A Tale of Two Mykonos Hotels

For the final leg of our Greek honeymoon, on the island of Mykonos, we had booked a stay at En Lefkos Prive Suites. When we arrived in Mykonos off our ferry, we were met by representatives of our hotel who told us that there was a problem with the air conditioning in our room, and they were putting us up at the fancier Hotel Palladium for our first night. I have to commend En Lefko for how they handled this; I can think of many hotels in the US where you’d be lucky to get an apology for a broken air conditioner. And for a travel and hotel geek like me, it was awesome to have the opportunity see two different luxury hotels during our short stay.

Our room at Hotel Palladium was beautiful, with a four poster bed and a fancy marble bathroom.

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We had a nice balcony with beautiful views of the water.

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Another big benefit of this hotel was its location right near Platys Gialos, one of Mykonos’ most popular beaches. We didn’t have a car for this leg of our trip, and so we wouldn’t have been able to check out this beach but for our unexpected hotel stay here. The Palladium wasn’t actually located right on beach but was only about a 5-10 minute walk away, and we certainly would have returned to Platys Gialos if we’d stayed in this hotel for more than one night.

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The Palladium also has a nice pool area.

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Hotel restaurants don’t tend to have great reputations, but we really enjoyed our meal at the Palladium’s restaurant. The food was excellent, the service was warm and friendly, and it was lovely dining al fresco overlooking the pool area. Overall, it was one of the very best meals we had in Greece.

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Ironically, although the dinner was great, the breakfast buffet was just about the only thing I found lacking about the hotel. It was probably the least impressive breakfast we had in Greece. It’s hard for me to fully assess Hotel Palladium, since we didn’t pay their room rates and I suspect their average rates are quite a bit more than I typically pay. Still, I recommend the hotel (especially for beach-goers: in addition to Platys Gialis, there are a couple other beaches within walking distance) and if you’re looking for a splurgier, more luxurious experience, I think you’d be very happy here. The hotel facilities are really lovely and they have the attentive service to match.

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The next day we were transferred to our original hotel, En Lefko Prive Suites. The grounds of En Lefko are lovely, with the classic Greek white and blue buildings and brightly colored flowers everywhere.

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There’s a nice pool area, with a lot of lounge chairs and comfortable sofas.

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Our room was lovely and huge. I didn’t manage to snap any photos of the inside, but there was a large living room with a couch and TV and then a set of stairs leading up to a bedroom area. We had a really nice patio area with two comfortable lounge chairs.

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The views from the room were ok, but marred by power cables. The views from the pool area are nicer.

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They gave us a complimentary wine and cheese platter for our honeymoon, which was sweet!

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My only real complaint about En Lefko has nothing to do with the hotel or the staff, it was the location. I knew it would be quite a haul from Mykonos town, but thought it was a very short walk from the village of Ornos. It was a surprise to discover that it took about 30 minutes to walk to Ornos town, which was where the nearest restaurants were. This wasn’t a disaster, since we’d been pretty active in Athens and Santorini and our main goal in Mykonos was relaxation by the pool, but it would have been nice not to have to walk almost an hour round-trip every time we wanted to eat anything more than a club sandwich from the hotel bar. Fortunately the walk to Ornos, while longer than we would have liked, was very pleasant, and there was a nice beach there that we really enjoyed!

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I wrote a pretty mixed TripAdvisor review of En Lefko that in retrospect I think is too harsh. Our stay here was very comfortable and relaxing, and looking at our photos again brings me back and makes me remember how much fun we had (both at this hotel specifically, and on Mykonos in general). It’s just really not the right place to stay if you’re not renting a car (which I didn’t especially want to do before our trip and would want to do even less now, having visited Greece and seen how people there drive).

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