The Best Hotels on Ios

Updated September 4, 2016

Tips and Recommendations

  • Ios has incredible beaches. Mylopotas and Manganari are two of the best in Greece.
  • Ios is known for its nightlife (and it’s great) but if you want to avoid the parties and just have a relaxing visit that’s easy to do too.
  • Ios has great local food and restaurants. Some of the best places I’ve eaten at on the Greek islands have been in Ios.
  • If you visit Santorini but then feel you’ve missed out on the idyllic greek beaches you’ve been dreaming of then a visit to Ios is a great choice. The 2 islands complement each other perfectly and are only 50 minutes apart by ferry.
  • The 2 best restaurants on Ios are Ammos (Chora) and Salt (Mylopotas Beach). The best nightclub in Ios is Traffic (Chora) – it starts getting busy about 11pm.

    The Best Hotel on Ios

    Ios does not have the variety of luxury hotels that Santorini or Mykonos have but it does have great beaches, wonderful food, and an unhurried feel. Below is my favorite luxury hotel on Ios and a few others if Ios Palace is fully booked (as often happens).

    Ios Palace – Mylopotas Beach – Check Prices
    Hotel phone: + 30 22860 92000
    This is a great hotel set directly on one Myloppotas Beach, one of Greece’s best beaches. The hotel has 3 pools, a very good restaurant, and pool bar that overlooks the beach. The largest town on Ios, Chora, is a short 5 minute bus ride or a steep 20 minute walk away – and there you’ll find a beautiful traditional Greek village, with some great restaurants, and a very active nightlife.

    The Ios Palace Hotel – The Best Luxury Hotel in Ios

    A view of the Ios Palace Hotel from Mylopotas Beach.

    The Ios Palace Hotel – The Best Luxury Hotel in Ios

    A view of Mylopotas Beach looking down from the Ios Palace Hotel.

    The Ios Palace Hotel – The Best Luxury Hotel in Ios

    Inside Ios Palace Hotel it’s simple and luxurious feel.

    The Ios Palace Hotel – The Best Luxury Hotel in Ios

    There are 3 pools at the Ios Palace. The largest overlooks the beach and has a bar with a small menu.

    Mylopotas Beach – The best beach on Ios.

    Mylopotas Beach is beautiful. Great sand and one of the best in Cyclades.

    3 More Great Hotels on Ios

    If the Ios Palace Hotel is sold out then have a look at these hotels.

    Agalia Luxury Suites – Chora – Check Prices
    A super luxurious hotel in a semi-secluded area. The port is 1 mile away and the Chora about 2.5 miles. Two very good (and quiet) beaches are within walking distance. 3 of the 14 suites have private pools.
    Best Hotels in Ios – Agalia Luxury Hotel

    Liostasi Hotel & Spa – Chora – Check Prices
    The best hotel within an easy walk of the Chora’s nightlife and restaurants. Buses run regularly to Mylopotas beach. Rooms are simply decorated but large and relaxing.
    Best Hotels in Ios Iliostasi Luxury Hotel Spa

    Levantes Boutique Hotel – Mylopotas Beach – Check Prices
    A very nice hotel with an elegant pool and great views from it’s perch on the hill. The only caveat here is that’s it’s a steep walk down to Mylopotas Beach or into the Chora (less steep but longer). If you stay here you’ll probably be taking the bus a fair bit.
    Best Hotels in Ios – Levantes Boutique Hotel

    14 Questions and Comments

    1. Naxos, Paros, or Ios

      Hi Dave, really enjoyed viewing your website, great information. We have booked flights to Santorini for end of August 2017 for 14 nights, and are planning to do maybe 4 nights in Santorini with caldera view, then going over to one of the other close by islands, we are a family of 2 adults and 2 young adults (18 & 21) looking for fishing/watersports, good quality restaurants, and lively nightlife, not too far away but not in the middle of it, for the boys when needed. Considering Ios palace, but not sure if we should be looking at Naxos or Paros. How do the 3 compare price wise for eating out etc, would really appreciate your comments.

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

        The costs on the islands are pretty similar. Naxos and Paros might have a few more local restaurants that are less expensive, but for the most part all of these islands are the same – and cheap when compared with Santorini or Mykonos. Naxos and Paros have far more to do than Ios, so 10 days on Ios would probably be too much. With 10 days you could easily do all 3 islands: 3 days on Paros, 4 days on Naxos, and 3 days on Ios. Or maybe just Naxos (my favorite of the 3) and Ios. Ios has the most nightlife by far. Paros has some places to go out too. Naxos has almost no nightlife – but a great evening dining scene. Both Paros and Naxos are great for windsurfing.

