What can I say, this hotel was wonderful. My husband and I stayed here for four nights as part of our honeymoon in June 2008. The hotel provided complimentary pickup and return to the ferry docks when we gave them advance notice which was much appreciated. We had mentioned to them that this was part of our honeymoon, and upon entering our room, we were ecstatic to discover that Chrisoula and her staff at the Pelican Hotel had left us dual chocolate heart-shaped cakes in our mini-fridge in celebration of our honeymoon. A wonderful start to our stay at the Pelican Hotel!!
We paid more for the rooms with the balcony (see photos) and were very happy with our choice. The rooms were average sized, but the shower/bathroom was much larger than we expected and was very clean. We were also very impressed by the sound-proofing of the rooms - we are light sleepers and couldn't even tell that someone was doing some tool-work outside our door until we opened our bathroom window! I have also attached photos of the 'terrace' type of rooms that are the lower-priced options for booking (and look very nice as well but don't have the higher view that a balcony room would command).
The breakfast was well-stocked. Each person receives one fresh croissant and the rest of the breakfast is buffet. The boiled eggs were fresh. The yogurt with honey and peaches were a joy. I wish I knew where they get their sliced ham, because it was so delicious.
Wireless internet was not accessible from our rooms, but a complimentary wireless signal was reachable in the breakfast/eating/check-in room and one only needs to ask the front-desk for the password. The signal was fast enough for me to use my laptop to chat with my parents in Canada over VoIP while concurrently running a web-videoconference session so that we could see each other and so that they could have a live view of our surroundings and the town from the window.
The room is up a fairly steep hill which could be an issue for those with mobility problems or the elderly, but there are stairs along most of the way up, and in a worst case scenario, one could always take a taxi to get up the hill. The property also has free parking which we availed ourselves of on one of our four nights there when we rented a car.
For those who may find this information important, although the hotel is not a 'gay' hotel per se (unlike the gay-exclusive Hotel Elysium across the road from the Pelican Hotel), I'd wager that a half or more of the guests were gay. The clientele was very mixed with families (some with kids), gay couples, straight couples, and what appeared to be a few single clientele as well. Given that my husband and I are a same-sex couple (married in Canada), we feel it's important to note that we felt that the hotel and hosts were respectful and gay-friendly, something that is becoming more important to point out as more and more countries begin to drop their exclusions of same-sex couples from marriage, and more same-sex couples begin to take honeymoons as we did. We encountered no problems at all at The Pelican hotel and were treated respectfully like any other married couple.
The only two minor downsides in our view, were the smoking in the breakfast / eating room (it was windy in Mykonos when we were there so all the windows were closed and the staff smoked a lot in the breakfast area making it difficult for us to stay in that room for long periods; I imagine if it had not been so windy that they would've smoked in the outdoor seating area). We eventually learned however that we needed to become used to the smoking throughout our European trip, as so many people smoke, and in fact Athens International Airport has open-air smoking right in the terminal. Crazy. Anyways, the only other minor point is the lack of a pool, which we thought we wouldn't want with all the wonderful nearby beaches. However, we hadn't anticipated that the strong winds would prevent us from visiting some of the beaches that we had planned to spend all of our time at. However, patrons need not worry - unofficially, the Elysium Hotel across the way had no problems allowing us to sit by / use their pool so long as we were buying drinks from the bar (nor was the pool area crowded) and my husband even availed himself of a therapeutic massage session which is offered at the Elysium. The Elysium is a gay (male)-centric hotel however, so non-gays may not feel as comfortable using their pool and facilities as we did. On windy days, there are also a few beaches that are apparently protected from the wind. An escape into town to walk among the wind-protected streets is also a good bet on a windy day. The town was literally only a minutes walk away, and we were surprised at how quickly it took us to walk from the hotel to the other side of town (5-10mins!).
Two must-do's we would highly suggest during your stay at the Pelican (for both straights and gays): spending one evening watching the sunset from the commanding view offered by the bar at the Elysium Hotel across the way. The second must-do is to catch the sunset at Caprice Bar in town (to be differentiated by Caprice Restaurant). If you can get to Caprice Bar at least an hour or hour and a half before sunset, you'll be able to find a nice table for two right at the edge of the water along the backside of the Caprice Bar, have a couple of cocktails or wine, and watch the sun set with the water literally lapping at your feet.
So - overall, I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Mykonos who doesn't mind a slight climb up to the hotel. Great hosts, clean expansive rooms, gay and straight-friendly environment, and commanding views of the town. Gays in particular can also feel comfortable availing themselves of some of the amenities offered by the Elysium Hotel across the way, including their spa services and rooftop bar. Chrisoula made our stay memorable and we will be back someday!
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- Also Known As:
- Pelican Hotel Mykonos Town
- Pelican Hotel Mykonos, Greece