Our review of the Hotel Erato in Ornos Bay on the island of Mykonos.
Name: Hotel Erato, Mykonos, Cyclades Islands, Greece
Address: 846 00 Ornos, Mykonos, Cyclades Islands, Greece
Date of Stay: 1st September – 5th September, 2013 4 nights
Booked through: Booking.com.
We have been advised by the owners that the wonderful hotel has now been booked fully with a tour company. However there are wonderful alternatives that can be found.
Why we went there?
We were in Rome and we had planned a one month stay on the Greek Island of Santorini. We were due to be in Oia, Santorini on the 10th September, 2013. Ferry crossings from Italy to Greece would have meant travelling for a couple of days. EasyJet had a flight from Rome to Mykonos on the 1st September which was good value and only took 2 hours so we booked this knowing that the ferry connections from Mykonos to Santorini were regular and of a short duration. So a dream of traveling the Greek Islands suddenly became a reality!
Why we chose it?
Hotel Erato had good reviews from Trip Advisor and Booking.com and they had a double room available with ensuite. We wanted to be close to the beach and the hotel was located only minutes’ walk away to the beach, restaurants and ferry services.
What was it like?
A transfer was available for a small fee from the airport to the hotel. On arrival we were greeted warmly by Maria the owner and shown to our amazing bedroom just like in the photos. Our double bedroom had a small balcony that looked out over the earthy Greek countryside and the hills; it was beautifully decorated in the blue and white beach theme. We loved their beautiful linen and comfortable beds. The room also provided a fridge which helped us to buy food and drink to keep the cost down and within budget. The hotel also looked beautiful, all white and the magnificent blue of what Greece is well known for and the bedrooms looked beachy and very comfortable. The view of Ornos Bay from the hotel was amazing. The whole hotel oozed ambience and had a beautiful calm peaceful feeling. All areas were very clean and well maintained. Maria was very helpful in letting us know what was available in the area such as supermarkets, restaurants and how to get into Mykonos Town by local bus at the end of the road. It turned out that Maria and her extended family over many decades had built properties and restaurants along Ornos Bay and was very committed to maintaining an eco-development and one that all generations could continue to enjoy.
What was around it?
Ornos Bay is a beach close by to the ferry port with calm and gentle waters. Its location is a great setting for amazing sun rises and sunsets. There are two supermarkets in Ornos Bay as well as in Mykonos Town a 20 minute bus ride away. The bus stop was at the end of the road and ran a regular service. Most banks and ATMS were located in Mykonos Town.
There are lots of restaurants on the beach at Ornos Bay – our favourites were Aperanto Galazio Seaside Bar and Ithaki. The fish dishes at Aperanton Galazio were some of the best we had on our journey so far.
On the beach in front of the restaurants were sunbeds for a small fee paid to the restaurant itself.
In Mykonos Town there are the well-known windmills to view, lovely back streets with small cafes and shops, an area known as Little Venice with more shops and restaurants all with the background of the harbor. There are many archaeological sites around Mykonos that can be travelled to by tours or by bus and there are party beaches in certain areas on the island.
Would we return?
Yes. Location, friendliness, ambience.
Cost? Euros 85/AUD 122 per night
How was the Wi-Fi?
Wi-Fi was ok in the room but stronger signals in the reception/lounge area.
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