Where: Poseidon Hotel
Verdict: I chose the Poseidon as it was the starting point for a Greek Island Hopping tour I was doing and I presume it is chosen by the company due to its location close to where the ferries depart to the islands. If you are looking to be central Athens near the Plakka area then this is DEFINITELY not what you’re looking for in terms of location but the hotel itself is really nice and fairly accessible to town by taxi and public transport.
The rooms were of decent sizing, though a little outdated in looks and the bathroom was clean and modern however not very large.
Breakfast here was GOOD. There was pretty much everything available from fresh yoghurts, pancakes plus your standard hot food and continental selections.
My favourite aspect of this hotel is the Sky Bar which has fantastic views of the ocean and is a great place to have a drink and watch the sun go down. I even got a complimentary drink on arrival to use there which was nice! I even gave the restaurant on the top level here a try too and had a delicious risotto.
There’s also another restaurant across the road on the beach which is connected to the hotel. The food here was good too however go with plenty of time to spare. Greeks are known for their lack of attention when it comes to time but this was the slowest service I’ve ever had in my entire life.
Wifi is available and free of charge although is only accessible in the lobby area. There is also a rooftop pool, although it sadly wasn’t hot enough while I was there to use it.
Location: The hotel is in the area of Paleo Faliro and is located directly across from the beach. There is a bus stop right next to the property, and a tram line across the street so if you want to get around by public transport it’s very easy to do so. If you do catch a tram it can take around 20-30 minutes to get into the city. Taxi’s are reasonable in Athens and it’ll take you around 10 minutes to the centre of town.
Price: Starting from around 70 AUD (47 EUR) per night for a double room without breakfast included there is a few room types on offer, some with sea views.
72 Posidonos Avenue,17562
Paleo Faliro, Athens, Greece
Tel.: +30 210 98 72 000
Where: Far Out Club
Verdict: The concept of this place is extremely awesome. It’s basically part hotel, part campsite and truly has something for everyone’s tastes and budget.
Location: Right on Mylopotas Beach. It will take about 15-20 minutes with a decent incline to walk to the town part of Ios where you’ll find the bars, clubs, restaurants and shops. Alternatively, you can catch the public bus or a taxi to and from town which worked well for us since we were there in low season but during summer I feel this would be pretty unlikely due to the sheer amount of people that would be wanting to do the same (there aren’t a whole lot of taxi’s on the island nor buses.)
As I was on a tour and it was May with not many people around yet we got upgraded to nicer rooms yay! So we stayed in the ‘hotel village’ part of Far Out. These were comprised of a selection of two storey separated buildings in the typical Greek island fashion of blue and white.
The room and bed itself was comfortable, the bathroom was pretty small but everything worked well and was clean. I loved that we could open shutters on both sides of the room and let through a fantastic breeze. Unless you’re staying the level up from this in the ‘hotel’ area of the property you won’t get a sea view but I was still happy with what was out the window!
Breakfast was included and is a modest selection of continental food.
As touched upon there is also a campsite and bungalow part of the Far Out property which is ideal for backpacking budgets and those wanting to party hard. If you want a level up and comfort with a view then the hotel area is where you’d want to book.
There is a great restaurant on site and since we were too lazy to walk into town when it was warm we ate here pretty frequently and it was consistently good. Their one waitress was hilarious, we’d see her out clubbing as late as us and she’d still be back at work the next day, and until late in the evening too. Granted her service wasn’t the fastest but respect all the same, we thought she was awesome!
The legendary waitress
While we were staying there only the main pool was open but I believe there’s more than just this one. However the choice is yours to actually use it since right across the road is beautiful Mylopotas Beach where you can laze around on a sun chair or pay for some of the many water sports available including paddle boarding and tubing.
A mini market is also on site so you can pick up some snacks and drinks – super handy! I thought this property was set up so well and would definitely come back again, I loved it.
Price: Starting around 12 AUD per night for a shared dorm or bungalow in the campsite area or from 50 AUD per night for a private room in the village or hotel part of the property. Prices may vary depending on day of the week and time of year.
Mylopotas Beach, Μυλοπότας
Milopotas 840 01, Greece
Ph: +30 2286 091446
Where: Lady Anna Hotel
Verdict: This place was lovely and picture perfect with its blue and white colour scheme which is what you want on a Greek island right of course! My room mate and I got majorly lucky in securing a room with an al fresco area looking right out to the pool and beyond that, the ocean. Needless to say we never wanted to leave.
The room was fairly large and the beds were comfy. The bathroom was very clean and pretty big, it even had a tub. No complaints at all in regards to it!
Breakfast was included and had a good assortment of continental and hot foods. Even better is that you can eat it out on the verandah with a beautiful ocean view.
There was no wifi available for free however, we used the restaurants next door since we ate there the first night and it connected automatically ever after.
Location: Right on the beach! As it was May and there weren’t many people yet I loved staying here since there’s only a few hotels on Platis Yialos Beach where Lady Anna is located and therefore we had most of it to ourselves. Despite this there’s still a decent selection of restaurants to choose from all within 2 minutes walk of the hotel and also on the beach.
It’s around 20 minutes walk to the famous Paradise Beach and would take you almost an hour by foot to the main shopping, restaurant and night life on the island. There is a public bus every hour during the day to get you there for a few euro’s otherwise for late at night I’d recommend a taxi because even if you are keen to walk it there’s little lights around and the roads aren’t too wide so you could be easily hit by a car or ATV/quad bike in tourist season..
Overall, I would definitely recommend staying here, especially if you are looking for a good value property on the beach and a little out of the bustle of the main town area.
Price: A standard room starts at around 200 AUD per night with breakfast included however this is during peak season. Please remember prices can change depending on the day of the week and time of year and should only be used as a guide.
Platis Gialos (Platis Yialos Beach)
Mykonos Island, Greece
Ph: +30 22890 22134
Where: New Haroula Hotel
Verdict: This is a family run hotel located in Fira, the main town area of Santorini. What it meant was seeing the grandmother of the house cutely shuffling around the place but also as a tour group having to be extra conscious not to make much noise when returning late at night. Otherwise we’d feel the wrath of whoever was behind the desk at the time by way of a loud ‘shhhh’ sound.
In saying that, one night when I walked in by myself an older gentleman was watching the reception/a TV at the same time and we had a nice chat in which he offered me a cigarette and then to set me up with a ‘nice Greek man’ to which I kindly declined both. I enjoyed the personality of the place that you don’t get from a chain hotel or most accommodation these days.
Our room was modest in size however the bathroom was small, well more accurately the shower. It is not rare to come across showers in Greece that have only flexible handles/the nozzles aren’t on the wall, often paired with only a shower curtain which means water gets EVERYWHERE. Other than this the room was comfortable and the beds were all right too although a little on the hard side.
Breakfast was included and quite nice, a man was personally serving the coffee and tea which was lovely. There was a bit of hot food on offer and a selection of cereals, breads and yogurt.
The real winner for this property though besides it’s attractive exterior and classic white walls is the pool which is pretty large and very well looked after. There’s also another smaller pool adjacent to it. With a lot of sun beds on offer too, it was nice to just relax here one afternoon since there’s no beach aspect to Fira town anyways!
The New Haroula is a great value option for Santorini but if you are wanting a property with amazing views this would unfortunately not be what you’re looking for.
The lovely pool area
Location: It is a 2 minute walk away from central Fira town and therefore a huge choice of food options, many of which have fantastic views. This is also where the main clubs and bars can be found so if you’re keen to go out a lot it’s a great choice since you can get home on foot. There’s a small market on the corner on their street too.
Price: From 95 AUD (64 EUR) per night for a standard double room with breakfast. This is for the shoulder season of May which is when I was there but please remember prices are usually dependent upon season and even day of the week.
Hellas, Fira, Santorini
Tel: +30 22860 24226