Hotel Kresten Palace Hotel 4 star
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Rhodes, Greece
Amy Adejokun Section editor

The 4-star Kresten Palace affords beautiful panoramic views of the sea from its hill-top location, and it is a modern yet typically Rhodian establishment which offers a wide variety of sports facilities and entertainment organised by a largely Italian team. There is, of course, a price to pay for such views, this being that the beach (which is surrounded by rocks) is unfortunately a 5 to 10-minute walk down from the hotel, although this also means that it doesn't get too crowded!

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    Location 6.0 /10

    The Kresten Palace is located on the east coast of the island, in Kalithea, just under 4 mi from Rhodes Town, 3 mi from the renowned seaside resort of Faliraki and 12 and a half mi from the international airport. Following the beautiful coastal road south of Rhodes Town, you will go through Koskino, a small village of attractive colourful houses, before heading down towards the pine tree-lined sea and the spa resort of Kalithea, opened by the Italians in 1929. It has since been restored and is now very popular with tourists, particularly during the high season, who come here to enjoy a dip in the sea (if you can find a space on the small beach, that is!) and take diving lessons. As is the case in the seaside resort of Faliraki, 3 mi to the south, you will have no trouble finding a vehicle to hire here thanks to the various scooter, motorbike and car-hire offices in the resort.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    The 285 spacious (269 sq ft) and well laid-out guest rooms include doubles, triples and family rooms and they are all housed in the 4 buildings which make up the Kresten complex. 80% of the rooms have a sea view, though some can be a little on the dark side, and whilst half the rooms have marble floors, the other half are carpeted. This being the case, if you're not happy with your room you can always change it! All rooms here have a television, a telephone, central air-conditioning (from June to September), a refrigerator, a safe (payable locally) and a small terrace which, unfortunately, doesn't provide much privacy. Renovated in winter 2007-2008, the decor is simple yet contemporary, with a sheet draped across the bed, neutral colours, pictures on the walls and wooden furniture, while the somewhat outdated bathrooms, despite offering everything you really need, such as soap (the only hospitality products provided), a reasonably-sized bathtub and a hair-dryer, for example, could certainly do with freshening up.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    The beautiful Kresten Palace does not really stand out from its 'competitors' on the island, with the usual massive, (omnipresent) marble entrance hall, a very large and very busy swimming pool, a children's pool, etc. It does, however, boast a well-being centre, opened as recently as June 2009, complete with a jacuzzi and two basic yet functional rooms with light dimmers. Whilst the mini-club (which consists of a small straw tent in the middle of a play area) is not the hotel's best asset, it certainly serves its purpose, and the hotel also has plenty to offer in terms of sports facilities, including a gym, a mini-football pitch, beach volleyball and tennis courts, bikes and table-tennis equipment, among others, with a basketball court to be added to the list next year. The hotel also has a sauna, a hammam and even a disco.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    Guests at the hotel have the choice between two restaurants serving local and international cuisine, including salads, soups and various warm and cold dishes, with the main restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as a buffet in a dining room which can accommodate up to 500 guests. The tavern, on the other hand, serves a la carte dishes, with a Greek evening and another themed evening organised every week. The main (lounge) bar has tables, chairs and bar stools arranged near large glass walls, meaning that it is not only very well-lit, but also very warm! If it gets too warm though, head for the second bar, nestled alongside the pool.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    The beach at the resort takes the form of a small cove, surrounded by rocks, nestled around 656 ft from the hotel. Special shoes are highly recommended, particularly as you will need to go via a pontoon and a ladder to get into the water, but don't be put off by this - this peaceful little cove is perfect for a pleasant swim among the many fish found here. Bathing is not recommended for young children though, and swimmers will be out of their depth here, but the fact that the beach is a little remote and surrounded by rocks does give it a certain charm and makes for peaceful surroundings that the whole family can enjoy. Deckchairs are also available to hire for ?2.50 per day.

    To know

    If you don't intend to hire a car or you don't have a license, it is worth remembering that the bus into Rhodes stops at the bus-stop just 160 ft from the hotel. Unlike most of the resorts on the island, this hotel does not offer an all-inclusive option; guests either choose the half-board or full-board option. Whichever option you choose will depend on what you like to do with your holiday - laze around the hotel or go off on excursions. The road leading down to the beach will take you past several buildings which are under construction; namely the future Kresten Royal Villas, a superb contemporary 5* establishment which is expected to open in April 2010.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      sauna, hammam, massage, spa, keep fit, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness, tennis, football, aqua gym, gym, beach volley, basketball, volleyball, sports, golf

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The beach is located away from any noise
    • Renovated rooms
    • Large pool
    • The well-being centre

    disadvantages

    • The beach is 984 ft away
    • The work being carried out at the neighbouring hotel (due to be completed in early 2010)
    • The bathrooms

    Traveller Reviews

    5
    • Overall Score nc/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in août 2013 Posted on 2014-04-18 Entre amis - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Hôtel agréable , personnel dans l'ensemble très agréable, le seul reproche est le manque d'activité dans l'hôtel. Il faut également précisé que c'est plus un hôtel familial qu'un hôtel de jeune couple , ou de groupes d'amis.

      • Advantages

        Personnel accueillant , grande piscine , transat disponible, grande chambre.

      • Disavantages

        Nourriture peu varié le midi , pic-nique très léger ( pension complète ) , très peu d'activités.

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      • Overall Score 6.43/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in septembre 2013 Posted on 2013-11-02 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        bel hotel Chambres très bien situées propres et grandes. Personnels agréables. Repas correctes

      • Advantages

        bonne situation personnels agreables

      • Disavantages

        manque de structures pour enfants en bas age (type micro ondes petit pots)

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      • Overall Score 9.50/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in septembre 2013 Posted on 2013-11-02 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        bel hotel Chambres très bien situées propres et grandes. Personnels agréables. Repas correctes

      • Advantages

        bonne situation personnels agreables

      • Disavantages

        manque de structures pour enfants en bas age (type micro ondes petit pots)

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      • Situation
      • Restauration
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      • Qualité / Prix
      • Overall Score 9.50/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in juillet 2013 Posted on 2013-11-01 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Hôtel magnifique avec un personnel très accueillant. Nourriture peu variée et peu d'activité dans l'hôtel. Plage de l'hôtel peu recomandable pour des enfants car rocher mais possibilités de louer des voitures et decouvrir les magnifiques plages des côtes. Magnifique voyage si vous ne restez pas dans l'hotel.

      • Advantages

        personnel sympathique et l'hotel.

      • Disavantages

        Nourriture et le peu d'activité pour les enfants

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      • Overall Score 7.50/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in septembre 2013 Posted on 2013-11-01 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Hôtel très agréable et personnel très accueillant!!

      • Advantages

        Le personnel très agréable!!!

      • Disavantages

        Le manque de variétés du buffet

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      • Restauration
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      • Overall Score 8.50/10
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