More about Cavo Tagoo Hotel Mykonos Island
Overall, the Hotel Cavo Tagoo was a nice hotel in Mykonos. The pictures on their website are accurate reflections of the hotel. The room was booked on Orbitz which provided a lower price than the published rate on the Cavo Tagoo website as well as quoted rates from travel agents in Greece. We stayed for three days in the second half of September 2005.
Drawbacks that we experienced –
- Shuttle bus driver did not arrive at the airport to pick us up despite the confirmed pick up time.
- Room was not available at the published check in time. The front desk requested that we wait an hour and the room would be ready. An hour and a half later we checked with them again. Not ready. An hour later we returned. Still not ready. One more hour – room was ready.
-Staff – not the friendliest. We were there near the end of the season and most of the staff appeared to be burned out. We could understand why, when we saw the same people working in the restaurant when we went for breakfast and again at the end of the night when we wandered through the bar/restaurant on our way to our room.
-Restaurant – We decided to have dinner there one night and we were disappointed in the quality of the food and the initial level of service. Sadly, this was the worst meal that we had on our trip and were genuinely surprised since the breakfasts were so good. I should add that there was one woman working that was serving everyone in the restaurant (the five other staff members available were chatting behind the bar and ignored the guests). But then the hotel manager/owner arrived with a special guest. She appeared to be with a travel or tour agency and as a result we were able to listen to his sales pitch on the hotel. And as one would guess… the level of service after that was quite amazing!
- Traffic – The hotel was located quite close to Mykonos town. Approximately a 10 to 15 minute walk. Unfortunately, the level of traffic on this street was pretty high. It is a somewhat curvy two lane road with shoulders for walking along. During the day it was heavily congested but walkable. At night, the route became a little more dangerous. A couple of blind corners and an unlit road made the walk a bit more of an adventure than one would like.
On the way to the town, there is a landfill or perhaps a land reclamation plan going into effect. During the business week, dump trucks stream to and from the landfill area (located mid way between the town and the hotel). Perhaps the traffic level will go down once this is complete.
-The breakfast buffet was surprisingly good and was included in the room price. Great variety.
- Room was quite small and decorated sparingly but was very nice nonetheless. It possessed a canopy bed and French doors which opened to a nice size (two chairs and a table) balcony. From within the room and from the balcony one could overlook the sea, view both ship terminals and the town. The room did have a refrigerator, air conditioning, and a small refrigerator. The hotel supplied a variety of toiletries in the bathroom.
-Well maintained hotel, quite beautiful. Interesting nooks and cranny’s around the area.
-Swimming Pool – very nice area.
Suggestions – If you have difficulty climbing stairs, be sure to advise the hotel of this when making a reservation. The hotel consists of several separate buildings built on a hillside. If my memory serves, we counted 181 steps to reach our room which was located on the top level of the hotel. During our stay we did locate some elevators, which would take a person up to the second or third level (depending on the elevator). There are rooms available which would be accessible to handicapped and disabled.
AUTHENTIC TAGOO ELEGANCE
Twenty years after my first visit, I revisited the Cavo Tagoo Hotel on Mykonos in 2005 for the 5th time and was delighted with upscale renovations and new amenities. Resting in my elegant white room with large balcony overlooking bodies lounging at the deep blue ocean water pool above deeper blue sea, time again stopped. Over two weeks, with a family from Japan experiencing Mykonos for the first time, we were delighted with the professional and personal service at the hotel - among the best in the world (from Copacabana to Grande Bretagne). The 10 minute walk to town provides diversion and exercise (taxis available). Each day, we either rested by the pool, or travelled to beautiful pristine beaches. The food in the restaurant was superb - I ate a turkey burger (sauce, no bun)three times, and it was an incredible culinary discovery. I'm probably going back for the 6th visit this year or next.
15 times in This Hotel
I have been staying at this hotel since 1995. Prior to 1995 I have stayed at three other hotels. The difference at Cavo Tagoo is its location – a 15 minute walk to downtown.
There is a panoramic view of the harbor and outlying islands. It is everything a traveler could want. Rooms have balconies, internet ready, air-conditioned and comfortable beds.
