We went to Rhodes to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary and stayed in Olympic Palace, and it was a great experience!
Yes, after we booked our holiday and read some negative reviews on the hotel, we started getting worried, but in the end we decided to accept what it would offer to us. On arrival, we were pleasantly surprised and realised we needed not to worry.
The hotel has been recently refurbished (the only non-refurbished part is some self-catering rooms for families). The room was decorated in a nice modern taste, the furniture was new, the beds were firm and comfortable, and the bathroom was very clean. No complaints. Our tip: the hotel building is fan-shaped, its outer side facing the sea. So, a sea-view room not only commands a spectacular view of azure sea and Turkey, it is much bigger than a mountain-view room. Make sure you book a sea-view room, or if, like us, you didn't, we would strongly recommend arranging for a room-upgrade on arrival. It costs 20 euro per night, but it is worth every penny. They don’t have a private beach, and the beach in front of the hotel is good but pebbly. If you fancy a sandy beach, you have to go to the east coast of Rhodes.
We went for half-board, and the meal they serve was very good, if not excellent. For dinner, they offered varieties of main meal and salad. Unfortunately, the choices of vegetarian food were very limited, and I heard some vegetarians complaining to the staff. Breakfast was fine and not as bad as some reviewers claim: after all, you would not expect much variation in breakfast, would you? One thing they could improve is they did not serve any soft drink for dinner and we had to order mineral water (2.80 euro) every day. As mineral water was inexpensive to buy elsewhere (50 cents for 1.5 litre bottle at the hotel shop), it was a bit steep.
The hotel is also very convenient to go everywhere. You can catch a bus to Rhodes Town at the bus stop in front of the hotel gate; it costs 2.10 euro one way, and the service is frequent, every 10-15 mins. Or, you can catch a taxi to the town, the official taxi rate being 8 euro to the Rhodes Town, so worth considering if there are three of you. The Old Town is a majestic World Heritage, and you cannot miss it.
From Rhodes Town, you can go to Lindos, a beautiful old town, by bus (4.70 euro, every 30-60 mins), or you can go for a cruise trip from Rhodes Harbour. Another tip: Avoid Rhodian Sea Cruises like plague. We booked a cruise to Lindos and a swim at Stegna two days before, and it was cheap (20 euro per person), but on the day, we were suddenly told they changed the itinerary and would visit Lindos only. They said, “you have no choice!” After some fierce protest from us, they reluctantly gave us a refund, in a very repulsive manner, without apologising. And their boat was old, with plastic chairs like those you find in an NHS hospital waiting room (Mind you, it takes more than two hours one way to Lindos). Our recommendation is Sofia: a family-run business, the boat was very new, with comfortable seats, the bathroom was sparklingly clean, and Sofia, the proprietor, was educated in Australia and her English did not give us a headache! She took every care of the passengers. It was 25 euro per person, 5 euro more, but again, it was worthwhile.
Our return flight was 3am, and we were lucky to be able to arrange for late check-out until 1am (70Euro), so we could have a very good rest before our flight, and it was splendid. Actually, because we arrived very late on the first day and missed the dinner, we were offered a free dinner on the last day, thanks to the assistant manager’s discretion. So, late check-out worked out to be not that expensive.
On the whole, we had a wonderful time in Rhodes, and were very happy with Olympic Palace. We hope everyone will also have a good time there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover refined elegance and genuine hospitality. Olympic Palace Resort Hotel & Convention Center, with its unique architectural structure most recently renovated in 2008-12, welcoming and gracious with contemporary and chic interior design, offer's attentive service, upscale amenities, and blissful tranquility. Tastefully designed for comfort, 65% of our guest rooms are sea view with amazingly large verandas, ideal spots to take advantage of the amazing first rays of the sunlight or indulge in the enticing sunsets dipping in the Aegean Sea. Relax in our attractive and spacious gardens, or simply 'chill out' by the swimming pool, and enjoy a warm welcome from our genuinely friendly and hospitable staff. Alternatively you can take a stroll down to the beach and enjoy a swim in the crystal clear blue waters of the Aegean Sea and capture the breathtaking scenery. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Olympic Palace Ixia
- Hotel Olympic Palace
- Olympic Palace Resort Hotel & Convention Center Rhodes, Greece