I have just come back from a week at the Bel Mare hotel in lardos, Rhodes with my fiance, We had a fantastic holiday and neither of us were ready to come home. The hotel is in an idylic setting, a small place called Lothiarika, about 2km from Lardos (20 minute walk) and Pefkos. The gorgeous sandy beach was a two minute walk from the hotel. When arriving at the Bel Mare very early in the morning, we received a very warm welcome from Nicos, the son of the owner.
The rooms were basic but clean with twin beds. Each room has an air conditioning unit at a cost of 7Euros per day. The rooms were cleaned every day except for Sunday although the towels and bed linen were only changed twice in the week that we were there, the first time being the day after we arrived.
The bathrooms let the rooms down. They were very small with a huge sink which only just allowed the door to shut, leaving little floor space. The bath was obviously a dated fawn colour, and had been painted over with white paint???? which had started to chip and you could see the drip marks from the paint. The bath was fine to stand in for the shower, but I wouldn't have fancied taking a bath. The shower was a hand held shower that did fit onto a small hook on the wall, but when on the hook just faced the wall so it was easier to just hold it. The toilet seat didn't really fit and the toilet itself looked like it needed a good clean.
The hotel was quiet in the evening with the sounds from the pool bar (open as long as people wanted it) not carrying to the rooms. However the walls are quite thin and we were able to hear someone talking loudly on the balcony of the room next door.
The pool area for the hotel was lovely, very clean with plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas and a lovely view of the hotel . There is a poolside bar with a shaded area to sit and eat/drink. The pool bar didn't really serve food but they did provide pizzas which were very good.
The hotel is owned and run by the ex mayor of Lardos and his two sons who are all very friendly and approachable. The two sons especially were very friendly and made a point of chatting to the guests and getting to know them by name.
The hotel offers a continental breakfast which was the same every day, coffee, bread roll with a selection of ham and cheese, and jams and marmalade. Some days a glass of orange squash was also brought but some days it wasn't. Breakfast was served from the pool bar.
I felt the hotel to be a very safe place although we did discover two days before the end of the holiday that when our room was locked, a hard push to the door was enough to open it. However, we didn't feel the need to change rooms that late into our holiday and didn't worry about our safety or that of our belongings.
I found the Bel Mare a very friendly, safe and attractive hotel and would definately stay there again if I were to go back to Rhodes. Talking to George (the owner) we found that they are planning to spend the winter doing the hotel up, especially the lobby where there is a restaurant set up but never used, and updating the rooms. The Bel Mare has the grounds and the potential to be a first class hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the enchanting Lothiarika area of Lardos Village, Belmare Hotel provides the perfect accompaniment to your stay in Rhodes whether it is for a magical holiday, a romantic getaway, honeymoon or any special occasion. Discover miles of sandy beaches and experience the thrilling water sports only minutes away from the Hotel. Belmare Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Lothiarika, with bars, restaurants, supermarkets, souvenir shops, beaches, a golf course, car & motorbike rental agencies and a bus stop minutes away from the hotel. Plunge into the outdoor pool with the magnificent Lardos View pool bar serving the most exquisite drinks. Enjoy your favorite refreshing Cocktail while soaking up the Greek sun. Savor the delectable dishes at the Sea View dining area, serving Greek, Caribbean and European cuisine. Enjoy the convenience of the latest technology including high-speed internet access. Belmare Hotel is an exquisite 3-star Hotel with 50 tastefully decorated rooms (queen size double beds and twin beds), including 12 superior/family rooms with a separate seating. Each room has its own private balcony overlooking the freshly manicured gardens, the spellbinding beach or the exciting Lothiarika region. All rooms are recently renovated with the best in class amenities. We guarantee, you will fall in love with the newly refurbished Belmare Hotel and cherish every moment of your vocation with us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bel Mare Hotel Rhodes/Lardos