The reviews for this hotel are very accurate. We were a party of four who stayed here for 2 weeks in the middle of July and we all loved staying there. Many guests had been there several times and we could understand why. We found it a great place from which to see Rhodes and find some peace and quiet. If you decide to see Rhodes Island Lindos is the place to stay. It has a wonderful historic acropolis and the old town is great for shopping, eating and wandering around whilst the rest of the island is easily accessible. If you decide to stay in Lindos the Mare is a good choice because the friendly atmosphere is so relaxing. The hotel is only a couple of minutes away by taxi in a peaceful spot away from the bustle of Lindos and costs 8 euros one way and 6 euros the other.
The single most notable thing that is good about the Mare is that the service is exceptional and everyone smiles – this makes for a very happy atmosphere. Rooms and bathrooms are spotless and those numbered in the 200’s are the closest to the restaurant and main pool. Hairdryers were excellent, towels and linen changed regularly and kettles, cups and empty small fridge provided. It is well worth booking a sea-view room as the garden-view rooms look out onto the backs of other rooms. The views from the sea-view rooms are fantastic. This is the only holiday we have ever been on where none of us got a mosquito bite – there is a distinct lack of ants, flies etc. Contrary to other reviews there were no weddings when we were there. The beach is clean and sandy - better on the right hand side as you go down the path but a bit stony on the left hand side and the sea is clear with no seaweed. Umbrellas and loungers are free at both the beach and pool.
The choice at the buffet is excellent. I am gluten intolerant and mentioned it in the restaurant on my first night and from that moment on I was given alternative choices and special meals every night, whatever I fancied that day, nothing was too much trouble for the staff. For those who need gluten-free food they provide gluten-free bread and biscuits. The ordinary bread is served in a different area to the rest of the food and most salad and vegetables are served from separate areas so there is little risk of contamination from gluten. The only problem I had was that in the morning the cereal was next to the dried fruit so I didn’t risk that but went for the fresh fruit which was in a separate area and was always plentiful. You can eat very healthily here but most people put weight on because the deserts are great.
Entertainment was provided four nights a week when we were there – we had Beatles, Supremes, Abba and Drifters tribute nights, 2 latin and ballroom dance displays, a seafood night and a Greek night. The last two cost either 26 euros (or 11 if you are on half board,) although you could join in for free with the dancing after eating dinner in the main restaurant. It is not really a hotel for entertainment but we enjoyed the Abba night best. Entertainment stops about 11pm in the hotel although the bars are open later and you can always go into Lindos. The tour operator excursions are expensive but car hire from Rodos cars in reception is as cheap as anywhere on the internet and the person running it is helpful - from 75 euros for 3 days all inc. for a small car. We thought Kamiros on the west coast was amazing and a wonderful place to see. Some of the roads on the maps ‘disappear’ at points though so make sure you take main roads rather than smaller ones.
Drawbacks (bearing in mind none of these were much of a problem in reality for us): The hotel is built into a hillside so is not for those with mobility problems or with young children as there are many steps connecting the different levels. I would not go again in July as it is far too hot (36 - 44 degrees).
The pool is old-fashioned and the loungers are in need of replacement.
The restaurant is a bit crowded for the number of guests. This is partly a result of the fact that the food is so good and most guests choose to eat there rather than the very good tavernas in Lindos (I recommend the Melanos although it is a bit pricey). It would be nice if there was some access to the open air, particularly in the mornings, although the restaurant air-conditioning was very nice in the heat of July.
There are no dvd players in the rooms and the TV channels are limited, whilst the TV’s are a bit old. We do not go on holiday to watch TV but it would have been nice to be able to watch a dvd when it was too hot to go outside in the middle of the day. There are no face-cloths, tissues, bathrobes etc in the bathrooms which I would expect in a really good hotel. The gym was free but we would have liked a better equipped gym which opened a little earlier in the morning.
I would really recommend this hotel and thank all of the staff for the wonderful job they do.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lindos Mare is a boutique hotel built on many different levels on a sun-kissed hillside with panoramic views of beautiful Vliha Bay, only 2,5 kilometers from the picturesque village of Lindos. A series of lifts, including a cable car, link the complex to the beach front. The recent renovations combined with the existing impeccable service and excellent cuisine, create an atmosphere of discrete luxury and tranquillity resulting in the perfect leisurely holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lindos Mare Hotel Rhodes