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Charlies Venus Apartments
Ranked #16 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Roda
London, United Kingdom
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“Great value accommodation in a perfect and peaceful setting”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

We returned from the Venus Apartments last weekend and I have to say we had an absolutely fabulous holiday – the apartments are in a great location and it was such a joy not to have to fight for sun beds no matter what time of the day. And I would echo the sentiments of the previous reviewers that it was also the other families around the pool who made our holiday perfect.

However, having spoken to many people around the pool I have to say I think we were exceptionally lucky as we had one of the nine apartments that have been updated. I didn’t the see the more dated rooms but heard several stories of dodgy showers and no cooking utensils. We had apartment 9, which had a modern newly fitted shower room and a spotless kitchen with plenty of cooking utensils. We only cooked once but could easily have done so every evening as we had everything we needed.

I too unfortunately had the humiliation of being dragged out of the pool one afternoon to be told that we should have vacated the apartment but this error was actually the fault of Cosmos. We booked our accommodation through them independently to coincide with our Easyjet flights so booked 11 nights. The useless Cosmos rep relayed that to Charlie as a booking for 11 days so he was expecting us to vacate 24 hours earlier than we did.

Charlie, bless him, does his best but he takes on far too much for a man of his age and it shows sometimes when basic things get forgotten. I would question how much longer he can carry on without some help to give him a break.

I absolutely loved Roda – it’s a beautiful resort and I will definitely be going back next year - but unless I could guarantee which I apartment I ended up in I probably would not book here again. Having said that, for what we paid, it was fantastic value for money.

Room Tip: Ask for apartment 9 – the shower room is brand new, the kitchen was spotless and well kitted out – b...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

We returned from our stay at Venus Apartments this week. We loved the location and the service and welcome we received in the many nearby restaurants. We can recommend The Coral Hotel and Nikos Family Restaurant - great food and service in both. The sea was beautifully warm and the beach was never too crowded so quite easy to pick a quiet spot. We hired a boat from Sam's boats - however were shocked on our return to discover our petrol usage cost the same as the cost to hire the boat for 2 hrs. We loved the laid back feel to this resort and the weather was fantastic.
Venus Apartments were extremely quiet - just what we wanted - even the guests returning in the evening did so quietly.
As for the apartments - well, we did not have our bins emptied after day 2!! This I found to be unacceptable especially when you can't flush paper. The room was swept once by the cleaner and the sheets were not changed. The bathroom smelt of raw sewage and we were plagued by mosquitos and wasps. We paid extra for air conditioning and bought various plug ins and sprays to deal with the pests. We only saw the pool being attended to once during our stay and my daughter's hair turned green as did our swim wear. We did not drink or eat in the resort bar as it looked as though it could do with a good clean.
Our last day was spoilt when the owner, Charlie, started shouting at my husband when he was in the pool that we should have vacated our room - we had paid for 8 nights as we had a 5am flight!!
My husband had to go dripping to the apartment to show him the paperwork. Eventually we received an apology from Charlie but he was still blaming the tour operator even though he only had a scrap of paper to remind him of who was leaving/staying that day.
We would return to Roda but unfortunately not to these apartments.
PLEASE NOTE: MANY OF THE NEARBY APARTMENTS ALLOW FREE USE OF THEIR POOLS, THEREFORE NOT ESSENTIAL TO BOOK SOMEWHERE WITH A POOL.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

I've rated the Venus average but only because there isn't a good rating.

Our holiday was made not by the accommodation so much as the other guests that were staying there. The guests were mainly families and a few young couples out for a quiet holiday in the sun, although when all the kids got together in the pool it wasn't that quiet but it was fab to see all the kids playing together and getting on as if they'd been friends for years. We have a boy 13 and a girl 10, and it made our holiday that they could go and play safely with all the other kids. This leads me to the parents and the couples staying there, you couldn't have hoped to meet a friendlier bunch of people. For the whole 2 weeks there was no rushing for sun beds at stupid o'clock in the morning and most people would chat and say hello.
My opinion of the accommodation is pretty much the same as most other reviewers. Our apartment was No.3 fortunately it was one of the last to be revamped so the bathroom although small was perfectly adequate. The bedrooms are of a good size with enough storage for most families, We don't go on holiday to cook so didn't care about the cooking facilities, Beware of the fridge the door opens from the wrong side so you bang your arm or head on the microwave shelf and the door doesn't close properly unless you nudge it a bit. The A.C. works well with units upstairs and down.
A 15 min stroll along the sea front road past tavernas and restaurants gets you into Roda village with plenty of entertainment and a little retail therapy.

Charlie's hideaway bar! For us the only thing that lets the Venus down, it's not so much the bar area its self, that's spacious with plenty of seating a pool table and a large screen telly. The issue is poor Charlie, He's a lovely old fella who tries to do far too much, he's there from 1st thing till the bar closes and that's one of the problems. On many a night we went back expecting a night cap and a chat with other guests only to find it all locked up, I could have understood it if it had been really late but it was never much after midnight and on one occasion it was 11.15. Also when the bar is open be prepared to pay hotel prices for your drinks. We paid on average €13 for 2 small cokes a wine and lemonade and a shot of sambuka.

All in all not bad.

Thanks to all the other families and couples that made our holiday such a fun and relaxing 2 weeks and thanks to Charlie for all his hard work.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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York
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Please remember you are looking at Greek 3 star accommodation here. These apartments are of a typical standard for 3 star accommodation across Greece, yes there are always exceptions, but having worked in the travel industry for 20+ years I have a very good understanding of the grading system and value for money.

These apartments are value for money. It’s a complex of 19 apartments, set in 4 blocks, very spacious layout to the complex, plenty of room around the pool and on the grass, plenty of sun beds and umbrellas as well as trees for shade. There was no need for the early morning sun bed rush!!!