Rated 4-star by travel agents, I give it five. Staff is knowledgeable, polite and helpful. This is a unique hotel; almost no two rooms are alike.
Our Honeymoon Experience
We just got home from our seven day stay at Cavo Tagoo. We were quite nervous when we arrived at the airport and the taxi driver told us that Cavo Tagoo was not open! Luckily, the taxi driver was wrong however, it is currently in the process of renovation. We arrived to the hotel and with great surprise, there was construction workers everywhere, loud "construction noises" and dirt and dust everywhere! We had booked our rooms on expedia and were not notified that all of this was currently going on. We booked a "superior room"at the highest point of the hotel. When we got to our room we were on the bottom floor and there was no view what so ever. The room was apparently not finished and there was still wet paint in the bathroom that I accidentally slipped on while trying to get into the shower. Unfortantely the airconditioning did not work as well as the television. I was very upset and went up to the front desk to complain and request a new room. The staff felt aweful and wanted to help but there was nothing available. They told us they would be able to change our room the next day. They also gave us a 20% discount on our room that night for the inconvinience. We decieded to walk to town that night and get some dinner. The road to town is quite narrow and really dark! The cars and bikes will hit you if you don't run to get out of their way! One of the taxi's actually hit my husbands elbow with their sideview mirror of the car. This was not a good experience at all. We timed the walk and it is 15 min.'s We recommend having the front desk call you a taxi if you need a ride to town. It should cost about three Euro to town ( it is worth it, trust me!) Right now they are currently putting new black top on that road so-don't walk unless you have to. A couple times we needed a taxi and there was none available. The staff at Cavo Tagoo drove us to town so we would not have to walk! The next day we got a new room and to our surprise, it was WONDERFUL! It was on the third level, breathtaking view and my favorite part was the bathroom. The bathroom had a window above the tub that opened up with a breathtaking view! We took very romantic baths together with the window open while the sun set everyday- it was paradise! There is no doubt that when this hotel is finished it will be absolutely breathtaking. The inside lobby is all white and very beautiful-fresh-modern. The staff was very friendly and always had a smile on their face when you walk by. Although they had no brochures on the island to offer, they were able to give good recomendations. Niko's was one of the restaurants recommended to us and it was fantastic! The prices at Nikos were surprisingly cheap too! The most fresh fish I have ever eaten! Overall, Cavo Tagoo was a great place to stay. Unfortunately for us we got off to a rocky start with some bad timing; but in the end we were pleased. I would recommend a close friend or family member to stay at this hotel as long as they were going five months from now or later-otherwise be prepared for construction!!
The BEST hotel on the Greek Islands
Based on the recommendations of TripAdvisor, we booked this hotel and once again we were well-advised.
We absolutely LOVED this hotel as it was one of the best rooms we have stayed in ever, considering we are avid travellers. A special thank you to Elie the Reservation Manager for making our stay such a wonderful one! The staff were very helpful and friendly in this hotel.
We arrived in Mykonos via the ferry and was picked up immediately by the complimentary shuttle bus service by Cavo Tagoo. We stayed in their newly modeled luxury suite which was modernly decorated with beautiful furnishings (we loved the fuschia furniture contrasted against the whitewashed flooring and walls) - apparently this room was newly renovated as of August 2005.
The room was very HUGE and had lots of space. There were two double-doors for the balcony which provided a beautiful view of the sea. The canopy bed was a beautiful touch. The washroom was very large with a super-soaker BATHTUB and a separate shower. The soundproofing was excellent so we were well-rested.
The breakfast had alot of choice and offered both hot and cold foods, one of the best we had on our whole European trip.
The only drawback we could really think of was the 10-minute walk into town but to be honest, we really didn't mind and quite enjoyed the walk as it offered a beautiful view of Mykonos.
This was a wonderful hotel and we did not want to leave. We look forward to our future visits to Mykonos and we will definitely stay at the Cavo Tagoo again. This hotel is definitely worth it!
Flashy But Not Finished...
