Rhodes Greece - Where to Stay for first time travelers

Where to Stay in Rhodes for a first time visit? An insider’s guide 2024

The fourth largest Greek Island and one of the most popular tourist destinations is the island of Rhodes. It is at the same time the capital of the Dodecanese Islands and a place with a very long and rich history.

The natural beauty of Rhodes is the main aspect that attracts tourists who are eager to see beautiful beaches surrounded by fragrant pinewoods, modern villages close to the coastal towns and archeological sites, and most of all – to be impressed by the medieval monuments set in cosmopolitan resorts.

Rhodes is, thus, a destination which is hard to avoid, especially if you are a demanding traveller who would like to have a contentful and inspiring holiday. With that, allow me to show you where to stay in Rhodes, highlighting all of its elusive accommodations that will surely provide a lot of enjoyment!

Question: Where to stay in Rhodes for a first-time visit?

Rhodes impresses with its historical face, because of its turbulent past built up by every emperor’s mark left behind.

A trip to Rhodes is not only a holiday but also a trip through time and history. Interestingly enough, even the Knights of St. John had ruled the island.

But, besides the historical facts and the event timeline which I will mention, its countryside, authentic traditional cuisine, tantalizing wines, and attractive beaches where you relax and enjoy the best heliotherapy on this beautiful Greek Island will surely impress you! Ultimately, don’t be too surprised if you’re booking places to stay in Rhodes as soon as you finish reading this blog!

The town of Rhodes is built around the small harbour which is the most interesting place for a walk. You will be amazed by the view since the setting of the Street of The Knights and the houses are in the same order as they used to be centuries ago.

The Palace of the Grand Master, Clock Tower, Archeological Museum and Niki’s Church are but a few of the landmarks that bear a sign of the island’s history.

We know that different types of people require different advice on travel accommodations. This guide includes the best areas for

  • the first time visitor
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Luxury & Design
  • Solo-Traveler
  • on a budget

Are you more of a visual learner/travel planner?

Lucky for you, we’ve included a map with all of our favorite neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for all of your travel needs.

Check it out below to get a better idea of where you should stay for your first or next visit to the Rhodes.

This is the extension of our guide to 7 days in Greece.

(This guide is always up to date, the last updated April 2024.)

But, first things first:

Here is the question: Where to stay in Rhodes for the first time?

The answer is simple: Rhodes Town (Old Town)

The Old Town of Rhodes is a fortified medieval town. Its cobblestone streets and impressive towers, churches, and fountains enrich every single spot of it. With that, the best way to explore this ancient town is by walking through it!

The culture and history intertwine and you will enjoy the view, as much as you will enjoy lots of shops, restaurants, and breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. Finally, the historical landmarks are built in medieval architectural style which will impress you.

Some of the areas include:

  • Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes
  • Street of the Knights (Ippoton Street)
  • Archeological Museum
  • Clock Tower

Why do we recommend these areas?

The Palace of the Grand Master in Rhodes, also called the Kastello, is a medieval castle in the Old Town. It is enormous in size and has 128 rooms, but only 24 are open to visit. Inside, the old furniture is combined with multi-coloured marble, carpets, sculptures, and oriental vases.

The Street of the Knights is a historic location. This almost 600-metre-long road has been renovated. Walking through it is like turning back in time since everything is authentic and you will end up at the Palace. In Greek, this street is called “Ippoton Odos”.

The Archeological Museum is a medieval building. The most interesting part for you might be the museum courtyard, where mosaic floors from the Hellenistic villas are exhibited.

The Clock Tower, the highest point of the Old Town, is the most impressive view seen in Rhodes. It is located in one of the tourist streets named Orfeos. The clock is still counting time. There is a very steep wooden staircase that will lead you to the top where you will find several small knee-high windows.

Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.

Please note: those might not be the exact names of the districts, neither its absolute borders. I just tried to simplify this information.

