In this review, we will stay at Dorothea Apartments on the island of Halki (Chalki) in Greece.
After a short hop on the ferry from Rhodes, I found myself in the harbour of Halki Town. For the next three nights I had booked an apartment at Dorothea Apartments, which set me back a reasonable 72 euro per night.
Before I arrived in port, I was sent a message that I should call a phone number of the owner in order to be picked up, which was what I did.
Some ten minutes later, a middle-aged Greek man in a run-down pick-up truck arrived to transport me uphill to the apartment. Especially if you are travelling with lots of baggage, this harbour pick-up comes in handy.
The apartments are actually just a few minutes away from the quay, but as the walk uphill involves lots of stairs and the way can be difficult to find when you arrive for the first time it is actually useful for everyone.
Dorothea Apartments is located in a beautiful stone house a few steps down from the road. My apartment was on the second floor of the building.
Light blue is the dominant colour both in the corridor as well as in my apartment. Although I thought the apartment was a bit oddly furnished, with seats standing at the side of the wall and a large dining table in the corner, it still had its charms thanks to the high ceiling, chandelier and curtains.
The room had two single beds put together and made for a comfortable sleep at night.
The apartment also featured a desk, plenty of storage space in the large closet and air-conditioning. There were plenty of power sockets throughout the room and the WiFi connection was fast and reliable.
By far the best aspect of my apartment was the view from the windows. If you opened the curtains and the shutters, you are treated to some marvellous views over Halki Town, its small port and the sea. From another side, you have some great views over a church tower and the barren interior.
The windows in the room all have a large windowsill on which you can comfortably sit and enjoy the view.
The doors on the corridor open to a balcony which can be used as well. I found it an excellent place to sit during the afternoon with a glass of wine, some fruits and a book.
Kitchen and bathroom
My apartment also had its own kitchen and bathroom. Although I didn’t make use of it apart from the fridge, the kitchen was fairly well-equipped and had a cooktop, kettle and enough plates and cutlery.
The bathroom is exactly what you can expect from your average Greek apartment. Even though it was a bit basic and you had to be careful not to flood the floor when taking a shower, it was certainly spacious and clean.
Dorothea Apartments has an excellent location in Halki Town. It might take you a few minutes to get orientated, but if you know the shortcut through a small alley and some steps you can reach the waterfront in five minutes time.
That means that Halki Town’s cafés, restaurants, as well as a supermarket and bakery, are all just a short walk away from the apartment.
Dorothea Apartments made for a wonderful base from where to explore Halki Town and the rest of the island. Although the apartment itself is fairly basic, it was clean and comfortable and I didn’t encounter any major drawbacks.
The apartment is centrally located in Halki Town, with all shops and restaurants being reachable on foot within just five minutes.
Best of all were the wonderful views over Halki from the windows and balcony, making the apartment a great place to linger for a while with a coffee or glass of wine.
Trip report index
This article is part of the ‘A Dodecanese Dream: Summer Island Hopping in Greece‘ trip report, which consists of the following chapters:
1. Back in the Skies – My First International Flight in the Age of Corona
2. Review: Kimon Hotel, Athens, Greece
3. Exploring Plaka: Through the Winding Streets of the Old Town of Athens
4. Climbing up the Acropolis: Visiting Athens’ Most Famous Sight
5. Review: Skyserv Melina Merkouri Lounge Athens Airport
6. Review: Sky Express Athens to Naxos (ATR 42)
7. Review: Studios Zafiri, Naxos Town, Greece
8. Naxos Town: The Gorgeous Historic Heart of the Cyclades
9. Review: Blue Star Ferries Naxos to Astypalaia
10. Review: Belvedere Studios, Astypalaia Town, Greece
11. Astypalea Town: The Unknown Crown Jewel of the Aegean Sea
12. Astypalea Island Guide: Exploring the Butterfly of the Aegean
13. On a Night Boat in Greece – Astypalea to Kastellorizo With Blue Star Ferries
14. Review: Traditional Apartments Alexandra, Kastellorizo, Greece
15. Kastellorizo: A Look Around Greece’s Easternmost Island
16. Hiking on Kastellorizo: Two Sunset Hikes Detailed
17. Review: Olympic Air (Dash 8-100) Kastellorizo to Rhodes
18. Guide: How to Travel From Rhodes to Halki by Ferry
19. Review: Dorothea Apartments, Halki, Greece (current chapter)
** rest of the chapters to follow soon **