THE OWNERS/HOSTS: I would LOVE to be able to give this hotel 5 stars and an EXCELLENT review just for the hospitality but I cannot base this review only on hospitality. I cannot say ENOUGH great things about the owners. First off, Giannis is AMAZING...what an awesome guy! He would drive us into town on the nights we wanted to go there (since traffic and finding parking is so bad during peak season, we didn't want to take our cars). We also got a free pickup and drop-off at the port. I really do agree with other reviewers when they say that they would go back JUST for the owners.
THE LOCATION: The location for me was not so great. I know that technically you don't spend that much time in the hotel, but this hotel is on a SUPER BUSY trafficked road with cars coming up and down at high speeds. There is nothing close to this hotel walking distance except a supermarket and bakery. Once you open the front gates of the hotel, you are literally stepping on the side of this very busy road and you have to be VERY careful crossing the street to go to the parking lot where your car is parked. The walk to town is NOT 15 minutes as another reviewer mentioned - I disagree and would put it closer to 20-25 minutes and most importantly IT IS NOT SAFE to walk on this road from the hotel, especially if you have kids in the group. Truth is, when you are in Mykonos, you are going to go to a different beach every day so regardless of where you stay, you will need to drive. So why not stay in a better location?
THE ROOMS/HOTEL: It is a very very clean hotel, the rooms are quaint, each one with a different color scheme (ours was the pink room). The rooms though are fairly close to each other, and our room had one window that looked out to nothing but the communal passageway and all the doors of the other rooms. And of course, you can hear every conversation happening outside of your door.
People tend to say: It doesn't matter what the hotel looks like or where you stay since you don't spend THAT much time in the room. To be honest though, it does makes a difference. Being in such a beautiful place like Mykonos, isn't it nice to wake up, eat breakfast, sip your morning coffee on a balcony or terrace either facing the beach or a beautiful view?
This, of course is just my personal take on it. If you don't care about views or walking to town, or busy roads, then of course, this is a great place to stay. And again, I wish I could be happier with the location to give it 5 stars only because the hosts were absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, though, if I were to go back, I would stay in a different location - somewhere by a beach or at least somewhere walking distance to town. Somewhere that if I walked out of the hotel, I know I could find some "life" and do something. And I know that there are people out there who probably want the same.
I have to say, I feel terrible even writing this because I loved the hosts and wish I could say the best things about this place but it would be dishonest and a disservice to whomever reading this to give it 5 stars based on hospitality alone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The family-run Hotel Milena is situated in Drafaki, only 1 km from Mykonos town and 400 metres from the airport. The famous beaches Paraga and Paradise are 2 km away.Milena offers whitewashed rooms with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi access. The private bathrooms include a hairdryer.Guests can relax at the café - bar while enjoying the beautiful view of the surrounding garden. A mini market, a bakery and a restaurant are located within walking distance.The bus stop is situated only a few metres from the hotel. It allows easy access to Mykonos town, as well as the beaches of Paradise and Paraga. Guests enjoy free transfer to and from the port/airport upon request. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Milena Hotel Mykonos, Greece