20 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Friendly, excellent service
"From our first entering the Hotel until our leaving some 11 days later we were thoroughly spoilt. When we arrived we had planned on staying two days. The beauty of the island and the comfort of the hotel, got to us and we stayed until our holiday was over. We definitely plan to return in 2008. Our thanks to the staff of The Mistral, for making our stay so relaxing. Regards Kim Elliott"
- Travel date: 12th November 2007
Hydra & The Mistral Hotel
"An excellent week on the lovely traffic free island of Hydra. To make the stay even better was the welocome at the Hotel Mistral. The rooms were spotless although compact and the breakfast every morning was always a pleasant surpise. Definately worth the long journey."
- Travel date: 19th September 2007
Pleasant stay at Mistral
"We stayed at Mistral some years ago, and when we decided to celebrate my father's birthday in Hydra, the choice of hotel was pretty easy. Most rooms at Mistral are as spacious and nicely decorated as seen on their homepage, but a couple of them are rather small and crumpy. (As was the one my sister got on the 2nd floor.) Try to request a spacious room upon booking. I had a superior double on the first floor which for the occasion served as a 3-bedded room, and that was excellent; still plenty of space and light as it also had 2 windows. My parents superior room on the top floor was also very nice. It is true that the rooms are not very sound-proof, most noise coming from the corridor through the door. It shouldn't be much of a problem though, as we speak of a small hotel with most clients being adult couples - at least as far as I could judge. Breakfast was home-made, but not very exciting, if - as was the occasion with the kids- you don't like today's menu, there isn't much of a different choice. Service was excellent, both the owners and Katerina working in the reception were all very helpful. They arranged for the birthday cake and had it delivered to restaurant we were dining at (Vigla, hope to find them again next year), arranged for manicure at the hotel, and Katerina even ironed my mother's dress herself when she asked where she could have it done! I see that the estimation of distance from the port vary quite a bit i the reviews on this site, and I will not add any opinion about how many meters it is, but it is a good five minutes walk, that's for sure. Except from Vigla (new 2007- situated one level up at the turn of the port bay after the bell tower) serving international /asiatic food from the hands of the beautiful true chef wife of the owner, you should try Geitoniko, traditional Greek kitchen, just off the Plateia where Xeri Elia is located."
- Travel date: 19th September 2007
"Coming from Athens with the dolphin we stayed at Hydra for four nights. We paid Eur 100 incl breakfast for a double which is ok. The rooms at the hotel are nice, although not big (but I think you can find all sizes there, so check in advance - our friends paid the same price for smaller room though). Our room (24) had a small fridge, safe, air-conditioning (ours apparently wasn't working on arrival but was fixed without even asking until the evening) and small TV. The room had a small balcony, just enough for two people standing there but nice for putting the towels there in the evening. Apparently there is also a terrace allocated to some rooms. The hotel has a nice location, it's 5 minutes walking from harbour, but easily accessible without too many steps. When arriving, you first see the beautiful garden where breakfast is served. It feels great sitting there in the morning or before going out for dinner. Also the lobby is very nicely decorated. Breakfast was amazing, with different meals changing every days (cake, something salty, hard-boiled egg, jam and white bread, cornflakes is the usualy daily range I think) and you can ask for wrapping to take it with you. The owners Jenny and Theo are friendly but determined, what I particularly liked is the quick response to emails. Also the other staff was very nice. We could also purchase drinks during the day and sit in the garden; sitting there after going out however not recommended. For dinner I would recommend "Amalia" and "Christina" for great local food at good value and "Omnilos" for something more stylish and expensive."
- Travel date: 14th September 2007
What a gem!
"What a gem! Hotel Mistral offers everything you expect from a family run hotel. A warm welcome and individuality combined with a courteous service has you relaxed and comfortable from the word go. The extensive homemade breakfast in the beautifully landscaped courtyard provides a perfect start for exploring this stunning island. Only a few minutes walk from the charming, car free, hustle and bustle of Hydra town harbour Hotel Mistral provides the best of both worlds. A quite place for rest and relaxation as well as an ideal starting point to explore the picturesque alleyways, shops, tavernas and beaches of Hydra Island. Thoroughly recommended!"
- Travel date: 12th September 2007
Peace and Quiet - Starting a Vacation the Right Way
"After an overnight stay in Piraeus, Hydra Island was our first extended stay in Greece. We loved the Hotel Mistral and the island. Except for a few municipal vehicles, there are no cars. People walk, bike, or take donkeys. We enjoyed hiking to the monastery, walking to the nearby towns, watching the sunsets, and just sitting at an outdoor cafe at the main harbor and people watching. The Hotel Mistral had an outdoor dining area with lots of plants. It was an oasis on the island. The staff were friendly and helpful. A Greek friend recommended the hotel and island. We're glad we listened to him!"
