Francesco's, Ios

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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

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

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.


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.

Kelly H

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.

Kiwi girl

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!


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.

Four Brazilian girls

This is the best hostel I have ever stayed in! Once you get there, you don't want to leave. Party at night and lie on the beach by day. The staff are incredible and the rooms and washrooms are very clean. It has the most beautiful view you've ever seen. Get ready to party, though!


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Francesco's is the number one rated accomodation from travellers in all of Ios, and with good reason, just take a look at the sunset view from our terrace bar at your right, thats what you could be enjoying your cocktails to each evening during your stay in Ios.

We are located in Ios town, just a short stumble from the night life in the main square and a 10 minute walk from the main beach. There are also six other beaches within comfortable walking distance. There is no need to have a long, dark walk home at night after your bar hopping adventures.

We are a family run hostel where everybody is made to feel at home and all your needs are catered to. From the time you arrive to the time you depart you become part of the Francescos family.

There is an air-conditioned terrace bar with satellite television and breakfast café which overlooks the port, beach, and one of the best sunset views on the island, as you can see in the photo. All guests are invited for a free welcome drink and a chance to meet fellow travellers in our friendly bar to start their first night on Ios. None of our guests ever pay the cover charge at the famous Ios Blue Note, one of the most popular clubs on the island.

Some of the amenities which are offered at Francesco's include 24-hour hot water, a new reception area with internet cafe, tourist information and information on boat and plane tickets etc. , and all guests are encouraged to make use of our free safety deposit boxes. We also have an extensive travellers book exchange and no curfew or lock outs to disrupt your night or day.

There are double, triple, and quad rooms available for up to 150 people. All rooms have been newly renovated. Most have private bathrooms and there are also rooms available with shared facilities. All private rooms have air conditioning, televisions and telephones. A number of rooms have private balconies with ocean views. There are also dorm beds available for solo travellers. All rooms are serviced daily as we pride ourselves on how spotlessly clean our accomodation is, we realise what a difference this makes to a guests stay.

On your day of checkout we offer free left luggage and free showers if you decide to go to the beach and have an afternoon or night ferry to catch.

After you make your booking with us all you have to do is either e mail or call us with your boat details and our driver Matthew will pick you up from the boat free of charge, and also drop you off when you are leaving, which is also for free.

So dont waste any time guys and girls get booking and we hope to see you during the summer. And please remember book early for July and August as this is an extremely busy period for us.

LONELY PLANET SAYS - 'The well run Francescos,with good clean rooms, is near the centre of things and is a lively meeting place for backpackers.The party spirit rules supreme. It has a busy bar and terrace with great views of the harbour'

LETS GO SAYS 'The Godfather of accomodations in Ios, Francesco oversees a family of hotels. Standard rooms with private bath and air conditioning sit atop a convial terrace bar.'

Location and Contact


Address: Francesco Plakiotis, Chora, Ios (Ios Island), Cyclades, Greece

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Website Francesco's Ios
Phone Number: (22860) 91223
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel




Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

Air Conditioning


Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Hot Showers

Lounge Area

Swimming Pool


Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: March 15 to October 15

Reception Hours: 9am till 2.30pm and 6 pm to 12.30pm

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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