The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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Mykonos is one of the Mediterranean’s most popular island destinations, and it also happens to be one of the hottest gay scenes in the world. The island fills up with visitors – both straight and gay – every summer.
Due to its overwhelming popularity, Mykonos can be an expensive place to stay. Peak season rates will always be high, especially if you are staying in the main town (known as Chora) or on one of the more popular gay hotels or beach resorts.
Mykonos is internationally known for its gay culture and hedonistic party scene. As such pretty much all accommodation in Mykonos is gay-friendly. Gay people on the island will not raise any eyebrows, and you can generally feel comfortable and safe here.
In other parts of Greece, it would be advisable for you to be careful and discreet to avoid any hassle. As a traditionally religious and conservative country, Greece does lag behind the rest of Europe in terms of social acceptance of homosexuality and visibility of gay issues.
Since the vast majority of Mykonos gay nightlife is located in Chora, all the gay-friendly hotels in this list are based in and around Mykonos town (gaybourhood). It is a small town, with everything being within walking distance to each other – do bear in mind, however, that “walking distance” could still mean tackling an incredibly steep hill or two.
If you are planning to explore other areas in Mykonos – which you should, especially the gay-friendly beaches of Elia and Super Paradise – you’ll want to stay near one of the bus stations. Each is located at one end of the town, so consider where you’re likely to be going during your stay – the northern station, for instance, runs services to Elia, while the southern one goes to Super Paradise.
♥ Stylish 4-star “straight-friendly” hotel, one of the town’s biggest gay hotspots
♥ Incredible sunset terrace hosts gay events
♥ All rooms have a small balcony, terraces and showstopping sea views
Elysium is one of the most popular gay hotels in Mykonos, and for good reason. This stylish 4-star is “straight-friendly”, but is very much one of the town’s biggest gay hotspots during the summer peak season. This is thanks in part to its poolside terrace bar, which combines some of the island’s most stunning sunsets with drag shows, parties, and more.
The hotel itself is modern and low-key. The rooms are decorated in a refreshing and minimalist style, with an entirely white color scheme offset by pieces of contemporary art. They come in two categories, with the Superior rooms being considerably larger. All rooms have at least a small balcony, although some have larger terraces and some have lovely sea views.
All guests get complimentary access to a small gym as well as to sauna, hydromassage, and steam room facilities.
Elysium is located a little outside the main town center, but it’s still only a 15-minute walk to seaside gay bars like Babylon. The location on top of a hill makes reaching the hotel a climb, but it is also the reason for its exceptional views.
The staff are one of the best things about Elysium. Not only are they attentive and friendly, but they are also a great source of gay insider knowledge about the island. Overall, the rates at Elysium are relatively high for Mykonos standards, but there is nowhere better to stay if you want to be right in the middle of Mykonos gay life.
♥ Uniquely stylish rooms with great amenities and Instagram-perfect pool
♥ Rooms come with a sea view and many come with a private jacuzzi
♥ Excellent drinking and dining throughout the resort
♥ The main gay nightlife is about a half-hour walk, which is why you may need to hire a vehicle during your stay
Andronikos Hotel is a stylish boutique resort located outside of Mykonos town. With beautiful rooms, modern facilities, and attentive service, it is a great choice for those who just want to relax and forget about the world. It is also the third highest-ranked hotel in Mykonos town on TripAdvisor and very popular with gay visitors.
The rooms are stunning, blending classic Greek island style with contemporary design and lighting. Even the smallest category, the Cocoon Rooms, are supremely comfortable and beautifully designed with fluid curves and natural materials. Rooms come with a Sea View, Garden View, or Pool View, and several have their own private jacuzzi.
Andronikos features a lovely outdoor pool as well as excellent spa and fitness facilities. The gym is particularly noteworthy, with a good selection of cardio and weights equipment. The hotel is adults-only, which means no kids running around the pool, even during peak season.
The hotel has an award-winning modern Greek restaurant, as well as a more casual all-day dining options served at the bars. The Sky Bar is a relatively new addition, and makes for a great place for a sunset cocktail.
The main gay nightlife area in town is about a half-hour walk away, which is why many guests choose to hire a bike during their stay. There is a shuttle service to town twice a day, one in the morning and one in the evening, but you’ll have to get a taxi back. The hotel is about a 15-minute walk to Megali Ammos, a quiet if not a particularly scenic local beach.
♥ The Sea View rooms and Traditional Windmill suite for a group of 4 people are worth the extra money (very Instagramable)
♥ Excellent location for enjoying Mykonos town and gay bars
♥ Boutique vibe with a jaw-dropping view from the infinity pool
This five-star hotel is a family-owned business and offers impeccable, friendly service alongside a trendy and youthful vibe. It is located just outside the main bustle of Chora, with the fun of the main town only a 5-minute downhill walk away. However, the hotel’s lovely whitewashed building and minimalist design make the place feel quiet and peaceful, even in the middle of peak season.
Although on the smaller side, the rooms are stylish and pleasant, blending natural materials with luxury amenities. These include a 32” TV, Illy espresso machine, high-quality linens, mini-fridge and laptops for personal use on request. The Sea View rooms and suites are worth the extra money, and the Traditional Windmill suite – which houses four guests – is particularly atmospheric.
There is a gorgeous outdoor infinity pool for lounging, and a very basic gym with cardio equipment. The hotel serves an excellent buffet breakfast as well as tasty food throughout the day at the poolside bar.
♥ Excellently located in Mykonos town, all of the town’s gay nightlife is less than 15 mins walk
♥ Showstopping view of Mykonos city from the infinity pool
♥ Delicious Greek dishes served the in-house restaurant, look at that view
This charming boutique hotel radiates Cycladean style, with a decor that manages to be traditional without ever feeling old-fashioned. The vibe is more cozy than avant-garde, but touches of contemporary design – like the incredible infinity pool – make the place feel fresh and modern.
The rooms come in a variety of sizes and styles. The most basic ones are based in lovely cottages around the garden, while the Sea View rooms have incomparable views of the island and the Aegean. All have their own private balcony or terrace.
The staff is extremely helpful and the hotel offers a range of services to help you book transport and activities throughout the island. The on-site restaurant, Karavaki, is an excellent spot serving authentic Greek dishes all day long.
As mentioned above, the pool is Vencia’s best feature, offering spectacular sunset views and plenty of comfy lounging space. Spa and wellness treatments are also on offer, and the hotel has an in-house personal trainer you can hire to keep you fit during your stay.
Vencia is excellently located in Mykonos town. All of the town gay nightlife is less than 15 minutes away, so you won’t need to rely on taxis during your stay.
♥ Impeccable location, swimming pool, and jaw-dropping sea views
♥ 10 mins walk from Mykonos Town gayborhood
♥ Two popular gay hotspots like Babylon and Jackie O are just 15 mins walk
Hotel Alkyon is located on a hill overlooking the town, giving it privileged views of Mykonos and the Aegean sea. These are best seen from a lounger on the relaxing pool terrace, preferably during a perfect sunset and with a cocktail in hand.
Rooms are decorated in a classic Greek island style, with tones of white and pale blue. The Sea View rooms are particularly lovely, with large French doors leading to a private balcony with a show-stopping view. The Standard rooms are quite small and don’t have views, but the beds are great across the board, and everything is kept impeccably clean and up to date.
A tasty, fresh, and varied breakfast is served every morning on a terrace overlooking the sea, with food available from the bar throughout the day. There is no gym, but the walk up the hill to the hotel is sure to count towards your daily cardio.
Mykonos town gay bars like Babylon and Jackie O are just a 15-minute walk away. Furthermore, there is a bus stop just opposite the hotel, making it extremely easy to get around with public transport. A free shuttle service runs regularly between the hotel, the port, and the airport.
♥ Perfect location for sightseeing, partying and exploring the nearby islands
♥ Extremely easy and convenient access to gay-popular Super Paradise beach
♥ Only 6 mins walk to Mykonos windmills, Little Venice, and 10 mins to Elysium sunset bar
Ilio Maris is one of the longest-standing hotels on the island, which means the hotel’s lovely and attentive staff know what they’re doing. A 2010 renovation has helped keep the place looking fresh. It combines traditional Cycladean design – whitewashed walls, natural materials like stone and wood – with clean, modern lines and a minimalist aesthetic.
