We've just returned from a week at the Sunrise, and I think much of what has been said is quite right. HOWEVER - no-one should book any holiday, anywhere, without doing the research first, as it is so easy to do these days !
We wanted a week doing very little, with sun, sea, sand and no worries - and that's exactly what we got ! Yes, we were possibly the only English couple there, and no, we don't speak French, but that did not stop my husband from winning his first- ever attempt at Petanque !
We were expecting this heavily-French bias from the reviews and our own research, so we took things to do in the evening, and enjoyed lots of much-needed R&R. We were very impressed with the cleanliness, and the friendliness of the staff - you will usually receive what you give in life !
The food is a little uninspiring, but that's Greece !! I absolutely love the Greek Islands, and have visited very many of them - but I don't go for the food ! Ever !! It is perfectly adequate for a week to ten days, and if you want something very different, then pay double and go five-star !
The alfresco dining is a joy - again we were expecting it, so clearly we dressed accordingly. The dress code is non-existent, so just be comfortable. It's a holiday not a fashion show ! The French will win, anyway !!
The sunbeds around the pool get towels on them by 6.30am, and there are not really enough of them. We chose to got to the beach for three days as it was such a joy and the beds have 8-10 cms of foam rubber, and are lovely, (and the only noise is the sound of waves lapping on the shore). We considered them well worth paying for - five euros each to occupy them from breakfast till 7pm ! (and only till then because we chose to go to the bar for a sundowner, rather than taking it back to the beach - all of two minutes ). The sea is lovely - clean and sheltered, with no risk of being run over by idiots with powerboats etc.
I find all the fuss about taxis very interesting. There is a very good bus service, with the stop right outside the hotel. One Euro 60 cents to Pefki or Lindos. Fifteen minutes. Where's the problem ? We chose to stay out longer, have a meal and enjoy the different atmosphere in both places. Five Euros home from Pefki, and ten home from Lindos. For however many people there are in the car. I think that's a cheap day out !!
The lack of air-conditioning was a bit of a pain, it seems the contract starts on the 15th June, and I do think this should be made clear before booking. We left the patio door open as there are insect screens which seemed to be fine. Our room was on the first floor (Greeks call it the Second, as they don't use 'Ground' as a label), so there is absolutely not the slightest chance of anyone being able to get in. You couldn't do this at ground level. If your room faces the pool, there is a noise issue in the evening, but we sleep well so it didn't bother us. Yes the beds may seem firm, but compared to many in other Greek islands they are feather-soft !
As usual, people complain about things because they are 'not what they're used to'. If this is you - then stay home ! Travel is all about widening one's experience of life, not 'home with the sun out' !! We are considering returning later in the year . . . So enjoy !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sunrise hotel is located just a few kilometers from the historical village of Lindos in Rhodes. The area is called Pefkoi (which means Pine Tree) which is small and colorful.Your experience is completed in our charming rooms. Four different room types will cater to your needs: spacious, most of them with view to the sea and private balconies where you can enjoy moments of relaxation while gazing at the endless blue...All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, private bathrooms, TV, hairdryer and telephone. The hotel offers a large swimming pool with sun beds and parasols. You can enjoy your coffee, soft drinks or even an afternoon cocktail while enjoying moments of refreshment in the cool waters. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunrise Hotel Lindos, Rhodes