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“Luxury boutique hotel”
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Roi Apartments
Ranked #1 of 3 Assos B&B and Inns
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Luxury boutique hotel”
Reviewed June 9, 2014

Called apartments, but really a boutique hotel with 9 rooms, Roi is located halfway up a hill on the edge of Assos. This means that there are spectacular views from the rooms and pool patio of the Ionian sea, isthmus and peninsula of Assos and parts of Kefalonia. It is an easy and quick (5 minutes) walk to the village centre along the quiet road and there are at least 4 shortcuts through olive groves and old pathways which add to the interest. The hotel is about 12 years old and architecturally impressive with patios, colourful plants and a modest swimming pool overlooking the sea with a countercurrent for swimming. This does mean that there are several steps so this must be taken into consideration if you have walking difficulties. You will not need transport if you remain in Assos but most will travel from the airport by hire car. The car park is difficult to negotiate but, if you have survived the descent from the mountain top to Assos though numerous hairpin bends (again with fantastic views which are reason enough for visiting), then your driving skills will get you into the car park. Nevertheless a small car would be best and you will have difficulty with a medium sized 4WD. Our room was "Olive" (number 9) and was fitted up to luxury hotel standards with a very comfortable bed, windows on 3 sides with a balcony over the sea and basic cooking facilities, although we never had the need to use them. The shower room is rather small but that did not pose a problem. There is also a ceiling fan, air-conditioning and a small but effective television (Sky News but no BBC) and complimentary cold drinks. Maria, the owner, welcomed us and she or her family are constantly available for help and advice. The room is a pleasant place to relax and the sea and white cliffs opposite are visible lying in bed! It is kept spotlessly clean every day as are the external areas. The swimming pool patio is also well fitted with cushions, loungers and chairs which are available in ample quantities. Although the wifi works well throughout the hotel the internet connection is poor. Pages load slowly so if you need to download large files it may be worth using the local 3G connection. Breakfast is served on the swimming pool patio either under cover or in the sun. The food is simple with fresh bread, eggs, Greek yogurt and honey, home cooked jams and variously cake, croissants or pancakes. Breakfast is a time to meet the other guests who were all couples giving a quiet and peaceful ambiance. Our fellow guests were good fun and mainly Dutch who spoke English well! There is also the option for snacks and cocktails on the patio although most preferred to go to the village centre for a drink. We stayed for 7 nights and booked via the internet as I don't think there are any British tour companies using this hotel. I am sure it is the best place to stay in Assos and you will have an enormously enjoyable time here.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

This could take a long time as I like talking. I feel however to do this review justice I will keep it short. Quality! The sunsets in September are possibly the best on the island, Maria and the staff are amazing, book early as this place is the best.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

Stunning sea views, Incredibly romantic, We stayed in the sunflower apartment which had one of the best views across the Ionian. Each morning we took our breakfast onto our terrace and marveled that for once we had found somewhere that actually exceeded our expectations and believe me after many years working in hospitality that is a very hard thing to find

Room Tip: Sunflower in our opinion had one of the best views and terrace was quite private
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

You are welcomed by an amazing view of the island and the blue sea. And your holyday can keep on in a complete peaceful, relaxing and comfortable atomosphere. Maria and her service are the excellent art director of all this. The greek breakfast tastes so good.The room are delicious, very clean and with a view directly on the sea and the sunset.

  • Stayed August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

We happened upon the beautiful village of Assos, looking for a bed for a couple of nights, and discovered Roi Apartments. An unrivalled setting, quiet with amazing 180 degree views of the Ionian. The owner, Maria, has decorated the rooms so beautifully, I literally didn't want to leave. 2 nights simply wasn't long enough, just a taster really. We had Apartment Iris, a private haven of cream and wedgewood blue, situated overlooking the sea and beside the little cliffside allotment full of sunflowers and courgettes.The next morning, the courgettes had been harvested, sliced and fried for breakfast, served alongside pancakes, eggs, fruit, yoghurt and honey - all devoured in the beautiful poolside breakfast area. We felt very spoilt - we hadn't expected anything so luxurious. We will return - though we may have trouble getting a room having read all these great accolades!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newquay, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

My wife and I spend a week at Roi Apartments in Assos, Kefallonia. Maria is the proprietor and you could not ask for a better host. She exudes a warm, welcoming atmosphere that filters round the perfectly build development. 9 bespoke apartments, each with a sea view from a balcony or sun terrace and all en suite. A fridge to chill the local Robola wine and small kitchen area to prepare aperitifs. The swimming pool is the right temperature to cool you down from the heat, and pool area has excellent steamer sun loungers and lots of shaded areas. The apartments are cleaned daily to a good standard by the very friendly staff.
We hired a car from the airport so we could explore the north part of the island. The drives are quite something.... passenger be warned. Assos itself is perfect (as most islanders will tell you). It is quiet with maybe 8 or 10 very good Tavernas, not a place for loud busy nightlife, but rather social relaxing meals with your partner, friends and children. We particularly liked the Plantanos Taverna. Food was excellent with very reasonable prices - we shared a large mezzo followed by a main meal each and a bottle of wine for around 35 Euros, and then you get a complimentary dessert to share by the most amazing staff.
Assos beach is pebbly, like most on the island (wetsuit shoes recommended for little ones and those with delicate feet). It is very idilic with beautiful clear water and there are sunlougers to rent.
The famous Myrtos beach (Cpt Corelli) is the next cove round. It is very beautiful. However the beach Taverna was not so great and I would recommend the Tavernas at the top of the beach road.
On the Fiskardo coast, we would highly recomend a day at the Agia Sopia beach and the smaller beach 500 yards to the south, Chopata.
Thank you Maria for a perfect holiday and we will be back

Room Tip: All rooms face the sea with excellant views and have either a balcony or sun terrace.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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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.

Room Tip: Each apartment is slightly different, and each one has a good view towards the ocean. You just have...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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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 #1 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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