Our stay at the Castello di Rodi Hotel, Rhodes, Greece
We stayed for a week at the Castello di Rodi Hotel in Rhodes, Greece, on a bed and breakfast basis.
Location of the Castello di Rodi Hotel
In the Thomson brochure it describes the location as being in Kallithea, this is not actual the case, the actual location is 4 kms away from Kalithea, and on the Kalithea Avenue. This is the main road that links Rhodes Town and Faliraki, with the closest village being Koskinou. There are numerous restaurants within walking distance from the hotel. The restaurant that we particularly enjoyed was called Koskinou House, which was approximately 5 minutes walk from the hotel and opposite the Parrot Bar.
Castello Di Rodi is 6 kms from Rhodes Town, a bus stop is only couple of minutes walk away and costs 1.80 euros, a taxi was 9 euros if you flagged one or 11 euro’s if the hotel organised one. Faliraki is also only 6kms away in the opposite direction, 13 euro’s from the hotel and 11 euros coming back.
The Hotel Room at Castello di Rodi
Our room at the Castello Di Rodi was number 709, it was on the first floor with a balcony overlooking the garden. We were really pleased with the room, we know from previous Greek visits the rooms are always basic. The room was clean and a good size, with a shower room and toilet, and a hairdryer was provided. A large fridge with freezer compartment was in the room which was great to freeze the small water bottles to take to the pool. A kettle and cups were also provided. There was adequate closet and storage space. There was a small TV 17 inch on the wall, but the only english channel was sky news. Our room had air conditioning but if it is not included, and it costs 40 euros per week. The beds were two twins pushed together and on closer inspection only consisted of a mattress on a chip board base, this did not pose any problems to us but could potentially not be sturdy enough for a person of a larger frame. The balcony was spacious with a 3 tier washing line at the one end.
The pool at the Castello Di Rodi was excellent, being on the rooftop there was always a welcoming breeze. The pool was very cold but once you managed to get in it was so refreshing. Numerous sunbeds were available but you did need to get your towel down before 9 am to get a prime spot! There was also a small childrens pool.
Dining at the Castello di Rodi
The restaurant at the Castello Di Rodi was situated down some steps from the pool. Breakfast was included and was continental, served from 0730-1030. Snacks were then available throughout the day and then there was an evening menu from 1900-2300. The service was superb and we must mention Angela who was very efficient and great fun. Prices were reasonable, most snacks between 4-6 euros and the food was excellent.
Courtyard and bar at the Castello di Rodi
In the centre of the hotel is a beautiful courtyard which has a seating area. There are also large beds in the alcoves which provide shade and a perfect place to relax. In the one corner is a television showing sports and a bar with a very friendly barman. The bar prices were very good value too, with a glass of wine only 2 euros! Stairs from the courtyard lead up to the pool and were so pretty covered in bougainvillea.
Reception/lounge area at the Castello di Rodi
Opposite the reception area is a lounge which has a TV, seating area and a pool table. There is a book corner where you can exchange holiday reads and the area leads to the bar. The reception staff were very helpful and knowledgeable and to the right there are safety deposit boxes which you can hire for 10 euros per week.
There is also a machine that you can weigh your suitcases for 1 euro. Free wifi was available throughout the hotel, however the closer you were to reception or the restaurant, the better the connection was and it did become inconsistent in the room and by the pool. The hotel does not seem suitable for individuals with mobility problems as there are numerous steps to all of the areas.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Castello di Rodi, rooms are basic but serve their purpose and the pool area and the beautiful courtyard were the highlights. The location is not in a busy resort, however travelling to nearby Rhodes Town and Faliraki was easy. We would stay here again.
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