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Arrival was smooth and journey good considering how travel can be. Beautiful bay, secluded and sheltered. Loads of yachts moored up all over the bay, I guess as it is so very sheltered from all winds. Our flotilla has 9 yachts in total and some 30 souls travelling. We know where we are going and we sort of know where the wind will be. A bit of beating for a couple of days, then ...
Very beautiful old city and ruins. 300 days of sunshine a year. Visited the Knights of St John castle. We have now visited the 7 wonders of the Ancient Greek and Roman world without really trying! Very warm day again but moderately cooler at 31 than they had 3 days ago - 47c. Sailed to Symi this afternoon, a very beautiful town with colourful houses perched on the side of the harbour. Had to have a banana ...
One thing about Greece, no matter where you are the scenery is stupendous and the drives are exciting. For our first full day staying in the small village of Monolithos, we planned on exploring some of the more famous sites on the eastern coast of Rhodes island. Of particular note was the town of Lindos and several outstanding beaches. A start in Lindos required a one-hour drive across the naturally beautiful and forested high mountains of the island, a thrill in its own ...
... and lands a big mouthful on me, extinguishing my health. I die a painless death. "F**K" I say as I watch my lifeless shark sink down through the water on my tablet. Dad, Mum, Moya and I were on a plane flying across the Aegean Sea “Seamus put the game away we’re landing soon ok” mum said. I nodded a yes back to mum. Plane flights can be a real pain in the rear end sometimes but not when you have a tablet full to the brim with video ...
... heard previously, that the Greek people resent being forced by major international banks to be required to work like fiends in order to produce riches for the wealthy masters. That is not the Greek way, we've been told again and again. Truly, we've heard this over and over and also met young people living far from the homes that they yearn for in an effort to earn enough money for their families to survive in this new European (economic) Union reality.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsDionysos Hotel Ixia
Awesome food, great pool layout w/ nooks and crannies of eating opportunities, good location. Internet not strong enough on 4th or 5th floors, so no Wi-Fi in the room is the only negative.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dionysos Hotel Ixia
Well kept hotel
We were 2 parents and 2 kids in one room which was quite large so it didnīt feel crowded at all. The bathroom was excellent. The friendly cleaning-lady visited us everyday and did a great job. We had a nice view from the very large balcony, but it was a little noisy because of the airconditioning of the restaurant below. We tried the restaurants on the beachfront before discovering that our hotel had the best food ! The garden is really the finest we have seen in Greece (been to different islands 7 times) and the large poolarea is fantastic. Our kids and their two cousins had a great week swimming and diving all day long. We visited nearby Rhodes Old Town three times and its very nice in the evenings, no traffic is allowed there, lots of shops and restaurants. We also went to Faliraki Water Park which was a lot of fun and Lindos, a village on the Unesco list of unique places.
Very good hotel
This is a lovely hotel offering great value ofr money 80Euro per night for B&B in a large double room, fridge, A/c . Nice bathroom with usual goodies supplied. Very clean, serviced and towels changed daily.
Close to Rhodes town, there is a busstop about 300m from the hotel 2 EUR or 6 Eur in a taxi.
Beach is not the best in Rhodes and is quite stoney. However it is still ok. The pool at the hotel was beautiful and had salt water.
We only had breakfast in the hotel. It was fine.
Ixia is not a great place to eat so we ended up going into Rhodes oold town most nights. It is a great base to explore the island however.
Just had a week in what must be the friendliest and nicest hotel in Rhodes. Clean, good sized rooms with good a/c and fridge. Terrific swimming pool. Beautifully furnished reception area and excellent ambiance in dining areas. Beautiful, well designed open air dining late into evening. Lovely staff always happy to help. Excellent grill restaurant and reasonable general restaurant. Only (minor) downsides were - couldn't get BBC 24 on the TV despite several requests and couldn't get away from quite loud music/entertainment when having a drink in the evening. Our preference would have been for a softer bed. Overall, though, would thoroughly recommend.