We arrived late on June 1st to find the hotel under contruction. Upon arrival we found out that this was the very FIRST night they were open after a major renovation. Even though it was late, there were workers everywhere, wires hanging from the ceiling and the place was clearly not complete. The place looks great at first glance. When we made our reservation & it was confirmed, we were not told that we would be among the first guests after re-opening. Our room smelled of paint & there was construction debris on the bathroom floor. The air conditioning did not work and even though it was cool with the windows open, the Mosquitos ate me up at night. We were told they would fix the A/C but it never happened - much to our dismay.
There were workers swarming the pool and all areas of the hotel. A worker simply walked into our room at 7 AM without knocking and woke us.
The hotel was clearly not ready for business and the staff was not trained to deal with this. Although the manager was nice enough to make an adjustment to the bill when we asked nicely, I would avoid Cavo Tagoo until next season. It will be the place to be seen, but for now its simply a construction zone. On past trips I have stayed in the Plato Yiallis area which is much quieter and next trip - I will choose that area again. Cavo Tagoo is on a noisy road and walking to town is taking your life in your hands.
Nice hotel - lots of hip flash - but not relaxing.
Beautiful, Relaxing, Wonderful!
We just returned from a fabulous trip to the Greek Islands. Our first stop from Athens was Cavo Tagoo. We were so excited on arrival - the hotel met & exceeded all my expectations. The previous few reviews have mentioned construction, but that wasn't noticable to us, they must have finished most of it. They haven't finished the spa yet, but it is in the basement area under the lobby so any ongoing construction there shouldn't affect the guests.
Our room was a Superior Double and was located just above the pool. From our balcony, we had a view of the pool, the Sea, and a partial view of the town. The bathroom was awesome... which is never to be taken for granted while in Europe!!
The hotel location was very nice also. It is about a 10 - 15 minute walk into town and it can be a little scary at times. We had no qualms walking into town, but were always a little more wary leaving town around dusk. However, it was great to be close enough to walk, yet far enough to not be affected by the late night partying.
The food was great... if a little pricey. Breakfast buffet is included and was one of the nicest spreads we saw in Greece, far more than you would expect for something that was included in the room price. Drinks at the pool bar were also kind of expensive (10E), but I think it is that way everywhere on the island.
The service was always pleasant and helpful. The atmosphere is very relaxing, yet upbeat - sort of reminded us of the Carribbean. The hotel itself is beautiful. Lastly, the beds were comfortable... the best we had the whole trip.
I would wholeheartedly recommend staying here!
p.s. the only problem we had was getting to the hotel. I should have arranged a transfer so I would recommend anyone to do this - even if you are staying at a different hotel. They don't really have good maps so we didn't know which direction to head from the port, then ran into a long cab line because day trippers from the cruise ships were headed to the beach. We finally found an older man on a 3 wheeled flat bed to take us to the hotel... thankfully! Next time, we'll arrange with the hotel to pick us up!
Amazing- it's true!
Where do I begin! To say the least, the staff were absolutely wonderful. They accommodated the "honeymooners" quite well. I even, stupidly, blew the fuse in the room which the staff were very gracious about. The room itself, although small, had a spectacular view. We also had a thatch style roof over the balcony which helped a lot with the sun.
the breakfast was also teriffic. There was no other place we stayed at in europe that had that kind of spread. Beware of the tourist groups - some barge in like cattle!
The walk into town was only 10 minutes. Although it was on the main road, it really wasn't bad- Boston, DC and NY are worse.
Beautiful hotel and renovations should be finished by now!
We arrived on June 9 and the finishing touches were still taking place in the lobby. The place has just undergone a complete renovation and things were clearly running a little late. It didn't really bother us though, and by the end of the week of our stay, pretty much everything looked like it was done. We realised the day after our arrival that the reason for the mad rush to finish the lobby was for a photo shoot for Greek Vogue!
We took the very basic level room and it was lovely. We got something right up the top of the complex (bad if you hate steps, but fantastic if you want to be away from the main road out front and have a great view of the sea). The bathroom could have done with a bit of a makeover, but the rest of the room was absolutely new. New bed linen, new towels, new bed and new paintjob. We felt like (and probably were) the first people to stay in the room post-renovation.
