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“Worst experience in a hotel”
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Mina Studios
Athens, Greece
1 review
“Worst experience in a hotel”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

In deed, “Mina Studios” is nothing similar to a hotel, neither this kind of wonderful guest houses you can find anywhere in Greece. We are currently living in Greece for three years now, and we’ve had the opportunity to enjoy dozens of small family hotels all around Greece; from our experience we always found very nice places, or at least with special Greek “flavors”. “Mina’s” is something awful. We booked this guesthouse together with another family and arrived by the end of April. Just to mention here our friends left the “guesthouse” some hours after their arrival. If our room was awful, theirs was below any reasonable acceptable level. Both rooms smelt ugly, toilets were just nauseating, no windows in the rooms, 40 years old furniture and a depressive atmosphere; believe me, nothing to do with the pictures you can see at its web. But OK, in our case we could live with it since we were in the wonderful Mykonos.

Problems came when our friends left for another hotel, of course paying fully all booked week since no agreement on paying a couple of nights as a compensation was possible. By the way, there are 5/6 very nice hotels next to “Mina’s” much, much better and less expensive as for example Petinos -4 stars-, with see views; from Mina’s you’re only able to see a 2 meters wall in front of you.

The couple who is handling “Mina” became crazy, just like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. From that moment, they started to insult, menace and treat us as criminals. And all of this in front of our 7 and 2 years old daughters. They were obsessed about the payment and they stressed us every minute we crossed them. Astonishing… When we finally left we made the big mistake to let them drive us to the airport. On the way, they kept on insulting and menacing us and when I asked them to stop it since our daughters were present, the guy stopped the car and wanted to through us out.

It has probably been the worst experience ever faced in a holiday, and I’m still wondering what is wrong with this couple handling the “guesthouse”. Very smiling at the beginning, kind of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre when they were just not happy for –still- unknown reasons for us. The only explanation we got from them is “Spanish people are always creating problems”. First time heard, and by the way, I’m not Spanish; my wife is.

In the meantime, my youngest daughter came back with 27 flea bites in her body. Since she had fever, on our way back to Athens we went to the hospital; doctor just asked us “where the hell have you been staying??”

All the above is not a revenge, we are really trying to forget this traumatic experience. Mykonos is wonderful in each of its corners, and we also spent a great time there. The point is my wife and I wouldn’t like anybody else to suffer the same experience we did. Especially with young kids involved. Please, just have a look around the hotels in the area; there are many very good and “conventional” ones with very nice staff. By the way, everybody in Platis Yialostold told us similar stories happened at “Mina’s”, it seems we are not the first ones to have suffered there.

Finally, we have started preparing legal actions on the matter, not focused on getting an answer from “Mina” but just in order to prevent other guest from suffering the same experience.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Destin, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

This place was so awesome. We were picked up at the ferry port and driven to the studio, which was within walking distance to a beautiful beach. The room was clean and spacious, the price was great, and Mina made us coffee upon arrival while going over a map with all of the must- sees circled along with directions to get to each place. We even spent one evening just hanging out and chatting with Mina and her husband in the kitchen with some other travelers. We could not have asked for a better place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

We stayed at Mina´s for 5 days in July, and had an outstanding experience. The host family is able and very friendly, providing excellent service and advices that helped making our stay at Mykonos very pleasant. Good location, near the beaches, and a clean and well-equipped apartement,

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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San Donato Milanese, Italy
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2011

We had been staying at Mina Studios for a couple of nights coming back from Naxos. We were welcomed at the port by the owner with a very attractive brochure of his studios. We accepted his proposal, but when we reached the studio we were horrified! The studio was in the basement WITH NO WINDOW with dangerous steps to reach it, the toilette/bathroom had a terrible smell of sewage....all around the studio the smell was unbearable! The studio was on a little courtyard to be shared with another studio. Moreover the rate was toooo high if compared to the accomodation received. The only positive thing is that the owners are really friendly and ready to give any advise about the island you may ask.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2011

I stayed with two friends with Mina in April 2011. Mina came to pick us up at the ferry, even though we were over an hour late! She was very welcoming and so helpful, willing to drive us to and from the ferry. We were on the quiet side of the island, which was great for sleeping, but still only a quick bus/cab ride away from all the action at the clubs and bars. The beach was beautiful, even though it was too cold to go in! The food was amazing, and the views were spectacular. The room was perfect for the three of us, even though the shower took a little getting used to. However, it was just what we frugal travelers needed. We'll definitely come back again! Love the free wi-fi everywhere in Greece!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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Rungsted, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2011

It is at least the 6th time, I have stayed with Mina and Kosmas at Minas Studios at Plati Yalos. The first time was in 1996 (I think). I have returned again and again because of the reasonable price of the rooms, the good location and especially because of Mina and Kosmas who have always proved to be kind and helpful hosts.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2011

I stayed here with my girlfriend in July and the place was great. Free shuttle from Mina to and from the port and brilliant family. So friendly and helpful! Beautiful location next to the beach and easy to get in and out of town. Would recommend it to everyone!

  • Stayed July 2011
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Property: Mina Studios
Address: Platys Gialos 84600, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Mykonos > Platys Gialos
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Platys Gialos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Mina Studios 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mina Studios is located between Platis Gialos and Psarou beach. There are restaurants, mini markets, pool bars, water sports, diving center. You'll visit Mykonos town (3,5km) by buses and by boats or walking Paraga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Agrari, Elia. Our studios and apartments offer kitchen, fridge, AC, TV, private bathroom, balcony (some with view to the sea). Free transfer (arrival/departure), daily maid service, internet access, laundry, breakfast room, car/bike hire, 18 hours reception. ... more   less 
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