Nice time at the Dionysos
My husband and I visited the Dionysos Hotel in July for a week-long vacation where we met up with our best friends (another married couple) who are living in Kuwait (he works for the US State department).
When we arrived and checked in, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that daily breakfast was included with our room. The room was small, but nice, with a king-sized bed, small sofa couch, table and chairs, TV, mini-fridge, balcony and bathroom. The room was cleaned every day, but they did not provide shampoo and conditioner, as we were used to from American hotels. (They have a small store on the property, where you can buy groceries and beach supplies, so we bought shampoo and beach towels there -- they don't let you take the room towels to the pool.)
The daily breakfast was okay - it was European style with eggs, meats, biscuits, yogurt, etc. Enough to fill you up until lunchtime. The coffee wasn't very good, but you can get french-press coffee at the coffee shop by the pool.
There were two restaurants at the hotel - one was a lunch place (sandwiches, pizza, gyros), and the other a fancier place to dine - we had dinner there one evening, it was a very relaxing meal and the food was good. We enjoyed venturing outside of the resort for dinners and drinks.
The pool was very nice - it could get loud during the day due to all the children, but it didn't bother us. We were there during peak season, and if you got to the pool after 11am it was tough to find four sunchairs all together. There is a swim-up bar at the pool which serves drinks - alcoholic and non - and ice cream, which was very good.
We would definitely go back to this resort - had a great time!
Best value for money!
Yes, it's really the best value for money in Rhodes! At 80 euros per night in late June/early July, with breakfast buffet, the biggest swimming pool (lagoon style), comfortable room with bathtub in bathroom this was a bargain!
It was our wedding aniversary and I asked for a good room. We got a corner room (pool&seaview) on the top floor with a huge balcony, and they left flowers and wine for us in room! The staff is friendly, the room was clean and our only complain is that they do not offer towels for the swimming pool. You have to buy your own towel, they don't allow room towels!
The big old garden is an oasis! Also, the cafes and restaurants (all situated around the lagoon pool) have very reasonable prices (same as in town, even less sometimes) and a good variety: pizzas, Greek souvlaki&pitta, taverna and ala cart restaurant. It's not a buffet oriented hotel. There's only buffet breakfast, and I prefer it this way. You can either have a meal outside (plenty of choices, but be careful of tourist traps) or at the hotel, whatever you like. All this half-board or all inclusive hotels trap you inside, waiting in lines for every meal (always the same) and you don't get to see the real Rhodes!
You can find good tavernas ("Sarris", "Hatzikelis") even in the medieval city of Rhodes. If you have a vehicle, you can try the area after the harbour where you can find fish tavernas where only the locals go. "Mouragio" was sooo good and cheap for fresh seafood! There are fresh lobsters in Rhodes, but don't believe people who say they have fresh jumbo shrimps. They are frozen and same price as the fresh local lobster! In Ialyssos area they do that! It's more expensive there than in Rhodes old town.
Stayind at "Dionysos" you can see Rhodes easily, provided you have a vehicle. Rhodes island is very big and it won't be easy getting around by bus or taxi (if you can afford it for long distances). With your own vehicle you can visit Filerimos Acropolis, then go to Kalithea old therme and beach for a swim and then relax at the hotel's swimming pool, all at the same day!
"Dionysos" is next to "Rodos Palace" and other 5* hotels and has much cheaper prices, so it's always a good choice, even for couples!
Great value for families
If you like Rhodes and travel with children, Dionysos offers a good value for the money. Located just behind the long line of beach hotels (but still well within walking distance from the sea) it has a sheltered position off the heavy traffic on the totally touristic beach road. The public areas are great with a gorgeous pool area, which more resembles a lake than a pool. The kids have great fun here with several activities hosted by a rather loud "animation team". No problem finding a sun chair (in june). The hotel is very family friendly, so there are a lot of children. If you search for complete calm - look elsewhere.
Breakfast buffet is OK although the staff didn't quite manage to replace empty trays, which resulted in periods of waiting for food. Coffe is - as so often - brown water. People who cares for real coffe do better ordering a fresh pot of filter coffe or cappucino in one of the bars after breakfast.
