We stayed at Pension Avra for four days in June 2012, we were three people aged 55,75 and 84, but there where young people there too. On honeymoon I guess .-) It was a beautiful experience and maybe our best during our vacations touring five islands. And it was extremely good value for money.
The hotel is so clean, so well equipped and so welcoming - there is not a single spot anywhere, just blue doors, white walls, flowers, newly painted outdoor furniture, shells, ancients ceramics etc.
Each room has access to either a private or - a big balcony for two or three rooms together, with very comfortable clean and nice outdoor furniture.
All rooms have comfortable beds, nice decoration, good airconditioning for free, fridge with a little freezer for icecubes, hairdryers, good showers with toilet, big wardrobes, mirrors etc. There are shutters, blue as well - to shut out the light, and there are curtains in light materials.'
Katarina the owner says: She loves her work - and she works very hard. The love easily noticeable in all her small and simple but esqusite decorations - shells, flowerpots, colors, sweets in the lobby, coffecups, plates old and new ceramics, materials etc. etc. They have a safe with private lockers. She helps you very easily with maps and where to go and what to do. You don't have to ask!
Very clean, dry and good smelling linen and towels changed every second day, a little basket with rosepetals and lavender leaves with soap and shampoo in the bathroom, even two pairs of new white cotton slippers in my room, that I saved for the next guest.
Absolutely no disturbing noice at all - only a far distance nice little call from the hens. Very quiet and familiar, I was offered a glass of local wine coming home at night, and it was extremely good and relaxing to sit at the porch listening to natures own sounds. This is not a place you stay if you want to party - and Ios town where the party is - is not at the port either. You can walk up to town taking the old road, see the pictures, steep and charming with steps, take good shoes - takes 30 minutes, or you can take the bus 3 minutes walk, at the port and leaves you at the entrance of Ios town. By the way the village is not at all horrible and stuffed with drunk youngsters as we once thought, we went early - had dinner around nine or ten o'clock - and it was extremely charming. But be aware - it wakes up at night - and for some of us that can be funny and charming too...Young girls with high heels - we were amazed - have you ever climbed a mountain in high heels....???
There is an excellent supermarked right to the left in the port, they have everything, there is also a bakery, very nice one, and many fairly nice restaurants. The ferry drops you of five minutes from Avra, you need no support. The beach to the right in the port is nice and clean but very shallow and hot, it has a few restaurants etc. - you may prefer to take the bus a little further. There are also some hidden beaches you can walk to along the seaside.
Avra is beautiful! Don't hesitate. You will not have a great view of the sea, but you will be in an open friendly quiet and clean atmosphere with great view to Greek countryside and charm.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Avra Pension accommodates you in a two- storey building, having 15 rooms which can host 1, 2 or 3 persons each. Every room has its own balcony/ terrace, A/C, private bathroom with shower unit providing 24hours a day hot water, hair dryer, guest amenities, LCD television, refrigerator, boudoir (women’s private care furnishing), bed linen of exceptional quality, slippers, spacious wardrobe as well as free Internet access 24hours a day (Avra Pension Wi-Fi hotspot). Baby cot appropriate for babies or little children available upon request. Avra Pension has a wonderful, full of flowers, yard with large comfortable couches, where our continental breakfast is served daily with a splendid variety of homemade marmalades, as well as a generous selection of traditional recipes and locally produced goods and eatings. Our hotel lobby is decorated with special care to every single detail by the hostess in order to create a sense of traditional Cycladic interior design. By the time of your arrival you can take a breath lounging in our spacious vintage sofas, surrounded by the authentic ambiance inspired by the truly Greek homey atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avra Pension Ios, Greece