Hotel Alkyon

Written by on April 12, 2012 in I Eat Greece, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – The serene environment of the village of Mega Gialo, Syros, Greece

How I heard of this place: We knew we wanted to visit Syros, the capital of the Cycladic Islands, so Chris began checking reviews on Trip Advisor for a nice, removed and relaxing spot from which to relax and enjoy the beauty of this treasured island.

Type of cuisine: A set menu for our continental breakfast, we were offered seats either inside the dining hall or on the covered balcony, overlooking the beach of Mega Gialo. We started outside, and decided to move to a table indoors, yet next to the open double-doors that continue to overlook the waters of the Mediterranean.

Ambiance: “The Alkyon is set in a small oasis, in the middle of the countryside, with endless sea views. One is truly captivated with its traditional Cycladic architecture, amazing hospitality and absolutely peaceful environment. We welcome you and we leave you to enjoy the special hospitality. The Alkyon is more than a hotel, it’s [your Mediterranean] “home away from home”. The clean, crisp, white, marbled stairways with fresh, blue railings, arched doorways and a tasteful country-style home setting in the dining hall, sparsely decorated with local ceramics and pottery, do create a feeling, at once, of being home.

What I ordered: Being the only guests in the hotel that evening, our breakfast was private and simple, including two warm, buttery and flaky croissants, two slices of vanilla pound cake, a basket of bread, orange juice, Greek yogurt and individual packets of honey and strawberry jam. Our choice between coffee and tea was brought to our table, with individual carafes of hot water for our black tea, along with packets of sugar.

What I loved: The warmed croissant was the hightlight, followed by pound cake dipped in hot tea.

Why I loved it: Our French host and her Greek (born and raised in Syros) husband offer a very hospitable and genuinely family-oriented stay in their hotel. Being their only guests, they also offered us a ride back to town (free of charge) in order that we might be spared the expense of a taxi (approximately €13-€15 for the ride from ferry terminal during this low season).

Cost: Covered in the cost of the hotel

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