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Rhodes Lodging Hotel Guides

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Rhodes beckons the foreign visitor with a vast array of holiday accommodation from some of the most luxurious resort complexes to be found anywhere in Greece to "sleep on the roof and bring your own loo paper" backpacker deals.

The capital and its environs offer top of the range modern hotels, some gorgeous renovated buildings in the medieval Old Town simply oozing old world charm and a plentiful supply of cheap and cheerful pensions.

Frantic Faliraki, the island's premier seaside resort, is package holiday heaven chock a block with hotels which are mostly taken over by British tour companies. And the rest of the island is peppered with domatia and an ever increasing number of seaside hotels and self catering apartments. As long as you book well in advance if you're planning to visit in July or August you'll have no trouble finding something to suit your particular taste and budget.

The island's two most luxurious hotels are both located just outside the capital, west along the coast at Ixia. The majestic Rodos Palace is the biggest five star hotel in Greece, originally decorated by famous American designer Maurice Bailey whose illustrious career has involved creating no less than 50 top hotels, private homes for Conrad Hilton and Kirk Douglas and palaces including that of the Shah of Iran. The hotel is set in 30 acres of beautifully manicured gardens with views of the Aegean. Its facilities are too numerous to mention but they include a seven storey executive VIP wing dedicated to the needs of business travellers.

The nearby Rhodes Hilton is another good place to bed down for the night if you're after some serious self indulgence and have got money to burn. The hotel has its own beach and watersports centre, a wealth of other sports and leisure activities and shopping arcades with designer boutiques and jewellers.

Many celebrities and royal visitors to Rhodes have shunned the ostentatious luxury of the island's big resort complexes and made a beeline for the delightful medieval buildings which have been lovingly restored within the fortified walls of the Old Town's 14th century citadel.

Hotel La Luna in Odos Lerokleous may not have any en suite bathrooms but it has still managed to attract the likes of actors Ben Kingsley and Helen Mirren. This plain but impossibly charming wood trimmed pension is 300 years old and retains its original and still functioning hammam Turkish bath.

The pick of the bunch when it comes to restored Turkish mansions is the Marco Polo in Odos Fanaouriou which has been featured in numerous glossy fashion and travel magazines. All rooms are exquisitely furnished with antiques and hand made mattresses one was a former harem and another was a Turkish hammam.

If you're watching the old Euros you'll find plenty of spotlessly clean and comfortable pensions dotted along the pebbled streets between Sokratous and Omirou. And there's a youth hostel in Ergiou where you can sleep in cheap dorms or on the even cheaper roof of this converted Turkish house.

At Lindos on the east coast, the island's second biggest tourist attraction after the Old Town of Rhodes, no new hotel construction is allowed but there plenty of old houses which have been converted into pensions. The Atrium Palace Hotel at nearby Kalathos Bay offers every possible luxury and convenience there are exotic gardens, pools, waterfalls (and a handy games room and kids' club to give parents time and space to enjoy it all).

Faliraki's seafront is awash with cheek by jowl hotels and apartments of all prices and standards. The most luxurious are the deluxe Esperos Village complex and the five star Rodos Palladium both of which boast every conceivable facility designed to cater to the whim of well heeled international visitors.

If the monastic rather than the monied lifestyle is more your thing, ask the caretaker of Skiadhi Monastery in the remote south west corner of the island if you can have a bed for the night as discerning tourists are sometimes accommodated here.