The Best Hotels to Book in Lesbos, Greece

Escape to Lesbos for beautiful beaches, colourful villages and forest-covered mountains
Escape to Lesbos for beautiful beaches, colourful villages and forest-covered mountains | Courtesy of Delfinia Hotel and Bungalows / Expedia
Laura Hampson

The third-largest of the Greek islands, Lesbos is known for its stunning beaches, colourful villages, thickly forested mountains and its anise-flavoured liqueur, ouzo. But it also has some top places to stay, bookable on Culture Trip.

Sitting pretty just off the coast of Turkey, the first thing you’ll notice when you arrive on Lesbos (also known as Lesvos) is just how different it is compared to the Cyclades and Ionian islands of the south. Instead of whitewashed villages, homes here are pastel-painted with terracotta rooftops, but there are still plenty of olive groves (around 11m olive trees, in fact), golden beaches and clear waters to enjoy. Here, farmers produce half of the ouzo found worldwide, and much of what you eat will be made with local produce. Below is our guide to the best hotels in Lesbos for your next visit.

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Delfinia Hotel & Bungalows


A pool with a line of blue sun loungers set against views of an old town with a castle on a hill.
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Sitting under the watchful eye of Molyvos Castle, on the shores of Molyvos Beach, Delfinia Hotel & Bungalows is a smart option for your next trip to Lesbos. Rooms are well-appointed, with garden- or sea-facing views, but if you can, book into one of the bungalows for light-filled rooms and private balconies. When you need to cool off from the Greek sun, there’s a stretch of private beach to enjoy.

Pasiphae Hotel


A pool surrounded by loungers and parasols with a sining patio on the far side and hotel buildings behind that.
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A short stroll from the golden shores of Skala Kallonis Beach, Pasiphae Hotel in Lesbos is a charming family-owned locale. Book a spacious, airy apartment if you’re travelling with kids or in a group, which comes with a kitchen and lounge area. When you’re not taking a dip in the on-site pool or participating in an aqua dance class, sign up for beach yoga or pilates.

Blue Sky Hotel


The blue plaster exterior of the Blue Sky Hotel.
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You’ll quickly slip into holiday mode at the Blue Sky Hotel in Petra, Lesbos. Plonk yourself down by the sun-drenched poolside bar, sip on a cocktail and enjoy the sound of the waves lapping up the sandy beach around you. Rooms here are basic but have small kitchenettes, palm tree views and comfy beds. For when you want to explore, the azure-hued Petra Beach is just down the road.

Malemi Hotel


A simple guest room with large bed with an ornately carved bed frame.
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A family-run hotel just back from Kalloni Beach, Malemi Hotel is known for its sprawling buffet dinners. The owners recently started a farm at the back of the property that now accounts for 80 percent of the vegetables served in the buffet – trust us, it’s packed with Greek delights. For breakfast, expect homemade organic marmalades, homemade cookies, cakes and Greek herbal teas – vegans are catered for as well.

Sunrise Resort Hotel


A simple hotel room with sea views and private balcony.
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Overlooking the glorious beaches of Eftalou and the Aegean Sea, Sunrise Resort Hotel in Lesbos is a favourite of the fly-and-flop brigade. This is largely because the hotel has two outdoor pools, a poolside bar and a spa with a sauna and a hot tub. Rooms are smart, and the on-site taverna serves delicious Greek fare – when it’s not hosting one of its famed culinary themed nights, that is.

Theofilos Paradise Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel

A private roof deck with plunge pool and sun loungers lit up at night as seen from an aerial view.
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Slap bang in the heart of the old town, Theofilos Paradise Boutique Hotel in Mytilene occupies a beautiful restored mansion. Behind its grand façade, the hotel houses a Turkish hammam and sauna, and serves a freshly made Greek breakfast each morning – expect baklava, homemade bread and small pies with local ladotyri cheese. The true star, however, is the rooftop terrace, complete with a bar and pool as well as highly Instagrammable views across the island.

Heliotrope Boutique

Boutique Hotel

A large bed in a bright and comfortable looking hotel room.
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Just steps from Mytilene’s old-world harbour, Heliotrope is a wise pick for travellers hoping to take in as much sea air as possible. Rooms are relaxed, with wood-panelled floors and accent walls – the majority also offering views of the Aegean or the town’s rust-red terracotta rooftops. Most of your time will be spent in or around the pool, likely sipping on the hotel’s signature cocktails at the stylish pool bar.

Archontiko Petras 1821 B&B


The stone-built exterior of a villa with covered porch and outdoor dining terrace and lawn.
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Part-hotel, part-villa, as its name suggests, Archontiko Petras 1821 is a magnificent stone mansion built in the 19th century. Each room is unique, and they are all given ancient Greek female names like Electra and Aphrodite to display their individuality. Opt for the suite if you want some added comfort, as it includes a jacuzzi bath. The breakfasts are just as exclusive, with local delicacies such as hand-made loukoumades and homemade marmalades on offer. Get your morning fill before touring the nearby traditional seaside village of Petra.

Aphrodite Hotel


A large pool surrounded by loungers lit up at night.
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Located near the popular village of Molyvos and set among olive groves, Aphrodite boasts a very privileged location, being only 20m (65ft) away from its own private beach. This hotel offers all the standard hotel facilities including a swimming pool, taverna on the beach, lounge bar, tennis court and sauna. The excellent room service and warm Greek hospitality have made Aphrodite a popular destination for travellers to Lesbos.

This is an updated version of an article originally written by Chrisa Theodoraki.

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