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Manoulas Mykonos Beach Resort
Perth, Western Australia
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“Overrated, hot-box rooms, the professional photos mislead.”
Reviewed 15 July 2013

My partner and I chose this hotel from the clever but somewhat deceiving professional photos.
We were placed in room 205 on the ground level above the pool.
The room is supposed to have a sea view - well it did - if you sat on the front porch all day long.
The room we were given was a narrow, long, concrete, almost windowless, badly ventilated, stuffy box, on a par with a concrete-lined sea container. It had virtually no ventilation apart from a tiny, computer-case sized fan in the shower, that struggled endlessly to provide ventilation.
The entry door and one small window by the door was the only other ventilation and light entry. I reckon the inmates of Alcatraz had more ventilation and sea views than this room. We struggled to get decent sleep in this stuffy hot-box of a room.
The room stank of sewage as soon as we opened the door. This smell came from a grate in the bathroom floor where the drainage line ran. If you filled the wash basin and emptied it, this drain overflowed all over the bathroom floor.
The shower measured 24 x 24 inches (500 x 500mm) - but it had a shower caddy that intruded on one side by 6 inches (150mm) and taps and plumbing that intruded on the other side by 8 inches (200mm). If you were a stick insect, you'd be right at home in this shower. As it was, we couldn't even turn in the shower without taps or shower caddy gouging into us.
The shower curtain didn't even fit around the shower, it just slides along a straight rail that goes over the top of the toilet pan. As soon as one commenced showering, the shower water went all over the floor, all over the toilet seat and cistern - and it even wet all the toilet paper!
The shower contained black mould in the corners and between the tiles. This is not good enough for a hotel that professes to be 4 star.
There is nothing but bare walls all through the bathroom. Not a hook, not a shelf, not a place anywhere, to store any of your toiletries or clothes.
The mattress was hard and the pillows not up to the required level of comfort.
There is a safe in the room - and the hotel promptly demanded 1.50 Euro per day for its use. I find this type of customer gouging outrageous, and represents nothing more than meanness on the part of the owners. We never paid the demanded sum and never got the use of the safe.
Information about the hotel is all rattled off to you verbally - there is no written information in the room about the hotel facilities, hours, pool hours, or all the details you need. You are obviously supposed to memorise all the info.
The restaurant was recommended by the people as being part of the hotel and good value. We found the restaurant particularly expensive - and when we tried to charge our meal to the hotel, the restaurant staff were reluctant to do so, stating that the hotel and restaurant were "operating under different managements".
Breakfast was minimal - there was no toaster, the "orange juice" merely watery cordial, the fruit selection was just a few apples and oranges in bowl and some watermelon. I took one of the apples and threw it away in disgust after two bites - it had been lying in that bowl for months, I would say.
The Hotel is not "right on the beach". The restaurant has that claim, The hotel is spread over a steeply sloping block and some parts of the hotel are 400M from the beach. It was 250M from our room to the beach, down many sets of steps and slopes.
Overall, we have never been so disappointed in a hotel that promised so much, and delivered so little.

Room Tip: Just choose a room in another hotel that has better rooms and way better value.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Athens, Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2013

My wife and I visited this hotel for 3 days in July 2013.
Unfortunately we stayed in the hotel for only a few hours each day. So, my review is based on the fact that we used it only for the basics.
The hotel was built in 1982. However the main premises (lobby, reception, outside area) seems to be renovated recently. These areas are clean and tidy. Wifi signal is available only in main areas and maybe in some rooms (we had weak signal).

Rooms (218): Nice room with view to the pool, the sea and the island of Delos. It was clean, with decent furniture, a fridge and a design TV set. Some details, such as the bathroom and the bathroom equipment reveal the “age” of the hotel. The towels (at least the first set that we had) looked very used although they were clean.

Pool area: It is nice and relaxing area with quite enough sun beds and umbrellas. The pool bar was working but I cannot comment on the quality of the service since I never used it. Pool water is salty water.

Breakfast: The area of the breakfast is divided in two. Internal & External. The external area which is close to the pool, is the most “famous” since it is hard to find a table especially in rush hours (9.00 – 9.30)
The quality of the breakfast is average. Only the basics were available (Coffee, croissants, bread, cheese, juice, yoghourt, eggs etc.) The only differentiation was a Greek homemade delicacy (Halvas) which was improving the total image. Unfortunately there was no note on what it is and non-Greeks visitors were avoiding it… That was a pity since it was very tasty.

Parking area: Big enough to hold most of the cars of the visitors.

Beach: Beach is 100 steps (literally) away from the pool. It is a nice, clean beach with clear waters. Umbrellas & sun beds are charged 12€ (July 2013). Also, very close to the hotel but not accessible with the car, is the “Kapari” beach. It is not organized (no sun beds or bars) but some locals say that you can see the most beautiful sunset in Mykonos. Unfortunately we didn’t have the chance to visit it.

