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We woke up early to walk into town to catch the bus to Lindos. Bus 17 turned out to be a lemon! We got the last 2 seats at the very back but hot air was pouring out from under the seat for the entire hour and a half trip. At Lindos we walked down the hill into the winding streets of the town and then back up to the Acropolis. Unfortunately it was closed due to a general strike ...
In the late 7th century A.D., Rhodes was fortified against attack from Arabs. Over the years it was further fortified and became an impregnable city from attacks from Turks, Franks and Arabs. We explored the wall around the city and the waterfront area. Swim on the beach across from our hotel. Very ...
Leaving the beauty and tranquility of Maheri and the villa was difficult. Mrs. Jenny and Costa gave us a gift of bags of oregano and mountain tea as well as a bottle of olive oil prepared in the traditional way with Costa's olives. The flight on ...
... street of the Knights, framed with medieval buildings, and had a look at the little shops in the old town. I quickly acquired a pair of ornate hand made earrings in a typical Greek design, symbolising the circle of life / a long life. We stopped for a gyro at a local taverna, where the highlight was undoubtedly the mountainous scoop of tzatziki we were given together with some heated pita bread. The ...
... to cove, along the uninhabited rocky coast, stopping a couple of times to swim or snorkel. In one cove we went swimming in a cave, ducking down in one spot where the wall of the cave was only 6” from meeting the ocean and emerging in another cave next to it. As we motored along, lounging on the comfy cushions and trying to stay out of the sun as much as possible, I suddenly saw a turtle pop up to the surface! It was about 2’ in diameter. There isn’t ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Ilyssion Lardos
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.