From the minute you get to La Residence and are greeted with friendly welcoming faces, a glass of cold champagne and delicious canapes to the minute you go with the lovely gift given to you by the hotel this was a wonderful experience not to be missed. Our room, the communal spaces, views, the staff and fantastic food all made it such a wonderful holiday - both of us wouldn't hesitate to go back to there. Special mention to the fabulous Christos (sorry this is a late review Christos!) who was just divine!! Every good hotel should have a Christos; quirky, polite with a devlish sense of humour and a love of dancing in Mykonos clubs, he was the restaurant supervisor and despite some late nights was there every day to make your day. Mention must also be made to the other restaurant staff who were quietly attentive and efficient and never failed to impress us.
Special thanks to Elenis the hotel manager who really helped me out despite being mega busy, by letting me use her desktop computer when I had password problems and couldn't use my ipad.
This hotel is small but packed full of really good things not least the superb food which was probably some of the best we have ever tasted in any hotel we've stayed in. The quality, variety, presentation and taste made every breakfast and evening meal a pleasure to go to. I still so miss the greek yoghurst and the spinach and feta pie served at breakfast Chef! The iced tea served every day mid morning if you're around is a very nice treat too.
Set just off a quiet lane with nice views, very chic communal areas and a lovely ambience, the hotel is brilliantly located for local walking and also to catch a bus (just at the end of the lane a 2 min walk from the hotel) into Mykonos, a short scenic journey which takes you into the centre of town. Mykonos is quaint and pretty with lots of indivdual shops and restaurants. Lots of cobbled lanes and alleyways make this a different experience every time you go. They call it little Venice and they're not wrong, it has that feel.
A couple of minor negatives if you wanted to be really picky. The lunchtime offer of food is limited and quite expensive. As there are only a couple of tavernas in the area (both very good), they may benefit more from a lighter bite menu at a reasonable cost, that way more people we felt might be encouraged to eat in rather than go out. The drinks in the hotel are expensive though the offer of free water, tea and coffee is much appreciated. There is a small mini market approx a 5 min walk from the hotel which sells wine, gin, tonic and beers bought for a fraction of the price in the hotel and we enjoyed pre dinner drinks on our large balcony every night before dinner. We did however have a couple of bottles of wine with dinner during our stay but made them last!
If full I think that more sunbeds would be required as despite some ground floor rooms having their own sunbeds, if they are in the shade, people tended to come into the main pool area where space and sunbeds were limited. That said there are some lovely beaches with sunbeds (the nearest having free sunbeds) very close by and make for a nice change of scenery.
A little tip - especially for you Christos - don't play basketball in the afternoon because the staff quarters are underneath the court and they get much needed sleep disturbed!! Sorry!
I couldn't recommened this hotel highly enough it was a dream from start to finish.
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- An oasis of graceful living, La Residence Suite Hotel captures the glamour and sentiment of Colonial chic in lavish surroundings, 24 elegant suites, spa, five pools and five plus star luxuries. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Residence Mykonos Hotel Kalafatis
- La Residence Mykonos Hotel Suites Greece