The Best Hotels in Ios, Greece
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Shoulder season is the time to see this picturesque Cycladic island, when its rock-carved retreats, sandy beaches and Aegean bays take on a sense of serenity.
Once a hippy magnet, the Greek Island of Ios has since gained itself a reputation for holiday hedonism. But look beyond the frollocking and you’ll find a Cycladic isle rich with cultural attractions. Escape the crowds to its attractive interior for hilltop monasteries, meandering trails and hallowed archaeological sites. Or simply discover your own stretch of shimmering Aegean on the quieter east coast. Whatever your inclination, we’ve handpicked the best hotels for a halcyon holiday in Greece, all bookable with Culture Trip.
4.9/5 (8 Reviews)
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There’s little question that family-owned and designed Calilo is one of the island’s more special hotels – comprising of an enchanting combination of flowing stone architecture, an abundance of striking artworks and installations, and some serious views overlooking Papa Beach. Spacious suites are individually, and spectacularly, decorated in local marble mosaic and smooth slabs. Most also open to terraces with a plunge pool or even waterfall. Its location in the quieter south-eastern corner of the island, with 405 ha (1,000 acres) of protected estate around it, also adds to a supreme sense of serenity.
Agalia Luxury Suites
4.9/5 (50 Reviews)
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Elegantly undulating architecture, dizzying marble mosaics and a prime hillside setting combine to make Agalia Luxury Suites a genuinely magnificent place to stay. It comprises 16 lavishly designed suites, many with private pools and spectacular views over the impressive port of Ios. You can join a morning yoga session around the pool, chill on a lounger during the day, and feast on a dinner of refined Greek cuisine come evening. You might want to turn in early to wake up for the awe-inspiring sunrise.
4.7/5 (47 Reviews)
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Perched overlooking the marina and the island capital’s glorious bay, Relux Ios commands an enviable and peaceful hillside setting. Typically crisp whitewashed walls combine with local stone for an understated, elegant design that integrates lavender-scented pathways and terraced swimming pools. Many of the bright modern rooms offer sea views from terraces with jetted tubs or even private plunge pools. Breakfast is a feast of Greek yoghurt, honey, olives and local cheese, while a restaurant offers creative Mediterranean fare for lunch and dinner.
Kritikakis Village Hotel
4.2/5 (51 Reviews)
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Typical Cycladic architecture, paved walkways and walled terraces really do give this hillside hotel the feeling of a traditional island village. Its two swimming pools offer fabulous views over Ios town’s bay below, as well as a poolside bar, shallow waterbeds and bubble sections. Simple studio or one-bedroom apartments all come with kitchenettes and many with sea views – Gialos Beach is just a five-minute stroll away.
Lofos Village Hotel
4.8/5 (79 Reviews)
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The cycladic architecture with white and blue sets the scene for this hotel. Lofos Village has all the delightful modern accommodations guests could want, mixed with a sense of deep relaxation. The word lofos means hill, and consequently, the hotel sits on top of a hill overlooking the Ios village of Chora. While being removed from the busy streets of the town, Lofos is still within walking distance and is also conveniently close to the famous Mylopotas Beach. Relax by the pool with a cocktail and take in the alluring sight of Chora as the sun sets – it’s an experience of Greece guests rarely forget!
4.8/5 (141 Reviews)
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Check in to the friendly environment of Liostasi Hotel, a fantastic yet small luxury hotel located in Chora. Visitors have so much to enjoy when staying at this contemporary accommodation in Ios. Relax by indulging in soothing spa treatments while overlooking a striking view of the sea, or dive into the delightful flavours of traditional Greek food at the on-site restaurant, Grandma’s. Liostasi Hotel has countless services to help guests explore the wonders of the island, including complimentary rides to the port and access to helicopter services for viewing Ios in a new way.
Boutique Hotel, Resort, Hotel
4.7/5 (58 Reviews)
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From this small, boutique hotel stretch vast sights of Mylopotas Beach in all its Grecian glory. Levantes Hotel literally hangs over the crystalline and blue waters of Ios, contrasting the bright white of its building with the vibrant colours of the sea. The hotel is built in the traditional island fashion, made from stones collected from the various mountains of Ios’ surrounding terrain. Enjoy everything from friendly service to a fantastic homemade breakfast, and if the views don’t leave you breathless, the welcoming atmosphere of this island getaway will.
4.8/5 (65 Reviews)
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Featuring famous Greek hospitality in a comfortable and affordable setting, this hotel is a place to enjoy a holiday away on Ios. Brothers Hotel has a family-friendly atmosphere, providing numerous options for everyone to enjoy, including a swimming pool just for children. Rest outdoors on the veranda, or enjoy breakfast with fresh Greek food. The hotel also has a garden for guests to enjoy and explore, and free transit to the port is part of the service.
4.3/5 (19 Reviews)
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Feet away from Yialos Beach and featuring lush gardens, Galini Pension is the perfect hotel for a peaceful escape amidst the cultural spots of Ios. Get ready for a quality visit where the overall community of friendly staff will help visitors feel right at home. The hotel is attractive with appealing architecture, offering a traditional setting with all the necessary services for a comfortable visit, including wifi access and delightful views of the sea. What’s more, as some of the rooms here have kitchens, you can make yourself right at home during your stay.
Yialos Beach Hotel
4.4/5 (81 Reviews)
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Become entranced by the picturesque and welcoming community of Yialos Beach Hotel, where the traditional Cycladic architecture will inspire adventures as well as a good time. The hotel is right near the port and Yialos Beach; the nearby villages of Koumbara and St. John are also quite accessible. You can enjoy the attractive surroundings and incredible views of the island, while also engaging in devouring the food offered at breakfast, or hanging out at the pool cafe. Relax in the garden scenery of the hotel while sipping the cocktails from the bar.
Traditional and affordable are only a few ways to describe what visitors encounter when staying at this hotel located right in Chora. Francesco’s Hotel is one of the most recognized hostels on the island, and notably, the hotel is situated on the side of a cliff, granting an incredible view of the Aegean Sea as well as the promise of spectacular sunsets. Breakfast at this hotel is served until 2 o’clock in the afternoon, allowing you to enjoy a late brunch while taking in the beauty of the port and island below.
It’s just a quick walk to the beach from Nissos, which means this hotel is fantastic simply because of its convenient location. There are many more pleasing traits to be discovered about this family-owned option, however: Nissos is actually one of the more quiet spots on the beach, escaping the more vibrant party scene, making it a peaceful oasis to return to in the evenings. The small and welcoming hotel also offers a great breakfast, while guests receive discounts at nearby restaurants.
Island House Hotel
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A welcoming environment awaits at this hotel, located close to Mylopotas Beach. Island House Hotel has a lot to offer within these walls and halls. The hotel brings all the flavours of Greece right to its guests with a great breakfast every day and a barbeque near the pool, where the hotel hosts tastings and other dining events that give you an authentic experience of Ios cuisine. Island House has a variety of rental services too, so visitors can explore the island via car, motorcycle or ATV.
Looking to get in touch with the convivial party scene on Ios? Then book a stay at Ios’ Hotel Mediterraneo, which not only offers the traditional feel of a Greek vacation but also resides right in the midst of Chora, where the party really happens! This hotel is vibrant and accommodating, with an area for hanging by the pool, a barbecue pit and rooms that are totally worth the price. After enjoying a few drinks around the pool, the walk to the closest bar is only a few minutes, so the party is able to start right on time.
These recommendations were updated on June 23, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.