Zacosta Villa Hotel
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
I said YES!!! (-:
"It was a wonderful holiday and the hotel was the right choice! John Pelidis, the owner of the hotel, is very kindful. First day he picked us from the port by his car. Hotel has three sweety rooms. We stayed at Raimondo and it was very very nice and romantic. All rooms had good furnitures and new. There was no limit for breakfast. You could eat whenever you wake up.
You should stay in the old town and rent a car 1-2 days for sightseeing all around Rhodes and its beaches, especially Lindos Bay. Hotel Zacosta's location is perfect because of this reason.
It was my birthday and on my birthday I took a proposal from my honey at Rhodes Sheraton's roof resaturant. And I said YES!!! ofcourse... (-:
John recommended this perfect place and when we came back to the hotel, we found a bottle of champagne from John. Thank you John, thank you for everything! I recommend this hotel to everyone!"
- Travel date: Thu 27th of May 2010
Setting was quiet & comfortable but highlight was the John's neverending hospitality and congeniality!"
"John Pelidis is even better than what the rave reviews imply. He personally picked us up from dockside. When our departure plans were dashed with flight cancellations, John made alternate boat arrangements and drove us to the gangplank. His hotel in the old city has three darling suites looking onto a private courtyard where we shared extraordinary breakfasts with fellow travellers. John accessed schedules, provided maps, and gave us great advice on sites to visit and exceptional places to dine (fish houses). His work experience in New Jersey makes his English impeccable. His attention to detail - right down to his shield of arms, monogrammed robes, gift soaps - make this an absolute highlight of a stay. There is no way I would visit Rhodes again, without staying with at John's Zacosta Villa Hotel. You will not be disappointed. 5/5 stars."
- Travel date: Fri 21st of May 2010
King and queen for a week at Zacosta Villa
"My wife still talks about the wonderful breakfast that John (hotel owner) served us each morning in the lovely courtyard. Due to the time of our arrival, we were upgraded to the suite - a beautiful room. The location was great - off a side street so quiet. We loved being within the old town. Read "The Knights of Rhodes" if you want an overview of the town and a brief history of the Knights and life in Rhodes under their control. I gave John a copy for his library. Choosing to stay at Zacosta Villa helped make our trip very special, a real treat. Thanks, John!"
- Travel date: Thu 12th of November 2009
Perfect place to stay in Rhodes Old Town
"We stayed at Zacosta for 7 nights and enjoyed every moment. The owner and host, John, is such a nice guy and makes you feel relaxed and very much at home.
As it happened we had booked the Giardino room, which was the cheaper of the three rooms available, but as it was the end of season and we were the only guests at the time, John gave us a free upgrade to the Suite. You cannot go wrong with either of the three rooms, but the Suite has that extra touch of luxury and is more spacious.
We were looking for a boutique style Hotel and didnt need the usual swimming pool and standard touristy facilities, but we did want somewhere to relax and read a book and do some sun worshipping. Zacosta is perfect for this as it has a large courtyard with stylish sunloungers and is a superb sun-trap.
John personally is on hand to attend to your needs and he puts on a top quality continental style breakfast and is always keen to recommend good restaurants, which for us was important as we love to eat out and sample local cuisine, and the local Greek food is excellent. He will also meet you on arrival and arrange your taxi return to the airport.
There is a small common lounge area and a well stocked bar. The rooms are equipped to a high standard and are fitted with flat screen TV, DVD, and WiFi.
We will certainly be returning and are looking forward to our next trip."
- Travel date: Fri 23rd of October 2009
Gorgeous Property, Gracious Host
"I have a huge "bucket list" of places around the world that I want to explore, but the Zacosta Villa Hotel so exceeded my expectations that I would keep returning to Rhodes just to stay there again and again.
Yes, the rooms are elegant (the website photos are quite accurate), and the location ideal in that while it's a short walk off busy streets in the medieval city, the courtyard is tranquil and the rooms are perfectly quiet. True, you find affordable luxury that's not easily available for this price in Europe (king-sized beds, two robes per room, Korres bath products), and are treated to an embarrassment of fresh baked goods, yogurts, fruits, cappuccinos, etc. every morning.
