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Kalithea Sun & Sky Hotel
Ranked #17 of 20 Hotels in Kallithea
Reviewed October 20, 2012

We haven't reviewed a holiday before but felt we had to respond to some of the earlier negative reports.
Just returned back (Sat 13/10/12) from a week in the Sun at the Kalithea Sun & Sky. We (My wife and I) booked a cheap last minute holiday through Travel Zoo arriving on 6/10/12. Hotel is what we expected, pretty basic but the rooms were clean and the staff were all friendly. The holiday certainly improved for us and many others I spoke to after Wednesday when a large group of inconsiderate adults and unruly / unsupervised kids left to go home. Collectively, the 5/6 kids with this group resulted in us packing up our sunbathing kit from around the pool and heading for the beach on 3 occasions. They had no regard for other holiday makers being noisy, disruptive and the mess they left after eating and drinking was something un-believable.
On one occasion, we tried to remove ourselves away from the noise and disruption by sun bathing on the grass area where there is a Volleyball net. This was going well until the noisy, rude kids descended on the area, dropping their plates on the grass (one child continually licked clean plates of Chocolate Sauce) and turning on the sprinklers!!
As stated, the adults did little to stop this behavior. The Greek dancers on the traditional night need to be commended for keeping their composure with the kids who were allowed to do their best to ridicule the musicians and dancers.
But it was lovely and tranquil after the Wednesday. Overall, the hotel could do with a bit of modernisation but it was coming to the end of their season and I am sure that these areas will be addressed before next year. We actually found the 1970's touches quirky!! We can not fault the staff and wish them all well in the future.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

My husband and I have just returned home after staying here for the last two weeks. To be honest the hotel was OK, but the food was awful. I found the staff to be really nice, especially the receptionist on the day shift, she is really helpful and speaks very good English. The bar tenders were also very nice. I also found the waiters in the dining room to be very nice when we eat there. The surrounding area is not so good, not many places to go. There are a couple of bars on the main road and a few restaurants. There is a bar right facing the main entrance called Mikes bar was OK, also a Pizza restaurant next door which was very reasonably priced. There is a restaurant called the Panorama up the hill to the right of the hotel, on the left hand side, if you eat here you will not be dissapointed, the food is home made and very tasty. We would definately not return to this area as it is to quiet for us, but it would possibly appeal to others.

Room Tip: We stayed outside in a studio for the first week, it was Ok, but we moved into the main building for...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Susie186337
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

