Grecotel Mykonos Blu Hotel
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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 ...
... top, and a tad embarrassed when we stopped to talk to a German documentary maker who had carried a giant Hollywood caliber video camera all the way up the same path we had climbed. If stood on its back the camera was probably half as tall as me, and most likely weighed a ton. We also talked to a brother and sister from London who were travelling the Greek islands together.
Upon our return, we cast aside our sweaty clothes and washed our weary bodies in ...
... Originally Nathan and I thought we could just grab a seat anywhere, but after an hour we were informed by the staff checking tickets that the cheap tickets had to sit outside in the deck. Therefore we scoped out a nice spot on the deck and enjoyed the sunshine and beautiful views of the Aegean Sea and its islands.
After four and a half hours of smooth and sunny sailing we finally arrived at Mykonos's new harbour, where we were met by Kostas, ...
After an early wake up, packing and breakfast we get ready for Mykonos. Naxos has been fantastic, our accommodation perfect, and the cool shower an added luxury. We will stay for 8 nights on Mykonos at the Palladium, on Psarou beach. Mykonos is not as big as Naxos, it is of course the party island, and renowned for all its magnificent beaches the night life. Two years ago we stayed at Psarou and loved it so much we wanted to ...
... and set a direct course for Finikas. This is a small fishing village on the southeastern side of Siros which in addition to a small harbor for fishing and pleasure boats also has a fair seized naval base/harbor which housed one rather dilapidated frigate (not a great confidence builder for the Greek navy)! The outside quay of the fishing harbor provided very good anchorage as long as one is careful to " keep of the quay" to prevent damage ...
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Best Hotel on the island
I am in the hotel business so when I travel I can be very particular. This hotel deserves some applause. The staff was superb. From the manager that walked us to our room to the front desk and wait staff they were great. We put them through the paces from booking dinner reservations, finding ferry tickets, booking other hotels on other islands, they came through every time. The room was somewhat small for the money but the quality of the facilities was far beyond 99% of what Mykonos has to offer. If you can afford it, stay here. Get a room with a patio facing the ocean. (The balconies are smaller)Don't miss the day trip to the island of Delos. Spend a couple of days in Santorini, which you can get to by ferry in 3 hours. Mykonos is the best island though for nightlife, dining and beaches.
We stayed at this hotel in early-mid september. I have to say the best things were the night staff, pool, beach, and the gym. I was a little disappointed with our room. We paid about 300usd per night, and had just a slight view. The room was clean, however we had 2 beds pushed together for our "double". I think that is fairly common in these areas though. We had a welcome bottle of wine and breakfast daily that we were not awake to try. The night staff was very helpful in finding resturaunts, transportation, and things do. We actually saw them in town after work one night. One girl from the front desk made it a point to come out and say goodbye when we left. The pool was nice as was the beach. The hotel is walking distance (3 min) to the bus stop into town and the water taxis to Paradise and Super Paradise beaches. It is a less than 10 min ride to town. Basically, do you want to stay in town or at the beach? If we were to stay at the beach area again I might try a diferent hotel to compare. It just seems that the common areas were much nicer than the rooms. It did look like there were rooms with nicer views though.
Nice hotel, but far from perfect
In general, I was very pleased with our 2 night stay at the Mykonos Blu, however there are some things that I would want to warn people about before booking their stay there. The main warnings are about the rooms - please read before you book.
First, the pros:
- The private beach is really great. Unlike many people who visit Mykonos, we were there to relax on the beach and didn't need a big party scene (especially not during the day). The beach at the Blu is right down some stairs from the hotel and has plenty of comfortable loungers and umbrellas. The beach is generally pretty quiet and there are families, couples, young and old on the beach. And of course, the water is crystal clear.
- The pool and pool area are nice. The pool is saltwater and not heated.
- There is a pool-side cafe that serves a really nice (and relative to most hotel prices) not too expensive lunch, with pizza, pastas, sandwiches, salads, etc.
- The breakfast buffet is really good - nice selection of breads, cereal, fruit, eggs, yogurt, etc.
- The gym and spa look very nice - admittedly we didn't use either. The gym has some free weights and 2 treadmillls along with some other machines.
- The staff is friendly and accomodating, though, unlike many top-line hotels, I never felt they really went out of their way to make things were perfect for us. They did enough to make it comfortable, but never seemed to take their own initiative to go that extra step. When requested, the staff was helpful and took care of our requests, but I never felt that they really wanted to do it.
