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Francesco's is located in the Ios main town, about one minute walking from the main square. They have both hostel dorms of about four beds and air-conditioned double rooms with ensuite bathroom. The dorm rooms are nice and clean, although they can get somewhat hot in the day, and there are only two shared bathrooms, with the toilet and shower in the same enclosure, causing some waits.

The premises have a gorgeous courtyard with an amazing view out over the port bay and the rest of the town. They serve tasty, reasonably prices breakfasts until 2 pm, and there is a nice bar that will put drinks on your room tab and give you free welcome shots. They also have safe-deposit boxes and fast but expensive internet.

Being close to the Ios town, the situation is ideal for both those who want to party and those who need sleep since all the action is a short ways away and the hostel's bar shuts down at half past midnight. However, they can be very strict and unfriendly about not allowing alcohol purchased outside to be brought on the premises.

All in all an excellent and beautiful place to stay in Ios.

by that1guy
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
November 2004
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
1   Glad I survived Let me start by saying, that this is the first time I've ever felt compelled to leave a review of accommodations. We had booked A private room at Francesco's for three nights in August on a friend's recommendation. The trouble started right when we arrived. At the port, we were shoved into an old van with more drunken teenagers than seats. Our bags were thrown into the back of a separate pickup truck, piled so high that the driver joked we might lose some. I wouldn't have been surprised. As we arrived, we kept hearing about free welcome shots for all new guests. As if this small gesture is enough to make up for a complete lack of hospitality. Our bags were dropped off at the bottom of a moderately steep hill and we were made to drag them up to the main area of the hotel. As we were shown to our room, we realized that this was some sort of partying factory. Minimal comforts (not even a shower curtain or in room wifi) and paper thin walls. No in room safes, which is a big problem because this seems like a prime place to get robbed. After getting settled in a room that was of a lower standard than a dorm room, we proceeded to the "pool". I put pool in quotes because it is really just a tiny water hole that is suspiciously warm and smells nothing like the typical chlorine or salt water one would expect. Now for the interesting part. At night the hostel turns Into what seems like a frat house on steroids. Drinking, drugs, and guests who are so wasted they can barely carry a conversation (it's interesting to note that they continued to be served at the bar). The only concern of management seemed to be keeping outside alcohol out of the common area. A little bit of capitalism in This Greek economy! After going out to the bars, we retired to our dorm for the night. At about 5 am we were awoken by our neighbours breaking down doors and smashing furniture for about two hours. I have to say, this is the first time I've been scared for my life In a hostel or hotel. Not one staff member came by to stop the madness all night. The only positive thing I can say about Francesco's is that they let us leave after one night. Do not stay here if you have any standards.  , age 24 ()
4   Clean, good place to meet people, next to all the bars. Can't go wrong Clean, affordable, great location, aircon in rooms. Right next to all the pubs and clubs. Lots of young travelers, easy to meet people in the common area every night. Also has a great view and a swimming pool.  , age 24, Australia ()
5   Love love LOVED! if you're going to Ios, this is where you MUST stay!!! its got an excellent location and the place is huge!! the staff is SO wonderful!!! so friendly and involved in making your stay just wonderful!! I loved the downstairs sitting area -- it has the most wonderful view and people just hang out there, talking, its awesome!! it IS a bit of a party atmosphere in the hostel itself, but this IS Ios. my room was a bit of a way from the hangout area, so it was really nice and quiet -- bathroom in the room. i just wish there was a shower curtain! but there may have been just that room? I only had 2 nights here. if you go, you'd better add on a few more nights to your stay because you will regret not staying longer!!  , United States ()
4  Since Ios is so small anything is a good location. The balcony here is amazing. The rooms are neat and clean. Also the owners are very friendly. Pick up and drop of at the ferry terminal is also very nice.  ()
5  My girlfriends and I went to Greece for our graduation present from our parents. We stayed at Francesco's and it was awesome. We had a four-person room (four beds) a little mini-kitchen thing with a fridge and a private bathroom. It is near all the clubs and a five-minute bus ride to the beach. I will definitely be coming back. Francesco's is awesome, we get free shots on arrival and also every night at a specific time we all get free shots welcoming the other guests. Its so much fun and family oriented! I loved it.  ()
5  I had the delight of staying at Francesco's in August this year and it was totally brilliant. It was very clean, very well organized and the staff were brilliant. The rooms were very spacious and very clean, and so was the linen. The dorm rooms share the two-toilet/two-shower scenario on the terrace, so the bathrooms can be very overused when people are drinking at the bar. But apart from that nuisance, it's one of the friendliest places I stayed at in my 3-month trip through Europe. And the view is AWESOME.  ()
4  Most people you meet travelling will tell you this is the best place to stay when in Ios. It's probably one of the best I've been to and very clean, but I recommend trying to get a private room if you are travelling with people. It's about the same price and you'll get your own bathroom. Some of the dorm rooms get hot, it depends which one you are in. The bathroom/shower situation in the dorms is the only thing I'd complain about. They are located just off the terrace and you share with everyone. Other than that, this is a great place to stay in terms of nightlife, and the view is every bit as beautiful as they say. If you want to be social, everyone drinks in the bar and then heads to Blue Note around 12:15. Then you wake up late in the morning, have a nice breakfast and head to the beach. It's a perfect vacation for me!  ()
5  We just loved it! Francesco and Maria have been such a lovely couple to us. We felt so comfortable there we just couldn't leave. Our night wouldn't be the same without the Blue Note. The terrace view was the most beautiful one in the whole of Greece. You can't stay in Ios and not stay in Francesco's.  ()
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