We have just returned from a 2 week stay at hotel kalithea sun and sky! Well what a scruffy Dump, advertising itself as a 3 star id struggle to give it 1 star! the check in was ok and we were given an all-inclusive band and a air conditioning key (after 3 days on the 1st october we had a visit from reception staff asking to return the air con key or we would be charged 6 euros a day!!!) We booked in as a family of 6, 2 adults and 4 children expecting what we thought was adjoining rooms! 2 seperate rooms at different ends of the hotel! When we enquired about moving closer we were rudely told the hotel was fully booked!
The All-Inclusive we paid for was not as it seemed, The Food was often Cold, and covered in fly's also very limited options, The only Holiday where weve actually lost Weight!!! The restaurant staff watched you like hawks as you went to get your "food" watching what you put on your plate, The head waiter was Extemely Rude!!! the children were given abuse from him on a Daily Basis! As the adults were given Dirty Looks! We complained to the manager about the head waiters attitude towards us and the children to be told turn a blind eye he'l have a word with him.... sorry Not Good Enough!!!!
The All-Inclusive drinks were cheap and nasty tasting forcing you to spend euros on a decent drink.... the cola, lemonade and orangeade were very watered down disgusting aftertaste left in your mouth! The All-Inc bar shut at 11pm never known that before!! Early? oh yes!!!
The rooms were very basic the bathroom looked like it was from the 70's and looked like it hadnt been cleaned since the 70's mismatched broken tiles and mould and mildew everywhere, the grate in the floor often smelt of raw sewerage! The double bed was like sleeping on a stone slab! we would have a very unsettled night waking up with bad backs and stiff shoulders and necks! there was a flimsy campbed placed in the room which our youngest child slept on thinnest mattress i have ever seen! The rooms are infested with ants and cockroaches the maid left us a can of spray!
The corridors of the hotel had stained patched up carpets there is parts of ceiling missing in places with insulation and wires on show! There is only 1 set of toilets in the whole hotel (theres also a set near the outside drinks bar) the toilets were never cleaned and there was toilet paper overflowing out the bins all over the floor, the toilets stunk!
This hotel was advertised as having a snack bar! only thing available was dry tasteless biscuits infested with ants and flies! sometimes ham or cheese was available leftovers from lunch and breakfast!
Pool was a decent size, plenty of sunbeds theres a small paddle pool for toddlers! the tiled areas in the pool bar become very very slippy when wet! Beware someone will break there neck on them they need replacing!!
Cant really think of anything good about this hovel! Dimitri behind the bar is very friendly and apart from 1 lady behind reception the only member of the staff who smiles!
Please do not waste your money coming here its a complete Dump with many stray dogs roaming freely around the hotel and grounds! begging for food at the outside tables! Its a very dirty smelly place it needs completely knocking down and rebuilding!
I read many reviews before we booked and always take the bad ones with a pinch of salt... but it really is as bad as it sounds! this hotel does not like english and it most certainly does Not like chilldren..... Travel at your own risk!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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7  Thank Deb V
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Manager-Vagelis, Manager at Kalithea Sun & Sky Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2012

Dear Deb V,
Thank you for your review.
As you belong to the same group with Laura Jane, my reply to her review regards you as well especially referring to the children and the comments about the food and the restaurant staff.
However, I need to add a few points in order to clarify things.
In all cases in life, we need to listen to both sides for an incident before taking a decision. Therefore I needed to ask the head waiter for his report as well, before I take any action. Additionally, I was also informed by other clients (English) that were present, who did not verify your accusations at all.
To put it diplomatically, they were extremely upset from your attitude to the restaurant employees and to other clients as well assuring us that not all English people are like that!!

Regarding the all inclusive program, all Tour Operators including the one that you booked your trip, have a detailed description of what we offer and what is extra. We also announce this information to our guests upon arrival and it’s also in written on our info board.
Therefore anyone can see that all inclusive ends at 23.00 and that all drinks, alcoholic or not, are locally produced and not brand names before even booking their trip.

I wish to add one last point about the title that you have given to your review. I am sure that you do not even believe it yourself, but definitely it attracts attention. Most possibly this was your purpose.

Wishing you a pleasant winter,

Vagelis Moustakakis
Manager

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We landed back from kalithea last night. The reception staff & bar staff at the main bar were amazing & polite however the head waiter in the restaurant was rude arrogant & upset our children more than once. 17 of us went this includes 9 boys in our party aged between 16 & 6. One of our boys dropped some ice cream & was totally humiliated by the waiter. Then all our children were banned from helping themselves to the ice cream while other children in the hotel were still allowed. After being spoken to in a rude & ignorant manner we then went to see the manager. He gave the children some rules yet we feel he justified the waiters behaviour. For the rest of the holiday the waiter would not clear out table & on many occasions our table was full of dirty plates & cutlery. I would not go back here especially with children. The hotel is not for children. There is nothing for them to do. Entertainment was 3 nights a week which with children isn't enough. The food was cold had flies on it & on a couple of occasions we found hairs in the food too. Not much to choice either.
If it wasn't for the reception staff & main bar staff being so helpful & polite I think we would of asked to be moved.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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5  Thank laura jane c
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Manager-Vagelis, Manager at Kalithea Sun & Sky Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2012

Dear Laura Jane,
I have made a lot of thinking before deciding to answer to your review, frankly because I think that in any accusation as yours, the public looking into Trip Advisor needs to be informed fairly and from both sides.

