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Hated the Oceanis
The hotel has 5 floors served by 2 small lifts. There is a spiral staircase with a well worn carpet on it which made it a safety issue. Food was not good and was repetative. We arrived to be told we had 2 beds and a cot. I had checked twice with travel company to make sure we had 3 beds as our 2yr old grand-daughter will not sleep in cot. The person on reception was rude and irritable although he eventually sorted out a room with 3 beds. Trying to be conciliatory we said that we would complain to travel company when we got back home. The man said sharply 'why complain when I have sorted out the problem?'. He marred our holiday from the start. Many guests were making complaints of having cockroaches crawling over them at night. We made many friends and cockraoaches were the talking point for mostly everyone, however we were lucky that we did not encounter any although we were constantly on our guard.
The food was of a poor standard although the didning room staff were pleasant and helpful.
Our room had a balcony but there was a mound of shrubland very near to us. We were not the only ones who were unsettled by this.
The outdoor pool was not heated and the beach was shingle and dirty. However for those that did not mind the beach, it was just across the road from hotel.
Personally, I could not wait to get out of the hotel and at the airport we spoke with many other Welsh people who felt the same (we were on the same flight obviously).
I would not return to the Oceanis if they offered me a free holiday.
Excellent hotel with great facilities
We have just returned from a trip at The Oceanis Hotel in Ixia Rhodes. We went AI and there is always the chance that the food will start to get boring and repetitive...not the case here. Every night there was a good selection of food for both meat eaters and vegetarian. The AI package included all local drinks, Vodka tastes a little like Ouzo but you get used to it! There are 2 bars, one outside which is open all day and one just off reception for the evenings. The barman in the evening is fabulous, always pleasant and remembers your order for the rest of the holiday!
The pool area is lovely altho be aware that you need to be up early to ensure a sunbed in the sun! There is a notice in the hotel that you can't put towels down before 8am but this is not the case. I was down for 8am sharp and most of the beds had been taken so be sure and be an early riser! If you are a half board guest then you have to pay for the sunbeds, personally I would go down to the beach instead as you pay 50c more for a bed in the sun and get your own umbrella for it incase you need some shade. (Beach is across the road, very close by!) The pool itself was lovely altho not for the faint hearted as it was permanently FREEZING! Waterfall at the back which was nice to listen to and 2 bridges over it. Loads of chairs around the pool to sit around in the evening or during the day. Very pretty and modern!
Entertainment was fine....2 Italian guys who led the "stretching" (Yoga) in the morning and "water Gym" (Aerobics) later on, followed by afternoon water volleyball in the back swimming pool in the afternnon. In the evening they had a selection of Music quizes and dancing comps among other things. Don't expect big things but a bit of light entertainment.
The biggest let down was the rooms which weren't up to much....the hotel has been refurbished and the entrance is beautiful. The bar is very up to date and a nice jewellery shop inside however only the 5th floor has been refurbished as far as the rooms go. We didn't have a TV in ours but asked for one after the first day and even the man at reception thought this was strange...it toook 2 asks to get one but we did eventually! We had a mountain view, not the most exciting but the room was literally for changing and sleeping in so didn't bother us.
On our last day we wanted to keep our room on as we weren't flying until 2am, were told to ask after breakfast on the day of departure but unfortunately they didn't have any available as the hotel was fully booked! They did however have a courtesy room for us to shower in which at 5:30pm we had to wait in a queue for as there were a number of couples before us. Not ideal! However we did get to stay AI that day without paying any extra which was a pleasant surprise!
All in all an excellent hotel and would deffo recommend!
Just back from a wonderful stay at the oceanis hotel the pool was great complete with its own island, plenty of sunbeds for everyone. we stayed alinclusive, the food was great with something for everyone. it was my daughters birthday when we were there and were able to get a birthday cake for her which the restaurant manager and waitresses presented whilst singing happy birthday, in the restaurant nothing was too much trouble they were fantastic and a credit to the hotel. The only thing i think that let the hotel down was the lack of childrens entertainmet. The rooms were cleans and i would definitly return to the hotel again
Room for improvement
My wife & I chose Rhodes as our first visit to a Greek island. We were thoroughly recommended it by all who had stayed there before.
The Oceanis Hotel was chosen on price, convenience of travel and Tripadvisor reviews.
The hotel is sited immediately next to a main road which made reaching the beach a rather fraught affair. However the beach in this part of the island only rated one visit as it was neither sunbather nor swimmer friendly.
The Oceanis had some good points but needs to improve in many areas if it is to encourage repeat custom and good reviews.
Good points - Room
Carpeted rooms - deadened the sounds of the Clog dancers upstairs.
Quiet closing doors - No being woken up at unearthly hours due to door slamming.
New towels daily - Although some with ragged edges were well past their best.
Regular linen change.
Firm but comfortable mattresses.
Quick response to required repairs - The broken hair dryer was fixed immediately but it took two attempts to correctly fix the toilet seat and they never totally prevented the pivot pin working loose.
Sat TV - Only one English language channel although some movies were in English with subtitles
Good points - Hotel
Very impressive foyer - always clean
Wheelchair friendly access
Comfortable seating - In foyer
Fantastic main swimming pool complete with island and waterfall.
A second swimming pool at the rear of the hotel - We were advised that this was a mosquito trap so we rarely visited.
Friendly and helpful reception Staff
Excellent restaurant manager - He could not do enough for you and his staff mirrored his lead.
