“A tranquil and charming family run hotel, tucked beneath the ramparts in Rhodes' Old Town”
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.
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!
All ages are welcome.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
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 cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking