This was the first time that we rented a vacation place for a full month, so naturally we were a little nervous that our expectations would be met. Unlike a hotel, simply switching properties was really not an option should something not be up to par.
Any apprehension on our end was totally unwarranted. The Mykonos condo was everything we hoped for.
The location is terrific. 4 blocks from the beach, and within an easy walk from State Street (downtown Santa Barbara). The setup is casual, yet tasteful. Most importantly, we immediately got a sense of being comfortable.
The condo is spacious, and both bedrooms are master size. 2 1/2 very nice, large bathrooms. The living space, dining area, and kitchen are all one big, open room, which is something we personally really liked. There are small patios throughout, but it was the rooftop deck (with a fireplace) that we used and enjoyed the most. Bottom-line, you are renting a very nice beach-area condo that is unpretentious, with all the amenities you could ask for.
For us, it was all we had hoped for, and we are already booked for next November.
Having said all that, some things that potential renters should be aware of:
* the cable / TV system is somewhat difficult to operate. There are written instructions, and TVs throughout the house, but a minor thing like that can be frustrating for some people.
* all of the bathrooms are on the 2nd floor, none on the living room level.
* the unit consists of 4 floors. Walking up and down stairs was not an issue for us, but for anyone with mobility problems, this could be of concern (there is an elevator on the far end of the property, if needed).
* Amtrack runs along this part of the CA coast line, and you will periodically hear trains come through until about 10 o'clock at night. After the 1st week, we no longer noticed this, but for anyone who is looking for seclusion, this would be an issue.