AKTI KANARI 31 85100 RHODES RHODES TOWN GreeceRhodes, Greece
Amy AdejokunSection editor
The Belvedere is located opposite Kanari beach and it is an imposing four-floor building which can initially appear somewhat off-putting. The inside of the building is also lacking in charm, though the hotel does have the significant advantage of being well located and well-equipped for a town hotel. It also offers beautiful views across the sea, particularly at sunset. You are sure to enjoy your stay here, provided that you are not too sensitive to the noise of passing cars! In fact, you will need to cross a rather busy road to reach the beach from here. In short, this hotel is to be recommended to couples (particularly the elderly) or those just passing through the town.
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The hotel is located on the seafront in a modern part of Rhodes, which is still close to the Medieval Town. On the northern tip of the island, just a stone's throw away from the Turkish coast, this little jewel, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the ideal destination for families and couples. As you follow the cobbled streets, you will pass through doors and arches, cross squares and discover hidden courtyards surrounded by Byzantine walls and churches. At nightfall, the bars and the restaurants offering traditional cuisine come to life and the whole town lights up, giving the place a unique and timeless charm. The international airport is a 5 to 10-minute drive from the centre, depending on the traffic, which can be heavy in the summer. The sandy beaches of Faliraki and Tsambika are accessible by car in 20 and 30 minutes respectively, whereas those of Ixia and Ialyssos are a mere 5 to 10-minute drive away.
Half of the 212 rooms have a sea view, whilst the others overlook the garden, and there are three kinds of room available - single, double and triple. The average surface area of the rooms is 172 sq ft and all have air-conditioning (or heating!), satellite television, a refrigerator, a direct telephone line, a safe (?10 a week) and a small balcony with table and chairs. The old-fashioned bathrooms have either a bathtub or a shower, a large mirror, hospitality products and a telephone....but no hair-dryer as yet! The decor, for its part, is nothing special - white walls, blue carpet and old-fashioned bedspreads and curtains.
The lobby is divided into three parts (television lounge, reception and bar) and sets the overall tone for the rest of the hotel: well-maintained and well-equipped but somewhat lacking in the charm department. A large swimming pool (with a children's section) in the hotel's garden offers guests the perfect opportunity to cool down after a day in the sun, whilst braver and sportier guests may prefer a game of tennis, for an additional charge of ?10 an hour. The public beach on the other side of the road can be accessed via a tunnel, and whilst deckchairs are provided for guests free of charge, you will need to bring a towel!
Food and drink
The main restaurant opens early for breakfast (from 7:00am to 9:30am) and dinner (from 6:30pm to 9:30pm), so it is recommended that you get up early! The decor isn't fantastic but what does it matter! The windows offer breath-taking views of the sun setting over the sea while you sample Greek and international dishes served as a buffet. The rest of the time (from midday to 4:00pm) you can grab a snack at the pool bar or sip cocktails in the lobby bar.
Built in 1968, the lobby, bar and rooms were all renovated in 2000, and the management has since ensured that regular 'touch-ups' are carried out (around once a year). Although the hotel is an interesting combination of town hotel and beach hotel given its location (and its pool), it doesn't offer the same services as the resorts along the coast. The only entertainment here is the theme nights (Greek, dancing, karaoke, etc.) organised three times a week. There is no all-inclusive option here, either; guests have the choice between half-board and full-board.
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