Overall we found the Panorama Apartments comfortable with very helpful staff. The apartment could best be described as basic but it was kept extremely clean each day by the hardworking maids. If you are looking for luxury and smart surroundings this is not the place for you but it was adequate and spacious. The fridge was old but clean and same for the hob and food cupboard. We could have prepared basic food easily but prefer to eat out however it was fine for making sandwiches, drinks and keeping cheese, ham etc. fresh. There was a balcony but the view was only of more apartments and the back road so not much to see (apartment 213). Bathroom was very small and basic - more a wet room as the shower tray flooded over into a drain but plenty of hot water. There is air conditioning which costs 7 euros per day so we paid 49 euros for the week which seemed a lot but we are not well travelled people and maybe it's standard.
The people and the restaurant are what makes it special. The owner/manager is a great larger than life character who works hard to please his guests and adds a lot of fun to the experience. His family work alongside him and are all very hard working and pleasant, Joy in the bar is really lovely and a fantastic person as well as a brilliant bar worker. She is a lovely, friendly Irish lady who enjoys chatting to the guests.
The lady on reception during the day is a South African and also very helpful and informative. In fact we found everyone to be friendly, helpful and hard working.
There is even a little shop where you can buy all the basics including fresh, delicious bread every day.
The food in the restaurant is excellent with 'specials' every day which are delicious and well priced as well as an extensive Greek menu, English dishes and snacks. There is also a Chinese restaurant with its own separate kitchen serving a huge range of traditional dishes.
The real downside is that it is quite far to Rhodes Town and the only viable transport is taxis which cost a flat rate of 5 euros per journey which soon adds up. We did try the local busses but found the ones into town took about 45 minutes and went 'all round the houses' and the ones back, although much quicker, were not very frequent.
Overall we would recommend the Panorama Hotel Apartments to anyone content with somewhere that is clean with everything you need coupled with a friendly atmosphere and great food.
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