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Historical Traveler Reviews Atlantica Princess Hotel Ixia
Nice to be home!
Just returned after two weeks with my partner and son. What can I say? Perhaps this review is tainted by the brilliant time I had all inclusive on Crete last year.
The hotel itself is spotless, the rooms are excellent, hotel staff are very friendly and the food was very good too. The restaurant is very well organised and managed. The main problem for me here was that all the hotel staff spoke perfect English....I did not hear one holiday maker making any attempt at even saying thankyou in Greek...a very sad reflection on the British...even attempting a go at the language in any country (even if failing miserably) goes a long way and shows a common repect for your hosts!
This not the first all inclusive deal I have been on, but it is probably the worst. The bar system is ridiculous..there is only one bar too. Queueing to order and sign for your drinks and then queueing again to get the drink is a ridiculous exercise. Evenings were better though as waiter service was available...Alexandros in particular is a star, befriend him and he will keep you well supplied.
The pool area was a little cramped, not a particularly large pool and although there were sunbeds provided, to get a good spot you did need to reserve a place with a towel by 8 in the morning. I was up at 7 most mornings doing this and I was by no means the first.
The kids club was good although club times could be worked a little more sensibly- evening sessions from 6 - 8 in the evening were a bit inconvenient. The daytime entertainment - water sports and games etc were good fun. The evening entertainment was a bit on the amateurish side (I expected more from a **** resort) - the kiddies disco was enjoyable, but bingo, karaoke and bad attempts at singing and dancing marred some nights! Racey Tracey is a good laugh though and gives her all.
As far as the resort itself is concerned, if you are expecting Greece, forget it!!! We attempted several nights to find a typical Greek taverna in Ixia/Trianda but found them sadly lacking and ended up back at the hotel. Sure, tavernas are there, but were not the typical Greek type that I have found on any of the other 8 Greek islands I have visited. This was probably due to the area being so built up/commercialised and just a few minutes taxi-ride from Rhodes town itself (the old town and harbour are a must visit - but give the time-share bods the cold shoulder from the start)
The beaches for me were fine...I prefer pebbles to sand and the weather was very hot.
All in all, the hotel caters very well for families, if you want to see Greece and take in the culture of the Greek islands, avoid this part of Rhodes...far too touristy. In fact, we spent some time travelling round the island by car and found nowhere that you could take in the real Greek atmosphere although the scenery was was enjoyable....but then Rhodes is the most visited of all the Greek islands.
Marks out of ten for the hotel - 7, for the resort, 5 and for Rhodes itself, 7.
If you want an out and out family holiday (Butlins in the sun without the fair ground) go, if you want a family holiday and Greek culture together, avoid it!
Stayed at Atlantica Princess for a week at the beginning of July. I was travelling by myself & although its not the 1st time i've done this, i am always a bit apprehensive about my accommodation. I needn't have worried, the hotel was superb, the staff friendly and helpful,(after a couple of days the waiters and bar staff all seem to have memorised your room number!) i had a great time. I stayed on all inclusive, which for me was ideal, although not everyone would want to be so tied to staying around the hotel all of the time. I would definately go back again & would not hesitate in recommending the hotel to others. There were people of all age groups staying there, but it was mainly families. I did not venture far from the hotel during my stay, (as i was making full use of the all inclusive deal!) but if i were to go back i would try and get over to Rhodes town & lindos, both of which were recommended as worth a visit.
My best hotel yet
my fianc'ee and i returned from rhodes last month, this was our second stay at the atlantica and our 3rd trip to ixia. once again the hotel was fantastic the staff are so friendly and helpful and the food was brilliant with loads of variety. we stopped half board so cant really comment on the entertainment but the reps were very good. If you are looking for somewhere to go at night then you should try the blue note restaraunt, it is right outside the hotel just 2 minutes walk, we spend most nights there listening to the live music and the food there is fantastic. The owner (timos) will make you feel so welcome and treat you like he has known you for ever as will all the waiters, we return every year and he always remembers his friends. rhodes town is beutiful both at night and in the daytime. if you are going to the atlantica you will love the place and will want to return there again.
Couldn't fault anything
Stayed here between 19/05/04 and 26/05/04, weather was fantastic got very brown, the staff were very helpful and friendly, nothing was too much for them, the hotel was spotless and the food out of this world. Plenty of sunbeds without worrying about the dreaded early morning towel competition, even had a small road train every 30 minutes to take you for a trip around the local area. Rhodes town was easily reached by taxi booked by the hotel for 12 Euros each way. Great holiday
Good News and Bad News
I've just returned from the Atlantica Princess after a two week stay. First the good news. The bedrooms are a good size and well appointed. The public rooms are kept spotlessly clean and are pleasantly decorated. The restaurant is well managed and there is a good selection of food which is well presented. The restaurant staff are friendly and most have excellent english. The bar service is prompt (particularly if you befriend Alexandros!) and there is a good range of drinks on offer. There are plenty of free loungers around the pool area.
So why do I have reservations about recommending it? The basic problem is that it is designed to cater for family groups and will appeal less to mature couples. The evening entertainment provided by the First Choice entertainers is really rather basic - typically Bingo followed by a quiz and Karaoke. If that's your scene then you will enjoy yourself immensely. But if you would prefer a relaxing evening in a piano bar then you will need to look outside the hotel - fine if you booked half board but 'all inclusive' deals do tend to give you an incentive to stay within the hotel complex in the evenings. If you do want to walk somewhere after dinner you will find the hotel is situated away from the main village - a good 15 minute walk along poorly lit roads with no pavements. There are other minor niggles too; for example, there is no maid service on Sundays. I'd expect that in a Pension but not in a 4 star hotel.