📍Best Area:Rhodes Town (Old Town)
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Best for Families:Happy Days Home Apartment
👩‍❤️‍👨 Best for Couples:Lindos Heart Apartments
💎 Best Luxury Hotel10GR Boutique Hotel & Wine Bar
🤩 Best Design Hotel:Kókkini Porta Rossa
😎 Best for Groups:Caravel Hotel Apartments
🦸 Best for Solo-Traveller:Limanaki Apartments
💃 Best Hotel for Nightlife:Restaurant Maria Suites SunRise
🤑 Cheapest Place to stay:New Town Apartments
👌 Safest Area: Lindos

1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for Rhodes

I will definitely do my best to help you decide where to stay while in Rhodes, depending on your needs, and expectations, having in mind the kind of traveller you are.

Continue scrolling or pick your group and travel type on the menu:

1.1 Families
1.2 Couples
1.3 Luxury Traveler
1.4 Design Traveler
1.5 Groups
1.6 Solo-Traveler
1.7 Nightlife-seeking traveler
1.8 Budget Traveler

1.1 Families

Rhodes offers a great time for the whole family. Its history is a unique and visible fairytale if your kids are fond of history, and on the other hand, the eastern coast beach of Tsambika can be a paradise for your family. This sandy beach with shallow waters is perfect for relaxing while your youngsters play around.


Famous for the impressive attractions, beach, and Mini Golf & Farm House pub, this place in Rhodes is a very modern seaside resort. It is located northwest of the island, only 6 km from the Old Town. The crystal clear waters and, the sandy pebbled beaches which are well organized make this resort by the sea a very pleasant place for a family holiday.


Once a place where you could enjoy the sun and beaches or a night at a bar, is now a resort where families can find a variety of relaxing and amusing content by enjoying the waterpark, and a few nearby beaches.

Handpicked accommodations for families

Happy Days Home Apartment and Studio/Penthouse, Ialyssos

The Ialyssos, and Ixia beaches are within 2 km distance, so your family can enjoy the sun and water the most. Happy Days Home Apartment und Studio/Penthouse is a great accommodation for a family, offering a seating area, a terrace, a fully equipped kitchen, a private bathroom, and satellite TV.

All the conveniences that a family has at home will make your stay relaxing and comfortable while enjoying mornings and evenings soaking the city views.

Book Happy Days here

Relax and unwind at Happy Days Home Apartment and Studio

Have a great time at Happy Days Home Apartment and Studio

Bay View, Faliraki

Bay View is located in the centre of the town of Faliraki which is a great distance from whatever you would like to visit. It is also only 20 metres from the beach.
The accommodation contains studios, each offering a kitchenette, bathroom, and a balcony with a nice view of the Aegean Sea.

The accommodation is in an area with many taverns, bars, and a small shop. During your stay, you can choose which beach to visit, since there is a small marina close to the property, and small boats depart on a regular hour schedule.

Book Bay View here

Private room at Bay View

Have a pleasant stay at Bay View

 1.2 Couples

A right place to be with your beloved is Rhodes. This is by all impressions, the best Greek destination for a couple. This island is laid on 200 km of coastline and is by far a quiet and romantic getaway. Rhodes offers plenty of unforgettable activities, sites, and experiences for you and your beloved.


It is very specific when where to stay in Rhodes for any type of traveller, but suggesting Lindos for couples is a great idea. There are three beaches located in the area of Lindos, along with The Acropolis and Museum.

The seaside is fascinating and offers many activities and unforgettable views. If you are wondering what to do at night, there is not a problem as well, since there are many restaurants and bars, while previously you can visit the artisan shops on your way.

Rhodes (Old Town)

Stunning views of the Aegean Sea, cobblestoned streets that you will pass through with your beloved to see the historical sites, and many restaurants and shops are the content of your romantic holiday spiced up with great beaches in the area where you will enjoy the water and sun and make unforgettable memories.

Handpicked accommodations for couples

Lindos Heart Apartments, Lindos

I hope you will like this Rhodes accommodation to spend a holiday with your partner. In between two beautiful beach sites, Lindos Megali Paralia Beach and Lindos Palace Beach, this is a great place to enjoy a summer holiday, the sun and the sea with your beloved. Lindos Heart Apartments offers great mountain views and contains a living room, bedroom, a flat-screen TV, kitchen, and a private bathroom.

