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Rhodes, Greece: 8 Beautiful boutique hotels

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So you’ve got a Greece trip on your mind and you’re wondering where to stay in Rhodes?

Wonder no more.

We’ve visited the Greek island of Rhodes, staying at several different places.

Boutique Hotels in Rhodes, Greece

On our travels through both popular and unique places in Greece, it’s just been the two of us.

For accommodations, we were interested in luxury boutique hotels catering to couples (rather than bigger family-friendly resorts).

Here, we cover 8 of the best boutique hotels in Rhodes – including boutique hotels in the Old Town, boutique hotels in Lindos (a delightful beachy village) and boutique beach hotels.

Boutique hotels in Rhodes, Greece

Beautiful boutique hotels in Rhodes

Contents: 8 Best boutique Rhodes hotels

Best boutique Rhodes Old Town hotels

  • S. Nikolis Historic Boutique Hotel
  • Kokkini Porta Rossa
  • In Camera Art Boutique Hotel

Best boutique hotels in Lindos

  • F Charm Hotel
  • Melenos Lindos Hotel

Best Rhodes boutique hotels on the beach

  • Lindos Blu
  • Elite Suites
  • Boutique 5 Hotel & Spa

Bottom line: Best place to stay in Rhodes?

Boutique hotels in Old Town, Rhodes

Rhodes Old Town windmills

Apart from its beaches, one of the main reasons to visit Rhodes is to explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Rhodes.

It’s the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe.

Wander the warren of streets and enjoy the historical sites – like the Street of Knights and the Palace of the Grand Masters, built by the Knights of St. John in the 14th and 15th centuries.

To really feel like you’ve stepped back in history, you’ll want to stay in a centuries-old building inside the Old Town.

Rhodes Old Town, Greece

1) S. Nikolis Historic Boutique Hotel

Atmospheric boutique hotel, Rhodes Old Town

We loved the S. Nikolis Historic Boutique Hotel in Rhodes Old Town.

Built within the 800-year-old stone walls surrounding the Old Town, S. Nikolis Historic Boutique Hotel has a wonderful location.

It’s close to the main tourist areas within the Old Town, but far enough away from any noise.

Oozing charm, its rooms are quite eclectic. Think stained glass windows, Byzantine-style arched mirrors and mosaic-tiled bathrooms.

A guest room at S. Nikolis Historic Hotel in Rhodes Old Town.

Most rooms are high-ceilinged but on the small side and a little dark (in keeping with the inn’s historical origins).

A few rooms have been renovated; they have a contemporary bathroom and furnishings, along with a view balcony.

Copious breakfasts are taken in an inner courtyard.

And they’re delicious and filling – especially the pancakes with yogurt and berries!

Breakfast is taken in the courtyard at S. Nikolis Historic Boutique Hotel, Rhodes Old Town.

S. Nikolis Boutique Hotel:
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2) Kokkini Porta Rossa

Best hotel in Rhodes Old Town

Kokkini Porta Rossa is rated the best hotel in Rhodes Old Town, Greece.

This old-world hotel is consistently rated on TripAdvisor as the #1 hotel in the Old Town of Rhodes.

Near the Gate of St. John, Kokkini Porta Rossa has six antique-filled suites (all different).

The Michalis suite has a private garden with an old olive tree and plunge pool – our pick for the best room. The Katina suite features a clawfoot tub and huge stone bathroom. Breakfasts are lavish.

The owners are wonderful hosts – you’ll enjoy chatting with them about the island and its history.

Kokkini Porta Rossa:
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3) In Camera Art Boutique Hotel

Rhodes Old Town hotel with a garden

The In Camera Art Boutique Hotel in Rhodes Old Town boasts a courtyard garden.

Beautiful suites blend modern luxury with historic details at this lovingly restored hotel.

The “Nymph of Helios” suite features a bathroom with colored tiles evocative of an eastern hammam.

The “Forms of Light” suite has two terraces with sunbeds and an outdoor hot tub on its top floor.

The big plus to staying here is the lovely garden with an outdoor Jacuzzi.

