Our stay at the Rhodos Palladium was superb to be fair. We arrived via transfer by coach from the airport (a 75 minute journey stopping at least 15 hotels before getting to ours) into a magnificent lobby, immaculate, marble and pale tones everywhere, large sofas and lovely orchid plants. We did so after the restaurants closed (10pm), our travel agent had provided the wrong arrival time, so there was no food available, nor was the kitchen able to provide us with anything other than an additional fruit basket. There was an bottle of Greek (very palatable) white wine to greet us in the room. Friendly staff, who do not hang round for tips or make you feel uncomfortable. The room was spotless, a balcony (room 1426) which overlooked the pool area. There were twin beds, placed together - plenty of room for 2 people. There is a fridge, with a small supermarket on site, where many items can be purchased at reasonable prices. There was plenty of storage facilities, a table and two separate chairs to sit on, and similar furniture on the balcony to sit out. The bathroom had a bath with a shower over the bath, and a second separate shower. Room service cleaned the room every day, and changed the beds, and towels if needed. Toiletries (shampoo, shower gel and body lotion) were provided and replenished every day.
Some people say this hotel is in the middle of nowhere; actually it is about half a mile from a little shopping complex, with a restaurant (Ilios Bar) we walked to on the first night when no food was available. The staff were lovely, and the food was delicious, well worth a visit if you are not on Half Board at this hotel. The supermarket here has excellent prices (we found it hard to match these anywhere), and it was cheaper to buy wine here, put it in the fridge and drink it before and after evening meal, and save a fortune! Right outside the hotel is a bus stop, one on either side of the road. You can get a bus to Faliraki (one euro and 5 minutes away), Rhodes (Euros 2.3, 25 minutes away) and Lindos will cost you five Euros and takes about an hour. Also on site is car rental, so if you prefer you can do this (around 25 Euros a day depending on the vehicle you hire).
People on Trip Advisor have complained about the food, my genuine belief is if you are unable to find something you enjoy at these buffet style menus then you are extremely difficult to please. Half board entails breakfast and evening meal (breakfast served between 7 and 10, dinner 18.15 to 21.00). The list for breakfast is endless, it consists of all manner of hot and cold food. There is a chef who will cook your eggs, omelettes, pancakes etc, as well as carve from a large smoked salmon or give you Gravadlax. There is a hot selection, which has grilled tomatoes, bacon, sausages, omelettes, fried eggs, scrambled eggs, hard boiled eggs, mushrooms, onion rings, croquettes and beans. Then there is 7 different cereal, another table with 5 different types of dried fruit, 4 types of Greek yogurt (plain, plain light, strawberry and mixed fruit), there is nutella by the bucket full and also honey. Cheese (at least 6 different varieties) and a selection of cold meat. There is a salad bar, consisting of fresh olives, cucumber, tomatoes, onions, red and green peppers and lettuce (yes some people actually eat lettuce for breakfast). There was a fresh fruit selection which included yellow and red melon, kiwi fruit, bananas, and also 4 fruits in different syrups. There we fresh made jams on offer, butter and margarines and also at least 10 different breads.
There is a similar smorgasbord in the evening. The buffet is served every night, however on 5 of the evenings, the hotel offers you the choice to order from three dishes they serve each of these nights. These dishes are placed under glass domes (one of each dish) outside the restaurant so you can see if you fancy it, prior to ordering it. There was always one meat, one vegetarian and one fish dish. The buffet in the evening was as equally impressive as the morning. It consisted of a cold food starter, ranging from salmon, smoked mackerel, prawns, fish mousse, to a salads, olives, cheeses, meat dishes, vegetable dishes. Each night there was buttered pasta with either a bolognaise sauce, or a tomato sauce. Parmesan always served. The vegetables varied (sometimes aubergine, dauphinoise potatoes, roast vegetables, rice, tabbouleh, and always a chef carving some kind of meat, chicken, beef and duck were on offer (duck a little bit too tough). Two soups were on offer, then a host of different desserts, they had a Greek night one night where the emphasis was on Greek food. There was a lady serving ice creams (5 varieties) from a freezer in the middle of the dining room. The food really was excellent, and if I had to make one criticism it was always warm, but never hot. They did have to cater for a lot of people, and the food was replenished all the time, never getting empty.
The waiters were friendly and helpful, and it never appeared to be too much trouble for them. There was also an indoor swimming pool and spa with a host of treatments, again all spotless with friendly staff.
We went one week before the end of the season, so enjoyed the peaceful wind down. This part of Rhodes was definitely getting ready to pack up and unwind at the end of the season. However, that suited us better, as I imagine the hotel being a very rowdy and potentially different vibe than when we were there.
We went on trips to Faliraki, Lindos and Rhodes. In season you can get boats between places, and the reps will tell you how to get onto excursions. It is cheaper to go into Rhodes and then find yourself a boat off to Marmaris etc. Unless reading and sun is for you, you would tire of the facilities here after a couple of days.
The resort is big; we stayed in the main body of the hotel which made it accessible to everything. There is free wifi in the hotel, and I could access this from my room most of the time. I could imagine this getting slower if there were more people trying to use it, but I have no complaints. I could access this in the main lobby and out at some of the pool and bar areas.
The pool and the pathways and areas outside are all immaculate. There is very little to fault about the appearance of the hotel. There are a couple of outside bars, and a restaurant where you can purchase food. There is a variety of cocktails, beers wines etc and lots of choice. We had some potatoes skins on the last day with mayo and they were lovely.
For the money, I would imagine you would find it difficult to get a better deal with the food included. Yes you have to pay for drinks, but you can buy them from the small supermarket attached and drink them in your room. The beds could have been a bit softer, but really, that and possibly a shower that sometimes didn't run from hot to cold. But overall a super place to spend a week.
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