my family and I have just returned from cyprotel falaraki - and after the reviews I was a little apprehensive - we arrived to the hotel very early in the morning and were given keys to our room straight away and offered for our bags to be taken - however we decided to take them ourselves as we had a first floor room - the room was a family room with a king size bed - a separate part for our children that we could section off if we needed to - balcony over looking the pool with the slides - my mum is disabled and was given a 3rd floor room - there is no lift for the apartments - just for the main building where you eat your breakfast and main evening meal - but the staff were very accommodating and said they could move her - although im not sure this would have been available had the hotel been at full capacity - but in fairness to the hotel this was an issue with our tour operator not the hotel - our room was clean and tidy - and sufficient - my parents had a double room and this was of exactly the same standard - we later used a late room in another part of the complex and again was clean tidy and had a balcony although I didn't think this would have been a good room for people with children as the balcony was all open plan - but we used it for a matter of hours before our late flight
The 3 pools were clean and well maintained and my children loved the main pool with the big slides- ideal for my children - aged 3 and 12 - as one side was for my toddler with a boat and fountains - the other side for my 12 year old who loved the big slides and flumes - and of course we had a go too - the only issue seemed to be that my children and some others seemed to cut their feet - this never happened to us adults - and was easily sorted with some pool shoes - but it wasn't clear what was cutting their feet but it happened several times in all pools
The food in my opinion was lovely - yes there were some things repeated - but every day we had dishes with chicken fish and pasta and usually some sort of beef dish - we always had something nice to eat - the food was very greek - but they did have things for children if they are a little fussy - chips and fish fingers etc - my husband loved the backlava - a greek honey puff pastry pudding - I feel I have put on a stone just eating that - kids ice cream was readily available till 6pm in the snack bar then 10pm in the main restaurant.
The drinks were local obviously - the cocktails weren't great - but we are not big drinkers so we mainly had coke and water - my husband said the beer was nice and you could help yourself to the beer and wine in the snack bar and for your evening meal.
The staff were lovely - always helpful and cleaning away - always said hello - and talked to us the lifeguard who looked after the slides - sorry his name I cant remember - was a lovely - knew my childrens names - came and chatted - and was firm and kept control
The only things I can honestly say that I didn't like about the holiday was the cost of things outside the hotel and the price of trips - we looked into going to symi - but for 40 euros each - for just a boat trip with no food I felt this was very high - it was 50 euros for a ferry to turkey - plus the tax on top - Rhodes in some respects looks very sad - restaurants closed buildings left and not finished - the lovely man in the hotel shop said to us to please come back as they really need our business - however lindos and Rhodes old town are beautiful and easily accessible by bus - again taxis were pretty expensive so unlike when I went to Rhodes aged 18 when anywhere was roughly 3 pounds - we didn't used them
The hotel isn't on the beach and a little way out of the hussle of Falaraki - which I didn't mind - but there is a little train which takes you from the hotel
All in all this hotel is a very family friendly hotel not 5 star but clean tidy and totally worth the money we paid - when we looked at other all inclusive holidays they were a lot more expensive than cyprotel
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- Also Known As:
- Cyprotel Columbia Hotel Faliraki
- Cyprotel Faliraki Rhodes