- The bus stop into town is right outside the hotel. The bus comes every half hour (on the 10's and 40's) and gets you to town quickly and easily for 1 Euro. We never had to take a taxi either way.
- The room we stayed in was very nice. The bed is comfortable and the deck is nice to relax on. The bathroom was pretty big. However, for some reason we were upgraded complimentarily (I wasn't complaining) to a full sea view room (from a partial sea view). I believe this is the third level of rooms (in terms of cost). We did get a chance to see the lower two levels: called garden view and partial sea view. I would have been very disappointed if we had ended up in either of those two classes of room. Those room classes are around 300 Euro per night and the view from the room is essentially the back of another room. The partial sea view is only a view if you really stick your head off the deck and stretch your neck around. YOU SHOULD BE WARNED that if you book one of the two "lower" cost level rooms you should not expect to have any real view at all. It seems to me that 300 Euro is too much to pay for that. As mentioned, the view really made a big difference to me and I think that had we not had the view, I would have rated the entire hotel experience much differently (lower).
- Also, our upgraded room was quite close to the road outside the hotel. It wasn't a huge problem, but you could hear the buses, cars and scooters (especially the scooters) on the street at all hours of the day and night. My wife compared the sounds to a road-side motel. This really isn't a fair comparison, but it wasn't that far off at times, which is again not what you want or expect for 300 Euro/night.
- No complimentary airport transfer. I thought this was included, but when requested, was told that they could call me a taxi. The taxi wasn't that expensive, but it would have been a nice touch.
- As mentioned above, the staff never really seemed to care...they did just enough to make people happy, but didn't take the extra steps.
I stayed at the Mykonos Blu with 30 of my friends and choose this hotel over the Santa Marina specifically because they promised me top customer service. I should have opted for the Santa Maria. The rooms were small and service was inconsistent. First of all, I was informed that I was going to be charged for my group to be picked up from the airport. Let me tell you that all 4-star hotels on Mykonos offer this as standard. I also felt with the size of my group and the amount of money spent they could have figured out a way to comp that. Second, I had months in advance requested two rooms to accomodate three people and was also told that I would be upgraded to a suite. The upgrade never materilized-which is fine but the "triple room" was a joke. Their version of a triple was the same as a double room. All doubles had a queen bed with a window seat and they actually wanted th third person adult to sleep on a 4 foot window seat. When confronted on this they acted like they didn't know what I was talking about. Third, breakfast is great at the Mykonos Blu but they have and EXTREME cat problem. You can be enjoying a scruptious breakfast over looking the Aegean while drinking champagne and suddenly a cat-litter in tow-is at your feet begging for food. And these cats are aggressive they will continue to come back when shooed away and have full range of the hotel. I complained NUMEROUS of times about these cats-and the hotel only kept them out of my sight for 1 day during our stay though I had expressed that a couple of people in my group were allergic. Now I have been to Greece before and if you do not like cats or can't tolerate cats-Greece probably is not a good vacation destination because they are everywhere. But I will tell you if I am paying 350 EURO a night I better not see, smell or feel a cat when I am eating. Also, these are not house cats but alley cats who are narly and look like they have been fighting other cats for the last 5 hours. Unacceptable. I will tell you that upon check out I had a heated argument with the general manager over his failure to keep the cats out of the dining room. Now in all fairness the spa was nice and the bar staff was phenomenal and just like other reivews the beach is great BUT service could be much better and the rooms are tiny, tiny not worth the money. Lastly, keep in mind there is no free shuttle to town. You have to take a public bus which though it is right outside the hotel is not reliable OR you have to take a taxi. Before deciding on the Mykonos Blu I would definitely investigate the more plush Santa Marina or hip Belvedere.
Beautiful scenery and great beach access!
We spent 3 nights at this hotel at the beginning of our honeymoon in July 2004. The setting, overlooking Psarou beach and the brilliant blue Aegean, is spectacular. The views from the double infinity pool area are just beautiful, and the small poolside restaurant is a great place to enjoy the view over lunch. The hotel has a great, stylish decor, and the public areas feel very exclusive and luxurious (in a greek, minimalist way). Highly recommended for all these reasons and more.
