Hotel Atrium Palace Kalathos, Rhodes
Reviews - Hotel Atrium Palace Kalathos
- Age Group: 41 - 50
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Young Couple
- Age Group: 18 - 25
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Young & Single
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By contrast - on our last day we used one of the courtesy rooms and it was appalling. Dark, dingy, small with a dirty looking bathroom. If we had been allocated that room for the duration of our stay, this review would read very differently, so I suspect that the rooms vary enormously and we were just lucky.
Word of advice - do not pay to upgrade to a sea view room as you will be disappointed! We had paid for this in advance but on check in were told that they didn't have any sea view rooms (no apology) and we'd have to wait until the next day and then move. We accordingly checked in to the ground-floor garden view room we were given and then waited around until nearly midday the next day to be moved to our "sea view room", only to be taken up just one floor to an almost identical room with the most inadequate view of the sea. The hotel is set back quite some distance from the sea and only 3 stories high so our "sea view" was tiny snippets of blue in between the various low-rise buildings in between the hotel and the beach!
Food was average to poor. The breakfast buffet had a good selection but poor quality - for example the fruit "juices" were cheap sweet cordials and the fruit bar had bruised looking apples and oranges. The experience was also a little like feeding time at the zoo with certain of our European friends not used to used to queuing - lots of pushing and shoving. Usually ended up being a stressful experience. The pool restaurant was another story all together - truly disgraceful. I ordered a vegetarian pasta with "courgettes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, mozarella..." and was served a plate of over-cooked pasta with cheap tomato sauce. No vegetables or cheese in sight. To add to it, service in that particular restaurant was terrible. There are 3 tavernas just a couple of minutes walk away serving good quality food at lunch time.
Service on the whole was average - waiters on the whole a little grumpy (one or two went out of their way to be nice) and one of the chefs very rude. Reception staff cheerful but inefficient (as well as the problem at check-in they failed to pre-order requested taxis for us on a couple of occasions, one being when we were tight for time to get to a wedding). The chambermaids on the other hand were a delight and always very pleasant. The turn down service (when they remembered to do it!) was also a nice touch.
The pool area was beautiful, expecially at night but the pool was freezing and too cold to go in to, depsite the 90 degree sun being on it all day. No problem at all with sun beds at any time of day - the hotel seem to have got around earlier problems by charging a deposit for towels, which is refunded when they are returned. Guests are too worried about their towel being taken to leave it out early in the morning!
The nicest thing about the hotel was the spa. It was modern with a very well exquipped gym and beautiful indoor pool area. However there was a charge of 10 Euro per day to use it which you wouldn't normally expect of a 5* hotel.
The location of the hotel was a little off the beaten track, however none of the large hotels in Lindos (despite what they say in the brochures) are walking distance from the centre of town, so with most you need to get taxis or hire a car to get out and about. On a trip to the south coast one day we were horrified to see hotels over 20 minutes drive away, calling themselves "The Lindos...." something or other. The Atrium Palace was only an 8 minute drive.
The hotel was on the whole too expnsive. For example, a small coke at the bar was 3 Euros (tip - there is a shop in the hotel basement where you can buy cold drinks from the fridge for a fraction of the cost!). You also had to pay to use the in-room safe - 15 Euros for a week - which is unusual for a so-called 5 star hotel.
I probably wouldn't go back to the Atrium Palace because there was nothing there to draw you back, it was fairly average and on the whole not worth the premium you pay for it being called "5 star". We had friends staying at Lindos Memories which markets itself as a 4* hotel but seemed to be of a very similar standard, but substantially cheaper with much better sea views!
Nice hotel....choose your room carefully!from A TripAdvisor Member
Room 541....and all along the left hand side as you walk towards the rooms back on to a mini bird farm with accompanying noise at 4am 5am 6 am etc etc.
Junior suites are not suites just a very small room besides the main bedroom.
However pool area very nice. Very chilled. Bar area OK.
Worth staying at but I think Lindos Mare might be a better choice.
Great Relaxing Holidayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
An Oasisfrom Marmalade26_8
Wonderful hotel/spa, marvellous experiencefrom onthetrail
t (But its not all bad either!)from MJH1
We chose it as we have been to Lindos before - which we loved (and 10 years on it still proved to be great) - however, this time we also had a 4 month old little boy, so we wanted somewhere that had all the facilities - so chose the Atrium Palace.
We had a great holiday - but I would say that the Atrium Palace did not entirely live up to expectations. We booked the hotel as a part of a package - which was sold as 5 star.
Reasons why the Atrium Palace can call itself 5 Star:
> Supurb Grounds, Pool and Spa (The Spa is the best we've been to - and we've been to a few all over the World)
> General Cleanliness was also very good
> The hotel offered Room Service - albeit a little limited
> Room had Aircon - a must as Rhodes is red hot!