The pool here is a really nice size with towels provided. There is also a good bar right next to it. The barman was very relaxed. He was more than happy to provide a cork screw to open your own bottle of wine for your room, or lend you champagne or wine glasses for the same thing.
Breakfasts were excellent and included in the rate - really nice range in the buffet - enough to suit most tastes I would have thought. Even better, you could get breakfast until 11am so no early starts after a late night out the evening before.
If you hire a car, there is on street parking just near the hotel driveway. We found we could find parking space there every day, although it may be a bit more challenging in August peak season.
The only real downside here was the short walk into Mykonos town. It is only a 10-15 minute stroll but it is on a very main road and you feel like you take your life into your own hands when buses go past. We were fine negotiating our way down, but this could certainly upset some people. A cab into town or back only cost about 3 euro which is nothing. However, it's more a problem of getting the cab - especially from town in the evening when there is usually a very large queue.
So overall, we were very impressed. For those of you planning to go from August onwards, I suspect absolutely everything will be done and you will find yourself with a fresh and bright newly renovated hotel. I will certainly go there again.
A little piece of hell in paradise...
Wow, where to even start with how terrible this hotel was! We stayed here after a fantastic stay in a wonderful hotel (Hotel Ira) in Santorini. It was the difference between night and day.
First off, upon check-in a friend of ours travelling with us (we were a group of 5) was told that her "agency" had cancelled her reservation and booked her at another hotel. She booked the hotel through Orbitz. The clerks behind the desk called the local travel agency so that she could find out what happened. They told her that the hotel was overbooked and that the hotel bumped her. Oddly enough, at the exact same time 4 guests next to us had the same thing happen to them! They booked through a different online travel agency. The hotel told them their agency had changed them. When they called into town they were told the same thing that the hotel had bumped them. The hotel was insistent that it was not their fault. The closest our friend was able to get to our hotel was a 10 minute walk. And the hotel was not the equivelent star rating.
While checking into our room we were told that we had a standard double. I luckily had my confirmation which showed that we had a superior double. The clerk said that it was her mistake and gave us a key. Our other friends also had a superior double. We checked in and went down to the pool. We started talking to our other two friends to find out about their room. They showed it to us and it was amazing, phenomenally better then ours even though we had booked the same type of room! When we went to the front desk to inquire they first said that our friends had booked it (even though at check-in the front desk said they were in the same style room as us) and then told us that our agency (Expedia) did not book the type of room we had asked for and that they had sent us the confirmation for. As it turns out, the hotel had upgraded them to a suite. After some back and forth they offered to upgrade us to a suite the next night but wanted us to be aware that the fares had gone up and it would be 277 Euros a night!!! So much for customer service. We decided to drown our sorrows in a cocktail by the pool...
The staff all around was less then stellar. The front desk smiled but we got the distinct impression that they were fake. The bartender didn't smile at all. We ordered a couple of pina coladas and went to the lounge chairs. At one point the wind picked up and my fiance's drink was blown off the table and crashed on the ground. He got up and told the bartender about it and asked for another one. The bartender grudgingly made it. (Upon check out we found out that they charged us for it!) It took the staff, no kidding, 10 minutes before they picked up the glass around the lounge chair and another 10 before someone mopped the area clean.
The hotel is still under construction. The spa was not finished. This made it that much more incredible that the price of the rooms would go up when the hotel wasn't even finished!
There were a few bright sides. The hotel's all white decor with splashes of color were very aesthetic. Also, the breakfast spread was amazing. They served all of the normal continental items (breads, cheeses, meats) but also Greek treats, eggs (fried or scrampled) sausage, bacon, etc... The walk into town was only about 10 minutes, not bad at all. A taxi back after a late night was only around 5 Euro. Beware, the walk into town is quite a life changing (threatenting?) experience - no sidewalks. Makes for great "I came this close" stories...
I wouldn't ever, ever, stay at this hotel again. There are SO many hotels, this one isn't worth the outrageous fares their charging. If it was the last hotel in the entire area, I would take my chances on the beach. Also, there's a land reclamation project going on so some of your view is going to be spoiled by dirt and dump trucks. If you stay here, confirm with the hotel your reservation before you arrive so you're not surprised.