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One of the great appeals of the Dodecanese Islands is their diversity. So it's quite a challenge to decide the best places to stay in the Dodecanese for you.

Luckily our gurus are here to help you make your choice between:

  • Rhodes with its luxury, history and sightseeing;
  • Kos, with its particularly Greek vibe and 100kms worth of gorgeous coastline;
  • the spiritual Patmos;
  • and the smaller, more remote islands of the group like Symi, Leros and Kastellorizo.

Because they're so close together these islands are perfect for hopping, so it may be the best places to stay in the Dodecanese for you are a combination of the islands!

Rhodes

Largest island in the group, Rhodes is one of the best places to stay in the Dodecanese if you're looking for a gateway to the other islands. The ferry hub is in Mandraki Harbour, which is quite close to the treasures of Rhodes Old Town. Heritage listed because of its fascinating mix of architecture, Rhodes Old Town is a must for people with an interest in history and mythology.

Kos: for Crystal Clear Beaches

Most of the package holiday hotels are on the southern side of the island, which also has some of the nicest beaches. But Kos is also a good choice if you're looking for a particularly Greek experience: the island is less developed. This is a good spot if you dream of finding your own secluded cove. Kos also has several very interesting ancient sites.

Patmos: The Island Choice for Spiritual Travellers

Patmos is where St. John experienced the visions which inspired the Bible's Revelations. So it's the place to go for travellers looking to rejuvenate their souls as well as their bodies. Patmos is also the greenest of the island group, so one of the best places to stay in the Dodecanese for hikers.

The mountain top village of Chora is definitely one of the highlights of the Dodecanese. It's by St. John's cave, a monastery in his name, and there are loads of walks in the area, many offering spectacular views.

Smaller Islands

Dodecanese' suggests there are twelve islands, but there are more if you include the tiny ones. Some of the smaller islands offer some of the best places to stay in the Dodecanese for really 'getting away from it all'.

Leros is probably the perfect destination if you want to relax. Time on this island passes slowly and calmly. There are bits and bobs to see but nothing monumental. The pleasure here is in the strolling lanes between pastel buildings. And soaking up the awesome sunsets!

Kastellorizo is so far to the south of Rhodes that it's left off many maps of the Dodecanese. Which is great if your idea of one of the best places to stay in the Dodecanese is remote and traditional.

Rhodes

  • Small, cheap and cheerful, the Apollo Guesthouse is close to the ferry port AND to all the major sights of Rhodes Old Town. So it's one of the best places to stay in the Dodecanese if you're staying for a while and you want to see as many islands as possible.
  • The Rodos Park Suites is ideal for families. Comfortable and modern, this hotel has a full size pool as well as being close to the beach.
  • The Hotel Nikos Takis is the one to book if you appreciate unique accommodation. The decor is reminiscent of a harem. But its luxury goes much further. To jacuzzis in each suite, to private yacht and helicopter charter and the use of a guitar or accordion to serenade your lover. This is definitely one of the best places to stay in the Dodecanese for honeymooners too.

Kos

  • Aqua Blu Hotel and Spa is an idyllic seafront property just 15 minutes walk from the centre of Kos Town. Here you'll find adult luxury (no children allowed), gourmet restaurants and top notch spa.

    Patmos

    • Our particular favourite on Patmos is the 9 Muses, which as well as offering superb accommodation is very reasonably priced.

    Symi

    • The Old Markets Hotel is located in the heart of Old Symi. It offers stylish rooms, gourmet food and is within easy reach of both beaches and sights.

      Leros

        • Archontiko Angelou is a pink and white villa built in 1895.  It offers six rooms and is very close to one of the island's best beaches. Plus it's excellent value for money. 

        Kastellorizo

        • Mediterraneo is the perfect boutique hotel to stay in to appreciate this remote island. There's no pool, but it's still one of the best places to stay in the Dodecanese 'cause instead it has a ladder in its courtyard that leads directly into the peacock blue of the harbour!

        Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in the Dodecanese, or feel free to call or email one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively widen the net and check out our recommendations in the Cyclades.

        Best Hotels in Dodecanese

        • Domus Rodos 19 rooms from $34

          Rhodes Town

          A quaint pension in the centre of the Old Town, close to all the action. Simple and comfortable white washed rooms. Restaurants and bars within easy walking distance. An inexpensive base to explore the city from.

