Our hotel of choice was Hotel Dionysos, situated on the north coast on a main road that was a 10-minute walk from Ixia to the west and a 10 minute bus ride from Rhodes Town to the east. Dionysos is a four start hotel, a rating that it lived up to.
Ours was a standard double room which was spacious and came with a TV, more than adequate wardrobe space, a well-sized bed, air-conditioning that really works and a balcony. Other guests had commented on the beds’ hardness and this was indeed true. The welcome pack comes with a disclaimer promising that they “have been specially designed to offer relaxing sleep without pains in the back and neck”. I quickly dismissed this as merely an unfounded excuse but “specially designed” they were. In the whole two weeks I didn’t once wake up to the dull ache of my back or neck. But then, as a 19-year-old who’s never done any decent heavy weight lifting, I can’t speak for the more sensitive-boned readers. As a final note on the rooms, they do lack tea and coffee making facilities, as several other guests have complained of. But I suspect such whingeing is confined only to the most fussy and British quarters of the clientele.
Our mode of stay was bed and breakfast, though we did occasionally eat dinner at the hotel which was both very nice and competitively priced. An on-site minimarket provided basic snacks and days spent at the pool often included purchasing some souvlaki and ice creams from the poolside kiosks – again at an okay price. Breakfast itself was a good mix of hot food, fruit and cereals served from 7-10. If two 19-year-old got up for it at that time then it must have been good. There are a couple of bars and tavernas on the main road just outside the hotel but if you want to eat out, the walk to Ixia or bus ride to Rhodes Town is worth every penny.
The hotel’s pool and sun lounge area was lovely: just enough beds and a pool that was an interesting shape. An odd compliment perhaps but it makes a big difference to a rectangular bucket of water. There are also a couple of smaller pools for small children. Other facilities included a tennis/basketball court, a bit of an overgrown crazy golf and computers with internet at €3 for 30 minutes. Internet access is also available in rooms at a similar high price but its there if you need it.
Check out was at noon, though we weren’t due to fly until much later. Our options were to extend our room until 6PM (not late enough) for €35 (and subject to availability) or simply move our bags into a storage area and have access to toilets and showers in the basement – all for free. It was just what we needed. All in all, Hotel Dionysos gave no disappointment for its four stars and left us wondering why anyone would want more.
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