Where to Stay in Mykonos: Best Areas & Hotels

Where to Stay in Mykonos: Best Areas & Hotels

Mykonos from above - credits: bmphotographer/Shutterstock.com

The sheer beauty of Mykonos is a good enough reason for anyone to put the island high up on their bucket list. Glamorous, beautiful, and wild, it comes as no surprise that it has become the ultimate holiday destination for travelers around the world; after all, who can say ‘no’ to bright sunlight, crystal clear waters, sandy beaches, whitewashed houses, and a lively nightlife?

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If you’ve finally decided to choose Mykonos for your holidays, it’s only natural that you want to get even the last detail of your trip right! Although it may seem easy, deciding where to stay in Mykonos and figuring out the best areas and hotels on the island is a rather challenging task.

For that reason, and because we’re only here to make your life a whole lotta easier, here we have gathered all the information you need to have in order to make an educated decision regarding your accommodation.

Should I stay in Mykonos Town?

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Mykonos Town – credits: ZGPhotography/Shutterstock.com

First things first, there is an important initial decision you must make and this is to choose between staying in Mykonos Town or one of its many gorgeous beach resorts. Despite not being a massive island, there is a clear distinction between the two areas and it all comes down to personal preference.

As one would expect, Mykonos Town is full to the brim with cafes, restaurants, taverns, bars, clubs, and a wide selection of retail shops that add to the liveliness and vibrance of the area, yet can overwhelm visitors who look to relax and enjoy a much more calm vibe, as far removed from the big city life as possible.

This is where most of the action takes place, where you’ll hear the most chatter while walking the whitewashed alleys, where you’ll come face to face with Hollywood celebrities, and where the hustle and bustle last through the night and until the first light of day.

On the plus side, you’ll be able to attend any party whenever you feel like it and have a couple of drinks without having to worry about your ride home as everything will be within walking distance. On the downside, you’ll be far from Mykonos’ marvelous beaches and will need a car to access any of them, meaning that you’ll be spending a chunk of your time every day on transportation.

Should I stay close to Mykonos beaches?

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Elia Beach Mykonos – credits: saiko3p/Shutterstock.com

Staying in one of the marvelous beach resorts of Mykonos, will give you the opportunity to enjoy to the fullest the serene landscape of the island, and spend your day swimming and relaxing, all while having a variety of beach bars and seaside restaurants catering to your needs.

You can follow our guide to Mykonos’ beaches to determine the best beach for you, however, living on the beach means that in order for you to reach Mykonos Town for evening entertainment, you will need at least 20 minutes by car. Add to that the time it will take you to find a parking spot and the fact that you’ll need to be extra careful of your alcohol consumption, and you have yourself a major party downer.

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Super Paradise Beach, Mykonos – credits: Aerial-motion/Shutterstock.com

All in all, as a rule of thumb, if you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing time, or you are visiting Mykonos with your family, a sandy beach resort is what you’re after. If, on the other hand, you want to party like it’s 1999, then maybe Mykonos Town will be a wiser choice for you.

In any case, beaches like Elia Beach, Megali Ammos Beach, Paraga Beach, Kalafatis, Agios Sostis, and Kalo Livadi, are ideal for your swimming endeavors regardless of your preferences. At the same time, the most popular beaches, like Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach, and their beach clubs, are perfect for those looking for endless partying. Our favorite may be Elia Beach, however, every single one of them, along with the west coast and other south coast beaches, is nothing less than gorgeous.

Best hotels in Mykonos Town

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Mykonos Town – credits: Public DomainPictures/Pixabay.com

As already mentioned, Mykonos Town, or Chora, as locals call it, is an excellent choice for your accommodation, especially if large crowds, busy streets, and partying are your thing. My absolute favorite element of Mykonos Town is its picturesque and small pedestrian-only streets that carry a charm that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

They’re a number of great hotels and resorts in Mykonos town that will cater to your every need.

  • Little Venice is the most romantic neighborhood on the island and its hotels are perfect for those who chose Mykonos for a couple’s vacation or honeymoon. Little Venice Suites & Villas offers a luxurious and comfortable stay in Mykonos town, along with a marvelous view of the iconic windmills of Mykonos. It might not offer an outdoor swimming pool, but some suites feature a private outdoor jacuzzi which is even better!
  • Otherwise, Belvedere Mykonos Hotel is in a strategic location on the edge of Mykonos town that will help you stay in touch with the vivid life of Mykonos, while still being able to retire at night to somewhere peaceful and relaxing.
  • Of course, being the island’s capital, Mykonos Town has a number of notable cultural attractions, such as the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos and the Aegean Maritime Museum, and an open-air cinema that will excite its cinephile visitors. Harmony Boutique Hotel is located very close to the archaeological museum and offers comfortable and luxurious rooms with a view of the magical Aegean sea.
  • If an adult-only resort is what you are looking for on your cosmopolitan vacation in Mykonos, Myconian Naia offers premium services in a luxurious and aesthetically pleasing establishment. With the sole purpose to relax and pamper you, Myconian Naia is one of the best resorts in Mykonos, located just outside the town. And let’s not forget the magical view; a truly stunning sight!

If you want to stay in Mykonos Town but don’t have a means of transportation for your swimming endeavors in the Aegean Sea, no worries! There are bus connections to all of Mykonos’ beaches -including the famous Paradise Beach- for your convenience and an outdoor swimming pool in most luxury hotels on the island!