The rooms are decorated in a unique style, with cool grey textured walls and modern furnishings. The Sea View rooms come with a private balcony, as do some of the Family and Triple rooms. The latter category overlooks the swimming pool and is well-suited to friends traveling together.
Said swimming pool is large and offers excellent views of the sea, and a swanky poolside bar is on hand to keep you cool with iced drinks. The continental breakfast is very good, with a wide variety of options.
The hotel is a short walk from Little Venice and the island’s iconic windmills and about 15 minutes from the town’s gay nightlife. Even better, Chora’s Southern Bus Station is under a 5-minute walk, giving you extremely easy and convenient access to gay-popular Super Paradise beach and the island’s main resort hub, Platys Gialos.
♥ Excellent location and walking distance to Little Venice, the windmills
♥ Walking distance to popular gay hotspots like Kastro’s, Babylon, and Jackie O, free shuttle service available
♥ Check out one of the rooms with a private rooftop hot tub when booking
Poseidon is an excellent 4-star resort located a short walk from Little Venice, the windmills, and popular gay spots like Kastro’s, Katerina’s, Babylon, and Jackie O. Much of the hotel has been very recently renovated, making it look brand new.
In the rooms, this renovation has focused on the Plus rooms (the cheapest category), which means you are guaranteed a stylish stay no matter what your budget. The Plus and Deluxe rooms feature colorful blue decor, while the Superior rooms boast a warmer and cozier palette. Gorgeous sea views can be found across the board.
Poseidon prides itself on its breakfast, and rightly so – the choice is ample and the food is fresh and delicious. The saltwater pool has a beautiful view of the sea and the poolside bar is a particularly pleasant place to while away the hours.
The hotel offers a free shuttle to and from the ports and airport, and is extremely close to the Southern Bus Station serving Super Paradise beach, Platys Gialos, and Ornos fishing village.
♥ Pool villa with outdoor hot tub perfect for groups of 4 to 7 people
♥ Beachside location with pool, plus it’s also close to town and gay bars
♥ Free shuttle service to and from the port or airport
♥ The hotel takes the island’s pure white decor to a whole new level, very Instagrammable
The Mykonos Bay takes the island’s pure white aesthetic to a whole new level, resulting in a beautiful (and very Istagrammable) decor. As a result of its gorgeous look and excellent beachside location, this chic resort is one of the highest-rated hotels in Mykonos on both Booking.com and TripAdvisor.
Indeed, The Mykonos Bay sits right on Megali Ammos, a small and quiet beach just south of Mykonos town. This is one of the best locations on the island if you want to be close to the town while still having immediate access to some sea and sand. It feels removed from the town, but Babylon and Jackie O, on the other side of Chora, are just a 20-minute walk from the hotel.
The rooms are understated, with all-white decor and the occasional nod to Greek classicism. They all have good amenities and many have excellent sea views. There is a wide range of larger rooms that are ideal for friends – the four-person suite with hot tub and the six-person annex suite with hot tub and private pool are particularly great choices.
The pool is large and directly overlooks the beach, meaning you can choose whether to lounge poolside or seaside. There is a delicious and fresh breakfast available in the mornings, and a free shuttle service to and from the port or airport. This is combined with exceptional service and a lovely, attentive, and professional staff team.
♥ Popular gay nightlife hotspots like Babylon and Jackie O are just under 15 mins walk
♥ Excellent location ideal for exploring Mykonos and nearby islands as it’s 3 mins walk to the Old Port
♥ Look for the rooms with a private pool & balcony lounge overlooking the showstopping views
Porto Mykonos Hotel is located north of the town, positioning it close to the Old Port. This is ideal for connections with other Greek islands as well as for the Northern bus station, which provides public transport to gay Elia Beach and more. Meanwhile, popular Chora nightlife spots like Babylon, Jackie O, and At54 are all under a 15-minute walk.
The hotel has a classic Cycleadean style, with whitewashed walls and a great view overlooking the bustling port. Some of the rooms are a bit basic or dated, so you are better off going for a higher category of room.
