Over the last few years I’ve been back to rhodes multiple times, staying in various accommodation. Its my own little bit of paradise. A small village resort where everything is fairly close together. It is made up of the main road and the beach road. No matter where you stay you are never far from anything. It certainly seems to suit my needs. However I do feel that its not very wheelchair friendly. The sidewalks are narrow and high. Sometimes its nice to get out of the resort and explore neighbouring villages. Ive always found the transport quite easy to use. Bus stops are at either end of the resort and a taxi rank in the middle at the junction. Or if necessary your hotel can call you one.
One of the good things about returning to the same place is trying all the different accommodations. A great way to find out which one suits your needs the best. Also becoming good friends with the locals means there is help if you need it.
My next trip I stayed at the Coliseum apartments. These are on the main road with a pool bar that serves all meals and snacks and a supermarket opposite. Also a 5 minute walk to the nearest beach. We stayed on the top floor and I struggled with the steps. So now I always try and get a ground floor or first floor apartment. The layout of the complex made it easier for me to get about. The pool was huge with plenty of sun beds and not far to walk to the pool bar. It was all on one level too which also helped.
Next I stayed at the Chrysanthi which is a small family run hotel. Also on the main road but I was never disturbed by any music or noise from any of the bars. We had a lovely little room on the ground floor with a terrace. The pool area was a little small, there wasn’t much space to walk around the sun beds. It could be a bit of a struggle with walking aids.
The next time we stayed at Summer Memories. In fact we have stayed here twice now. A small family run hotel. Again on the main road but still quiet. The pool is on the small side and some of the sun beds are a bit close together, unless at one end of the pool, then there is a bit more space. They also have comfortable padded sun beds which really helps with my joints. Both times we have had an apartment on the first floor but it was not too many steps. The small complex means not far to go to the pool bar which has a good variety of food and drink.
Staying at the Stella was the first time I had been away for more than a week but we got an absolute bargain for two weeks. Its one of the bigger hotels in a great location, on the junction, opposite the taxi rank. There is a slight incline but I didn’t find it much of a problem, I just took my time. The rooms were big and really spacious and had everything you need for self-catering. I usually choose self catering as its easier if I’m not feeling too good and can’t get out for a meal. We stayed on the first floor with not too many steps. The pool area wasn’t far away and quite big with 2 pools but plenty of sun beds and space. It was also all on one level. There was also a pool bar, restaurant and supermarket all on site.
Since our very first visit we have stayed at the Matina two more times. This time staying on the first floor but I coped with the few steps. The best thing about this hotel is that everything is there on site. Two pools, two pool bars, supermarket, restaurant and even a hair dressers. It is also really close to the beach and has other bars and restaurants really close by including my favourite bar. The supermarket now has a website were you can order your shopping to be delivered and in your room ready for your arrival. This is a huge help as now I don’t have to carry any heavy bottles or run out to the shop when I first arrive to get any supplies.
On my last trip I stayed at Thalia, this was my first time at an all inclusive in Greece. As always with Greece it was basic but there was nearly always something to eat. It was really good value for money and we were able to eat out a few nights too. Even going to another village one evening via taxis which was really easy. It was our first visit to this little village only 10 minutes away. A traditional greek residential area with a square filled with shops, bars, restaurants and the taxi rank. It had little narrow streets leading from it lined with more bars and restaurants. Everything was just a few steps away from each other in the square with a great friendly atmosphere. The pool at Thalia was quite big with lots of space. There were a few steps from the pool up to the bar area and out but I didn’t find it too much trouble. The pool bar was limited to soft drinks, tea, coffee, beer and red or white wine. We stayed on the ground floor which was great but a bit close to the 24 hour reception, it was slightly noisy. Although we were All Inclusive there was a shop on site and a fridge in the room. It was slightly further down the main road but not so much that I found it too far to get out and about.
There is plenty to do on the island of Rhodes and a lot I haven’t seen and done which I hope to do in the future. Number one on my list is Rhodes Town followed by Prasonisi, were the two seas meet. Also the Glass Bottom Boat, Butterfly Valley, the Jeep Safari, the Monastery, Acropolis of Lindos and the cross at the church of Prophet of Elias.