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“Pension votsi and the lovely Maria”
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Pension Votsi
Ranked #1 of 6 Votsi B&B and Inns
Hereford, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
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“Pension votsi and the lovely Maria”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Our first time to Alonissos staying at Marias pension Votsi. Room was excellent cleaned every day to a high standard. We had breakfast as well where Maria offers a good choice . Would definitely
recommend staying here. Excellent weeks holiday.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Maria D, Ιδιοκτήτης at Pension Votsi, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Thank you very much for your kinds word and your pleasantness. I hope to see you again on our beautiful island
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

We arrived back from heaven late last night. This was our 4th time in Alonissos in 5 years, always staying at Pension Votsi and my only regret is that the year we didn't come to Alonissos, we should have done. Maria keeps a spotless property. The rooms are cleaned every day and the cleaner always does a great job. As many people will be aware, you cannot put loo paper down the loo, it has to go in a bin so it's great that it is emptied every day.

The rooms improve every year. Last year, the bathroom had been completely refitted, with a proper walk in shower (rare in Greece) and the bed headboards replaced. This year, the steps had been redone, and the bedding.

The rooms are large, the balcony vast, with sunbeds, chairs, a table and airer, and the views over the bay are breathtaking. The slatted wooden partition between balconies has been replaced with a solid wall, a bit disappointing, as we used to hinge the partition back in the evening to have drinks with our friends next door.

The room had a king size bed and a single, a ceiling fan and free air con, which was great at night. Also free TV, and a wallsafe which was also free. We travel with Sunvil, which is an excellent company, and we always get a welcome pack in the room, which contains fruit, water, wine, bread, tea, coffee, juice, butter, jam and biscuits, in fact, everything to get you over the first evening/morning.

Maria, the owner keeps a close eye on what goes on, and is always ready to offer a kind word, timely advice or just a friendly hello. Her mum also greets us daily. We cannot fault either the room, or the service.
Votsi has a few friendly tavernas, the best pizza cafe in Greece, and one supermarket. The main port of Patitiri is just a 20 minute walk away and has everything you need.
Last week, my wife was bitten by a dog in the village, and sadly developed cellulitis, and so was balcony bound for the last 3 days of the holiday. Our Rep visited daily, found a doctor to visit twice at no cost. The local pizza cafe cooked me takeaways every evening so I could be with my wife, and also provided me with free beer, even though the Greek people are really suffering this year. Maria came to see if we were OK, the cleaner provided extra pillows etc so my wife could keep her leg elevated - in fact, everyone was so helpful and really cared. The owner of one of the tavernas even stopped his van in the middle of the road one day to ask if she was getting better.
You don't really go on holiday to Alonissos, you just spend 2 weeks living with the locals as part of the community. It really is magic. We've been coming to the Greek islands for over 20 years, but Alonissos has something you just can't describe. If when I'm dead, I find myself in Votsi, then I'll be happy, for I know I will have come home to heaven. And my room number? I'm not going to tell you. I want it back next year. Well done Maria, Dinah, Julia, Yannis and all who made us part of their lives.

Room Tip: Go for the top floor for the best views (but more steps to climb)
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Maria D, Owner at Pension Votsi, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Your words are very touching and you can justify this little report(essay) that you wrote. Due to the recovery of your wife that you spend inside the room, its obvious and primary need to have someone to give you strength and help you in such difficult situation that you were passing through. Such a kind of hospitality you may find at all over Alonnissos and similar islands in Greece that have small communities. About the decadency of economy,Well whats the meaning of money, if you are not healthy and dont live the moments that you were describe. I ensure you that Greece in the past was in worst situation than it is now and people was more happy and spend their difficult situation easier like a fist. You gave a full description of the room and thank you for the photos that you uploaded. I see that you have spend much time for all this and im thankful of you. As you said the topmost floor the better view. About the cleaner as you know, she's working for us many years and know's how to do her best to keep the rooms clean. We hope to see you again and have such a wonderful time as you mention at the closure of your report. Best regards from all the family
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Epping, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

My wife and I discovered Alonissos in 2011. We enjoyed a wonderful two week holiday based at Pension Votsi (Maria Apartments). We found Pension Votsi to be an ideal base for enjoying the island – as well as the supermarket and Taverna’s in Votsi, a wider choice within Roussoum and Patitiri are within walking distance, (we enjoy walking !). A choice of beaches and secluded bays are reachable on foot – pre breakfast swims to the Sea Caves were great. We occupied a top floor studio with stunning views over Votsi harbour. The studio are spacious, well maintained and serviced everyday. Nothing is too much trouble. We returned to Pension Votsi for our summer holiday in 2012 (the studios had been upgraded). After comparing with alternatives holiday’s we have decided to stay again next month – cannot wait !

