Travel Blogs from Mykonos
So for my somewhat final leg of my first summer traveling escapade, I met a really good friend and spent a couple of days in Mykonos, Greece. Not much to say besides that it was amazing. The people were friendly and beautiful and the food was incredible. Not to sound like Capt. Diva but the beaches were not as amazing as I expected, but the party scene certainly was. Felt a little too old for all the parties as I was ...
... We ended up getting an early night in order to wake up early for the bus the next day.
Friday it was time for a bit more adventure. Therefore, Nathan and I grabbed the 9:30am bus to Mount Zeus, the highest point in the Cyclades. The one hour bus ride to mount Zeus actually only covers 20km of terrain. However with winding mountain roads, random traffic jams and the occasional stop for the driver to say hello to a friend the ride took quite a while. The ...
... swell that can be caused by ferries in a hurry.
This turned out to be a pleasant stopover. After BS arrived we explored the waterfront and discovered a great bakery where we bought a supply of bread and cookies the next morning.
Before leaving Vivienne and I took a long early morning walk and were surprised that we saw some very impressive villas. We assumed that this village is a retreat for some well-to-do Greeks from ...
The weather forecast predicted winds of about 4 Beaufort and we left port at about 11 am expecting a short and easy passage to Naousis bay at the north end of Paros island. We had a bit of a challenge leaving as a neighbor's anchor was over our chain. There is a special technique to untangle the chains and anchors and we are becoming an experienced team at perform this maneuver. As soon as we were out of the harbor ...
... great first day of the trip to meet everyone else! The group of 40- some people actually started a 50 day trip from London though Western Europe! But, I had already done most of the cities they were visiting, which is why I joined here in Greece! For once, I'm actually not a group original! Myself, along with two other girls, joined the group in Athens to fill in for people that dropped off in Rome. And, get this, I am the only AMERICAN! Everyone is either from ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Belvedere Mykonos
This hotel is a poor representative of the Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) registry.
The communal areas of the Belvedere did not disappoint in any way. The pool area is incredible with mattresses and oversized lounges and chairs for you to while away the hours in the sun. They also supply copious cushions for you tolounge on - nice touch. It has the ubiquitous music by the pool and thankfully a good range of CDs. The nobu bar was closed but the food and drinks we had in the pool bar were pricey but tasty (amazing fruit juices). The gym is tiny, a bit more of a tick in the box, but there are plenty of places to sit inside and an internet station. The views and location are also great - between 3 and 7 minutes into town depending which route you take. The negative for me was the room wasn't up to scratch. We stayed in a sea view room and felt that it needed a bit of an upgrade - the sink in the bathroom was cracked. However the bed was comfortable, the air conditioning worked and you got great Korres products (I'm such a girl!). We did visit the Mykonos Theoxenia which is the new hot hotel and whilst the design is incredible, it did feel a bit soulless and we were happy with our choice.
This is my third time staying at the Belvedere and I cannot wait to go back. I stayed there between Aug 17-22, 2004 with my boyfriend who was enjoying his first time in Mykonos. As I expected the Belvedere and Mykonos was his favorite part of our summer vacation.
I'm neutral about my stay
I stayed at the Belvedere May 24-27, 2004. We were there just before prices went to high season.
The hotel is pretty, rooms were good size and clean. Walls are thin - you can hear EVERYTHING!
The staff was "Stiff" not too snooty and not too friendly. The food and beverage prices are outrageous....The pool area is small, not a lot of beds to lay out on. The walk from the hotel to town was about 5-10 minutes. Don't forget your map - in the dark you will get lost! Would I stay there again? If the price is right - YES.
