We stayed here, in a villa, in the first week of September 2013.
As mentioned in other reviews, George and his staff are attentive without being intrusive. If you need something, just ask. Do seek his views on where to go, he will give an honest opinion, tell you the best route and where to park.
The villas are exactly as the photo's on the web site, no surprises of the photos being ten years old or enhanced ...that view is really what you get.
The villas are serviced daily... always clean...good quality towels changed daily.
The kitchenette is basic (no surprise), some might require more kitchen equipment if preparing food regularly .... we ate out most days.
The shower at first looked a little flimsy, but worked well and the water pressure is very good.
There is plenty of patio furniture, all of good quality and condition.
The splash pool ideal for cooling off.... cleaned everyday.. and privately screened to two sides.. ...and that view does not get boring!..... again as per the website photos.
Security - safe provided.
WiFi - I found slow, though fine for emails etc , struggles with media streaming , fine for streaming music via spotify or Amazon Cloud.... and better coverage than many hotels (works from the patio)
TV channels limited, but thats not why we came here anyway.
Phone signal good , 3G (or equiv) can be erratic.
We had two aircon units, both modern and efficient (one upstairs, one down).
We used J&D car rentals, recommended by George ...they meet you at arrivals, take you across the road to the car park and hand over ... easy .... on the way back you park in the same place and hand key over to their rep...again..easy ...
From the airport - Follow the web site instructions exactly, using the cars trip meter... George says most people miss the turning away from Lindos (you turn right to Kiotari ).... this is not very well signposted and doesn't feel like the main junction you would expect... so pay attention when near it...And on the way home it easy to miss the left turn to the airport from the main coast road, before Rhodes Town.
Road signs are in English too .... but typically there are not enough of them...you often don't know where you are, until you are way past a village.
The roads are in better condition than our UK roads, but not well lit outside the main towns, be careful and use main beam at night when you can, as the roads constantly change width and often have deep drainage channels at the side.
We were there ten days and never saw a single police car outside of Rhodes Town ... perhaps thats what explains the locals driving, they do not seem to adhere to any speed limits or no overtaking signs, or even one way roads.... Parking - Ha Ha a comedy in the making ..
It easy to get around (good nerves needed for Rhodes Town tho ).
Do go across country , the country roads are like our UK 'B' roads but with hardly any potholes and some great scenery .... Sadly a lot of acreage was burnt during the July fires, but this gives an almost Martian landscape to some areas.....allow extra time you WILL get lost and need to guess on some turnings, but it adds to the fun ... stop at a small village cafe/bar - they look nothing from the outside, old broken or plastic furniture at times ,you may have to point and use sign language , but there is a warm welcome and often they will have their family/village history photos on the walls
Breakfast is served nearby ...plenty of variety, just ask for what you need.
We ate out everyday. There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance, or few mins drive.... We tried six of the restaurants nearby and never had a bad meal. Prices are typical tourist level (not cheap/as expected) .... try the 'Greek selection' - all the restaurants seem to do it - served in an earthenware dish as a selection of Greek food.
Drink bottled water (you don't have to, but tap water will upset those with sensitive tums)
Our favourite restaurant in Kiotari was Mourella, more expensive than the others, but a big step up in flavours, presentation and atmosphere (check out the Tripadviosr reviews).
George adds an extra dimension to staying here .... seek his advice ... and ask for anything you need.
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- Also Known As:
- Al Mare Villas Hotel Kiotari
- Al Mare Hotel
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