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“Top Quality self catering in Lindos”
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Lambis Studios
Ranked #10 of 30 Hotels in Lindos
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham UK
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Top Quality self catering in Lindos”
Reviewed 10 August 2008

We booked a week at Lambis Studios based on the quality of the reviews here. (There are also the Lambis Apartments in the village of Lindos....don't get these confused...they are totally different.) We were not disappointed with the Lambis Studios. The apartments are indeed of superb quality, spacious, with lots of useful little extras (all utensils, kettle, toaster, tea towel, sponge, washing up liquid, hair dryer, etc.) The pool is clean and large, the poolside bar and eating area is fine. You really could not expect more from a self catering apartment. The gardens surrounding the studios are beautifully tended, and provide a very exotic setting. Be in no doubt, this is VERY good value at the price we paid (£370 from East Midlands (UK) to Rhodes, including transfers) from First Choice in high season 2008.
We have no regrets as we used Lambis Studios as a base to explore other parts of Rhodes with a hire car for the week. However, we might have felt it was a bit too desolate and far away if we hadn't had the car. If you want to hire, use Rodos Car Hire: An air-conned Fiat Panda delivered to the Studios is 175 euros for 5 days. The rep, of course, will charge more. Rodos has an office in the village. Just ask people for directions.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, but our recommendation also includes a few notes below which might help you decide whether this is for you or not.
Firstly, the location of the studios, which are NOT in Lindos village.
Lindos village itself is in a hollow, sandwiched below a high mountain on the coast side, which is topped by the famous Acropolis, and on the other side, the cliff, the coast road, and then in a large horseshoe shape, is the hotels and apartment resort itself, surrounded almost completely by high barren rocky hillsides. The Lambis Studios are right at the back of this 'horseshoe shaped' resort, ie furthest from the village. Due to recent extensions of the studios, very few of the apartments actually have a view of the famous acropolis now.
ALL the hotels and apartments in the resort are recently built from modern white painted concrete, with scrubland in between. You are NOT in prettty Lindos village, and it is a TREK to get there, whether in the cool of the evening or, god forbid you don't try it like we did, in the heat of the midday sun. Just don't!
There are Mercedes taxis in the village which will get you back to the apartment for 4 euros, but you have to be fit to walk it except at night. If you visit Lindos village, you will find it is all narrow pedestrianised alleyways, very quaint, lots of places for a drink, a good meal, or souvenirs. If you're not silly with your money, you will find a good value meal at many of the restaurants. After about 10pm the village becomes lit up (club-like), with lots of bars turning up the music varying from trad Greek to Rave. So, best time for a quiet drink: 4pm to 7pm, best time to eat: 7pm to 10pm, best time to keep drinking but not to take granny: 10ish onwards.
The quickest and shortest way to the village is: leave the apartments and walk along the road to the right. At the end of the road, you will meet the coast road. Walk to your left, along the coast road footpath, going in front of the Lindos View Hotel, until you reach the 2 big car parks adjacent to the Flora Supermarket. (10 mins so far) The staff here are helpful and friendly, and are open from early morning til late. Carefully cross the road to the car park/coach park where people leave their vehicles before walking down the steep hill into Lindos. (about another 10 mins).
The second thing is noise.
At night, some of the hotels hold a Karaoke competition a couple of times each week, or turn their music up. It's not really bad, but due to the crescent shape of the surrounding hils, the noise reverberates around the hillsides, and unless you are out (!) or shut your windows, this WILL keep you awake. And it seems as though each bar turns up its own music to drown out the other 2 or 3. Likewise, noise from families (just normal kiddie noise, plus the occasional revellers) does tend to carry. For the first 2 nights we had the patio door open, and had a peaceful night after midnight, but on the 3rd night we had to pay for the aircon unit just so that we could shut the windows to shut out the noise and get some sleep as the karaoke at another hotel was still going after 3am. The aircon is 10euros per night, or 50 for the week, so you might as well do it straight away.
The guests we came across were considerate and were, like us, after a quiet, pleasant holiday, and it was a very pleasant atmosphere. Christiana, behind the bar during the mornings and most of the afternoon, was very helpful, especially pointing us in the direction of the Car Hire company.
If you do hire a car, then try eating out in Pefkos, Lardos vllage, and further afield inland, Psinthos. Go into the mountains for a trip to see village life, and try the smaller bays for a different beach day. I won't tell you of our wonderful find, cos I want to keep it to myself, but if you're of a mind to search, you will find some lovely beaches.
As regards First Choice, the flight was redirected to Thompsons at East Midlands, so FC were of no help. And they charged me £30 to pick my own tickets up at the airport when their desk was closed and they weren't even there to give me them. Shocking. The coach transfers in Rhodes were fast and comfortable. We did not go on any excursions with First Choice as they were far too expensive compared to local prices. Flights were fine.
Recommended, and an excellent holiday all in, but do bear in mind the above notes if you considering booking.

  • Liked — Quality of the self catering accomodation, and cleanliness.
  • Disliked — occasional noise from music (at other hotels)
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Wickford
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2008

I have just arrived back from 2 weeks stay in the Lambis Apartments above Lindos. Just to let you know I have been to many locations in Greece and I found Lambis rooms very spacious and clean. The cleaning staff and gardener were very helpful. The overall facilty I found poor, the walk up to the appatrments was hard work the hill leading from Lindos to the facility was about a 1/10 graduate and was hard work, to cap it you have a 100yard climb to your room up a steep slope and then stairs up to your apartment it kills you.
The one bar staff in the day was freindly enough but the 1 bar staff in the evening was a joke. Coming from Alabania he seemed to be a Random Number Generator for the bar bills, making sure you pay for his drinks and ice creams he helped himself to. Then there is the aspect of Health and Saftey around the pool NO DIVING it says watch out for the flying kids then, and no support from the bar staff, There are many poeple staying in this facilty and the place gets locked up at night and the one member of staff goes home, so who do you call if you have an emergency the rep, sorry you cant they lock the phone away. We were there and there was an upset tenageer staying with her mum the friends we had there sorted it all out all the bar person could do is serve her free drinks and supply her cigerattes. Overall I think this accomadation is to far aware from the main resort and its a 20 minute walk down to the beach and 1 hour walk back up a montain sorry I meant hill. The manager of this resort is rude and likes collecting money at 2 in the morning he will no talk to you when he does arrive and is not willing to deal with any requests. They charge you 100 euros for air conditioning that you use for 3-4hrs a day. We had an horrendous flight home at 6.55 in the morning we were asked to leave our rooms at 12 am the previous day it was alwful waiting until 3.30 the mext morning to be picked up. Lindos is a lovely place spoilt by a rude bar person and arrogant manager. I feel its worth a day trip 2 weeks there is hard work.

  • Liked — Rooms
  • Disliked — Up on a hill that was more like a mountain
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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Hampshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 August 2008

This was my first trip abroad and it was the best thing I have ever done. On my first morning I awoke and looked out from the balcony and the view was so beautiful. The complex was well looked after and the staff were friendly and polite. It was lovely being able to lie by the pool and be able to get freshly prepared food and something to drink. The pool had a separate childrens section. Although not right in the village of Lindos, taxis into the square were cheap, you could walk into the village if you wanted to. You can also get buses into Rhodes town and once again it was cheap. I had been in hospital a week before my trip for a small operation and our party also consisted of two senior citizens and my friend who is disabled..I would certainly stay at the Lambis Studios again

  • Liked — everything
  • Disliked — Nothing I did not like
  • Stayed September 2005, travelled with friends
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1 Thank SunnyHampshire
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South Yorkshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 August 2008

Just returned from the Lambis appartments in Lindos, they were excellent appartments clean, large and well equiped.
The pool was lovely and clean and plenty of sun beds so no need to get up early to reserve them.
Lindos itself was totally beautiful, small clean intimate streets with interesting shops.
The restaraunts were resonably priced our favourites was Stephanys, great greek food in a beautiful setting.
What I really liked their was no pushy waiters on the doors as myself and daughters walked past.
Always felt safe even late at night

Stayed July 2008
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meljenkins
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 July 2008