          Sights nearby  -  In the heart of Rhodes Old Town the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe.
          Great walks  -  Walk along the city walls for excellent views of this ancient city.
          Diving  -  Good diving nearby.
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        • Apollo Guest House 6 rooms from $52

          Rhodes Town

          Lovely traditional guesthouse located in the heat of the medieval town. Charming rooms, some with great views of the old town or prettily draped four poster beds. Good value and a quiet alternative to the boutiques.

          Value chic  -  A lovely traditional property with quirky features and charming courtyard breakfasts all for a very reasonable rate.
          Sights nearby  -  Having admired them from a distance at the property visit the Citadel and the Palace of the Grand Master up close.
          Views  -  Situated near the summit of the citadel, views over the port & fascinating medieval town.
          Great walks  -  Just above the airport is the 'Valley of Butterflies' which makes for stunning walks.
          Recommended by  -  Frommers
        • Opera House 29 rooms from $67

          Symi

          Tranquil oasis, simple attractive rooms and apartments, two minutes walk up the hill from the harbour. Relaxed and charming, with views of the village and a small courtyard bar for hanging out. Well positioned and reasonably priced.

          Families  -  Peaceful self catering apartments in Symi's lovely centre, with shared garden and plenty of space to run around.
          Sights nearby  -  Explore the major Monastery complex at Panormitis.
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        • 9 Muses 12 rooms from $63

          Patmos

          A serene small resort with stunning views over the Aegean. Bungalow suites are named after the Muses and simply yet stylishly furnished. Lovely pool area, where you can dine under the stars. Perfect for those who want the Greek Island experience without the crowds.

          Views  -  Incredible views over the Aegean Sea
          Sights nearby  -  Cave of Revelations
          Romantic  -  Good for couples.
          Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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        • Archontiko Angelou 10 rooms from $71

          Leros

          A charming 1895 country house, set in lovely grounds filled with red, pink and white geraniums. This stunning villa is walking distance to the island's best beaches. Charming rooms with traditional tiled floors and antique furniture and an honesty bar in the garden. A wonderful Grecian rural escape.

          Country Escape  -  A completely charming rural property set in lovely gardens filled with the music of goat bells and cicades.
          Beach Life  -  Within easy access of lovely sandy beaches, explore the coast and discover hidden coves and bays.
          Diving  -  The B&B can organise great diving opportunities to see both marine life and WW2 underwater wrecks.
          Great walks  -  Head out from the hotel and explore the surrounding countryside and villages.
          Recommended by  -  I Escape
        • Fashion Hotel Nikos Takis 8 rooms from $78

          Rhodes Town

          Harem-style high-camp glamour in this boutique hideaway in the old town. Vibrant brightly painted rooms with prettily draped four poster beds and Indian wall hangings. Terraces offer lovely city views. Full of character and well positioned for city exploring.

          City Style  -  The boudoir type suites have the feel of a pasha's harem, with deep colours, rich fabrics, beamed celilings and jacuzzis.
          Sights nearby  -  Walking distance from both the Collachium and the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes.
          Great walks  -  Head out and explore this incredible ancient city on foot.
          Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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        • Mediterraneo from $84

          Kastellorizo

          Colourful, friendly boutique hotel in a less visited corner of The Dodecanese. No pool but sea bathing yards from the hotel, a tranquil, relaxed base.

          Sights nearby  -  Take a boat trip to the island's famous Blue Grotto. Or pop on a boat to Kas for the day - just a few miles away.
          Remote  -  One of the least known islands in the Dodecanese, just 20 mins by boat from Kas, Turkey.
          Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
          Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
        • Melenos Apartments 9 rooms from $84

          Rhodes

          A lovely collection of studio suites and apartments in Lindos. Traditional exterior with leafy courtyard, simple rooms with white washed walls, and kitchens for personal use. Melenos restaurant is fantastic. A great choice for couples looking for privacy, families, or those on a budget.

          Value chic
          Sights nearby  -  The Acropolis and the wonderful Temple of Athena.
          Views  -  Good views from the top balcony.
          Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
          Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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        • Koukos Guesthouse from $89

          Rhodes

          Koukos Traditional Guesthouse, Rhodes, Greece A good value guesthouse combining Greek-rustic style, with quirky Alpine deco and excellent home-cooked food. Stay here for a fun holiday within easy walking distance of sandy beaches and Rhodes’ old town.

