My wife and I along with our 13 month old daughter had the recent pleasure to stay at this hotel for my 40th birthday. It was an absolute joy. The excellent service began with Marina who assisted in our reservation, and kept us on a waiting list for a Senior Suite room - which we luckily did receive. Upon our arrival in Lindos, we were met by a small pickup to carry our luggage to the hotel, and a guide to help us find our way through the streets and donkeys to the reception.
This hotel is without a doubt everything that all of the other reviews in Tripadvisor say. The service was outstanding. Since we were traveling with a 1 year old, and the average daily high was 45C, we spent most of our afternoons in the hotel room enjoying our veranda. The room service was excellent - and there was no extra charge to take all of our meals in the room. We ate essentially every breakfast, lunch, and dinner on our balcony for 5 days - and could not have been happier. The staff were also very helpful with unusual requests including baby bottle washing, hot water, baby cot, etc. Greeks love children, and the entire staff made our daughter feel very welcome.
In addition, our return flight was unfortunately at 7:00am, which meant that we needed a taxi at 4:30am. This was not at all a problem, and Maria arranged everything. At 4:20, we received a knock at our door, and someone showed up to take our bags, and transport them to the square, where a taxi was waiting for us - and we arrived at the airport at 5:30 right on time. (An aside comment to some of the reviews on tripadvisor regarding problems with taxi payments with the Melenos transfers - we always paid the driver directly and there was no problem.)
So, while we give an enthusiastic "Excellent" rating for this hotel, we would like to make note of a few things that people should be aware of prior to their stay. I think that the review "“Melenos – The Good, the Bad and the ………..”" nicely sums up the potential downside to staying here. We were in room #9, which was wonderful - but some of the rooms could potentially be quite hot and noisy depending upon the conditions. There was a wedding during our stay, which was loud - as weddings tend to be, but once we shut our windows (and turned on our AC), we were not at all disturbed. One thing that was annoying was that the in-room safe was key-operated, meaning that one had to either carry the key everywhere (i.e., at the beach), or hide it in the room - which sort of defeats the purpose of a safe. In addition, the AC temperature and fan cannot be controlled locally, but have to be regulated centrally. We found the reception very responsive in making changes, it just seems an unnecessary complication.
All in all - we had a fantastic stay, and cannot thank the staff enough, including Marina, Maria, Eddie, Pericles, Aphrodite, and Yannis. We give an enthusiastic "Excellent" recommendation, and will absolutely return to the Melenos someday, but will be certain to know which room we book.
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- Also Known As:
- Melenos Hotel Lindos
- Lindos Melenos Hotel
- Melenos Lindos Hotel Rhodes