Well, we stayed for 1 week during the peak summer times and paid a fortune, but we were willing to do so for a great hotel and their website shows a Great hotel. The exterior is stunning and true to their advertising. However their rooms are the worst 5-star rooms I had ever seen and we travel over 10 times a year. We stayed in a Superior room and the washroom was atleast 2-star. The furnishings were worse than my childhood bedroom set. And the walls are made of plaster - I could hear EVERYTHING including footsteps above. Some staff were nice; some were snooty. Prices were insane - 13Euros for a screwdriver, and add 7Euros for them to deliver it to your room. If you're going to spend all your time by the pool, MAYBE it's worth getting a Deluxe, but if you're going to be going out a lot, don't bother wasting your money on this hotel. Our friends stayed in a very similar room across the street at the Elena and paid a 1/4 of what we paid (but no pool). I told the Belvedere manager that we were stunned by what they consider 5-star and that this would not even qualify for a 3-star in NA and she said they hear that a lot from NA'ns and even SHE realized they were priced too high. I'm a fan of luxury and am willing to pay for it, but the Belvedere takes advantage of rich Americans by advertising their best poolside shots and then reeling us in. PLEASE don't support this trend any longer; they need to learn that they can't get away with offering 2-star rooms at 5-star prices!
My wife and I stayed at the Belvedere in October 2002 and loved it. Since we went during the low season, the price was unbelievable for what we got. The location was convenient, yet quiet. It's only minutes away from town on foot and very quiet at night. The room and facility were immaculate, the staff was friendly, and even the breakfast was good. A beautiful hotel that we will definitely go back again. Highly recommended.
This is a "habit-forming" hotel. Once you stay here, you will come back every year forever! I'd give up all of life's luxuries for an annual vacation at The Belvedere. Perfect everything: staff, service,amenities,rooms, environment, food, and fun. They can not do enough!
My wife and I stayed at Hotel Belvedere in June, 2003. We chose the hotel based on their website, rave reviews (Frommer's), and great location. The pool area was very nice, with chic furniture and hip music. It gave the place a very "South Beach" feel. The breakfast buffet, that is included in your bill, was excellent. The free internet access in the common area was a big plus. The hotel was far enough from the heart of town to be quite, yet close enough to get anywhere by foot with ease. A bus stop (with a grocery store and Citibank ATM) was only a few steps away, allowing you to easily connect to all the island's beaches (they are too far away from town to walk to). My only complaint was the quality of the room we stayed in. It was weak at best.
Bastion of Chic
Everything about the Belvedere was amazing. I was arranging some special activities for a Birthday and must have send well over a dozen emails and the staff was wonderful. They helped me setup some great surprises including dinner at Nobu. We had a VIP Suite and the view was really right out of the brochures (read superb). The service was also great. The spa was also great and because they were a few minutes late, sent us champagne at dinner. All in all, a great hotel which I have already suggested to many friends.
This is a favorate of my travel agent, whom I completely trust and who has always led me to the best small intimate hotels around the world. Again, he was right. My wife and I loved the rooms, the view, the pool, the whole Mediteranean outpost scene. It was somewhat trendier than our usual selections and judging by the ultra cool and attractive staff, dressed in all white linens, and the club chill beats playing from the pool lounge nearly 24 hours a day, I suspect this is one of those favorate places for the euro fashionistas. But, I greatly appreciated that there was no major attitude towards us regular Yanks just trying to get a little R&R and see the isles. Also, lots of honeymoon couples from everywhere. Understandable - the place resonates sultry romance with a pleasant undercurrent of decadence and a dash of cool attitude.Favorite: Sitting on our balcony overlooking the pool, watching the ferries come in and out of the harbor, listening to the beat from the pool lounge and the sounds of parties going on somewhere out there at 2am.Most Annoying: Getting moved aside for the photo shoot for the Belvedere web site. They could have at least asked us to pose along with the models - after all we look like guests (cause we were guests). And is that slick-grungy male model on the website really supposed to represent the clientele they want to attract? Hmmmm....Funniest: Watching a giant pelican (no kidding) get kicked (literally) out of a bar in town. Looked like he was used to getting thrown out, but pissed off nontheless. Shouldn't a pelican be more inetersted in fish than booze?Best Cultural: The day-trip to the ruins of Delos. A must see!!! Take dramamine.