|Spirit of the Knights|
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An eco-friendly hotel in the Medieval Town of Rhodes that offers quiet, discreet luxury, history and authenticity, as well as a little outdoor oasis where you can sunbathe and cool off in a Jacuzzi may sound like a bit too much to ask for, but I found it. It belongs to Felicity Marshall, a British mosaic artist, and one of her 17 (birth, adopted and foster – all grown now) children. They bought the 14th century crusaders’ building back in 2004 when it was close to collapse. Felicity oversaw every detail of the restoration and then went on to style it with a fitting collection of local and oriental furniture, objects and touches of art. She created six beautiful bedrooms and suites, all different of course, with superbly comfortable beds and excellent bathrooms. They are large enough, and there’s more space to sit out in the first-floor reading room and the bar-café which opens onto the terrace. Several of her children have now joined Felicity in Rhodes and together they run the hotel in a relaxed and friendly, yet very professional way.
What makes it special to me:
The beautiful rooms, the smell of freshly polished wood, the understated luxury, the inviting courtyard garden, and last, but certainly not least, getting to know several members of this exceptional family!
But what you should keep in mind:
Some of the rooms have small (and high) windows and as a result they are somewhat dark.
|Owner||Felicity and Brett Marshall|
|Credit cards:||VISA, DINERS, MASTERCARD|
|Accommodation||1 double room |
5 double suites (some of the suites can accommodate one or two more persons)
Breakfast is served in the garden (or inside should it be too chilly to sit out), 'officially' from 8h00 to 11h00, but in practice any time you want. Snacks and light meals can be ordered throughout the day, and there also are a lot of restaurants in town. Ask for recommendations, as the choice is overwheming. Most restaurants are too touristy to my taste, but fortunately there are some really excellent places to eat.
You will find the Spirit of the Knights Hotel in a quiet spot in the Old Town of Rhodes, just inside the 14th century city ramparts. The most bustling parts of town are actually quite close, but the hotel is in a ‘forgotten’ little corner of the town, where it is peaceful and residential.
If you arrive by plane, it is easiest to take a taxi to the Old Town, and ask the driver to drop you off at the D'Amboise Gate. From there you have to continue on foot. After you pass through the gate and enter the Old Town, turn right and walk down Orfeos Street. At the end of this street, you will see the Muslim Library. If you give a call to the hotel, someone will come and meet you there.
In case you don't have a phone with you: it is actually not hard to find the hotel. At the Muslim Library, walk a little further bearing left, and take the first street to the right (Ippodamou), and then take the second (narrow lane) right (Xenofondos). Turn left at Alexandrou street, and you will see the hotel a little further down on your right. The walk from the gate should take you about 5-10 minutes. If you have a lot of luggage, you can of course call the hotel for assistance from the gate.
If you arrive by boat, you can enter the Old Town from any gate on the waterfront. Check out the street maps (in the busy parts of town you find them on practically every street corner) and walk all the way to the end of Socratous street, where you will find the Muslim Library. The walk will take about 15 minutes.
Known principally as a summer beach & fun destination, and attracting a lot of package-deal tourism (and not always of the best kind), Rhodes is generally carefully avoided by people who’d like to draw more from their holidays than a few beers and a golden tan. What a pity that is, because
The Old Town of Rhodes is one of the best preserved medieval towns in the world and a destination in its own right. The moment you pass through one of the gates to the 14th century city ramparts and you enter the
Now as far as the rest of the island goes, avoid the coastal stretch between the airport and the town. It has been developed to cater to mass tourism, and you should simply stay away. The beaches on the other (southeast facing) side of the island are a lot better anyway, though there are some big resort hotels there as well. Basically, the further south you go, the better it gets. You could use Lindos as your base, a (village-sized) town crowned by a magnificent Acropolis. The ‘town’ is somewhat Cycladic in style (i.e. very picturesque!) with whitewashed houses (including some beautiful mansions), narrow alleyways and an array of little shops, cafés and restaurants. Beneath Lindos lies a wonderful sandy beach, but of course it gets crowded.
You will find the best beaches on the southern part of Rhodes, some with white sand and dunes, beautiful! Prasonissi, all the way down, is great for surfers. On the south-western part of the island, you’ll find some good sandy beaches near Monolithos.
Do also explore the inland: the Venetian castle near Monolithos, the Tharri Monastery, and the
If you’re interested in doing sports, you’re on the right island as well. Rhodes has plenty of organised activities, though of course for some you will have to go to the areas I just told you to avoid. There’s scuba diving, paragliding, bungee jumping, sailing and surfing, waterskiing and horseback riding. If you’re into golfing you won’t be disappointed by the 18-holes Afandou Golf Course 15 km from the town.
Read here what others said about the Spirits of the Knights Hotel
Booked for wedding anniversary and surprise new years present. Requested flowers and received beautiful bouquets on arrival. Very comfortable in Pasha Suite and Rodos Suite. A very warm welcome and more family feeling in hotel. Not like large hotels.
Truly excellent – Thank you.Cameron J
Over the years we have stayed in several family run hotels in Greece. Most of them have been very good, but I can truly say that the Spirit of the Knights is exceptional and definitely our very favourite.
East Dean, UK
Having just stayed at the Spirits of the Knight a few days ago, I must say, it is the Best hotel in Rhodes, a very pleasant surprise , just amazing. YOU MUST VISIT !!!!!!! Trust me its well worth it. :)Katerina K.
Back in Paris, in winter, we thank you for the visit of your beautiful hotel de charme.
THANK YOU SO MUCH
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