There were only 3 things we didn't love: Breakfast was a big buffet in the main dining room, but not very good (or maybe it's just that we don't like buffets much). It was hard to get a hot cup of coffee and there were lots of cold cut meats, but not much in the way of hot items. We ordered room service a la carte once, which was much better but also very expensive. Also, we were a little disappointed with our room, which was an "executive" oceanfront room, and the 2nd highest category (below the private pool suites). Apparently all the rooms are exactly the same size (even the private pool suites), and vary only in terms of their location within the property and the size of their balcony. Our room had a large terrace with lounge chairs and a small table for dining, but the interior was really small and the bathroom REALLY small- more like a Hampton Inn bathroom than a 5 star hotel. If we had known this about the room sizes, we might have gone with a lower room category and saved the extra money, especially since we were not in our room very much. Finally, we had a very hard time getting between the town and the hotel. Taxies were VERY infrequent and there were so many more tourists than taxies, it involved about a 45 minute wait in line to get back to the hotel at the end of a night out on the town. This could easily be fixed by either a hotel shuttle (which they really should offer) or renting a car.
Despite these things, we really did love the hotel, particularly the white sugar cube architecture and the greek-chic style. And the location was perfect. We spent lots of time down on the beach, at N'Ammos Beach Club (just next to the Mykonos Blu beach, about 5 minutes walk along the water). This place was so great, with a beachside restaurant, great music and lounge chairs for rent on the beach (with waitresses to bring drinks to your lounge chair). This was by far the best beach we saw and so convenient to our hotel. Really, it's worth staying here just to be so convenient to this beach, which is protected from the strong winds on the island. After an hour on Paradise Beach (and lots of sand blown in our faces), we couldn't wait to get back to Psarou and N'Ammos. The hotel staff was great- very professional and helpful, and the gym and spa room were a nice touch (we had massages there). All in all, a great place to spend a relaxing few days, particularly if you don't want to go into town too much. It was a great honeymoon hotel.
Best hotel in Mykonos!!!!!!!
I stayed here for the first time back in 1999 when it was a bit less expensive than it is now. So, going back to Mykonos several times after that, I stayed at different hotels on the island (Belvedere, Mykonian Ambassador, Leto, Mykonos Palace, and Mykonos Grand). Mykonos Blu is FAR better than other hotel mentioned. Hence the reason I decided to visit on my honeymoon. The cove on Psarou Beach is well protected from the occasional Meltemi winds and that is just the beginning. The staff is wonderful and friendly (especially Nick, the hotel manager). Our room had a wonderful canopied king size bed and our bathroom had a shower/jacuzzi that was literally the size of a small swimming pool. The entire grounds and common areas of the hotel are truly beautiful. This is the only hotel on the island that should be calling itself a 5 star by Greek standards. Stay here and you will go back again and again.
Just a Terrific Stay
I spent in the hotel 4 days and was really impressed by it: a very professional personnel, great vue, terrific rooms, excellent food! I am advising it to anybody who wants to have a good time in Mykonos. Moreover it is a good place to organise any kind of conferences and seminars. The hotel is marvellous!
I spent a week at the Mykonos Blu In June 2001 and was just awestruck at how beautiful it was. The room was gorgeos and we had the best view overlooking the sea. The breakfast was superb and the overall location to all the sights was just perfect. I still e-mail some of the staff. They made me feel like a close friend. If I had the chance and the money I would make this hotel my second home. I hope to return for my honeymoon!
Going back for the 5th year
I have stayed in many hotels in Greece and find the Mykonos Blu one of the nicest, especially by Greek standards. It is expensive but another hotel on the island of similiar standard but on a rock beach is much more costly and the other nice hotels are right in the town, not on the beach and are close in price. Some of the rooms are small so ask for the rooms with the gardens...not much more expensive but 2-3 times roomier. I find the staff lovely and they remember us by name and have treats waiting for my children when we arrive. The beach is nice but get a seat early as the hotel end can get crowded. Oh, and if you are a loud and abrasive American this probably isn't the hotel for you! :)
Very friendly staff
As opposed to a review I have read before I stayed at Mykonos Blu, I found the staff very friendly and sociable. I would say they are the most friendly staff I have seen in any hotel. Additionally the beach is excellent (sandy and clean). The sea is clean and the water temperature is ok. The service is good and the hotel restaurant is good enough.