Rhodes - accommodation suggestions
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Mar 28, 2013 7:43 AM Last Post By: jimath
Mar 5, 2013 9:24 AM
Rhodes - accommodation suggestionsHi all,
I've just booked flights to Rhodes in the first week of April for a week long stay of exploring the culture and having a good old relax. I am just wanting opinions on where is best to stay having never visited the island before. It's difficult to get genuine unbiased opinions on websites so am looking at this forum for suggestions! The worst place I could stay would be somewhere with a lot of noisy nightlife so am slightly wary of staying in one of the hotels along the coast in Rhodes town. I'd love to stay in the old town because it looks so beautiful and charming but, again, am looking for recommendations and am conscious that it might be more pricey here. No real stipulations, just quiet, clean and relatively cheap! All the better if it is charming! I am also toying with the idea of Lindos but am aware I don't have a car so don't want to be stranded there for a week and not like it!
Suggestions welcome. Have you stayed at any friendly hotels or b and bs that you would go back to in an instant?
Many thanks in advance :)
Mar 5, 2013 2:46 PM
1I think it's smart to stay in Old Town off-season, there's much more going on there, and the bus to Lindos is handy and easy. In Old Town, the magic is staying down one of the cobbled lanes, near to the 600-year-old walls. A place we liked a lot right next to the wall, was the Pink Elephant B & B, but alas, as of Dec 2012, it closed ... sigh. Another place, often recommended by internet friends from US who visit regularly and who like good value, is SPOT Hotel http://www.spothotelrhodes.gr/ just 11 rooms, B & B, with dynamite location, yet quiet & private with lovely courtyard, and in April a double is just €80 ... Trip Advisor reviews are usually good, with one warning to stay away from room 7 (I can't remember why, Ithink it was small).
Mar 5, 2013 3:32 PM
Mar 6, 2013 2:36 AM
3Hotels inside old town are a bit more pricey than on other locations, rightly so of course. If you prefer to save a few money and you are fine with a clean, tidy but rather forgettable hotel (I mean absolutely good value for money but nothing to write homme about) you may want to check Hermes near Madraki harnour, 5 minutes walk to the old town. It is owned by two brothers who can offer you may info on Rhodes and you may choose if you'd like some breakfast or not, so if oyu are not a breakfast person you may save some money there too.
Lindos is not so remote a place, there are actually a few buses per day connecting Lindos with Rhodes town and other areas. On April it might feel far too quiet I guess, but might suit you if you want some isolation, just soak in the feeling of been there, walk around its lanes, enjoy the views and so on...
Rhodes Town has more to offer in terms of sites to visit such as open air ancient sites, museums etc plus of course the old town is a great place to walk around and enjoy the surroundings. More facilities there too (shops, taverns, bars etc.)
You are talking about two completely different settings here.... Both places are popular in season but note that Rhodes Town is a city by Greek standards (around 50 000 pernament population) while Lindos is a village (around 1200 pernament population).
Mar 6, 2013 8:14 AM
I'm dimitris from instyle villas.
Rhodes is wonderful. I strongly believe that you have to stay in the city center.
The island has great transportation and you can move in any place you want. Such as Kalithea, Faliraki, Lindos etc.
Don't use any taxi for your transportation cause they are a little bit expensive.
You can find nice hotels in the city center and not too expensive for the period you want to visit Rhodes. Try Koukos and Mezes for food :-)
Mar 6, 2013 11:26 PM
5Thank you all! Jan, Spot hotel looked absolutely lovely but a bit too pricey for me. I went with Niki's in the end but splashed out on a balcony room!
Dimitris, what would you recommend instead of a taxi to get from the airport to our accommodation in the old part of the city? I have read on here that taxis often try and fleece unsuspecting new comers! Any advice gratefully received. Also, are there any particularly nice but relatviely inexpensive restaurants near Niki's in the old part you could recommend?
Really looking forward to it :)
Mar 7, 2013 12:48 AM
Mar 7, 2013 2:04 AM
7If you ring Niki's , Mikalis may pick you up from the bus stop.
There is a small cheap family restaurant just close by called Yannis. He cooked in a famous New York restaurant before returning. One of those delightful places where they keep bringing free tastes of food and fruit through the evening and we became addicted. Mama sees all from her perch near the door.
Back near the bus stop is Indigo which looks a bit hippie but is excellent.
Mar 7, 2013 8:13 AM
8I'm glad someone mentioned Niki's because it's another place near the walls, which I liked the look of. A special neat find, walking down the cobbled lane with the overhead stone arches (Omiru?) Is an opening, a break, in the inside wall leading to a tiny "square." There is a ruin of a mosque, and an odd structure, which someone told me was a "fountain houee?" where the devout would wash hands before entering mosque. There are also 3 tiny cafes in this space, and a grassy area. Very "private", open to the sky.
Mar 8, 2013 5:44 AM
9Thanks for your recommendations everyone. If you have more do let me know as always good to go with word of mouth! Is it worth getting money out in advance of are there cash machines regularly available? Do most places take Visa?
Any of you bird people and know where to see some good bird species on the island without the aid of a car? I'd love to see bee eaters and elenora's falcon! A bit of a specific ask but thought I'd ask all the same, just in case!
Mar 8, 2013 8:05 AM
10You will not have problems finding ATM machines in Rhodes. Visa is not something the Greek are too keen on. It is more widely accepted in major towns compared to villages, but few of the cheaper tavernas will accept it.
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