The best holiday we have ever had.
Accomodation was excellent - we had room 21 right next to the pool. The pool was clean and there was plenty of sunbeds. Pool bar was well maintained and the food was on a par with the restaurants in the village but a third of the price. Kristiana speaks perfect English and is very helpful but looks like a miserable brit (her mother is English after all ) don't let her persona fool you into thinking she hasn't got a heart of gold and is partial to being thrown in the pool on very hot days. She is the font of all knowledge as far as Rhodes is concerned and recommends some good restaurants.
The evening barman is 'Annie' from Albania. He is an amazing character and will keep your evening ticking over with his grunts and funny ways. They are both a credit to the Lambis.
The manager Kiriakrs Lambis is also very helpful. We got married whilst we were there and our 4 taxis failed to turn up so he and one of the guest (Stuart) made several journeys back and forth to St Pauls bay, the bride nearly got there before the groom so they saved the day and did so without even being asked.
We would definately go back - in fact we have booked for July next year already and can see us doing this every year.
There is no reception area, everything is done thorugh the bar area. Some people probably wouldnt like this but we felt it was just part of the relaxed atmoshpere present throughout the resort.
Things that could be improved --
1. irons and ironing boards to be made available
2. get rid of the cats (humanely if possible)
3. Beware of the gardener - he is a very friendly person but he does tend to throw items left around the pool over the wall - such as flip flops and Lilos....if you do lose any, you know where to look.
This is a lovely place to stay and the staff really help to make it special. See next year Yamas!!!!
Mel Mike and their 28 guests who also made the holiday special.

  • Liked — The staff - they are a credit to greek people
  • Disliked — The cats - which can't be helped but we didnt like them anyway.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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s.wales
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2008

best 2weeks holiday we've ever had. we were a party of over 20
there for a wedding. pool was brill, no fighting for the sunbeds
as there was enough for everyone, the staff were very friendly and
helpfull, rooms very clean, food at poolbar was fab and very reasonable. a big thankyou to the owner of lambis studios and a very kind holiday maker (stewart) who saved the wedding when the taxis did not arrive............UP THE SPARTONS..........

  • Liked — FRIENDLY PEOPLE
  • Disliked — all of it
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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1 Thank welshandproud1
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north
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2008

The studios are very clean, spacious and great value for money. The pool a decent size for the number of studios/apartments and there are plenty of sun loungers to go around. It is also nice and cool which is great when the weather there can get very hot indeed. The pool bar is ok, stays open as long as there are people around using it. The food at the pool bar is cheaper than some but not great, the salads especially were very disappointing.

As this is a budget place you can get large groups of people that can take over the pool and make using the pool difficult for others, this is not a problem that the studios should be marked down on but should be noted when thinking about going here.

The walk down to Lindos town is about 10 mins, and is quite steep. We managed it every night and only twice we resorted to getting a taxi back up (4 Euro). There are three perhaps four beaches within walking distance, we went to St Pauls Bay most of the time. The walk is longer and steeper than getting into town and returning in the heat of the day is hard work but the beach is lovely, the bay is stunning. 2 sun lougers and parasol cost 8 Euro for the day and the beach bar serves good food, go for the BBQ for best value and quality.

On the down side, in Lindos there are loads of restaurants many with the option of air con or roof terrace. However almost all the restaurants serve exactly the same food with the same accompaniments to every meal, rice a couple of potatoes and some selection of veg. This was the case whatever main dish you ordered. By the second week it was getting frustrating how monotonous the food was becoming even though we ate in a different place every night. It's also tackily touristy and over priced. For example a magners cider in 1 bar was 8 Euro, on the steep side in my opinion.

Overall a great cheap hotel deal, but don't expect it to be cheap when you get there, not only at the moment is the exchange rate hard on us Brits but Lindos is expensive even when the exchange rate is OK.

  • Liked — It was cheap, tidy, clean and spacious
  • Disliked — The Welsh party of 20 that took over the pool everyday
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Lambis Studios
Address: Lindos 85107, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Rhodes > Lindos
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
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#2 Best Value Hotel in Lindos
#9 Family Hotel in Lindos
#11 Romantic Hotel in Lindos
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Hotel Class:3 star — Lambis Studios 3*
Number of rooms: 32
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