Where to Stay in Rhodes, Greece: 7 Best Areas & Hotels

Wondering where to stay in Rhodes? Here you find the best areas, hotels (with high season prices)and many tips to plan your trip.

The Island of the Colossus and the god Sun Helios, one of the largest islands in Greece, at about 1398 km2, is a stunning mix of whitewashed houses and villages, opulent crystal-clear water beaches, archaeological sites and an impressive walled Old Town.

Located on the crossroads of three continents, Rhodes has been welcoming travellers for over 3000 years. The island has many accommodation options, from hostels to luxury 5-star hotels, private villas to resorts with personalized services and enchanting boutique hotels.

There are 43 towns and villages scattered throughout the island, so when planning your trip, choosing the right place to stay in Rhodes is the key to exploring the island. I suggest spending at least 5 days because there are many things to do and see.

During my visit, I stayed in two different areas and visited several villages. That’s why I’m writing this practical guide to the best towns to stay in Rhodes based on your interests and preferences.

7 Best Areas to Stay in Rhodes

1 – Rhodes Town: where to stay in Rhodes for first-timers

Being the largest city and the capital of the island, the beautiful Rhodes Town is undoubtedly one of the best places to stay in Rhodes.

The city of Rhodes is divided into two parts: The Old Town, one of the most beautiful and preserved medieval cities in Europe, and the New Town.

The exquisite citadel surrounded by strong walls has a mixture of different architectures from various historical periods and features impressive palaces, towers, imposing gates, churches, mosques, synagogues, appealing gardens, arcs, quaint restaurants, and stores.

The New Town, a modern and much larger city, has a shopping centre, cinemas, markets, high-rise buildings and all the facilities that a big city can provide.

In both, you can find plenty of accommodations for every taste and budget. You also find an astonishing array of things to do and see for the whole family and tour options.

The best thing about staying in Rhodes Town is that you have a bit of everything. You can explore the Old Town, rest and relax on a beautiful beach, enjoy the nightlife, go sightseeing and take a bus/drive to the nearest villages. You may not even need a car.

If this is your first time on the island, I recommend staying in Rhodes Town.

Pericles Rosa sitting on a lounge chair by the pool at Semiramis City Hotel, Rhodes, Greece
I stayed five nights at Semiramis City Hotel, which is located only 70m from the sea and a 15-minute walk from the Old Town

Other hotels that I recommend in Rhodes Town are:


  • Medieval Rose Guest House: located in the real heart of Rhodes Old Town (from €57/night)
  • Hotel Galaxias: a budget-friendly hotel located in Rhodes Town, 850 m from the Medieval Town (from €84/night)
  • New York Hotel: a centrally located 2-star hotel, close to Elli Beach, ranked 8.2 on Booking (from €78/night).

Middle range:


Sala Historical Luxury Suites, Rhodes Town, Greece
Sala Historical Luxury Suites

2 – Lindos: best place to stay for couples

Another must-see place in Rhodes is Lindos, an enchanting village full of history and charm, 55 km from Rhodes Town.

It features whitewashed houses, winding alleyways with quaint eateries, shops, traditional Captain’s Houses, a scenic clifftop acropolis and beautiful turquoise-water beaches.

Lindos is one of the most visited places in the whole of Greece and the town gets bustling during the peak season with daily visitors. It’s the reason I recommend staying overnight to enjoy Lindos without the crowds and get immersed in its graceful atmosphere.

You can spend a few nights here (two is ideal) and sleep in a ‘Captain’s House’ or get pampered in some of the best resorts in Rhodes. You won’t need a car while in Lindos, and to get there you can take a bus from Rhodes Town or book a transfer.

where to stay in Rhodes
I stayed two nights in Lindos at Melenos Art Boutique Hotel and I loved it!

Other hotels and resorts that I recommend in Lindos are:


  • Soultana Studios: a budget guesthouse 200 m from the Acropolis (from €67/night).
  • Lindos Athena: it features a swimming pool and a poolside snack bar, 1 km from Lindos Beach (from €67/night).

