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“Beautiful views, good service, great breakfast”
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Ios Palace Hotel
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Milopotas
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Washington State
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2 reviews
“Beautiful views, good service, great breakfast”
Reviewed July 23, 2008

We arrived at the Ios Palace Hotel after a lot of partying in Santorini. The pool area (main pool) was extremely relaxing with Island music and good service.

The pool up above didn't have any music and was more quiet. Beautiful views. It's worth heading to the top portion of the hotel to see the sunset and views of other parts of the island - or at least to see the boats!

The hotel was clean. The bed was a little small, but other than that it was a great location. Very convenient to walk to the beach. Make sure and wear some traction shoes because the side walks are a bit steep. The gyros across from the beach are the least expensive and quite tasty. It's next to the store.

The food and drinks at the pool bar are a bit spendy, but nice not to have to run away from the area. You'll find more of a middle aged crowd here - which is nice since so many of the IOS travelers are in their teens!

  • Liked — Pool
  • Disliked — A little spendy for the food by the pool
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 10, 2008

Wow ! What else can I say. I knew Ios Palace was a nice hotel. I had read the reviews - I had even spoken to people that had stayed there before we decided to book our week at Ios Palace - and expected a great experience. But Ios Palace far exceeded our expectations - in every way possible.! From the beautiful hotel facilties, to service way beyond we thought was possible - Ios Palace really is a "Palace".

Our two week vacation took us from the "Jumeira Beach Hotel" in Dubai - a 5 star property - probably one of the nicest (and most expensive hotels) in the world - a very impressive hotel - A very hard act to follow. But when we arrived at Ios Palace - a much smaller hotel (and about 1/5th of the cost) - on the tiny island of Ios - we were impressed once again!

The warm welcome at the front desk from the receptionest immidiately made us feel at home. We were in awe as we explored the property - beautifully set on the hillside - and the view ..... unbelievable. Ios Palace is an older hotel, so we didn't expect massive rooms, or excessive ammenities - but let me tell you. When we walked into our room; with simple but beautiful and modern decor - we knew we were going to have a great week. The room was massive - divided into a sitting area and the bedroom, and a gorgeus balcony overlooking the water. The bathroom was very clean, modern - and the shower was great. I always rate a hotel by the shower - and it was the best we have had anywhere in Greece. And that was just the first day!

Ios is a beautiful island - much larger than we had originally thought - with rolling hillsides and beautiful beaches. The small walk to town from Ios Palace brings you to and incredible selection of shops and restaurants - both local and international food selections that were all worth the experience. We only made one mistake - we didn't try the restaurant at Ios Palace until our third day - we don't normally enjoy hotel restauarants - but what a mistake it was. After the first time we had dinner in the hotel restaurant - I didn't want to go anwhere else. A gorgeaus hotel, beautiful pool area, and now an excellent restaurant. Try the Shrimp Pasta - you won't be able to find the pasta because the shrimp are so big (and good!).

I can go on forever raving about our experience at Ios Palace - we thought we were getting exceptional service for some strange reason - but everyone we met and spoke to at the hotel all had a similar experience. It was great.

A wise man once told me that whenever you go somewhere, you will forget where you went, you will forget when you went, and you will soon forget most of everything you did. But the one thing you won't forget is "how they made you feel". They made us feel like a king and a queen on a private vacation in an unbeleiveable setting.

Thank You Ios Palace. We can't wait to return!

Jim & Mary

  • Liked — The people, the facilities, the views - exceptional service
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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nyc
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2008

This hotel was the worst part of our Greece trip...my husband and I booked a superior suite with a private pool and when we got there we were very unpleased to find that the room represented on the hotels website was not the same room as we were given after my husband repeatedly confirmed with the hotel that we would be getting the room on the website...when we walked into the room my mouth dropped it was horribly dirty and there were millions of bugs crawling around and the floor was filthy,,,I called reception and told them about the room and she said that the picture on the web was of the "vip superior suite" and even if we wanted to change it was booked...I would never go back to this hotel or send anyone I know there...I was literally counting down the minutes until we left the island....If you are used to five star or even four star quality hotels do not stay here!! this hotel is sub-par for its four star rating...