          Sights nearby  -  Mandraki port, Clock Tower and Archeological museum are a great insight to the history of Rhodes.
          Restrictions on children  -  No children can be accomodated at this hotel.
          Lively  -  Hip and happening.
          Quirky  -  An experience!
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        • Marco Polo Mansion 7 rooms from $94

          Rhodes Town

          Live like an Ottoman pasha in this stylish townhouse in the heart of the old town. An elegant homely feel. Large, high ceilinged rooms with prettily draped four poster beds. A spoiling breakfast is on offer. Friendly staff. A lovely place to explore the city from.

          Value chic  -  An atmospheric mansion, with indivdually decorated Eastern style rooms filled with antiques and Orientel rugs.
          Great walks  -  For stunning views of the Old Town walk along the medieval walls.
          Sights nearby  -  Visit the Knight's Castles the best being Kastéllo Kritinías.
          Full of character
          Recommended by  -  Frommers, Fodors
        • Pylaia Boutique Hotel 25 rooms from $99

          Astipalea, Astypalaia

          Lovely white washed property with a great vantage point of the island. Chic light and airy rooms are a haven of tranquility and many feature great sea views. Modern Mediterranean cuisine and great Greek wines. A small spa and two gorgeous pools. A stylish option on a rugged and unspoilt island.

          Beach Life  -  A lovely hillside property on one of Greece's most unspoilt islands.
          Sailing  -  Take a boat trip to the gorgeous islands of Koutsomiti and Kounoupes.
          Sights nearby  -  Take a walk up to the 13th-century Venetian castle.
          Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
          Recommended by  -  I Escape
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        • Rodos Park Suites 75 rooms from $102

          Rhodes Town

          Chic contemporary hotel surrounded by greenery, yet near the city centre. Large, light rooms with calming muted tones and great views. Enjoy the Mediterranean restaurant, trendy rooftop bar and spoiling spa. A relaxing hideaway yet within close proximity to the city's sights.

          Exclusive offer  -  Early booking discount
          Romantic Break  -  A trendy contemporary couples retreat in the new city with suites offering views of the sea, private jacuzzis and fine dining.
          Spa breaks  -  Indulge yourself in the glorious spa with pampering treatments including hot stone massages and after-sun body wraps.
          Great walks  -  Walk the stunning streets of the Medieval City pronounced a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
          Sights nearby  -  Endless options nearby from castles to ancient ruins or ornate churches.
          Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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        • Zacosta Villa Hotel 3 rooms from $104

          Rhodes Town

          A slightly old-fashioned but charming hotel in central Rhodes. Just three rooms with four poster beds, a lovely courtyard terrace, and delicious breakfasts. Great value, romantic, walking distance to the beach.

          Value chic
          Traditional
          Sights nearby  -  Located in the centre of mediaeval Rhodes Old Town, close to the Knights Castle and museums
          Surfing  -  Suitable beaches nearby.
          Recommended by  -  I Escape
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        • Nikolis Hotel & Apartments 20 rooms from $104

          Rhodes Town

          Stunning medieval castle house in central Rhodes. Traditional rooms, suites and apartments have four poster beds, stone walls, wooden beamed ceilings and private balconies. Lovely terraces and roof top garden, restaurant and bar. A romantic choice, family friendly too.

          Romantic Break
          Sights nearby  -  Located in the heart of Rhodes Old Town - a World Heritage Site
          Views  -  Great views of the Old Town and Harbour from the roof garden
          Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
          Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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        • In Camera Art Boutique Hotel 6 rooms from $146

          Rhodes

          A chic boutique with lots of character. Individually decorated rooms and suites, some sleep up to 5, have creamy furnishings and attractive works of photography. Stunning views from a charming terrace. Great for families or couples.

          Families  -  4 rooms sleep up to 5 people.
          Romantic Break
          Groups
          Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
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        • Spirit of the Knights 6 rooms from $151

          Rhodes Town

          A gorgeous boutique hotel with all its original elements in the old town of Rhodes. Romantic rooms in traditional elegance, terraces, roof top jacuzzi, private yoga or massage. The perfect spot for a romantic beach holiday.

