When deciding where I was going to “live” for a month on the Greek island of Ios, I knew I wanted to be able to cook while I was there. This meant I needed to find a place with a kitchen and I was hoping for a place that had a monthly rate as well. I did lots of research trying to find the right place including Airbnbs and looking at smaller hotels. The Airbnbs were further away from my preferred location and some only had a shared kitchen. Finally, I found the amazing Kritikakis Village Hotel. Not only did each room have a small kitchen, I was able to ask for a monthly rate and they had two pools!
The hotel is set up like a small Greek Village and has all the lovely characteristics of that including whitewashed walls and blue doors. There are less than 50 rooms and it feels like even less. The reception area is located outside the village right on the road from the port. You can walk from the ferry to Kritikakis Village Hotel.
The two pools are located on two different levels. One has the pool bar and the other has built-in sunbeds and is smaller. The smaller pool is also more shallow. The pool offers great views of Yialos beach. Breakfast is served a few levels up with a small cold breakfast and offers traditional Greek yogurt and delicious local honey.
There are many room options to choose from at Kritikakis Village Hotel. You can choose from a studio with many single beds or a double. You can also choose an apartment style room that has a separate living area. The great thing about these rooms is that it allows for groups of friends to split the cost of a room and each have their own bed. The apartments are great for couples or people with small children.
I chose an apartment since I really didn’t want to look at the kitchen for a month! When I contacted them about a monthly rate, they offered me a double bed apartment at a discounted rate. This was something you definitely had to contact them about and it may not be available during the high season. It was more than I wanted to spend, but I was very happy that I chose to do this instead of the studio.
The benefits of staying in a hotel for a month was that I had daily maid service if I wanted. This meant no washing sheets and towels or mopping floors, which is definitely a plus while on vacation. It also meant I had help planning things or calling restaurants for reservations.
My apartment had a large terrace with a table and chairs and umbrella. Many mornings were spent here having my breakfast. The hotel also faces the west so you can catch a view of the amazing sunset on Ios. You are also close to the port and I could hear the ferries come and go, which I enjoyed. I preferred this location versus the village or the party beach of Myloplotas. I was close to the port, a grocery store, Yialos beach and many great restaurants. The bus stops right outside of reception and it takes you to the village or Mylopotas beach. You can also walk the path to the village if your legs are up for it. The path is also right next to Kritikakis Village Hotel.
By far the best thing about this hotel was the friendly hotel staff! They made my stay very memorable. Many times I would come back to my room to discover fruit or chocolates. One day I had a knock on the door only to be presented with a plate of fruit and loukoumades, Greek donuts!
I chatted with the staff almost every day and made good friends with them. One night they even asked me to have dinner with them. It definitely made my time in Ios less lonely and I would have missed out on some great restaurants without their help. When I checked out they gave me a Kritikakis Village Hotel t-shirt! Which I have worn in Portugal a few times.
As I mentioned before, Kritikakis Village Hotel is located not far from the port in Ios, Greece. There is also the bus stop right outside the reception door. The bus takes you directly to the Chora(village) and then onto one of the best beaches. In the port area is many restaurants, a grocery store and a bakery. Kritikakis is located in the best spot in Ios, Greece!
So if you are planning a trip to Ios, Greece, I highly recommend staying at the Kritikakis Village Hotel, check rates here. You will feel at home right away and be close to all that Ios, Greece has to offer!
Absolutely love that you had a terrace! All those blues and whites are so gorgeous.
It was the best part. I had breakfast out there many times. I miss it so much.
Tiffany, we would definitely stay here if the opportunity arose, looks fab!!! We are more into cooking where we stay as the budget doesn’t allow dinners out very often!
That is the main reason I chose this place and the fact that they gave me monthly rate. I hope to go back one day.
What lovely hospitality Tiffany. And those loukoumades look great!! 🙂
They were so good.
A visit to Greece has been on my travel bucket list for ages. It sounds like a beautiful place to start x
You so need to go! I can help you plan.
This post and especially the photos made me long for Greece. The whitewashing, that endless, optimistic blue and the clear air! How great that you lived there for a month. My wife and I visited twice- from Australia- and only the other day mentioned how we’d love to take our boys there soon.
Thanks for this.
I know. I look at it and I miss it as well. I am hoping to back this year as well. You’re welcome. So glad enjoyed it.
Looks very nice and beautiful place to spend some of the vacations there. This hotel can give us the time which we want from the life. Thanks for sharing this post.
The pictures look heavenly, almost wanna jump into it from my screen!
Real amazing review Tiffany, interesting blog posts you have, all the love from Nepal! xoxo
Absolutely gorgeous images! Love the rustic look in places like Greece, food there is great as well! Would you change anything about your experience if you could?
Thank you! I wouldn’t change a thing!
Gorgeous! I’m so jealous 🙂
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Absolutely loved all your pictures from Greece they are all so beautiful! This post makes me want to hop on the next flights out to Greece! I subscribed!
Thank you! I always want to go back!
Hi Tiffany hope you are fine! It’s been awhile I know… many things had happened.
Now I need to catch up with some of your post and glad you are still enjoying traveling around.
I’m not sure now if we can meet but if ever please let me know when you’re in Abu Dhabi. 🙂
Hi! Thank you. I am back in the US for a bit. But hope to travel again soon. Hope all is well with you.
Look like a great hotel and you captured incredible pictures.. Such a gorgeous place, i really want to visit this place. Thank you so much for sharing this post!
Beautiful place! How are you today?
I’m good. How are you?
For some reason I didn’t see your reply. We are fine but hubby stayed in AD for work. So far here in NZ… I need to post soon about it.
stunning pictures.. I hope customers will get a pleasant and peacefull atmosphere.
Thanks. They will!
Brilliant Post Tiffany.Im in absolute love with this place.I have added this to my bucket list!!!!!!
Excellent Post. I also want to visit here, It is my dream place.