Book Lindos Heart Apartments here

Make yourself at home at Lindos Heart Apartments

Enjoy your time at Lindos Heart Apartments

Meandros Suite in Old Town, Rhodes (Old Town)

A romantic holiday in the middle of the fairytale historical spots, the Clock Tower and the Palace, featuring quiet city views is what a couple will probably enjoy in the mornings and by night.

Meandros Suite is also a short walk from Elli Beach.The place to stay in Rhodes offers a bedroom, living room, kitchen, and bathroom. For an extra dash of intimacy, there is a private entrance.

Book Meandros Suite here

Experience comfort at Meandros Suite in Old Town

Have a wonderful stay at Meandros Suite in Old Town

1.3 Luxury traveler

This island is a destination for a luxury holiday with its cultural delights and inspiring history. Traditional villages prevail in the centre of the island, while Apolokia which will welcome you with the monastery and whitewashed houses and ancient windmills will also offer you a lake for refreshment. The luxurious hotel resorts are the most significant spots for you to indulge. And there are a few of those to choose from!

Rhodes Town (Old Town)

The narrow cobbled streets and all the medieval architecture and monuments that you can see are a part of the area. Rhodes is the major stop for Mediterranean cruises and that is a fact that tells it all, but for a luxury visit beaches and resorts will be the most important. Sirene Beach is just one to remember.


This place is famous for its white-washed houses, crystal clear water, sweeping hills and great atmosphere. The beautiful bays where the small boats are anchored together with the luxury yachts and golden sand beaches offer a variety of amenities. Many taverns and bars are also set in the streets of Lindos.

Handpicked accommodations for the luxury traveler

10GR Boutique Hotel & Wine Bar, Rhodes Town (Old Town)

10GR Boutique Hotel & Wine Bar is a great choice for a luxury traveller, not only because of its location which is very close to the Clock Tower and the Palace, but also because of the amenities it offers. Ellia Beach is within a very short walkable distance. Inside the hotel, there is a bar, a terrace, and a non-stop front desk at your disposal.

The rooms are very comfortable offering air-conditioning, a coffee machine, a minibar, and a flat-screen TV. Some of the rooms offer a veranda for your commodity. As one of the best hotels in Rhodes, Greece, you can only imagine how delicious the dining experience is!

Book 10GR Boutique Hotel & Wine Bar here

Have fun at 10GR Boutique Hotel & Wine Bar

LindosaquaView Luxury Villa, Lindos

LindosaquaView Luxury Villa has recently been renovated, so the guests can better enjoy the garden and the shared lounge. There are four bedrooms, a living room, 3 bathrooms, and an impressive number of amenities. If you’re still wondering where to stay in Rhodes, the hot tub of the villa will surely sway your mind, along with the mesmerizing views of the sea.

Book LindosaquaView Luxury villa here

Relax and unwind at LindosaquaView Luxury villa

Have a great time at LindosaquaView Luxury villa

1.4 Design-lovers

Charming with its rich history, unique beaches and lively culture this sunny island is perfect for relaxation, adventure and design indulging because of its authenticity. In fact, all parts of Rhodes have something special to offer. Let’s find a spot for you!

Rhodes Town (Old Town)

The narrow streets make a labyrinth in the medieval Old Town and you will find it adventurous to explore old shops, taverns, museums and iconic places such as the Palace of the Grand Master.


The cosmopolitan area where Lindos is located is famous for its ancient Acropolis, sandy beaches and very rich nightlife.

Handpicked accommodations for the design lover

Kókkini Porta Rossa, Rhodes Town (Old Town)

A hidden spot to enjoy your stay in Rhodes Town. Kókkini Porta Rossa is a boutique hotel that offers 6 suites with unique decorations and a free minibar. Besides the refrigerator and a tea kettle, the spa bathtub will be complementary to your comfort.

The Rhodes accommodation has a lounge garden, so you can enjoy free wine, tea or some other drinks. When you decide to depart to the beach, you are provided with a towel and bottled water – free of charge!