- Travel date: 13th August 2007
A Home Away From Home
"My Girlfriend and I decided to travel to Hydra for a wonderful get-away from the bustling city of Athens. We took the Dolphin (speed boats) to the Island. When we got there we hadn't booked a room, and unfortunately we had no idea where should we go. Well, a little futher up from the port we ran into the Wonderful Mistra Hotel. I have to say it was probably one of the best hotels I have stayed at in Greece. Just like at other grand hotels Mistra Hotel offered many of the same services. The difference with this Hotel is that it felt like you never left home. Our room was extremely clean, the front desk agent was very helpful, and best of all, the breakfast was better than any five-star hotel breakfast. I highly recommend it. Everything is home-made. And all of this for only 80 euro! So if anybody is planning on going to Hydra, head over to Mistra Hotel. Elefterios Plevrakis"
- Travel date: 1st August 2007
A great place to stay
"Mistral is a fantastic B&B place. Clean, comfortable, quiet, welcoming. The owners, Jenny and Theofilos Saitis are outstanding hosts and run a great operation focused on their guests quality of experience. The rooms are clean, albeit couple of them are be a bit small by US standards. All have individually controlled quiet A/C units, a small refrigerator, a small TV, phone, and a safe. The bathrooms are comfortable. Mistral is 4-5 minutes walking distance from the harbor. The breakfast varies every day and it's a great way to start the day. The B&B blends nicely with the tranquility and beauty of Hydra. In terms of rates it's probably the best value in the whole island. We will definitely go back to Mistral; in fact we are looking forward to it."
- Travel date: 10th July 2007
Heaven on Earth
"Hydra is incredibly beautiful, heaven on earth! The hotel Mistral is THE perfect place if you are looking for a totally relaxing and confort place for your vacation. Jenny and her husband Theo, owners of the hotel, were extremely nice, friendly and helpful.The breakfast, which was served in the courtyard, was very very good and everything was daily prepared by the owners. The rooms are very neat and have all the conmforts you need. We strongly reccommend a vacation at Hydra and at the Mistral Hotel!!! Alessandra and Francesco (Rome, Italy)"
- Travel date: 8th July 2007
Charming Hotel in Hydra
"Very welcoming, v helpful staff, relaxing, v quiet, very clean, baby friendly, 2 mins walk from harbour but still tucked away. Would stay again without hesitation. Top notch for greece & hydra. re Hydra most eating places good. more expensive than other islands, classy in places. - do not get the dolphin ferry on a day when the sea is anything other than calm - get the big ferry. The most unpleasant sea crossing ever, v hot, bumpy to the point where standing is difficult and very scarey. I do train, planes, autos & boats all the time - but i will only get on one of these again when i have to! Very good french/ greek/ oriental restaurant at the end of harbour - Vigla. if you go to hydra you must to eat here. Hydra is quite expensive, sometimes very expensive (Â£10 for a coffee at some places - though you can get the same coffee for Â£1 at other places). Very busy at weekend because people visit from athens."
- Travel date: 8th July 2007
A Warm Welcome
"We arrived on 23rd June during the heat wave, and found the welcome equally as warm at this beautifully kept and managed hotel. The perfect location in Hydra, a short walk from the Marina. Our room was very clean, air conditioned and comfortable. The staff are realy courteous and do everything to assist you to relax during your stay. Highly recommended. Colin & Lisa Fleming"
- Travel date: 30th June 2007
The Perfect Island Holiday
"Well - what can I say. This was a really amazing experience. It's the sort of place you want to stay at when you're on an Island Holiday. A chain hotel is okay when you're in the metropolis, but when you're on the island, this is just the place. The best way to describe it is as an upmarket, bed and breakfast, with the utmost attention to the smallest detail. It's a charming property to begin with, with the owners Theo and Jenny adding so much to the character and charm of the place. Breakfast is served in their lovely courtyard and is complete with eggs and bread and complemented with some wonderful croissants and Greek delicacies baked by Theo himself. Jenny and Theo really do make an effort to make this a complete experience for their guests - not just at their property, but on Hydra itself. Their recommendations on where to eat, which beach to visit are spot on. Locationwise - it's about a 3 minute walk from the port - away from the hustle of arriving and departing boats, and amidst the wonderfully charming cobbled streets of Hydra Town. All in all - we really enjoyed our visit and are glad we chose the Mistral. For someone who's looking to stay at a small, charming family run property - which is professional at the same time - this is just the place. And I cannot stress enough how Theo and Jenny make the place complete with their personal attention. If you're going to Hydra - go and stay at the Mistral."
- Travel date: 27th June 2007
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