Kokkini Porta Rossa: A Portal to Rhodes’ Rich Past

Immerse yourself in the enchanting embrace of Kokkini Porta Rossa, a boutique hotel meticulously restored from a 14th-century knight’s residence within the historic walls of Rhodes Old Town. This gem harmoniously blends medieval charm with contemporary elegance, offering an exquisite escape that transcends ordinary hospitality.

At Kokkini Porta Rossa, each guest is welcomed with heartfelt care reminiscent of a bygone era, fostering friendships amid an atmosphere of warmth and genuine affection. The hotel boasts six luxuriously spacious suites, each a masterclass in comfort and style, adorned with fine antiques, vibrant art, and dramatic, modern bathrooms. The attention to detail is evident in every corner, from the shining silverware and colorful courtyards to the meticulously curated pieces of history that grace the space.

Guests begin their days in the sun-dappled courtyard, where a creative, multi-course breakfast featuring the finest regional flavors awaits. Evenings reveal a softly lit garden setting, perfect for enjoying complimentary wines and shared stories under the stars, often accompanied by impromptu piano melodies.

Beyond the walls, Kokkini Porta Rossa serves as a gateway to Rhodes, offering tailored itineraries and insightful recommendations that ensure a deeply personal and unforgettable journey through the rich tapestry of the island’s heritage and beauty.

KÓKKINI PORTA ROSSA
4.9
Based on 76 reviews
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Susan WhiteSusan White
18:51 01 Mar 24
We have done extensive travel and this is our absolute favourite accommodations we’ve stayed in. Angela & Nicos and their staff deserve 6 Stars as does their beautiful boutique hotel!
Tali RejwanTali Rejwan
20:09 23 Dec 23
Charming gem in the old town of Rhodes, with a magical atmosphere and exceptional hospitality.The owner is extraordinarily kind and helped us plan our whole trip in Rhodes.Can’t wait to come back for a longer stay.
Manuela FleppManuela Flepp
14:50 31 Aug 23
Nikos, Angela and Paris provide an unforgettable stay at their beautiful and exclusive little boutique hotel. While Nikos helps with the very best tipps for a most agreeable stay, Angela is the Queen of the Kitchen. She prepares simply the best breakfast we ever ate so far. Paris himself is a God at the piano and plays it like a pro. Not to forget lovely Julia, the breakfast fairy. The rooms are stunning too. We've seen many places but there's not a 2nd one like Kókkini Porta Rossa. This is our home from home 💝
Konstancja NormanKonstancja Norman
12:26 27 Aug 23
We had a pleasure of staying almost two weeks at the wonderful Kokkini Porta Rossa.The whole stay from start to finish was a wonderful experience. We were welcomed warmly and treated as friends/family.The hotel itself is the state of art place, extremely well planned and maintained, designed with such a feeling of warmth, elegance and taste it makes you smile every time you are inside. There are interesting pieces of history and art at every corner, for me it was not possible to get bored with the place.The hotel is located in the south part of the Old Town with extremely good access to all important and interesting places.The rooms are beautifully designed, quiet and spotlessly clean. There is a mini (not so mini) bar in each room with good quality spirits, wine, prosecco etc and a bucket of ice refilled every day. There are free drinks offered by the hotel the whole day. We had a little garden with a plunge pool adjacent to our room (Michalis) which was an absolute zen place at every time of the day and night. We highly recommend this room.Every morning an amazing breakfast was served which was prepared by talented Angela and served by lovely Julia (thanks Julia for joking with us every day, and for your warmest personality, big big hugs!) and the help of Nikos. The breakfast is extremely tasty, with different starters, juices, coffee, bread and such tasty home made preserves and honey, yoghurt with fruits, eggs of your choice, and a dessert. Many of the recipes can be found on the hotel’s website. Thank you Angela for feeding us so every day, we were really missing your breakfast today!For the daily activities we had suggestions prepared by Nikos who is a passionate history lover, who’s knowledge is to be admired. He gave us a lot of his time explaining and advising on different sites to visit and his thoughts and propositions were invaluable. Thank you for advising, organising trips and supporting us every single day! Whenever Nikos was busy, lady Angela was there to give her advise as well, thank you Angela for always being there for us, and for collecting us from the beach when there was no taxi available, you are the best!There is an application of the hotel in which there are suggestions of places to visit, things to do, how to get everywhere. There is a tablet given which is extremely helpful for car trips and gps use, even having and offline gps which is quite useful sometimes.Angela and Nikos have an amazing son Paris. He plays piano practically every day, he is so talented. He is a passionate musician with such a gift. Thank you Paris for giving me a push and motivation for practicing my piano skills again! I admire highly your skills, I know and understand how much time and determination, patience and drive it takes to be as good as you are.I could write and write a lot more about the hotel and the wonderful people who run it but I am afraid it would end with a book about it.I would like to thank you Angela, Nikos, Paris and Julia for making our stay with you perfect and for making my birthday memorable and special. We miss you very much and we hope for meeting again.Big hugs for all of you, you are all amazing!
YK YKYK YK
07:23 17 Jun 23
We had a great time at Kokkini Porta Rossa. The room has really cool medieval decor. We were served a 3-course breakfast every morning in their beautiful terrace. The location is perfect, within the old town and really close to all the restaurants and shops. The hosts were so friendly and warm and they have a really nifty app which they used to give us lots of tips for sights and restaurants and getting around the island. We had a great time thanks to Nikos and Angela!
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Boutique Hotel
6 Rooms

