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Hotel Avra Beach Hotel 4 star
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2 Isllissou Av Greece 85101 IXIA Grèce Rhodes, Greece -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Avra Beach is an all-inclusive hotel, so it's easy to spot those staying here by the famous plastic wristbands they wear. The facilities seem pleasant enough, although the communal areas are far too small given that the hotel has a total capacity of 500 people. There are people literally everywhere, so if you're agoraphobic you'd best keep away! Add to this the ridiculous volume of the music played at the poolside and it'll come as no surprise that this isn't the place to stay if you're looking for a quiet spot to relax. The hotel attracts both young people and families but very few couples. Entertainment is put on throughout the day, so if you're after peace and quiet you'd best look elsewhere!

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      Avra Beach   -   © R. DUBUS / EASYVOYAGE

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      Avra Beach   -   © R. DUBUS / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 3.62 /10

    The Avra Beach isn't difficult to find since it stands on the roadside in Ixia, around 20 minutes from the airport. Historic Rhodes Town, just under 4 mi away, also takes around 20 minutes to reach. There are some shops within walking distance of the hotel, as well as a bus stop just outside.

    Accommodation 5.95 /10

    The hotel's 224 guest rooms are located in little bungalows dotted around the gardens, although most are inside the main building. The corridors here are not exactly luxurious and rather on the dark side. The standard rooms are not very spacious and there's little in the way of decor other than the floral bedspreads, which, it has to be said, make it look rather outdated. A chair and a table serve as a sort of lounge area, with a glass door leading out onto the small balcony equipped with wooden furniture. The lighting in the bathrooms, meanwhile, is not the most flattering, so be prepared when you look in the mirror! The rooms in the bungalows are pretty much the same and the bathrooms are so small you can't even open the door fully because the toilet is in the way. The amenities, however, are pretty much what you would expect, including a television, minibar, and even a hair-dryer.

    Overview 5.70 /10

    The Avra Beach opened in the 70s and the emphasis here is on providing friendly, welcoming surroundings. Entertainment is provided throughout the day so you're not likely to get bored. Of course, this also means you may find it difficult to relax! The reception area, meanwhile, appears calm and serene, until you go through to the pool area, where you'll find hordes of holidaymakers lounging on the many plastic deckchairs crammed in here. In fact, they're so tightly packed you can't put a postage stamp between them when the sun's at its warmest. There's certainly no denying the fact that the solarium terrace and lawn area really could do with being a little more spacious.

    Food and drink 6.20 /10

    Unfortunately, there is only one restaurant at the hotel, and bear in mind that breakfast is only served from 7:00am to 9:30am. Lunch is served from 12:30pm to 2:30pm and dinner from 7:00pm to 9:30pm - traditional opening hours for what is a pretty ordinary restaurant. The tables here are arranged too close together for you to be able to enjoy a romantic meal, not to mention the fact that the surroundings are sorely lacking in the charm department and it all gets noisy quickly. Having said that, the terrace overlooking the sea is far more pleasant but even less spacious. There's really not much to say about the meals here, seeing as how they're all served buffet-style. Although the various stations are fairly well spaced out, that still doesn't stop you from having to queue.

    Beach 5.70 /10

    The Avra Beach doesn't actually have a beach as such but it does compensate for this to a degree with a pebbled area and a set of steps leading into the sea. Having said that, the seabed here is mostly rocky and there's a good bit of seaweed about. The sunbathing area is far too cramped, to such an extent that it is even difficult to squeeze your way through all the deckchairs and parasols since everyone tends to congregate in the same spot. As you can see, these are not the most idyllic of surroundings and not the most accessible for those who fancy a dip. As a result, there's no water sports club either.

    To know

    Internet access is charged at a rate of around £2.70 for 1 hour, £4.50 for 3 hours, and £13.60 for 24 hours.
    All of the guest rooms are equipped with air-conditioning but bear in mind that it is only used between mid-June and mid-September, despite the fact that the hotel is open from April until October.
    The mini-club welcomes children aged 4 to 12 during the summer season but the Teen and Junior Clubs are only open in July and August.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      stretching, beauty salon, Turkish bath, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      aqua gym, water-polo, beach volley, football, tennis, volleyball, gym, fitness, squash

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The proximity to the sea
    • The friendly ambience

    disadvantages

    • The lack of decor in the guest rooms
    • The lack of charm
    • The volume of the music
    • The slippery floor

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