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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

Francesco's is the Number One Rated accommodation from travellers in all of Ios.

We have been rated the Best Hostel in Greece at the Hoscars every year since 2012. Plus, in August 2012 and 2006 we were voted the Sixth-Best Hostel in the World. And with good reason - just take a look at the sunset view from our terrace bar; that's where you could be enjoying your cocktails 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 20 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 Francesco's family.

There is an air-conditioned terrace bar with satellite television and breakfast cafe 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 travelers in our friendly bar to start their first night on Ios. None of our guests ever pay the cover charge at the famous 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- information on boat tickets etc., and all guests are encouraged to make use of our free safety deposit boxes (they are provided at the reception area). We also have an extensive travelers book exchange and no curfew or lock outs to disrupt your night or day.

There are private double, triple, and quad rooms available for up to 150 people. All rooms have been newly renovated. There are also rooms available with shared facilities ( Dorms ). All private rooms have air conditioning and televisions. A number of rooms have private balconies with ocean views. There are also dorm beds available for solo travelers. All rooms are serviced daily as we pride ourselves on how spotlessly clean our accommodation is, we realize 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 will pick you up from the boat free of charge and also drop you off when you are leaving, which is also for free. ( For late night or very early morning ferries we cannot guarantee transfer ) .

So don't waste any time guys and girls get booking and we hope to see you during the summer.

**PLEASE NOTE: Cash Payment only

**PLEASE NOTE: Free internet access and WiFi is available all around the pool, the terrace and the bar area from 09:00-24:00. WiFi is not available in the rooms.

**PLEASE NOTE: ( For late night or very early morning ferries we cannot guarantee transfer ).

**PLEASE NOTE : (a.53 l.4389/16) Special Accommodation Tax 0,50€ per night per room ( extra charge ).

** PLEASE NOTE : Only for the DORM rooms we have a maximum age limit of 33 years old

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 harbor'

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


At Francesco's it's all about the sunny days by the pool and sunset cocktails on the terrace. We're an award-winning, family-run hostel and as a welcome, your first drink is absolutely free! Join us in the bar to meet the rest of our global family. If you're heading on to the nightlife of Ios, we're just a stroll away (no need for taxis). Staying in tonight? Use our free Wi-Fi (on the terrace, pool and bar area) to dazzle your Instagram followers with your beach snaps. Either way, you don't have to be a morning person here – breakfast's served till 2pm.


Send us your ferry details before you come and we'll meet you off the boat to drive you here for free in about 5 minutes. When it's time to leave, we'll provide a free transfer back to the marina, too. Once you get to Francesco's, you'll see we're overlooking the village. It's just a 10-minute walk to the main square – the place to party in Ios! The laid-back village beach is a 27-minute walk along the marina road. Exploring the island? There are six other beaches, all within walking distance.

Rooms and Dorms

We have private double, triple and quad rooms. They're en-suite with TVs and air con – and some have private balconies. Our dorms are perfect for solo travellers or groups of friends, and we'll provide free bed linen, leaving you packing space for extra swimming attire! Our private rooms and dorms are cleaned daily by our lovely housekeeping team to keep the sand off the floor.

Extras and activities

You'll find loads of handy extras in our newly refurbished reception area. The internet café's great for video calls, but if you've brought your own laptop, store it in the free safety deposit boxes before heading out. While you're waiting for an evening ferry, store your luggage with us for free and squeeze in more beach time! We've got showers at reception so you can freshen up before your trip.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.7

  • Security 9.5

  • Location 9.9

  • Staff 9.8

  • Atmosphere 9.7

  • Cleanliness 9.8

  • Facilities 9.4

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    03 Aug 2020
    We stayed in a private room for a few nights. The hostel has an amazing view, the stuff is extremely nice and helpful and they clean everything daily. You can tell that they love their job and meeting new people. I felt very welcomed for the entire time and would definitely stay here again. It was lovely, thank you guys!!
    Germany, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    24 Jul 2020
    Wonderful hospitality and location - loved it!
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    22 Jul 2020
    Can’t recommend this place highly enough. It’s a great place to meet people and Francesco and Maria, the owners, were super helpful and hospitable. If you’re going to Ios you have to stay here.
    Ireland, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    18 Jul 2020
    Had a fantastic stay at Francesco's. Too bad this season is ruined by Covid-19, and there was not many guests there. Joined in on dinner with the family, that really took care of me. Nice pool, and perfect location. Hope to come back one day!
    Norway, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    11 Jul 2020
    One of my favorite hostels anywhere. (And I do get around) **stayed in a private room** But everything was great. Bar in the hostel was perfect size. Location of hostel could not be better. Staff is fantastic! Francesco himself, left a funeral early to drive me to the harbor. Seriously?? Such a cool family operation they’ve got going here. Pool is nice. If you are lucky enough to find a free bed. Book it.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    05 Jul 2020
    We have stayed at many places all over the world and I can confidently say that my experiences come nothing close to the stay we had at Francesco's. The owner and their family are some of the most welcoming and lovely people we have ever met. They provide something truely special. The views, the chats and comfort as a natural extension of Ios lifestyle are served perfectly by Francesco's. We'll be back soon thats for sure. Regards from the South Africans
    South Africa, Couple, 25-30
  • 10.0


    28 Sep 2019
    Francesco’s was our favourite hostel our whole trip! A beautiful, family run business right in the centre of Chora. Short distance from all the bars, clubs, restaurants and supermarkets! They were the best hosts and made us feel very welcome and relaxed. The whole hostel was spotless and the pool was cleaned very regularly! The pool area is beautiful and looks over the town and the port, with a view of the magical sunset! Thank you for having us, I’m sure we will see you again!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    27 Sep 2019
    Francesco’s was absolutely perfect! It’s an amazing location, pool is great, and party is endless. There’s so much to do on the island. The staff really makes you feel at home, they learn everyone’s names and do everything they can for you❤️ Beds and rooms are comfortable, AMAZING sunset views from the terrace. There’s no kitchen and WiFi in the rooms is spotty but that just brings everyone together !! I’ll be back. Xoxo
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    27 Sep 2019
    My only complaint is not allowing us to have our own drinks, I wouldn't mind paying for the drinks at their bar except they are charging a premium. I paid $1.90 euro at the store and $5 euro at their bar otherwise, fabulous locations and wonderful view
    Canada, Female, 41+
  • 9.1


    01 Oct 2019
    The staff are the kindest people and really make you feel at home The sunsets are amazing The rooms are spacious and clean It would be be better with a kitchen to make your own food however you can get delivery which is cool
    England, Female, 18-24
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  • Linen Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Security Lockers
  • Swimming Pool
  • Housekeeping
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Bar


  • 2012

    1st, Country Winners Greece

  • 2011

    1st, Country Winners Greece

  • 2010

    1st, Country Winners Greece

  • 2009

    1st, Country Winners Greece


  • 2016

    Worldwide Medium Hostel

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