  • Liked — nothinggggggggggggggg
  • Disliked — too many to list!
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 17, 2008

We've just stayed for two nights at the Ios Palace hotel. Firstly as the other reviewers have said it is in a great location right on the beach with a wealth of bars and restaurants nearby. You can either catch the bus into town from pretty much outside the hotel or pay 5 euros for a cab each way. Alternatively you could walk - we reckoned it would take about 20 mins but uphill and possibly not what you'd want to do in the midday heat.

So that's location. What about the hotel. We booked a junior suite and it was very nicely furnished - simple and elegant but not really any mod cons. The bathroom could have done with a little updating but otherwise fine. The pool area by the bar was again lovely and the food was good and cheap. The drinks are however expensive and you'd do better off down the road at one of the local bars. Our favourite was Delphini right next door that served good cocktails and Thai food that you could consume whilst watching the sun go down over the sea.

Our main problem is that we discovered on our second day that a wedding was taking place in the hotel that night. We were not told in advance about this but found out through a piece of paper stuck to the wall in reception. This meant that the pool area was stripped of all loungers and chairs by midday and all food service (including room service!) stopped at 3pm. This wasn't a major problem as there is an abundance of places to eat and we just went to the beach for the day. However, when we came back after dinner wanting to go to bed the wedding was in full swing and there was very loud music pumping out by the pool clearly heard iin our room. We asked at reception how long the wedding was going on for. The receptionist asked why we wanted to know (!! It's a hotel - obviously we wanted to know if we were going to get any sleep!!) and then told us "it depends on the clients and how long they want to drink and dance". There was no offer of changing rooms and no suggestion of what could be done. We were told that all the other guests had been informed prior to arrival about the wedding and the likely noise but we had been missed off the list. We were understandably upset by this response and went fuming to our room. To give the hotel its due, the manager then rang our room to apologise and explained that we would not be charged for the room for that night. Good thing too as the music didn't stop until 5am.

The next morning the staff again were very apologetic and the manager explained that they only have weddings once or twice a year. It's such a shame as I'd love to give this hotel a better rating as otherwise it was great.

  • Liked — Beautiful views and location
  • Disliked — Assumption that an apology was as good as the problem not occurring in the first place
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles
2 reviews
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Reviewed June 5, 2008

This hotel is so perfect and amazing... I did not want to leave. It is absolutely the perfect location if you are a beach-goer, which I am. My stepbrother and I hopped around a few of the islands and this was by far the best place we stayed. It overlooks the main beach, with the pool directly overlooking the sea and has a really cool, contemporary-ish feel to the couches and lounge areas surrounding the pool. Plus, has a bar and restaurant if you don't want to venture to the beach, which is just a few steps away. There are a ton of restaurants and bars right along the sand, and to get to the main town for the nightlife is about a 3 minute, 5 euro taxi ride. I suggest this route because staying in the main town would be great for stumbling home after partying in the crazy bar scene, but not great at all during the day. I really can't say enough about how pleased I am with this place. I feel it is the #1 place to stay on the island. Really.

My ONLY complaint: the beds are a bit firmer than what I am used to.

Suggestions you MUST MUST MUST check out: Go to Karma - an amazingly cool bar/restaurant off the sand there at the beach. Has hammocks and overstuffed pillows and big couches and beds to lounge around on while you watch the scene and have an espresso or daquiri or some bruschetta. They also have some cool games to play if you get bored (old school wooden checkers etc) while you sit on the floor of an individual (VIP esque) raised up, almost deck-like thing with pillows surrounding you. The whole vibe is perfect and exactly what you should have on a true vacation - kind of mediterranean, hip, but mellow and relaxing, with good music. Amazing view of the beach, cold drinks, comfortable...

