My boyfriend and I recently got back from a 7 day trip to Mykonos where we stayed at Vienoula's Garden Hotel. For a 3* hotel, the amenities and service which is offered at this hotel are above and beyond what we had expected. All the positive comments about the owner which we had read about are spot-on. Dimitrius and his staff are excellent! Extremely friendly, perfect English and brilliant sense of humour! Nothing is too much trouble for them. Dimitrius' home-made cocktails were, from our experience, the best on the island (in terms of taste and value for money). We arranged our airport transfer to the hotel with them in advance and they were prompt in picking us up from the airport.
WiFi is available in the communal areas of the hotel (lounge, bar and poolside), but does not extend to the rooms.
Breakfast was a buffet with plenty on offer - fruit, Greek yogurt, cereals, toast, bread, hams, cheese and homemade cake. More than enough to fill up on to last you well into the afternoon. We chose to eat our breakfast in the garden by the pool and were joined for breakfast each morning by a couple of cats. They were quite harmless and would just sit by your table for a bit before going wondering off to say hi to someone else. There are lots of stray cats on the island so if you're not particularly feline friendly, you have been warned!
The room we had was a good size. We had a balcony with a sea view. The hotel is set back from a main road, so at night time there is a little bit of traffic noise from the (many) quad bikes and scooters which zip around the island. This didn't bother me as I live in a suburban area and am used to traffic noise and sirens and can sleep through most things! However if you are a light sleeper, the noisy 50cc engines zooming past may become tiresome. We had asked for the bed to be made up as a double/king ahead of our arrival and our request had been fulfilled - they had put the two singles together with a topper which made for one HUGE bed - my boyfriend and I had oodles of space between us, which was quite nice on the more hot and muggy nights. The rooms are air conditioned and we had a good sized fridge/freezer in our room which came in very handy for keeping our bottles of water ice cold.
The main road into town is less than a 10 minute walk away, down hill on the way there but up hill on the way back! (You can easily burn off the calories from the Haagen Dazs shop on the walk back to the hotel!) There is no footpath and sadly we found that all-over the island there is a lot of broken glass on the side of the roads so take care when walking, particularly at night.
Aside from shopping and lounging on beaches all day, there isn't really much to do on the island. We took a day trip to Delos which was very interesting and then hired quad bikes (ATVs) for 2 days and went exploring the island. Busses only travel to a handful of locations on the south / south-west of the island so if you want to see more of Mykonos you do have to arrange your own transport. There are some beautiful beaches to be found, Fokos, Elia and Panormos were particularly beautiful. For a sunset dinner, we went to Niko's Taverna as suggested by Dimitrius and were not disappointed. This is a short walk from the hotel and the views across the bay as the sun-set were jaw dropping.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to any friends or family who wanted to sample what Mykonos has to offer. And I would also recommend the home-made 'Sex on the Beach' and 'Long Island Ice Tea' cocktails! They pack a punch!!
Thank you for a wonderful stay,
Lucy & Matt x
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- Also Known As:
- Vienoula`s Garden Hotel Mykonos
- Vienoulas Garden Mykonos
- Vienoulas Garden Hotel Mykonos
- Vienoula's Garden Mykonos, Greece