The Ocean Blue
Travel Blogs from Kremasti
... lamps and a couple of stalls with hand-painted mezze dishes and coasters. I treated myself to some of the latter for my university room! It was a shame these lovely stalls were almost masked by the other more garish, enthusiastic street vendors. As we reached the end of the market we got to the best part - food! The hustle and bustle of tourists in the previous part of the market seemed to disappear and we found ourselves amongst the local ...
... the harbour and port and even St John's hidden inlet where he was said to have holed up for awhile. On our way back down the hill to the town we stop for some fizzy so we actually have the energy to make it back to the bus, we are amazed by the thousands of people lining up to get in to the acropolis. No wonder our tour guide was so stoked to be the first bus that arrived. Time for another nap on the bus as we head to Rhodes old town ...
... Unrailed stair cases, and sheer marble slopes were a playground for Max and cardiac event for me. The Lindos people built this Acropolis to Athena in the 4th Century BC. This trip there are "so many old broken castles" as Emerson put it that I think the age of this stuff is finally starting to sink in a little, she at least has the concept of AD and BC. WIthout a guide in the Acropolis we mostly admired the spectacle of the site, and ...
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.......... ...
... spots - no one seems to mind though. But it is in the main port where passengers close their eyes; without too much of an error, the back wheels would be over the edge! The road between the building and the water is only just wide enough for the bus. We met up with a few Greek Australians who have traded part or the whole of their lives for a life on the island. We loved Symi; it was unexpectedly charming and we would go back in a heartbeat.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Ocean Blue Kremasti
What a sham!!!
me and my partner are a young couple who saved hard for this holiday so when i booked my holiday i expected a luxurious 5* hotel and spa but what we got was a half built hotel with NO SPA!! cold food and poor entertainment shabby rooms which were botched and blatently rushed ! i complained to the management who were very dismissive. u others who said wat a fantastic time u had are obviously easily pleased or were drunk all the time i have made a full complaint and would not entertain that hotel again.we had no water one day in the week we was there and the second restaurant was not even up and running did not pay all that money for just a half a done sham.
Fantastic Holiday, Fantastic Staff.
We stayed at the hotel from the 2nd May untill the 16th May.
The hotel had just been refurbished to a high standard and although there were a few teething problems, the staff more than made up for it. The staff were friendly and went out of their way to help make our holiday a memourable one. The Animation team were wonderful at organising games, not just for the adults but also for the children, from 10.00am untill 11.00pm.
We enjoyed our stay, met new friends and we all hope to meet again next yearat the Ocean Blue.
We stayed at Ocean Blue 12th to 26 May 2007 and had a wonderful time. The rooms, having been recently refurbed, were very modern and kept very clean. We had our 2 year old son in our room and there was plenty of room for a large cot for him. We overlooked the pool (so that we could put our son to bed before our dinner and hear him through the monitor in the restaurant and bar which was a godsend for us!) The pool was lovely and cleaned every morning. The restaurant was excellent the first week when the hotel was a bit quieter but the when numbers increased significantly for the second week a few problems arose (running out of glasses, plates etc) but the staff were always doing their best to put things right asap. Food was excellent - we always get bored with all inclusive but we did pretty well for the two weeks - we did go out a few times but that was our choice. I would recommend this hotel to families but not young groups looking for a wild time! Animation team were quite good, especially Marta - they asked if you wanted to join in every day but did not push you into anything and left you alone if thats' what you wanted. A cab to Rhodes town was 11/12 euro - well worth it. We also had a car for 3 days which was excellent - Lindos is beautiful and worth a visit. So, overall had a fab time and wish I was back there now!
Booking was for a superior room with private pool but none of them were completed;area resembled a building site
Food wascold during first week due to electrical problems but this was resolved after a 'revolt' by guests
Facilities did not meet promises indicated on website
Many safety hazards in public areas especially in volleyball/tennis court and children's play area where metal water sprinklers protruded several inches above ground
Animation team were brilliant especially Thomas and Marta
Not much in local area so have to travel into Ialissos village or Kremasti for shopping;approx 12 euros for taxi to Rhodes town
Hotel staff very helpful and friendly but were let down by poor management and lack of organisation
Do Not Go There
please please please do not go there
the hotel itself is gorgeous, the rooms are not. its a 4* hotel with 2* accomodation.when we booked (myself,partner & 3yr old son) we were to get a hairdryer, available only if u ask at reception & take it back after every use.the room we were allocated does not appear on any website that lists the hotel. we had no clean bedsheets for 2 nights, my son wears 'pull up' pants RE age, he had a sore tummy & had marked the sheets with faeces, the room cleaner or woteva their title then made up the bed with the same dirty sheets still on the bed,the receptionist handed me a clean set of sheets for me 2 make the bed, the same night we had no top cover for the double bed, same response from reception, i was 2 make up the bed. when we complained again, a diffferent receptionist moved us to the ground floor suites.the pic on the websites for the hotel, surprisingly.it had a spa bath,didnt work.ants on the floor & a very large window on the wall that could allow everybody 2 fully see into the bathroom.the animation team were gr8,if ur 70+ & wanna play darts or bowls.on our last night their,the cleanin staff did not clean our rooms or give us fresh bedding or towels.i asked 1 of them 2 replenish our room where she appeared 2 not speak english untill i complained 2 reception RE room not getting cleaned or bed sheets replaced,when rection spoke 2 her she spoke plenty of english 2 me.if anybody is considering this hotel pleae think again & book somehwere else
My family and I stayed there for two weeks in August during which we all had a brilliant time.
