Hotel Pedi Beach Hotel 3 star
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Rhodes, Greece
Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Pedi Beach, located on the island of Symi which is known for its sponge fishermen, is a small, charming hotel with a quiet, modest and friendly ambiance... far, very far from the club-hotel atmosphere of other facilities in Rhodes. It is ideal for those seeking quiet relaxation in a secluded location.

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    Location 3.0 /10

    The Pedi Beach hotel is located 3 miles to the east of the port on the island of Symi. Some 20 nautical miles from the old medieval port of Mandraki in Rhodes, Symi is one of the smallest islands in the Dodecanese archipelago, with only 35 miles for 3,000 inhabitants, and is accessible by boat in two hours. Its sponge fishermen started their prosperous business at the beginning of the century, an activity that continues today in the tourism sector. Gialos, its famous port shaped as an amphitheater, overlooks houses built in neoclassical style and hosts adorable colourful fishing boats and plenty of small shops, boutiques and taverns where you can find many souvenirs or enjoy specialities of fish. Shuttles commute to Rhodes 4 to 5 times a day. If you are lucky, you can come across dolphins. Among the jewels of the island, do not miss the Panormitis monastery, dedicated to the Archangel Michael Panormitis, patron saint of sailors and islanders. You should avoid visits on Sunday, when it is usually overcrowded. As a culmination point, go up to the old part of the village, called Chora. From there, the eye can enjoy an unobstructed view of the port, the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea and the Turkish coast of Cape Apolos, only one mile from the island.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    58 rooms are housed on the ground floor and the first floor of the building. Each room offers either a sea or a garden view. Good-sized, 161 ft², they are decorated with beautiful dark wood furniture, and a large mirror hung on the white walls. The decoration is simple but fashionable. All rooms have balconies or, on the first floor, terraces, and are equipped with air conditioning, a bathroom with a shower or bathtub and a radio.

    Overview 7.40 /10

    The Pedi Beach hotel is a welcoming and unpretentious facility, very proper for its category. It emanates the charm of the small island of Symi. You can visit the lovely port, Yalos, where the vessels of Rhodes come and go, located at a few minutes' drive from the hotel. Life at the Pedi goes on quietly, like life on the entire island, keeping pace with its sponge fishermen and small businesses. In recent years, tourism has begun to replace the local fishing activity which was the original reason for the reputation of the island. But, fortunately, the number of holiday-makers who choose Symi for a holiday is still quite reasonable considering its dimensions. In short, this is a picturesque oasis. It is pleasant if you like quietness in isolated places. For the rest, the hotel facility has only one floor and offers a large sun lounge equipped with deckchairs - pretty enough - facing a small beach on the Aegean Sea. A place of idleness!

    Food and drink 8.10 /10

    The strong point of the Pedi Beach. The hotel restaurant, along a large bay-window overlooking the sea, close to the grand lobby and the reception, features decor in a "marine" theme. Only served buffet style, meals are nevertheless varied and of high quality. The cuisine is mainly local, but offers a lot of choices: a dozen starters and as many dishes are available. A snack bar made of dark wood, in rustic style, welcomes the hotel guests at the reception and the restaurant.

    Beach 7.80 /10

    The beach is located a few feet opposite the large sun lounge area of the hotel. The beach is public, but given the number of tourists who flock there, the space is sufficient for customers of the Pedi Beach alone. Composed of small pebbles and coarse sand, the beach, in the shape of large cove visited by a few small fishing boats, has no particular facilities. But in fact, it preserves its "wilderness" look and has been spared by the bustle of mass tourism. A note for the amateurs... The water is crystal clear.

    To know

    The Pedi Beach welcomes mostly Greek and Italian clientele - half or full board. It is located a few miles away, on the hills overlooking the port of Symi, in a remote small village on the island. The place is therefore fairly peaceful. Renting a car is recommended while you stay on the island. There are places you can rent a car from at the port.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Air conditioning

    advantage

    • The high-quality gastronomy
    • The staff at the reception

    disadvantages

    • The lack of accessibility
    • Few amenities and services

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