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“Homely excellent cheap room with fabulous view of Ohrid lake”
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Apartments Rosana
Ranked #6 of 72 Ohrid B&B and Inns
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3 reviews
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“Homely excellent cheap room with fabulous view of Ohrid lake”
Reviewed 10 June 2012

We followed the signs of Rosana's Appartments when we arrived in Ohrid and were pleasantly surprised. The house is located literally right next to the lake and in the old part of town. The room, which has a separate bathroom and kitchen, was comfortable, clean and large enough. The highlight of the room is the view on the lake - if you are into views - this is a fabulous one. Rosana and her husband made us feel right at home upon our arrival as we were invited to join them and the family for a drink on their porch. It was Rosana's birthday and it was lovely to sit and chat with the locals (who all spoke perfect English!) whilst sipping local Macedonian wine. On our 2-week trip it was the most we felt at home. Wireless internet was available.
A highlight and a recommendation!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gjorgji_P, Owner at Apartments Rosana, responded to this review, 19 September 2015
Thank you Charlotte, we are glad you liked here a lot, please visit us again.
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Lyon, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2012

Dear fellow tourists,
with this review I want to describe repeated a pleasant accommodation during the event with this outstanding hosts. Actually me and my girlfriend stayed with them in October 2007, after which I wrote a review of extraordinary impressions.
This year we stay with them in mid-April. We were greeted with genuine joy, very friendly. Sitting in their backyard with homemade sweets prepared by Rosana (she is an excellent cook), we marveled at the abundance of flowers and kiwi-tree that are nourished.
The view from the same "our bedroom" has been expanded, the hosts have changed their windows and turned them into French balconies. On the first floor are also completely reconstruct and modernize conditions, which are much improved conditions for renting that apartment.
The next day, at the invitation of George we had a chance to climb to the top of the mountain Galicica – Magaro 2245 m asl, beautiful view and experience the environment around Lake Ohrid from above. George often actively moving in the environment: hiking, mountain biking, hanggliding ...
With this review once again I sincerely want to draw attention to the visit of Ohrid and Macedonia, remarkable destination for your vacation this year.
We highly recommend accommodation with Rosana and George
Gerard

Room Tip: for a couple with children we recomend apartment A2, on the second floor
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank ComeG
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Wantage, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2011

We, Onay family of four from Wantage, near Oxford, UK, stayed in Apartment 1 from August 15th - 24th 2011.
We arrived very late at night, but could already see that the Apartment was pristine clean and welcoming. We couldn't believe our eyes when we woke up the next morning and found ourselves in a spacious apartment looking over the most enormous, cut-glass, picture-perfect lake we'd ever seen. The apartments are also situated in perhaps the most stunning area of the old town of Ohrid. They are a few steps away from the Sv Sofia church, and a very short and pleasant walk from the picturesque Sv Jovan church on the peninsula. We saw fish, water snakes, cormorants, seagulls and frogs at the lake side near the apartment.

On our first morning, Georgi and Rosana suggested a nearby restaurant to try, and we found the food both delicious and extremely cheap! We ate our second breakfast in the apartment, but soon realised that the deck area in front of the lake is the most beautiful place to sit, and so took all our 'at home' meals here. In fact, Macedonian food is delicious, the portions are extremely generous - beware!. And you may find that it is economical enough to eat out every day.

We enjoyed a fabulous, lazy holiday by the lake. The best times to swim, I think, are in the morning before 9, and in the evening, when to my tourist's eye, the wind is calmer again and the lake is flat. Rosana can definitely advise as she is a fantastic swimmer, and you will see many Ohrid locals swimming out to incredible distances across the lake. If you can watch the 30 km swimming race around one side of the lake, which takes place towards the end of August every year, it would be a great thing to see.

We were also lucky enough to arrive in Ohrid before the end of the Ohrid summer festival and went to a wonderful classical concert in the cathedral which seemed to cost very little.
Another cost, which in 2011, seemed very low was for taxis. We spent one day in the Galicia National Park just outside Ohrid. Our taxi driver was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. If petrol prices in Macedonia remain low, we recommend this as a great way of travelling out of Ohrid to see the nearby area. Also, (if like us, you don't already know) note that churches outside Ohrid will offer a cold drink, as in a cafe, but then will not expect any payment. We tried to give appropriate donations to the churches, but the generosity of people just a few kilometres outside the tourist centre of Ohrid was spectacular.

