Olympic Palace Resort Hotel & Convention Center
Travel Blogs from Ixia
... buying their groceries. We stocked up on fruit (apricots - my fave!), fresh vegetables and some delicious pastries and some honey to make our favourite Greek dessert - what's known here as Kadeyif (shoestring pastry with pistachio nuts soaked in honey - delicious!). Satisfied with our purchases we began the 40 minute trek back to the villa, but by this point the temperature had reached around 38 degrees so the walk, laden with the items we had ...
... All aboard by 5:30 so we finally head back to the cabin to nap before dinner.. We don't wake until 8pm and miss the group dinner (Sean woke up rather confused thinking it was morning and we needed to hurry to breakfast). We bump into the group after we eat who are headed back to the sky bar where we started last night. Seems most are going for another big night out, which we bail on, time for a decent sleep, we even get a sleep in ...
... went up, somehow the kids won though so off we went. They had a ball watching the pottery be turned and then decorated. The skilled artists made it all look so easy, Max tried to convince us he could easily master it and should have a go. He gave up before I had to point out that the guy he was watching was missing a finger, so maybe it isn't that easy.
It was another half hour up to Lindos, we stopped before the town to admire it from ...
Final morning. Said goodbye to Ipek and Silar our wonderful hosts. They really are exceptional people. Ipek for her hosting qualities and Silar for knowing everybody in Turkey (it seemed) and for fixing anything that went wrong on anybodies boat. Drive to airport, check in and boarding all without event We now on the Aeroplane and surrounded by.......... ...
... in blue or purple. Some houses are the colours of the stones from which they were built. And the water is so clear and aquamarine in colour that it is possible to see the bottom of the harbour.
We stayed at the Pedi Beach Hotel, a 20 minute bus ride across the island. The bus is an adventure in itself as it drives through very narrow streets that are only wide enough for one car. There is a lot of reversing and squeezing in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Olympic Palace Resort Hotel & Convention Center Ixia
Lovely relaxing holiday
We went to the Olmpic Palace in August 2005 and we can not complain about anything. The staff were very helpful and friendly, the hotel, swimming pools, bars, shops etc were all very clean. The food was plentiful and very nice. We had a lovely relaxing holiday. I would recommend this hotel especially to people with young children, my daughter who is 4 really enjoyed herself and the food.
We stayed at the Olympic Palace in August 2003 and from the moment we walked into the room, were disappointed. It was in desperate need of updating. The bathroom was avocado green with burgundy tiles!! imagine that and looked really tacky. If that wasn't bad enough, the toilet seat was chipped and broken and the carpet in the bedroom area was very stained. Ugh! However, the pool area was lovely so that was something. The restaurant was totally disorganised with people queueing for a table as there was such a delay in clearing them. The food was very basic and repetitive.
We have been to Rhodes since 1997 and have stayed in some wonderful hotels but I'm afraid we won't be returning to the Olympic Palace. We didn't find the staff particularly friendly and we didn't think it should have been a 5 star rating. the hotel was situated over a busy main road from the beach, which in August, was a bit tricky to contemplate. Overall, we love Rhodes so much and really had to make the best of it but we won't be returning to the Olympic Palace.
Vacation in Rhodes
We have stayed in Olimpic Palace for 3 nights. We have double room with the front view (sea view). The room is large, very simple with old furniture with the grate view to the sea (see attached photo). The pool area is beautiful with three pools and comfortable sea beds. We have a half board; the food was very tasty and plentiful.
For sure the hotel is not a "five star" hotel, but if you don't expect to something fancy, you would enjoy from your stay.
The sea in Ixia bay is not quiet, there is always waves and wings, in addition you should cross the road in order to get to the sea.
For summary, we have enjoyed in our vacation, but next time we would stay in other hotel.
Didn't live up to it's expectations...
I spent a week at the Olympic Palace while my daughter got over chicken pox. I transferred there from another hotel in the same area.
On arrival, I did not feel welcomed, and I had various problems over my board status and when i was going to leave. The staff did not seem to me to be very friendly, and I got the impression would rather I stayed in my room out of the way!
The room was great, I was lucky to have a pool view, which got the sun most of the day, rather than looking out onto the rocks behind the hotel. However, the standard of cleanliness was not what I would have expected from a 5 star hotel. My daughter was sick on the carpet, I immediately found a cleaner who just mopped it over with a towel. It still stank 2 days later, despite my using soappy water, and wipes on it several times.
The sink in the kitchen area had no plug so I had to wash up in the bathroom, and the corkscrew snapped when I tried to use it!
The pool area was great, with 3 pools. The entertainemnt was poor, especially for children, the 'mini-club' is only for the over 4's. There is a playground but it is in very secluded grove surrounded by trees, and no parents I spoke to felt happy about the children going there alone.
