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Pension Iliovasilema
Ranked #6 of 8 Donousa B&B and Inns
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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“QUIET,CLEAN & PEACEFUL”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

I come here every year and have been doing so for the past 7 years.The rooms are clean and inexpensive with lovely views. Pension Iliovasilema is a very friendly welcoming place run by father & mother Nicos & Sophia and their son & his wife Christos & Irania and the rest of the family of course. There is a restaurant with beautiful sea views plus traditional Greek cuisine what more could you wish for.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

We had been booked here (by the helpful Simon of Hidden Greece) as part of an island-hopping holiday and were only sorry that it was only for 2 nights. Christos and family met us at the ferry and made us very welcome, and on the departure day were happy for us to keep the room until 5pm since the ferry was not until 7pm. The accommodation is very simple but clean, and although there was no aircon there was always a pleasant breeze. There were cooking facilities but we chose to eat at the taverna. The pension is well located for walks towards a couple of secluded beaches and Sunday lunch at the Tzi-Tzi restaurant with its wonderful view, good food and very friendly owners was a great reward for a largely uphill walk in the hot sun. It also makes a good stopping off point on the way to Livadi beach (5km from Stavros, Donoussa town). The closer beach at Kendros (just 1km) has a very laid back, almost 'hippy' atmosphere and a lovely little taverna on the beach with comfortable shady seating and the best octopus salad we tasted in the Cyclades. There is of course also a sandy beach in Stavros itself, only 2 mins from the Pension. When we were there it was all extremely peaceful but we were told that in the peak season i.e. August there are a lot of tents on the beaches so that may be a different type of experience (albeit one which I would have loved as a student 40 years ago, and which reminded me of the 'old Greece' of that time!)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 9, 2011

Donoussa is another one of those 'greek islands as they used to be' places - somewhat off the main ferry lines and all the better for it. Out of high season we don't think it is worth booking accommodation in advance on Donoussa. As usual we had read up in advance - 'Rough Guide' and 'Greek Island Hopping' - and saw what we thought was the Pension Iliovasilema to the right of the bay as the ferry approached Stavros (Donoussa Town). Look for the vivid display of flowers!
The mini-bus from the Pension seems to meet all ferries. We were made to feel very welcome! From the ferry port you have to drive right around the town (as the road does not go across the beach), but don't be put off - once you arrive the view is wonderful, the peace disturbed only by the occasional visiting larger ferry (the endearing and extrely useful Express Skopolitis doesn't sound it's siren!). The view across the bay is to the south coast of Naxos.
Rooms are comfortable - with fridge, gas ring or equivalent, hot water heater, and balcony.
The Pension also has a restaurant - food is nicely cooked and reasonably priced. And whilst we didn't eat there every night it is a wonderfully lazy option. The menu changes daily.
The Pension owners also run the main ferry booking agency on the island - of particular use they seem to have sole agency for the Express Skopolitis, which really is the Small Cyclades lifeline.
Also worthy of mention is the Tzi Tzi taverna/restaurant further round the south coast at Mersini. We didn't make it for supper, but had a very tasty lunch there and we heard several other people praising it. If you phone the Tzi Tzi to book a table the owners will pick you up and return you to your accommodation.

Room Tip: The rooms closest to Stavros Town have the best views from the balcony.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pension Iliovasilema
Address: Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Donousa
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Ranked #6 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Donousa
Number of rooms: 15

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