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Review of Avra Apartments

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Avra Apartments
Ranked #20 of 56 Speciality Lodging in Lindos
Brighton, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“economy but great holiday”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2009

We left Gatwick at about 11.30pm on July 4th, arrived around 5.45am on the 5th, flew with Monarch which was quite uneventful. Reps shepherded us onto the coaches efficiently and we were off, via three drop offs. The journey took just over an hour, as the sun was rising which was a great way to start the holiday. The drop off at Lindos is at the very top of the village, an old guy with a rustic bike/trailer takes the cases down and a rep walks everybody down to the various apartments and hotels. It's quite a steep hill to walk down but it's a very good opportunity to work out the lie of the land without it being full of tourists as it is during the day and evening. I think we arrived at the apartments around 8am and got to the sea about 8.15.
Avra is the last accommodation down the hill, it's perhaps fifteen minutes from the drop off to the apartments, of which there appeared to be about 30 spilt into 4 blocks. A nice touch is that each apartment has its own patio with table and chairs, and a clothes drier thingy. We had A1, a ground floor one with an oblique view of the sea. Upon entry the first room had two single beds, a large wardrobe containing 50+ hangers, bedside cabinet, small table, small kitchen table and three chairs, sink, two ring electric hob, fridge, three small kitchen cupboards and a 1970s style lamp dangling from the ceiling. To the left was the second bedroom, containing two single beds, a chest of drawers with mirror and another wardrobe behind the door. To the right of the main room at the rear was the shower room which had a tiny shower, wc, washbasin and mirror. Fixtures and fittings were all as expected, functional if a little dated. The main peeve was that the shower curtain didn't reach the floor which meant as soon as the shower was used the floor was flooded. Not really a problem as it had a drain in the middle of the floor but it was mildly annoying to have wet feet when one least expects it. The kitchen stuff was all fine, only had 3 glasses of a suitable size & only two cups. Hob was next to useless, very low power, had to improvise lids for hot drinks and cooking pasta. Cutlery a mishmash, only two forks which would have been a problem had there been more than two of us. The two main rooms had shutters which were very good, no need to close the windows at any time so it felt quite airy. Aircon was offered, I believe the quoted rate was 50 Euros per week. At no point during the fortnight did I feel the need to have it, maybe we got lucky with the apartment but the heat was never unbearable.
Towels and sheets were changed every 2-3 days, some of the towels were threadbare but they were always very clean. The bins were emptied by the cleaning lady (let's call her Rosa) every morning between 10.30 and 11.30, including the bathroom one. She's a sweet lady, able to communicate despite only speaking about ten words of English. She would sweep the floors in each room, which was nice, then go get the mop, then she'd mop throughout, starting with the bathroom then the kitchen room then the bedroom. The mop stunk, evidently having been used in each room that morning with no bucket in sight. Then she'd get the cloth out and wipe the toilet seat, followed by the bathroom sink...... I was a little surprised by this!! But I suppose it goes on quite a lot, and it was quite amusing that we left the apartment for 5-10 minutes until the smell subsided. I'd recommend an air freshener for the bathroom as the air does not circulate very well in there.
The other main issue was the small matter of ants. Everywhere! There was a colony just outside the front door which invaded from day 3 onwards, the best advice is to bag things up before putting any food leftovers into the bin and to keep everything in the fridge the rest of the time. There is a big bin (usually full of cats) close to the entrance to the complex which is accessible throughout the day and night which we used after the 3-4 times we cooked in the flat. We only had one cockroach, quite a large one with wings which we were able to remove from the bathroom. We were also visited by a locust, a grasshopper/mantis thing, a hedgehog and about half a dozen of the bin cats, as well as numerous flying insects. No mosquito bites though.
The sewers blocked about three times during our stay, thankfully it wasn't in our block but in the one nearest the sea. It was very unpleasant and seemed to necessitate the floors being hosed down, so I would advise following the instructions about not putting anything unnecessary down the lav.
I have to say the location is fabulous. The beach was about 30 paces from the front door and it's a stunner. There are two restaurants on the edge of the complex, Nefeli was the better of the two and it also offers 15% off the total bill for Avra guests between 6.30pm and 9.30pm when it's always empty. There are numerous mini-supermarkets throughout the village, all of them frighteningly overpriced. The closest one, at the top of the road down to Avra, was the worst and also the most overpriced. It is worth trekking into the village to find a wider ranch of produce which is also fresh. Eating out was a bit of a lottery, I do love Mediterranean food, but some of the stuff we were served was terrible, microwaved tinned veg and reheated potatoes have never floated by boat... Steer clear of Maria's. Ironically the one next door (called Mario's) was great and we might have had a couple of fry ups there. Also worth searching for is Dionyssius, it looks very expensive and imposing but it was well priced and the food was the best all trip. Our first meal there was two pints, hummus with pitta to share, a mozzarella and tomato salad (huge) and chicken a la creme (also huge) for about 27 euros, second time we shared moules mariniere, had a chicken main and a swordfish main and one beer and one vodka and it was about 40. But well worth it.
The last day is quite stressy, out of the flat by noon and not picked up by the coach until 2.30am. Heard rumours that people went back into their rooms to shower as the keys are left in the doors & the new tenants don't arrive till we get on the plane but we just hung out at the beach till about 1.30.
All in all it was great, we got a great deal through teletext so we paid £288 for 2 weeks. I'd consider coming back despite the little faults

