If I could give Lindos Blu 10 stars, I absolutely would. I’m warning you now, this is going to be a LONG review because this hotel and its wonderful staff more than deserve it.
My husband and I stayed here last September for our honeymoon and it was the best wedding planning decision we made. Car service was waiting at the Rhodes airport to take us promptly to the hotel, where we were greeted by Katerina (we loved her; she was outstanding every time we wandered to the front desk with a question), who was genuinely enthusiastic to welcome us and gave us some champagne and a moment to take in the hotel’s SPECTACULAR view before showing us to our room.
We had booked a villa with a private pool (deciding to splurge since it was our honeymoon), but because of our special occasion we were immediately upgraded to the maisonette, a two story room at the top of the hotel with a private pool, patio, gym, balcony, Jacuzzi, 2 bathrooms and parking space...it was the most luxurious room myself or my husband have ever set foot in. Our pool had the most breathtaking view of the beach and rocky cliff sides--if you’re debating whether or not to splurge on a villa with a private pool--do it!! It was far more amazing than I expected it to be. In addition, there were goodies like champagne, macarons, candied nuts and honey, fresh fruit, many different bottles of wine, chocolates, etc. delivered to our room daily, and we loved coming back to the room to those little surprises.
Every staff member we interacted with was happy to help and interested in how our day was going. Nothing was forced or fake about their pleasantries--you could tell that everyone was genuinely happy to be working there, and we both got the impression that everyone loved their jobs, which made us feel extremely comfortable. The housekeeping staff was always laughing and smiling and sweet to us, something neither of us have ever really experienced at another hotel.
Good food is one of my top priorities when I travel, and the food at Lindos Blu was one of my favorite things about this place. Everything I ordered here was delicious. The breakfast buffet was the best I have ever had with an amazing view (plus Anastasia, one of the regular breakfast waitresses, was a sweetheart), lunch on the main pool deck was perfect every time (order a hibiscus daiquiri!), and dinner changed every night to offer a variety of different succulent dishes. Half-board is so completely worth it. We literally ate every meal of every day at Lindos Blu. The one day we rented a car and explored all of Rhodes--we planned it so that we could still grab lunch and dinner at the hotel--it was THAT top notch. Seriously.
We also ate at their gourmet Five Senses restaurant and it was an experience all of its own. We didn’t think the usual dining room food could get much better, but Five Senses blew us away. At Five Sense, we were waited on by one of the most personable people at the hotel, Theo. He was super friendly and we must have taken up at least an extra 30 minutes of his time just chatting about music and our professions. We liked him so much, he and my husband exchanged email addresses!
The beach is a hike, it’s true; you need to take about 4, I think it was, elevators to get down there. But honestly, we were having such a great time neither of us really noticed the 5-10 minute walk. At least there are elevators instead of stairs. And the beach sand is a little coarse, but the sea is lovely. There were always chairs available when we went down, but we were slightly off-season in mid-September. The only thing I’d do differently next time is come just a week or so earlier, because some of the days were very windy which made it a little too chilly to swim.
One of the best parts about Lindos Blu was that they made sure we never forgot it was our honeymoon. We definitely felt like we were getting special treatment the whole time, and at some point, the wonderful maitre d’ (I wish I could remember his name because he was superb) stopped us in the breakfast hall and asked us if he could arrange a special “date” for us the following afternoon. We of course said yes and he kept coming up to us to excitedly remind us about it, which made US get more excited. Our “date” ended up being the maitre d’ bringing a mixologist (Nico) and two dessert chefs to our room to prepare on our patio a small complimentary feast. Nico mixed us personalized drinks based on our specific tastes that he noticed as we ordered things from the bar over the week, and the dessert chefs made us the most wonderful chocolate mousse with cookie crumbs and strawberries, as well as fresh fruit with ricotta and prosciutto...it was the best. And they were so excited to do it--they treated it like a performance.
Finally, the hotel staff proved at the end of their trip that they can accommodate for really terrible last minute changes in plans. Basically, at 1 AM the morning of our 10AM departing flight that would take us off of Rhodes, we found out that our flight had been cancelled--and no one from the airlines had bothered to tell us (thank goodness we tried to check in early online and figured it out!). The hotel had already offered to open breakfast a half an hour early for us so that we could eat before leaving to catch our 10AM flight, but the only other flight leaving Rhodes that day was at 6 AM, so obviously they couldn’t open breakfast early enough to accommodate for THAT.
What the hero at the front desk did do, however, was immediately find us a taxi (it was almost 2AM at this point) that would be willing to come and take us to the airport at 3AM, apologize profusely even though this of course had nothing to do with him or Lindos Blu, and then insist that the kitchen pack us a “to go” baggie so we wouldn’t be starving at the airport. Now, the kitchens were closed at 3AM, so we weren’t expecting much, but we appreciated it none-the-less. What the man at the front desk came out with was two huge shopping bags packed with plastic containers. When we opened them at the airport we found boxes of warm croissants, pastries, toast and deli meats, veggies, tons of fresh fruit, a carton of orange juice, 4 water bottles, plastic cups and utensils. It was so thoughtful and it really helped ease what was a pretty awful way to end such an amazing trip. I wish I could remember the man at the front desk who organized all of this for us, because he deserves a huge shout-out!
In conclusion, my husband and I will absolutely 110% save up to come back here, maybe in a few years to celebrate one of our anniversaries, since Lindos Blu was the reason our honeymoon was so spectacular. Absolutely stay here at some point in your life, if you have the opportunity.
A thousand thank yous to Lindos Blu and its incredible staff!! We can’t wait to see you again!
- 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