Sto Roloï is not an ordinary hotel or b&b. At this charming place on Poros you will stay in one of several historical island houses, all lovingly restored by architect-owner Marie Luise Antoniadou. The main one, Sto Roloï, is a 19th century neo-classical house divided into two apartments and a studio. The others are old farmhouses: the Anemone House and the Little Tower are situated on the west side of the village, a few minutes from the centre, and the Limeri House and Studio are a bit further out, on the southern part of the village, overlooking the narrow strait of sea that separates Poros from the Peloponnese. All are done in an appealing blend of old charm and modern freshness. The houses are wonderful little hideaways: you have privacy; you get the necessary luxury (most bathrooms with hydro-massage, superb mattresses, the Anemone House and the Limeri properties have a small swimming pool); kitchens are well equipped; just like in hotels you get daily maid service; and groceries or even entire meals can be ordered in. Sto Roloï is just perfect for uncomplicated island holidays in Greece.
Staying at Sto Roloï feels like having your own house on Poros. The combination of fresh-looking interiors, charm and excellent comfort is hard to beat. The views from the Limeri houses are particularly stunning.
The Garden Apartment and the Studio of the Sto Roloï House do not have much of a view. If you stay at Limeri House or Studio, you have to be prepared for some exercise to get to it – 170 steps uphill.
1 apartment for up to 4 or 5 persons with two bedrooms (Sto Roloï Terrace Apartment)
2 houses for up to 4 persons with one bedroom (Anemone House, Limeri House)
1 apartment for up to 4 persons with one bedroom (Sto Roloï Garden Apartment)
1 house for up to 3 persons (Little Tower)
1 large studio for 2 persons with a kitchenette (Limeri Studio)
1 small studio for 2 persons with a kitchenette (Sto Roloï Studio)
Sto Roloï Residence:
Terrace Apartment: master bedroom with a double bed, study with a queen-size double bed, living room with a sofa bed, separate kitchen, bathroom with steam shower, hydro massage, balcony, courtyard, rooftop terrace. Sleeps up to five (sixth person possible).
Garden Apartment: master bedroom with a double bed, central dining area open kitchen, living room (can be turned in second bedroom with a queen size bed), small bathroom with hydro massage shower, terrace, sleeps up to four persons.
Studio: detached little house (23 sq m) for two persons, with a double bed, a kitchenette, a bathroom with shower, roof terrace.
Anemone House: lower floor – master bedroom with a double bed, a bathroom with bathtub, hydro massage; upper floor – open plan living with junior-sized sofa bed, dining corner, open kitchen, separate WC, balcony, small private garden with sitting/dining area and plunge pool, sleeps up to 3 or 4 persons
Little Tower: upper floor with a double bed, sitting area, kitchenette, balcony; lower floor small living space with a sofa bed (single), bathroom and veranda, sleeps up to three persons.
Limeri House: upper floor – open plan living with junior-sized sofa bed, dining, kitchen, separate WC, 2 small balconies; lower floor – master bedroom, bathroom with hydro massage shower and hydro massage bath tub, large veranda, secluded pool shared with Limeri Studio, garden. For up to 4 persons.
Limeri Studio: large one room apartment with double bed, dining area, kitchenette, bath room with hydro massage shower, 2 verandas, secluded pool shared with Limeri House, garden. For 2 persons.
All houses except Sto Roloï Studio have their own central heating.
Kitchens/kitchenettes are fully equipped; breakfast basics are supplied.
Radio and CD player
There is a good choice of traditional tavernas and Greek restaurants at walking distance from the houses, and meals can be ordered in as well. You can also cook ‘at home’; you will find a small supermarket, a bakery, a butcher and some other shops at about 5-10 minutes’ walk from Limeri (less from the other houses), and you can also have groceries delivered.
Sto Roloï is an ideal place for couples, but families are welcome too. You should know, however, that the village does not offer a stroller/pushchair-friendly environment, and I don’t recommend Sto Roloï it if you travel with a baby or toddler. (Also, if you do travel with children, keep in mind that the swimming pools are not protected.) With extra bedrooms, the Garden and Terrace Apartments of the Roloï Residence are best laid out for families, and the units can easily be rented together to cater to larger groups.
Sto Roloï is situated in a cobbled alley in the village of Poros, just below the old bell tower. The waterfront is close by, and there are plenty of places to eat, drink or shop.
The Anemone Residence is in a quiet corner of the village of the island of Poros. There’s a small bakery and an even smaller mini-market less than two minutes on foot, and the centre of the village is just over five minutes’ walk.
The Limeri House and Studio are situated up on the hill, on the outskirts of the village. I found it a great spot: it is relatively quiet, but you don’t feel isolated at all. Sitting out on one of the terraces looking out over the sea and the waterfront which is always bustling with life, is a great holiday activity.Read more about Poros
The ferries for Poros leave from Piraeus and take one or two hours to get to the island. You can also go by car via the Peloponnese (about 2,5 hours from Athens) and cross at Galatas (the ferry leaves every half hour and the crossing takes a few minutes). You will be met upon arrival at the port. Sto Roloï is just one minute away on foot from where you get off the ferry (up a flight of stairs). The other properties are a bit further.
Marie Luise can also arrange all transfers from the airport. She will suggest the best possible transfer option depending on your airport arrival time, and will make all necessary reservations, including for the ferry/hydrofoil crossing. There is an excellent taxi service to the port, which can even include a sightseeing tour (with or without stop at museum or for lunch, while the driver keeps your luggage) for a very reasonable fee. A car & driver service from Athens to Poros (with a very brief ferry crossing in the end) can also be arranged. Marie Luise also organizes car, bicycle or scooter rentals on the island.FIND IT ON THE MAP
[…] Another love of ours is Sto Roloi in Poros. Limeri and Anemone are such great villas that the only problem is which one to choose. This year we stayed in Anemone in June an are right now in Limeri.
This was the second time we stayed here, this time in the Garden House and the Studio. Very cosy, calm, comfortable, and once again a very warm welcome by Marie Louise. Good kitchen and we even cooked some meals for the children and had dinner in the garden under the lime tree (we stole some!), very romantic. I also liked it so much to not need a car at all and do everything on foot.
We just love this place and I hope we will be back soon.
Anne de S.
Looking to escape some of the busier islands in September, we chose Poros, a short trip by hydrofoil from Athens.
Our decision was also based on reading about Sto Roloi in Small Hotels of Greece. It was a perfect choice.
Sto Roloi’s Terrace Apartment is delightfully furnished, spacious and well-equipped. It has views of Poros harbour and across the water to the mainland.
A short walk away from the bakery the beach and tavernas, Sto Roloi offered everything we needed for an independent and relaxing stay.
Although Poros is a great location from which to explore the mainland and other islands, we were hard pressed to leave Sto Roloi for too long. We will be back.
Marie Luise, thank you for sharing some of the culture and traditions of this great country. But countries are made of stone and dirt and buildings are made of brick and mortar. What makes the difference is the people. Those who built the houses, who worked the land. They are the ones who made it what it is today and who gave it their soul.
You and the Poros team are part of this accomplishment.
Congratulations and merci!
Michele and Jean
We spent last evening together telling how wonderful our stay in Anemone House was but for the other readers here it is again:
We have now travelled 3 weeks throughout Greece and this place was definitely the most comfortable and Poros a very charming and intimate little island.
Peter and India C.