Doreta Beach Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Doreta Beach Hotel Tholos
We have recently returned from a week at the Doreta Beach. The hotel is very close to the airport with the beach under the flight path of all departing flights from Rhodes. Although most of the time the noise is not an inconvenience the occasional smell of kerosene when you are sunning yourself on the beach can be off-putting.
The beach area is nice although the majority of guests make no effort to assist in keeping the beach clean leaving the plastic cups from the pool bar and bottles of water scattered along the beach.
The pool bar although full of wasps have a nice selection with friendly staff who provide very generous measures. A rum and coke becomes a glass of rum with a dash of coke to add some colouring!
The pool itself is incredibly deep and I could not stand in any part of it. It is much nicer in the evening when those wishing to avoid the Butlins style entertainment team can sit by the pool and beach and enjoy cocktails - including the great Doreta Special.
The food was OK but as the week progressed we both got bored of the blandness of it and increasingly noticed a nasty smell from the restaurant.
In general we enjoyed our holiday. The bus stop opposite the hotel makes the trip into Rhodes town very easy and it is well worth a visit. I think you can enjoy your stay there as long as you do not have high expectations of a 4 star hotel, in reality it is much closer to a 3 star.
Miss it already
I have just returned from the Doreta today and as i left felt very sad! i had fantastic 2 weeks all inclusive at the hotel and apart form the outside snack bar i have no complaints! the highlights of the holiday was indeed the staff. Me and my boyfriend made friends with alot of the staff and were very sad to say good bye. the service is great, although dont trust leaving valubles in your room, a safe behind reception is a must have..the island is absolutly beautiful, Lindos is a must visit. We got the chance to visit various places through our Thompson Reps, who were also friendly as can be! we even got the chance to go to Turkey which was an experience i can tell you! the entertainment team were great...friendly, always smilin, funny..im sad to leave and will probably go back to visit everyone. Rob is a joker (remeber Peter Andre Mr & Mrs July 2004-yea this is us!!) Jenna is great singer and dancer (keep it up hunni, ur great) Danielle is gorgeous and great with kids and Amanda is an all rounder (and many will say has great BIG assests lol) the bar staff are some of the nicest people ive met.always helpful, havin a joke..my boyfriend got very attatched to them.sad to leave. All in all, this hotel has everything you could want. Food, drink, games, watersports,shops and the best staff iv met for a long time.keep it up guys..ill definatly b back to visit you. thanx for makin my 2 weeks unforgetable...oh and the beach is not all shingles, only at the very edge...mostly sand! anyone who complainsabout this resort abviously expects too much,its a great hotel,great staff,great services..quiet yes, but we were told that before we booked and we wanted a relaxin quiet resort, so what else do people expect!!!! the perfect place for what i needed...relaxation!! and whoever said the entertainment was like Butlins need a HUGE wake up call...must b deaf AND blind. cya guys! xxxxxxxxxxxxx
A nice and relaxing trip
My wife and I had a good time at this hotel and enjoyed staying here
The hotel was good value in most areas.
Our room was nice and it was kept very clean all week
All the staff were very friendly and helpful
The food was okay but it got boring towards the end of the holiday because it was pretty much the same eachday.
The Snackbar was very bad and none of the food looked appealing-I would not eat from there for reasons of hygeine-the food was out in the sun all day
We were All-Inclusive which was good value although the Coke tatsed a bit funny
The entertainment was a bit poor though. For example it said there was mini-golf in the brochure. When we went there it was just six holes closely together.Also we were told you could get mountain bikes-there were only two for about 1000 guests
The evening entertainment was a bit poor-it was a bit crude and was it really necessary to play bingo everynight? It also got a bit rowdy at times
On the whole though the hotel was clean and my wife and I found the hotel relaxing.There was some aircraft noise but as we live near Heathrow we are use to this
We would not go back though
Unfortunately went to Doreta on the recommendation of friends.
Arrived at night and check-in was quick and friendly.
