I can honestly say this was one of the best holidays I have ever had and the hotel and its staff have a lot to do with me forming this opinion. This was our second trip to Mykonos; the first being about 4/5 years ago and after staying at the Mykonos Theoxenia last week, I would more than likely return in the future. We have never returned to the same place twice but after the last week there are no regrets.
You are collected from the airport by private transfer courtesy of the hotel and deposited in reception without having to lift a bag as its all taken care of for you. The airport is a 10 minute drive away at the most and it’s important to point out you are not disturbed by plane noise at all. The front of house team led by Harrys is first rate and makes you feel welcome from the start. You are then invited to take a seat wherever you like to enjoy a welcome fruit cocktail whilst your bags are taken to your room. Once you have finished your drink, you are shown to your room and the air con and other amenities are explained to you.
We booked a ‘last minute’ holiday three days before departure and had a standard room but we were not disappointed in the slightest and thought that it was beautifully appointed. It would of course have been great to have a sea view but to be honest when you don’t spend much time in your room you can do with out this. The hotel room and bathroom were spotlessly maintained throughout the stay (as were all public areas) and the bathroom was very modern and contained plenty of towels, bath robes (in the wardrobe) and slippers! The only slightly odd thing was the lighting in the bathroom which had a pink tinge to it but you soon get used to it and it didn’t bother us at all. The hotel room contained a tv and a stereo system and you are also able to access the internet from your room – you just need to request a cable from reception. Simple things make this hotel stand out such as the first thing we noticed, a complimentary bottle of wine on your first night left in your room which we consumed outside watching the sun go down.
As you walk round the hotel you see that bold splashes of colour are everywhere and it has a retro feel which feels modern and contemporary. You can also access the internet from the main bar area as there is a PC set up for general use. The beauty of the hotel is that it is situated right on the coast line so even though you are only 5-10 minutes walk from the centre of Mykonos Town, you feel like you’re a world away as the hotel is set over the brow of a hill over looking Little Venice and the landmark windmills in its own private gardens. I understand that the building is actually listed so it will never be spoilt. You get to eat your breakfast over looking the sea and if it’s nice you can choose to sit outside which we did for 5 of the 7 mornings we were there. The events team is managed by Giorgos and they were all extremely efficient, friendly and helpful and made us feel like part of the family. They were able to recommend good restaurants, Greek wine and where to go of an evening if you wanted to experience the nightlife. The outside terrace at the hotel is the perfect place to sit and drink a glass of wine as the sun goes down as you have unspoilt views across the sea and the outside furniture is first rate (take your pick from sun loungers, comfy chairs, beds or sofas). You really couldn’t ask for a more relaxing time as the hotel staff are discreet enough not to be noticed but are on hand when you need them. Special thanks also to Giorgos (bar) for also marking on a map for us how to get to particular restaurants to save us from being lost in the maze of streets that make up Mykonos town and for serving us each night and keeping what seemed to be an endless supply of bar snacks coming!
The pool area was quiet whilst we were there but that probably has a lot to do with the fact that the end of the summer season was near. Guests also like to leave the hotel for a few days of their stay to either experience one of the many boat trips from the nearby harbour or to visit one of the beaches on the island. There are plenty of sunbeds round the pool so you never felt you had to get out first thing in the morning to reserve a spot and the hotel provides you with towels which you can use. A nice touch is that you are also treated to free ice cream everyday between 4-5pm which seemed to us a good enough reason to return to the hotel each day! On the one day we thought we’d missed it, Albert went to the kitchen and got some for us – thanks!
If there was one very small thing I could say that I think would improve this hotel, it would be that the restaurant needs some work as it feels too clinical and lacks ambience. This is probably not helped by the fact that the tables are laid out in a long line and it is a shame as it really has a lovely outlook. During our stay, I don’t think we saw anyone eating there in the evening but then again it could be argued that when you’re that close to the main town anyway it really doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter so much for breakfast but for an evening meal we always went elsewhere.
One last thing to point out, there are a lot of cats around the hotel (and actually all over the island – we even saw two in the airport departures lounge waiting to get our flight). They are friendly and will sit at your feet waiting to be fed so if you don’t like cats you will have to ignore or shoo them away.
Overall I couldn’t recommend this hotel highly enough. The location, staff and amenities were all first rate during out stay and thanks to everyone at the Theoxenia who made the week feel special. The only problem was that the week went by far too fast…
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