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“Excellent apartment on a windy and expensive island” 5 of 5 stars
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Cyclades Studios & Apartments
Ornos Beach, Ornos, Greece   |  
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Ranked #7 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Ornos
Shanklin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Excellent apartment on a windy and expensive island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2011

Our apartment was spacious and clean with two balconies for drying clothes and having meals. The kitchen equipment and cutlery were sparse but easily manageable and we were pleased to see a kettle provided. The apartment was cleaned meticulously every day and supplied with clean towels. A room safe was available for 1 Euro a day.

Our apartment was located in the resort of Ornos, a large village with a sandy bay. The bay is mostly taken up with parasols and sun beds at a cost of 12 Euros a day for 2 beds and a parasol. There is little room left to sunbathe on the sand unless you go to another bay. We walked to Shirley Valentine’s bay (Argios Ioannis) every day with our beach gear because it provided more space and a more picturesque environment. We found our swimming shoes to be essential when bathing because of sea urchins and rocks in a few places.

Ornos has a good selection of small supermarkets in which to get supplies and all take credit cards. We found the ‘AB Food Market’ to have the most choice and was also better value for money. Food in this region seems to be more expensive than the UK which is not helped by an imposing 9% VAT.

Roads around Ornos are busy, narrow and not pedestrian friendly. There is an hourly bus service to Agios Ioannis bay and Mykonos town at a flat rate of 1.60 Euros for one way.

We were amazed at the price of tea and coffee at local cafes. You can expect to pay the equivalent of £2.30-£2.75 for tea and £2.75-£3.20 for coffee and sometimes even more in Mykonos town.

As expected, the weather was comfortably warm for the end of August (27 degrees), but was dominated by a strong and irritating wind which blew at force 6-7 for the majority of our stay. This aspect of the weather appears to be a regular feature during the months of August and September and was not mentioned by Thomson when we booked.

There was not much night life in Ornos so we had to make our own entertainment. All in all the apartment was excellent and the Greek people very friendly. However, we found out that Mykonos appears to be the most expensive island within the Cyclades.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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france
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

The problem with these apartments in August is the noise. The studios are situated next to a private drive with ample space for parking. This means you hear people's motorbikes revving up, leaving and arriving all night long until the early hours of the morning. Not to mention loud voices, people arriving from a late night out in town. Not only should you keep your doors and windows shut for this reason (in actual fact air conditioning is not needed as there is a nice breeze) but it is not safe to leave doors open as things can get stolen. I had my bag stolen from inside the room. Either when we were asleep or when I forgot to shut the very high up, small bathroom window, someone must have climbed in. The window had only been open for a very short while while I was at the pool. Not a nice feeling.

However, the apartments are spotlessly clean and close to the beach, a five minute walk.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London
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23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2011

We stayed here for a week and found this accommodation to be excellent. Our room was simply furnished but was air conditioned and included a small kitchen with refrigerator and two ring hob. Towels and bed linen were changed regularly and it was kept spotlessly clean throughout our stay. The owner is very friendly and easily available. Ornos beach is just a few minutes walk away. Guests may also use the facilities of the next door Anemos hotel with a very good pool and small bar area.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2011

Very impressed with these studios... they were well kept and spotlessly clean (maid service every day), with fresh towels provided daily. Basic self catering facilities, including a refrigerator (which was our main requirement), plus a kettle and a couple of cooking rings. Free aircon too, which was an absolute bonus. All of the apartments also have a terrace or balcony with tables and chairs. Staff here and at the neighboring Anemos (where you can use the lovely pool), were fantastic - very friendly and hospitable... absolutely faultless.
Location was excellent - a couple of minutes walk to Ornos beach in one direction and the same in the other direction to a handful of shops, including a great little bakery and a pharmacy. Very close to the bus stop too for trips into Mykonos town or the "Shirley Valentine" beach ! (both are walkable if you want to chance the roads and hills).
Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2011

The room was spotless. clean towels every day, cleaned every day, free air con!!!! two minutes from the beach, pool at appts next door, could not fault it. Would strongly recommend a visit, it was fantastic!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ornos Beach, Ornos, Greece
Location: Greece > Cyclades > Mykonos > Ornos
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Ranked #7 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Ornos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
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