Homer's Inn

Where to Stay in Ios: Homer’s Inn

Ios is an incredible Greek island. During our trip to Greece we visited three islands, but Ios was definitely our favourite. We stayed for four nights at Homer’s Inn located just up the road from the port and a quick quad ride away from the village of Chora. Homer’s Inn is a beautiful resort overlooking Yialos Beach offering the best views of the sea and town below. The first thing I noticed was in fact all the white buildings on the island, from how clean and pristine they looked. Homer’s Inn stood out for its bold and vibrant colours as its painted with bright blue windows and doors and decorated with bright pink flowers.

Checking In: Homer’s Inn

After we arrived by ferry early in the morning after leaving Mykonos and to our surprise Homer’s Inn offered to pick us up at the port to help us with our luggage and drive us up the hill. The staff here were incredible- its a family run business so everyone was incredibly humble and helpful. After a speedy check in and introduction we settled into our massive room. The best part? The walk out balcony faced the water providing an insanely gorgeous panorama. For those looking to combine sightseeing with a staycation, Homer’s Inn has the best mix of relaxation and adventure! 

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Paradise Found

Every morning there was lavish spread for the buffet breakfast including bread, cheeses, fruit, vegetables, juice, meats and eggs. We enjoyed our meals on the outdoor patio listening to the sounds of the sea and morning calls of birds. I could honestly imagine myself living here it was so peaceful! During September the island wasn’t too busy since it was the end of the high season, leaving just a few other guests and us in total tranquility. 

My favourite part was the swimming pool and patio. After swimming in the sea all day I always love to take a quick dip into the pool to cool off and relax. We could tell Panos and his family takes care of their resort so much that we constantly saw the his father out at the pool cleaning it- so nice to see businesses care about their resort! You could easily spend all day by the pool soaking in the sun, ordering drinks at the bar, and relaxing under palm trees. 

Location and View

Homer’s Inn is located on Eparchiaki Odos Iou-Ormou Iou- which is basically the main road from the port. There are other numerous hotels, car rental shops, restaurants around positioning it in the middle of it all. It’s on a hill which provides some of the most amazing views from every angle. Watch the sun go down from the breakfast bar or on your lawn chair by the pool!

Our room faced west diagonally towards the water and rolling mountains- this has been one of my favourite bedroom views ever. Make sure to request a room on this side of the hotel if you want to wake up with the sun and watch the stars at night.

What to Do in Ios

In Ios we did a lot of adventuring on our quad leaving us gone for most of the day. After a long day we would come back and relax back in our room or at the pool. A few nights we headed into Chora by foot via the staircase at the top and bottom of the hill. It was a quick 15-20 minute walk to the top. We walked around the white cobble stone streets and splurged for dinner a few times. Try Sally’s which has lots of vegetarian options, and Thai Smile, great for pad thais! We headed to Lost Boys Bar which is a great bar to drink and socialize.

There are so many activities in Ios from from sailing the sea to visiting the numerous archaeological sites. Homer’s Inn was just around the corner from Skarkos, an early Bronze Age settlement surrounded by beautiful terraces. We even met a cute donkey here! Yialos Beach down below is a short walk away and perfect place to relax for the day. I definitely recommend renting a car or quad, because there is so much beauty on the island. Our favourite spots on the island include Paleokastro, Tris Klisies Beach, and Erego Club and Restaurant.

Our stay at Homer’s Inn couldn’t have been more magical. I am longing to go back here and explore more of this island.

A warm thank you to Homer’s Inn for inviting me to experience your lovely island hotel. Can’t wait to return- all opinions and photos my own.


  • Chandrima November 13, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    You know I missed Ios on my last trip to Greece. I’ve heard so much about Homer’s too. Thanks for sharing such detailed information about the hotel and the island. I’m pinning it to put on my next Greece itinerary 😊

    • My One Big Planet November 13, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Ios is not to miss- definitely visit next time! It was my favourite island 🙂

  • Babette Brown November 13, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    I love Greece, lovely post! Xo BB


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