This is one of many resorts on the periphery of Lindos. Lindos Gardens, Lindos View and some of the other resorts are just a short walk away. We chose Lindos Horizon because it was small, and we enjoyed the peacefulness and quiet around the pool. The hotel was fully booked, but it never felt crowded. This is not a party place, which unfortunately can't be said of all of the surrounding resorts. Most nights, karaoke and other noises drifted over from the other resorts and spoilt what would have otherwise been a peaceful atmosphere. This is, of course, not Lindos Horizon's fault.
We came to Lindos for a wedding, and quite a few of us stayed in some of the bigger resorts (like Lindos View). A lot of them complained about the rooms being quite basic and on the small side. Our room at Lindos Horizon was massive. We had one of the rooms with an upstairs and I don't know how we got it - it didn't say on the Thomson website when we booked, but when I wrote to Stavros to ask for a room further away from the bar, he wrote back to say that we had one of the maisonette rooms. We never used the upstairs but we liked the fact that we had so much room. The bathroom's a good size too, although I was surprised to find a massive bath tub with a shower over, which I don't think makes sense. We never bathed once but we showered every day. Yet there is no shower curtain, so the water goes everywhere. I would have preferred a walk in shower and a smaller tub.
The room and bath were spotlessly clean. A very high standard. There were quite a few utensils in the kitchenette, along with a fridge and a kettle. We ate in the Horizon restaurant on the first morning and had the biggest omelettes ever. Very nice. We also had some Greek yoghurt with fruit, which was lovely. The cappucino's not so good, stay away. We made our own breakfasts for the remainder of the holidays (just some Greek yoghurt and fruit from the supermarket and honey from Siana on the West coast, what a treat!) and cooked in the evenings once or twice. What was very annoying was that there were no dishcloths, washing up liquid, kitchen towels, salt and pepper, etc.The basics, essentially. Everyone ends up buying these just for a week. I do wonder what happens to it all when people leave, and why these things can't be passed on when people leave them behind.
Having said that, we realised when we arrived that we had forgotten our beach towels. We mentioned this when our holiday rep came round the next morning, and it was her idea to ask Stavros if there were any that guests had left behind. Sure enough, she came back with two beach towels which we could use while we were there. Great service from Thomson and Stavros!
The walk into town is easy, really not a big deal. It takes five minutes to the big car park on the main road, where all the coaches pile up every day, and then a five-minute walk or so downhill into town. Walking back up really isn't a big deal either but you can either take a taxi or donkey if you really don't want to walk it.
We found that out of the two nearby supermarkets - Krana and Flora - Flora was the cheaper one. However, we had a car for three days and bought most of our supplies from a Carrefour Metro in one of the nearby towns, which was a lot cheaper. Some things are extortionate though no matter where you go, like cereals. If you like your Kellog's in the mornings, do bring some from the UK! Stavros sells packs of six bottles of water for 2.80 Euros. Although this is great especially if you don't have a car, what is a big shame is that you can't buy individual bottles from him. On our penultimate day, we wanted to buy just three bottles but his bar staff said we could only buy six. Not such a great service.
The only other things that really annoyed us about Lindos Horizon were 1) our balcony and 2) the fact that there isn't a luggage room where we could leave our suitcases on the last day. Regarding our balcony, as we were in one of the upstairs rooms (all of which have the same balconies), we did not have a view when sat down as the balustrade is too high and not made of glass. You'll know what I mean when you look at the pictures. It is such a shame really because the view of the acropolis is lovely.
Regarding the luggage room, this is really bad service as every good hotel has a room where guests can leave luggage after checking out. Our flight back home was very late on Wednesday night, so we had a whole day in Lindos before our coach picked us up. You either check out of Lindos Horizon at 12.00 PM or you pay 28 Euros to check out at 6:00 PM. Our coach was due to pick us up ay 8:30 PM, so paying extra and checking out at 6:00 PM wasn't an option as we did not want to have to return to the hotel just to check out. We wanted to go to the beach and have a nice dinner in town before heading back to the hotel in time to catch the coach. So when we checked out at 12.00 PM, we were extremely surprised that we could only leave a "small bag with valuables" with Stavros, all other belongings had to be left in plain view outside the downstairs toilets (where no one is keeping an eye on them at all). We were not happy!
Worth mentioning though that we had a half bottle of white wine and some butter left, which Stavros let us store in his fridge. When we came back to the hotel in the evening just before our coach left, his bar staff gave us glasses and let us drink our own wine in the restaurant. This was very good service indeed!
So all in all I would certainly recommend Lindos Horizon although some things could be improved to make this an excellent resort. On a different note, I wouldn't necessarily recommend staying near Lindos as it is very touristy. In fact, I must admit that I didn't really feel the love for Rhodes. I'd much rather go back to Corfu next time.
- Also Known As:
- Lindos Horizon Hotel Lindos
- Lindos Horizon Rhodes