I stayed at Hotel Vanilla for 11 nights in September and had a fabulous time. The location is perfect, it is a short walk Ornos beach (where there are some lovely restaurants!) and it is a 15min bus ride into Mykonos Town. The hotel was basic but it was clean, comfortable and the staff were very friendly! Breakfast was basic but nice, (although I did get a bit bored of the breakfast after 11 night as there wasn't too much choice). However, there is a lovely bakery just down the road which we went to for lunch. One disappointing thing about the hotel was that we didn't have a balcony. This meant we had to hang our towels out of the window over night to dry. So i reccommend booking a room with a balcony. There are a lot of reviews about the busy road outside. It was busy but it wasn't a problem! Overall, the hotel was perfect for our needs and I absolutely loved my stay and would definitely return.
One thing I reccommend is to hire a quadbike! My boyfriend and I hired one for a few days and it was extremely fun! We managed to explore the whole island in two days and we also used it in the evening to find other restaurants. It was also quite cheap to hire and we only spent about 10euros on fuel for the entire two days.More
ojm222, Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
Clean and fair to 3 star rating, but staff could be nicer
The overbooking-thing that has been described in several other reviews happened to us as well on our first day. Everything worked out, but it doesn't make you feel very welcome when the first thing you hear is "you can't stay here, you have to go somewhere else". Especially since we had booked this room almost half a year in advance.
Anyways, our hotel room was clean and had everything we needed. Sometimes there was a funny smell coming from the bathroom, so we had to keep the bathroom door closed all the time. Also, there were lights in the room (coming an emergency light and the air-con) that were always on and couldn't be switched off, so even at night the room was never completely dark. If you got a light sleep that's something that might bother you.
Generally, the hotel is rather noisy, mostly owed to the cleaning staff who is quite insensitive to the guests' needs for repose. They would repeatedly knock our door (although knowing that we were in the room) to make us understand they wanted to clean. Once they even fetched the receptionist for support, so HE knocked on our door and practically asked us to leave so the staff could clean. Not even the card I wrote (in correct Greek language) that said Please Do Not Disturb and that I hanged on our door helped, so we just had to get used to the knocking. Doesn't exactly help when you try to relax a little.
The breakfast is okay, the hotel location is also fine - provided you want to stay in Ornos, which is a nice little place with a village feel to it, 20min walk from Mykonos town, but which can also get very windy, especially when the northwind starts to blow. Then you might consider the southern coast of Mykonos.
Jenny, the hotel manager who has been praised in other reviews for her friendliness was not friendly at all towards us, in fact she surprised us with very rude behaviour when we first met her and even after that didn't care to change to a more welcoming disposition.
Bottom line: if you just need a place to sleep, the Vanilla might be a good choice. If you want to treat yourself and want to feel at home, better look for something else. It was an OK stay, but I won't come back.More
BerlinVisit2013, Zurich, Switzerland
Nice place to stay
We just came back from Greek Islands trip. Overall trip was wonderful. We stayed in Venus Vanilla hotel, Ornos, Mikonos. Hotel is clean, cozy and homey. Close to beautiful Ornos beaches and restaurants. Staff is very friendly and helpful, especially reception desk workers. Jenny at reception desk is very nice and cheerful person, helped with all questions. Valera, night shift receptionist gave us all useful information about Mikonos. Roman was always very friendly.More
Ala A, Chicago, Illinois
Location almost makes up for the hotel...
The hotel had a nice staff - helpful if you ask for anything. Public areas were great - the pool was beautiful and the lobby was relaxing. They had free wi-fi in the rooms and public areas. It was about a 5-minute walk to the beach (you have to pay to use the beach chairs on Ornos Beach) where there are plenty of restaurants, some shopping and an ATM machine. There is also a bus stop about 3 minutes away where you can catch a bus into Mykonos Town.
That's about it for the pros... Now the cons...
The rooms were "girl-scout camp" style. Wooden framed twin beds with a 4-inch thick mattress. The pillows were flatter than I've ever seen a pillow. (A folded up twin sheet would have been thicker!) The shower was about 2 1/2 feet square with a curtain that clung to your body and a shower head that you had to hold the whole time. Breakfast was the same each day and had about 5 items available. Not much selection. The hallways were very noisy when people returned from the bars at night. We were on the pool-side which was quieter than the rooms overlooking the street.More
Grwhitenight, Hoboken, New Jersey
Lovely place - amazing time!
I booked this hotel really cheap through onthebeach.com, I just needed a nice relaxing break from work and been wanting to visit Mykonos for ages. The hotel was beautiful and very clean, I wasn't expecting much so was pleasantly suprized! The buffet breakfast was rubbish but to be honest I'm not a big breakfast person so suited me fine, if your expecting a big buffet you will be disappointed. The bar and snack bar wasn't open while we were there which didn't bother us but it was bit of walk to actually find some where to eat at night. we took a sandwich toaster and travel kettle with us and got some bits and bobs from local supermarket, there's fridge in your room so you don't have to worry about milk or butter going off. staff were very friendly and helpful, the only down point i have is its so noisy, not from bars or music, from people coming and going in middle of night, others guest don't seem to care about people sleeping - they quite happily shout, scream, slam doors and i'm not talking about 10 / 11 at night its 4 / 5 in morning. pool was lovely, bit cold lol but nice and refreshing and the jacuzzi was a bonus! All in all i had an awesome relaxing holiday which was what i was after. will be returning!More