So if you are a family you will find plenty on offer to keep the kids happy and the all inclusive deals are almost certainly a good buy. If you are a (mature) couple then half board may suit you better and will give you the freedom to seek alternative evening entertainment.
One last tip. Car hire from First Choice is very expensive. Speak to the Sahara Rentacar rep in the hotel (his desk is near the shop) and you can, with a bit of haggling, do some excellent deals. We hired a group A car for 12 days for 190 Euro (£130) which is one of the best deals I have ever struck in Greece!
Have a good time
(May 2004)This was an absolutely fantastic holiday.Party of 10 adults and 6 children ageing between 1-8.The hotel staff were very very friendly and loved children! We went for two weeks and the weather was lovely. We went with Cosmos but the hotel is mainly First Choice. The entertainment staff were really good especially "Racey Tracey" from Doncaster.Make an effort and learn greek from them and they will do anything for you. The hotel is very very clean and well looked after and the bar staff on an evening are very friendly too especially Alexandros (he looks a bit like Michael Schumacer) and is lovely. For anyone going there all I can say is that you will love it and have a brilliant time.Just to help you out the hotel is a chain of hotels and the website for it www.-----------------------
My girlfriend and I have just returned from the atlantica princess hotel where i stayed a week at half board. It was fantastic. Before leaving I had checked out a fewweb sites with pictures of the hotel, i can tell you now that none of them show the real quality of the rooms or the hotel. The room we had was a twin/double room. it was on the ground floor so there was not much of a sea view but it was fantastic. It had a big double bed and a sofa-bed. It was a extremely spacious room with kitchen facilities, a balony and a lovely big bathroom. The only fault i could pick out at the hotel was the food. It was good but because it is mostly an all inclusive hotel it was served buffet style so was a bit cold sometimes. It was fantastic though. A MUST SEE is the old town of rhodes. we went 3 times throughout the week, it is a lovely place to have a meal. you must go through the day and at night as it is all lit up in the evening. We are in our early twenties and decided to have a night out in faliraki but it was poor. the best place for a lively nite out without al the "booze cruizes" is Bar street in rhodes new town. its a really good night. Overall the hotel and surrounding area is fantastic. verry clean and verry helpfull staff. I liked it so much I'm even considering going out there to work... Fantastic!
went to the atlantica princess for 2 weeks in june 2003, with husband and 2 children. what can i say it was fantastic, best relaxing holiday we have ever had. never saw my 4yr old as he was always in the kids club, wich he loved, food fab, excellent service and accommadation, booked for next year and cant wait.
Sue's holiday ..
My sister and I stayed at the Atlantica Princess Hotel over the easter period.The hotel surpassed our expectations. You could eat your food of the floors, it was spotless. We were fully inclusive and the hotel catered for every kind of diet you could wish for. The food and service was excellent.The holiday was everything I had wished for. The flights to and from were on time, the transfer to the hotel was less than 20 minutes, the hotel staff were excellent, the local shops we used were better stocked with variety of goods than they are back home.We have come home completely refreshed, with a good sun tan after 7 days, and at least 7 lbs heavier!! but we enjoyed every minute!
MEMORIES TO CHERISH
When you want a holiday with good memories, try this hotel and friendly area. We have been 3 times now and love Rhodes.
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We had a morning tour Sue and Darren - a lovely couple who are not about religion and are well travelled and down to earth. We had a great day with them and wish now we were doing the Holy Land with them as they have a car and driver and space for two more......... We were on our way by 0830 and into the old town to see a bit of it before it was closed down to traffic. name the sites stopped pottery - name of vessel lindros lunch walk about white ...
... when we arrived at Chora we completely missed the stairs up to the monastery but had a great time wandering around this picturesque village, spotting restaurants with views for lunch and a bakery! We came across a church which we thought might be the monastery but were shooed out by the priest as he was leaving and locking everything. A bit more wandering and we found the monastery albeit from the back door. We met up briefly with Scott and Julie who had taken ...
Our last breakfast. The waiter Buddy was back from his break so though we said we would see him at lunch we knew we probably would not. He would only be upset when we did not give him a tip. He was OK always a friendly welcome but his table saving antics were a bit OTT. We wandered around the town a bit, Barry got another Turkish shave, but not such a good one as the first who was too busy. We bought some Turkish delight for work and for Joanne ...
A leisurely get up but in time for breakfast. Then we took the 11am ferry to Tunruc, an idilic bay our rep had said. Not so much so when you come from the West Country. The boat ride was nice though. We wandered quickly through the village, lots of the same shops but no salesmen calling out to us constantly. We stopped for a beer at a waterfront cafe then caught the first taxi back to the hotel. Another nice boat ride. Back in time for lunch. I tried out the lady in ...
... rang. Very sorry but rain is coming so A la carte reservation cancelled. Who knew the restaurant was outdoors. Somewhat disappointed we went down to the dining hall and eventually found a table, again adequate food but nothing special. We took a short walk around the shops in the evening avoiding the live band in the main bar area. This even managed to drown out the neighbouring bar when we went up to our room. It didn't ...