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Kolymbia Beach Hotel 3.5

Kolimbia, Rhodes, South Aegean

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Pros

  • Direct access to and private loungers on Kolymbia Beach
  • Extensive gardens
  • Sleek, modern rooms with private balconies
  • Large, sea-view pool with separate kids' area
  • Indoor kids' clubhouse and a small playground
  • Modern lobby bar, family-friendly restaurant with buffet, and beach snack bar
  • On-site mini-market and rental car services
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Free parking
  • All-inclusive rates

Cons

  • Fee for Wi-Fi
  • Food receives mixed reviews
  • Standard Rooms can have outdated and less stylish furniture
  • Rooms on the back of the hotel can be dark
  • Shingle beach

Bottom Line

Located just above one of eastern Rhodes' most beautiful beaches, the 191-room Kolymbia Beach Hotel attracts a steady stream of budget-minded, resort-going European couples and families to its minimalist modern style, sprawling ocean-view pool, and popular kids' club. Two restaurants -- including a beachfront cafe -- serve standard fare, but both the lobby and beach bars serve good cocktails, even if there's sometimes a bit of a wait. Rooms are spacious, with minimalist, modern decor and private balconies overlooking either the beach or the mountains. The hotel, though, is on a rather uninteresting street; for a livelier location, try the Lindos Royal Hotel.

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Relaxed, all-inclusive beach resort

The Kolymbia Beach Hotel -- renovated in 2007 -- is a sleek, modern all-inclusive resort that exudes tranquility for the steady stream of European couples and families who make recurring trips here. The hotel is perched on green lawns that overlook the beautiful blue Aegean sea, and the sprawling gardens even have fragments of ancient ruins on-site. White paved pathways lead past the stylish outdoor lagoon pool -- kids stick to a separated side, while adults soak up the sun on a wood-plank deck topped with yellow lounge chairs and umbrellas -- and on toward the shingle beach, where beachfront cocktails await can be ordered to your umbrella-shaded lounger.

The lobby mirrors the modernity of the building’s exterior with its minimalist decor and sleek marble flooring, and opens onto a sofa-filled lounge area and a popular lobby bar, with plenty of tables to accommodate even a sold-out hotel. The beach cafe tends to be livelier than the main restaurant, purely due to its location and ocean views. Basic entertainment is provided nightly.

Location

On the shores of popular Kolymbia Beach

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The hotel is situated on a quiet street, overlooking Kolymbia Beach and the Aegean, in short walking distance from other hotels and a mini-market. The historic town of Rhodes is 35 minutes by car; popular sights there include the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes, the Ancient Theater, and the Ancient Olympic Stadium. Lindos -- home to an acropolis, plenty of shopping, and a lively nightlife scene -- is another popular day-trip destination, 33 minutes away by car. The airport is a 39-minute drive.

Rooms

Modern, minimalist rooms with private balconies and mountain or sea views

Kolymbia Beach Hotel's rooms all have light-colored wood accents, mostly modern and minimalist decor, and stylish touches like recessed lighting behind the beds; Standard Rooms, however, tend to have more basic furnishings and sparser decor, as well as plastic patio chairs. Bathrooms are clean, with modern fixtures and sleek sinks. Double rooms have bright pops of orange tiles in the bathrooms and colorful window coverings. All rooms come with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, tea and coffee, and private balconies with views of either the mountains or the sea. Mountain-facing rooms tends to be darker than the ocean-view rooms.

Features

Greek buffet dining, beachside cocktails, family-friendly pool, and kids' club

Kolymbia Beach Hotel's all-inclusive dining options cater to both families and couples. The lobby bar -- with wooden floors and distinctive design touches serves a full range of cocktails, as does the more casual beach bar. The restaurant is tailored for families with rattan chairs, wooden high chairs, and a large buffet of standard all-inclusive fare that includes beer on tap. The beach restaurant -- also a buffet -- is on a covered terrace that overlooks the hotel's section of the pebbled beach, covered in blue rattan umbrellas and white-cushioned loungers.

In addition to the beach, the large lagoon-style pool, with a separate kids' area, has plenty of loungers and sea views. There's also an indoor kids' club with an outdoor playground and organized games, though the beach and pool are probably the most popular activities. To make sure every need is met, the resort also has an on-site mini-market and rental car desk. Note that parking is free but Wi-Fi costs extra.

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Address

Kolimbia, South Aegean 851 02, Greece

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