Spirit of the Knights

Old Town, Rhodes, Greece Book from

A tranquil and charming family run hotel, tucked beneath the ramparts in Rhodes' Old Town
Hidden havens are something of a holy grail for us, especially on a bustling island like Rhodes; so to discover this tranquil 6-room sleepery tucked right beneath the ramparts of its UNESCO-classed medieval Old Town was a real revelation. Step out of the taxi where it can go no further and you're met by the amiable Alex, who leads you through a web of low-arched, echoing alleys to a daunting looking wall.

Within, softened by lanterns and a rippling Jacuzzi-pool, you’ll find a listed 14th-century knights' lodging, lovingly renovated over 4 years in close consultation with the Greek archaeology department and local craftsmen. Overseeing it all is British artist Felicity Marshall who, with the help of her children, runs the place in a relaxed yet professional way. A medieval fountain looks out onto a spacious green courtyard, a 500-year-old domed hammam is still in use as a private steam room; even the radiators are made of marble.

From the light-filled breakfast lounge, next to the lovely Knight's Chamber, an external flight of stone stairs lead steeply to a salon on the first floor. Papered with books from floor to lofty timbered ceiling, this magnificent communal space is the kingpin around which the hotel's 5 other suites revolve. Some have mezzanine bedrooms (handy for kids), others are more romantic with hanging candelabras and stained-glass windows - but all have that happy combination of medieval grandeur and modern comfort.


  • A welcoming oasis-like retreat after a day spent wandering the city walls and narrow cobbled streets within
  • Gorgeous outdoor courtyard with a Jacuzzi tub and sunloungers, plus lots of shaded nooks and a dipping pool for cooling down after a day of sightseeing
  • Rhodes Town itself - a medieval gem (especially out of season), with narrow alleys, atmospheric restaurants, grand palaces - all on your doorstep
  • Superbly comfortable Coco Mat kingsize beds decked out with natural fibre linens
  • A green hotel: low-energy light sources, solar-powered hot water and eco-friendly toiletries


  • Noise from the street (especially in summer); light sleepers should choose rooms giving onto the courtyard or shut the window and switch on the air-con
  • A steep staircase to suites on the upper floor - folk with mobility problems should book the Knight's Chamber
  • It's difficult to park near the hotel - call Alex in advance and he'll send a cart for your luggage

Best time to go

The hotel is open all year round. If you’re keen on exploring the area without the crowds, pack a brolly and come in winter when the weather’s generally warm, but occasionally rainy. Fans of animated nightlife and lively beaches will want to be here from June to September, but book well in advance to ensure a room during these frenetic months.

Our top tips

Pack a book about the Crusaders; you'll become fascinated by virtue of staying here. If visiting outside of summer, bring warm jumpers for evenings - things can get surprisingly chilly.

Great for...

City Style
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 6
  • Breakfast (+ restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


Apart from the Knight's Chamber on the ground floor, all of the suites are accessed via a steep stone staircase leading to the salon on the first floor. Each is architecturally different, though there are common themes: stone arches and marble floors, Turkish fireplaces, brass braziers, hanging iron candelabras, colourful kilims and stained glass windows, plus fabulous deep-pile Coco Mat beds (the Greek equivalent of Hypnos or Sealy). And given the local penchant to over-decorate historic buildings, the decor is mercifully unkitsch, with walls washed in earthy pastel hues, and no plastic in sight. Bathrooms are stocked with eco-friendly smellies and have marble basins and baths with massage showers.

If you want luxurious privacy and fabulous views over the city’s cannon-ball pocked ramparts, pick the top-floor Grand Master’s Suite, reached by a narrow and steep private staircase. We loved the beautiful big ornate bedroom and the massive bathroom.

For families or folk seeking extra space, the Ottoman and Crusader Suites with their original 5-metre high timbered ceilings, have a separate mezzanine floor with a seating/sleeping area, whilst the Rodos and Pasha Suites have their own lounges. If you love a bit of pampering, choose the Pasha Suite, which has that stunning private hammam. If you’re less mobile, the Knight’s Chamber, which opens onto the ground floor courtyard, is your best bet.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


Breakfast is simple but very nice, served out in the courtyard on little white-clothed tables. It's a peaceful and serene spot and we loved the creamy Greek yoghurt served with seasonal fruit and lashings of local honey, followed by yummy Greek omelettes washed down with fresh orange juice and coffee.

On chilly mornings, the lounge is a cosy place to eat, but when the sun shines - as it does most days - it’s much nicer to enjoy your meal under a parasol in the courtyard, feeding crumbs to the birds that come to sip at the fountain.

No other meals are served, but there are dozens of options nearby. Huddled around Menekleous street and the web of alleys leading from Sokratous street, most of the Old Town’s main restaurants are within easy reach of the hotel. You’ll find a great Greek atmosphere and fairly good value food. Dinner at Marco Polo’s one night is a must - the stunning courtyard garden has got to be the prettiest dining spot in the old town, the food is glorious and they have the warmest staff. For something a bit different try Tamam in the new town for inventive modern twists on Greek classics. They don’t take reservations so go early to avoid the queue!

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Restaurants nearby


  • Visit the Old Town's grand Master Palace: 24 rooms jam-packed with antique furniture, sculptures, mosaics and other oriental artefacts

  • Soak up stunning views as you take the vertiginous 4km walk around the city walls, built on top of the Byzantine fortifications between 1330 and 1522

  • Get to grips with modern Greek art at the municipal art gallery, which showcases the country’s best 20th-Century offerings

  • Soak in the Kallithea Springs, a thermal spa centre an hour from Rhodes that’s been in use since ancient times and is said to cure everything from eczema to backache

  • Make like James Bond at the casino Rhodos, where 300 slot machines and 34 table games are housed in the legendary Grande Albergo delle Rose building, once host to the likes of Tito, Winston Churchill and Moshe Dayan

  • Visit the stunning 10th-century Acropolis above the magical hill-top town of Lindos. This citadel was fortified successively by the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Knights of St John and the Ottomans

  • Play a few rounds at Afandou, an 18-hole golf course 30 minutes out of town

  • Back at the hotel, relax in the courtyard garden, sit in the Jacuzzi or book an in-room massage; whatever you fancy doing, the staff are very helpful, and reception is staffed 24/7

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing
  • Yoga


All ages are welcome.

Best for:

Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Parents with younger kids will probably prefer the Rodos and Pasha suites which have their own lounges so there's space for a rollaway bed. Older children will love the Ottoman and Crusader suites with their mezzanine sleeping areas (n.b. steep steps) providing 1 or 2 additional single beds respectively.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

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