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Roi Apartments
Ranked #2 of 3 Assos B&B and Inns
Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Stylish haven with generous hospitality”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

Kefalonia is a beautiful Greek island, not over-run by tourism. The small and charming port town of Assos is in an ideal location for both relaxation and exploration of Kefalonia. And Roi Apartments is the perfect place to stay. We stayed for 5 days in September, and wished we'd stayed longer.
Roi Apartments was built in 2002, overlooking the ocean on a hillside ridge that leads into the centre of Assos harbour - a mere 5 mins walk away. Maria and her husband designed and built it as a series of adult accommodations for themselves and their 3 grown up children. Several years later, Maria went to her architect with ideas to expand the property into a stylish up-market boutique hotel. Hence, the complex and the apartments are filled with special touches that can only come from a lady fitting out her own home; with care, pride and love.
The rooms are spacious, tasteful, and oh so comfortable; with delightful balconies or terraces that have picture-postcard views of the deep blue ocean beyond.
The public terraces, the swimming pool, the gardens and the open dining area do not feel public at all. They feel like the private retreat of a privileged few. At least, that's how we felt - privileged and pampered. And the small number of other guests added to the enjoyment: they were interesting and urbane, and never an intrusion.
And the best part of this haven is Maria - the owner and manager (ably supported by her husband in the background). Maria is a genuinely warm and generous person, who is always seeking out new ways for making the guests' stays more enjoyable. Her home-cooked breakfasts are absolutely wondrous, and Maria varies them every day. She goes out of her way to be of practical assistance to any guests who asks. She ensures that every little detail of Roi Apartments is maintained to the highest standard. When Roi Apartments opens for each new season, Maria will have introduced a number of new touches to improve the experience even more.
A lot of quiet passion and energy goes into making Rio Apartments such a styilsh and warm-hearted haven. It really is a little piece of paradise that we'd love to come back to again.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Devon
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

We have just returned from Kefalonia and had a truly wonderful stay at the Roi Apartments in Assos. Maria, the owner, put on amazing breakfasts, all home cooked and daily changes. We all wondered each morning what we would be having - she makes a chocolate cake to die for. The room we had was lovely, looking directly out to sea and the marvellous sunsets had to be seen to be believed. The place is scrupulously clean, and your every need catered for. Can't wait to go back next year. Well done Maria, and thank you very much. Myrtle

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bush234
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Utrecht, Netherlands
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

When you go to Kefalonia, you should go to Assos and when you go to Assos you should at least try to stay at Roi Appartments. This place comes close to paradise. Ran by Maria you will experience really really great hospitality, with rooms which are so comfortable and cleaned every day and all of them have a great view over the Ionic Sea and the castle of Assos.

We stayed in appartment Iris for 8 days and we had such a wonderful time. We just checked out and I want to go back already.

Room Tip: In apartement Iris you have a lot of privacy.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2012

Maria, the owner of this hotel, will do everything to make you feel at home. The hotel itself is gorgeous and has very clean rooms, with great views from all the rooms. We have been all over the world, but would def. recommend going here! It's just perfect!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Surrey
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17 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

We have just returned from 8 days on the beautiful island of Kefalonia. I booked the Roi Apartments last minute and cancelled our holiday in Scotland as I couldn't stand another moment of rain. What a little gem.

The 10 Roi Apartments sit on a cliff at the top of the village with stunning views across Assos to the Castle and the western part of Kefalonia. We stayed in studio Ivy for the first night and then moved to Lemon Tree, which has it's own entrance, for the remainder of our stay. The rooms were immaculate and both were furnished tastefully with attention to detail and comfort. The communal areas of this very small and intimate complex were kept spotlessly clean with luxury furniture around the superb pool and plenty of areas to relax in the shade when it got just a bit too hot!

Breakfast ... I don't think I have ever had anything like it ... and I have stayed in many hotels over the past 20 years! Maria, the owner, is the most amazing cook ... she greeted us on our first day with a slice of delicious home-made cake, which was a sign of things to come. She makes all her own jams, cakes, bread, tea, smoothies and fruit bowls ... in fact there were several different 'surprises' each day. Most days we didn't need to worry about lunch as we were so full up!

Assos is an idyllic little harbour village - not for the feint-hearted as the drive to get to it can be a little hairy ... especially at night.

There are plenty of good places to eat in and around Assos so we didn't have a problem finding good, traditional food. One of the best is called Vagera and is on the main road going from Assos towards Fiscardo. The food is delicious and the location is fantastic for watching the sunset - but if you want a front row view, you may need to book, especially at the weekend and in high season.

We did find ourselves drawn to the new little bar in Assos (I think it is called Taste of Assos). It is owned by a lovely man called Themios who used to be an accountant and certainly knows his stuff about local wines and speciality drinks. It is right by the edge of the beach/harbour and has a great atmosphere ... just look out for the blue chairs. They also do lovely lunchtime snacks. His partner, Alessandra, owns The Lemon Tree gift shop, where we bought some beautiful gifts both for us and to take home for the family. It's just off the main square.

The Roi is the perfect place for those looking for an escape from the madness that is life! Maria and the two girls who quietly help to serve breakfast and keep the place so pristine, are so un-intrusive and yet approachable and generous ... we will be back again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2011

We stayed for 7 nights in this wonderfull appartment/hotel. Every morning very tasty breakfast with great views on the terrace by the swimmingpool! Very nice staff!
Walking distance from the village of Assos with some nice tavernes. We liked restaurant Platanos very much, delicious warm and cold greek mezze.
Unique experience!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gorinchem, The Netherlands
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2011

This place is the most beautiful place in greece.
The view from the balcony and the pool area is great, lying and relaxing at the pool with a view of the blue bay and the castle. The appartment is perfect, daily cleaned. The small scale with only 10 appartments and personal care and attention of the staff was making us feel at home. We enjoyed every morning the breakfast prepared by the staff with every day a special surprise.
The village of Assos is also very nice with a couple of good restaurants and we went several times to "platanos" on the square where we enjoyed a nice evening with food, wine and beers.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Roi Apartments
Address: Assos, Kefalonia | Kefalonia, Assos 28085, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Cephalonia > Assos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Assos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Roi is a neoclassic building of 10 luxury studios which you can enjoy the famous Greek hospitality. It is built on a solid rock location and provide to the guests the beautiful colorful view of Myrtos gulf under the impressive attendance of Assos castle. ... more   less 
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