In Camera Art Boutique Hotel:
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Best Lindos, Rhodes, Hotels

The picture-perfect village of Lindos is made up of white-washed houses and car-free cobblestone lanes.

And its maze of narrow alleys is crammed full of little boutiques, restaurants and dance clubs.

Lindos is one of the best places to stay in Rhodes, Greece.

Towering above the town is a medieval hilltop fortress, home to a 4th century BC Greek temple – the Lindos Acropolis.

On the walk up, you have to maneuver alongside donkeys (“Lindos taxis”), carrying visitors.

They reminded us a little of Santorini’s donkeys – the Lindos donkeys, that is, not the visitors :-).

The walk up is steep but worth it – you get great views from the top!

The Lindos Acropolis

Several of the best beaches on Rhodes are also found in Lindos.

Some are long sandy curves; others are rocky coves with umbrellas, showers, funky eateries and boats bobbing on the water.

Some of the best beaches in Rhodes, Greece, are found in Lindos.

We loved Lindos. It’s one of the best areas to stay in Rhodes – and we hope to return some day.

Luggage delivery to Lindos hotels

Make arrangements in advance for luggage pick-up and directions to your hotel when you arrive in Lindos.

Because Lindos is pedestrian-only, you get dropped off at a “reception” area on the edge of the village.

We arrived by transfer bus from the airport – in the pouring rain! – without plans on how to actually get from the “reception” bus stop to our hotel.

To cheer ourselves up, we tried a few travel jokes on each other.

Thankfully, an older gent suddenly drove up on a motor-bike with attached cart, and whisked our luggage away to our hotel, as we scampered after him like drenched cats, sandals slipping on the wet cobblestones.

And, yes, the sun did come out a couple of days later, so we could enjoy the beaches of Lindos :-).

4) F Charm Hotel

Lovely boutique hotel in Lindos, Rhodes

F Charm Hotel, Lindos, Rhodes

Tucked away in a quiet pocket of Lindos town is the absolutely delightful F Charm Hotel.

This adults-only inn has eight individually-decorated rooms and suites, reflecting an eclectic minimalist style.

The F Charm Hotel is one of the best hotels in Lindos, Rhodes

The largest and best room?

The “Lindian” suite.

F Charm Hotel, Lindos, Rhodes

It features an extra king-size bed, fridge, Nespresso coffee maker and balcony with superb views.

But all rooms have hand-crafted furniture and carpets.

F Charm Hotel, Lindos, Greece

And the Coco-Mat mattresses (which use coconut fibers) are soooo comfy to sleep on.

Beach towels are provided each day.

Breakfast (not included in the rates) is taken on the airy pebbled patio in the open courtyard. Unlimited cappuccinos, bread warm from the oven, Greek omelettes and yogurt with fruit and honey set you up for the day.

This is an exceptionally well-run inn – spickety clean and perfectly located in Lindos.

It’s reasonably affordable too.

And in a nice personal touch, the personable owner or her manager greet all guests at breakfast, offering them tips for their day and restaurant recommendations.

The small cove of St. Paul Beach (or Agios Pavlos Beach) is a 10-minute walk from F Charm Hotel.

F Charm Hotel:
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5) Melenos Lindos Hotel

Luxury boutique art hotel in Lindos

Melenos Lindos Hotel is a lovely luxury hotel in Lindos, Rhodes.

Set on the edge of Lindos town is the artful Melenos Lindos Hotel.

Inspired by early 17th century Lindian architecture, this Lindos luxury hotel features intricately carved woodwork, hand-painted ceramics and pebbled mosaic walking paths and terraces.

Ceramic fountain at Melenos Lindos on Rhodes

You might feel as if you’re living in the Ottoman era.

The 12 suites have traditional raised platform beds with decorative wood frames, furniture inlaid with mother-of-pearl and beaten-silver framed mirrors.

The hotel’s outdoor rooftop dining restaurant is very romantic.

Melenos Lindos:
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Best boutique beach hotels in Rhodes

6) Lindos Blu Luxury Hotel & Suites

One of the best hotels in Rhodes

Lindos Blu Beach is one of the best beaches in Rhodes, Greece

So you want to stay near Lindos, but not right in town. And you want to be on the beach.

