We were a little suprised when the hotel minibus that we had pre-arranged to collect us from the airport arrived at a completely different hotel in another - remote - part of the island. We were told the Palladium had "technical problems" so were being put in a sister hotel - St Johns - that we were assured was superior. It probably was but the location was wrong for us. Instead we opted for an inferior (but still perfectly good) hotel close to the Palladium in Platys Gialos, wiht a fabulous beachside location. Our initial irritation was professionally and smoothly assuaged by the friendliness and warmth of all involved, and the location of our substitute hotel.
On day three we were finally allowed to move into the Palladium, evidently their first guests of the season, with the compensation of a room upgrade, a free dinner and a hire car. Our upgraded room came with a rather lovely private garden (private in the sense of ours to use exclusively, but privacy compromised by being in open view of other rooms/balconies) complete with jacuzzi and small swimming pool. The room itself was probably no better than the suite we had initially booked, but was nonetheless clean and well appointed (including a good strong shower and tea/coffee making facilities). That the DVD player did not work was not a major disappointment, but indicative of a fabulous hotel somehow just falling short in the details in opening week.
A strike in Athens meant that for the first few days we continued to be the only guests. Breakfast was therefore brought to our room - an enormous platter of bread, cheese, processed ham etc. However, when the dining room finally opened later in the week I was happy to have the option at last of British favourites bacon, sausage, egg, toast etc.
The dinner we had in the hotel was very good, with a fabulous view.
For us, the location was very good, five minutes walk down to two good beaches, but sufficiently set away from the front (up quite a steep hill). Platys Gialos beach doubtless gets crowded in peak season but in May was peaceful and mellow, with up to a dozen tavernas/restaurants to choose from. Mykyonos town is just a short bus ride away (1.4 euros - or 6 euros for a cab).
Despite the poor start, and the lack of a full breakfast for most of our week, Maria and her colleagues did more than enough to leave us overwhelmingly satisfied with our stay. We certainly hope to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palladium is a family-run five star hotel renovated in 2015. The concept of the Palladium Hotel is based on offering very personalized service to satisfy and to surpass your expectations. Guests will find their hotel rooms and suites to be lavishly decorated, while at the same time simple and easy on the eye, providing unprecedented comfort and style. All individually decorated rooms and suites are elegant and stylish, providing guests with a comfortable and pleasant environment during their stay. Some suites have a separate lounge area, while some have an open-plan. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palladium Hotel Platys Gialos
- Palladium Boutique Hotel Mykonos, Greece