In general, I would recommend this hotel only if the price was a bit lower. With less money you can find rooms to let of similar or higher quality, closer to the city center (without breakfast of course). However, Ornos village is in a close distance (1.5Km max) and there you can find anything you like. Great beach, Nice beach bars, good restaurants and lot of people having fun.

Room Tip: Rooms with sea view are OK. I would select a non-sea-view room to save some money...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

We stayed here for 10 nights in June. The room price was ok and included breakfast (ill come to that in a moment). The Hotel was clean and we found the staff friendly and polite. The view from the room was amazing so i'd advise you book a sea view as most of them have a private balcony. Breakfast was the biggest let down - the selection was very basic and only 2 hot items available. Quite cheap ingredients, no orange juice and the eggs were well done to say the least. If they dealt with issue, the hotel would be far better rated i think. Nevertheless, we really enjoyed our stay and would not rule this hotel out if we were to return..

Room Tip: Book a sea view room...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

Mykonos is known to be a commercial island. We, a senior couple were compelled to go to Mykonos as an earlier plan did not work out due to ferries not being available for another island.
We selected Ag Ioannis and Manoulas Beach resort as it is away from the center of Mykonos and in a relatively quiiet location
The hotel is well positioned. The property is touching the beach on one side and the main road on the other. The bus stop, with hourly services to town,10 minutes away, is outside the hotel gate
The rooms are well furnished and spacious compared to what you get on other Greek islands. Bathroom was large with good amenities. The room had a safe which i consider important if one goes to the beach or tours the island. Breakfast is good. I do not quite agree with other reviews on the breakfast as i have seen worse in hotels on other islands.There are 2 restaurants on the main road 5 minutes from the hotel, also a small supermarket.
Astrid at the reception is welcoming and helpful Thanks Astrid. The swimming pool is of a good size and well maintained as is the entire property.
Plus point is the quiet one experiences being on Mykonos. We liked our stay and would recomend this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2013

Just come back from this hotel & I would highly recommend this hotel. Location is ideal & has a bus service right out side hotel. The pool was brilliant & wasn't over crowded. Staff are also very helpful & pleasant. Big shout out for Ellana lol


I agree with previous comment about the breakfast...needs improving and the restaurant(by beach) should maybe have a better menu (prices could have been lowered). We stayed in a garden view room - but to our surprise we also had a beautiful ocean view(room 101), if you decide to go I think this is the best room at the hotel.
Our local beach was nice, but we never spend time there. If your looking for a beach I would recommend PARADISE BEACH, beautiful clear water. And if you fancy a little louder beach then SUPER PARADISE BEACH is the seen for a younger crowd, but don't let me put the senior crowd, as you won't feel out of place either.


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The bathroom within our room was old but clean & think it could have been updated.
Mosquitos were a problem for me & my partner, repellant is a MUST!
If you don't like wind, then avoid this place - me personally, it balances itself out, as its so hot so the wind is a relief.


If your looking for a quite relaxing time then this is the place to be!

Room Tip: Room 101 - simply the best room for reaching the reception area & ideal views!
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ibiza, Spain
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 June 2013

Good service, super friendly and helpful staff, our room had a beautiful view on the ocean and the beach. My only disappointment was with the breakfast, it could be better. The swimming pool was clean, natural salted water, and never busy... I would recommend it as a cool cosy option in Mykonos.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2013

A fabulous Hotel on fabulous Island. The magnificent view of Agios Ioannis bay and the sacred island of Delos will offer you the warmest welcome when you arrive at Manoulas Beach Hotel.

The traditional Cycladic architecture of the hotel and its luxurious facilities combined with friendly staff throughout, can offer you an unforgettable holiday. You can appreciate the miraculous sunset just by stepping out of your own private balcony offering panoramic view towards the infinite blue of the sea.

The Island itself:

Has to be one of Greece’s most famous cosmopolitan island, a whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades. According to mythology, Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. And did you know that the island took its name from the grandson of Apollo, “Mykonos”?

Set out on a journey to discover a fascinating world where glamour meets simplicity. On Mykonos celebrities, college students and families mingle together to celebrate the Greek summer. Whether you are an entertainment junkie out for a good cook you are destined to have a good time, Mykonos won't disappoint you. Shopping in the Old Town is a must too and as for the night life, wow, the bars are amazing and the music fantastic. I found it hard to leave!

You must visit Hippy Fish too (where Shirley Valantine was filmed). Excellent restaurant.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Manoulas Mykonos Beach Resort
Address: Agios Ioannis, Agios Ioannis Diakoftis 846 00, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Mykonos > Agios Ioannis Diakoftis
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Agios Ioannis Diakoftis
#7 Luxury Hotel in Agios Ioannis Diakoftis
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Hotel Class:4 star — Manoulas Mykonos Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 69
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