What we liked the most

  • Restored 14th-century knight's residence oozing historical charm
  • Boutique luxury blending old-world aesthetics with modern comforts
  • Heartfelt hospitality, reminiscent of visiting a cherished family home
  • Spacious, exquisitely decorated suites offering ultimate relaxation
  • Artful antiques and artifacts enrich every corner
  • Colorful, serene courtyards perfect for unwinding

 

 

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Rooms Overview

At Kokkini Porta Rossa, six uniquely named suites—Katina, Orhan, Michalis, Irini, Deniz, and Gülbin—offer a blend of individual character and serene ambiance. Each space whispers tales of its 700-year legacy, enveloping guests in an atmosphere of tranquil light and quiet. Despite their distinctiveness, all suites share a warm, inviting essence, marrying historic charm with modern elegance.

Gülbin

2 guests Accessible by stairs One-bedroom suite View into the city

Gülbin Suite, a two-level sanctuary for up to two guests, marries charm and elegance in its 46 sq.m. space. Featuring a loft bedroom with a convertible king bed, high ceilings, and a cozy sitting area with a large sofa, this suite’s unique decor includes a whirlpool bathtub and collectible mirrors, creating an enchanting retreat.

Deniz

3 guests Accessible by stairs Balcony One-bedroom suite View into the city View into the sea

Deniz Suite, an epitome of romance, spans 54 sq.m. across two levels, accommodating up to three guests. This suite features a distinctive wooden balcony, “hayat,” offering views of the sea, castle wall, and chapel entrance. The open-plan layout includes a loft bedroom with a romantically lit headboard and a living area enriched by the building’s original 13th-century wall.

Irini

3 guests Accessible by stairs One-bedroom suite View into the courtyard View into the garden

Irini Suite, bathed in sunlight and elegantly spacious, accommodates up to four guests across its 54 sq.m. multi-level, open-plan layout. Featuring a master loft bedroom with adaptable king-size bedding and an adjacent loft with a single sofa bed, this suite also offers a large living area downstairs. The luxurious bathroom includes a freestanding bathtub and a rainfall shower, with views overlooking the serene garden.

Michalis

2 guests One-bedroom suite Private pool Private terrace View into the garden

Michalis Suite, nestled within the ancient Knight’s house foundations from 1350, offers a 37 sq.m. sanctuary for two. This ground-level suite features a vaulted roof, stone walls, and an oakwood gate, encapsulating medieval charm. Its private garden, complete with a plunge pool and surrounded by aromatic herbs, provides a secluded retreat under the castle’s shadow.

