The last night's evening we spent in the top single unit apartment, on the spacious veranda (a plus as no noise from above or below) was the night that captured what I needed from Mykonos. The gezillionaires' four storey yacht parked in the bay below in Kalo Livadi against the backdrop of the mountain and pitch black sky with sparkly stars and sparkly lights, yip, one can only dream. My B and I sat looking over the bay enjoying our last evening in Mykonos before returning to Athens.
Our apartment was located at the top of the property built on an incline, pretty secluded and not as developed or busy as the rest of Mykonos and quite new in terms of developments. There was parking at the hotel for free, even if it was outside on the other side of the street on vacant land. We were assured that our little dilapidate would be safe, we just kept all valuables in our room at night. We were so lucky and grateful to be able to have found a car to drive in the season we went, so holding onto it till we left was essential...End July August, we really didn't want to find our odyssey any more taxing than it had already proven.
The Archipelagos Hotel is 5 star.........from the cool fruit plate set out upon our arrival to the glass of cold lemon water offered us when sitting down to listen to the presentation by the check in staff member.
I must confess, I do understand the need for thorough explanations, though I think, most travellers basically need a reference/guidebook to the Hotel (as provided in the rooms) and the key, a friendly welcome a smile and some direction to the room, please not the lingering concierge, we got, sure we are South Africans but we really don't need a lesson on how you operate an Aircon remote....... Thinking back on the whole drawn out check-in process, I think I only found it a little tapping as I was hot, tired and really in no mood for the business. I knew they were either buying time to clean the room and or to get the fruit up there, either way, I wanted my room, to get out of my soggy clothes and to relax, with an ice cold beer. Alas, I was brought up with manners so I waited in their beautiful lobby folding my hands, smiling and listening whilst the sweat dripped down my back.
See, there I go again, the building is beautiful, modern, clean, new, well decorated, the first bottle of water is free, the rest, not. Tip: Check your bill.
Crisp white clean sheets, just as I like it. Tastefully decorated and free working Wi-Fi!
One thing about this hotel is its VIEW, specifically in the very top row of apartments. There are no lifts or escalators to the rooms, you walk uphill mostly. When you want breakfast you walk down to the breakfast rooms in the bottom level of the main reception building. It's next to the pool and the view from there is once again sublime.
Lazing around the pool for the day is a matter of wait your turn for a lounger comparative to the time of day you choose to do so. Nice pool. I believe slightly small for the amount of apartments, because the organised expensive beach is quite a walk down hill. Look, they made the best of the space they had. Breakfast was a little too little, for all the guests, I've had better, and that's all I'm going to say about that...The coffee was redeeming!
Aircon in the room worked 100% and it had a tub/shower combo. It was a basic bathroom with a small basin. It had a properly cooling minibar, for our store bought beer. The hotel is out of town so if you're going anywhere it's better to have a vehicle. It looks like a spritely upmarket area of Mykonos, and I know you can relax here.
All and all, not a bad hotel, I could go back just to have that last night repeated. But I'll only stay in the top of the hill rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Archipelagos Hotel is a 4 star hotel, proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and is located by the sea, in one of the most beautiful and picturesque beaches of the island, Kalo Livadi beach. Archipelagos is 12 km from the cosmopolitan town of Mykonos and 10 km from Mykonos Airport, 10 km from Mykonos old port and 11 km from new port. Archipelagos is built amphitheatrically and with full respect for the traditional Mykonian architecture. The hotel is fully renovated and upgraded in 2013-14. The new interior approach is a fresh take on traditional Cycladic forms, shapes and colors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Archipelagos Hotel Mykonos