We (four people from Germany) stayed at the hotel for a week in early August 2013. A nicely looking, rather new hotel (although the entire section of this town seems to have been built recently - all postcards from the area just show a lot of empty space). Upon arriving around 21:00, we were greeted with a late, off-schedule dinner.
We stayed in a "family room superior", which includes a double bed in the balcony section of the room and two separate beds in the door section (with a matte glass wall in between) and a larger bathroom than the regular family room. One problem with this type of room is that if you want to keep the separator door closed at night, the balcony side section of the room can become unpleasantly hot because the AC unit is in the other section (and the air outside is too hot as well). The room was slightly below ground level, so there sometimes was a slight "basement smell".
The all-inclusive package includes three all-you-can-eat (though sometimes they run out of something you'd like) meals a day. The selection was mostly similar every day, with some slight variation (there was a cuisine theme from a certain country every day). Nothing spectacular but solid. The waiters are always around to provide drink refills. At one time, though, I found a fairly large cockroach right near our table. The staff removed it upon request (I haven't seen any more since).
The all-inclusive package offers a selection of free drinks until 23:30. The free drinks are on the cheaper side but enjoyable. There is a bar in the lobby, one at the pool and one near the beach (the latter sometimes offered some nice off-menu cocktails, if the right bartender was working).
The hotel has its own piece of the beach attached to it. Unfortunately, the beach is rocky (seems to be the case for most of Rhodes), so you have to rent one of those elevated beds (which were 5 or 7 EUR a day per person, not sure anymore). Further up and down the beach there are shops that sell water sports activities such as jet ski and parasailing.
All of animation was provided by Alltours. There were sports activities such as darts or beach ball during the day. I found the evening program rather boring and uninspired (or maybe it was intended for children). The evening animation was also German-only and useless to non-German speakers. There is a building with a pool and an air hockey tables, along with some of those "try to pull a toy out" machines.
- There is a pool and a shop inside the hotel.
- Unfortunately, there is no gym, although there are some kind of group fitness classes.
- Kolimbia itself is a bit secluded but there are buses going to other town every day.
- There is the usual selection of tourist shops along the promenade.
- A personal mishap: the Greeks seem to enjoy having slight floor altitude changes (about 3-5 cm) from room to room (e.g. when entering your hotel room's bathroom), resulting in sometimes hard to see steps. Although some of them are marked with yellow tape, coming from the outside into the lobby (and wearing sunglasses), I managed to stub my left big toe (almost half a year later I can still feel the injury if I bend that toe too much).
All in all an enjoyable vacation. A few glitches here and there, but nothing that would spoil the fun. The hotel seems to be rather family-oriented, younger singles and couples might find it a bit boring (I heard Lindos is the place to go in such cases).
- Also Known As:
- Alfa Beach Hotel Rhodes, Greece