London, United Kingdom
February 3, 2007
On the second night Mykonos really took off for me.As I was getting ready to go out I heard the sound of singing and guitar playing while in the shower. I thought the room above me had their stereo on full volume. As I left my room, and climbed the steps I saw a group gathered around a guitar player in the main seating area. The owner, Yiannes, called me over and introduced me to my fellow guests. The guitar player was from California and had recorded his own tracks which he sang to us. It was lovely to sit there with a glass of wine and listen to the music. Introductions over, several of us hit the bars of Mykonos Town together and started week long friendships.So as you can imagine Omiros Hotel gets full marks for me. Not only is it friendly but it is also an exquisitely beautiful hotel. It is built into the slope of Tagoo hill on a kind of cascading terrace which means each room is above the other with views over the harbour. The main terrace is arctic white with rattan chairs, potted urns and a circular comfort chair. There is a rattan sunshade and steps lead down to rooms as the hotel is on three levels. The view from the first level is the best, you can watch the ferries come into the Old Port and then scurry down to catch them as the port is only a five minute walk away.The rooms are good and are about 50 euros a night. They are the usual Cycladic bright white with blue doors and many have beautiful views of the Aegean. Each one has dark blue and white decor with A/C, power shower, and clean bathroom. And the locks are secure leading to a small balustrade with chair and table where you can hang your drying washing. In the main area, breakfast is served for another 5 euros and consists of rolls, fruit, and coffee. This is where the other guests will join you working off that ouzo hangover from the night before.But everything revolves around the owner Yiannes. His enthusiasm for Mykonos is the highlight of Omiros. Even guests who have popped in on the off chance have found themselves at one of his Greek dinners and offered retsina. He is constantly working to make the hotel better whether it be picking guests up from the ferry terminal or planning to build a swimming pool. He has a wicked sense of humour and you must be prepared to take a joke (my red face was teased). He runs his own newspaper and eventually plans to run for mayor.He truly believes Mykonos to be the best place in the world and pities anyone who does not live his life. When his life consists of good food, ouzo, and the company of good friends overlooking the sea - he may well just have a point.
From journal Mykonos - the Film Star of the Cyclades