Second suggestion you MUST check out as well: Have dinner at "Agosta" in town. Right next to the ios bakery. It had opened only 4 days prior to our arrival and we ended up eating there every single night. AMAZING food. Better than home, better than anywhere in Greece - and we had a ton of really amazing dinners. This is an italian restaurant and one of the best chefs created an amazing menu. If you love risotto - have the mushroom risotto, start with a bruschetta or salad. Have the cheesecake or the chocolate thing for dessert. I love food and embarrasingly, eating at that restaurant almost brought me to tears it was so good. Cool vibe too - outdoor or indoor seating and a bar up top. Very reasonable prices too. The risotto was 12 euro and was a very healthy portion. I was almost too full to move after the second night there. Delicious.

OVERALL, Ios Palace is the ideal place to stay - book early if you are going during peak season b/c I'm sure it would fill quickly.

Our room had two twin beds, a living room area with a couch/bed, t.v., etc. and closet, bathroom, balcony, etc. View is unbeatable, staff is amazing and friendly and helpful and honest (with recommendations, etc).

I think that's all I can gush about ... it was truly an amazing place to stay. Perfect location, perfect view, elevators make it easy ...

  • Liked — Location, Beauty, View, Staff, Surrounding restaurants, bars, beach, pool
  • Disliked — (firm bed - but not bad still - the only possible complaint)
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with friends
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Shanghai, China
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2008

I am scared to write this because we don't want anyone else to find out about Ios Palace. My (now) fiance and I spent two nights at Ios Palace and had a great time! The hotel was very clean, although not ultra modern. We enjoyed having the decks and pools mostly to ourselves since we were there in late September. The beach is gorgeous and you can't beat the cheap beers at the stand next to the hotel. Skip the bar at the hotel because the drinks are expensive and not great. Head into town on the bus instead. We are a 27 yr old couple from NYC and we plan to return!

  • Liked — The location was perfect!
  • Disliked — It was a lot of climbing up the hills and stairs to get to our room - but worth it for the view!
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
1 review
Reviewed January 7, 2008

My fiance and I stayed at the Ios Palace Hotel last year in August and we were very impressed with the Hotel - so much so that i am confused as to how some of the other reviewers can say anything but good remarks of the hotel. We stayed in a Junior suite, which we found was very spacious, clean, tidy and well maintained. The Hotel caters for young & old, with a hip & happening pool bar that plays funky tunes late into the night, and a second pool that is just absolute silent bliss, with a view to die for. The actual island its self was not our favourite, it seems to be more for younger party-going people, but our choice in hotel made that destination as memorable as any.
I must mention the lovely staff, from the manager who never failed to say hello, and ask how our stay was (he seemed to actually care) to the lovely cleaning ladies, and the vibrant, ever friendly bar and wait staff. And yes, the beautiful young lady on the front page of the website actually does grace the Ios Palace!
I would recommend this hotel 100% and would return in a flash.

  • Liked — Comfortable, beautiful and friendly
  • Disliked — Too hilly to walk into town - ouch!
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ios Palace Hotel
Address: Milopotas 84001, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Ios > Milopotas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Milopotas
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Milopotas
#4 Romantic Hotel in Milopotas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Ios Palace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ios Palace Hotel & Spa, built amphitheatrically above Mylopotas Bay (just a few minutes walk from the Town) is the epitome of Cycladic beauty condensed in a bright white microcosm at the edge of Mylopotas bay in Ios island.This luxurious hotel, offering 5* services, caters to modern travelers' every need. 59 rooms and suites with panoramic view of the most famous beach of the island at your disposal. All of them distinguished for their minimal decoration with details that connote to the element of water via the carefully selected transparent furniture by Kartell and the use of multicoloured glasses. ... more   less 
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