. The TV in the room was useless, but you don't come on holiday to watch TV, do you?
Others have commented on the lack of entertainment. It's the main reason we booked this- we wanted a quiet week and were told that there was NO entertainment available here (we have that in writing). So the loud, distorted, music played at times by over enthusiastic entertainment reps by the pool came as a surprise. Especially as it was pretty constant all day. Several people asked for it to be turned down, which it was, but not for long.
Location-wise, it sucks. Right on the outer edge of Kolymbia (not where it's shown on Google Earth), it's a good 1/2 hour walk into the village. If you can call it a village - it's got pretty much zero character, just a collection of shops, tavernas and car hire places, mingling with abandoned and broken buildings. It looks like a town dying on it's feet, which it probably is as all the hotels go over to all inclusive status. One route in is down a main road with no footpath, the other is via a tree lined avenue - a much better and safer prospect in 35 degree heat. It's even further to the beach, although the hotel does run a minibus down four times a day to the south beach (shingle). The only day trip we wanted to book (to the Acropolis at Lindos) was cancelled "due to lack of interest " despite it being listed in the info given out at the welcome meeting. Best plan on hiring a car, then......
All this was discussed with the Olympic rep, Neil. He listened with all the attention of someone who who had heard it all too many times before - then suggested that we should have booked a different hotel! He didn't even try to defend anything, except for the sun beds, which was "an ongoing battle with the hotel" to use his words. He recommended we fill in the questionnaire "as that was the best way to change things". Yea, right...
The final straw was the drains. The ones around our block started smelling midweek, by day 5 the room stank. (At this point we tried to get an earlier flight home, but with no luck.) We went direct to the hotel on this problem, which had more effect - they moved us to another room, which had air con that worked AND didn't sound like a 747 taking off. This was a great improvement; we actually had a good day that day (as we took the local bus to Rhodes Old Town - recommended)... until we had to endure a raucous singalong until past 3AM courtesy of a group of drunken guests in the bar below. A situation which the hotel seemed unable to handle when I joined the various guests walking to reception in night wear to protest. And then something started rattling on the roof above us in the wind, so out came the earplugs again.
All in all though, for us, this was a total disappointment, a waste of money and a thoroughly unpleasant experience. We've stayed in Greek 3 stars before that were far better than this, and a 4 star all inclusive in Tenerife that excelled in every way (and cost less). I believe that if Olympic want to continue to list this in their brochure, it needs to be down rated to a 2-3 star maximum. The problem may be that this hotel doesn't know what customers it wants. It advertises as a sophisticated 4 star, promising a quiet, relaxing break, but then provides an experience that is anything but. Would I recommend this to friends? Not if I wanted to keep them. Would I recommend to anyone? Only if you were prepared to go with very low expectations; that way you might just be surprised......
Oh, and will somebody please free the fish! That pair of 10in fish in the 3 ft tank in reception look very unhappy.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

