Meticulously restored Spirit of the Knights is a special place. Admittedly this is the most we've ever spent for a night of accommodation and wondered whether it would be worth the price ... but as others have said ... it was.
We stayed in the Ottoman Suite, simply a wonderful room with an upper level and as a result something like 14-foot ceilings. The attention to detail, from the restoration of the woodcarvings in the ceiling to the stained glass windows to the art adorning the walls was perfect.
Built on the foundations of the Byzantine and Roman City by the Crusaders, Spirit of the Knights is approximately 600 to 700 years old. The 'Monument Status' building oozes with history. Be sure to ask to see the photographs of the building before restoration began, in order to appreciate the transformation.
Breakfast was extensive and of superb quality, with lots of choice creating variety for multiple day stays. The yoghurt with fresh fruit and honey, or nuts and honey was unbelievably good. The garden/courtyard was very pleasant and relaxing with trees and ponds of soothing/flowing water. The Jacuzzi provided nice relief from the heat.
Spirit of the Knights is well located, in a quiet corner of old Rhodes Town, yet just a short walk from a number of tavernas. One nearby we enjoyed, in part because it was not as high pressured as others but as well the service and food were excellent, was Ta Kioynia. Old Rhodes Town is itself a magical place with narrow alleyways, historic ruins and cobblestone walkways. Yes a bit touristy in places (back to the pressure to eat at many restaurants) but a real experience.
Sure it's more expensive then some other choices, but staying at Spirit of the Knights one can experience the history of the city through the building, the library, and the art. Be sure to ask to see any unoccupied rooms. Each is unique and interesting to view.
If you want a special experience in a special historical town stay a night (or more) at Spirit of the Knights. We are very glad we did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Spirit of the Knights, an exclusive Eco Friendly Boutique Hotel set in the medieval old town of Rhodes.Tucked away on the highest point of the medieval town on a quiet cobbled street only minutes walk from the Souleiman Mosque, Grand Masters Palace, shops, bars, restaurants and sea the hotel is an ideal place from which to explore the medieval town and island. ... more less
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- Spirit Of The Knights Boutique Hotel Rhodes, Greece