The George Hotel Mykonos Review
We had wanted to visit Mykonos for some time but with our eldest being in school it meant term time holidays which also means inflated prices.
After months of checking and being disappointed by the expensive prices on the island, I found a great deal to the beautiful George hotel in Platys Gialos.
Here we will review every aspect of our stay with 2 children at the George hotel, so you can see if itÃ¢ÂÂs the right for you.
About the George Hotel
The 4 star George Hotel is located in Platys Gialos around a 15-minute drive from Mykonos Town. It opened in 2015 and boast stunning views of Playts Gialos beach. The beautiful whitewashed building is everything youÃ¢ÂÂd expect when visiting Greece.
There are 41 tastefully decorated rooms and a great sized swimming pool for a boutique hotel, with plenty of sun loungers. The hotel has a great bar serving delicious food and drink.
We arrived late at night (10 pm) with our 2 young boys (5 & 4 months old) after a comfortable 15 min transfer from the airport. The hotel looked beautiful lit up at night and we were excited to see it in the daylight.
There were two other couples in front of us when we arrived at the check-in desk, but the lovely lady asked them if they would mind us going first with having the kids. She was so welcoming and took the time to make a fuss of the boys which I thought was such a lovely thing to do.
Check-in was quick and smooth and we were soon in our room after being helped with our luggage. There are quite a few steps up to reception and the rooms, so it may not be suitable for anyone with mobility issues. My husband had to carry the pram up and down the stairs to get to the pool, bar, and room. No avoiding them IÃ¢ÂÂm afraid, although I did see a lift near reception which goes to some of the rooms.
The George hotel is located 4km (15 min drive) from Mykonos town. There is a boat on the beach which is a 5 min stroll that will take you to some of the islands best beaches including Paraga, paradise, super paradise, and Elia and isnÃ¢ÂÂt too expensive.
The George is about a 10-15-minute drive from the airport which is so handy, yet we werenÃ¢ÂÂt bothered by planes coming in at all, actually, I never noticed them.
We stayed in a sea view family room which consisted of 2 double beds, one single bed, and a baby cot. We were impressed with the size of the room and the decor. The bathroom had a large shower with all the toiletries you would need and everywhere was immaculate.
There was air conditioning (do make sure to turn it off when you arenÃ¢ÂÂt in the room as we didnÃ¢ÂÂt, it leaked and stopped working for a few hours, staff were brilliant sorting it) and a fridge freezer. We needed a kettle with having a baby, so I requested one and had it within an hour.
The staff just canÃ¢ÂÂt do enough for you. The beds were very comfortable and thatÃ¢ÂÂs from someone with a bad back.
Our balcony had a side sea view with 2 comfortable sun loungers and umbrella for when itÃ¢ÂÂs too hot. Although ours was relatively small, the two rooms either side of us had much bigger balconies.
The room was cleaned daily with fresh towels and toiletries being restocked.
My son was so excited about going swimming in Mykonos having done so many swimming lessons throughout the year and the pool didnÃ¢ÂÂt disappoint.
The pool was a great size for a small boutique hotel with plenty of sun loungers around. There were two shaded beds big enough for a family on one size of the pool so we used to get these to keep the baby out of the sun.
Our little one wasnÃ¢ÂÂt well whilst we were away in be known to us he had a milk intolerance and was very irritable. The staff were lovely and always made a fuss of him around the pool and at the bar.
The pool had floats for the guests to lie on which I thought was a great idea and they were really comfortable too. In the corner of the pool area was a jacuzzi under a shaded area, great for relaxing in! Not that IÃ¢ÂÂd know I had two kids with me!!
There isnÃ¢ÂÂt anything for kids to play with, but we didnÃ¢ÂÂt expect it with it being a boutique hotel aimed at couples. The pool is close to the bar with buzzers on the side of your sun lounger, so you donÃ¢ÂÂt even have to leave your spot to get a drink or food.
If you fancy going to the beach The Georges sister hotel Acrogiali allows you to use their sun loungers for free but go early if you want to get one. We were there in peak season and never managed to get any which was a shame as our son would have loved to stay at the beach longer.
We were on a bed and breakfast basis and were extremely impressed with the variety on offer for breakfast, every taste was well catered for. There was fresh fruit, cooked English breakfast, pastries and cereals served until 11 am which is pretty late but great when youÃ¢ÂÂve been up all night with a baby and need the lie in!!
They squeeze oranges in a machine which my husband and son said was gorgeous, sadly IÃ¢ÂÂm allergic! The views from the terrace out to the sea are breathtaking and such a great way to start the day.
We arrived at 10 pm on our first night and were able to order room service until 11 pm. The food was amazing, we got French fries, Tzatziki, and Greek Gyros! Highly recommend.
The prices were very reasonable compared to other restaurants at the beach and when you have small kids sometimes a posh restaurant isnÃ¢ÂÂt what you want to do every night.
This is one area The George excel in, from the second we got there until the second we left they couldnÃ¢ÂÂt do enough for us. I had a few things I needed for the baby, one being a kettle and it took them less than an hour to get me one for our room. They were so helpful and friendly, we just couldnÃ¢ÂÂt fault them.
Katya the lovely waitress at the bar was always so warm and friendly, she made such a fuss of our baby who loved her! The girls on reception always acknowledged us and helped us when we wanted to book a car rental. The George has to be one of the friendliest hotels we have stayed at.
Bus to Mykonos Town
The bus stop for Mykonos town is a 5-minute walk from the George. There are actually 2 bus stops nearby and IÃ¢ÂÂd recommend going down to the beach to get on the bus as they get very busy and most people get on at the beach.
We made the mistake of getting on at the second stop and I nearly had to stand with my son until a kind man gave me his seat. Lesson learned, get on at the beach! Even then we had to wait for a second bus as it was that busy. ItÃ¢ÂÂs very cheap to get to Mykonos town only 1 euro 80 each way and children are free.
It takes around 10-15 mins to get into the center and buses run every half hour so you are never waiting long. We pinned where the bus stop was on google maps as the streets are like mazes and I donÃ¢ÂÂt know how we would have got back if we didnÃ¢ÂÂt.
We hired a car from reception with Hertz which IÃ¢ÂÂd highly recommend. Mykonos is a lovely island to drive around. The roads werenÃ¢ÂÂt too busy even with it being high season and we found it pretty easy to navigate around.
One day with insurance cost around ÃÂ£100 which is quite expensive, so IÃ¢ÂÂd recommend getting a deal before you go. The car park is up an extremely steep hill, not for the faint-hearted, I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt watch my husband doing it!! For this reason, go with a bigger car if thereÃ¢ÂÂs more then 2 of you. Some of the hills can be quite steep.
There are plenty of supermarkets near the hotel, one being a 3 min walk but it was quite expensive. I overheard someone saying how the supermarket at the beach was much cheaper so may be worth checking it out. A pot of Pringles were 3 euro at the one near the hotel!
Best Places to Eat
Most of the restaurants are at the Platys Gialos beach and are quite expensive. The restaurants we dined at didnÃ¢ÂÂt cater to children, so we had to pay full price for a kidÃ¢ÂÂs meals which were disappointing. We found a little pizzeria at the end of the beach next to Blue Myth restaurant which my son much preferred and so did our pockets at only 5 euro a slice (slices were huge).
Our first night we ate at Avil Tou Thodori which has lovely little sofas on the beach lit by candlelight.
Iâd highly recommend Avli Tou Thodori, the food was amazing, not too pricey and the seat on the beach was a lovely experience. ItÃ¢ÂÂs a great place to eat if you have kids as youÃ¢ÂÂre not as confined so they can make some noise and you wonÃ¢ÂÂt be telling them to sit still and be quiet all the time!! Iâd recommend the vine leaves and pork chops, and my husband loved the moussaka.
Blue Myth is another lovely place to eat but expensive for what you get. The menu is pretty varied but not much Greek cuisine, this is something I found a lot in Platis Gios, it felt more Italian which did disappoint me as IÃ¢ÂÂm wheat intolerant and one of the reasons I love Greece is the food. I had lamb shank which was gorgeous, and the atmosphere is so relaxing inside the restaurant. On a Wednesday & Sunda,y there are traditional Greek dancers from 9pm-12pm, which IÃ¢ÂÂve heard is a great experience.
Yialo-Yialo was another place we ate where portions were big and prices affordable. Set on the beach and tastefully decorated in the typical Greek blue and white, it was a great place to enjoy an evening with the family.
If youÃ¢ÂÂre after a sandwich or homemade crepes, then youÃ¢ÂÂre in for a treat at Ã¢ÂÂdelicious MykonosÃ¢ÂÂ located 2 mins away from The George. Wait until you see all the jars of Nutella!! Yum! We used to nip in for a treat after a long day exploring the island.
The George Hotel is a great base to see Mykonos. It close to Mykonos Town and to the beach, what more could you ask for. The staff were amazing and really made the holiday. I wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt hesitate in recommending this hotel to anyone visiting Mykonos.
Mykonos is a very expensive place to stay especially in the peak season which is when we went, and we found the George very reasonable for a family of 4. Their standards are very high, hotel spotless, location perfectÃ¢ÂÂ¦ as you can tell I canÃ¢ÂÂt really fault anything.
The George is basically a beautiful boutique hotel in a stunning location, perfect for couples and families. Be sure to keep it in mind if you are planning a trip to Mykonos.
Mykonos Travel Tips
- If you can visit in the off season (preferably October) you will get much cheaper rates
- Try the Gryros at the pool side bar, they are so tasty and a good-sized portion.
- Book a sea view room, beautiful views from the George
- Book a car from reception, go see the island its stunning.
- Get on the bus to Mykonos town at the first stop near the beach otherwise you most probably wonÃ¢ÂÂt get on at the next stop with them being so full.
- If you have mobility issues or have young kids with prams request a room with lift access.
- If youÃ¢ÂÂre from the UK book with Thomas cook they do brilliant deals to the George with flights and transfers.