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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Ilyssion Lardos
Greek Faulty Towers at a Price
In all we had a great holiday and the accommodation was very average - nothing to write home about and the location was great. However the food was certainly not a highlight! We were given a choice of 3 options every night (1 was always chicken and one fish which I consider very airline) and had to book the following nights meal the night before. Starters ranged from soup to spaghetti dizzled in tinned tomato stodge and on one ocasion a plain omlette. The main courses were always a beef/pork stew with frozen mixed veg and chicken stew with the same .... Dessert was sometimes soggy waffle or a single whole apple or pear on a plate or half a tinned peach in syrup. Vegetarian food was not an option so ended up being french fries and frozen mixed veg every night. Not exactly what I would consider traditional Greek and this hotel could do much better.
The issue I do have with this holiday is with Olympic Holidays. We had to pay an additional 50 Euros to keep our room for our final day as the fist nights booking started before we even left for the airport on an Olympic Chartered flight and thus had no way of using the accommodation - so when booking 7 nights accommodation with Olympic make sure that all 7 nights will actually be when you are in the resort and not still in the UK! If we had not payed the extra we would have had to vacate our accommodation at midday on the 16 September for a flight that was going to leave the following day at 05h40 - 17 hours and 40 minutes later!! The Rep in the resort basically said it was our hard luck for having - and I quote - '...a c**p flight' and booking during a busy period.
Try it for yourself
Very nice people, food, service. What more could you ask for. Although we did have to pay for the aircon 40 euros for a fortnight is reasonable for comfort. I would go back there tomorrow.
I've just returned from my second stay in as many years and cannot praise the owners/staff etc enough which is why im most suprised at the reviews previously posted.
Costas & Katerina (forgive me if I've misspelt your names!) are the most wonderful hosts & nothing is too much trouble for them, which is why i have again already booked my holiday for next year.
Yes, you have to pay for air con, fridge etc etc but this is no different to anywhere else in Greece.
I would highly recommend this hotel & you will find out should you take the trouble to speak to the owners, their son & daughter, bar staff etc how FRIENDLY they all are.
I know for a fact that they have a lot of repeat guests who back year after year (I met some of them again this year!) they too cannot understand the reviews posted. And the staff remembered both my son and me - how often can you say that?
I love staying at the Ilyssion & cant wait to see everyone again next year - roll on 2007!!
We have just returned from a week at the Ilyssion and were relieved to find it better than some reports would have suggested it, Its actually almost midway between Pefkos and Lardos, 1.1km from Pefkos and costs 4 or 5 euros in a taxi if you dont fancy the 20 minute walk, the nearest restaurant - Corali is 400m away.
Air Con is 40Euro a week unless you book with Olympic who include it (50Euro deposit on controller), a fridge is 14euro a week. Sunbeds at both pools were free and there is plenty of shade.
Breakfast was Ok, cereals are local brands but were fresh every day and the meats/cheese were always covered. I wouldnt book half board, the choice of menu is a bit limited and there are lots of nice places to eat out in Pefkos, though the pool snack bar was entirely adequate for lunchtime snacks.
The public areas are quite smart and stylish though the standard bedrooms are older and simple style though clean and adequate. The hotel would not suit anyone who cannot manage steps or uses a wheelchair, the dining room is down a flight of stairs and there are no lifts. A nice touch are the aviaries dotted around the grounds and a couple of rabits hopping around and a reindeer in a pen.
A good place for a relaxing break in a quiet spot not too far from a nice resort.
A place in the sun
I did not think that that the descriptions made by others before could be correct, I assumed that some people had just had bad experiences and these were but a blip however it turned out to be the norm.
The hotel is nicely situated close to/on the beach and a reasonably long walking distance from both Pefkos and Lardos Beach both of which can be reached by walking in the appropriate direction from the hotel.
Overall the category I must say can only be at the lower end of the 3star scale and I am surprised that it has come out of a 2 when you look at the other hotels and accommodation in the area.
The sun beds around the pool were free this year but those on the beach had to be paid for.
The room was basic, clean and was well maintained by the staff throughout the holiday. The fridge was not locked up, an added advantage and it remained so through out our holiday, this was useful for keeping the odd bottle of water cool. Normally this facility appeared to require a payment.
On arrival there was the feeling that the hotel was penny pinching with notices scattered around the reception desk you pay for this and you pay for that, deposits arerequired etc.
Having prepaid for the air conditioning as part of the booking the hotel still said that it wanted a 50euro deposit when we arrived to which I unfortunately told them that I did not have at the time, so they gave me the control and we never did pay the deposit and just returned the control at the end of the holiday. I will add that the aircon obviously had not been maintained for some time and kept breaking down especially in the middle of the night.
So overall the hotel and accommodation was liveable and provided a reasonable base for our holiday but the part where you should tend to relax and enjoy being the food was atrocious, a risk to the health of the guests with little concern for hygiene.
Breakfast consisted of cheap (cheap, cheap) brand cereals, sliced meats, cheese, yoghurt, honey, bread rolls and melba toast everyday occasionally there were boiled eggs and a couple of times scrambled eggs over our two week period.
There was no toaster. The cereals were like sawdust, the meats and cheese well curled up at the edges, one of the boiled eggs that I opened turned out to be a black solid mass as I peeled off the shell, every other butter portion that I opened had mould growing within from a minor speck to a large spores. One morning we were greeted to ants running around the meat and cheese platter, this was removed for a while whilst ant spray was blasted around the table and over the adjoining coffee cups, milk dispenser and juice glasses before being replaced back on the table - who knows what happened to the ants on the platter.
