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by Santorini Dave • Updated: January 26, 2022
• Location: Mykonos Town.
• Hotel website: belvederehotel.com
• Hotel phone: +30 22890 25122
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Belvedere Hotel – Refined luxury hotel with a pool club, organic spa, exceptional dining and drinks, and a convenient location near the windmills, Old Port, and the island’s best shopping and nightlife.
Belvedere Hotel offers sophisticated rooms, suites, and villas; most with sea views, and a few with private jacuzzis or pools. The main hotel features a large infinity pool as the centerpiece of its pool club with sun loungers, poolside food and beverages, and “spa tapas” (mini hand and foot massages). Dining is outstanding here with Greek and Nikkei fine dining restaurants, plus three stylish bars each with a unique personality. Their holistic spa features massage and body treatments, along with rotating therapies by visiting practitioners that may include yoga, Chinese medicine, psychic healing, and more. Rooms and suites are mostly designed for couples, though there are several large suites and villas suitable for families and groups.
Belvedere Hotel – Location
- Area: Belvedere Hotel is located in Mykonos Town, a short walk from the nightlife, dining, and shopping that has made Mykonos famous. The landmark Kato Mili windmills, the Old Port, and even a small beach are accessible within 6 to 8 minutes on foot. The bus stop at Fabrika is close-by, making it a breeze to reach the island’s best beaches, the airport, and the ferry port at Tourlos.
- How to Get There: Belvedere Hotel is located just off the main road connecting Mykonos Town to the airport and southern beaches, making it very easy to reach by bus, taxi, or driving yourself. t is approximately 3.5km from the Mykonos ferry port in Tourlos, and 2.5km from the Mykonos Airport to the hotel.
To reach the hotel by bus, take the Fabrika-bound bus from the Airport or the Tourlos Ferry Port (AKA “The New Port”). These airport and ferry port routes run several times a day throughout the summer but infrequently (if at all) in the winter. Fabrika is the closest bus stop to the hotel and is just a couple of minutes’ walk. The bus from the Airport to Fabrika takes about 15 minutes, while the bus from the New Port to Fabrika takes just under 20 minutes. The walk from Fabrika to Belvedere Hotel is on a mostly flat route, easy to navigate with luggage. Both trips cost about €2. Tickets are purchased on the bus or from a manned kiosk at the terminal, in cash only.
Taxis are also available from the port or airport, though there are only about 30 taxis serving the whole island, so there is often a long wait; schedule a ride through a private car service in advance to avoid this (I use and recommend Welcome Pickups). Taxis on Mykonos are not metered, so be sure to agree on a price with the driver before setting out. A taxi from the port or airport to Belvedere Hotel will cost roughly €15 to €20. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more – about $38 (€31), but is worth it to avoid the wait and for the convenience of paying ahead.
Visitors arriving by ferry can also take the Sea Bus from the New Port in Tourlos to the Mykonos Town waterfront, from which it is a 10-minute walk to the hotel. The Sea Bus departs every half hour, with the trip taking about 10 minutes and costing €2.
For those who prefer to drive themselves, we recommend renting a car either at the airport on arrival, or in Mykonos Town. We strongly recommend reserving a vehicle in advance, especially if you require automatic transmission. Upon arrival at the hotel, Belvedere offers free valet parking (a huge perk).
- Handy to: Dining, nightlife, and shopping in the Chora. The Windmills of Kato Mili/Little Venice. Old Port/Mykonos Town Beach.
Belvedere Hotel – The Basics
- Ages: Belvedere is a family-friendly hotel, open to guests of all ages as well as pets. Guests tend to be couples and groups of friends aged 30+ from the US, UK, Brazil, Argentina, and the Middle East.
- Beach: The nearest beach to Belvedere is the small beach near the Old Port (600m). Though it is an unorganized beach with no bar or restaurant service, there is a lifeguard there. The best organized beach nearby is at Ornos, 3 km away. This is a popular beach with golden sand, clear water, and plenty of beach clubs. Ornos Beach and several other great beaches (Platis Gialos, Paraga, Paradise, and Agios Ioannis) are easy to reach by bus from Fabrika.
