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.