The trip to the room started to tell a different tale, as my wife and I both smelt the smell in the corridor to our room. Our room similarily smelt and the room was tiny, with a double and 2 single beds squeezed in(The certificate on the room of the door stated 2 beds). The bathroom absolutley stank, although we eventually cured this by plugging the drain of the bidet, but the toilet was a joke, even my kids couldn't sit straight on the toilet because of the wash basin in front of it. The beds were rock hard and none of us had a decent nights sleep the whole time we were there.
The balcony was tiny, and we couldn't use it anyhow because of the road noise, which was constant.
This wouldn't have meritted a 2 star rating let alone the 4 stars they boast of.
Breakfast the next morning set the trend for the food, bland and cold. I do agree with other reviewers, in that the staff were very friendly and helpful.
Pool area was overcrowded and dirty and if you didn't have towels out by 7am, no chance of a sunbed(By the end of our week management had to step in to stop a fight over unattended sunbeds). The lack of a shallow end to the main pool meant that many older children stayed in the shallow pool, leaving little or no space for the younger kids.
The beach was quite dirty, and I think i'm right in saying that they have(Deservedly) lost their blue flag status.
The aircraft noise was constant pretty much day and night, and it WAS intrusive.
The snack bar was disgusting, dirty tables, raw burgers, coleslaw sitting in the sun all day, little wonder nobody used it, except for the kids getting their ice creams.
The pool bar was well stocked, but spirit measures were tiny and the beer was served in tiny plastic vending machine type cups, and half of the cup was filled with the head of the beer.
The entertainment hall indoors was too small and the air conditioning wasn't sufficient to cool it. The entertainment was tedious and repetitive. Kids loved the disco, same records, same order, played loudly(Too loudly) every night. The bingo was a rip off. The best bit of the entertainment all week was when one of the kids started making funny(Rude) gestures in the shadow of the spotlights on one of the Ents team, Danielle, on stage.
Daytime Entertainment was similarily tedious with no effort at all from the Ent staff, same announcements, same time each day. The games in the pavillion were a rip off, all the equipment was on its last legs, and even the pool was £1 a game. The mini golf was a joke it was that old and rundown, and the Ent staff demanded with menaces(Not friendly at all!) a 10 euro deposit for the putter, which had its shaft sticking through the top of the grip, on which my youngest scratched her cheek.
The food in the restaurant at night was no better than lunch/breakfast. Bland/cold/repetitive(I'm sure I saw the same piece of meat 3 days in a row), and the desserts were pitiful.
We had no option but to buy snacks from the supermarket across the road(Which thankfully was friendly and resonably priced), or join the other escapees at the local hostelries like Dundee's to get decent food, ALL the restaurants were full of people wearing the telltale blue wristbands.
Thank God we were only booked in for the week!!!
Best thing we did was hire a car from one of the local firms(Good value and friendly service, even when I left the parking lights on and drained the battery, don't be tempted to use reps as their prices are a rip off) to get out of there and see the very very beautiful island of Rhodes. It scores top marks for its beauty, the friendliness of the people, the value for money, the food etc.
You may feel my view is that of one person, but truthfully, the poor food and accomodation was all that was talked about amongst the guests. Several people we talked to were on return visits, and they were the most shocked at how bad it was. We ALL agreed we would NEVER return to Doreta beach.
My family still had a great holiday, but WE had to MAKE it a great holiday, at a good resort you don't have to do that.
I look forward to returning to Rhodes again soon, but the bus WILL be driving straight past Doreta Beach I assure you.
Booked to stay at Doreta Beach Hotel the night before on the internet so wasn't sure what to expect when we arrived. Myself and my boyfriend were put into a small room without airconditioning at 4am when we checked in but were told we could move rooms after 12 noon. To our delight we were then placed in a larger, air conditioned room with an amazing view of the sea! We had a very relaxing week, as a couple looking for a quiet week we did find the hotel very family orientated but enjoyed lazing by the pool just the same. The food was average with not much variation on the menu, but had a wide selection. The rooms were very clean and the staff very friendly but do take your own hairdryer as the ones provided are pathetic. If you forget to take anything with you the shop across the road has everything you need. We hired a car for the day and had a wander around rhodes old town at night, not to be missed!