This is not a 4* as said more a 3*. the food is more for Europeans like Germans Greeks not so much for English. We went all-inclusive and not that we drink a lot there was not a good selection of drinks included a lot of drinks if you wanted them you had to pay for on top. The pool side had to be repaired while we were there. The entertainment people were very nice and good at their job but not a big selection of what they given to do. We were not impressed that of an eve the owner was there with b
Some of his family and just helping himself to the whiskey we had to pay for, I know it is his hotel but he could have been a bit discreet about it, plus I think his staff felt uncomfortable with him there watching as they were very pleasant and done their job well. The rep was very helpful.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Jusrt arrived back from our holiday. 2 adults and one child, age 7. I will try to be honest!!
As long as you go to the hotel with a view that this is a 3 star and not a 4 star you shouldnt be disappointed. If we knew this before we went we wouldnt have been as upset on arrival. We spoke to many other travellers during our stay who all felt the same, and many of them addressed this with the rep also.
On first arrival at the hotel we could see that it wasnt going to be the usual 4 star hotel we expected. Our first room was very very basic, for what should be a four star, but quite a good size. I Can only describe the quality of the room as like a basic butlins room, We were put as far away as possible from the hotels main amenities near the back of beyond! You have to pay a 20 euro deposit for the air conditioning remote, so make sure you have some euros for when you arrive. The air con unit was very noisy and stopped working after 5 mins so the room was like a sauna the rest of the night. The fridge in the room was extremely noisy also!! On waking the next morning (as we arrived at 2am) we found loose electrical cables hanging out the bathroom walls, badly broken floor tiles and the drainage filter in the bathroom floor was thick in gunk!! We spoke to neil the rep who told us we could move to the room above for free, or pay for an upgrade to a superior room!! We chose to have a look at the room and it was by far more superior and very large!! Think we ended up in a suite as we were the only room with double patio doors, and the room had a partition then 2 double sofa beds in it also. it was more like going into a room you would expect to see in a 4 star hotel, but we had to pay for this priviledge even though we'd paid for a 4 star to begin with!! few ill fittin skirting boards and architraves etc lol but on the whole it was sooo much better.
Once we had settled we found the whole hotel was lacking in 4 star luxury but on the whole it was clean. Maid service was excellent. fresh towels and room cleaned every day. Also pool area and outside entertainment area hosed down every morning.
Food was very same o same o on a daily basis with not much choice or variety, and once the puddings had gone they had gone!! so get them in whilst theyre there!!! or end up waiting to see if they bring anything else out just in case!! No seperate childrens menu at night either. menu consists mainly of a pasta dish, chip/potato dish, couple of meat dishes, veg and usual greek salads. All however are well cooked and refreshed regularly (ish!) wine and beer on tap up to 5pm, ouzo, gin, vodka rum, malibu on all inclusive after 5pm. drinks in pool bar didnt start till 11am so no refreshments available between breakfast and pool bar opening. lunch served in pool bar only. consisting mainly of pizza, pasta, greek salad, a meat dish and fruit.
Hotel entertainment team were very good and tried their best to get people involved. mainly adult activities during day, volleyball, darts, aqua aerobics, pool games. little ones are happy though to use the pool and its is a lovely pool for them. plenty of shady areas from olive trees and large canopies along the side of the pool. Evening entertainment is face painting, then mini disco for the little ones, then some sort of audience participation for the evening adult entertainment. This seemed to be hard work the week we were there!! LOL many of the games abandoned for lack of enthusiastic audience! we are usually quite reserved but ended up joining in every night as we felt quite sorry for the poor guys!! so WE had quite a lot of fun!!
The hotel is very international which was quite nice to be honest. everyone was very polite and well behaved during our stay. We were able to get beds by the pool everyday except for one day when the receptionist took it upon herself to disguard just our and another family's towels whilst we were having breakfast!!! all the rest of the towels were left untouched!! be careful of the broken sunbeds they leave out for use, as some are quite dangerous. I did complain but nothing got done!!
The hotel is set in a very quiet location about a 20 min walk to the nearest town of kolimbia. The hotel runs a free shuttle bus to the nearest shingle beach 4 times a day.
please dont be put off by other very negative comments. We had a happy holiday, once we got over our disappointment, and met some very nice people. It is not the fault of the hotel that they have been awarded 4 stars, its the travel companys who dont challenge this!! We just kept being told its the greek tourist board who set the stars and not the tour companies. The rep didint seem too shocked when we complained!!!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Just returned from two weeks all inclusive at the Golden Odyssey 14th July to 28th July 2012, I had a really good time. The food is very good and the chefs are excellent professionals, sometimes the combination can seem strange but there is always something to eat. Remember that this is an international hotel British where in the minority so as Jamie Oliver says Try something new
The room we had over-looked the pool in the corner of the complex near to the Boules area, it had air-con which was not the best I have ever had but did work well enough to cool the room so sleep and being in there was pleasant. There was a large fridge (size of a washing machine) which is excellent as it is hot And I mean hot and you are going to need to drink water.
The bus stop is just next to the Hotel and a trip into Rhodos is well worth it. The castle and old cobbled streets are great. (TIP there a quite a lot of touts for time share DON’T be nice or polite that’s why they pick on the British Just tell them to P-off don’t chat) There are some bigger shops as it’s the capitol and a McDonalds, Costa Coffee etc etc. The bus also goes to Lindos I never went but those who did said it was very good.
Neil the Olympic rep is great, He walks round the pool in a morning saying hello and chatting to you, He is not hidden away in some corner of the reception but making sure that you have a chance to chat with him ask questions or even have a moan. Strategic flight was OK more or less on time, cabin crew friendly and efficient. Seats big but very limited leg room. I am over 6ft so was a cramped 4 and half hours for me. Transfers to and from as always with Olympics where excellent.
The animation team are at times a pain BUT are doing their very best to entertain you, on the Friday when they are on a day off the kids wander round looking lost so they appreciate their efforts. Maurice on an evening organises Bingo and Raffles and then plays games (Dancing to different types of music and Mr and Mrs type games) as well as a mini disco at 9 for the kids. Maurice is really good always thinking up ways to make the holiday fun. The pool party is good €7 for the bar to stay open till 1am, with a disco and some party games and of course late night swimming if you want. Maurice is the Del Boy of Rhodes selling T shirts CD’s trips into Falirki on a night for the younger ones and if you want he would probably sell you his granny BUT he does do his best to entertain you and make your holiday fun.
BAD BITS = Well really there are very few, the bar closes at 11pm which is a bit early and they actively stop you from having more than one drink on your table. They do serve till very late and a big beer is only €2-50 so not an extortionate rate. The brochure says that Vodka and gin and cocktails are available from 11am but the management only start spirits at 5pm Not a problem for me as there is beer and wine coke sprite and Fanta all day but if you have paid for it you should get it. There is a bit of a wait from breakfast ending 9-30am till drinks coming starting at 11am. It is about a 25 minute walk to the shops and supermarkets which seem to be a lot busier on a night after 8pm.

I had a great time and would definitely go back. Enjoy your holiday!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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manchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

after reading the previous reviews i was not expecting too much however i was pleasantly surprised. We were a group of 8 - 4 adults and 4 children and we all enjoyed our stay. Staff were all pleasant and very helpful and we would return without hesitation

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kolimbia, Kolimbia 85102, Greece
Location: Greece > Dodecanese > Rhodes > Kolimbia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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#15 Luxury Hotel in Kolimbia
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Hotel Class:4 star — Golden Odyssey Kolimbia 4*
Number of rooms: 150
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