> Room had mini bar
> Staff generally polite and attentive
Reasons why the Atrium Palace cannot call itself 5 Star:
> The Room was quite tired looking and needing a fresh lick of paint - furnishings were eclectic to say the least (I noticed they were in the process of doing up one of the wings - The new villas looked quite smart also)
> Limited TV channels - We were out most nights - but with a 4 month old sometimes you are in earlier than you would be normally (I have never read so many books!)
> We had problems with both our Aircon (leaking) and also our room lighting which fell out of the ceiling in the bathroom - to be fair both were repaired, but it did seem we had Engineers in our room all the time!
> Bizaarely there were no tea / coffee making facilities in room - not that we wanted a brew everyday, but we did need an electric kettle for the baby's feeds - on the first day I had to get in a Taxi and go and buy a kettle as the hotel couldnt provide one?!
> We only had B&B as we like to get out at nights to local restaurants etc. - There was a lot to choose from at the Breakfast buffet. We also dined at the hotel on a couple of occasions - again this was fine on the whole. However, we did on one occasion have lunch at the poolside restaurant - it was appauling - I did not pay for it. It is the only chicken Caesar Salad I have ever had that had barely any chicken and no caesar dressing! Likewise, the Spagetti Bolognaise was really insipid.
One general observation is that the hotel is in the middle of nowhere - Lindos is about 10 mins away in a taxi - so get a car if you are intending on going farther afield. Because of its location, we did find it quite clautrophobic after 2 weeks. The 2 weeks we were there English people probably only made up around 10% of guests - the vast majority being German - which is obviously fine, although they do all seem to smoke! Did get on your nerves around the pool on occasions
In summary - A good holiday and pretty good hotel with good facilities - but I think they are stretching it to advertise it and charge it as 5 star. Would suggest 4 star for grounds etc. and 3 star for room.
I think we'll go to Lindos again sometime - but I think we'll find a decent Villa next time instead
A wonderful honeymoon hotelfrom JenniMc
The hotel is very big and has several massive swimming pools, some cafes and resturants and also its own spa! I went there for the day as a treat and had a great time being pampered. It is a very clean hotel and the staff are very helpful. It is in a quiet area but there are some nearby places to eat. Lindos is only a 5 minute car ride away and its a beautiful town. I would recommend Atrium Palace to everyone!
still the bestfrom UkDee
An elegant and relaxing retreatfrom Maiden
The hotel offers everything you need for a relaxing holiday and you need not venture further than the hotel itself if all you want is to relax and unwind. If you want to venture a little farther afield I would definitely reccommend hiring a car. Don't be daunted by this though, as it is just a straight coastal road to the hotel so there's no chance of getting lost. We had never driven on the right side of the road before but it is a good place to learn. Kalathos is not much of a resort and the immediate vicinity has little to offer. Rhodes town is about a 45 mins drive away.
We were on bed and breakfast board and spent most of our evenings in Lindos which is a 5 - 10 mins drive away. Lindos is described as the jewel of Rhodes and while there are loads of bars and restaurants it still maintains an olde worlde charm and is very picturesque. It's great for shopping and pottering about, but be warned that it is built into the cliffs and is very hilly, which can be hard work in the heat. The town is totally pedestrianised so you have to park your car outside and walk in. It's not far but it is steep.
One of the high points of my holiday was the new Thalasso Spa Centre that has been built at the hotel and would go again just for a spa break. The prices are very reasonable and the service professional. It's the perfect place to just chill out and have a day out of the sun being pampered.
There were only 2 things about this hotel that we were disappointed in. First of all the hotel does not provide any facility to iron clothes. You have to use the hotel laundry service at a charge of course. So my advice is to get your clothes hung up as soon as you arrive unless you want to pay 4 - 5 euros for each item to be ironed for you. Secondly, we took our holiday in October and as the pool is not heated it was absolutely freezing and only the very brave and very young ventured into it. It starts to get dark from about 5.30 pm in October so I suppose there weren't enough hours of sunshine to heat it up. This was so disappointing as the pool environment is sensational and so enticing with all the waterfalls, islands, bridges and swim up bar, but it was just too cold. As a consequence we ended up going to Pallas Beach in Lindos most days where you can swim much more comfortably in the crystal clear waters at this sandy, sheltered bay. The beach at the hotel is rather boring - just a long stretch of pebbles and few facilities or shelter.
This resort/hotel is not really for young people wanting night life but is perfect for couples, honeymooners and families who want to spend quality time together. It's a good base from which to see more of the island and even have a day trip out to Turkey. We would certainly go again.
wonderful Gardensfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Rhodes
shopping and eating dont but anything in the hotel it self as it is expensive compared to in the villlage. To the left of the hotel is a super market which has every thing you need at half the price and just beyond that is a bar called The Olive Grove with excellent food and drink with a great friendly atmosphere
getting around taxis are quite cheap as is car hire
Rhodes Airport A nightmare checking in to return home. Take food and water and a good sense of humour.
Other names for Hotel Atrium Palace Kalathos
- atrium palace thalasso resort
- atrium palace thalasso hotel
- atrium palace rhodes
- atrium palace
- Address: Kalathos Beach - Rhodes - 851 02 - Greece
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