It is the first house you see when you enter the Old Town from the Gate of St. John. Locals call this gate the “Red Gate”, in memory of those who lost their lives defending it.
A knight’s residence, with a small church dedicated to the Saint
, once stood where the house currently stands. It was the residence of the knight in charge of the Gate's garrison.
When the Knights handed Rhodes over to the Turks in 1522, Turkish and (much later) Greek and Jewish families began sharing the big house. Their different origins, contrasting religions and bitter memories didn't stop them from living in harmony under the same roof and raising their children together.
They embraced their differences, celebrated Christmas, Easter and Ramadan alike and cared for one another.
Three hundred years ago, Ahmet Aga, one of the house's owners, proved that such care did indeed exist.
He used clay pipes to bring running water from miles away, turned an ancient sarcophagus in front of the house into a fountain and shared the priceless gift with all his neighbours.
We named the suites and other areas of the hotel after people who lived in the house: Gülbin, Katina, Deniz, Irini, Orhan, Michalis, Nil, Loxandra.
The house will always be theirs. We just gave it a new life and look after it
, making sure it remains a place of serenity and warmth.