It was our first trip to Greece and we decided to make it an island hopping adventure. I'm a Knights Templar Geek and there was no way I could go to Greece and not stop over on the historic island of Rhodes. We weren't sure if we should stay in a beautiful beach town like Lindos or somewhere in the wonderous Valley of the Butterflies. ...or in Old Town Rhodes, which is the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe and a Unesco World Heritage site. The only thing I cared about was that we would see the Palace of the Grand Masters, the Avenue of the Knights and the former sight of the Colossus of Rhodes. With that in mind, we decided to stay directly in Old Town.
We searched and searched for a hotel in Old Town that was reasonably priced and which had some character or unique personality. All the hotels we saw were modernized and lifeless. I was about to give up and book one of those hotels, when I came upon the Spot Hotel on Perikleus Street, which lies smack in the heart of the former Jewish Quarter. The small hotel was located near the "seahorse" fountain near the city's Port Entrance Gate (aka the Sea Gate and Marine Gate..the locals told us they refer to it as "Colonne" entrance ?? The cab drivers seemed to know what we meant when we asked for it).
Spot hotel is decorated in (modern) Medieval style furnishings and artwork. The details are very pleasing from the Rose door knobs to dark wooden furnishings and classical medieval artwork. We had a bit of difficulty reaching the hotel, as the airport taxi driver did not know of the Spot Hotel or of Perkleous street. He got us near old town and then began asking other cab drivers, who gave him a razing, but eventually told him how to reach the hotel. Cars have restricted access to old town, so when you arrive, be sure to note which entrance gate your hotel is near, this will help if you should leave the city and need to get back or if you get lost and need to find your way home. The hotel is small and dark inside, but i'm sure the darkness is in intentional immitation of the dark ages. There is a small lobby with couch and television, a kitchen/dining area just to the left and a hallway which leads to the back "patio" area, where there are more outdoor tables for dining. The front of the hotel faces the very small Perikleous street which is busy with rows of shops, but it is not a bustling main street, as you will find just a few blocks away at the Evreon Matirion area (means "Square of the Martyred Jews" - a tribute to the Jews from this area, who were rounded up and sent to Auschwitz. It is also known as "Seahorse fountain").
The rooms are of adequate size (small if you have a lot of luggage - which is typical in Europe, the UK and many other parts of the world). The bed was sufficiently comfortable. We had no issues with lumps or springs or in getting to sleep. There is a small toilet area. Barely big enough for one, but that suits me just fine - I hate having to share the bathroom when I am trying to get dressed. Our room (I believe it was number 4?), had a very strong breeze coming through it, when opened - which was nice. Looking out the window, there wasn't much of a view - bascially just a tree and the hotel's back patio below. There was a large, heavy armoire which was a very period piece (a reproduction?) and was big enough to fit everything we cared to store in it. There is a room safe, which we didn't need. There was no need for A/C while we were there, the breeze from the window was plenty enough to keep us cool. The hotel lies on a small side street which juts off of the "Seahorse Square", which is bustling with people, restaurants (some open til 11pm, some open til 5am), but it was quiet enough that we had no trouble getting to sleep. We wer quite happy with our room.
Breakfast consisted of toast, rolls, pastries, juices, coffee, cereal, resh fruit and yogurt..a smaller spread than other places we had been, but good enough to get us going in the morning. It was set up in the downstairs dining area in a "serve yourself" fashion. The hotel owner/bellhop (the owner's son), Michael was never far away and alway ready to help you with everything you may need, whether it be directions to a good sea food place, where to catch a cab, whether or not to bother with certain questionable attractions, etc. We took quite a liking to Michael while were were at the hotel and we were sad to say goodbye when it was time to go.
We spent very little of our time at the hotel, as we were out and about all day, but we had absolutely NO issues while we were in house. Anything we could so much as suggest that we might want, Michael was ready to help us find. If you think it's easy to find a good Mexican Place in Greece, you will really appreciate the likes of Michael, when you attempt to locate such a thing.
The hotel has a roof garden area, where you can sit and watch the sunset, stare at the city walls which surround the entire city or at certain times of the day, be amazed at the enourmous cruise ships which float past, behind the other buildings of the city, leaving one dazed and disoriented if you do not know to expect such a thing. It's as if a building had picked itself up and is moving slowly down the street!
Of all the places we visited in Rhodes, the Spot Hotel is the place where we feel we got the most for our money. It isn't really a family place (small rooms, no children's play areas, no pool, etc), but that's why we chose to stay here. I would highly recommend this place to anybody looking to get their money's worth out of a stay in Old Town, but I especially recommend this for couples/romance and history buffs.
The city of Rhodes is completely walkable (very few cars can fit on its streets - even scooters aren't as abundant as one would guess they would be), there are ancient ruins everywhere from temples, palaces, byzantine structures, etc. Wherever you walk, you are within inches of something ancient and/or important. There are numerous streets that don't even have official names (so be sure to note your landmarks as you walk around town), every corner you turn will lead you to another fork in the road with tiny streets and alleys shooting off from it in every direction, twisting and turning upon themselves. All of them loaded with goods for sale, bars, restaurants, art galleries, etc. For a fee, on certain days you can walk along the city walls (beware because the day we went, they weren't allowing this). This walk takes a couple of hours and affords you views of the ocean, the ancient city and all it contains. One of the bigger dissappointments of our trip was not being able to make this walk. There are sandy beaches to the north which are in Elli - a beach town that also has a casino in a fantastic old building for those of you that gamble. We walked there in about an hour (maybe a bit less?). You will need a passport, you must be 23 years old and attire is casual during the day and more business casual at night. There is also a registration fee (about $15 USD). I'm told there are other Casino's near-by, but I never came across any of them. Elli beach has some sand, but the closer to the water you go, the more it becomes rocky, which makes it a bit hard on the fee to swim, so bring your sea shoes. And most sandy beaches are packed full of tourists/families, which make a relaxing day at the beach a difficult task. Loungers w/ umbrella can run anywhere from free (at beaches further from the main towns) to 7 Euros per day (which is highway robbery, IMHO). Further south are the attractions of Kimrose, Valley of the Butterflies and the ancient city of Lindos, which are all things not to be missed. I think it best, to pick one day of your trip, rent a car and drive out of Old Town to see the sights. You won't need or want a car the rest of the time. They can't be brought into the city and there isn't a lot of free parking nearby. Also, you won't need it while in Old Town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located in Rhodes, just 100 metres from the scenic Old Town, Spot Hotel features a furnished roof garden with views over the town. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The rooms of Spot are fitted with antique-style furnishings and patchwork-style bedspreads. Each is equipped with a fridge and a safe. The private bathroom is stocked with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Guests may start their day with a breakfast or enjoy drinks, coffees and light meals at the medieval-decorated breakfast room. Several restaurants, bars and shops are within a short walk from the property. A sandy beach is accessible within proximity. Rhodes Port and a bus station are a 10-minute walk away, while Rhodes International Airport is 16 km away. Ammoudes Village and its beach are at a distance of 11 km. Car rental services can be provided and free parking can be found nearby. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Spot Hotel Rhodes Town
- Spot Hotel Rhodes, Greece