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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Ios Palace
- Ios Palace Milopotas
- Ios Palace Hotel Greece