Georgi and Rosana can also suggest local boat captains to take you out on a tour to various places on the lake. We went to Kalista and Radozda on the opposite side of the lake, with Dragon, a name and personality we will all remember! We visited three cave churches, found a snake skin, saw some old-fashioned Macedonian houses, had a fantastic trout meal and then - well - the return trip back was a little bit more exciting than we expected, but the Rakia certainly soothed us!

They say that Lake Ohrid changes every time you look at it, and we certainly agree with that. It's beautiful, soothing, mysterious, fantastic - whatever you decide to make of it! My kids would recommend buying a small rubber dinghy and oars to appreciate it with. Try toy shops, but we wandered around for ages on that quest - certainly worth the effort though.

Dobar den. Have a great time!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Gjorgji_P, Owner at Apartments Rosana, responded to this review, 19 September 2015
Thank you Lindsay,
you were great as well.
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Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2011

This was a great experience of real visit to Ohrid. I`m really delighted of this vacation because I`ve been many times to Ohrid but never had this kind of accomodation, so close to the lake ... oauu ... is something really special. You wake up in the morning and first thing to see is the lake. All you have to do is to go down 8 stairs and make 10 steps and you are in the lake.
The apartment was very comfortable, clean and with well equiped kitchen (we even had a dishwashing machine, hairdryer and 37in LCD TV). Great value for that money. Very hospitable owners and quiet place even it is in the center. We did not need a car at all.
This place is the best of the best.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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2 Thank june201115
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Gliwice, Poland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 June 2011

Super place. I was in Ohrid four times, I always sleep in another place and if you ever go back there I will choose this accommodation.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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1 Thank mkrzysztof
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2011

Myself, my Father, my Brother and 2 friends spent 3 wonderful nights enjoying the hospitality offered by Georgi and Rosana. We had spent 2 nights in Skopje and were looking forward to staying in relaxing and comfortable accomodation in Ohrid, and Rosana Apartments had all we hoped for and much more besides. Rosana met us with a smile and an ice cold beer, perfect after the 3 hour minibus journey. Our hosts were able to recommend great restaurants, and the best sights to see around the town, in addition to insights into Macedonian music, history and culture. However, the highlight of the stay was the last evening when we shared some local fish, bread, some beautiful honey and wine on the terrace overlooking the lake. Pure magic! Thanks again to all the Piruze Family.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Gjorgji_P, Owner at Apartments Rosana, responded to this review, 19 September 2015
Dear Darragh
The pleasure was ours also. You are great family.
Rosana.
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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2010

I have just spent two happy weeks in the Apartments Rosana and I would recommend it to anyone. The rooms are spacious and well-equipped and the view from the window is stunning. The location is ideal, in the Old Town and only a few minutes walk from St Sophia, but right on the edge of the lake. But the best thing about Apartments Rosana is the owners. Georgi and Rosana could not be more helpful and will do everything in their power to make your stay perfect. My advice? Go before the mass tourist industry discovers this magical spot!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Gjorgji_P, Owner at Apartments Rosana, responded to this review, 18 September 2015
Thank you Hilary.
Loved your book.
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Property: Apartments Rosana
Address: Ilindenska 4, Ohrid 6000, Republic of Macedonia
Region: Republic of Macedonia > Southwestern Region > Ohrid
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 72 B&Bs / Inns in Ohrid
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We invite you to spend your weekend/holiday in Makedonija, Europe. Enjoying a central location in the Old Town of Ohrid, directly on the lake shore, the house and a garden-terrace with a private beach, excellent conditions for families. We are offering accommodation units with balconies overlooking the lake and free Wi-Fi connection. Parking is possible on site. The apartments are equipped with cable TV and come with a kitchenette for self-catering purposes and a bathroom with shower. Both units are air-conditioned. Main touristic attractions, such as the Church of St. Sofia and the Ancient Theater are within walking distance. The closest restaurant is a 2-minute walk from us. We rent bikes, kayaks... Guided tours are available on request and shuttle service to the airport can be organised. ... more   less 
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