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Francesco's
Ranked #12 of 42 Hotels in Ios
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 July 2009

Great, fun place to stay for young travelers!
The rooms are a good size and clean. They have safety deposit boxes in the reception office, there is a bar and a great breakfast restaurant pretty much in the hostel. They are strict with noise during the night so if you go to sleep earlier than the average guest, you won't be kept up. If you go to Ios with friends, STAY HERE!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 June 2009

If i could only say one thing about my six days at Francesco's it would be to tell everyone that they must must MUST stay there. This is really the only place for young travellers looking to meet people and have a really amazing time in a clean and beautiful place. Our room was simple but nice and great for the price, and always well maintained! The hostel has unbelievable views, and is SO close to the main square (as has been said, soo ideal for drunken walks home at 8am). Francesco is so nice and hospitable..I am going back next year and refuse to stay anywhere but here!!

Stayed: June 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 February 2009

Loved Francesco and his hostel! Great room, very large with a huuuuge balcony overlooking Ios - we had a fantastic view and enough room to have a party on our balcony. Very clean and the bathroom was the most decent we had while in Greece. Good location too, close to the bars and the shops/restaurants.

The staff who picked us up at the ferry and took us to the hotel weren't the most friendly. They pretty much left us to find our own way because we were taking so long dragging our bags through Ios! The girl at the front desk also wasn't the nicest. But Francesco himself was a gem, he dragged my bag up to my room and I thought he might have a heart attack from the effort!

We had stayed at Stelio's Place in Santorini and it turned out Stelio and Francesco were related through marriage - both great hostels and great hosts! Also, if you stay here make sure you visit the cafe around the corner (I think it's the Moon Cafe or something like that) - they do the best all-day breakfast I've ever had.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 July 2008

Francesco's was recommended to us by a friend, who was completely bang on with his description! Friendly staff, clean hostel, beautiful scenery, great food, lots of travellers to meet and ....HUGE party! Ios is an incredible island where all people speak English. It is easy to travel around the whole island if you rent a car. Or if you would rather stay at the local beach it's ia 15 min walk or a short 2 minute coach bus ride. The beach is beautiful, very calm! The staff at Franceso's are always willing to recommend places to go and places to eat, however it is easy to find them on your own too! Escape is a fantastic restaurant. A lovely surprise for us at Francesco's was the gorgeous pool with clean comfy loungers and a a specatular vew! What a great vacation!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 July 2008

Francesco's is absolutely the best hostel I have ever stayed at. They picked us up from our ferry and took us up the hill to the town, where they lead us through the cobbled streets ending at Francesco's. The hostel has many rooms on both sides of the pathway, with an internet cafe and bar area.

Our room had a balcony that we shared with two other rooms (it was large enough for more) with chairs to relax and watch the sunset.

Every night at 10pm, there are "welcome shots" in the bar area, where you meet the new arrivals and hang out before heading into town around midnight. Francesco even hangs out with everyone. It is always packed with people and a lot of fun.

Everyone who works there is friendly and helpful and I absolutely love Francesco! The rate was totally affordable (he could charge more).

I can't wait to go back!!!!!

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 June 2008

I stayed at Francesco's on three separate occasions in 2002 and again in 2006. This is a great place to meet other travellers, and a good starting point for a night out on the town. Rooms are very basic, beds small and somewhat uncomfortable, but it's clean and the staff is very accomodating. If you are looking for peace and quiet this is definately not for you. If on the other hand you want to meet tons of like minded travellers and party until the crack of dawn, you won't find a better hotel in Ios.

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2008

This is a definite place to stay if you are a backpacker, young and looking for a party.

It's quite noisy with the nightlife and hotel guests but definitly great location. Clean and comfortable rooms. Probably the biggest bathroom we had out of all our hostels and only a quick run down the hill into the main drag.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Francesco's

Address: Ios | Chora, 840 01, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Ios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Ios
Price Range: £19 - £70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 37
Also Known As:
Francesco`s Hotel Ios
Francescos Hotel Ios

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