We have been traveling around the world and have stayed in many exceptional places...but never experienced the Lindos Blu 'virus'. So let me explain.
When you read all the reviews on this hotel there is no doubt, you book it. But what are your expectations ?
Do you want a design hotel with nice rooms. Well then you have it. This hotel in my opinion was designed by a female architect. Why do I think that. Details, finesse, and the eye for beauty but on the other side less functional. We had a suite with private swimming pool, but since the hotel faces NORTH, you have no sun at all at your pool except after 5 PM. A pool you share with the neighbor, who hopefully for you is not too disturbing.
Do you want peace and calm and lie at the pool? Please don't come here. There are more rooms then sun beds next to the pool and the strange part is that the main pool is located at the restaurant terrace, so in the morning you are looking at the exhibitioners lying in front of you, while you are eating your croissant. Hotel management replies that they have more square meters of pool then the Rhodos average, but believe me. This says more about the average, then about the Lindos Blu's pools. They are for midgets ..
So go to the beach then...the beach is however all the way down the hill and you need to take several elevators and then walk a while to reach it. Total travel time from the room to the beach walking quickly is about 12 minutes and the way back uphill is worst of course. The beach is shared with the neighbor hotel that owns the beach and so it is dominated by their clients. You need to talk to the beach boy and make sure he reserves a sun bed for you or impossible to find a free spot since the other hotel only has one micro pool and has a lot more rooms. You can't order drinks and put them on your room either so you need to take cash with you. So the people who pay a lot less in the neighbor hotel enjoy the same beach as you.
Another capacity problem of this hotel is the terrace where you eat mornings and evenings. With 70 rooms and only 20 outside tables, there is always a waiting time to have a table, both morning and evening...
However and here comes the MAGIC of this HOTEL. It is ALL about this restaurant and the TERRACE. This is why people write so inspired about this hotel. The staff of the restaurant is exceptional. They are the most friendly and well trained staff I ever met. Smile all the time, talk to people, know their name, familiarize without intruding.
Arriving at the restaurant, the hostess Eleni welcomes you with the biggest smile and she 'only' speaks 15 languages or so and is still learning new ones. They put her there with the biggest smile so you accept NOT having a table. In the evening she serves you a glass of bubbles while you wait.
Since they are so PRO, they have a huge turnover of tables better organized then most US restaurants so the waiting time is never annoying. The food is great every evening and the dessert chef is a genius...You will see every day people going home that come to thank this staff, take pictures with them, etc...In the beginning you don't understand, but once you are there a few days you know...
So what is the secret? What is happening at this terrace with exceptional sea views ? Who is behind this all? Who is the leader ? It is all about Dimitris Chios the restaurant manager. This man is keeping this team at this level, he inspires them and motivates them. He set the level and is the example...he is a T-rex (:-) for Dimitris)
So after a few days you forget the efforts you do to reach the beach, the lack of sun on a north faced hotel, the absence of swimming pools and sun deck spots for everyone. You will all be contaminated by the Lindos Blu Terrace Virus and become fans of this hotel and the terrace staff...
I hope and guess the Lindos Blu management know where their force lies and hope this staff gets paid like they deserve, but I am sure they do it for the fun.
Dimitris keep inspiring your team, as I told you in september: You are the best...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lindos Blu Luxury Hotel & Suites, the premiere adult-only luxury hotel in Rhodes, rests on the magnificent hillside of Vlycha Bay. The breathtaking views and the traditionally inspired architecture of the hotel, form the ideal scenery for a relaxing break. The customized services provided by our superbly trained personnel, guarantee the indulgence of our visitors senses. Rejuvenate your body and mind at the Elixir Spa & Wellness Center, sip a cup of coffee or quench your thirst at the Allegro Pool Bar, enjoy a signature cocktail at Luna Rossa Bar and let your senses guide you through the journey of the Five Senses Gourmet Restaurant and the creations of our executive chef. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lindos Blu Hotel Lindos
- Blu Hotel Lindos
- Lindos Blu Rhodes