- View: Most rooms, suites, and villas offer sea views, though there are a few with garden or pool views. A handful have what they call Spectacular Views, which are sunset views over the village and sea.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The following rooms at Belvedere Hotel include private jacuzzis or pools: Standard Room Courtyard View with Jacuzzi, Honeymoon Room Private Pool, and Belvedere Mansion Private Pool. Belvedere also has a few off-site suites and villas with private jacuzzis or pools, including the Summer 3 Bedroom Residences (with private pool or plunge pool), Hilltop Superior Sea View Room Private Jacuzzi, Hilltop Infinity Sea View Room Private Pool, Hilltop Superior Sea View Suite Private Jacuzzi, Hilltop Infinity Sea View Suite Private Pool, Belvedere Villa, Island Suite with Private Pool, and Island Suite with Private Whirlpool.
- Parking: Complimentary valet parking on-site.
- Extras: 24-hour reception, boutique, jewelry shop, welcome gift, concierge, on-site events (DJ nights, pop-up shops, food festival, live music, and more).
- When to Book: Belvedere Hotel is open from late March through late October/early November. Reserve at least 3 months in advance (6 months is better) for stays during the high season from June through September, and about 2 months in advance for the low and shoulder seasons.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +30 22890 25122
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: belvederehotel.com
Belvedere Hotel – Amenities
- Pool: The Belvedere Hotel has an infinity pool at the main hotel. The pool is part of the Pool Club, which is open to guests for free and to the public for a fee. The Pool Club includes poolside drinks and snacks all day, luxury towels, and spa tapas (mini hand and foot massages). The pool closes at 5 pm when the dinner tables are set up.
- Spa: The spa features a full menu of organic treatments for massage, skin, and body, as well as a seasonal menu featuring visiting practitioners’ services. Seasonal offerings are changed every few weeks and can include yoga, Chinese medicine, reiki, and more.
- Fitness Center: The hotel offers a 24-hour fitness center with high-quality equipment and more space than the average hotel gym.
- For Disabled Guests: The hotel is located on a hillside and over several floors connected by stairs with no elevator. Not suitable for guests with mobility issues.
- For Families: The Belvedere Hotel is a family-friendly, pet-friendly hotel open to guests of all ages. Many suites and villas are suitable for larger groups, though there are no special amenities or facilities for children.
- Activities: The Pool Club hosts events throughout the high season, including DJ nights, live entertainment, pop-up shops, and food festivals, among other things. Additionally, the concierge team is happy to arrange excursions to Delos Island, cooking classes, yachting, and even helicopter day trips to nearby islands.
Belvedere Hotel – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: Thea Estiatorio – Offers a fine dining menu featuring contemporary preparations of classic Greek dishes, from moussaka to kokkinisto. The elegant menu pairs well with their curated wine list which highlights Greek and international labels. Thea Estiatorio is open for dinner from 7:30 pm to midnight. • Matsuhisa Mykonos – Opened 15 years ago as the first sushi restaurant in Mykonos. The restaurant serves a fine dining Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) menu with special attention on locally caught, Aegean seafood. It is open for dinner from 7:30 pm to 12:30 am.
- Lounges/Bars: Sunken Watermelon Cocktail Bar – Offers a short list of 6 classic cocktails using local, seasonal ingredients. Open in the evenings. • Belvedere Bar – Open all day from 12 pm to 7 pm, and is the main bar serving the Pool Club. The bar features an extensive cocktail list, including several signature martinis, along with a lunch and snack menu which can be enjoyed at the bar indoors or served poolside. • Belvedere Cellar – Open for wine tastings and private dining, and offers an extensive, well-curated menu of high-quality Greek and international wines.
- Breakfast: A complimentary breakfast buffet is served daily from 8 am to 11 am at the Belvedere Bar. Offerings change daily but always include Greek and international items, with especially great homemade cakes and breads. Eggs made to order are available for an additional fee.
- Room Service: Room service is available every day from 8 am until 11 pm.
