Travel Blogs from Mykonos
... Not enough though! The rest of the journey was so uncomfortable and crammed but we finally made it back to Athens at about 8pm. We still had to get the metro to our hostel which took about an hour so it was a long day. The hostel has very dodgy aircon so we all arrived feeling disgusting but no time for freshening up as we wanted to go out for one last group dinner and it was already 9! We pretty much dropped our ...
... to sing along. Even though the bar was outside it was still so hot so around 3:30 we decided it was a good idea to go for a swim. Very refreshing but problem was we were now soaked with not a lot of chance of drying off we took this as a sign it was time to go the gyros shop for an end of the night snack. It was delicious as usual and the perfect way to finish our last night in the Greek Islands! Back to Athens tomorrow ...
... was still fun. We got a free drink with our ticket but other than that didn't drink anything so it was a nice cheap night. At 5:30 we decided it was time to go to the gyros shop so we got a feed and sat down on the beach to watch the sunrise and high five ourselves for making it to daylight! First time I've done that in a very long time! When we got back to our rooms it felt like time to start the day but once we hit the pillow we were gone! Good night ...
... couldn't stand him, too bad I was scared of him! I begged Alice to bite her tongue around him and show him that we are very nice individuals, the moment he'd sense that we don't like him, I think he'd make our lives quite hellish in Mykonos so seemed better to pretend to like him than to not.
We headed for Paradise beach that night, it was good but after Croatia we have just been so tired and at the end of our partying days, trooping on none the less but ...
... the whole thing and everything is going well and we see Mykonos and are on our final approach and then the pilot says we have pulled out of it as the limit for wind speed on Mykonos is 20 knots and presently it is gusting at 33 knots. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Belvedere Mykonos
Totally superficial with no true beauty
This hotel is a poor representative of the Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) registry.
The only luxury exists in the public spaces. The service is poor. We had placed a deposit on a room described in our confirmation as King Bed with Seaview. It had neither. When we arrived we were told that we would need to switch rooms after the first night because they we so full. Why did they take our money if they weren't going to guarantee the room? The only options presented represented downgrades. We could have a double bed with a seaview or two twins pushed together without the seaview. The fact is that this hotel is too far from the water for the view to matter so we opted for the latter.
Over the next few days, we complained about construction that the front desk was somehow always unaware of. We were in room 101 and shared a common wall. Somehow the noise stopped temporarily after every complaint. We also had an ant infestation, often found trash left in common areas, and heard maids talking through the thin walls.
The manager avoided us during our entire stay. It wasn't until we sent an email to SLH that anyone cared about our problems. At that point, an offer of a free dinner, a gift basket, and room upgrade were made. However, the manager continued to avoid us. And it is interesting that instead he chose to write us a letter to our home address (copied to SLH) while we were still in the hotel. It only addressed issues listed in the SLH email and none of the direct correspondence that I left with the front desk. Furthermore, his response was to systematically deny all of our complaints. The ownership clearly values their SLH membership more than their guests.
We declined the last minute upgrades as appeasements. The room upgrade should have been offered when the ants invaded. Instead we were left with dead ants in the tub and the smell of bug spray. We did negotiate a rate that was reflective of the fact that our room was a downgrade from what the confirmation suggested.
Please avoid this hotel and if you have experienced similar problems contact SLH to let them know.
A glamorous white delight
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.
Definitely the place to stay!
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.
This is definitely the best hotel in Mykonos Town. There are other luxury "resort hotels" but they are in outlying areas far from the main town. The Belvedere offers you the same experience, but puts you right in the middle of all the action as well. It really is the best of both worlds. I don't understand how a reviewer below mentions a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel to the town. The hotel's pool is about 20 feet above the main town (and offers a stellar view of the sunset) all one needs to do is walk down a few steps and they would be in one of the main Squares of the town, Lakka. From there Little Venice and the old port are each a 10 minute walk (in opposite directions) The hotel really is in the centre of everything. Also, even after a long night out partying, you are never far from the hotel no matter where in the town you might be and there is no need to waste time looking for near-impossible to find taxi at 5 am just to get back home
Now if you are young and you use your hotel room simply as a place to crash between parties this hotel is not for you - save your money! The Belvedere is one of those hotels that are fun to hang out in. They have bed-size mattresses around the pool - and while this pool isn't Olympic size, it is pretty huge by Mykonos standards. If you don't want to trek to the beach, the pool is a great alternative. Very few hotels on the island can say the same.
Poolside drinks and food are very pricey, but no more than at any other hotel in the Leading Small Hotels of the World group. It's kind of annoying when hotels charge more for something just because they can, but that's life I guess. No one is forcing you to spend 15 Euro on a drink, and there is no sense of an obligation from the staff either as is sometimes the case in other hotels. It is a service they provide for those who are interested. Staff is very attentive and helpful and they routinely have themed parties (usually a white party) at the end of summer which is always a lot of fun. There is also a Nobu restaurant on the grounds which is great for the special occasions. Japanese cousine is not so easy to find on Mykonos island so Nobu is a nice change.
Clientele tend to be in their late 20s and early 30s on average but I am always surprised to find older people and families staying at the hotel as well. It does have a very "South Beach" atmosphere, definitely geared towards younger people.
This was the first time in Mykonos that I would regularly have breakfast . (Usually I'd go to bed at 7 AM and get up around 1 PM) but this trip was not so much about partying as relaxing. I thoroughly enjoyed breakfast at the Belvedere. "American Buffet" breakfast was included in the cost of our stay, and we were given a discount for paying in advance which I never do, but what with the Olympics going on and all I thought it best to play it safe (and save some money too). So I woke up every morning to warm chocolate cake! Besides that the breakfast area is very pretty and relaxing (and reminiscent of the Guanahani in St Barth's) It was a wonderful way to start the day.
A word about the rooms: Though the "garden view" rooms are cheaper than the standard and higher class rooms (partially because they don't have a balcony and a view), they offer a number of advantages: Most importantly their location in the lower parts of the hotel (below street level) keeps all the street noise away. You don't get a cool looking flat LCD tv, but you shouldn't be spending much time watching TV in Mykonos anyway. Also, its been my experience that garden view rooms are bigger than the standard and higher class rooms (though this is not always the case I am told). My boyfriend and I were upgraded to standard room for our first night in the hotel. Being tired from a shaky boat ride from Santorini we were looking forward to our siesta upon arrival. We had the hardest time sleeping due to all the noise from the street outside. (remember its all about the motor-bikes in Greece.) We couldn't wait to be downgraded to our regular rooms.
In all the Belvedere is truly an experience. Easily the best hotel experience (along with Mykonos being the very best vacation destination) that I've had. Personally, I am already looking forward to my next stay at the Belvedere and I would without hesitation recommend it to anyone looking for the best hotel on the island.
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.
I wouldn't go back to the Belvedere
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!
Tries Hard To Be Superficial
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.
Considering the 200+ euros we paid per night, I felt we deserved better.
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.