Middle range:

  • Lindos Comfy Suites: a superb guesthouse just 300 metres from the beach and Lindos Acropolis (from €159/night).
  • Lindos Sun Hotel: a peaceful haven away from the tourist noise (prices from €180/night).


Lindos Athena, Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
Lindos Athena Hotel

3 – Faliraki: party island galore

Located 14 km from Rhodes City, Faliraki used to be a quiet little fishing village and is now being turned into the major tourist resort of the island.

Organized beaches with clean waters teeming with hundreds of tourists can be found in front of the resort, as well as a plethora of hotels and other kinds of accommodation, clubs, bars, cafes, shops and restaurants.

But what makes Faliraki famous is its bustling nightlife, attracting thousands of youngsters during the high season, particularly Brits, since the 1990s. If you’re looking for a place to party hard, then you’ll love ‘Bar Street’ and ‘Club Street’.

Faliraki and Rhodes Town are the best places to stay in Rhodes for nightlife and in both, apart from the bars, there are also cool beach clubs for resting off after dancing the night away.

Best hotels in Faliraki:


  • Rea Hotel: centrally located in Faliraki, only 100m from the beach (from €75/night).
  • Hotel Platon: offers rooms with balcony, and buffet breakfast, only 400 metres from the beach (from €51/night).

Middle range:

  • Dias Studios & Suites: situated a 10-minute walk from the resort centre and offers spacious and tastefully decorated rooms (from €118/night).
  • Pegasos Deluxe Beach Hotel: located by Faliraki Beach, it features a private beach area and fresh-water swimming pool (from €249/night).


Pegasos Deluxe Beach Hotel, Faliraki, Rhodes, Greece
Pegasos Deluxe Beach Hotel

4 – Afandou: best part of Rhodes for beaches

Lying south of the island’s capital, Afandou is one of the oldest and largest villages of Rhodes surrounded by verdant hills with a population of around 7,500 inhabitants.

This charming and quiet resort boasts a main square surrounded by cafes and bars, souvenir stores, a cluster of simple churches, including Our Lady Katholiki with beautiful 17th– 18th centuries frescoes inside, and a few open-air seafront tavernas and gyro restaurants.

But what makes Afandou popular is its incredible 4-km-long beach combining sand and pebbles with impressive crystalline blue water. You can also find nearby hiking trails and a golf course.

Afandou is where to stay in Rhodes for beaches and you can enjoy some of Rhodes’s best beaches, such as Afandou, Traganou and Anthony Quinn Bay (10min drive).

If you want, you can enjoy Faliraki nightlife (also a short drive) and all the attractions in Rhodes Town, which is located just 20 km away.

Best hotels in Afandou:


  • Sokrates Studios: a fabulous whitewashed aparthotel surrounded by a well-kept garden with olive trees 300m from Afandou Beach (from €74/night).
  • Karmik Concept Apartments: a bed & breakfast located 2.1 km from Afandou Beach (from €65/night).

Middle range:

  • Afandou Blu: it features accommodation with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a garden and a shared lounge (from €148/night).
  • Oasis Hotel Bungalows Rhodes: an all-inclusive 3-star hotel 1 km from the centre of Afandou (from €138/night).


Afandou Bay Resorts Suites, Afantou, Rhodes, Greece
Afandou Bay Resorts Suites

 5 – Haraki: top off-the-beaten place

Suppose you’re looking for a quiet village to stay in Rhodes away from the hustle and bustle. In that case, you should consider the laidback village of Haraki (Charaki), located 36 km southwest of the capital city Rhodes and a 15-minute drive from Lindos.

This seaside resort nestled in a beautiful bay overlooked by the ruins of the hilltop Feraklos Castle features a long stretch of pebble and sand beach.

Here you can find mini-markets, cafes, hip beach bars, family-friendly pizzerias, and lively tavernas serving meze and seafood lined along the waterfront promenade, as well as guesthouses and vacation villas.

The former fishing village of Haraki is the ideal place to stay for travellers looking for a more authentic and peaceful experience while on Rhodes.

