We have just come back from a fortnight's stay at Rodos Princess with our 7 year old Daughter and 15 month old son. I'll start with the positives.
The hotel is immaculate. Not only was our room cleaned to a very high standard every day but the hotel grounds are spotless. The pools are great, albeit a tad cold in October! Great water slides for kids (and adults), with a lifeguard on duty, something you don't often see. We did find some sunbeds were reserved with towels and no-one used them, but we always found a space. Beach is lovely too, with free sunbeds and the beach bar closeby. Nice and shallow close in for the children and lots of fish to see, if you like snorkelling.
Kids club - we did use it a few times and the girls are great, but my Daughter found it quite difficult to understand them, as she was the only English child at the time, so they had to translate everything for her. They have a club disco every night at 9, which all the kids loved. Even learnt some German tunes! I can't comment on the evening entertainment, as I had to go back to the room with our Son, but my Husband said some evenings were good, others pretty dire.
Staff are very accommodating. Camelia on the pool bar is a force to be reckoned with. She seems to be at work all day and night and remembers everyone's orders. The beach bar and pool snack bar food was good, selections of salads and meats, gyros, burgers, etc. Ice cream is available all day and evening, which my children took full advantage of. They also do pizzas in the afternoon, which prove extremely popular. Despite previous reviews, we found the drinks quality to be perfectly acceptable. They don't include international spirits on the all inclusive package, but local brands are fine, even the wine. The waiters even had carafes waiting for us after evening meal to take back to our room, which was a nice touch.
Now for the not so positives:
The main Dionysos restaurant is horrifically busy at all times. We found both breakfast and evening meals very stressful. The tables are pushed very close together and you are constantly being knocked into by fellow guests going up to get their food. My Son was pushed out of his highchair at one point, prompting me to move tables, much to the disgust of our waitress. Having been all inclusive with our family previously, it's the first time we've experienced such a bun fight to get dinner. I think the hotel would be well advised to increase the size of the dining room and space the tables better, to make the eating experience more enjoyable. As for the food, we were quite disappointed. I am aware that there is a need to cater for all Nationalities, but the food seemed to be very bland. I came home half a stone lighter, although that is a good thing! We are not fussy eaters at all, and hate to see food got to waste, but most evenings the food looked appetising, but did not taste great , so much was left. There is a children's section, mainly consisting of pasta Bolognese, nuggets, frankfurters and nuggets. On a plus, the desserts were super. Breakfast is pretty much the same every morning with hot and cold choices and yoghurts, breads, pasties etc. There is an egg and pancake station, but the queue was huge every morning. The restaurant is open for lunch and we did find it much less busy. Be warned, at all mealtimes, there are several people that don't like to wait their turn for food in a queue.
The only other negative point is we were a bit disappointed with our room. We paid for a sea view family room. It was divided into two parts and was very small. Made even more so by Son's cot being squashed between the two single beds, so there was no room for my Daughter to get out of bed. We had to put one of the single beds on it's side to make room. That said, how much time do you spend in your room anyway, unless asleep. Bathroom was spacious though with a big bath, shower, two sinks and vanity mirror. Plenty of storage too. We didn't switch the TV on, so can't comment.
Outside of the hotel there is not a huge amount to do, which we liked. We took the hour long road train trip, which is well worth it. There are a few souvenir shops and small supermarkets nearby, plus a pharmacy, which we had to use during our stay and they are great. We hired a car for three days from Marathon, costing £80 for a small family car. The car rental chap was great in pointing out free car parking and places of interest. We drove to Rhodes Town and Lindos, as well as Prasonnissi and Tsambikki beach. Monolithos castle is worth a visit for the views alone, although not for the fainthearted.
Just a word of warning, Rhodes Airport is a nightmare. It was total chaos checking our luggage in and getting through passport control. The whole process took almost two hours, which is not great with two children. One more thing, we booked our holiday via First Choice, part of the Tui Group. We didn't see our rep for the whole two weeks and had to ask at hotel reception about departure details, as we'd not been advised.
All in all, we had a lovely holiday here. If the food and restaurant situation could be improved, this would definitely be five stars, but we did enjoy ourselves.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Travel Republic (UK), Hotels.com, Booking.com, Expedia, LoveHolidays, 5viajes2012 S.L. and HotelQuickly so you can book your Rodos Princess Beach Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Rodos Princess Kiotari
- Rodos Princess Hotel Kiotari
- Rodos Princess Beach Hotel Kiotari, Rhodes, Greece