I am currently sat by the uncrowded pool , in the immaculate grounds,using the free WiFi to write this review.After 4 days here I'm happy to say the reviews on here are not wrong..this place is a real find..so much so I don't want it to be spoiled by other's finding out how good it is!!! But that's quite mean as I wouldn't have booked the place if it wasn't for the reviews on trip advisor.
We arrived at 1.30 am and were greeted by Nicks and his son who warmly welcomed us and settled us in to our room. The room has everything you need , the beds are comfy, immaculately clean, enough space to put suitcases,clothes etc. There are cooking facilities , hob and fridge..but who really wants to cook on holiday?? Our room was no27 on the first floor with a large wrap around balcony, great views of the sea and pool area..you definitely don't need a top floor room to enjoy the views. The room has been cleaned daily, and tidied. The cleaning service works around us and us and is not obtrusive. We have paid an extra 5 euros per night for air con, which I wouldn't say is wholly necessary as the room doesn't get overly warm as there are heavy curtains which will block the sun coming thru the patio doors. So air con is a nice to have , but if your budget won't stretch , you won't be boiled alive!
The hotel itself seems to have a big mix of people , from all over Europe. All guests seem to be courteous and there's no anti social behaviour or people reserving sun lounges, you can always
get a nice spot. The pool area is very well maintained, pools very clean, loungers all in a good state..tho it would be nice to have cushions on the loungers.There is no music blaring out by the pool so you can truly relax by the pool.
The food, well I'm delighted to say it's delicious, all meals are served from 9am to late..maybe even midnight! The family are so hospitable and accommodating they don't seem to impose strict rules, they will let you stay in the bar til late, serve food late and the feeling is very relaxed and friendly. I ordinarily prefer big luxury hotels as I hate the idea of being stuck in a foreign country in a grotty room, without home comforts, with an upset tummy from the food. However this hotel has totally changed my view, I have never eaten in the same place more than a couple of nights on previous holidays, as I like to get out and about and try local cuisine.Yet here the home cooked foods is so good.. I don't feel the need to go elsewhere, one night we had cod with garlic sauce and baked veg, another night Stifado...all delicious and very reasonably priced. Grandma's cherry ice cream sauce is yummy as is the pomegranate liquor..free at the end of the meal.
This is not the kind of hotel where you get big groups all being riotous around the bar at night, it's a friendly family place with lots of couples and I'm so happy it's like this , it makes for a lovely , comfortable, relaxing break.
Location is pretty good, it cost €13 from the airport and this is a set charge. However, you could get the bus for a few euros each.. not at the time our flight arrived tho. Rhodes town is a 30 min bus ride away and costs €2.80 each way. Make sure you buy a bus ticket from any of the shops in Tholos or they won't let you on the bus. The bus stop is immediately outside the hotel. Tholos itself is fairly small and the shops and a few bar/restaurant s are with 5 mins walk.. you can get all necessary things here..sun creams , food, toiletries, alcohol, even fake Gucci purses..
The beach is about 5 mins away, tho I haven't made it there yet, so cannot comment other than saying the pool area is so comfortable , it makes you too lazy to go and see the beach.
Overall I would recommend this hotel to anyone, it's perfect for nice clean accommodation,
somewhere close to Rhodes town, great food, a truly friendly welcoming family , who are there for your questions, but leave you alone to enjoy your holiday. This has been the cheapest holiday I've had since leaving uni, but the best! It shows big and flashy isn't always best. Small and unassuming , 3 star prices, with 5 star hospitality.
I hope this place stays the same as I will definitely be coming again in the future.
Don't hesitate to book here, aside from young groups looking for lots of nightlife, I think most would have a brilliant holiday here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Not just a word: a Philosophy!! Its meaning: friend (FILOS) to the stranger (XENOS)!Welcome to our family, to our home! Filoxenia!The perfect place for family holidays where relaxation, safety, culture and the feeling of traditional warm hospitality is always present!Escape to nature! Located at the outskirts of Tholos village, in the heart of an olive garden, the ideal basis for escapes in the countryside through rural paths and the most important highlights of Rhodes.Our place offersThree (3) swimming pools and free sunbeds for your relaxation during your holidays,alongside with bar-restaurant where you can enjoy delicious home-made food of the Greek cuisine, enjoy your cocktails throughout the warm days of summer or even relax under the shade of the pergola, enjoying the free wireless internet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Filoxenia Hotel Tholos
- Filoxenia Rhodes/Tholos, Greece