In the evenings the meal was not a relaxing affair, the waiter was somewhat of a premed Donna who liked you to sit where he wanted you to, you needed to decide the night before what you would fancy eating the next night. The meals are very bland the dining room is not one where you can relax and enjoy your meal and every night the main course is brought to you on a tin plate. There is no tea or coffee and desert was often an orange on a plate!!
Overall the hotel provided a reasonable base but a better place for a pool, drinks and food was found to be Palm Bay just down the road next door to Correlli's where there as a happy friendly atmosphere. It is clear that the hotel appeared to be struggling with occupation I understand being down to 25% and clearly service and standards falling to suit. I would recommend eating out for all meals, certainly for dinner and if you stay for breakfast check before you eat.
This is an average hotel made above average by it's staff. The owner and his family could not do enough for us and certainly do not 'hate the English' as stated in a previous review. Our room was large and very clean. Much attention is given to the upkeep of the grounds and the twos pools.
We would definately stay again.
It was a lovely hotel and some of the staff were friendly (the cleaners!). The people that owned it were friendly also but arrogant. I went for a wedding and the Hotel promised to provide an "EXCELLENT" wedding reception. - Number 1, the reception was on their scheduled Greek night so the owner was not happy when we asked for one of our party to borrow their mic so he could sing a song for the bride. He mumbled something about "Hating the English" and it was his Greek Night. 2, We then had to pay extra laundry fees for extra table cloths for the the rest of the tables as they only put one table cloth on one of the tables.
The rest of the hotel was excellent. Clean and tidy and the pools were kept clean. You didnt have to pay for the sun loungers. The fridge was free if you came with Kosmo. I am not sure about the others.
Not the best
Having stayed there for one week in October I felt a little uneasy. The staff were friendly but you paid for everything including sunbeds by the pool and beach, why, when the Corrali and Palm bay apartments just down the road and all others in pefki were free? The notice board was a list of can't do's, what about you "can't use your own electrical equipment" when a hairdryer isn't supplied? Extra for air con, extra for fridge. It could be a good hotel, the views are good, the reception and bar area's etc are clean and airy, the rooms basic but cleaned daily and thoroughly. Why make you feel as though they want more money from you for any reason, even Dick Turpin wore a mask.
J & K
Excellent for a relaxing holiday
We have recently returned and I have to say it was an excellent holiday. We wanted (and needed) a relaxing holiday and thats exactly what we had. After we had checked in, we discovered we had a problem with the air conditioning. Within 5 minutes of reporting in a guy came down, fixed it temporarily and then returned next morning as promised and fixed it properly. We found all the staff very friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. The Continental breakfast was buffet style and there was plenty. Our ground floor room was clean and simply furnished. The sheets were changed every 2 days and the room cleaned daily by the friendly maids. The hotel has tame rabbits!! They escaped from their pen most mornings and were chasing each other around on the lawns first thing. We stayed on a B & B basis and didn't eat at the hotel for dinner. We walked to Pefkos most evenings and there are a good selection of restaurants, 3 course dinner tourist menu from 7.90 Euro. We also tried the Chinesse in Pefkos on the right hand side from Lardos direction and found it to be very good. All in all a great hotel with friendly staff and I would like to return in the future.
A room with a view
We've just returned from 2 weeks hols spent at the Ilyssion hotel at Lardos bay in Rhodes. We wanted a sea view and we got one. Practically all the rooms at this hotel have one, we were on the 1st floor and the view we had looked over the gardens and the sea ( see pic. attached) . The room was clean , basic and typically Greek i.e hand held showers and two drains in the bathroom floor. There was a fridge in the room for which we paid 3 euros a day to use. The same applied to the air conditioning about 7 Euros a day.
The hotel is situated on af fairly quiet main road nearer to Pefkos than Lardos beech . The walk into Pefkos was an easy 15mins. stroll on a flat well lit road. At Pefkos there are a number of bars restaurants and Tavernas to choose from the one we liked best was the Terpsis the food there was excellant. However just a 5 minute stroll from the hotel towards Pefkos is the Corralli apartments , pool and reataurant. We went here on our 1st night and 2 or 3 times afterwards. Lovely greek food, good service very frindly staff but you need a large appetite to clear the plate, we never managed a desert allthough they always looked lovely.
Enough of our stomachs lets get back to the hotel and its facilities. As we said lovely location set right on its own beach !! Not quite the sand we were expecting fom the brouchure description but rather rock and concrete and sandy shingle. Sea bathing was from a set of steps into the sea which was quite rocky near to shore and deap water, however just by swimmig out 10 yards you reached shallow water above a wide sand bar ( about 5ft in depth ). We loved snorkling around the rocks and beach. Nearby there is a more conventional beach with umbrellas and sunbeds but again there were some rocks close into the shore .
The hotel has some sunbeds along its beach front for which they charge everyone including hotel guests 3 euros per bed per day. The hotel also has 2 lovely pools, one fesh water and one sea water pool. Again there are sunbeds and unbrellas around these pools but the hotel charges 2 euros per bed per day to all even hotel guests !!! We were'nt very happy about this and it was not highlighted in the brochure. Normally beds and umbrellas around a hotel pool are free to hotel guests. The poolside snack bar was very good and we ate there each day we spent at the pool ( See pics below of the pools)
This is a family run hotel and the staff and family members were very helpful and fiendly. many of the guests when we stayed there have come back year after year. Some were there for the 12th year in succession.
We did enjoy our stay her and had a quiet and relaxing holiday.
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