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Dionysos Hotel
Ranked #14 of 127 Hotels in Rhodes Town
Certificate of Excellence
Maidenhead
2 reviews
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“Excellent”
Reviewed 16 June 2009

We stayed at the Dionysus Hotel in Ixia for 14 nights in May 2009 on our honeymoon. In short, it is a clean, quirkily decorated, cleverly laid out (three separate relatively low rise buildings rather than a single high rise one) and well run hotel with well maintained grounds, an excellent pool, two superb restaurants and friendly, efficient staff - probably the best hotel we have had the pleasure of staying at anywhere in the world.

I read that Ixia has been described as the 'Monte Carlo of Rhodes' and I can see where whoever said/wrote that is coming from. Unlike the many of the other resorts in Rhodes, indeed most of the other Greek Islands I have visited, it is rather unusual as it has a number of very large four and five star hotels located on the busy (and noisy?) main road that forms the basis of the resort. The views from these, particularly the Rodian Amathus (which has a small number of impressive looking sea view rooms with infinity pools) and the Imperial Rhodes (which is huge and resembles the futuristic mountainside lair of a Bond film bad guy), are stunning. The reviews of these hotels that I have read are not great, however, and their bars were unsurprisingly expensive when we visited them.

Ixia's beach is nothing to write home about, at least with anything positive, with only the area  directly opposite the aforementioned Imperial Rhodes picturesque in anything other than a rugged sense. I'm not sure whether their sunbeds and facilities (toilets, shower etc) are open to the general public. That the beach wasn't great neutered the fact that, unlike many of the other big hotels, the Dionysus wasn't on the main road but a two-three minute walk off. We requested a sea view and got one from our 4th floor room, albeit one that was partly obscured by another hotel.

Regardless that the beach was below par, we might well have spent most of our time around the Dionysus poolside anyway because it was excellent, with plenty of sunbeds surrounding a regularly cleaned, relatively shallow large pool that was divided into various sections by two or three small footbridges. The only downside was the relative lack of umbrellas and therefore shade (despite a few overcast days at the start it was hot – high 80's).

There were plenty of bars and restaurants lining the main road towards the resort centre, the majority of which were 10-15 minute walk from the Dionysus. The restaurants were MOR to be fair – neither fast food or cordon bleu. So long as you like Italian or Greek cuisine then you were OK. The Dionysus had two restaurants, both of which were excellent, and we ate at the hotel several times. Breakfast was buffet style, with a wide variety. Most of the guests were German, Dutch or Swedish (in fact I think we may have been the only British there) but they had bacon, scrambled & poached eggs as well as continental offerings.

The room was spacious with a decent sized firm bed, free air conditioning, a reasonably priced safe, a decent shower and fridge. It was cleaned to a high standard daily. Only downside was that of 50+ TV stations, only two of them were English speaking (BBC World and Euro News). As stated, we were honeymooners and a bottle of red wine, flowers and fruit were waiting for us on arrival.

Ixia a decent base to explore the island – we walked along a newly constructed coastal path to the bustling, historic port of Rhodes Town (which has a better beach than Ixia). Took us about 1hr 30min to get there and taxi back cost only 7 Euros. We also hired a car for a couple of days although the island can be navigated in a day. The gorgeous beach at Tsabikas and the views from the derelict castle at Monolithos well worth visits.

Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Mantsala, Finland
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Reviewed 12 May 2009

Being for a one-week holiday in the two-rooms apartment. Lady at the reception has always been in the bad mood, I haven't seen any smile on her face. This has probably influenced our behaviour, since how many times you can be polite without the reponse...The gentleman checking the breakfast list could change the suit from time to time, if he has to be so elegant. Large, grassy spots on the jacket is not what you want to see at the restaurant. Drinks at the bar had so little alcohol, that should be available for children. Rooms were dirty and really old-fashoined with dirty carpets and we found small alcohol bottles left by the previous guests... What was good: 1. swimming pool area - very spacy, nicely arranged and clean, 2. breakfast - tasty and very large choice, all the time full offer, 3. friendly lady at the pool cafe and the older man who opened the gate when entering parking area - always smiling and polite.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2009

Our family (2 adults, 7 and 5 y.o) traveled to Rhodes for the second time around in summer 2008. Hotel Dionysos was such a splendid surprise for a reasonable price that we decided not to risk anything else but to travel again this summer to Rhodes (instead of Kos or Samos) and reside in Dionysos. And we got the same room with seaview, splendid!

