Avra Pension is conveniently located - just some 50 meters from the port. despite of the location comparatively quiet. From Avra, it's a 15 min uplhill walk to Ios Chora. It's my second stay here and I enjoyed this one as much as my first one some 4 years ago: Nice, family run-business with uber friendly host "Katerina". Tastefully decorated lobby, nice and clean "no frills" rooms.Quiet. A good breakfast with several choices such as fruits with joghurt and honey is served for 6 EURs in cash.
Excellent location. The Pension is really close to the Port, which makes the journey to the hotel quick and easy. Also, there are 6 shops for renting scooters nearby the pension, atvs and cars. The room was small, but sparkling clean, and the owner is super nice. The breakfast is amazing, everything is homemade and cheap compared to the island’s bars.
As hard as it is to give negative remarks to such a nice and hospitable staff, the beds were even harder. I booked a double bed and instead got two very firm twin mattresses pushed together. Worst sleep ever. Very nice staff though, but for me that's not why I pick a spot to stay. Would not stay here again.
We stayed 5 days and we enjoyed every one of them. Excellent service, very polite people, quite and central location. We were amazed that the room was cleaned daily and towels were changed daily too. Very good breakfast!! Thank you Mrs Katerina for the lovely accomodation!!!!
The pension 'Avra' (meaning 'a breeze' in Greek) is in a good location at Yialos, the harbour settlement of Ios. From the ferry it is a short walk on a tarred road and with no steps, so easy to pull one's suitcase. Since it is a bit back from the coastal road it is also quiet back here. Welcome by an elderly lady, who introduced herself as 'Katerina' was very friendly. After some small talk she handed me out a map, very useful for its detailed plans of Yialos, the Chora and Milopotas. She also gave me a paper with all kind of useful information like WiFi password, checkout time, that tap water is not drinkable and also that toilet paper has to go into a bucket (a bit surprising for a rather new building). Booking was easy through the pension's website. An advance payment of 20% has to be made, but the price is great value. Payment by credit card is accepted. Breakfast has to be ordered extra. Since it starts at 8.30am I never had the chance to try it, since I regularly took the 8am bus to go hiking. The room was well equipped: wardrobe, table with mirror and a hair dryer next to it, AC, TV, empty fridge, reading lamps on both sides of the double bed. Some might have missed tea and coffee making facilities. In the bathroom with a shower it had a liquid soap dispenser, but also extra shower gels and shampoos, as well as slippers. The room was very clean, thanks especially to the service of a lady of Albanian origin, who passed by daily and did an excellent job. My room 23 had a balcony with table and chairs. It was facing the Yialos bay, but the sea was not really visible, being blocked by houses. Just in front was a big parking area. No traffic though, since the pension was at the dead end of a small road. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés at Yialos, also supermarkets and a bakery. Swimming is possible at the Yialos beach. I very much enjoyed my stay here and I would rate the pension 'Avra' as one of the best places in this category that I have been to during my many travels through Greece over decades.…