Sun Studios are located a minute away from the Rainbird cafe and in the other direction a minute away from the little 24 hour shop where the vending machines are. Perfect location for main or Pallas beach & for the main village. There are 5 rooms, rooms 1-4 sharing a small courtyard, and room 5 outside on its own with the front door leading out to the public pathway.
We stayed in Room 2 and 3 last June and Room 5 this May. The rooms vary in size but are all adequate for 2 people. Would be small for 3 although some are sold for 2/3 people. Air Con costs 60 euros per week plus a 50 euro deposit which they return when you return the remote at the end. You pay at the small supermarket at the top of the path. The kitchenettes have the usual 2 hobs, sink and adequate size fridge for a 2 week holiday. 'Cleaner' comes 6 times a week to move the dirt around the floor a bit with her mop & she changes the sheets twice a week and the towels once a week. You get 1 bath and 1 hand towel per person.
I'll start with Room 2 and 3. Decent rooms for 2 people, room 2 a little bigger than 3 & the Air Con doesn't work as well in room 3. Both doors open into the small courtyard and have a window each also opening into the courtyard. I'd stay in both of these rooms again however we had to give the entire rooms a deep clean when we arrived after complaining to Olympic about the state the rooms had been left in but the cleaner wasn't around until the next morning, for all the good she did. It took us over 1 hour with 3 people to get the rooms into a decent state before we were prepared to sleep or shower in these rooms. I'll talk about the cleaning issue later.
Room 5 is smaller (although meant for 3 people) and opens out into the pathway although you can still go around and use the courtyard. 2 mattresses on a lindian bed (Non-moveable raised wooden platform which the mattresses sit on top) and 1 separate normal single bed. When entering this room in May this year, we immediately had to walk back out after being hit with the stench of mould and damp. It was visible in the air, and had an immediate effect on the throat and chest. The room was totally filthy, and there were still unbroken spider webs all over the room so it was clear the ‘cleaner’ (nor any Olympic Reps) had not been in there for some considerable time.
Every surface from the Fridge, to the Sink, to the shower, to the floor, bed, walls etc. was caked in dirt, (not just dust – Dirt)
There was skin, hair and who knows what else in the shower.
There were no towels, and the hot water didn’t work.
We both spent an hour and a half scrubbing the disgusting room with sponges and bleach, sweeping, mopping and cleaning the bathroom. We left the door and window open to air the room out in the hope that the mould and damp was just there due to the room not being aired out.
We were wrong.
The wood of the Lindian bed had green, black and white mould all around it where it was attached to the damp walls and the wood was wet to touch.
When lying on the mattresses the smell of mould was even more unbearable, and then we realised that the mattresses we were lying on were both damp too!
We lifted them up and felt the wood under the mattresses – Damp. This had soaked through the mattresses.
The two of us had to squeeze onto the spare single bed (not a Lindian bed) and sleep there, still suffering the mould in the air all night.
We complained the next day to the Olympic rep who immediately felt the mould on her chest when she walked in, and moved us to Afroditi studios. (You can see my review of those too. Unfortunately they have the same cleaner as Sun Studios!)
Olympic still allowed people to use Room 5 throughout that summer & if you read through reviews you'll find others complaining of the damp, but Olympic have of course done nothing to rectify it so please, if you book Sun Studios, beg Olympic not to put you in Room 5!
The cleaner (however nice she is) is absolutely useless and I cannot stress enough that all it would take to make these apartments perfect is to replace the cleaner (or give her some training) and fix the mould/damp issue in Room 5.
All rooms are suffering from severe neglect by the cleaner (see photos which I took upon arrival to the rooms).
These are in a perfect location and it's such a shame that Olympic just will not listen to the numerous complaints about lack of cleanliness. This is down to just 1 lady who cleans the olympic apartments in Lindos - One simple replacement of staff or a bit of training could mean Olympic apartments would receive the best reviews in Lindos.
I've lived, worked and holidayed in Lindos for the last 12 years so believe me I can deal with 'Basic' - This is not about 'Basic' it's about dirt, filth and total lack of cleanliness and maintenance on behalf of the people who take care of the village apartments on behalf of Olympic.
Lindos is fantastic though - Go to Panos on the main beach for breakfast, Giorgos in the middle of the village for lunch, Dionysos (near Giorgos) for dinner, PALS for drinks and fun, and Arches for clubbing until the sun comes up!
- Also Known As:
- Sun Studios Lindos, Rhodes