Orhan

3 guests One-bedroom suite Private terrace Reduce mobility friendly View into the courtyard View into the garden

The Orhan Suite, comfortably accommodating up to three guests, spans 52 sq.m. on the ground floor. This suite features a silk-canopied king bed and an Art Nouveau headboard. Its luxurious bathroom boasts a freestanding bathtub and a rainfall shower. Guests can enjoy their own garden space under a century-old mulberry tree, blending accessibility with timeless elegance.

Katina

3 guests Accessible by stairs One-bedroom suite View into the city View into the courtyard

The Katina Suite, set on the first floor, hosts up to three guests in its 52 sq.m. of elegantly appointed space. This suite features a cozy fireplace in the living area and a king bed with twin options. Large south-facing windows offer views of the castle and Old Town, while the expansive bathroom boasts a freestanding bathtub and a rainfall shower.

Services and facilities

City-center
Eco-friendly
Heritage
Pet friendly (on request)
Traditional design
Traditional interior
Air conditioning
Airport / Port Transfer Service - Extra Charge
Bar
Concierge
Family rooms
Laundry Service
Lounge
Non smoking rooms
Parking
Soundproofing
Terrace
Wi-Fi
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Taste the flavors

Breakfast

Begin each day at Kokkini Porta Rossa with a journey through Mediterranean culinary history. Enjoy a breakfast that surprises with dishes inspired by the grandeur of Greek mansions from Chania to Istanbul, lovingly prepared and presented to evoke memories and tastes of a bygone era.

Garden – Bar

As dusk falls, Kokkini Porta Rossa’s garden bar comes alive. Guests return from their adventures to refreshing mint lemonade or cold hibiscus tea, easing into the evening with the art of savoring Greek coffee. Nights unfold with favored wines, ouzo, and tsipouro, accompanied by traditional “mezé” of olives, cheese, and rusks—perfect for leisurely conversations under the stars.

About sustainability

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Like the roots of the fig tree, the property is constantly addressing many sustainable tourism areas and excelling in most fields.

  • 45% of energy needs met through solar systems for lighting and water purification
  • Utilizes LED bulbs, energy-efficient equipment, and automatic light/AC control for conservation
  • Eco-friendly transport with bicycles and cars, sourcing locally to minimize transportation mileage
  • Committed to local employment, preservation of heritage buildings, and promoting regional culture
  • Water-saving practices include a multi-stage filtration system and efficient irrigation techniques
  • Waste management focuses on reducing, reusing, recycling, and redistributing resources
  • Food sourcing prioritizes local, organic producers, minimizing waste and repurposing excess
  • Gardens maintained with native plants, organic fertilizers, and sustainable water systems, supporting local biodiversity

Explore the location

Just 120 meters from St. John’s Gate, Kokkini Porta Rossa marks your entry into the historic heart of Rhodes Town with its striking red door and white balcony. This gateway leads you into the Medieval Town, a place steeped in the rich tapestry of history shaped by the Knights of St. John after their arrival in 1309. Here, the walls, the moat, and the bridges tell tales of sieges and resilience, standing as proud relics of the Knights' 200-year reign.

Explore Rhodes like a local!

The character of Old Town is a palimpsest of histories, from the imposing battlements to the minarets that rose with the Ottoman conquest in 1522, transforming the skyline and introducing the evocative calls of the muezzin. These layers of history culminate in a vibrant UNESCO World Heritage Site, bustling with over 5000 residents and workers, its lifeblood flowing through narrow streets lined with grand wooden doors and the inviting aromas of the bazaar.

Today, Medieval Town offers a blend of past and present, inviting visitors to explore its rich heritage at numerous museums and historical sites while also enjoying the contemporary pleasures of music, cuisine, and lively market streets. Relax in quaint café courtyards, indulge in local mezé with ouzo, and immerse yourself in an atmosphere where every corner offers a story.

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