Avoid the restaurants, which serve mediocre meals - much better can be found nearby in Ixia or preferably in Rhodes town - for example: Le Bistro (french inspired), Fotis Melathron (high ambition greek cuisine), Fotis (simple but high quality sea food) or 7.5 Wonders (Mediterranean/Scandinavian mix - very good!).
Rooms have normal European size (which is small by US standards) but you can manage two adults and up to two children in an extra bed and the sofa bed. Anyway, you're not going to sit in your room are you?!
Double glazed doors leads to a small balcony with view over the pool area or the sea (sea view partly disturbed by another hotel up front).
There's a small fridge in each room, but no towels for the pool and no schampoo etc.
Rooms are quiet and airconditioned.
The hotel is kept very clean, the staff friendly and most things are in working order. If you have rented a car (recommended - there is much more to see on the island than just Rhodes Town and Lindos), private parking is available and supervised by security staff at the gate.
My experience is that the Greek tourist association is rather generous with hotel stars. Although Dionysos partly reach their four stars, the general level is lower.
But considering that the price for four persons incl breakfast is around 100 EUR/night (approx 130 USD), it would be unfair not to reccomend this hotel.
Dionysos Hotel -Great Value-lovely grounds
We visited Dionysos Hotel in Rhodes. the Staff was very friendly. The Hotel exceeded my expectations. the grounds were beautiful, the rooms were spacious and clean and could have easily accomodated 3 people as the couch in the room was a day bed. The buffet breakfast was good. The only thing to note was that when we visited there were tons of kids. I was quite surprised but I believe it was because the price of the hotel was so reasonable. The location was excellent. We could take a taki to old Rhodes for 6 Euros. You need to bring or buy beach towels as none are supplied by the Hotel and they discourage you taking towels from the rooms. Also make sure that you take shampoo and conditioner with you, as none are supplied. However there is a complemmentary bottel of red wine to greet your arrival. There is parking at the hotel and it is a 4 minute walk to the beach and you are next door to 5 star hotels who all share the same beach. I would definitely stay at this hotel again as it was so pleasant and reasonable. This hotel should be rated at least as a 3plus hotel.
A great and luxerous hotel
It is a really great and luxurous hotel. It's online about 300 meters to the beach. The only disatvantage is the a bit borring village, but you can walk over the beach to Rhodos town.
Be sure to eat at the hotel, because the food is perfect!!! It was the first time I was'nt bored with the buffet after two weeks!
Absolutely first class
This is a very pleasant, well managed quality hotel at very reasonable prices.
Lovely swimming pools, pleasant comfortable rooms, nice bathrooms and a small refrigerator in each room. The food was quite good (for buffet type) and twice a week there was a greek singer to cheer us up at dinner time.
The garden is also lovely and well kept.
The hotel is located 4 km from the center of Rhodos City, with a bus stop 300 m from the hotel. Bus schedule unfortunately is not very reliable.
I wish all four star hotels were on the level of the Ixia Dionysos!
A real sanctaury
I can only highly recommend this hotel. My husband and I first visited the Dionysos on our honeymoon 14 years ago, and fell in love with it and the island then.We have since had children, and re-visited the hotel for the first time 3 years ago. It had been fully refurbished, but had lost none of its charm, and many of the staff whom we had met on our first visit were still working there. I think that in itself must say something! The rooms are clean and very comfortable, with good views, and no noise as they are all double glazed, all of the public areas are of the highest quality, the swimming pool is to die for, and there is a general sense of tranquility about the place.The big benefit for us is that although our two daughters are sometimes out of our view, we know that they are quite safe within the hotel complex and there is always someone looking out for them. The food is of a high quality, and is actually hot!, and the dining room itself is light and airy, and not the type you want to escape from as soon as possible, which is usually the case! The staff are extremely friendly and cant do enough for you. The hotel location is excellent as a base to explore other parts of this beautiful island, although Ixia beach is not the best on the island. Overall I cannot fault the hotel at all, I love it so much that I would visit several times every year if I could (and I know some that do!) I would say that it is high recommended.