The buffet food was OK, if a bit repetitive. The restaurant operated waiter service every other night, but both times I tried it the choice was pork or veal, and I suspect the vegetables (carrots peas & sweetcorn) were frozen.
My verdict, great as a half board hotel, and better for a couple or a family with older kids.
Top value for money, Jewel in the Med/Agean
My wife and I have visited this hotel for the last ten years. We know of several repeat visitors, of various nationality, including one German couple of 35 years visiting and a British couple of 30 years visiting.
The staff are the same people every year and therefore provide an excellent friendly environment. They know the hotel and area exceptionally well and nothing is too much, all you have to do is ask.
The rooms are spotless, with daily cleaning and sheet changes. The pool area, restaurant and bars are of a similar high standard of cleanliness.
Both restaurants, main and poolside, offer a tremendous range of foods. The menu is varied and there are choices for all tastes. If you don't like anything on offer, all you have to do is speak to the restaurant manager and he will be more than happy to have a steak or chicken etc cooked for you. All you have to do is ask ! Children are similarly looked after should they not like the menu. Having said that, it's very rare you need anything different to the menu.
I really cannot find any adverse comments to make and have not heard of any during any of our visits. We've found a jewel in the Med/Agean.
Loved the olympia palace
just returned from a week's holiday in rhodes, i can't praise olympic palace enough
everything about it was perfect, room,staff,entertainment and food. The hotel was spotlessly clean and linen and towels changed daily. i can't wait for my next trip
Not a hotel for us
My husand and I have just returned from spending two weeks in the Olympic Hotel in Ixia and we were very disapointed.
The room which was a front room did have great views of the waterway and Turkey and the sunsets were great, was a twin bed room. The base around the mattresses were thick with dust, as was the top of the headboard and around the dressing table, not the standard of a 5 star hotel. On our arrival a plastic tag that was on the floor and was chased around the room for the whole 2 weeks and was never picked up. I never placed any of our clothes in the draws or the draws in the walk in wardrobe as they as they did not smell fresh.
The air conditioning was very noisy when on and when off all night. This was reported but nothing more was said to us by the hotel.
No this hotel is very dated and needs to be greatly refurbished . The staff were very friendly though and the pool area was very good This hotel was a disapointment to us and we will not return to Rhodes . Rhodes town both the old and the new town was fabulous and so was Lindos and the weather was great.
Spent two fabulous weeks at the Olympic Palace. Clean, friendly staff and great food. Lovely views from the roof bar and the three pools were excellent. A bit quiet in September this year but met some lovely people, both staff and holidaymakers. Spent many a good night in Caballeros bar. Would certainly go back.
Only disappointment was the view. Room looked onto a mountain!! Would definitely pay extra for sea view next time.
Brilliant pool area
Fantastic holiday.Me, my husband and 2 children had a brilliant time. The hotel was lovely but if you like a nice balcony view pay for a sea view or you will be facing a mountainside but it didn't spoil our time. Next time we would go self catering as the buffet style food can get a bit boring,though very nice,and we ended up eating out most of the time.
The pool area is fantastic,which is just as well as Ixia beach is not for children, very pebbly. We fell in love with Ixia, though the beach may not be that great(short taxi rides take you to amazing beaches)
the friendly hospitable people by far make up for it.We would reccommend this hotel and resort to anyone.
Three years running at the Olympic Palace.
The Olympic Palace is my family's favourite holiday destination in the world. We have been there for the past three years, the main asset to the Olympic Palace just has to be their staff, all of whome are extremely pleasant and helpfull much more so than other hotels we have stayed at. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and the miniature golf course is just great, watch out for the large colony of lizards though! The building is lovely, well maintained and extremely clean. There are three outdoor swimming pools and one indoor pool, for fitness freaks there is a well equipped multigym. There is a kids club with activities throughout the day. The food is excellent and is always well presented, the chef will hapily cook to order if there is something you dont like(though you must be extremely picky if you cant find something to tempt you). The pool bar serves ice cold drinks in ice cold glasses, the pool snack bar always has a great choice of food and will again cook to order. The bedrooms are very nice if a little old fashioned and I recomend that you have a room at the front of the hotel with a sun terrace. There is one thing you simply must do when staying at the Olympic Palace and that is to take a drink in the rooftop bar and watch the sun set over Turkey, simply stunning. The downside to IXIA (not the hotel) is the beach, it is narrow and shingly and it is also across a busy main road. Spend some time at Anna's beach bar and tell her hi from me. Also further along the road (to-wards Trianda) about 500yds is Blue Eyes Bar, its much cheaper than any other in Ixia, Simon and Thikker will be pleased to see you (say hi to them too for me).
The bus to Rhodos town stops right outside the hotel, taxis are plentifull and cheap the hotel front desk will hapily call a taxi for you but it does cost extra, payable to the taxi driver.
The Olympic Palace.......I simply wish I was there now!!!!