Just stayed for a week at Mare Monte with my girlfriend. Clean, peaceful and superbly located hotel which is ideal for a Greek island getaway, providing the sort of basic, relaxed environment which Greece is so good at. As you arrive at Ios port you can see the bay of Gialos beach in front of you to your left and it's a short walk round the bay to Mare Monte. The owner of the hotel will probably meet you at the port and put your luggage on the back of her tricycle.
The photos on this site are accurate , with the hotel being right on the beach. Gialos is a lovely, peaceful not-too-crowded, gently sloping sandy beach and excellent for swimming in the calm sea. On one side of the hotel is a great little Greek snack-bar/taverna (omelettes strongly recommended for breakfast by the way) who let you use sunbeds and umbrellas for free. On the other side is a more modern beach bar, Yialou, and a mini-market. If you want an easy day everything you could want is within 20 yards ! For slightly more effort you can walk the 200 yards round to the port area where there are some excellent restaurants , a bakery and other shops. The main village of Ios is a 10 minute uphill wlak up some steps from the port(or a short bus ride if you prefer) . The nightclubs and bars for which Ios has a reputation are all up in the village, which makes Gialos beach a great option for peace and quiet. There are buses and boat trips from the port which enable you to visit other parts of the island.
The hotel itself was absolutely fine. We were lucky as we got the room at the front of the hotel with the balcony overlooking the flower-covered archway above the path down to the beach (the room shown in the professional photographs). As stated facilities were clean and basic, and included air-con, kettle and hairdryer. Housekeeping was daily and very good. The owners not the friendliest people in the world but no problem either and we were left to get on with our holiday in peace. The pool is good if you fancy a change from the sea across the road. All round good experience.
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- Mare Monte Ios, Greece