Very good pools, very nice hotel area. Not the best location, but not bad either. Very nice staff and nice rooms. The price was far lower than mentioned here in tripadvisor.

  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Scotland
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Reviewed 6 February 2009

Arrived at the hotel and was given a lovely large, clean room with balcony overlooking the pool and gardens.

Staff were all really friendly and the hotel and pool were really clean. Pool was a little chilly but a nice break from when the sun was at its hottest midday.

Stayed B and B and the breakfast was really nice. Same choices each day but lots of variety. Didnt have dinner in the hotel but ate at the poolside bar which was nice.

Really nice family hotel which I would highly recommend. The DJ music poolside during the day was a bit annoying at times but the poolside area is big enough that you can get away from it.

Really nice garden area and lots of greenery. Hotel is about a 3 sec walk from the beach although its not a great beach so we stayed poolside most of the time. You can walk to Rhodes Town from the hotel as it is at the far end of Ixia, and this only takes around 20 mins along a nice coastal route.

  • Liked — great value for money for a sunshine break
  • Disliked — nothing - no complaints!
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 3 October 2008

What a lovely hotel this is. We (my fiancé and I) have just come back from a week's late summer sun break and had a great time. The welcome was warm and friendly - even well after midnight when I was less than my ususal bright and likeable self.

The hotel has a supermarket at the bottom of the drive, is a stone's throw from the beach and a strip of friendly little bars, restaurants etc. and the perfect distance from the airport - 15mins, so piece of cake for transfers but not aeroplanes overhead all the time.

Our room was pretty simple but fine - 5th floor at the front of the hotel with a view, between the other hotels in the area, of the sea and mountains. The bed was comfortable and shower powerful and hot (but agree with previous reviewer about the otherwise decent maid service not refilling the little bottles of shampoo etc - good job after all that I had bought my Pantene). Finally worked out the magnet-operated, flick-switch-to-get-electricity-working-shut-balcony-door-to-get-air-con-on on morning of day one with a little bit of encouragement from the guy on reception too.

We had booked bed and breakfast board, so made sure we got our money's worth from the buffet every day; Marc troffed his way through a pot of Greek yogurt and honey, I had pretty much everything else, a 'light' fry up, feta cheese, olives (yes, for breakfast), croissants, fruit, cereal etc. Overall, food in Ixia, as well as the hotel, was alright (the Greek stuff was by far best). The breakfast 'juice' however was neon and looked like some kind of toxic waste.

You can probably tell I am struggling to find fault with this place...

As we were there in late Sept/1st week in Oct, the hotel got really pleasantly quieter by the weekend, 2 days into the holiday; I imagine in the height of summer, the place could be really packed out and there being a bit of a scrum for sunbeds and space around the pool, but it was pretty perfect for us - and the weather was still hot and sunny, so best of both worlds. The pool is as good as it looks (but in October, was freeeeeeeeezing)

Maistros pool restaurant, did good quick lunches, but was a little expensive, when you could get yourself a Souvlaki in pitta with chips for a couple of Euros at the snack bar.

The bar was sizeable with a decent range of beers; wouldn't rave about the cocktails - the cosmopolitan looked more like cloudy medicine than I would have expected/hoped, but beer and shorts in good supply.

Dionysos Grill did decent food and wine at a decent price; excellent service too, but you couldn't eat there every night as the menu was a bit limited after a while.

As the week went on, we started to notice more nice little touches; candles in reception in the evening and dancing water features etc.; just little touches of class that you don't necessarily expect in essentially a beach holiday hotel.

If I had my time over again, I would have investigated Ilyassos (the next resort towards the airport) as there was a bit more going on there - and I would have remembered to take my passport so I could have gone in the Casino in Rhodes/Rodos town.

Overall, this is a fantastic place, which we would thoroughly recommend; it can accommodate families and couples of all ages and is excellent VFM (especially out of high season).