Belvedere Hotel – Rooms
- Room Types:
In the Main Hotel – Standard Room Courtyard View • Standard Room Courtyard View with Jacuzzi • Standard Room Sea or Pool View • Grand Room Sea or Pool View • Honeymoon Room Private Pool • Panoramic Room Spectacular Sea View • Panoramic Room Private Sundeck • Junior Suite Courtyard View • Honeymoon Suite Sea or Pool View • Panoramic Suite Spectacular Sea View • Belvedere Suite Spectacular Sea View • Belvedere Mansion
In the Next Door Villa – Belvedere Villa Next Door • Summer 3 Bedroom Residence with Private Pool • Summer 3 Bedroom Residence with Plunge Pool • Summer 2 Bedroom Suite with Sea View
In the Hilltop Complex – Hilltop Sea View Room • Hilltop Superior Sea View Room Private Jacuzzi • Hilltop Infinity Sea View Room Private Pool • Hilltop Sea View Suite • Hilltop Superior Sea View Suite Private Jacuzzi • Hilltop Infinity Sea View Suite Private Pool
In the Waterfront Villa/Suites – Belvedere Villa • Island Suite with Private Pool • Island Suite with Private Sundeck • Island Suite with Private Whirlpool
In Little Venice – Little Venice Pied-A-Terre Upper Floor • Little Venice Pied-A-Terre Private Dock
- Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any of their rooms. Smoking is allowed on the private outdoor terraces and in the outdoor common areas.
- Best Room: There are so many amazing room types at Belvedere Hotel. The Next Door Villa/Suites, Hilltop Complex, Waterfront Villa/Suites, and Little Venice Pied-A-Terre buildings are all detached from the main hotel, so they are more like luxury private villas. Of the detached options, the best option for couples is the Island Suite with Private Pool. This 1-bedroom suite offers views of the windmills, 24-hour butler service, a king-sized bed, separate living room, large terrace with an al fresco dining table, and a private pool. Of the rooms and suites onsite in the main hotel, the Belvedere Mansion is the best. The Mansion is a 1-bedroom unit with a separate living/dining room, 2 sunset view terraces, and a private pool.
- For Families: The Belvedere Hotel is a family-friendly, pet-friendly hotel open to guests of all ages. Rooms in the main hotel are designed for 2 or 3 guests only. The best option for families is the Summer 3 Bedroom Residence with Private Pool, which sleeps up to 6 guests, or the Belvedere Villa Next Door for larger groups/family reunions/multi-generational travel. The Villa offers 8 bedrooms for up to 19 guests. These options include full kitchens, living rooms, dining areas, spacious terraces, and private pools or plunge pools.
Belvedere Hotel – Local Transport
- Walking: The hotel is located in Mykonos Town, just steps away from the heart of the village (Chora) and all of the island’s best dining, nightlife, and shopping. Little Venice and the windmills are a short 6-minute walk away, the Old Port and beach are just a 7-minute walk away, and 2 excellent sunset viewpoints are nearby at Boni’s windmill and 180° Sunset Bar.
- Bus: Belvedere Hotel is near 2 bus stops. The closest stop is at Fabrika, a 3-minute walk (240m) away, which serves the New Port (Tourlos), Airport, and the beaches at Ornos, Agios Ioannis, Platis Gialos, Paradise, and Paraga. There is also a bus stop at the far end of the Old Port (900m) that goes to the New Port (Tourlos), Ano Mera village, and the beaches at Kalafati, Agios Stefanos, Kalo Livadi, Elia, and Panormos. There is no bus connecting Fabrika and the bus station at the Old Port; it takes about 14 minutes (1 km) to walk from one to the other. Tickets cost from €1.60 to €2.30, depending on the destination. Buses can get very crowded, especially during the high season, so much so that they often fill to capacity and are unable to take on more passengers. There are only 26 public buses serving the island. Bus schedules change every couple of weeks, so check the KTEL website for the most current timetables.
- Taxi: The nearest taxi stand is at Fabrika next to the bus stop, about a 3-minute walk (250m) from the hotel, but there are generally fewer taxis traveling through this area than at the main taxi stand, which is about 11-minutes’ walk (800m) away, near the Old Port, behind the Cosmote building and next to the post office. There is almost always a wait at either taxi stand as there are only 30 taxis serving the entire island. Book ahead to avoid the wait, and have the driver meet you at the hotel instead. There will be a surcharge for advanced reservations (about €5) and for carrying luggage, usually just a couple of Euros. A taxi from the port or airport to Belvedere Hotel should be about €15 to €20.