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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HelenH77
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2009

Stayed at the Avra apartments 1-8th July 2009.
If you are a beach lover - they are fantastic. The are located at the very bottom of Lindos on the 'Main (or Big) Beach)'. It's a bit of an up hill walk (approx. 10min) into the village at night and managed it without any trouble.
The rooms were 'typically' Greek - basic but with everything that was needed.
It was very hot when we where there and we tried to do without air-con (€50 per week) but ended up getting it for the last 2 nights (€8 per night).
I loved it and can't rate it enough - perfect as a base in Lindos and a stone's throw from the beach.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HelenH77
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Hayle, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2009

Stayed at the Avra Apartments this May for one week, booked through OIympic Holidays. The apartments are just a stones throw from the beach, you cannot beat the location if you are a beach lover. The apartments are all very different in size and location, therefore, it is pot luck as to which type you will be allocated. I was in room B2 which was in B block and away from the noise of the taverna. My room was clean and spacious but very basic and not very well equiped, didnt have a kettle or toaster unlike some of the rooms, but this was not a problem for me. Rooms cleaned every day if you require and sheets and towels changed every couple of days.

The location is the best thing by far about the apartments, situated right on the beach. The beach itself was clean the water was lovely and clear and warm. You can hire a sunbed for the day for around 4 Euros. There are a few tavernas next to the beach that cater for all meals and snacks, at the time of my visit however not many of these were open in the evening due to lack of trade. Lindos town is a lovely place, very quaint and pretty. Be careful of slippery pavements, heels are not a good option in this town! Lindos town is a short walk up hill from the apartments, only takes about 10 mins but can get pretty hot in the day! There is a shuttle bus that runs from the beach to the lower sqaure in town, but this seems to come and go when it likes but it is free!

There are lots of restaurants and bars to choose from in Lindos town, although with the £ being the same as the Euro the prices are expensive. There are plenty of roof top bars and restaurants that enjoy views of the acropolis and beach, nice to watch the sunset from. Also be careful of the pavements in Lindos, they can get pretty slippery in the sun, so dont even think about wearing heels girls!

Would recommend a trip into Rhodes town using the local bus service that runs from the top square where the buses and coaches stop. Its costs about 4.50 Euros for a single trip and the buses run very frequently. You can pick up a timetable from the bus stop ticket office or find a timetable on the notice board next to the tourist info in the bottom sqaure in town. Would also recommend a day trip the Symi Island, a wonderful beautiful island with pastel coloured houses.

As a single female traveller always felt comfortable and safe, no hassle from anyone and made some good friends. Would recommend these apartments and Lindos to anyone who is looking for relaxation and a beach break in the sun.

Booked through Olympic holidays, I think they have the sole occupancy to the Avra Apartments now. Be aware that when you arrive in Lindos you will be dropped off at the top of town and then you are walked down to your accommodation by the tour rep. Your baggage makes its own way down on the back of a quad bike, as Lindos is completely traffic free! Olympic rep at apartments was good and did his best to keep everyone happy, although be aware of long transfers to and from the airport from Lindos, expect a couple of hours at least.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank milkyem
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london
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26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2009

Stayed at the Avra Apartments Room 4. In April I booked a holiday for 8 people taking my sister and her family in July for two weeks as a treat for a bad year. Asked to be put next to each other and specified rooms if possible as we have stayed there many times before and knew which apartments would work for us as a party of 8. Thompson have taken over the contract this year. When we arrived we were put in an entirely different block to my sisters family , in a room that only had two sheets, a/c in one small room. This was a room for supposedly 4,. god knows what would have happened if you had 4 females staying in it. The accomodation should not have been sold to sleep 4 as there was one small wardrobe and no-where to put suitcases or clothes. It was next to a smelly vent for the restaurant downstairs. When we asked if we could be moved as it was ridiculously cramped the slovenly rep said they were full. Well the entire week none of the other bigger apartments in our block were occupied. The rep was unhelpful and lied on several occasions. She walked away from us saying she had other guests to see to and excursions to arrange and couldn't spend any more time on us. A guest did knock and ask if we wanted to swap but when they saw what our conditions were like she walked away. Our first week of our holiday was ruined. The second week we were moved to the rooms we should have had next to my sister and enjoyed the rest of our stay. Thompsons were really unhelpful and when we complained when we got home we were told we got what we paid for!!! Well its was over 40 degrees, with two children and a small wardrobe and small bedside cabinet to put clothes. A/c in one room only and only towels and sheets for 2. We had to wait until the following evening before we could pay for the a/c to work. I can't tell you how small this place was and we dreaded coming back there. We wanted to be able to sit out in the evenings chatting but the rest of our party were too far away and the children had to be escorted each time they wanted to see their cousins. This is not my idea of a relaxing time. Thank you Thompson for runing my holiday and costing me £4000 for what? I will never travel with Thompsons again. The apartments if you are lucky and get the right ones are fine but my travel agent spoke to the reps before we got there and when we booked we specifcally asked to be together and requested certain rooms, this just did not happen. The rep told us they had had no requests from us either when originally booking or days before hand by phone - unfortunately for her I work in travel and have the paper work to prove her wrong. I just hope I never have the misfortune to bump into her in Lindos again.

  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Avra Apartments
Address: Lindos 85107, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Rhodes > Lindos
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Ranked #20 of 56 Speciality Lodging in Lindos
Number of rooms: 6
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