Best Haraki hotels:


  • Zografos 2: located in Haraki, 60 metres from Haraki Beach, ZOGRAFOS 2 provides accommodation with a terrace, free private parking and a restaurant (from €60/night).

Middle range:

  • Kouros Stone Suites: it offers accommodation with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a garden and a terrace (from €180/night).


  • Alia Luxury Suites and Spa: a beachfront property with 3 swimming pools, hot tubs, sauna and 4 restaurants (from €367/night).
  • Haraki Luxury Villas: located less than 1 km from Haraki Beach, it offers 1 bedroom villas with a private pool (from €367/night).
Alia Luxury Suites and Spa, Haraki, Rhodes, Greece
Alia Luxury Suites and Spa

6 – Kolymbia: great for families

Located equally distant to Rhodes Town and Lindos, Kolymbia is another easygoing village on the east coast of Rhodes that’s perfect for families.

The well-maintained and family-friendly beach can be reached from the village, after having walked about 2 km under the shade of tall eucalyptus trees. There are also charming coves with golden sand and crystal waters and two bays.

You can find many low-raising buildings, seafront hotels, resorts and villas that are mostly preferred by the elderly and families, as well as shops, restaurants and a wide range of watersports.

Kolymbia is one of the best places to stay in Rhodes for families and it’s just a 30-minute drive from the airport, Rhodes Town and Lindos.

Top hotels and villas in Kolymbia:


  • Manolis Studio: Set in Kolimbia, 1.9 km from Kolymbia Beach, Manolis Studio offers air-conditioned accommodation with a terrace and free WiFi (from €58/night).

Middle range:

  • Paradise Garden: the apartments located 2.9 km from Kolimbia Beach provide pool views, a sun terrace, and free WiFi (from €111/night).
  • Lydia Maris Resort & Spa: an all-inclusive resort with 2 swimming pools, 3 restaurants and a bar (from €210/night).


  • Port Royal Villas & Spa: a superb adult-only 5-star hotel offering luxurious bungalows with pools, a wellness centre and a wealth of leisure facilities (from €282/night).
  • Leonardo Kolymbia Resort Rhodes: it’s located 250m from Kolymbia Beach and features 2 swimming pools, a private beach area and facilities for disabled guests (from €294/night).
Port Royal Villas and Spa, Kolymbia, Rhodes, Greece
Port Royal Villas and Spa

7 – Ixia: ideal for activity lovers

Conveniently located a short drive from the airport and Rhodes Town, Ixia is a cosmopolitan resort featuring a blend of top-quality hotels and modest apartments around a bay bordered by a long coastal boulevard.

The huge, 8-kilometre-long beach on the west coast of Rhodes, combines sand and large, white pebbles and invites visitors to relax, play beach sports, or take strolls along the shore.

Along the beach road, you find mini-markets, shops, cafes, and an eclectic range of international restaurants serving Italian, Korean and Mediterranean cuisine.

Ixia is where to stay in Rhodes for visitors who enjoy being able to easily switch between energy-filled sporty days, sun-drenched relaxation, and lively, fun-filled nights. It will suit anyone looking for high-end accommodation on the doorstep of Rhodes Town.

Best hotels and resorts in Ixia:


  • Filmar Hotel: located in the area of Ixia, Filmar Hotel offers simply decorated rooms and free WiFi, just 50 metres from Ixia Beach (from €88/night).

Middle range:

  • Dionysos Hotel: it’s set in a blooming tropical garden, amongst pine and olive trees, with bars and restaurants surrounding its water lake pool (from €157/night).
  • Maritina Apartments: ranked 8.8 on Booking, it boasts fully-equipped apartments, an outdoor pool and a bar (from €141/night).


  • The Ixian Grand & All Suites: ranked 8.7 on Booking, this all-inclusive beachfront 5-star hotel features 3 swimming pools and a fitness centre (from €294/night).
  • Olympic Palace Hotel: a beachfront 5-star hotel with 4 swimming pools, 6 restaurants, a spa and a wellness centre (from €330/night).
Olympic Palace Hotel, Ixia, Rhodes, Greece

I believe that after this breakdown and hotel options, you will sort out where to stay in Rhodes.

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