Well to start off with I am quite shocked by the more scathing reviews on here of the Thalia. No need for it as at the end of the day you get what you pay for and if you are expecting 5* service and/or facilities from a 2/2.5* hotel than to say you are deluded is an understatement!
That said, I can confirm that my partner and I had a lovely stay at the Thalia. We were greeted at the door at 3am on Sunday morning by the receptionist and allocated our room and had our air con issued upon request immediately (the air con is at present 49 euro's for a week - you WILL need it).
The hotel itself is so close to the best bars and restaurants in Pefkos and they are within walking distance. The bus stop for Lindos is also minutes away and the beach is around the corner, so location wise we could not have picked a better place to stay.
The hotel is family run and the family are friendly and helpful. Our room was cleaned daily and we had clean sheets and towels left for us. The room was basic, but had a fridge and a sink in the room which came in handy to be honest. The only complaints I have in regard to cleaning is that the maid did not knock on the door before entering which was a tad embarrassing when we were having a lazy lie in and still naked in bed lol! Also, the shower was not very clean when we got there and I had to go over it myself with the shower attachment (dirt/hair left in the base, that sort of thing) but not too drastic to have a hissy fit over. The bathroom was comedy small and I banged my head a couple of times on an ill placed soap holder. But the room itself was comfortable, adequate and clean. We had a balcony which was also clean and comfortable and we enjoyed sitting out there on occasion.
The hotel obviously needs a bit of TLC as it feels a bit tired but it's not totally decrepit as some other reviews would have you believe.
The dining room is adequately sized but there are a few too many tables and chairs in there to sit comfortably, perhaps slightly smaller dining chairs would resolve this problem. It's also very hot in there and the air con needs looking at to make it a bit more comfortable. If you are a fussy eater you will not enjoy the food. The food is not labelled although you can usually tell what it is but if not, the chef is always hanging out by the self service area to ask and he will gladly tell you what is what.
Some of the usuals were; pork in various sauces, spaghetti bolognese, chips, chicken (roasted or in sauce), salads, meatballs, vegetables, pasta and rice.
As with most all inclusive's the meals are a tad repetitive and you may end up having the same thing for dinner as you had for lunch, like I said if you are a fussy eater this will be a problem. The only real complaint from us about the food is the salad could be of a much higher standard. Some balsamic vinegar and a bit of feta cheese would not go amiss on some limp tomatoes and lettuce - not that expensive to provide. And the puddings could be upgraded to something tastier than watermelon. Drinks are okay though with red and white wine available as well as beer, soft drinks and water. And yes you do generally clear your own plates, it is an all inclusive self service buffet NOT a 5* restaurant. There is not enough staff to clear every table prior to another group coming in to eat so if you have manners this won't be a problem.
Onto the pool and bar. The pool is adequate, it's not huge but it is cold and wet. Perfect. The children's pool was not filled whilst we were there and should have been I feel as there were several children staying at the hotel. There were enough sun beds to go around at any given time. The pool bar could do with updating as well as other parts of the hotel. The bar staff were friendly enough, if you talked to them and were polite they would reciprocate. The pool snack bar is not worth your time really. All that is available is ham and cheese toasties (extremely bland) and ice cream.
All in all this hotel is friendly, clean, close to the best bars and restaurants and beaches and provides what it states.
If there are any downsides to the place it is the clientele and not the hotel or staff itself. There are many different nationalities that stay here and the cultural differences were made abundantly clear. I found it difficult as a mixed race woman to walk around the hotel comfortably without being stared at by people from certain nationalities. This is not the attitude of Greek people who are very culturally aware and welcoming to all. I did not feel I could complete my review without mentioning this as it made me feel a bit uncomfortable at times and would have ruined my holiday if I were more sensitive to this sort of behaviour. Apart from that I would recommend the Thalia Hotel as a good place to stay and could not envisage anyone having a bad holiday here.
Oh, and I loved Bobby the dog. Kept me entertained all week! But keep your flip flops away from him....
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