    2. Hotels in Crete, Santorini, and Ios

      Hi Dave!
      WOW! I’d be lost without your site, THANK YOU! My boyfriend are doing a spontaneous trip this August and have been very lucky getting rooms booked! We are flying straight to Crete and staying at Blue Palace (4th night free, couldn’t pass on that!) So Aug 15-19 Blue Palace in Elounda. I’m not one for resorts, but we got a great deal and after flying for a day, some luxury would be nice! However, I’m looking for the luxury boutique feel with view and private pool outside in Crete for a night or two. Going crazy on and they don’t have a way to compare hotels on my lists (I haven’t found it if there is!)

      We plan to spend the 27th in Athens and fly out the 28th! We are beach bums that like unique, luxury, warm local feel kind of places, avoiding touristy areas, but access to good, local food and quiet, scenic beaches.Any recommendation on filling the 19-26th with the 100s of choices? Tentatively I have:
      Aug 15-19 Blue Palace-Crete
      Aug 19-21 Another area of Crete
      Aug 21-23/24? Santorini
      Aug 23/24-26 Ios/Kefalonia/Leykada?

      Also, is it necessary to splurge in Santorini? There are so many options with suites with pools for great prices, but I don’t want to compromise view/quality/overall feeling to save a little. Any recommendation between Imerovigli and Oia for Santorini?

      Please help me! My eyeballs and brain are killing me! Everything looks amazing!

      Thank you so much for your time and THANK YOU FOR DOING WHAT YOU DO! We travel a lot so I will be on your site often! Thank you!


      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

        If you’re going to stay in Crete for two more days then make it Chania. In Santorini the caldera towns are best and Imerovigli is my favorite. Ios has great beaches so that’s good way to end your island time. Kefalonia and Lefkada are a long way from Crete and Santorini so should be left for a different trip.

    3. Ios with KIds

      Hi Santorini Dave,
      After three nights on Naxos, we are staying at Ios Palace for three nights in July with our two kids ( ages 9 and 11). Is Ios inappropriate for children? Do you think we will hear house music all night long? The beaches look amazing and we want to try it, but not if it is going to be like Mtv Spring break. Our option is Mykonos or Paros. Any guidance is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

      Ann Adams

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

        Ios is wonderful and the Ios Palace is a great hotel. The partying occurs in town (the Chora) and doesn’t start until late (so even town is great to wander around until 10/11pm). The party scene is easy to avoid if you want to.

    4. Relux Hotel on Ios

      Could you tell me anything about Relux hotel? Is it in busy area because it’s by a port or the walk to town bad? Is Ios a good island to go if we are planning on Santorini after? We are in late 30’s and not planning on going for partying but because it looks beautiful and not as congested as Mykonos. Isis

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

        It’s back from the port a block so not busy or noisy (and the port is pretty calm in any case). The chora is a good climb up the steps (15 minutes) or take a bus (5 minutes). Ios is great if you want beaches and yes, it’s a good combo with Santorini (and they’re so close the ferry ride is very quick). Personally, I would stay at Mylopotas beach but Relux is still a fine choice.

        1. Isis

          Thank you for your response! We were able to get a suite at Liostasi hotel. The views and pool look amazing there. I’m hoping that we will be able to walk the Chora during the day and enjoy the town a little– going the first week in August though– everything I’ve read says that the town is calm during the day. Is that really the case in August? Certain beaches have the parties during day then Chora parties at night? We wouldn’t be in town past dinner time (or after a drink or 2) then we can just hang out at our hotel… We are only staying 3 nights. We plan to rent a jeep and explore the island– I have my camera ready! I’m hoping there is enough to do there– my husband isn’t one to just hang out at the beach or party all night. I’m hoping to enjoy the other, calmer and beautiful side of Ios — do you think that’s actually possible at that time of year?

          1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

            Yes, the Chora is quiet through the day and great to explore. The parties start pretty late – my kids and I wander through the town until 10pm without any issue at all. And the beach atmosphere is nothing like Mykonos. Ios is beautiful, I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

    5. Luxury Hotel in Chora, Ios

      We want to stay near the Chora for nightlife but Liostasi is fully booked for our dates in late August. Any other recommendations?

    6. Bus from Mylopotas Beach to Chora

      Where do you catch the bus from Mylopotas beach to the Chora? Is it obvious and easy to find? (We’ll be staying at the Ios Palace.)

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

        The buses in Mylopotas stop at several spots on the main road that runs along beach (you can’t miss them). There are 2 buses that come to Mylopotas – one to Chora (about every 15 minutes) and one to Manganari Beach (2 or 3 per day in high season). It will have a board in the front of the bus with the destination Chora or Manganari (picture below).
        Bus Stop in Mylopotas Beach for buses to Chora and Manganari Beach.

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