I have always been told that you get what you pay for and this place was value for money. I have read the previous reviews and I believe most are a fair discription, except one which was rated at one. They must have been unlucky because this place is definately rated a three if not more.
Six of us were dropped off by the Thompson coach on a main street corner at 00:45 in the morning. The street was too narrow for the coach to take us and so the hotel owner had to collect us in his clapped out Toyota Verso Corolla. To be honest, it only took five minutes for him to collect us and yet the hotel is only a five minute walk from the drop off point.
We were quickly checked in and given our room, 204. First impression was that the room was clean and tidy, had a seperate shower and had a balcony overlooking the pool and the sea, all in all very nice. It was what we had requested. The room was basic with a refrigerator, dressing table, chair and king size double bed. Air conditioning was an extra 9 euros a day (we did not have it).
The bar was still open and we had arranged with the people that we had just met to have a quick drink at the bar. The bar by the pool was where you also ate your breakfast (Bed and breakfast people). It was comfy, small and clean and had most alcoholic drinks. A large beer and a smirnoff ice was six euros. Two large TV screens played video music or football, as we later found out. So far so good. Went back to our room to sleep and oh my god, that big bed had a mattress that was soooooo very HARD, just like a garden bench. No possible bouncing on that thing. Lucky for some. I felt sorry for the honey moon couple who we had just met. Apparantly, having spoken to other people from other hotels in the area, their mattresses were the same.
Breakfast is continental style and the same every day. Yoghurt, Peaches, three types of cereal, brown and white bread, two types of sliced meat and sliced cheese. There is orange juice, tea and coffee. Oh, there is a toaster. It was adequate.
There is plenty of choice for lunches and the food is not expensive.
Looking at the complex, there is a small paddling pool and a mediocre main pool, but plenty of sunbeds. True, there is a small private air strip ten metres from the pool. At least three times a day, you do get a cloud of dust blowing over the complex when the light plane takes off down the griitted runway (It needs tarmac). Did not bother us because we were down on the sandy beach most days, which is only a five minute walk away. Downside is that it costs 4 euros per sunbed per day on the beach. Walk half way down the beach where it is sandy in the sea, the top end is full off huge smooth boulders under the waves which take you by suprise.
There are plenty of taverners/restaurants. One taverner advirtised a three course meal and free 500ml of house wine for 7.90 euros. We tried it because we could not believe it. It was BRILLIANT. Lots of choices including steak.
There are plenty of places to visit: Lindos and athenas temple, butterfly valley, Rhodes old town and lots of ruins. We hired a car for two days at 25 euros per day. The roads are not very busy but the road markings are in need of repair.
Throughout our stay, the room was kept clean and only on sundays, the sheets and towels are not changed.
The staff are very friendly and polite, including the owner. One review tends to say otherwise. You need to be polite and introduce your selfs and talk to people, otherwise what else do you expect. You make the holiday.
As for the toilets. The ones in your room you can use normally, the ones by the pool you have to put the toilet paper in a bin. This is no hardship, as this is a common practise amongst the greek Islands.
I agree that having a room over the pool is not always a good thing, because it does tend to be noisey until 2 am. You can close the patio doors which does drown out the noise, but then the room becomes an oven. Also the staff tend to clean around the pool and prepare breakfast at 6.30 in the morning and they are noisey.
As for your departure. You have to vacate your room by 1200 unless you pay 25 euros (share the cost with a friend) and then you can keep the room till 1800. Yes you are again waiting on the corner for the coach for a good 45 minutes. However, there is a taverner by the pick up point. Just leave your luggage in a pile and have a last drink. No problem.
Would we stay here again? Yes we would.
Friendly staff and owner
Near to the beach
Good distance from the noise and night life of Pefkos (5 minute walk).
Good food and drink.
Cons: Noise from other residents at night.
Noise from staff in the morning prepoerations.
Dust from the airplane
- Also Known As:
- Amfitriti Hotel And Studios Pefkos, Rhodes