- Water Taxi: The New and Old Ports and several beaches are connected via a boat system. The Sea Bus connects the New Port and Old Port with routes running about every 30 minutes, all wheelchair accessible, and all €2 one-way per person, while a Delos round-trip costs €20. Water taxis also connect the southern beaches, with routes connecting the main beaches at Ornos and Platis Gialos with the more remote beaches at Paraga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Agrari, and Elia. An all-day, all-beach pass costs €20.
- Scooters and ATVs: Scooters are the main mode of transportation for the locals, and ATVs are super popular with tourists, but if you’re unfamiliar with the terrain, these can be very dangerous to drive. The roads in Mykonos are zig-zagging, hilly, narrow, littered with potholes, sometimes dirt roads, and without street lights in most areas outside of Mykonos Town. And that’s not to mention the aggressive drivers, some of the world’s worst. A rental car is a much safer bet than a scooter or ATV, and can just as easily reach the more remote beaches on the island.
Belvedere Hotel – What’s Nearby?
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Krama Fine Greek Dining: At the neighboring Semeli Hotel, Krama features elevated versions of classic Greek comfort foods.
- Thioni Restaurant: Contemporary, creative Greek fine dining, also at the Semeli Hotel.
- Bakalo Greek Eatery: Excellent choice for simple, Greek comfort foods like moussaka and cheese dumplings.
- Funky Kitchen: Phenomenal Greek-Mediterranean restaurant, fusing classic flavors and modern techniques and featuring seasonal, local ingredients. Great vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Reservations recommended.
- M-eating Restaurant: Creative, Greek fine dining with a casual atmosphere. Known for their lamb and beef dishes, fresh seafood, and Mykonian onion pie.
- Sakis Grill House: Great little pit stop for gyros, kebabs, and souvlaki. The best cheap eats on the island.
- To Maereio: Cozy restaurant serving traditional Greek family recipes and fantastic wine. This popular restaurant does not take reservations, so arrive early or have a glass of wine on the terrace while waiting.
- Caesar’s: Family-owned restaurant serving traditional Greek comfort foods in a friendly atmosphere.
- Kadena: Casual, waterfront spot for Greek and Italian food all day long until the wee hours.
- Pasaji: The best beach club in Ornos, Pasaji offers great sushi, meats, cocktails, and shisha served on the beach or in their open-air dining room.
- Kiki’s Tavern: Located at Agios Sostis Beach, Kiki’s Tavern is a little out of the way, but well worth the 15-minute drive (7km) to get there. This open-air restaurant serves a stripped down menu of grilled meats, seafood, and veggies in a stunning setting and free wine while you wait for a table (they do not take reservations).
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Alley Cocktail Bar: Awesome bar with a seasonal menu featuring local herbs, fresh fruits, and signature drink blends.
- Notorious: Cozy cocktail bar with a small all-day menu and creative, signature drinks. Live music most nights and karaoke on Friday nights.
- Bao’s Cocktail Bar: Named after the pirate Bao, defender of the island, this bar offers amazing cocktails, all night dancing, and some of the best sunset views in Mykonos. Reserve ahead for the best view tables, or drop in anytime late for drinks and partying in the main bar or in their performance/VIP lounge Secret of Bao’s upstairs.
- Semeli the Bar: Spectacular sunset views outside and a packed dance floor inside. This bar tends to attract a younger crowd and more Americans than other bars in Mykonos. There is a 1-drink minimum per guest.
- Scarpa Bar: The best fresh fruit cocktails in Mykonos, and also known for their signature drinks, especially the Roger Rabbit (vodka, carrot, lime, peach, passionfruit). Their namesake Scarpa cocktail is the Greekest drink you’ll ever taste (mastiha, vanilla, beet, lemon, yogurt). Sunset views and house music until sunup.
- Galleraki: Gorgeous spot for sunset cocktails and a lively atmosphere late into the night. The best views are from their upstairs balcony, so reserve ahead or arrive early to snag a spot there.
- 54 Cocktail Bar and Sunset Lounge: Gay/straight bar and dance club with an awesome DJ, friendly staff, and fantastic cocktails. The party starts late here, so arrive around 9 or 10 for a chill vibe or after midnight for a livelier atmosphere.
- Skandinavian Bar Disco Nightclub: One of the oldest night spots in Mykonos, Skandinavian is a large complex with 2 bars downstairs, a rowdy dance club and bar upstairs, and an outdoor courtyard.