The friendly, welcoming staff are one of the hotel highlights, along with an excellent location. This is a great hotel for those looking to make the most of Mykonos as a whole, rather than those who want to chill out at a resort.
♥ Great central location for bus stations with transport links to the nearby island beaches
♥ At54, a popular gay dance club & bar is just 5 mins walk
♥ Large outdoor hot tub, which is surrounded by a pool
Carbonaki Hotel is a family-run boutique hotel located more or less in the middle of Mykonos town. This places it within walking distance of the gay bars and clubs in town, but also of both bus stations with transport links to the other island beaches. At54 Club is just five minutes away, which is handy when getting back from a big night out.
The rooms are on the smaller side, but are very attractive and well-maintained. Go for a Superior room if you want a private balcony – alternatively, the shared courtyard terraces are very pleasant.
The hotel’s central feature is a large outdoor hot tub, which is surrounded by a pool. There is a bar, but the central location also means you are very close to some excellent bars and restaurants. The whole place has a very relaxed, laid-back vibe, and the staff are lovely.
♥ Gay hotspots like Jackie O and Babylon within a 15-minute walk
♥ Beautiful hillside location with showstopping views swimming pool
♥ Stylish, modern decor
♥ Excellent breakfast
Hermes Mykonos benefits from a stunning hillside location – it’s a steep trek to get there, but once you do, you are blessed with some exceptional views of the town and the Aegean sea. Luckily, the way down is easier, meaning you can reach gay hotspots like Jackie O and Babylon within a 15-minute walk.
The resort is stylish and well-appointed, with a large pool terrace overlooking the ocean and classy rooms. These are decorated with natural materials like stone and wood, combined with a monochrome color scheme and traditional Greek motifs. The Deluxe rooms, with their private balconies with sea view, and the Suites, with their gorgeous standalone stone bathtub, are especially worth booking.
There is a bar for your poolside drink needs, and an exceptional breakfast buffet served in the veranda every morning. The hotel also offers a complimentary airport pick-up service upon request.
♥ The gay nightlife of Mykonos town is less than 15 mins walk from here
♥ Perfect location for Chora and bus links
♥ Great value for money for a hotel in the city center
♥ Outdoor swimming pool, check out one of the rooms with a rooftop terrace when booking
Marisso Hotel (previously Little Rochari) is a friendly, family-run hotel located at the southern end of Chora. It features simple Cycledean design and everything you could need for a relaxing, authentically Greek stay with no extra frills. As such, it offers exceptional value for money.
The interiors are basic, with the classic white and blue minimalist palette found across the island. The rooms are extremely clean and comfortable, with the beds being particularly excellent. Most of the rooms have a balcony with sea view.
There is a lovely outdoor swimming pool (which is not a given for a 3-star in the town center) and breakfast is delicious. The staff is wonderful and fully dedicated to helping you make the most of your stay.
The hotel’s location is ideal for bus transfers to Super Paradise and Platys Gialos, as the Southern Bus Station is just around the corner. The gay nightlife of Mykonos town is a 10 to 15-minute walk.
♥ Gay nightlife is easily reached by foot, and the Elysium sunset bar is just 5 mins away
♥ Outdoor swimming pool, a private balcony overlooking the sea
♥ Excellent location, 10 mins walk from Little Venice, Windmills and many restaurants & cafes
Despotiko is still run by the family that founded it over forty years ago, making it one of the most long-standing establishments on the island. It is a boutique hotel with somewhat of a traditional vibe, perfect for those who like a bit of character with their hotel stays.
The rooms are decorated in a simple but elegant style, mixing pieces of vintage furniture with clean, modern lines. There are 40 rooms in total, all with a personal balcony overlooking the sea, pool, or garden.
The property is lovingly maintained, with a pretty garden and a large outdoor swimming pool. As you can expect from a long-running family hotel, the service is personal, welcoming, and extremely attentive.
Despotiko is located in the southern end of Chora, a short walk from the Southern Bus Station and Megali Ammos beach. The gay nightlife in the town center is easily reached by foot, and the Elysium sunset bar is just 5 minutes away.