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Dionysos Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Iliadon St, Rhodes Town 851 00, Greece   |  
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Ranked #21 of 121 Hotels in Rhodes Town
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“As twinkly as the pictures :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2010

Stayed for 7 nights. 2 minutes from the coast where buses run between airport and Rhodes Town regularly, and nice price :). Rhodes was fascinating, loved wandering the back streets and finding little restaurants!
Hotel was lovely and clean, our room was tidied, we had our beds made and had fresh towels every day. Had everything we needed and more, might be useful to know it comes with a proper kitchenette (hobs, fridge, kettles) and saucepans/plates etc so you can self cater in the evenings. Room was huge, personally we found the beds lovely; very large, and firm but not hard.
Pool was lovely, nice mixture of shade and sun during the daytime, and indescribably beautiful at night, when you can't swim but the lights make the whole place feel so magical!
Good breakfast, fabulous choice of foods, you'd need to be Really fussy not to find something you like. Good choice of hotel bars/restaurants. Average priced, but good food.

NB go to the seafront and turn left. About 2 minutes walk is a bar with around 11big screen tvs, showing all the major football/sports/xfactor etc going on all at once. My partner loved it, watching Liverpool on one screen with Arsenal on another and Chelsea on the other side of the bar, such a fantastic atmosphere with all the fans! Don't eat there though, I got food poisoning.

Lindos Definitely worth a day trip, but stay on this side of the island, because it's much easier to get in/out of Rhodes Town/ to the airport/generally more to do, rather than the half hour coach trip from Faliraki. Drove past and it looked So tacky!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

Ok, let me get the worst out first...I hated how the balconies were basically just one long one with metal dividers between each room, both guests on either side were smokers and whilst getting ready in the evenings or mornings we regularly had to slide the door shut so that the smoke didn't stink out our room, they may as well have been smoking on our balcony, non-smoking floors would be a welcome relief for non-smokers. We also hated that there is NO ENGLISH TV!! Every channel is either German or Greek!! Not that we planned to sit in and watch TV all day but again getting ready in the morning and evenings we were often amused at how little the hotel catered for us Brits. I hated that whatever time you went to the pool, sunbeds WERE reserved with towels despite notices advising guests not to do so. The rooms *looked* clean but after using one of the towels to wipe up a spillage on the floor, it came up BLACK...the floors were absolutely filthy. Despite using up all the hotel soap we were not restocked, we used shampoo/bath foam as hand wash. We were quite disappointed that we couldn't (pay for) get an upgrade to a suite or something being that it was our honeymoon but hey ho.. The rooms, although nice did not have the spectacular finish I would have expected looking at the pictures on the net.

Otherwise a quite pleasant place to stay, staff were very helpful. The public areas were kept immaculate with cleaners working around the clock, the breakfast room was managed extra effectively for the amount of guests they have. The breakfast co-ordinator was really lovely - wish I could remember her name but she also worked in the pool bar. The beds were comfortable for us - although I did think they were quite hard at first but then after many a day sightseeing we could have slept on a rock and been ok. The grounds are very, very pretty, the pools are lovely to sit by (we didn't ever go in) and the hotel is pretty to look at (as long as you don't look up). The food was plentiful and good, we ate well every breakfast. They arranged champagne for us when we arrived - that was lovely.

In all, I've had better experiences in 3* hotels. It was ok but I must admit a little disappointment when we got there.

  • Stayed September 2009
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2009

We looked for a 4* hotel not too far from old Rhodes and this one seemed to fit the bill. We stayed for 10 days and enjoyed our stay at the hotel.