Book Kókkini Porta Rossa here

Make yourself at home at Kókkini Porta Rossa

Enjoy your time at Kókkini Porta Rossa

Melenos Art Boutique Hotel, Lindos

Melenos Art Boutique Hotel is a beautiful place to stay in Rhodes and enjoy the sea views, located just below the Temple of Athena. Here, you can start your day with an American breakfast and, in the evening, dine al fresco with authentic cuisine specialties.

Everything inside the rooms is special, from the architecture to the ceramic decorations from the owner’s collection. You will have a coffee machine in the room, as well as a welcome bottle of wine and some fruit.

Book Melenos Art Boutique Hotel here

Private room at Melenos Art Boutique Hotel

Have a pleasant stay at Melenos Art Boutique Hotel

1.5 Groups

No matter where your accommodation will be located, Rhodes is a great island for a group holiday. There are organized visits to all the iconic places and group excursions to join and step on the most hidden part of the island.


Ixia is one of the best places to stay in Rhodes for groups. Partly pebbly, partly sandy, and mostly wavy, this beachfront place is a paradise for surfers as well as for those of you who respect beach holidays after a day of exploring the island. Just be mindful of which beaches are private and public.


This place is perfect for people seeking a relaxing and tranquil holiday. It is a lively and nice resort for a group holiday.

Handpicked accommodations for groups

Caravel Hotel Apartments, Ixia

Caravel Hotel Apartments is located in Ixia, just 100 metres from the beach, while other landmarks are also close. The Caravel offers 29 very comfortable apartments for up to four people. Each of them is fully equipped and nicely furnished. The hotel á la carte restaurant is at your disposal in case you would like to enjoy dinner in the outdoor dining area.

Book Caravel Hotel Apartments here

Experience comfort at Caravel Hotel Apartments

Have a wonderful stay at Caravel Hotel Apartments

Nostalgia Suites, Faliraki

Katafygio and Kathara Beach will be very close to Nostalgia Suites and you will be offered access to the garden, sea views, a fully equipped kitchen, and a private bathroom. You will also have two more beaches nearby and enjoy the sea and sun the most.

Book Nostalgia Suites here

Enjoy your stay at Nostalgia Suites

Have fun at Nostalgia Suites

1.6 Solo-travelers

This sunny island in the Aegean Sea is a paradise for solo travellers! You can expect various opportunities following your budget, pace and interests. Whatever you are trying to find its there for you! So let’s see where to stay in Rhodes if you’re going solo!

Rhodes Town (Old Town)

This would be a nice place to be settled as a solo traveller. You can stroll and explore the town and then choose a beach to relax. From this place, you can also join many tours throughout the island.


This place is both quiet and lively. During the day, you can explore the surrounding areas, join a group for an excursion or stay at the beach. This is maybe the best beach on the island with a blue flag mark, so make sure to enjoy it. If you want to have fun at night and hang out with people there are some bars where the parties are great.

Handpicked accommodations for a solo traveler

Kristina´s rooms, Rhodes Town (Old Town)

The large garden and a rooftop terrace which offers great views will suit you while relaxing and as will find some company if you want to chat. Kristina´s rooms is very close to Eli Beach and just a 5-minute walk from the town centre. All the iconic sites are also nearby, as well as many restaurants and cafeterias, although you have a kitchenette in your studio.

Book Kristina ́s rooms here

Relax and unwind at Kristina ́s rooms

Have a great time at Kristina ́s rooms

Limanaki Apartments, Faliraki

Limanaki Apartments is set in a nice surrounding that offers both entertainment and nightlife activities. The rooms are cozy, offering a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and a private balcony to enjoy the moments of privacy.

Book Limanaki Apartments here

Private room at Limanaki Apartments

Have a pleasant stay at Limanaki Apartments

1.7 Nightlife Traveler

Some resorts in Rhodes offer a great night scene. Rhodes Town is a nice place to go at night and also Faliraki. You can decide upon my suggestion.


