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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!


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.

Best Places to Stay in the Dodecanese


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


  • 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.


  • 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. 


  • 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.

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  • Domus Rodos

    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.

    19 rooms from $37
    Value chic  -  A well priced property in the heart of the old town and just a three minute walk from the beach.
    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.
  • Apollo Guest House

    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.

    6 rooms from $56
    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.
    Great walks  -  Just above the airport is the 'Valley of Butterflies' which makes for stunning walks.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Opera House


    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.

    29 rooms from $71
    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.
  • 9 Muses


    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.

    12 rooms from $67
    Views  -  Incredible views over the Aegean Sea
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Hotel Andreas


    An absolutely charming house in the Old Town with beautiful views over roof tops and out to sea. Simple chic rooms have white washed walls and attractive fabrics. A gorgeous leafy terrace and courtyard for breakfast. Excellent value, romantic, and authentically Rhodes.

    8 rooms from $73
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Kahal Shalom Synagogue, Andrea Papandreou Park, Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes.
    Views  -  Wonderful views over the Old Town and port
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
  • Archontiko Angelou


    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.

    10 rooms from $76
    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
  • Pylaia Boutique Hotel


    A unique chic hotel owned by an inspiring couple, with whitewashed walls and wooden canopies. Interiors have been well thought out with luxury beds and great lighting. Every room has a private outdoor space. Also comes with a rooftop restaurant-bar, a spa, two swimming pools and a shop on site.

    25 rooms from $79
    Families  -  The hotel gladly welcomes children. Travel cots and high chairs are provided and there is a spa menu for kids!
    Romantic Break  -  Very romantic rooms with great beds and wonderful views from their private baconies.
    Great walks  -  Walk to the Tzanaki village down a dirt track with amazing views.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the stunning Venetian castle with two churches inside.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Fashion Hotel Nikos Takis

    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.

    8 rooms from $84
    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.
  • Mediterraneo


    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.

    from $90
    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


    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.

    9 rooms from $90
    Value chic
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Diving  -  Good diving nearby.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • Marco Polo Mansion

    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.

    7 rooms from $101
    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 KastĂ©llo KritinĂ­as.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Fodors
  • Pylaia Boutique Hotel

    Astipalea, Dodecanese

    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.

    25 rooms from $107
    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
  • Rodos Park Suites

    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 cities sights.

    75 rooms from $110
    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
  • Zacosta Villa Hotel

    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.

    3 rooms from $112
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the centre of mediaeval Rhodes Old Town, close to the Knights Castle and museums
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Nikolis Hotel & Apartments

    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.

    20 rooms from $112
    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
  • In Camera Art Boutique Hotel


    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.

    6 rooms from $157
    Families  -  4 rooms sleep up to 5 people.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Romantic Break
  • Spirit of the Knights

    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.

    6 rooms from $163
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the mediaeval old town of Rhodes Town - a World Heritage Site
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Rodos Palladium

    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!

    from $202
    Spa breaks
    Beach Life
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor Pools
  • Boutique 5 Hotel & Spa


    A really swanky Five Star hotel and spa resort on the beach front. Contemporary rooms and suites offer all the mod cons, private balconies, and some even have private pools. Top of the range spa, Mediterranean restaurant, beach front terraces, and a private beach. Very pampering.

    44 rooms from $239
    Spa breaks
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Beach Life
    Romantic Break
  • Petra Hotel & Suites

    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.

    11 rooms from $219
    Views  -  All rooms have superb views over the Aegean and the Bay of Grikos
    Romantic Break
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels
  • Melenos Lindos

    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.

    12 rooms from $230
    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
  • Aqua Blu Hotel & Spa

    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.

    53 rooms from $236
    Romantic Break
    Beach Life
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels
  • Lindos Blu

    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.

    70 rooms from $247
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Beach Life
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
  • The Old Markets


    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.

    5 rooms from $275
    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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