- Katerina’s Cocktail Bar and Restaurant: Owned by the first female Greek sea captain, Katerina’s Bar offers a perfect perch for sunset views from the upstairs bar or the downstairs restaurant, serving exceptional seafood and refreshing cocktails at both spots.
- Jackie O’ Bar: The most fun bar in Mykonos, Jackie O’ is a gay bar (straight-friendly) open for sunset cocktails, all-night dancing, and nightly drag shows. They have a sister bar on Super Paradise Beach that’s also worth a visit.
- Babylon: Right next door to Jackie O’ Bar, this popular gay bar (straight-friendly) and dance club hosts regular events, including drag shows, dancers, and theme parties from sundown to sunup.
- 180° Sunset Bar: Amazing outdoor bar with panoramic views over Mykonos Town and the Old Port. Though it’s usually busy, there is plenty of room to spread out over multiple patios. This is a more low-key bar than those in the heart of the village.
Best Nearby Cafes
- Cosmo Café: Charming little café with great coffee, fresh produce, and fantastic omelets and crepes..
- Gioras Wood Medieval Mykonian Bakery: The best baklava in Mykonos. Gioras has been in the same family for a couple hundred years, and uses traditional recipes and methods to create their decadent pastries.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- Soho Soho: There are 4 branches of this designer store in Mykonos, 2 of which are in Mykonos Town. Both of the shops are about a 5-minute walk (400m) away, one for men and one for women.
- Emmanouella’s: Women’s clothing boutique offering limited and exclusive pieces by Greek designers.
- Elena Makri: Luxury women’s boutique by the former Vogue editor-in-chief. Clothing, shoes, and accessories that take inspiration from classical Greece.
- Rarity Gallery: Truly amazing collection of contemporary artwork and exhibits, free admission, and no pressure to buy.
- Mytho: Wonderful gift shop selling 100% Greek products, many handmade and unique. Located at the Kato Mili windmills.
- Cosset Design: Upscale art, furnishings, and home décor store with a curated collection of unique and extravagant pieces.
- Optique Boutique: Stylish frames and sunglasses shop with a staff that excels at matching up shoppers with their most flattering shapes.
- Osklen: Innovative, high-end, Brazilian streetwear boutique selling clothing, beachwear, shoes, and accessories for men and women.
- Alter Ego: Boutique shop specializing in women’s clothing, sandals, and jewelry by Greek designers.
- Ilias Lalaounis: Iconic jewelry store offering unique works by the legendary late goldsmith.
- Boutique of Sandals: Awesome selection of handmade, leather, Greek sandals. Some low-key designs but mostly crazy boho styles.
- Boni’s Windmill: This 16th-century windmill is the oldest on the island and offers gorgeous sunset views from the top of the hill. Inside the windmill is part of the Agricultural Museum, open in the summer months from 2 pm until 8 pm.
- Windmills of Kato Mili: 5 picturesque windmills that were once part of the largest, most important flour mill on the island that was in operation from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Only the exteriors are available to visit now. This is the most recognizable landmark on the island.
- Little Venice: The western half of Mykonos Town, with sunset view restaurants, lively bars, and all-night shopping, mostly built in converted 18th-century fishing houses. 7-minute walk (550m).
- Old Port: Beautiful waterfront neighborhood with restaurants, bars, shops, and a beach, plus the ferry to Delos Island.
- Paraportiani Orthodox Church: A complex of 5 churches built over the course of 2 centuries beginning in 1425.
- Folklore Museum: Tiny, slightly disorganized collection of 19th-century Mykonian furniture, ship parts, and artifacts once owned by a local pirate. Free admission (donations welcome).
- Mykonos Farmers: Wonderful dairy offering tours of the facilities and a variety of cheesemaking classes.
- Delos Island: A holy sanctuary for over 1,000 years before becoming known as the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. The ruins of Delos are one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites. Ferries leave from the Old Port several times a day, cost €20 round-trip, and take about 20 to 30 minutes to reach the island, depending on the weather. A guide is recommended.
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- AB Food Market: Small branch of the supermarket chain offering a good selection of groceries, produce, wine, and beverages at reasonable rates.
- O Parianos Fruit Shop: Excellent local vendor selling seasonal fruits and vegetables.
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