I don't usually give a review about a hotel, but this time i will. Like you I read the previous negative reports and had some trepidation prior to arriving. We were there between 21st Sept and 5th October 2013. I have no doubt that the people who have complained have offered an honest opinion but in truth all was pretty much fine for us. Nice people, good and varied food, clean pool, lots of laughs and not too far from the beach. The room was basic but apart from a blocked sink one day all was fine. The electrics look old and a bit sad and the TV didn't work, but we didn't want it anyway. It's true about having a hotplate but no pans and the mixer tap was poorly fixed, but there was a large fridge. Now, the glasses; this continues to be a problem in the dining room and when new glasses arrive they are so hot from the dish washer you can't pick them up. So easy to rectify is this and we were surprised they hadn't. We always got big smiles from the serving staff, especially for our 3 year old son; Mike was always very pleasant and danced on the karaoke night (we're not karaoke types but as this was the only organised entertainment, just one night a week, we went anyway); the bar staff in the lounge and the pool were always pleasant and the pool barman made a great joke about being squirted with water by our son. The kid's playground was very popular but all a bit tatty now and needs to be safer. The snacks at the pool bar are uninspiring except for the chocolate cake one day. The comments made by others about restricting the number of drinks served did not happen to us. We were there at the end of the season (the hotel in fact closed the day after we left) and this meant the food was less varied for a couple of days and the chocolate ice cream ran out.
So, we see where the other comments have come from but please be reassured this hotel is good value for money, very personable, easily accessible to the beach which is sand with some pebbles, but we found many people swimming including our 3 year old son. Rhodes is a windy place at times which brings in the breakers, but this is part of the spectacle and a beautiful sight to see. The bus ride to Rhodes Town is hectic but be sure you get on one stop before the Alex Hotel otherwise you stand the whole way. Coming back is also a free for all. Hire a car through the hotel as we did and travel down the west side to the south. This is just wonderful with beautiful landscapes, history, and welcoming people. Rhodes is a big treat, as is Lindos even in the rain as it was for us and with an overdose of tourists. Parking is a big problem too. In our view avoid the built up tourist overkill south of Rhodes Town on the east side which looked pretty crass to us. The weather we had was very comfortable, probably reaching about 30 degrees on a couple of days but otherwise around 26 degrees with bright sun, blue sky and a refreshing breeze. We had rain one day, with a storm the following morning and the last two days were cooler with strong winds. The other thing to mention is the power plant which is an eyesore and when viewed from the butterfly park clearly creates a pollution cloud. The planes also fly past on takeoff but this fascinated our son rather than creating an intrusion. The blurb mentioned a Kids Club but this wasn't offered. The air football though was a great hit.
So, we hope we can remove some of the doubts you may have. This is no frills venue and in many ways being relieved of the in-your-face "entertainment" that is forced upon you at the bigger establishments it may well be more to your liking. This is an all inclusive hotel and believe me the food is good. It is Greek in style but to us this is a benefit, despite the chips. You will want to wander further, as we did, but you find this wherever you go and Rhodes is accessible throughout with lots to see. Overall we rate it very good.
S and B.
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