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... clothing and vests and cameras still scream “tourist” we tried to explore the parts of the city where the locals live to try and observe how they live their daily lives.
The restaurateurs have this annoying habit of standing outside, yelling and beckoning as you walk by to come inside their restaurant, which is only magnified now due to the current economic crisis in the country. We feel bad ...
... br> This evening we had reservations in Prime 7, the specialty restaurant on board. I had made the reservations saying we would share with another couple. Our dinner mates were a couple from Australia, the guy had a real strong accent. About halfway through dinner the wife looked at me and asked "Can you uderstand John?" I replied about half the time and she was not surprised. But we had a great dinner, Brad had lobster (the first of what would be 4 times this trip).
... roamed the Old City early when most of the shops and restaurants were closed, so the streets were rather quiet.
... as I booked the holiday lol).
Suitcases packed, time to return the hire car keys.
Our last dinner, was very nice - had a glass of wine too. Seems so final :-(
The coach collected us at 21.30, the drive to the airport surprisingly quick.
Thank goodness the flight is on time. Time for some duty free, then off to catch the flight.
Hope to return to this beautiful island next year ...
... other end of the beach.............perfect conditions for some power kiting :-D. So for about an hour before sunset we managed to squeeze in some well-earned kite time.
Back to the hotel for some dinner, yay chocolate fudge cake!, and maybe start to organise the packing (scrap that!) lol. We had a chill at the bar with some soft drinks listening to the water.
Think tomorrow, we'll be squeezing in some last minute sun at Tsampika ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rodos Palladium Kalithea
A safe choice with no unpleasant surprises
This is not just one more of the hotels in the row of Faliraki beach: Unlike them, it is not crowded, has privacy and all rooms have sea views -- which never happens in other hotels, where you are often faced with unpleasant room locations. Standard rooms are uniform and same in standard, with all that you need or expect from this class of hotel. Access to the beach is easy (no extensive walking is needed, no stairs, no walking in front of other people's bungalows). It is tidy and very clean, everything is well maintained and the restaurant service is excellent. The staff is very polite and smiling, showing they enjoy what they do. The pool and beach bars also work very efficiently and conveniently, while sunbeds have always been available. The pebbles on the beach are only due to the fact that the beach is kept entirely natural, without the addition of artificial sand (unlike the current practice of other hotel complexes built on rocks or other disadvantaged locations). Location is also very convenient -- the city of Rodos is relatively close, but sufficiently far to keep the hotel out of the urban areas. I would only recommend a more extensive choice in the buffer breakfast and dinner, especially in main dishes.
A real 5 star hotel
I was in Rodos Palladium in August 2004 for one week.
Everything was perfect: spacious and luxury rooms, amazing pool, beautiful beach, deep blue, calm and clean sea, sun beds with pillows everywhere.
Sometimes the place was windy, but the wind blowed always from behind the hotel (that being a big building works like a shield) to the sea; so the sea remained very calm and finally it was not a problem.
Excellent organization and incredible meals (for variety and quality) starting from the breakfast in the garden up to the dinner in the luxurious restaurant.
Moreover, the hotel is near to the amazing old town of Rodos (20 min. with the bus), and also near to the lovely old village of Lindos (but you have to hire a car). And at the end the price is also very reasonable.
Aside from the pebbles on the beach and in the sea! this hotel was superb.
I cannot fault the hotel the staff are friendly and helpful the food is a very high standard as was the room.
A truly wonderful hotel which is going to be hard to beat
The best hotel to relax i have ever been to
have just arrived back this morning from the most relaxing week i have had for a long time, could not fault the hotel , food ,staff, ammenities perfect . would not recomend taking small children although there is a kids club i feel this is more for adults to appriciate the high standard. beach with pebbles but can buy jelly shoes in the hotel shop very cheaply. entertainment was very good and every night there is George on the piano so you can just sit and enjoy the bar after dinner. the staff love it if you try to speak greek and are always willing to teach you. would definitely go back
A truly first class hotel
We got married in rhodes old town and stayed at the rodos palladium for 2 weeks, a fantastic hotel set right on the beach. The rooms were lovely, the staff were so friendly nothing was too much trouble. We were upgraded to a suite after we were married which was wonderful of them, also our reception was paid for by the hotel. The food was fantastic they even cooked special meals for the kids in our group who were a bit fussy. I could go on for hours about the high standard of service this hotel has to offer,We have yet to find a hotel to match it let alone beat it. We will return in the near future.
Luxurious hotel and fantastic food
We stayed at the Palladium both in 2002 and 2004 and we found this year that it was even better, if that's possible. Absolutely fantastic, spotlessly clean with wonderful service. The staff couldn't do enough for you and were really polite. We've been coming to Rhodes since 1997 and have stayed at various other hotels but none can beat the Palladium. We came back feeling absolutely relaxed and refreshed and can't wait to go back again.
The rooms are really tastefully decorated and the bathroom is fab, complete with towelling gown.
The evening entertainment was excellent with quality acts.
A real 5 star quality hotel which definitely deserves its star rating.
Stayed at the Palladium Oct 2004. Thomson Platinum rated and deserved. Superb hotel, First class cleanliness, good range of food available, staff wonderful and friendly, the only downside is there is not enough entertainment in the evenings, but we just got a bus outside the hotel and went to Rhodes town only 20 mins away.
Take some footwear for the beach that you can also swim in (ie;jellybeans) as the beach is very pebbly, as is the sea! it will make getting in and out easier. Where can we go next that will be as good as this. Maybe we will just go back!!
Truly Five Star
Having stayed in May, 2004, I am spoiled for every other hotel. Everything you could wish for was here at the Palladium. A test of an hotel is in an emergancy and we had such during our stay. The staff at this hotel re-acted magnificiently well above the actual needs. Well Done Rodos Pallladium!
We stayed at the Rodos Palladium in 2003...and now we cant find anywhere that is a patch on it for this years excursion!
Absolutely superb...rooms were totally luxurious, the hotel itself was immaculate, the food was unbelievably good and the staff made us feel like we were all VIPs.
We travelled with Thomson who's rep was also superb and looked after our every need (what a refreshing change!).
Only on slight downer..the evening entertainment wasnt up to much so tea and coffee making equipment in our rooms would have been a bonus so we could have had a few more early nights.
Other than that...the only question now is where to go this year that could even touch the Palladium?
Stayed at the Rodos Palladium in Aug/Sept 2003. Spectacular first class accomodation.. Every room has an ocean view. The food was most excellent. A buffet, but, you could choose your entree, which ranged from ostrich, duck, beef, lamb, etc. Exceptional service as well. Rooms were very nice, bathrobes supplied, room service. bathroom even has a bedae (sp). Beach is nice: recommend water socks for dainty feet, as beach is pebbly, not rocky. Grounds are lovely. Great piano bar! good location, nicer sandy beach about 15 min drive, where they rent you a chairs and umbrella for 6.00US. Rhodes was awesome!! Go back in a flash.