Arriving at the apartments, we got a bit worried. Arriving at night in the dark along un-light poorly surfaced roads – (typical Greece), the resort of Roda has a main road about 300m back from the sea front, with lots of small roads every 200m or so, that run down to the resort - so when we turned off the main road and stopped at the apartments we did wonder where we had picked!

But just a 1 minute walk from the complex and you are in one of the small coastal road that links Roda and Acharavi. Roda is bigger and picturesque with loads of restaurants and bars on the seafront – a nice 15 minute walk along the front to the start of the main drag of facilities; it is not littered with touristy shops. Acharavi has a few seafront restaurants with more on the main road.

We had booked a 2 bedroom apartment. These apartments sleep 4, the cooking facilities, if you wanted to cook might be difficult, 2 rings and a microwave, we did not attempt any cooking other then boiling some eggs, which took forever!!! We had two bedrooms one a double and the other a twin room which had a very tight spiral staircase up to it, my two teenage boys where fine, but others might find this different. I believe only two of the apartments have these spiral staircases!!! I would definitely request a room without a spiral staircase. We saw inside several other apartments and they had normal staircases. It would also appear some of the rooms have been refurbished. Ours, number 20 had not, but ours just needed a little bit of TLC. The kitchen area and bathrooms are not very spacious, but OK, we only slept and got showered etc in the apartment.

Cleaned regularly and linen changed twice in our stay. The complex is clean, the bar/restaurant is clean, the food is okay not over priced, and there is a small play area next to the pool. There is a pool table in the bar area. The pool did turn our white swimwear green!!

Charlie was very pleasant, a little forgetful at times, but very accommodating.

For the essential holiday bit’s, we suggest a walk to the bigger supper market on the main road either at Archaravi or Roda. Cheaper than those in the restaurant areas. You can walk to them and get a taxi back, but the taxi was 7 euros, so you need to make sure you stock up and make the taxi fee worthwhile.

Overall we were very pleased with our holiday; these apartments are a Greek three star and are good value for money. All in all this is a good complex, fine location, clean, friendly staff.

Please be careful this resort seems to have a short season, talking to the local restaurant owners, many of whom are English, the season gets going in May and ends by the end of September. Our apartments and Nino where we spent a good amount of time both are planning to close by the first weekend in October. It’s a ghost town out of season!!


I travelled in August 2012, 1 adult and 2 teenage boys.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Surrey, UK
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Just got back from Venus apartments. the location is brilliant, 1 min walk to to the beach and 10m mins walk along the beach into Roda. The setting was gorgeous, really lovely pool but don't wear a white costume as it has a tendency to turn everything green including some guest's blond hair - lots of mini Shreks running around! The apartment itself was basic particularly the bathroom and the kitchen. We did cook some nights but only basic grilled meat and salad as the apartments are poorly stocked with equipment - only a bread knife for your sharp knife, but most of the tavernas are really reasonably priced so we ate out more than we originally intended to - we would particularly recommend Roda Park as the owner really went out of his way to ensure we enjoyed our selves. My 2 sons loved the pool and the proximity to the beach. My main observation would be that possibly Charlie is a bit too old to be managing it all and some balls are dropped. My other observation would be that if you would like to see a Cosmos rep to sort things out with, then don't hold your breath - we saw him once, he came across as very insincere but the plus side was that we certainly weren't hassled to go on trips etc as we never saw him. Some guests were also stung when hiring a car through Cosmos as they don't tell you that you are only paying for 100 km and any additional mileage is charged at 30 cents/km so bit sneaky. We didn't hire a car though as everything is within walking distance including the bus stop to nearby towns. We would go back but would insist on one of the rooms that has had a bathroom upgrade - rooms 1-9 currently! Hi to everyone we met - we really enjoyed our nights chatting in the bar!!

Room Tip: All rooms overlook the pool, rooms 1-9 have better bathrooms
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

we had a week in july this year, our room was smelly ,dirty a
nd very basic.Room not cleaned during our stay towels not changed ,bathroom still had soap bar from previous guest.kitchen was dirty all surfaces greasy never used the kitchen couldnt face it.I really dont recommend any one goes to the venus, lots of lovely other places to stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

We have just come back from a lovely 2 week break in Corfu. Having stayed self catering in Greece before, we had quite low expectations of the accommodation we would be in as it is usually very basic and Venus apartments are exactly that but also quite dated. The first room we were in was a bit smelly and musty with mould on the walls so we changed rooms. Charlie the owner was very apologetic and it was easy enough to move. The rooms are small and basic but they are clean and ours was cleaned about 4 times while we were there with fresh towels every other day, however talking to other guests, this was not always the case. The pool and bar area are lovely, but again needs updating. Charlie seems to do everything, including cooking and serving in the bar so getting served can take a long time and you are never quite sure if food is available. Food is very basic but ok. The pool is a bit dubious. After swimming in it, swim suits end up green! It looks clean enough and it did not bother any of the guests there but you always feel like it needs a good dose of chlorine! The whole place is actually lovely, perfect location to Roda and you can catch the bus easily to neighbouring towns! My advice would be to just expect it to be very basic 1 star accommodation and for the price we paid we really can't complain.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Property: Charlies Venus Apartments
Address: Roda 49081, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Roda
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Ranked #16 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Roda
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Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Venus is a small collection of family-run studios & apartments, tastefully arranged around a spectacular swimming pool so that everyone has a perfect view. With ‘duplex’apartments sleeping up to four people and two person studios, there is a wide range of options available for families and other groups. All have air-conditioning, private balconies, showers, W.C.s, refrigerators and basic cooking facilities. Cots are available and there is a regular maid service. ... more   less 
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