There is an abundance of accommodation of all kinds available around the island
for the independent traveller.
Tsolos Travel of Mitilene (http://www.flytsolos.com)
COM Travel of Molivos (http://www.comtravel.gr)
Sappho Travel of Skala Eressou (www.sapphotravel.com)
all act as agents for a variety of hotels and self-catering properties around the island,
with on-line details and enquiry/booking facilities.
They can also arrange tailor-made holidays, including excursions and travel to and from Lesvos.
In addition, the ubiquitous Booking.com lists nearly 140 properties,
A view from The Captain's View House, Molivos.
with instant on-line reservation.
The website of the former Municipality of Mithimna (www.molivos.net)
has links to a number of individual hotels and self-catering properties in and around Molivos .
The latter's associated site, www.lesvos-travel.com repeats most of these,
with other accommodation in Petra, Anaxos, and further afield.
Over the last few years, the main holiday companies have tended to withdraw from the simpler self-catering studios and apartments in favour of hotels, pensions, and larger purpose-built apartment complexes with their own pools.
This means that there are usually rooms available for casual arrivals:
in Molivos a representative from the tourist information office meets most incoming service buses from Mitilene
and can help with finding rooms, as well as other enquiries.
If she's not there the office is 100m from the bus stop, on the left going into town.
In Petra the tourist information office is towards the southern end of the sea-front beyond the square.
Unfortunately since the economic crisis and local government re-organisation it seems to be permanently closed:
ask in the Town Hall (Δημαρχείο) fifty metres further on.
Otherwise just look for the "Rooms for Rent" or "ΔΟΜΑΤΙΑ" signs