Most of you will have heard of Rhodes Island, Greece. And followers of my blog will know that I blog about it frequently, mainly because I travel regularly to the chain of islands that Rhodes belongs to (the Dodecanese) because I have the chance to research and update the Rough Guide to the Greek Islands – and the Dodecanese have become my speciality. This post is going to take a look at a recent boutique hotel experience I had in the Old Town of Rhodes – the In Camera Art Boutique Hotel.
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Rhodes Old Town
Fans of Rhodes will know that the Old Town – or the Medieval City – was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. It’s a place where you can meander and get lost among the cobbled streets – I’ve written about the Medieval City in more depth here.
Since the start of the Financial Crisis in Greece, however, a lot of stylish and lovingly re-created boutique hotels have cropped up – which seems an anathema to the current situation in Greece.
That said – to my mind it’s worth spending money for a couple of nights in one of the many boutique establishments on offer within the walls of the Citadel.
The latest one I tried out was In Camera Art Boutique Hotel.
In Camera Art Boutique Hotel
The initial great thing about the In Camera Art Boutique Hotel is its location. It’s right in the Old Town, so you get a feel as if you’re really stepping back in time – plus Sofokleous Square, where it’s located, offers a range of high quality tavernas, literally a stone’s throw from your establishment.
This traditional Greek house has been restored in a way that respects both the environment and culture, yet with a modern twist. The owner is a multi-exhibited, award-winning photographer and each of the seven suites are named after one of his exhibitions, offering a special selection of art photos carefully chosen from these, as well as a display of the various cameras that have been used over these years by the photographer.
My Terra Incognita In Camera Art Boutique Hotel suite was named after a 1997 photo exhibition by the owner – inspired by his visit to the Northern Greece region of Thrace. Photos on the walls reflect the remoteness of the area and the 47 sq m suite itself is on two levels, offering a king sized bed, 2 bathrooms (one with Jacuzzi shower) and one toilet room, a living area that can convert into two single sofa beds, ceramic tiled and wooden flooring – plus floor to ceiling windows that let in so much natural light, it highlights the pastel shades of the walls beautifully.
The size of the room means that it’s comfortable for a family of three or four, or a perfect hideaway for a romantic break.
There are five more suites on offer:
Nike of Samothraki. As the hotel website claims:
Shades of green and brown let the sun victoriously transfer you to the Middle East through its small Turkish style windows.The 41 m2 suite is located on the 1st floor of the hotel with 1 bathroom with Jacuzzi showers, 1 king-size bed, a living area with two single sofa beds, wooden and ceramic floor.
Featuring vivid colored tiled floors, a Hamam-style main bathroom and a decoration that travels you through centuries of Anatolian style.The 54 m2 suite is located on the 1st floor of the hotel, with one bathroom in Hamam-style with Jacuzzi shower, and one WC room, one 1 king-size bed, a living area with two single sofa beds, wooden and ceramic floor and a small balcony.
[This] 61 m2 suite is located on the 1st floor of the hotel, with two bathrooms with Jacuzzi shower, one WC room, two bedrooms with king-size bed each, a relaxing area with one single sofa bed, wooden and ceramic floors and two spacious private terraces.
A Travel into The Lights. A smaller, but no less aesthetically beautiful room on the ground floor, the hotel website describes this as:
Rhodes has been connected with Apollo since the dawn of history, due to the island’s special bond with “light”. This fact is also the inspiration for [the owner’s] exhibition of 1995 “Rhodes, a Travel into the light”.The 30 m2 room is located on the ground floor of the hotel with one spacious bathroom, 1 king-size bed and ceramic floor.
Goodnight from the @incamerahotel in Old Town of #Rhodes, #Greece. The choice of #luxury and #boutique establishments in Rhodes has really gone up in recent years, despite the economic issues in Greece. This particular place – well located well within the Old Town walls – has suites named after the owner’s photography exhibitions. Blog post will follow. @roughguides @travwriters #bgtw #RGontheroad
…named after the “Dodecanese Islands, Pearls of the Mediterranean”, and exhibition presented by [the owner] in 2005. Seascapes and landscapes of the islands that justify the term “pearls”.The 30 m2 room is located on the ground floor of the hotel with one spacious bathroom with Jacuzzi bathtub and one shower, 1 king-size bed and ceramic floor.
Recommended for: Honeymooners, Anniversary and a perfect location for an authentic feel of being inside a medieval city – one of the last remaining ones that still has residents inside.
if you’re feeling flush, In Camera also offers its Places of Suspension – the old family home now restored into a 160 sq m three bedroomed, two bathroomed villa to rent.
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I do hope you’ll choose to visit The Old Town of Rhodes next time you visit, and choose to stay at the In Camera Art Boutique Hotel – it’s certainly worth it.