          Views  -  Great views from hotel
          Romantic Break
          Sights nearby  -  Located in the mediaeval old town of Rhodes Town - a World Heritage Site
          Great walks  -  Walking tours available.
          Recommended by  -  I Escape
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        • Rodos Palladium from $188

          RHODES, Rhodes

          A contemporary Five Star hotel on the beach with a fantastic spa. Rooms and suites, all with private sea-facing balconies, have pastel furnishings and a beachy ambience. Tropical gardens, lagoon-style swimming pool, multiple restaurants. You really needn't leave your hotel!

          Beach Life  -  Blue flag beach of Kallithea.
          Spa breaks
          5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
          Views  -  Most of the rooms have sea views.
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        • Boutique 5 Hotel & Spa 44 rooms from $228

          Rhodes

          A really swanky Five Star hotel & spa resort on the beach front. Contemporary rooms and suites offer all the mod cons, private balconies, some even have private pools. Top of the range spa, Mediterranean restaurant, beach front terraces, and private beach. Looking to be pampered? This is the place!

          Beach Life  -  Kiotari is a blue flag beach.
          5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
          Spa breaks
          Romantic Break
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        • Petra Hotel & Suites 11 rooms from $204

          Grikos, Patmos

          A romantic, chic spot without pretence. Classically elegant rooms and suites with luxurious furnishings, all the mod cons, and private balconies. A lovely cafe restaurant, spectacular sea views, and sprawling terraces. An understated, but still luxurious choice.

          Views  -  All rooms have superb views over the Aegean and the Bay of Grikos
          Romantic Break
          Luxury
          Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
          Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels
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        • Melenos Lindos 12 rooms from $214

          Lindos, Rhodes

          A classy and luxurious boutique refuge with spectacular views over the Aegean. Large rooms decorated in a Moorish style with enormous raised beds and lovely sea views. A romantic rooftop restaurant is one of the best on the island. Just minutes from the beach. A lovely romantic escape.

          Romantic Break  -  An enchanting and intimate escape, the lovely rooftop restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner under the stars.
          Hideaway  -  A charming hilltop property away from the hussle and bussle with views sweeping over the city.
          Great walks  -  Hike up to the 10th-century Acropolis above the hotel, you'll be rewarded with fantastic views.
          Sailing  -  Spend a day exploring the island from the sea, the ideal romantic day trip.
          Recommended by  -  I Escape, Small Luxury Hotels
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        • Aqua Blu Hotel & Spa 53 rooms from $219

          Lambi Beach, Kos

          An idyllic hotel on the sea front. Gorgeous rooms and suites in contemporary chic style with private balconies, some with private pools. Fantastic restaurants, luxurious spa, and sun trap pool area. A romantic choice for glamourous sun seekers.

          Romantic Break
          Honeymoons
          Beach Life
          Views  -  Great views from hotel
          Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels
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        • St Nikolis Hotel 20 rooms from $225

          Rodos, Rhodes

          A delightful family-run hotel in a charming 14th century building. Individually decorated rooms are awash with heritage and emblems of the rich history of Rhodes. In the evening, enjoy delicious Greek dishes from the traditional stone oven. Conveniently located in the heart of the cobbled old town.

          Local exploring  -  An ideal base for soaking up the history and culture of Rhodes, situated on a quiet cobbled street in the medieval Old Town.
          Romantic Break  -  Transport yourselves to another time, with traditional suites and rooms overlooking the arches, ramparts and moats.
          Sights nearby  -  Visit the ancient Acropolis of Ialyssos, five miles from the hotel. A world Heritage site.
          Local markets  -  Check out the local markets of Rhodes where you can pick up some amazing deals.
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        • Lindos Blu 70 rooms from $230

          Rhode, Rhodes

          A superbly chic and luxurious hotel on a cliff top with stunning views over turquoise waters and a short walk from Lindos. Designer rooms and suites with all the mod cons and private balconies. Two fantastic restaurants, top of the range spa, and a private beach below. Romantic beach life in luxury.

          Beach Life  -  Direct access to it's own private beach.
          Romantic  -  Good for couples.
          5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
          Wellbeing
          Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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        • The Old Markets 5 rooms from $256

          Symi

          A gorgeous romantic hotel in the heart of Old Symi. Romantic pastel rooms in creams and light blues. Private balconies and elegant furnishings. Wonderful table d'hote and close to beaches and sights. A great choice for couples.

          Views  -  Great views from hotel
          City Style
          Romantic Break
          Sights nearby  -  In the heart of Symi's old town
          Recommended by  -  I Escape
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