  • Liked — Staff
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Stafford, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2008

Arrival at the hotel was impressive, up a long private driveway set back from the main road with numerous trees and grassed areas. You then entered into a grand reception area with lovely decor and friendly staff. Our room was on the 4th floor at the end corner of the building with an impressive 60ft L-shaped balcony with views to the side, back and impressive sea view over looking turkey and Ixia with a wondeful sunset. The room also had windows with it being on the end as well as the balcony door which was also nice and the room was very clean and spacious with nice decor. It was a family room as requested (even though there was just the two of us) with a sofa bed and a massive queen size double bed. It was cleaned daily with fresh linen and towels, with very friendly maids. The air conditioning worked sufficiently. Included was a hairdryer, shaving point, TV, fridge (which was a bonus). The breakfast is also impressive, buffet style with a huge selection of fresh produce. Lovely seating areas throughout the hotel's reception area and outside by the pool which was amazing in both it 's design and layout. It has numerous quiet areas with shade or areas with full sun if required. There are three restaurants in the hotel, not including the Souvlaki island where you can get a nice pita for lunch!! and a swim up bar. Evening entertainment was provided every night in the bar area, and there is also a convienent supermarket at the end of the driveway for water etc. A bus stop for getting into Rhodes (rodos) town is 5 mins walk away on the main road, however its useless looking at the timetable as the buses run frequenlty but not to the timetable and cost 2 euros each into the centre of town, (but its likley that you will be standing for this journey!) A taxi back from Rodos to the hotel, is a set price and is 6 euros, but you may end up sharing the taxi if its a busy night. There are a number of shops, restaurants and supermarkets a short walk away along the main road of Ixia, which is a busy road, but the hotel does not suffer from the noise, due to the amount of trees! We stayed here for two weeks and had an amazing time, it met and passed all of our expectations, and were really pleased that we chose this hotel, there are two other major hotels close by, of which sometimes you do hear the evening entertainment noise from especially the Rodos Palace which is opposite. However this was not an inconvience to us, as all noise stopped by midnight. I would recomment this hotel, for couples and families although we did note that children must be supervised at ALL TIMES otherwise a member of staff will pull you up on it! It vwas exceedingly hot whilst we were there (3rd -18th Sept 2008) but in Sept there is a lovely breeze that keeps the temperature more bareable. In all it was a 10 out of 10 holiday for us in all ways and although its likely that we will not be returning to Rhodes, this is a lovely hotel, with an amazing pool, in a lovely and convient location to Rhodes town and we could'nt have asked for better!!!

  • Liked — Swimming pool and surrounding areas
  • Disliked — Dated Airconditioning unit
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Drammen, Norway
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Reviewed 26 August 2008

I especially liked the rooms and the interior style of the large reception bar area. Rooms were quite large, 7 x 4 metres incl bathroom and kitchenette, and the kitchenette was hidden behind the wardrobe.
Check-in was very quick, and all the staff were very kind and polite.
Beds were also nice, with excellent pillows.
We ate in a small out-door grill near the reception, but waited 45 min for the food. Nice garden, reminded me of a mini Bangkok Shangri-Lah style.
Area have a number of 5-star hotels, but I think this 4-star hotel looked better than the others.
There was no air traffic noise, even if the planes could be seen from the hotel.
We never ate there after the first night, always went out, 15 min walk towards Ixia, to Coconut restaurant, or € 6 taxi fare to Rhodos town.
What I did not like about the hotel, were all the babies in the large pool. Tehere were 3 children pool areas, but parents kept taking babies into the large pool, and since there are more than 200 rooms, the pool area was quite full despite its size. Swimup bar expensive. No air conditioning in reception and bar area. Tv in room had about 40 greek channels, 4 turkish, one swiss german, and one german german, no english.
air condition in the room was ok.
The room was clean, and the maid kept it spotless and as fresh as the day we checked in.
Behind the building we stayed in, was a bar which some days played disturbing music untill 4 in the morning. Hotels said they complained to the police, but it was really load 2 out of the 7 days we stayed there.
The nearest larger supermarked is 30 min walk away, direction airport, but there are plenty of small super markeds in the area, also at the hotel gate, but they are expensive.
Would recommend Mediterranea, an italian restaurant on grivas street, they prepare what you ask for, do not just look at the meny, ask them to make your choice. Starter bruchetto, melon, ham and one main course for two incl 1 ltr. wine € 38. Next door is the fantastic Christos Garden, a bar with an interior you would like to photograph.
Rhodos airport departure on a sunday; any other european airport this bad? 2 x-ray screening machines, and one x-ray bow for all passengers to pass trough, when there are like 1 000 passengers checking in within one hour !!

  • Liked — stylish interior decor
  • Disliked — location
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dionysos Hotel
Address: Iliadon St, Rhodes Town 851 00, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Dodecanese > Rhodes > Rhodes Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Luxury Hotel in Rhodes Town
#17 Romantic Hotel in Rhodes Town
#24 Family Hotel in Rhodes Town
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Hotel Class:4 star — Dionysos Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 281
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