Casa Cook Rhodes
What We Love
- Farm-fresh Greek classics at the Kitchen Club, Casa Cook’s chic restaurant
- Chilled-out DJ sessions by the pool at sundown
- Daily yoga classes in an alfresco shala
- Zipping to nearby Tsambika Beach on complimentary Electra bikes
What To Know
- Kolimbia Beach is a short walk away; Rhodes town is about a 30-minute drive away
- Free WiFi
- Buffet breakfast is included in the rate
- Small gym on site
Casa Cook is a concept from Thomas Cook, a European corporation dedicated to budget travel. But while this property in Rhodes is moderately priced, it’s also distinctly sophisticated—a surprising new turn for the long-established company. High-profile experts (international design agency Lambs & Lions developed the hotel’s concept; designers Annabell Kutucu and Michael Schickinger worked on the interiors; Vana Pernari was the architect) conspired to create a relaxed yet visually striking atmosphere that melds together a series of styles: Southwestern ruggedness, Scandinavian simplicity, and blunt Modernism, all woven together by an ample supply of artisan-made wicker furnishings. The 90 light-filled rooms are decorated in earthy tones and have spacious verandas with access to a series of shared pools (suites have private plunge pools). Surrounding the hotel are craggy hills and olive trees, a halcyon setting best viewed from the main pool deck and the restaurant, where chef Manolis Giorgakis uses hyper-local ingredients to make Greek classics like saganaki and moussaka. If you want to take a piece of Casa Cook home, many of the hotel’s furnishings are available for purchase at the reception’s concept store.
In the Area
Rhodes, part of Greece’s Dodecanese islands in the Aegean Sea, is home to a UNESCO-designated Old Town dating back to the 1300s. In this culturally-rich northern citadel, you’ll find a striking ensemble of Gothic architecture, mosques, public baths, and Ottoman buildings along with charming taverns, cafés, and boutiques. Don’t miss the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, a fortified castle worthy of a fairy tale. Farther south on the eastern coast is Lindos, a lovely village crowned by a hilltop fortress and filled with small whitewashed houses that spill down the sea. The east coast is also known for its beaches; Tsambika, a long strip of golden sand, is one of the most beautiful and most visited. About five miles inland, near the village of Archangelos Village, is the utterly romantic Epta Piges (Seven Springs). After walking through a narrow 600-foot-long tunnel, you’ll arrive at an idyllic gorge with seven sparkling springs surrounded by thick woodlands.
How to Get There
Stayed here for a week for my big birthday and WOW what a stunning hotel.
The setting was beautiful, our room looked out onto the surrounding mountains. We had a premium room (one with a hammock), lovely sized room, super shower and lots of space. Only down side was the design of the sunbed area ... for whatever obscure reason the designer had set the sunbeds into the main patio area, so during the afternoon we lost the sun ... the rooms either side of us had their sunbed area set out into the swim-up pool, which made a lot more sense in our opinion. Would opt for one of these rooms if we return.
Seen a lot of disparaging remarks/reviews about the food at Casa Cook, have to say we found everything was fine and of a high standard.. massive choice at breakfast (always ate our fill and never got bored with the chioice on offer). Lunch and evening meals we had were fabulous... tended to go out of an evening to sample more tradional food (taverna Tsambikos a must in that respect), but couldn’t fault portion size and standard of what we did eat at all.
So in summary, the good: stunning hotel, fabulous room, friendly and very efficient bar/waiting on/cleaning staff, fabulous setting.
Unfortunately the bad (albeit minor grumbles): the reception staff ... on our arrival a voucher was demanded which we hadn’t been supplied by Thomas Cook, only had our TC confirmation e-mail we’d printed out ... the lady got a little grumpy at that and waltzed off to reception leaving us standing around for more than a few minutes wondering what was going on! Eventually all sorted but a little worrying nonetheless. Wasn’t really given much guidance as to how the hotel operates we had to figure this out ourselves, for example food and drink wise (everything has to be signed for, which is fine but having to tried to pay for a drink whilst awaiting our room got some odd looks from the bar staff) a simple overview on arrival would be helpful. On check out would have been nice to have been asked if we’d had a nice stay etc, and a thank you when settling up so wouldn’t have gone amiss! All felt very much like a cold business transaction which doesn’t seem to follow the ethos of the Casa Cook brand. On a personal and maybe selfish note, on all of our booking info it was mentioned several times that it was my 50th birthday whilst staying there, wasn’t expecting to be wined and dined etc but some recognition of that by the hotel wouldn’t have gone amiss, ie a bottle of wine or a free cocktail etc surely wouldn’t have been asking too much! Having seen previous reviews and from conversations held at the hotel with other celebrating guests I felt that this milestone birthday had been overlooked by the very business like management team. Took the appalled TC rep to mention it to reception to get a response, a very tiny cream cake which had been sat in our room for god knows how long whilst we were out celebrating.
Would we return ... yes. But would like to see an improvement in the welcome and departure experience. Would also prefer a room with sun all day and away from the main complex.
Wow, stunning location and very peaceful stay. Incredible cocktails.. the swim up to the room feature is very cute and refreshing to use when it’s v hot outside.💖✔️
We there on business but I’d love to bring my partner for a romantic holiday.
Nestled amongst the hills I can imagine that’s it’s fantastic at Christmas too..
My wife and I stayed 6 days at Casa Cook Rhodes and had a very good time. Besides small details everything was topnotch and we have to give this little paradise 5/5. Secluded, luxury, great staff, good food, close to beach and nature/hills/hikes, etc.
We are just back from a fantastic week at Casa Cook Rhodes where we were treated perfectly everyday . The layout is really well presented and the staff and food were exceptional, a small criticism is that the drinks were quite pricey but we ended up going out to a local taverna for our evenings . We had a bed and breakfast booking and I must say that the choices for breakfast were plentiful. The room and our swim up pool was all you could wish for and cleaned daily, which leads me to my only other small criticism that I only had 1 hot shower in the morning with the other 6 being cold. I really like a hot shower in the morning . The restaurant and bar staff were really attentive and nothing was a problem for them. So an almost perfect stay for us and I would highly recommend a visit here.
We had a perfect stay in so many ways. It started with the warm welcome and the best room we could imagine. It was just amazing with its privacy and its beautiful view on the mountain. After having the first cocktail you had us in the pocket. We never had so delicious and lovely made cocktails before. Every one of the many we had was made with love and you could really feel that. With the breakfast the next highlight followed. A large selection of fresh food and very good tea and coffee. Especially the fresh orange and grapefruit juices were so delicious and promised a perfect start to the day. In my opinion, the most valuable and important thing you have is your staff. Each of them is super friendly, attentive and helpful. There is almost no wish that they can't fulfill. But the best thing is the smile and the positive vibes they give you every time you see them. We really felt comfortable and you can feel that they all love what they're doing . Your choice of music is next level and was exactly our taste. We also loved the fact that we could enjoy some beats at the main pool and if we wanted to have it quiet we just chilled at our terrace and watched the goats and the beautiful nature around. All the different seating options even made us feel more comfortable and it happened that we spent hours just chilling around and enjoying the nice vibe. All in all the most perfect holidays we could ever imagine. THANK YOU!
Special thanks to Michalis, Savvas and Dimitris from the bar and Konstadinos, Dimitris and Katerina from the service! You guys are amazing!!