The good:
- Not too far from town (1.50 euro bus ride, one-way)
- Short walk to the beach
- Nice pool area although a salt water pool takes getting used to
- Good size rooms and very clean.
- Internet access relatively cheap at 7.50 euros for 1-1/2 hours (although I have read reviews of 4-5 for 30 minutes, don't know where that comes from unless they changed the rates recently. I have paid as much as 10 euros for 15 minutes in other hotels!)
- Good restaurants in the hotel with prices slightly higher than what you pay on the boulevard but much better quality. However, after being there for 10 days, the choice becomes limited
- Contrary to some reviewers we found the staff to be very pleasant and helpful
- The hotel is kept very clean. Anything that does not belong gets immediately cleaned up.
- Nightly entertainment

The not so good:
- Although we are used to sleeping on hard beds, the beds here may be hard to take for those not used to it
- There are too few parasols to accomodate the many sunbeds around the pool.
- The sunbeds are in serious need of re-upholstering. They sag pretty bad right now
- I paid 26 euros for the use of a safe in the room. A) this is expensive as most hotels offer this for free, B) they are rather small, maybe 7 by 3 inch opening and 4 inches deep and C) they are the type that use a key which means you always have to walk around with a big key in your pocket (room number attached!!). For 26 euros or less I can BUY such a safe. What they should have is the electronic type where the guest can choose his own combination.
- As in most warm countries, the door key must be used to get electricity in the room (including air-conditioning) No key in the receiver, no electricity. This is fine if you have a card type door lock, but the doors at the Dionysos use regular door keys with a big magnet to activate the electricity. Works perfectly fine and dandy as long as you do NOT put your bank card or credit card in the same pocket. If you do there is a good chance you will fry your encoded data and will no longer be able to get money from an ATM or use your card to pay for something.
- Tiny elevators that only take 3 people, 4 at most with little room to spare. Forget 3 people with luggage
- Breakfast becomes a bore after 3 days

Impressions of Rhodes:
- The beaches are poor on the west side and mostly rocks. Makes for difficult and sometimes painful entry and exit of the water. The better beaches are on the east side.
- The beaches are not maintained or cleaned. Some areas have a lot of washed-up debris, mostly platics bottles and such
- In the immediate vicinity of the hotel there is very little if anything to do and good restaurants on the boulevard are few and far between.
- The old town is nice, but one visit will suffice. It is a huge collection of restaurants, souvenir and jewellery shops, all selling the same food and the same stuff.
- We rented a car for one day to tour the island and also visited Lindos. Nice small town, more of the same shops, one after the other. For the rest, the island is rather dull and offers not much in terms of nice things to see nor nice panoramic views.
If given a choice, Crete would be a much better choice as a destination.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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belfast
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2009

I have almost the same views and experiences as the previous review.

The hotel is just off the main road along the beach and has its own driveway, which is great as the other hotels seemed to go straight onto the road. Lovely gardens to walk through.

Beds were hard but i liked that, so i suppose it depends on what your preference is, my sleep was sound except i couldnt quite get used to the whirr of the A/C, ear plugs a must, but my husband slept like a log! Rooms very clean and so was the rest of the hotel - i cant fault them on cleanliness as the maids were always running around with dusters to keep the place spotless. Lazy cats which seems to belong to the hotel were dotted around the reception and lounge area which gave the place a real homely feel, as well as the furniture, mirrors and cute little tiles and pictures on the wall, which makes me suspect it is a family run hotel, not corporate or like those clinical hotels. Very nice touch even though the style is a little dated in places.

Pool area was excellent but get down around 10 to get the best spots as there were a few die hard sunbathers who got out there as soon as breakfast was done. Beach towels can be bought at the supermarkets nearby for a little as 4/5 euros, so we got ours there and threw them out when we left, more space in your case!

Staff are really friendly and always smiling and speak good English. Even the maids are very friendly and always say hello when you pass them - (which in my experience in hotels doesnt happen very often and are usually the most grumpy).

Food at the pool bar and grill was nice enough with a good variety, but not amazing. After a few times, preferred to eat out, but were were only on bed an breakfast so at least we had that option. Breakfast was huge with plenty of choice from the buffet, but they could have changed the choice of hot food around a bit more often. But very satisfying.

