Myself and boyfriend have just returned from the Hotel Calypso Beach after staying for 10days.
We booked through Thomas Cook and arrived at the hotel at 9pm. We checked in without a problem although the receptionist did speak at a rate of knots! Then the porter took our bags to our room on the second floor.
The room itself was great, lovely balcony that overlooked the sister hotel but we could still see the beach. Yiu are given beach towels as well as normal towels. These are changed daily which is a plus point. The bed is quite low and a bit hard but to be honest we still managed to have a good nights sleeps. The rooms are cleaned every day too.
That evening we went to the buffet restaurant and were greeted by Niko the restaurant manager, very welcoming and friendly. Afterwards we sampled the cocktail list from the main bar, very impressive!!
We had a meeting with our rep Milly, who was very approachable and knowledgable about the hotel and Rhodes itself. We booked the Medevial Knight trip to Rhodes Town, which includes a late afternoon tour of the town, a meal, time spent to wander the streets and then a evening cruise along Mandaki Harbour. Rhodes Town is beautiful packed with history and small windy streets. Our second trip was to Lindos for a half day. Fantastic day, we would recommend seeing the Acropolis! A fair climb to the top certainly in 35 degree heat but worth it!! 6 Euros to enter, you can also get a donkey to take you up and down. But the climb isnt too bad, just take water with you!
Back to the hotel- the sunbed situation that seems to be mentioned in most reviews wasnt a problem for us. It may be because we went in September but the hotel was still packed. We managed to get the same sunbeds for the 10 days we stayed. Perfect view of the beach but close to the pool bar. Plus the beach is just a short step away, loved swimming in the sea!
The hotel has a pool bar and snack bar, the snack bar is probably easiest for lunch, lots of salads, pasta, burgers, chips etc. Try the kebabs they are amazing!! The pool bar was great for beers, wine, coctails, ice teas and soft drinks. We did find sometimes the pool bar staff could be a tad off hand but whether that just be their nature we werent sure. The staff in the buffet restaurant, a la carte, snack and main bar were fantastic very friendly! Partiularly George in the main restaurant, such a lovely man, also chatty and friendly each day and we got the same table each night. Also George and Stavros we make the best cocktails in the main bar!!!
You can visit the a la carte once during your stay and should book within 2 days after arrival as it can get busy. We went half way through our visit, it didnt blow us away, the food was bit cold and my boyfriends chicken was very dry. It was fine but the main restaurant we found was much better.
The main restaurant was excellent, beautiful views over the sea. The food was great, lots of choice. The desserts in particular were fantastic! Most nights they have a theme whether it be Rhodian night, Italian night. But the best one was the Greek Night, they closed the restaurant and we ate on the terrace overlooking the pool and the sea, the spread of food was amazing. Salads, fruit, desserts, pastas and they had a BBQ cooking chicken, kebabs and ribs. What a super night!!
The entertainment is hotel standard but the animation team work so hard during the day and night. However, a few nights they were live music, singers, dancers. The one we enjoyed most was Stardust-four girls who dance and sing to 40s, 50s, 60, 70s music, They were great very enjoyable evening.
The pool area is great lovely lagoon style with a slide and water fall feature, perfect for cooling off. It was always clean and it had a lovely aray of plants, flowers and trees, very tropical feel.
We were only a 20minute walk to Falaraki which was great to stretch our legs and we did go out a few times, nice bars and clubs but the streets are lined with people trying to entice you to go in! There is only a shopping complex and some bars and cafes to the right of the hotel about a 10min walk. Great for a change and some souvenirs.
There were a few things that did niggle us, the mini bar is not restocked after you arrive. It would be nice if water or soft drinks could be topped up daily. In the evening when we were geting ready it would have been nice to watch other TV channels other than BBC World Service and CNN. Some of the reception staff could be friendly particularly when we checked out. We asked about the courtesey room to use and she basically said to us in a curt way come back after 6 and ask then, then she walked off. Not the best check out we have had, not even asked if we enjoyed our stay.
Overall the hotel is super, lovely pool area, most staff very friendly and welcoming. We had a lovely time just relaxing and enjoying the high 30 degree sunshine. Would certainly return in the future.
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- Also Known As:
- Calypso Hotel Faliraki
- Hotel Calypso Faliraki, Rhodes