Excellent family destination - well worth the money
I have only just returned from Doreta Beach Hotel in Rhodes, & cannot describe how great the holiday was. I went with my daughter (6) & my husband, as well as my sister & her partner, who were in a seperate room. Doreta Beach is a fantastic resort if you have children, as there is a great kids club, & daily discos for them as well as a playground & a baby pool. I cannot believe that so many people go on holiday & do nothing but spend all of their time complaining. Of course if you go to a foreign country, their choice of food will be different from which you would choose yourself at home. The main attraction for me to book this was the affordable price, & you definately get what you pay for. We were All Inclusive which was great not too have too worry about the money you are spending each time you feel like a drink or a snack. All of the staff were very friendly & the rooms were imacculate. There are safety deposit boxes available, & everything you need for a great holiday within the actual hotel. I cannot highlight how great it is, but would definetley recommend it to anyone with kids. We also hired a car for the day & drove around the fulll island, which is a must as Rhodes old town is unmissable. I booked online & then read some people's reviews, which really did put me off & I even tried to cancel the booking which I had made. I am now very glad that I stuck with it & will definetley return to Doreta Beach again.
I returned on Sunday from Doreta Beach. We stayed for 2 weeks all inclusive and we thought the place was fantastic!
Only downside (not really a downside as such) was the food but you can't expect to go to a foreign country and have the same food choice as you get at home can you!
Entertainment was fantastic day and night, Entertainment team were great too especiall Rob and Jenna - great voice Jenna!!!!!
Our room was great, overlooking the sea, cleaned every day and linen changed everyday.
All staff very helpfull, bar staff friendly especially when Greece made it into Euro final - wish i could have stayed another night to see them win the final!!!!!
I will definately be going back to the Doreta Beach next year!
Doreta did not meet expectations
I went to the Doreta Beach in April after being reallocated when my original booking had to be changed (the initial hotel, the Electra Palace in Trianda was undergoing refubishment which was not ready in time for the start of the season).
On first impressions the Doreta was excellent, the reception area is very clean and spacious and well presented. However when we got to our room we were very disappointed. We were allocated one of the rooms on the top floor with an inland view. I can honestly say that I have stayed in far better budget self catering rooms, I certainly do not believe that this aspect of the hotel met its supposed four star standard.
The corridors were dirty and in parts open to the elements (which can be cold and rainy in April) the room itself was very basic and not well furnished, some of the fittings were broken and the bathroom was dirty.
We did complain and were moved to a lower floor apartment with a sea view for the second half of our holiday. We were happier with the new room and would have had a far better holiday if we had been allocated this apartment at the outset, but unfortunately the hotel was full (surprising for April, but it was a Greek student's function).
The outside areas and the restaurant and bar were pleasant and it was nice being so close to the beach, although it was shingle and what I think was a power station could be seen in the distance.
The food was not typically Greek, which is a shame because I love Greek food, but all in all it was enjoyable and there was something for everyone. Unfortunately the food at the outside snack bar was a lot less appetising.
This was my fourth trip to Rhodes and my first to Tholos. Although I'm sure Tholos is an attractive village in high season, I found no restaurants or bars open so had to make do with the hotel facilities for the full week, which was pretty repetative. The hotel's entertainment was typical Butilns style, thank god I hadn't booked for two weeks!
The things that really made my stay enjoyable were firstly the hotel staff, who were friendly and helpful and secondly the beautiful island itself. Even though the weather wasn't perfect there is so much to do in Rhodes that we were never stuck in the hotel all day, even when it rained.
I am returning to Rhodes next week, although not to Tholos and certainly not the Doreta. I am sure some people would love it there, especially those with children, but it just wasn't my idea of a good greek holiday. I think in future I will stick to my self catering apartment in Afandou !!!
Perfect June break
We were a party of 4 fortysomethings who stayed from 9/6/04 until 16/6/04 at this hotel. We had heard lots of stories about all-inclusives and had read lots of the reviews given by other travellers on this complex, but we are all agreed it was fantastic.
we have just come back from our holiday. we stayed in one of the self catering apartments. they were cleaned every day (even the dirty dishes) and clean sheets and towels. it was my 2 yr olds first holiday and she loved it. great pool and kids disco in the night she made loads of new friends.
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