Vis hotel choices are a bit limited, due to the island’s long isolation. However, the stylish boutique Hotel San Giorgio is one delightful option. The other two hotels here, the Issa and the Tamaris, run by the same company, are reasonably priced.
Located in the Hotel Paula’s old digs, the four-star San Giorgio has ten rooms (three standard doubles, six junior suites, and a deluxe). When it opened in April 2008 it instantly became one of the nicest lodging options on the island. Factor in friendly, English-speaking staff plus the wonderful restaurant Boccadoro and the sum total is attractive for both new and returning island customers.
The Issa is a boxy, modern structure with 256 beds that offers low-frills resort-style digs. There are tennis and sports courts, and equipment rental, including bikes and diving gear, nearby. It’s right by the main downtown beach. Air-conditioning is only available in the pricier rooms – it is worth ordering during the summer season. Phone, balcony and satellite TV are provided in each.
The Tamaris, set in an old harbour-side building, is more attractive than its sister Issa. With 50 beds, it’s smaller and less institutional. All rooms have air-conditioning. There’s a decent restaurant with a harbour-facing terrace, where the inclusive breakfast is served.
This charming, four-storey stone house in Vis town centre contains three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and an extensive video library. It only accepts advance booking and for a minimum stay of four days, usually a week.
Friendly, family-run place right on the waterfront, with four rooms and two studio apartments, all sea-facing, and reasonable prices. Keep a careful lookout for the hand-painted camere/zimmer sign as you walk south along the Riva embankment.