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... last morning in Naxos we would make for a beach a little further afield. This morning we boarded a quick 20 minute bus to Agia Anna. While quite similar to St. George's beach near us, this was nevertheless a good change of scenery. As a plus this beach had ample lounging chairs which help save me from becoming a human sand dune by lying on my beach towel yet again.
Before we knew it we were back on the ferry, headed for our third Greek island: Paros.
... 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 ...
... and apparently had the same idea. During our passage we kept looking behind us to make sure that BS was OK. Bas and Margreet had decided to pull out there genoa and were motor sailing! They had called ahead to the little yacht harbor in the town of Naousis and got the last available mooring spot.
Once we safely anchored in the protected bay it was difficult to belief how rough the weather had been ...
... to save her from herself I manage half.
The flight backs out a couple of minutes early. Word has got around that we are on the flight and nobody has ventured to have seat 3d next to us. Nice view of the Austrian Alps and ...
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Best value in Mykonos Town!
Rochari Hotel is the best value in Mykonos Town, without a doubt!
Due a arriving a day earlier than scheduled, we were first settled into a small garden view room, which was about the size of a shoe box. However, a phone call to the management got us into a lovely room with a terrace overlooking the old city and the sea by the next morning. We couldn't have been happier at the Rochari. The rooms are clean and well maintained. A highlight is the pool area, which is picture perfect! The pictures on their website are a good indication of the hotel (with the exception of the garden view room we stayed in).
Rochari is an excellent value and the staff are incredibly nice and helpful. In example, while waiting for the taxi to the airport at 5:45am, the night manager opened up the kitchen and brought us some fresh coffee and tea cookies. Can't really beat the daily breakfast either, which was included in the room price.
P.S. We visited the Belvedere a few times to hang out with friends. We all concluded that the Rochari was the best value overall. Belvedere is modern, "exclusive" and has a great pool area, but it's no 5 star hotel.
The reviews here are spot on!
We spent the first week of our vacation at the Rochari Hotel and were very pleased with everything we found there. Our bedroom had a balcony where we could sit and enjoy the great view, night and day.
The rooms were bright and very clean. Huge amounts of hot water at all times and good shower pressure which surprised us (having been to Greece a good few times this is a rare find). Also, the room TV had satellite channels including BBC and CNN.
Also, the hotel minibus offers a free service to and from the airport. We didnt book it in advance but found it waiting when our flight arrived. It seems they try and meet most flights.
The hotel was quite busy when we were there but staff were always available to help. Actually, it is worth mentioning that those staff were great. I was a hotel owner I'd offer them a job right away.
The hotel serves light meals such as lamb, chicken and pastas into the late evening. There is no restaurant but the terrace overlooking the pool area and out to Mykonos town was a great place to relax and eat (and drink!).
It will probably be some time before we get the chance to return to Greece but if and when we do we will return to this hotel.
Best views, fantastic value!!
I have stayed at both the Rochari and Little Rochari and have had a great experience at both. The sea view rooms offer amazing views. The hotel is centrally located and is about a 2 minute walk to the bus stop (to take you to all the beaches), and a 2 minute walk into town through a picturesque walkway. The Koussathanas family is the warmest family I have met through my travels and it shows in the welcome you will receive upon arrival. A little known secret is how great the food is at the hotel. It is all homemade recipes and the ingredients come from the family's farm. The pool area offers amazing views overlooking the town and the bar has the best sunset and dusk views before you head into town. Don't forget to try the homemade chips with your drink!
What a welcome...
I agree with everythng said about Hotel Rochari - the place is a best kept secret on Mykonos.
We have been lodging at this hotel for a few weeks each summer for the past 4 years. It was recommended by a friend who had spoken about the Rochari and let us know how cool the place was. He wasn't wrong.
I could easily have written the reviews already on here. One thing that I'd like to emphasise is the friendliness of the family who own it and the staff there. For me, that makes it a special place. We have stayed in so many hotels over the years but it is only the Rochari on Mykonos that pulls us back.
As someone has already mentioned, there are a large number of return guests. They must be doing something right!
A Family Home from Home.
I agree with all of the other reviews here - they are all accurate. Stavroula and her family are great hosts - the hotel is simple and well appointed - most with beautiful views. The clientele returns often - for good reason - and everyone quickly becomes like family! I have not been able to return this or last year yet stayed at The Rochari every year for five - even twice one year. I cannot wait to return.
The best mykonian combination
Mykonian style hotel
Service very kind, helpful, fast.
View: overlooking Mykonos Town, Delos, sea, Sunset.
3 min walk from the town center.
Balkony with great view in almast every room.
Clean, clean and clean.
Breakfast very good, till 13.00
If someone wants the same services and view, he must go far from the Town and pay triple price.
Loved the Rochari Hotel
I stayed at the Rochari Hotel with my daughter this June. We really enjoyed our stay, Did not want to leave. The Hotel is located above the town but only a 3 min easy walk into town. The staff could not have been nicer and helped with directions, recommendations what to do and see. The hotel was very clean, breakfast was lovely on the terrace and the hotel had great views at sunset.The pool was large and very refreshing. I would highly recommend this hotel as a great affordable place to stay. I can't wait to return!
Best value for quality on the island, period!
We read reviews on The Rochari (pronounced Ro-har-ee) on tripadvisor.com before we booked our week long stay and are glad we did! What a treat! We were greeted by Stavroula (owner's daughter) who checked us in to our "room with a view". The rooms aren't extravagant...you'll have to go to the Royal Maconian and pay 4 times the price. But, these rooms are very clean, we had a spacious balcony with an unobstructed view of the harbor and sunset...breath taking! The beds were comfortable and the a/c cold! They have great water pressure and no shortage of hot water either. Again, bathroom and room were very clean.
Maria in the bar is a life long Mykonos resident. We quickly bonded, especially since one person in our party of 5 spoke fluent Greek. Within 2 days, she was teaching us Greek dancing in the bar before we headed out to dinner (at 11pm - get used to late dinners!). The sunsets were incredible from the bar balcony, the pool or your room (if you book it with a view). Many of the guests we ran into were repeat visitors of the Rochari. The hotel is gay friendly, it was probably a 50-50 mix of gay to straight.
Breakfast is included (continental) and they serve it until 1pm (perfect if you stayed out dancing until 4 am the night before). My partner & I will be back to visit Mykonos again and there's no where else we'd ever stay but the Rochari. The much more expensive Belvedere is next door, while their pool grounds are a more landscaped and luscious, understand you're going to pay for it. Plus, the Belvedere charged us 12 euros for a vodka/tonic (well) at the pool (we had a cocktail before going out one night just to see what it was like). The Rochari is only 4 euros and the service was more personable. One night, we went to the Piano Bar to start the night before we started dancing and Stavroula was there with her husband and bought us a round of drinks...she did the same for another couple an hour later when she saw them walk in...where are you going to get that kind of personal attention unless its a family run business? Everyone in Mykonos knows and respects the family running the Rochari and the residents all have positive words to say about them all.
If you're looking for a nice place to stay at a great price with personable service, book the Rochari.
Hotel Rochari is a small boutique-style hotel lovingly cared for by the Koussathanas family.
It enjoys an elevated position overlooking the pretty town and the bay / islands beyond. Rooms are beautiful and very well designed, all in the traditional "cube" design required in Mykonos.
The pool / bar area is stunning and very peaceful. Service is unassuming yet helpful with a real attention to detail. Most guests seem to be repeats - always a good sign.
A 5 minute walk will take you into the town through a cluster of tiny yet impressive places.
This place is a must - forget going to the larger places!