I was a little concerned about the mixed reviews of Mykonos Blu but went ahead and booked it anyway, and I can truthfully understand why some reviews are dreadful and some are excellent. Here are my thoughts. As far as location, this hotel has an excellent position overlooking Psarou beach and easy access to the airport and Mykonos old town which are both about 15 minutes away. There are only about 32 taxis on the island but we didn't really have trouble getting hold of them for journeys to and from the town - and when we did, the hotel kindly dropped us off in one of their cars for no charge (I gave a tip). Cost of taxis to the town is around 7 euros. We hired a car for some days but if you just want to visit different beaches then use the boat service which does a beach tour where you can get on and off as you wish. Two loungers and a parasol will set you back about 12 euros but if you stay on Psarou beach then the hotel has a private section of the beach at no cost. We had a sea view room which was pleasant enough with simple minimalistic traditional Greek design - however I disliked the bathroom which was quite small and dark (all blue) and would have preferred more modern facilities. The communal areas of the hotel were all lovely and spacious - especially the breakfast/restaurant area and the reception and adjacent bar was very stylish. You can't miss the donkeys! The infinity pool area was nice but sometimes difficult to get a lounger, as, being the only pool, filled up quickly, as did the beach. There were more kids than we expected and we couldn't really get away from them, and despite there being signs saying 'no jumping in' it didn't stop them doing this repeatedly which did get pretty annoying as you would often get splashed at the same time. Breakast was a good buffet style with all the usual stuff and you could also have a glass or two of champagne to accompany it. The poolside bar was good, especially Christina who really looked after you. The menu was nice and the the cheapest bottle of local white wine on the menu was about 29 euros. The hotel is within very easy walking distance of other tavernas and bars, and I would recommend Nikos (across the road) and if you walk down the road you arrive at another beach, Platys Gialos, with lots of bars and tavernas to choose from at a reasonable price. The restaurants generally serve only Greek and Italian food and have very reasonable carafes of local wine. A bottle of local beer/lager is 5 euros. Water is expensive at the hotel so get some from the local shop across the road - 1.5 litres for 80 cents. If you want an English paper, walk down the road and turn left at Platys Gialos beach then walk past all the tavernas and you arrive at a two little shops, the one on the right sells the papers for 2.50. The beaches of Mykonos were all very crowded due to the time of year and I would maybe recommend some beach shoes. I think once we accepted that the beaches were really busy we stopped grumbling and just enjoyed it! I would recommend this hotel to others but would stress that the website is very clever as we were intially disappointed but then warmed to it! The spa is the hotel's greatest drawback. Wherever we stay we have a lot of treatments and my partner especially likes to have a massage every day. This spa shared the space with the gym so you could be having a manicure whilst someone pounds the treadmill only 6 feet away. There is only one massage room and only two staff and it was very difficult getting appointments. I gave up trying to get a pedicure and ended up using a local beauty salon, and my partner only had two massages before deciding it was too difficult to book one and then it wasn't that great anyway. Overall we were glad we chose this hotel but mainly down to the location and the friendly staff - I'm not sure we would return unless they had a good offer on, or was going to stay in one of the posh suites with private pool! Hope this helps, feel free to ask me any questions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grecotel Mykonos Blu, the best luxury 5 star hotel in Mykonos over Psarou beach, welcomes you totally fresh and redesigned in perfect white & ambient blue tones with new Suites. This luxury hotel is built in traditional Aegean style and decorated by internationally acclaimed interior designers. It is incredible; Like Mykonos! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Grecotel Mykonos Blu
- Grecotel Mykonos Blu Platys Gialos
- Grecotel Mykonos Blu Hotel Psarou