This seaside energetic resort offers great nightlife and caters to everybody’s taste. It is very popular for its night dance clubs that work till dawn. Mango’s Latin Dance Club, Bondi Bar, Faliraki Bubble’s Bar and many others are on the list.

Rhodes Town (Old Town)

There are a variety of places to go at night in Old Town. You can choose among many bars in the narrow streets, but still, the most popular place for nightlife is around Hippocrates Square.

Handpicked accommodations for nightlife

Restaurant Maria Suites SunRise, Faliraki

Restaurant Maria Suites SunRise is located by the sea offering a balcony, 2 bedrooms, and a bathroom. You can also use the kitchen dining, and seating area. You will have Kathara and Katafygio Beaches very close along with a few others as well. The best bars are also steps away from you!

Book Restaurant Maria Suites SunRise here

Make yourself at home at Restaurant Maria Suites SunRise

Enjoy your time at Restaurant Maria Suites SunRise

Rodosrooms, Rhodes Town

This looks like a great location for your type of traveller since Rodosrooms are offered a nice room with a balcony, a cozy bed, and a bathroom to refresh after a night out. The beaches all around you and the restaurants as well.

Book Rodosrooms here

Experience comfort at Rodosrooms

Have a wonderful stay at Rodosrooms

1.8 For the Budget Traveler

Sunny Rhodes has to offer to your type of traveller as well. Follow the already-used advice to lower the budget needed to spend a few days in a place and you will find a unique way to enjoy.

Rhodes Town (New Town)

This city has been known as the best-ranked place for budget travellers in 2023. Most of the activities around the town are not too hard on the wallet, so you will surely enjoy your vacation without spending a fortune.


This beautiful beach is only 5 km away from Rhodes Town, so it doesn’t make a big difference if you settle there.

Handpicked accommodations for budget traveler

New Town Apartments, Rhodes Town

Having everything around, from iconic sites to good accommodation is very important. New Town Apartments offers you a kitchen, private bathroom, garden, and a terrace. Car and bike rentals are also available for a fair price.

Book New Town Apartments here

Enjoy your stay at New Town Apartments

Have fun at New Town Apartments


BLUE EYES APARTMENTS is very close to the capital, amongst lots of beaches. Use the kitchen to prepare yourself a nice breakfast and start your day in the best way on the balcony.


Relax and unwind at BLUE EYES APARTMENTS

Have a great time at BLUE EYES APARTMENTS

2. Best Neighborhood to Stay in Rhodes

The island offers a great stay in nice and beautiful accommodations and promises that you will enjoy your stay no matter which type of traveller you are. A great blend of sea, history and modern. The best areas to stay in Rhodes are:

  • Rhodes Town (Old Town)
  • Lindos
  • Faliraki
  • Ialyssos


What is the best neighborhood to stay in Rhodes?

The best neighborhood to stay in Rhodes depends on your preferences and travel style. However, Rhodes Town (Old Town) and Lindos are popular choices for their historical charm, stunning views, and proximity to attractions and beaches.

Where should you not stay in Rhodes?

While Rhodes offers various accommodation options, some areas may not be suitable for all travelers. Areas known for excessive noise, limited amenities, or safety concerns may be less desirable. It's advisable to research specific neighborhoods and read reviews before booking.

What should I avoid in Rhodes?

While Rhodes is generally a safe and welcoming destination, travelers should exercise caution in crowded tourist areas to avoid pickpocketing and scams. Additionally, it's recommended to respect local customs and traditions, such as appropriate attire when visiting religious sites.

Where should I stay in Rhodes for the first time?

For a first-time visit to Rhodes, the Old Town of Rhodes is highly recommended. Its fortified medieval charm, proximity to historical landmarks, and vibrant atmosphere make it an ideal base for exploring the island's rich history and culture.

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Summary where to stay in Rhodes

My suggestions for where to stay in Rhodes are based on detailed research regarding good accommodations and areas, as well as personal experience. In other words, you can expect the best time, no matter what type of traveller you are!

I truly hope that these tips on the best places to stay in Rhodes will be helpful for you. In case you need more travel inspiration and advice, don’t hesitate to check out my blog page.

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