There have been hundreds of children from various nationalities in our hotel this year, English, Russian, German, Dutch and many others.
You can see from the previous comments that we have never been criticized for mistreating children and in general for staff attitude.
However, as a father myself and a teacher in the winter season, I am convinced from my experience that it is never the children’s fault for misbehaving. It’s always the parent’s responsibility, especially when speaking about 9 boys between 6-16 years old.

In the privacy of our home, we set the rules we want, as whatever happens, stays in the family and probably doesn’t affect the others.
But in a hotel, which is a small society, we need to accept the fact that the other clients have the right to enjoy their holidays in a decent way. Therefore, it’s the manager’s and staff’s obligation to make sure that this will happen.

Because if everyone acts as he wants ignoring the common accepted rules, then we will have a total chaos and anarchy.

If the incident with the ice cream that you referred to was the only one, no one would have ever noticed a thing.
However, in order to show the whole picture, I will mention a few more, as teasing and swearing to other clients, climbing from balcony to balcony with great danger of serious injury or even death, stealing towels from the maid’s trolleys, playing with the elevators and finally using the world known word f….k in every sentence that had more than two words in total!

As I wrote above, children are children, we cannot blame them, and therefore it’s the parent’s responsibility and obligation to keep an eye on them and not the employee’s.

Regarding the comments about the food and restaurant service, I am bit surprised because although we met and spoke to each other almost every day the fortnight you stayed with us, none of your group ever mentioned anything to me.

Wishing you all the best,

Vagelis Moustakakis
Manager

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Reviewed October 6, 2012

I really did enjoy my stay at the kalithea sun and sky, the staff were very welcoming and obliging and the food was excellent for what was paid. The pool was clean and rooms were kept tidy by staff. If you were all inclusive you would be disappointed with the drinks side of things as it was only cheap imitations and you could only have cheap plastic cups which was not very nice to drink out of. The rooms were dated and not the best but the hotel overall made it a comfortable stay.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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2  Thank Miller84
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

I stayed here for 2 weeks with my partner from 15th September in the main building in a double room.I would recommend this hotel to anyone its brilliant,the staff are friendly and will help you with any problems you have.Must say a big thank you to Stelios a credit to the hotel a friendly witty man who goes out off his way to make sure you feel comfortable .The food was plentifull with a nice choice off nationalitys,you can help yourself to beer, wine and soft drinks all day.Loads off room to sunbathe either by the pool or in the huge wonderfull gardens.A 3 star hotel with 5 star facilitys,

Room Tip: the main building
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Having just returned from a 2 week holiday at the Kalithea Sun and Sky hotel from the 15th-29th September we are missing it already!!!! I just want to say what a lovely, relaxing holiday we have had!! The hotel is situated in a quite area of Kalithea, set in wonderfully maintained gardens with a lovely pool area, both of which you can sunbathe in.The hotel and rooms were extremely clean and everyone works so hard to keep this hotel to the excellent standard that it is at. All the staff as so friendly and helpful. We were All Inclusive and found the food and drink good, food freshly prepared, plenty of choice for all tastes so you would never go hungry!!!!. Our room was fine, basic with FREE Air-Conditioning because of the time of year we were staying. Very clean with fresh towels and bedlinen changed on a regular basis. All I can say if you are looking for a holiday in Rhodes and want a good value holiday in a 3 star hotel in a quiet setting but not far from the nightlife of both Rhodes Town and Faliraki go to this hotel.Would we go back YES..............just wish it was today!!!!! Thank you to all at the Kalithea Sun and Sky for our Wonderful Holiday xx Mark & Moira

Room Tip: We stayed in the main building and had a double bed room which overlooked the gardens, Room 164.Ther...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Kalitheas Avenue | Rhodes Island, Kallithea 851 00, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Rhodes > Kallithea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #17 of 20 Hotels in Kallithea
Price Range: $40 - $538 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kalithea Sun & Sky Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 185
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