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Ios Palace Hotel
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Ios Palace in 09/12. The staff were so welcoming and our standard double room, although being quite a walk away from the main pool area and breakfast bar, had magnificent views over Mylopotas Beach. Just lovely to sit on the balcony of an evening and watch the twinkling lights of the beach area.
I agree that the upper pool area looks a little neglected but actually we used it a lot as it was quiet and there was a lovely wind blowing and once again the views were stunning.
The bar was great as were the cocktails and the inclusive breakfast was great. The main pool is delightful and very relaxing. No loud music just very chilled background music playing which was heavenly.
Our room was clean and more than adequate for our four night stay. Who would want to watch TV when you have the day and nightlife of IOS to explore. Mylopotas beach is perfect but don't forget to visit the port area also. The fish at the Aphrodite Restaurant was special and so reasonable.
We will be back in Ios next year hopefully and will stay at the Ios Palace if possible.

Room Tip: The rooms at the top of the Hotel provide magnificent views.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Tricia S
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Ok it is true that the iOS palace is situated in the perfect spot on the island. Fancy swanning by the pool, nice! Fancy the beach just a 10 second walk.

It is tue the views are great, it's true the staff are genuinely nice.. Big thanks to Bar man George and Sofiglis...

The food was high quality ans so were the drinks/cocktails.. The wifi was really good for me in our suite standard room (middle of hotel) and below by the pool, even on the beach! It's up by the upper pool where the wifi did not reach.

So now to why I rated it 4* well I would have to agree with the previous reviewers about the rooms were a little out dated and doesn't match the exterior of the hotel which is class. I'll add that the top pool was neglected, really run down, shame because it is nice up there... Wouldn't take much to smarten it up..

But so what, the room rates are reasonable so my wife and I were happy during our stay and would return based on the positives which far out weigh the negatives.

Room Tip: Go for junior suite or the better suite standard which is in the middle of the hotel great views out your balconys
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank London777
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

As a person who is generally hard to impress I can genuinely say that the service from every employee was nothing short of excellent! I was blown away by how incredibly friendly, welcoming and helpful the staff were - especially those at the front-desk. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone planning on staying in Ios.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank JhbScouser
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We stayed in the Superior suite with a private swimming pool. The view from the terrace was breathtaking. Having a private swimming pool on our terrace was a big luxury. The room was massive – with two separate bedrooms and two bathrooms. The staff were all very friendly and helpful – special thanks to Magda, Lefteris, Dina and the guy that helps guests during breakfast.
Mylopotas beach is only a minute away from the hotel and is a beautiful, sandy, crystal clear beach. We rented a quad through the hotel and went to a couple more beaches around the island and to Homer’s tomb. Hora is only a 5 minute ride on the quad – there are lots of restaurants and bars there. But there are also many nice restaurants in the vicinity of the hotel. You can also rent a boat from Mylopotas beach and go to more secluded beaches, which are meant to be amazing.
In the hotel lounge there is a big billiard table, which we found a great place to spend a few minutes playing a game of pool and relaxing.
The hotel looks phenomenal from the beach – like a palace. However, once inside our room, it felt dated and tired. The superior suites (only two in the hotel) may need quite a bit of renovation. The old-fashioned bathrooms were a big let-down. Little details, like old door handles, clumsy finishing touches, a slightly broken wardrobe door, the over-used terrace furniture, don’t help the image of the hotel.
The room had a nice flat-screen TV in one bedroom, but an old small box TV in the other bedroom. There were only 3 channels available to watch.
The wifi signal was poor. But apparently that’s a problem all over the island. The nice reception staff gave us a password to their office wifi, and luckily we were able to access the internet. There are also two PCs for hotel guests to use free of charge, where the internet works perfectly fine. But it was inconvenient that we couldn’t access the internet from our room.
In general, the staff are a a big asset to the hotel. They’re all very accommodating and friendly. Magda arranged for the gym to be open earlier than normal, so I could use the treadmill before breakfast. The gym, although small, is nice and faces the beautiful Mylopotas beach. Some of its equipment needs updating.
On our last day, our boat to Mykonos was running a bit late, so the hotel staff told us in advance, so we didn’t have to go to the port early.
The hotel has 2 swimming pools, which looked great, but we preferred to use our private one or to swim in the sea.
The buffet breakfast was good and was included in the price we paid.
The Apivita and Korres bath products were fantastic.
Overall, the hotel is beautiful and the view from our room was fantastic, but due to the old-fashioned bathrooms and dated room, I would classify it as a 3 star hotel. I do hope they renovate the rooms for next year, as Ios Palace has a prime location overlooking Mylopotas beach.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank EKGK
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Pro's -
Location - perfect, beautiful views!
Breakfast - plentiful and varied
Dinner/Lunch - great food!
Downstairs pool area and dining area really lovely and clean/modern/tastefully decorated
Beds - VERY comfy!
Staff - Very friendly (though not particularly helpful over the phone)

Cons-
-Upper level of the hotel is very run-down and not at all like the photos on the website.
-The upper swimming area felt abandoned with a derelict pool bar, stained ripped loungers/cushions, littler, rusty chipped decor - overall couldn't believe it was part of the same hotel compared to the lovely downstairs pool!
- Mini bar was not replenished at all during our 6 day stay despite ringing countless times to ask for more drinks etc. We ended up giving up and buying our own.
-The fridge was so loud we had to turn it off every night - bit strange we also thought that it was just thrown in the room next to the bed?!
- The room itself was run-down despite the fact it was a superior room. It was not that clean - the taps needed a good polish and the silicone in the bathroom was very stained and grubby! Very easy things to correct that would make all the difference.
- The bed sheet didn't fit properly so we ended up every morning on the bare mattress - yuk!
- The website states TV - it should say that there are no English channels!
- Air-Con was terrible - it should also have an instruction manual! We roasted every night!
- Bath towels were tiny and not what you would expect from a 4 star hotel.
- We were warned about a wedding happening and whether we wanted to move to another hotel, we decided not too as we didn't want to move all our things and we had booked the hotel for a reason! The staff should have made everyone stay somewhere else as we had no idea how shockingly loud the music would be and that it would go on until 6am!

Overall we enjoyed our stay after the disappointment of how obviously it didn't compare to the website wore off. The location really is perfect in September as the beach is quiet (and the island as a whole) and its only 5 minute drive from the town. In September it is definitely NOT a party island but a beautiful traditional quiet one.

Just make these tiny corrections Ios Palace and the hotel would be perfect! :)

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank AWDD5
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