Choosing where to stay anywhere can prove pretty time consuming, particularly in Rhodes with endless beach front hotels to choose from, however we settled on this luxury 5 star all inclusive hotel in the New Town, and instantly knew we’d made the right decision.
All inclusive style ‘package holidays’ aren’t normally our thing, but seeing as this breathtaking hotel was costing the same as other 3 and 4 star hotels in the area (minus the promise of unlimited cocktails – and meals, obviously), it was a no brainer!
Beach please ✋? I refuse to let this hangover defeat me again tomorrow so I’ve given myself the night off cocktails today (LOL – who am I!?) ? I’m planning an ‘early night’ so I can catch the sunrise before a day of island hopping tomorrow ? Wish me luck ?? #NishiTravels #VisitRhodes #VisitGreece #FWIS #IHaveThisThingWithFloors
The Mitsis Grand Hotel is centrally situated in the city of Rhodes; just a few minutes away from the main historical and cultural attractions. The complex overlooks the beach – which I should point out, isn’t anything special – it’s quite pebbly, grey and unclean in parts – however the gorgeous sunsets, beautiful view and much needed sea breeze make it all worthwhile.
The rooms are a little tired and dated, with marble bathrooms – hold up! Before you think that’s every blogger’s dream, it turns out that real, old marble from floor to ceiling, including the bath tub itself, can actually make a place look unclean with it’s natural grey and black markings. Rest assured, it was clean though!
The bed was extremely comfortable and I slept like a baby every night, though I’m sure the post dinner cocktails may have helped with that somewhat.
I heard that some of the suites have undergone a huge renovation, but sadly we didn’t get to see/stay in one of those. Yes, the shower could have been a bit more powerful, but I’m certainly not complaining as the hotel itself really is as grand as the name might suggest..
With four pools, eight restaurants, two bars, a games room, outdoor tennis court, a spa and a convenience store selling everything from snacks, cheap cigarettes, beach accessories and all the latest knock-off ‘designer’ handbags – you’d be forgiven for mistaking this for a small hotel on the Vegas strip!
The staff are all outrageously friendly, helpful and laid back and like almost everybody we met in Rhodes, speak perfect English. The bar staff; Vasilis and Katarina in particular, make the perfect team – with their warm hospitality, hilarious entertainment and exceptional cocktail making skills, they went above and beyond to ensure we had the perfect cocktail in hand at all times.
You can see them both in action here if you haven’t already.
With eight restaurants (one buffet, Greek, Mexican, Italian, Asian, Pitta/Burger, a creperie, Italian and a takeaway Pizza Oven) to choose from, we certainly weren’t spoilt for choice. The opening hours are really handy too as the creperie is open until 2am and a small section of the buffet is open all night; perfect for when you come back drunk, but probably not something you’d eat when sober as it looks far from appetising!
As a vegetarian/semi-vegan – the only dairy I eat is cheese, which is very handy as feta is on another level in Greece (it’s divine!) – there was plenty for me to choose from and I didn’t *have* to survive on Greek salad and tsatziki – though I won’t lie, I kinda did! It’s that good out there!
There is also free parking available at this hotel, should you wish to hire a car, buggy or a quad like we did! They’re so much fun to whizz around in, and we even drove quite a distance out to Kallithea Springs one day which was pretty scary!
Fun fact; car hire is incredibly cheap in Rhodes; for as little as $15 for 24 hours you can hire a car, whereas a quad can set you back $35. We opted for the latter as we wanted it more for the experience rather than a specific purpose and it was honestly so much fun! There are car rental places on almost every street, but the place we used had the best reviews in the city and I’d highly recommend them.
Hiring this quad was so much fun! Today we drove out to the Colossus of Rhodes, Old Town and Kallithea (not far, but I’m pretty sure you can’t take a quad on the motorway!? ?) It was pretty scary, but totally worth it for the private beach and incredible views.. Not too shabby for a Monday, eh! ????. . . ? @jassv__ #NishiTravels #ColossusOfRhodes #QuadBike #VisitRhodes #VisitGreece
I’ve learnt that Mitsis hotels are a privately owned chain in Greece, and a number of their hotels are some of the top hotels in the world and they look absolutely stunning! If I were to visit Rhodes again – I probably wouldn’t as I feel as though we’ve done and seen everything there is to do there and I want to explore the other Greek Islands next – I’d definitely book the this hotel again without hesitation!
It’s great value for money, in the perfect location, has a great atmosphere due to the friendly staff and if you go around the same time as we did (mid-May) it feels like an adults-only haven as there were no kids in the pool – simply perfect!
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