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.
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Odyssey Kolimbia Hotel Kolimbia
- Golden Odyssey Hotel Kolimbia
- Kolimbia Golden Odyssey Hotel
- Golden Odyssey Rhodos
- Golden Odyssey Kolimbia Rhodes, Greece