The accomodation was clean and large enough fot the three of us.
The public areas had all been refurbished, and were bright, modern, well-kept and clean. The restuarant actually looked like a restuarant ( unlike in some all inclusive hotels where it is like a canteen) and served good food. Being a vegetarian however, I struggled at times, although the chef gladly cooked me an omelette on request.
The entertainment was brilliant with Momo and Evelina conducting both the day activities and the evening entertainment.
My partner and I and some of the other guests joined in with the many competitions, ie. Mr and Mrs Ocean Blue ,which the other guests seemed to enjoy. The Greek evening was fantastic with Greek mucic, dancers and us holidaymakers learning how to do "Zorba the Greek". The Fakir show was good, as was the dancers performing routines from Chicago and other shows.
The staff in the restuarant, at Reception, the cleaners and the bar staff were all brilliant.
I would go as far as to say the bar staff and the entertainment staff made the holiday! They all went beyond the call of duty to make sure that we all enjoyed our holiday.
During our stay we met many different nationalities (Dutch, people from the Chech Republic, Italy and Poland) some could only speak a little English but we all mixed together and joined in games and the entertainment and had lots of fun.
If you are planning to go to the Ocean Blue have a good holiday. I wish that we were going again!
Hate it - Would never go Back
We stayed at this hotel for two weeks in July. The first room we were given had not been cleaned and still had the previous occupants dirty, wet towels and cups and rubbish and soiled bed sheets. The second room we were given was very small, it did have a fridge and a very noisy air con machine that didnt blow out much air. The bathroom was very dirty and you could see the grime on the bath which was very slippy.
The hotel has be refurbished in parts - the reception, bar and restaurant area and they all look very nice. Sadly the rooms are a big dissapointment. The food is only luke warm and very repetative. We ended up eating out a lot just to have somethig hot and tasty. But if you like potato smileys, onion rings, chips and chicken nuggets you will be fine. One girl went for a glass of fizzy orange from the machine and ended up with a glass of ants so watch your drinks.
The animations team are funny and bingo is always worth a look just for the comedy factor. I have to say they do try hard and were always very pleasant. The two lads on the bar on a night time are funny and always up for a laugh.
The hotel is in the middle of no-where and the beach is pebbles, its a good 25 minute walk into Kremasti, but once you are there, there are a few nice bars/cafes, a few shops and a bank. If you go out for Breakfast I would recommend Esmareldas in Kremasti, its about 4 Euros 80 cents and it is spot on. A taxi to Rhodes town will cost you about 10 Euros.
One thing you must remember is that this hotel is on the main landing flight path to the airport which isnt far from the hotel so it is very noisy from early in the morning til late at night.
The hotel does have 10 superior rooms, which are the only rooms to have been refurbished. The rooms are very nice, but it will cost you an extra 40 Euros a night to stay in one of them and im not sure that the rest of the whole is worth paying the money.
The hotel was a very big dissapointment, and during our stay we met a lot of people that were extremely unhappy but nothing was done about it.
Power cuts were also frequent in this hotel.
I would not recommend this hotel, nor would i return to it. But I guess everyones taste is different and some people may actually like it. Just thought I would post my views. If you do stay there I hope you have a good holiday.
Not 4 Star
I returned from Ocean Blue last week having spent a week there from 12/7/06. Firstly, the staff at Ocean Blue were fantastic - extremely friendly and could not do more for you. Unfortunately I felt let down by the actual hotel. Mainly because of the website which proclaimed to be so much more than it is.
Whilst the public areas have recently been refurbished they are therefore extremely clean and well kept, the rooms are a different matter altogether. I admit the 'suites' were beautiful. However, I was staying with my cousin and there is a huge glass window (no blind) into the bathroom that shows ALL! So I stayed in the 'regular rooms'. These are NOT equipped with Mini bar or CD stereo system. The bathroom was filthy and old. I dont think the toilet has ever seen bleach and the patio windows were filthy. The shower head bracket was hanging off the wall so had to be held while I was showering.
The food times are not accurate - knock half an hour off the finishing time and lunch is at the pool bar only and breakfast and dinner in restaurant. Dinner at the captains restaurant was poor quality and very limited choice. The food at the poolside snack bar was even worse and the food at both restaurants was luke warm at best (from hot water under the serving trays). If you like pasta you'll be ok! There are NO hot/cold snacks available. Cheese & ham rolls 1100-1800 then 2200-close.
NO cocktails are all inclusive. Only locally produced alcohol, orange, coke, lemonade, orangeade, tap water, tea, coffee. Oh and grenadine.
The pool area is kept very clean. The website promising a new pool etc next year.
The hotel is in a quiet area across a road to the beach although there are a couple of tavernas and a supermarket nearby but Rhodes town is only 10 euro. A visit to the 'old town' is a must.
Hope this helps!
Good but with problems
was there from 11 to 21 july, rooms 80% old, for lunch the food is very bad and served near the pool(?!) in a terribile heat, good refurb of public spaces, but that is all. excellent staff, but not everyboby be carefull what you order and what you've got to the bar. around is almost "no man"s land" nothing to do in little Kremasti , if you rent a car and drive to Rodes you"ll be ok