Areas for improvement - Room
Mosquitoes - My wife and I received over 40 bites in the first few days. I think we were the first occupants, this season, of the room so the mossies hatched out especially for us. During our stay the hotel took no anti mosquito measures what so ever. Many other customers suffered worse than us. Due to liberal application of anti mosquito sprays in the room, personal sprays and electrical plug ins we survived the second week with relatively few bites. (We purchased all the sprays)
Room Cleaning. The evidence of squashed mossies on the walls casualties of our revenge attacks were still there when we left and the bloody ones in the bathroom looked a right mess.
Air-conditioning not going to be turned on until June 16 - I was there in May & it was needed some nights and we were wary of opening windows due to mossies.
Squeaking door hinges - All doors in the room squeaked and creaked alarmingly. The concept of lubrication has apparently missed this part of Greece.
Poor shower operation. - The shower head could not be adjusted to point anywhere but straight down.
Areas for improvement - Hotel
Overworked Bar staff - more staff were taken on during our stay but they were still unable to cope. And long queues at both bars were a common site. Half board clients who were required to pay for drinks were given waiter service whist the all inclusive queue grew longer and longer.
Poolside bar - Sullen manager the other staff were OK
Uncomfortable furniture on hotel Patio.
Exterior Hotel paint scheme - Washed salmon distemper made the hotel look less than a 4 star from the outside (It would never have a 4 star rating in the real world)
Restaurant - I thought of it as more of a canteen - The food was OK, no better and no worse. - The main complaints I overheard referred to bacon for breakfast on only three days a week. The queues for bread, toast and soup were eventually resolved by some reorganisation and procurement of a second toaster.
Entertainment. - Pathetic. The animation staff were a waste of space. The evening entertainment was non existent - This is a major area for improvement.
Unruly children - Nothing was done to prevent excited children running around the bar and foyer areas up to 11.30 at night.
In conclusion I would say this is a hotel with much potential which are currently operating down to a budget. If the improvements I have noted are addressed it would become a good hotel and well worth a visit.
Would I return to this hotel - No
Would I return to Rhodes - Yes. It is a beautiful island with friendly people and a great climate. There is always a cooling breeze on the Oceanis' side of the island. Good roads allow visits to the more remote parts of the island. Do visit Monolithos (great scenery on the way) and Anthony Quinn Bay.
The airport could use some improvements. A 1 ½ hour wait for baggage on our arrival along with 5 other plane loads of people didn't start us of on the right foot. Of course this lead to long queues for the Loos, desperate women even queuing to go into the Gents!
Lovely pool area
Returned from Oceanis 24th May.The hotel pool area is lovely, waterfall, island, bridges,palm trees,plenty of sunbeds.the reception is big,clean and modern.We were on an all inclusive, the resturant is nice with great views over the sea and pool area. The food was good with a reasonable choice except for deserts. the staff were very pleasant.
the dissapoitments were, the aircon was not up to the job and was very warm at night, difficult to sleep. the 2 bars only had one person serving and you could queue for over 10 mins for a drink. Dont sound much,but if you have 4 drinks in the evening thats 3/4 hour queueing! The evening entertainment was terrible if there was any at all. Saturdays entertainment was watching the euro song contest on telly! Overall we enjoyed our stay.
Just returned from a super week in the hotel oceanis ixia rhodes. The pool area was really nice lots of comfortable chairs complete with cusions, on the decking area, and enough sunloungers for everyone. We were all inclusive, the food was very good and plentyful, nice poolside snacks morning and afternoon, if you wanted. Rooms were very clean, and nothing was a problem for the chambermaids. The only complaint was the bar at night, the staff tried their best, but were really under pressure (not enough staff on duty) Apart from this little problem, which i am sure they will sort out before the high season we did have a great, relaxing week, would go back again for sure. 13 euro"s in a taxi from the airport, 6 euro"s into Rhodes, Great hotel, great location. would recommend .
we went to oceanis on 22/04/ till 28/04/2006 and had a fine vacation.
the food was realy good,all the staff was very friendly and helpfull with a smile at all times;
especialy the responsible for the restaurant "Spyros" and the beachbar responsible"Yannis"all by all a nice place to stay with clean rooms that are indeed a bit older furnished,would recomand it to anyone
We stayed at the Oceanis in September.
Swimming pool was excellent, the restaurant was fantastic with food for everyone...
What a fantastic place this hotel is in a great location, very beautiful and they are now refurbishing the bedrooms this should easily make this 4 star hotel into an immediate 5 star.
The one aspect of this establishment that lets it down is the bar they are the most rude, arrogant, ignorant bar staff I have had the misfortune of coming across, they could not be bothered to serve you and then if they did it was with bad grace, we spent every evening out of the hotel spending our money in the local bars even though we had paid for all inclusive like the largest percentage of the guests. Out of the three bar staff on duty during our stay they did not have a personality between then, every night was an off night, what a huge letdown this was, the topic of the conversation around the pool was always about the bar staff. Many of the guests during the time I was there complaiend to the management and the bar staffs excuse was they where understaffed, I witnessed them many time turning their back on customers and chatting to each other. I do hope this has been sorted out as it was a fantastic holiday otherwise.
The restaurant was fantastic with excellent service, huge tip for them when we left, unfortunatley the bar staff did not have the foresight to give good service and then they would get tipped happily.
Oceanis the best
hotel oceanis is the best one for many reason, swiming pool was exsellent, food very good, everything for everybody, people who works in hotel are so kind and very good, Nikos man who work on recepcion is great. I am so happy becouse i was there, its very hard to describe that great country, exellent people and the best hotel and also location, pay all inclusive
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