Rhodes: New town or Old Town

Old Jul 27th, 2017, 03:23 PM
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Rhodes: New town or Old Town

I will be in Rhodes Oct. 30 to Nov. 5 and wonder which area would be more desirable to stay at that time of year.
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Old Jul 27th, 2017, 04:43 PM
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I would always advise to stay in the old town - so much atmosphere and at that time it shouldn't be so full of tourists.
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Old Jul 27th, 2017, 05:43 PM
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While I agree it's not exactly a huge city. Look at the location of your hotel and decide if you want to walk.
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Old Jul 27th, 2017, 06:01 PM
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OLD Town is SO much more atmospheric. \. NOTE: This website http://www.planetware.com/greece/15-...zzz-11.htm#RHO has BEST Town Map -- all key street names Plus numbered key to sights - printable. I stayed in tiny Inn right by the mighty walls - http://www.medievalinn.com/# right near St. Francis' Gate. Easy walk to everything, but you avoid the cruise-ship crowds. & if you want to take the bus to Lindos, no need for long hike to bus station up in New Town -just exit St. Fr Gate & to a handy bus stop nearby (ask your hotelier).
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The first week of November will be very quiet and lots of places may well be closed. The "new" town hasn't much to recommend it, so I'd stay in the "old" town if you can find a decent hotel that's open.
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Old Jul 28th, 2017, 02:01 AM
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Thanks, so much. We are looking at an apartment in old town. Travelerjan did you find it challenging to have to walk in and out of the city. Also, did you have a car? Not sure if a car is a burden or not.
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Old Jul 28th, 2017, 04:06 AM
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I would return to Rhodes just to dine at Hatzekelis Seafood Restaurant near Old Town. Don't miss dining there.
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Old Jul 28th, 2017, 06:21 AM
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Rodos in November?

Why?

It really doesn't matter if you stay in the old town or new town.

I am wearing an 18K gold ring that was bought at ilias lalounis in the old town. Nice stuff in that shop!!

Thin aka White China
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Old Jul 28th, 2017, 06:55 AM
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What do you mean, walk in and out of the cit y?? I don't get it... the place I recommended is within the medieval walls ... of course, you cannot use a car within that area, but are you disabled? Coming from the airport, we hd a taxi take us to the st. Francis Gate. We took our rollaboard bags inside the gate & telephoned the Inn. Someone came tomeet us & roll our bags the few hundred yards to the place. (BTW, recommend booking an upstairs room ... more view, more breeze than the main (lane) level). If you have trouble walking around at all, then maybe city of Rhodes is not for you. I did it in my 70s, no problem, but then I've always been active.

As for a car, you don't have it in Old Town. You would rent it if you wanted to drive around the island. Without a car, you can either bus, or take an excursion boat to Lindos (at least in May y ou could) ... or a tour. In any case, when y ou got to Lindos, to get to the ruins at the top of the bluff, you would have to walk. Face it, most of the interesting stuff in all of Greece is on top of hills!
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Old Jul 28th, 2017, 08:50 AM
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Stay in the Old Town. Check with the hotel to see how near the taxi can drop you off. I think November is a great time to visit Rhodes as you skip the huge crowds and the temperatures still are in the 70s.
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Old Jul 28th, 2017, 09:29 AM
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travelerjan: since I have never been to Rhodes, I am trying to understand how far from the gates a taxi is able to drop us and what the walk into town is like with suitcases. I previously traveled to Monemvasia which required quite a trek into the city up hills and two broken suitcases later made it to our hotel room. We don't have any kind of walking restrictions, but I don't think my husband will ever go back to Monemvasia. Thanks for the website and map; it is very helpful. I am finding it difficult to find guide books on Rhodes, so doing most of the research online. I greatly appreciate the help. Thanks again
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As I said, if you stay in the Old Town (I'm guessing that is what you mean by "the walk into town" ... bring a phone along, and call the hotel/pension whatever to come get you -- they have luggage trolleys they use, like the ones in airports. When you book your hotel, send an e-mail inquiring about this. Advance planning is everything. With the trolley in use, no walking problem, because Old Town lanes are on the level.

When you said you're having trouble finding guide books on Rhodes, I was puzzled -- is she from Australia I thought? But digging back through your previous t reads I found (deeply buried) a mention that you are from New England (BTW, it helps us to know what continent at least you are from, unless u are in witness protection, LOL). And does not New England have wonderful libraries??? It did when I lived there!! You do not need an entire guide book on Rhodes -- just get the ROUGH GUIDE to GREECE, the best overall of the major guides. Heck, even Fodors (tho more for the stuffy tour-set) will tell about Rhodes because it's a major island. But ROUGH GUIDE instead of just rhapsodzing about sights will tell you the real skinny ... llike how El Duce's lackeys built the Grandmaster Palace out of their imagination because the real one burned down in mid 1800s, and how most of the Lindos pillars are genuine for the first 2-3feet and then "restored." ALSO, you should know about "Monte smith HIll" which really is the true ACRopolis of Rhodes site on the sea... it's about a half-mile walk beyond the city walls... a stadium, many toppled pillars, a temple ruin, a Vista! This map - http://www.faliraki-info.com/rhodes-map.htm - shows location.

As for good websites, this one is from a "resort area" Faliraki (which is a UK package-tour Hive, avoid it!)... but it does give FAB photos of Sights in Rhodes Town & around the island http://www.faliraki-info.com/sights/

BTW, other hotels people have liked include SPOT Hotel (nearer the port Gate, but has an inner courtyard, so not noisy), another is Hotel Attiki. Neither has its own website, but reviews on Trip Advisor A restaurant we Really Liked was Marco Polo (reviews on Trip Advisor).

NOTE - a "Must-Do" is to walk on top of the Medieval wall ... in summer
they do it daily, in off-season just 1-2 times per week. You buy the ticket at the booth of Palace of Grandmaster, so go there first thing (or ask your hotel for latest info) ... in offseason I think it may be Tuesday & Sat but don't take my word for it. It is STUNNING. The wall itself is of course 50 feet high... but the big deal is, it's at least 20 feet across, and actual grass & shrubs grow up there! Amazing. You enter via a stair by the G-M palace & can walk about 1/2 a mile & exit thru another tower.

If u are curious about stuff all around the island, this guy takes waaay more photos than necessary, but he does caption them, & so you can really get an idea of what's interesting to you. https://www.flickr.com/photos/325800...40277312/show/
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Old Jul 29th, 2017, 12:22 AM
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You can easily drive by car/taxi to the old town hotels along the northwestern section of the city wall (St. Michel up to Cavo d'Oro).
If you plan to visit Rhodos by public bus, Hotel Hermes in the new town, just a few steps from the bus (and airport bus) station, may be a good solution too. From Hermes, it's 5 min on foot to the entry of the walled city.
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...it should be NorthEASTERN, sorry!
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