Entertainment was something different every night, some of which was really cheesy (think Phoenix nights) and a bit eye rolling, like the magician who could have been a bit more daring for it to be nearly exciting and did nothing more than the usual tricks you have seen before. I was so bored I drew an eye in black eyeliner on my hand in David Blane stylee and showed it to the barman, but it was a wasted joke. The brazilian dancers and greek dancers were good though. Be prepared to join in. But they could have made the entertainment last longer though than just an hour. Our room was at the front of the hotel and on the balcony we could hear the Rodos Palace hotel having their greek nights and it sounded like they had a whole band as the music was quite lively and we were a little jealous.

Ixia itself and shops and other bars and restaurants are a short walk away, keep on going down the road to the left at the lights and 15 mins along is Coconut restaurant which does really nice food - go for something Greek, it was amazing and the staff are super friendly. There isnt much up the road to the right at the lights except for a few bars and shops. But you really should get the bus to Rhodes, its only 1.50 euro each way where theres much more to do and see. The downside is that Ixia is a bit of a tourist area and not much else. If you want more authentic greece, go to Lindos.

Very impressed with the hotel but its location is a bit limited as the real nightlife is hard to find in the few sleepy dated restaurants and bars in Ixia. Rhodes town is much more modern and lively but maybe we just went at the wrong time of year?

I am 27 and this time wanted a relaxing holiday with my husband with a few historical visits and thats what we got. Next time we go to Rhodes will be staying in Lindos for its authentic greekness, charm and clubbing/bars but staying at the north if the island again, would stay at Dionysos.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Feltham, London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2009

Before choosing to stay at the Dionysos, I had been looking for a good holiday deal close to Rhodes for about 2 months (!) so despite a few negative comments I had read on TripAdvisor, this hotel looked like one of the best available.
On arrival at Rhodes airport we jumped into a taxi which was a 15 min drive away from the hotel and cost 15 euros, which we were pretty happy with.
First impressions of the hotel were great. Although it was night time when we arrived, the hotel was beautifully lit and looked lovely. The hand crafted stone enterance, marble floors and unique mix between old and new decoartion was beautifully done.
The receptionist was friendly, and spoke very good English, and within a few minutes we had checked in and were on our way up to our room. The next morning we arranged for access to the safe in our room, which was 26 euros for 10 days.
We also asked about towels for the poolside, as a note in the room said not to take the towels from the room down to the pool. They advised that they don't hire out towels for the pool (contray to their internet site), so we had to go and buy some which was a little annoying. Anyway, moving on here is my full review...
The Rooms - the rooms were fine, well decorated, nicely air conditioned, had a nice big balcony and were very clean. There were no tea or coffee making facilities which would have been nice, and there was no iron which would have been handy, but, we did have a fridge which was a bonus. The main thing that let the room down, was the bed. The note in the room stated that the "...the mattresses and pillows have been made using the finest quality materials for your upmost comfort and to stop any back or neck pain.." - but after our first night my husband could hardly move his neck, and I think I had a total of 2 nights (out of 10) where I slept comfortably...and that was only thanks to several extremely strong cocktails, courtesy of Eddys Bar! But hey, if you like a hard mattress then you'd love it!
The Food - we were staying on a half board basis and found the food to be lovely, with a good choice. The hotel has two main restaurants (neither has a dress code) the Pool Restaurant and The Grill. We prefered the Pool Restaurent as the menu was larger with more variety, and the 'Ice Cream Dionysos' was amazing! Breakfast was good, sometimes it tasted better than it looked, but there was always plenty to choose from.
The Service - the service in the hotel could be a little slow at times, but we put that down to the relaxed way of life that the Greeks lead!?! Once you get used to how it all works, its fine. Here's a few tips though.....1. if you go for drinks in the bar then don't actually sit at the bar, sit at the surrounding tables 2. if you eat in the Pool Restaurant - don't worry about waiting to be seated 3. make sure you know what you're going to eat quickly as you can't order drinks before you've ordered your food (!) 4. don't wait for the waiter to ask for the bill, if you want to leave go to the till to pay. Just a few 'silent rules' that you wouldn't know about unless you had been.
The Resort - Ixia is predomenantly filled with hotels, but there are a good handful of bars and restaurants along the front and all are only a short walk away from the Dionysos. We found Yanis and Eddy's Bar to be good places to go with a bit of life, and not too far away. There are also several supermarkets dotted along the front, but the hotel does have its own supermarket at the enterance which was sometimes cheaper than the others. Ixia beach was quite disappointing. We knew it was shingle and sand but it wasn't very clean. Some of the hotels had private beach area, which seemed cleaner and smarter, but not being huge beach lovers we weren't that fussed really. It also got a little windy at night sometimes, especially along the front, but it was still lovely and warm.
Rhodes Town (new and old) is fantastic. Be aware of what you pay for food and drink there, but it is definitely a must to visit, we loved it. Its a 10 min taxi drive away for 7 euros, or a 15 min bus ride away for 2 euros. The buses run every few minutes into Rhodes. Falaraki is about 20/25 mins taxi away and has a beautiful beach. We personally wouldn't go there at night because it would be crazy, but during the day its much quieter and the beach is one of the best on the island.
Going back to the hotel, the pool was amazing, freezing cold to begin with but once you're in its fine! The sun beds could do with being updated though.
Soulvaki Island (Kebab Corner) was great and did a mean kebab snack during the day! The cafe was nice too and did lovely pancakes or ice cream, and the lady serving was friendly and spoke fantastic english.
Each day of the week there was evening entertainment which was above average and good to watch over a cold beer. Over the weekend there was a variety of music played by the resident DJ, Georgios (or Nick the Greek as I called him!)
All the staff seem to work extremely hard and you see the same familiar faces at dinner that you saw at breakfast, and mostly still smiling.
There are several cats and kittens wandering around day and night, all were friendly and tame and thanks to me are now quite well fed!
There were a few occassions when towels were used to save sunbeds (from the German and Dutch guests) which was pretty annoying as the hotel states you can't reserve sunbeds, but nothing was done about it. I know its an age old moan, but it is annoying and does make you feel a sudden and strong urge to gather them all up and dump them in the pool...sadly I wasn't that brave!
There were quite a few families around in our first week, which we didn't expect being the middle of Sept, but by the second week it did quieten down.
To summarise, we loved our first Greek holiday, and we would love to go back to the resort again one day, and who knows, maybe even to the Dionysos if they change the mattresses!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2009