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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greece
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

It was a great experience.The atmosphere was very nice and the people who own the pension were very polite and of great service.The rooms were very clean,with wonderful view over the sea.Maria,the owner,was always there to help,to give directions and make you feel as comfortable as possible and always with a big smile on her face.I would recommend everyone to visit that wonderful place and have a taste of this hospitality.
Yiannis

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Maria D, Ιδιοκτήτης at Pension Votsi, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
Yanni thank you so much for assisting our labour by writing so much nice words about our pension and our services. We are very glad that you like our hospitality and see you every year. We are very happy as you come on our island and looking forward to seeing you again.
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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Let's start with the arrival. Do not expect to reach the main door with your car or if you have moving disabilities. A VERY steep 15-20m slope is waiting for you. On the contrary do not wait to receive any help with your baggages.
Pros: great view from balcony, low price, friendly owners (even if they don't help with the baggages).
Cons: dirty bathroom. the walls in the bathroom, the floor in the room... a dead spider stayed with us on the floor beside our bed during our stay there. there were also a couple of little holes on the sheets. the little fan in the bathroom was hardly visible under the dirt that has been collected and stuck on it. The rooms are old and not well reinnovated. There is no luck if you want silence and you have noisy neighbours. Soundproof is an unknown word. The furniture in the balcony looks old and cheap, ruins the wonderful view.
We hope they will make improvements based on our review here.
If we ever visit Allonissos again, we will try another option.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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England
Level 6 Contributor
87 reviews
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights in Pension Votsi on a self catering basis. The studio was very well equipped including - AC, double and single bed, plenty of storage space, fridge, TV, excellent bathroom with a walk-in shower and room to swing a cat which is rare in Greece, WiFi and a nice seating area on the patio facing the harbour. If we did come here again I would ask for a room on the top floor for the better view of the harbour as most of ours (room 32) was of the roof of the building below.
The room and everywhere else was very clean with the staff obliviously taking great pride in the pension. Maria who runs/owns the pension is very helpful who will give recommendations of places to visit if required.

During our short stay we ate in the 'Old Village' a few Kilometers away at the 'Castle Taverna' which was excellent. Certainly the 'Old Village' is very atmospheric with plenty of well attended Tavernas and well worth visiting in the evening.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

We just spent two weeks on Alonissos in Pension Votsi. What a great place. We had a studio which we thought very generously proportioned as the kitchen is actually separate from the bedroom part. AC much appreciated when it was over 40. There is a TV (we didn't watch it) and wi fi (which was pretty useful).
Great beds (double and a single) and bathroom, kitchen very well appointed, and a FABULOUS balcony (we weren't prepared for how fabulous it was). Lovely views of Votsi harbour, a large balcony with sunloungers, table and chairs and a great deal of shade (important to me as I burn easily).
The rooms are kept SPOTLESSLY clean. I can concur with the other review that the shower was very good. The whole bathroom was very good - well the whole place was excellent. In the overall and in the detail.
Vosti is a great place to stay - very quiet and with a good pebble beach. It really is beautiful. But close enough to Patitiri that you can walk in, have dinner, hire a car whatever.
Everywhere we ate in Votsi was very good - (Dimitris gets special mention).
The other great thing about Pension Votsi (apart from Maria - who is wonderful) is that it's a very short walk down steps to the water - perfect for the pre-breakfast dip. Just take your jellies - a lot of waters round the island have spiky sea urchins.
This is one of the best places we've stayed on Greek islands.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pension Votsi
Address: Alonissos Votsi, Votsi, Greece
Location: Greece > Sporades > Alonnisos > Votsi
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Votsi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
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Set in a wonderful position overlooking. The small and idyllic fishing harbor of Votsi Pension offers peace, tranquility and excellent views. ... more   less 
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