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Lindos Blu Hotel.
Lindos Blu Hotel.

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Hotels and unique places to stay on Rhodes

Rhodes has a wealth of places to stay, ranging from the very big to the very small, and catering to any budget. Many boutique hotels showcase the island’s rich history and cultural mix at the crossroads of East and West, offering a welcome at any time of year, while others focus on the sea and sunshine.

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Captain’s House, Lindos

The homes of the affluent merchant seamen of Lindos in the 16th and 17th centuries were hidden behind high walls and grand doorways, decorated with Byzantine and Arabesque features and pebble mosaic courtyards. The Captain’s House offered through Exclusively Lindos is owned by a local family who handcrafted the interior woodwork. As well as a courtyard for outside dining, there’s a magnificent sala with high painted wooden ceiling and traditional raised platforms for sleeping or just lounging. You can’t beat it for cultural elegance and traditional luxury – in the heart of one of Greece’s most beautiful villages.

Captain’s House

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Koukos Guesthouse, Rhodes New Town (Niohori)

Koukos is one of the most popular coffee and eating haunts with Rhodes town residents, and is cosy, quirky and charming with its Swiss-clock-inspired décor (Koukos means cuckoo) and on-site bakery serving delicious treats – don’t miss the apple pie. But very few people know that around the back is a boutique hotel, and the rooms have all the same charm and comfort. With a smart lobby and Coco-Mat bedding, spacious rooms and retro furnishings, they’re a welcome retreat any time of year. And forget boring buffet breakfasts – everything is made to order. And while it’s walking distance to bustling nightlife, there are also quiet old backstreets to explore.

Koukos Guesthouse

Mandilara 20-22, Rhodes Town

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Nikos Takis Hotel

In Rhodes Old Town, surrounded by the medieval Palace of the Grand Master, the ‘Knights Street’ where all the crusaders had their lodges and the Suleiman Mosque is Nikos Takis Hotel. Its location and atmosphere immerses you at once in the history of Europe’s biggest medieval city. The eight-room hotel is housed in the 1864-built quarters of the Sultan’s harem, and was founded in the 1970s by fashion designers whose clients included Elizabeth Taylor, Sofia Loren, Maria Callas and Jackie Onassis. The Grand Master Emery suite has a bedroom painted yellow and green with pink curtains, a tiled bathroom flooded with sunlight, a big terrace with a cushioned divan from which you can see cruise ships coming in or look up at the stars, while the Ontas suite has a warm, opulent Asia Minor feel, decorated in rich red, orange and burnt umber, with old wooden ceiling beams, hand-painted details and swathes of brocade and silk, and a view of several treasures of the Old Town. Breakfast includes freshly baked cake and pastries and fresh orange juice.

Nikos Takis Hotel

26 Panetiou, Old Town Rhodes

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Ataviros, Embona

In the middle of the island is the highest mountain in the Dodecanese group, Ataviros (also spelled Attavyros), reaching to 1,215 metres and topped by the ruined walls of a temple to Zeus. On its slopes sits the village of Embona, famous for its local products and especially its wineries. The hotel Ataviros is small, family-run, simple and budget-friendly, and has one of the most glorious settings for a swimming pool, surrounded by lush fields with the sheer mountain rising above, and facing out to sea far below. It’s a perfect base for hiking or mountain biking, and the flowers in springtime can make it idyllic.

Ataviros

Kalavarda-Embona Road, Emponas 851 08, Greece

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Close to Merkouris winery, Embona

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Lindos Blu

If you want that Santorini feeling, a cool, luxury five-star hotel built into the rock and an infinity pool looking out to a breath-taking expanse of blue – try Lindos Blu. Minimalist and modern with a sauna and steambath, it also has direct access to a lovely sandy beach on Vlicha Bay. Being adult-only with a focus on pampering and peacefulness, it’s a perfect place to lounge – perhaps after a long night at the nearby Lindos outdoor night club, Amphitheatre, where you can dance in moonlight and (if you stay as long as the Greeks) watch the sun rise over the Aegean.

Lindos Blu

Lindos Blu, Luxury Hotel & Suites, 46.5 KM RHODES -LINDOS AVENUE, Lindos 851 07, Grekland

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