Recently returned from a fantastic holiday, where we got married at St Paul's Bay and had our reception at the hotel. We had a awesome room, we paid extra for a junior suite, but it was well worth it. As we were given a spare room on our wedding day and it was shabby and run down, and desperate need of a refurb. Our room 136 was modern and chic, it was on the top floor near to the reception so we had fantastic views and it allowed for easy access to reception and the pool. However get use to climbing stairs or using lifts as the hotel is on a steep hillside. There is cable car that transports you up and down the first 4 floors, however it did breakdown a few times in our second week, but we welcomed the walk as we were stuffed from the amount of food we had consumed over the 2 weeks.
The buffet restaurant was fantastic; Michaelis (Food and beverages Manager) and Savas were warm, welcoming and friendly to us. Effy (wedding coordinator) was very efficient at organising our wedding meal and decorations. We traded in our evening meal for vouchers a couple of times which was worth it if you were heading out for food, the views are pretty spectacular from the a' la carte restaurant. But the buffet restaurant had a huge selection and was of a very high quality. If you do have a family I would take a second mortgage as drinks and ice cream are expensive at the pool bar and the cost will add up over 2 weeks with kids.
We are usually adventurous and travel and explore places during our holidays, however we rarely left the hotel as there was always space by the top large pool or on the beach and the views and food were good enough to keep us at the hotel.
The beach is stony but is very pretty and water is clear and clean. There are beds most days, so no need to rush.
If you are expecting a hotel within easy walking distances of lots of tavernas and bars, you are going to be disappointed as the hotel is situated in the middle of nowhere. If you want a quiet relaxing holiday without tacky bars, this is the hotel for you.
We took our towels down at breakfast time which enabled us to get a sun bed, however there was always one available after lunch when people leave to have lunch.
If you are a couple take the bus to Lindos as a Taxi both ways is 14 euros and a bus is 5. 60 euros return, but a family should book a taxi; they are modern and very clean.
Pay extra and get a junior suite as these have been refurb very recently.
Greek night is well worth 11 euros, get down early 7.30pm to secure a good table with a good view of the show later, and eat slowly and enjoy a bottle of wine while watching the entertainment and dancing.
Buy you water and snacks from the supermarket on the beach. As water in the hotel shop is 6 euros for 6 bottles, 6bottles in the supermarket is 2euros.
Book a car in Lindos village (when you visit) as Rhodos car company whose are based there and at the hotel, charge an extra 10 euros if you book through them at the hotel, but will drop your car at the hotel and will pick it up from there too for no extra charge. However the bus will take you most places near by and are air conditioned and comes regularly.
The Acropolis is worth a visit, but make it early or late in the day as it is a hell of a walk in the heat.
The entertainment at the hotel is of a poor quality some nights. The Beatles and Celine Dion, are very good, however I have no idea why she has 2 random dances with her. If Abba tribute is on, take the opportunity to go to Lindos for the night. When there is no entertainment, pop down to the Lindian Gulf bar/hotel, they have entertainment most nights.
A great holiday if you want to relax and recuperate, would book again if we return to Rhodes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lindos Mare: relaxing, elegant & welcoming Built into hillside terraces with panoramic views over beautiful Vlicha Bay, just 2.5 kilometres from the picturesque village of Lindos. A series of lifts, including a cable car, link the hotel to the beach. Undoubtedly one of Rhodes’ most treasured retreats, the elegant Lindos Mare is a place to unwind to the slow rhythm of island life. Recent renovations to all areas, together with impeccable service and excellent cuisine, create an atmosphere of elegance and tranquillity in which to enjoy the perfect relaxing holiday. It’s no wonder that many guests return year after year. ... more less
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