My friend and I have just returned from Rhodes, staying at Dionysos Hotel in Ixia
We both agreed it was a wonderful place to stay. the rooms were spacious, clean and modern, TV fridge & phone. Rooms were cleaned daily and towels replaced. The staff were courteous and helpful.The pool was excellent, the one in house entertainment we watched was also excellent. Oh and the resident cats were cute. Best hotel we have stayed in. Definately 4 stars.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2009

this is a first rate hotel,quiet and relaxing more suitable for couples,groupes etc but not really suitable for families due to the lack of facilities and activities for children.
the hotel is spotlessly clean,staff are very helpful and polite. the public rooms and pool areas are really good and well furnished (has a swim up pool bar) plus two snack bars.
there is evening entertainment most nights that is of a good standard.If you are staying on half board, evening meals are served in either of the two ala-carte restaurants in the hotel both serve excellent food in lovely comfortable surroundings.
The rooms are large,well decorated with a settee,table and built in fridge.
Bathroom is also large and are complimented with modern fittings.
Towels and bed linen are changed daily.
If the hotel management moniors this site, please take the following reccommendations onboard.These are in no way complaints, just items that could improve a guests stay.
new sunbeds required or matressess purchasing.
tea/coffee making facilities would be nice in bedrooms.
when the pool restaurant gets busy service is very slow and needs looking into for improvement.
I must repeat that the above are by no means complaints,just reccommendations.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Iliadon St, Rhodes Town 851 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Dodecanese > Rhodes > Rhodes Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Luxury Hotel in Rhodes Town
#15 Romantic Hotel in Rhodes Town
#16 Family Hotel in Rhodes Town
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Hotel Class:4 star — Dionysos Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 281
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