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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 ...
... for Mount Zeus ended up being a random turnoff on the road. Luckily we had asked the driver to let us know when it came up, so he stopped for us.
Full of excitement we began our 5km uphill trek to the summit. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous, as our ascent began from above a huge valley full of ancient basilicas and wineries. As we ascended the terrain became quite rough, with fields of rocks covering the path. The only vegetation were thorny shrubs ...
... 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 ...
... up the road to see what was around. There really wasn't much- a few small shops, most of which weren't even open yet, some houses and other hotels, and a view of the coast. On our way back we came across a sign indicating the beach, so we ventured in that direction intending to walk along the beach back to the hotel. It took us along a quiet and sleepy back road. It terminated at a dead end and we retraced our steps back to an alley way that did, indirectly, deliver us to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ostraco Suites Mykonos
My husband and I went to Mykonos last August after the Olympics. When we arrived at Ostraco we just couldn't believed in what we were seeing.
We were seeking to find that cool and chill out atmosphere that is present in Ostraco website and it was quite a huge disappointment! Everything was so mistreated! There were black garbage bags all over the place. The outdoor furniture was old and the pool chair's pillows were dirty and stripped, just needing a replacement!
The room given to us had a terrace with a splendid sea view but that was all. The bathroom was indescribable. There were cut pipes rising from the floor near the shower. The window didn't close completely making an annoying noise. Everything was so out of date.
We managed to change to another hotel as soon as possible so we didn't past trough the experience of actually sleeping there.
It's definitely a hotel that we don't recommend. However, it has a lot of potential and it could be a very pleasant place to stay if someone cares for it.
Memories to Last a Lifetime
Kristin and I were celebrating our honeymoon traveling through the Greek islands in September of 2004. Being a lesbian couple, we were pleasantly surprised that every place we went we had a wonderful time (especially with the locals), however, the personal attention we were given at the Ostraco was without comparison. Stella and Fotis were the best!!! We felt they became friends during our stay and the other guests were extremely accepting and full of life. Fotis's special cocktail was to die for and Stella's "Whatever you like" was the typical response to most of our needs or questions. We were so very sad when we had to leave. We often think about our time in Greece and miss our new found friends. Maybe someday we will return, but Stella and Fotis...you are always welcome in our home!!!! Come and visit Oregon! We would love to have you!! Thanks for everything,
Shelly & Kristin
I am very sad with the reviews
Hi From Paris
I don't know why this people writing all that bad thins.
My stay at Ostraco was super(10/7/04 - 21/07/04) , my room was warm and clean and the pool area was very relaxing place.
The breakfast was big with many traditional plates and very good quality, and late
(8 to 12:30).
I am very sad with all this review.
I will go buck to Ostraco.
The jewel of the Cyclades
I went to Mykonos last summer with my daughter Alexandra. It was the first visit of my daughter to Greece and I wanted her to have a great time in the country that her father was born.
My travel agent in Washington had recommended to stay at Ostraco when we visit Mykonos, and it was the best place we stayed during our entire visit to Greece.
It is difficult to pinpoint its best assets. It had an excellent location, it was extremely clean, and it had a wonderfully polite and competent staff.
But, what made it really a unique place, was the high class lady, Katerina Andronikou, the owner of this marvelous place. Her gorgeous smile, her friendly posture and her genuine concern for the needs of her guests, had made her the perfect hostess of Ostraco.
My daughter wants to return there soon, and I will try to satisfy her request more than once.
Prof. Theodore Kariotis,
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
As many people on that page we too were absolutly disappointed arriving at Ostraco: the hotel lies right next to two busy roads and is fare from beeing a quiet retreat, first they gave us a very poor room but we were upgraded after we complained.
The pool area as the rest of the public grounds were very badly kept and didn't really invite to lay down and relaxed. Glass tables, "white" cusions and carpets were completly dirty as the breakfast area, cuttlery and plates. One poor waiter had to keep up breakfast service which he couldn't achieve understandably.
We change hotel as soon as we could!
Nothing like the website
As regular visitors to Mykonos we went for the Ostraco Suites based on some favourable reviews, and on the quality of the website, (Fantastic looking and stylish rooms etc). And as such we were prepared to pay a premium for the 'Hip' factor. However, as already noted in other reviews on this site, the rooms shown to us were basic by any Greek standards. (Nothing like the pictures in the promotional material). Clean and functional yes, but misleading, and NOT worth the extra cash.
Also, as already noted, no pickup from the airport as promised.
This one is a lottery, do you feel lucky?
What a wonderful place
My wife and I had a fantastic week at Ostraco.
Our room was good and cleaned very well every day and the place itself is extremely charming.
The atmosphere was excellent and we had a great time talking to other guests and the staff.
We were initially worried by other reviews on this site regarding rooms and costs.
It is true that the rooms are of varying conditions as they are currently refurbishing them. It is also true that the whole of Mykonos is a pretty expensive place and you wont find paved roads anywhere!
We saved money by frequently cooking for ourselves and avoiding the expensive restaurants in town.
Our recommendation is, if you are used to staying in large, expensive chain hotels then Ostraco is not for you. If however, you are looking for a place with a great atmosphere that is away from the busy town but only by a short walk, then Ostraco is for you.
We were fortunate enough to be there during mid-September when the island is quieter than the peak season and we found the family that own Ostraco to be friendly and delightful.
They also greatly assisted us when our flight back to the UK had been cancelled, so we cannot thank them all enough.
All in all, a great and relaxing week in a wonderful base to enjoy Mykonos or doze by the elegant pool.
We will return ourselves and also recommend Ostraco to our friends.
We had a brilliant holiday and we loved Ostraco and all of its charming features. I could not have been more pleased and compelled to write a review simply because we were so well treated by everybody there.
Not impressed by this place at all, especially for the high price I paid. A number of issues to point out:
- they forgot to come and collect me from the airport even though I had emailed to remind them the day before
- the first room I was given did not match that which I had booked (as they had obviously sold my room to someone else)
- I was moved a day later to a 'better' room with the promise of being upgraded to a suite which never happened
- The better room was in fact, not better at all with a small bedroom and a tired and old bathroom (e.g. shower only with water spraying all over the floor and rusty sink!). Admittedy it did have a stunning patio and view, which did redeem it a little.
- Other guests were moving rooms while I was there as they were not satisfied, so my issues are not isolated in nature
- The walk into Mykonos town was down a very busy road with no pavment (sidewalk) and therefore was dangerous.
As you can imagine I moved hotels as soon as possible!
Overall impression was very poor and only saved by the stunning pool area and good breakfasts. Hence two rather than one blob rating.
I would like to say that Ostraco suite is very very good.
Is very relaxing and comfortable.
I think the rooms are more than good and beautiful.
I liked the service, the staff was very friendly and professional.
It is a family resort with very good rooms and service
We were disapointed...
The website and the people are nice, but.... . First of all, the first room given to us, was awful, old and unpleasant, nothing compared to what we saw on their website. After one night they were nice enough to apologize and change us to another room. The second room was more like we were expecting. Secondly, I must notice that the breakfast, already included, was very poor in terms of variety and service. There is only one person to take care of all the tables and buffet, which is clearly insufficient. Finally, and worst of all, we were impressed by the carelessness with the dishes, glasses and cutlery that were dirty and old. I have to say that in Mykonos it is easy to find better at that price.