The air con or con air as we called it is expensive but a must at 110 euros for a 2 week stay plus 18 euros for saftey deposit box key. The electric is worked via a key inserted into slot, this means air con cannot be put on whilst out as convienently the key and fob are welded together [nice touch]. All doors and window have to be shut for it to operate. This can be overcome on arriving home of an evening by sitting on the balcony and closing doors for 10 mins for room to cool as it will be stifflingly hot.
If wishing to keep room on after 12pm on day of departure this costs 30 euros my husband and I over came this by showering at the pool side. Antonio the owner can been seen as standoffish but personally I think he is shy and does not want to intrude on his guests, once you get chatting to him he is pleasant enough, helpful with directions places to see etc. Beware he can arrange car/bike hire we got caught and arranged to hire a bike for one week via him .......... when we went into Lindos village the same bike cost 40 euros cheaper.
All in all i would recommend Raphael Studios to stay if you want peace, quiet and relaxation. It is a bit out of the way but then its not expensive to stay there either.
The pool area is quiet with plenty of sun beds so no need to rush out and place towels early of a morning. Snacks and drinks at the snack bar are not cheap but then there a plenty of little supermarkets to purchase cheap bottles of beer for 80 cents which we did regularly and drank on our balcony.
My husband and I enjoyed our stay at Raphael Studios. Would we go back? I doubt it as we did not like Rhodes its far to commercialised and very very expensive compared to the other Greek islands as they say the world is a very big place with lots to see.
After reading many good and excellent reviews of this accomodation we expected a warm welcome and clean studios which was not the case. We arrived at 2am during a thunderstorm and heavy rain with no staff at the accomodation and no reception we were simply given a hand drawn map and left outside front gates of the Rafael and had to find our own roomm making our way around a very slippery and flooded pool area.
Upon finding our room we found it to be unclean, floor was filthy, kitchen sink and cooker hobs were stained and then on opening kitchen cupboards were horrified to discover dead insects particulary woodlice in amongst grime and dust all around the pots and pans etc, further long-dead woodlice were down the sides of the fridge unit again in amongst much dirt and grime. The bedroom area was just as bad, bedsheets were dirty and stained burn marks up the walls from all of the wall plugs and the bed side cabinets also covered in a film of dirt. Then to our amazement the Safe!! This was anything but safe, simply glued into a plywood wardrobe, the safe could easily have been broke out although this would not be needed as the wardrobe wasnt even secured to the wall or floor, We were so dissapointed we contacted our Thomson 24/7 emergency telephone no instantly to complain.
We visited family staying at nearby Lindos Gardens first thing in the morning with no problems and were made welcome here, we all then went upto the Rafael and were instantly met at our room by a very annoyed member of staff telling us no family or friends were welcome at our room.
After a couple of nights sleeping in our room because there was no availability to be moved rooms we heard noises which upon investigatoin we found the noise to be coming from the wooden bed slats holding the mattress, we removed several of these which were being eaten from the inside by some sort of insects.
Just to complete our stay, on the last day after vacating our room and leaving our suitcases by the pool area along with other peoples cases, when we returned to collect them for departure later in the day the combination lock and name tags were missing on one of the cases leaving us with concerns that our bags may have been tampered with.
Our stay at the Rafael Studios was not as good as we expected and we certainly would not consider returning.
Travel operator: Tthomson
It was about a 10 min walk into the centre of Lindos where there is plenty of shops, restaurants and a few bars. This has got to be one of my favourite places because lindos is beautiful.
Both are highly recommended.
Travel operator: Kosmar
They are adult exclusive and so the only noise during the day is the braying of the odd donkey. There are enough loungers for everyone no matter what time of day you get up and out. The owner lives on site and keeps everything ship shape.
The pool bar is great and he will serve food and drinks as long as anyone wants them.
The apartments are cleaned daily and are of a good size. There is a supermarket about 5mins from the apartments and the walk down into town is about a further 15 min. Easy going on the way down but the hill is a killer on the way back up - a taxi is only 4E.
We had a lovely, relaxing holiday and will look forward to returning.
Travel operator: Kosmar
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