Say hello to the Lindos Blu Luxury Hotel!

Lindos Blu is a 5-minute drive away from Lindos. And whereas F Charm Hotel (#4 above) is more like a bed-and-breakfast inn, Lindos Blu is a full-service hotel.

It’s not only one of the best boutique hotels in Rhodes, it’s also one of the best Rhodes hotels – period.

Also just for adults, Lindos Blu is set on a hillside with panoramic bay views.

Modern in architecture, and blending in with the rocky landscape, it has a very Zen feel.

Lindos Blu room

All rooms and suites have gorgeous views of the blue Aegean – inspiration for the hotel’s name?

Also discover walk-in wardrobes, cool marble floors, electric privacy blinds covering the floor-to-ceiling windows and a Nespresso maker.

Some rooms share a pool between two rooms; others have an outdoor Jacuzzi on their terrace.

Elevators take you down to the private beach, with canopy beds for two.

Two fabulous infinity pools, a spa and five restaurants and bars will also vie for your vacation time.

Lindos Blu Hotel:
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7) Elite Suites

Boutique 5-star hotel in Rhodes, near the Old Town

Elite Suites is one of the best boutique beach hotels in Rhodes, Greece.

Elite Suites is a modern Rhodes boutique hotel on the beach – located on the cooler, breezier side of the island.

But it’s only a short taxi ride from the Old Town.

Set high on a hill overlooking Ixia Bay just outside of Rhodes town, this adults-only hotel was added on to its sister hotel (the full-service, 317-room Rhodes Bay Hotel & Spa) in 2010.

Elite Suites, Rhodes

Décor is crisp and contemporary – think wood floors, white walls and gauzy curtains.

Most of its 37 soundproof sea-view suites have private plunge pools overlooking the sea. Some have their own garden spaces too.

Beach at Elite Suites, Rhodes

To get to the hotel’s pebble beach, you walk through a tunnel underneath the road separating the hotel from the beach.

Elite Suites Hotel:
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8) Boutique 5 Hotel & Spa

Quiet boutique beach hotel in Rhodes

Boutique 5 Hotel & Spa is one fo the best beach hotels in Rhodes.

For a quiet and luxurious stay by the beach away from the crowds, Boutique 5 Hotel & Spa will pamper you properly.

Set across the road from beautiful Kiotari Beach, the hotel has its own private beach paradise – umbrellas, sun loungers, fresh towels, showers, changing rooms and beach service that includes ice buckets for water.

Crystal-clear, the sea is that perfect azure color that beckons “Come on in!”

When you want a change of scene, sink into a thick mattress on a lounge chair around the hotel’s large seaview infinity pool.

Beach at Boutique 5 Hotel & Spa on Rhodes

Or you might be tempted to return to your room’s own pool – half of the hotel’s 44 rooms and suites come with private pools.

And the rooms are contemporary cool cocoons, with a pale grey-and-white décor and stunning marble bathrooms.

Boutique 5 Hotel guest room with private pool

This luxury boutique hotel in Rhodes also features tennis courts (free to use).

You might want to choose the half-board option if staying here, as the hotel is fairly secluded.

But it’s walking distance to the village of Kiotari, which has a few restaurants.

You can also catch the bus to Lindos, which is about a 30-minute ride away.

So you could choose the bed-and-breakfast option if you sometimes want to eat out.

Boutique 5 Hotel, Rhodes:
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Bottom line: Best place to stay in Rhodes?

You’ll note by now that there are several great boutique hotels in Rhodes, Greece!

You’ve probably also gathered that Rhodes offers distinct vacation experiences, depending on where you stay on the island.

In fact, we suggest you divide your stay on Rhodes – so you spend a few days in the Old Town as well as some time at a beach or Lindos hotel.

This way, you can enjoy all there is to enjoy in Rhodes.

The best boutique hotels in Rhodes, Greece

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Photo credits: 4, 6, 11 to 13 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining hotel photos courtesy the respective Rhodes hotels


About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the owners and founders of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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