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.
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