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Reviewed 6 September 2008

We stayed at the Hotel de Luna in 1997 and again in 1999 when Hubby's Navy ship made a port 'o call. This is most definitely more of a 'penzione' or local hotel rather than a Holiday Inn or Omni type place. The room was spare, we shared a bathroom and had only a sink in our room.

What makes this place exceptional are both the location and the host, Tony. It is right in the middle of Old Town, near the Clock Tower and convenient to everything yet surprisingly quiet. Our room on the first floor had windows that opened out onto the garden, where magnificent night-blooming flowers opened up and filled our room with wonderful scents. We overlooked the garden and a Mosque dome - really felt like we were in the middle of a country estate, not a busy city. Wonderful. While we did share a bath, there was also a fantastic domed shower/working Turkish Bath (no real steam, alas) with skylights in the shapes of crescent moons and six-pointed stars. It was fantastic showering in that room.

The second thing that made this wonderful was our host Tony. We often had breakfast in the gardens and he would, if we were willing, regale us with tales of other guests as well as stories of Greece and his family. By the end of our first trip he had agreed to negotiate some jewelry for us and ensure it was quality because he said 'locals get the best prices and I know these guys'. We took him and his niece on a tour of the US Navy Aircraft Carrier hubby was on, and hubby was surprised when, two years later, he went back to visit and found a picture of us on that ship proudly displayed in his bar area, along with an offer for lodgings to his 'old friend'.

This is not a place for those used to the Omni, it's a place for those who are willing to spare some of the 'creature comforts' in exchange for the experience of being more among the locals of the place. Be open to them, and you will find a warm, friendly and fiercely loyal people. We have and plan to be back very soon!

Date of stay: August 2003
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 March 2005

We stayed in La Luna in September 2001 or thereabouts as part of a two week trip to Rhodes (one week in the city, the other down the coast/travelling). It had been recommended to us by a member of my family. We managed to get a booking (good contact by e-mail to Tony, the owner) and set off for Rhodes.
This hotel is unbeatable for location. It is in the heart of the old town, very close to the Clock Tower, one of the major landmarks of the city, and also close to the top end of Socrates Street, so you get a nice view of the city below (from our room we could see the walls surrounding the fortress). As for the room itself, we were given a triple at no extra charge although there was just the two of us. It had a sink and hot and cold water. As it was the warm season, the only cover provided was a cotton sheet and the tiny pillows were exceptionally lumpy. While I don't mind whether a hotel is luxuriously appointed or not, it has to be clean above all things, and this room wasn't. I found toenail clippings from a previous occupier on the floor next to my bed. We were glad to have brought along our rubber slippers.
The domed Turkish-style shower is pretty amazing, if you don't mind cold water. In many Greek houses and hotels the hot water comes from cisterns on the roof that are warmed by the sun, so if the hot water is gone, it's gone and all you get is cold. There were two toilets on the first floor that are shared by all rooms. These were clean but of course a bit smelly owing to the obligatory buckets for the used loo paper.
The breakfast/bar area is open-air and surrounded/covered by citrus trees and a nice lush garden. We never chose to eat breakfast there as we found it too expensive. But there are plenty of cafes along the streets to choose from (not exactly cheap either, but better value for money). We often had a beer or two from the bar when we came home at night.
The owner, Tony, was very pleasant and always good for a chat.
If you are in Rhodes City and want to explore the old town, this is a good place as it is so central. No walking around dark streets at night to get to your hotel.
I can't remember what we paid for the room but it seemed reasonable for the season. Try to avoid the first room as you come in (on the ground floor) - occupants told us it was extremely cramped and had virtually no natural light coming in. First-floor rooms are all fine, as far as I remember.

Date of stay: September 2001
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