The biggest treat is the care and attention given to guests by the host, John. He anticipates his guests' needs, goes out of his way to provide information and assistance, yet will leave you in privacy if that's what you want. A Greek national, he was born in Zimbabwe of Greek parents, went to college in the States, and among other jobs, worked for Hyatt Hotels in Chicago, so he has high standards of hospitality. He originally bought what is now the Zacosta for a family home, but decided to renovate what was essentially a wreck of a building into a small hotel. Ask and he will show you the before & after photos.
My husband and I stayed for three nights, and because we'd added an extra night at the last moment, we ended up spending a night in all three rooms. Naturally, the suite is the most sumptuous, but we were happy in each one, and you will be, too.
We spent every day sightseeing and would return around 6:00, tired. We requested cocktails in the courtyard, which John brought with an array of snacks. One evening John joined us for conversation, and it was a pleasure chatting with such an erudite world traveler. Similarly, chatting with guests at breakfast was fun--they included a honeymooning couple from Hong Kong, an Australian tour guide, and an American-born Turk who was about to visit his mother who'd returned to Turkey in her retirement years.
We had an early morning flight to Athens, and John arrived (he lives off-property but close-by) at the hideous hour of 5:00 AM to make us coffee (he knew that I'm a caffeine addict) and help us with our luggage to the cab.
I wish I could give a higher rating than Excellent, but you get the idea. Just go and enjoy."
- Travel date: Mon 5th of October 2009
I dream about the Zacosta...
"Staying at the Zacosta was a treat. The owner (John) is so nice and helpful and made us feel so comfortable. He was helpful in every way possible and made a huge and delicious breakfast for us in the mornings in the beautiful courtyard. The rooms were spacious and classic, yet featured brand new amenities (great hot tub in the suite). To boot, the location could not be better. We stayed here for three nights and wandered around Old Town and other parts of Rhodes for the trip. The Zacosta was within the castle walls and close to everything. Could not have asked for a better hotel experience.
I would go back in a heartbeat."
- Travel date: Thu 20th of August 2009
Amazing hotel in an amazing city
"The Zacosta Villa Hotel is a must stay if you are going to see the Old City in Rhodes. The hotel has been recently restored and is located within the castle walls of the Old City. The hotel only has 3 rooms which makes the hotel quiet and quite charming. There is a beautiful courtyard to have breakfast each morning (which the owner, John, prepares) or to just relax after a long day. Everything in your room is new and of the highest quality (air-conditioning, tub with jets, flat screen TV, et cetera). John is extremely helpful for whatever your travel needs may be. We highly recommend this hotel...can't imagine finding a better place!"
- Travel date: Tue 11th of August 2009
Zacosta Villa Hotel, Rhodes
"Fantastic endearing hotel set in a quiet part of Old Town but not too far from the restaurants and main shopping areas. Beautifully restored by John from the previous state it was in. The courtyard itself was a lovely setting and the Suite itself was very comfortable to stay in, especially after spending the days roaming around Rhodes. John (owner) was so helpful during our stay and looked after us very well. On hand to deal with any queries you may have regarding your stay.
We had the place to ourselves for most of the week which added to the overall experience.
Will be looking to go back by the end of the year and will be staying at the Zacosta again and will recommend this hotel to anyone."
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of July 2009
Magical hotel in Rhodes Old Town
"Perfect setting in Rhodes Old Town. Peaceful, luxurious, spotless, select small hotel (only 3 rooms). Charming courtyard where we ate a substantial and delicious breakfast every morning and sipped wine in the evening. Friendly host, John, who speaks perfect English (we think he may be half American). No staff are on the premises except when preparing breakfast or cleaning so it's very much a home from home. We were there at the very beginning of April and had the place completely to ourselves - perfect.
For the technophiles, there is free wireless and wired broadband access and TVs with channels in English in every room, also DVD players.
We highly recommend the Zacosta Hotel.
Kirsty, London, UK"
- Travel date: Sun 21st of June 2009
Zacosta Villa Hotel, Old Town Rhodes Greece
"Last month was in Rhodes on business and decided to stay a couple of extra days and make a weekend of it. Stayed at the Zacosta in the Old Town. A recently restored traditional building it was luxurious and tastefully done.Very comfortable beds, great bathroom facilities and a filling breakfast. The courtyard is excellent to sit around in the evening. The host John very friendly and was on hand to help with any questions about Rhodes etc. Look forward to visiting in the summer."
- Travel date: Sun 31st of May 2009