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Great time had by all
I am a travel agent of 12 years experience, and have just returned with husband and two teenagers from a week at the Marbella Corfu. It was my first trip to the island for 20 years, and not too much has changed. I have not been to this hotel before, and picked it after checking many others in many destinations.
The public areas are first class and worthy of the 5 star status. The breakfasts were varied and of good standard. The pool restaurant had a very good selection for luch, and dinner was fine for a week, but personally I would have been bored with it had we stayed there for the second week (we went onto a private villa for the second week).
My 13 year old daughter loved the animation team, and although they are not Broadway material, they were all very nice, chatty during the day and brilliant with the small children in the hotels mini club. The evening shows were not all done by the in house animation team, on one or two nights a week, outside entertainment is brought in, which made a nice change.
There are many many steps from reception to the beach (over 100), and once down there, we stayed for the day...nice bar and snacks available, or walk along the beach to a choice of 3 tavernas for lunch if you want.
My kids loved it there, as they had things to do, and they enjoyed the entertainment.
I would class food as average for a buffet, public areas 5 star, rooms more 4 star (we were in superiors in main building), but the views from everywhere are stunning!!
For the money that you pay for this hotel, its very good value, and I would not hesitate to recommend to the right clients in the future.
My fiance and I stayed at the Marbella in September 2004, for one week, and had a great holiday. We booked it through lastminute.com and therefore paid far less than some other people we spoke to there.
Everything about the hotel was great. True, it isn't a top-star hotel by any means, but equally it is far more than 3 star hotel by others. The best thing about the design of the hotel complex itself is that everywhere is easy to get to - even the beach (provided you don't mind walking up steps - no problem unless you have walking difficulties, in which case choose a different hotel as it's located up an extremely steep driveway and the beach can only be accessed via steps that meander through trees over the tunnel that spans the road below).
The lighting around the hotel at night is stunning, as is the ambience. That is, when the hotels 'entertainment' isn't on. And all I can say about that is, well, it's truely aweful. They've got this outdoor theatre thing, with 'entertainers' miming to pop records whilst dancing! It's TERRIBLE - and some evenings you can't escape listening to it. It's like an amateur talent evening, and the volume is too high (it's as if the hotel has bought the most powerful speakers on the island sometimes!).
For us (and we're only 29!) the best evening there was the sunday, when no entertainment was on. Most couples stayed at the hotel that evening and enjoyed the calm.
The beach is man made, is for private use by the hotel guests, and is kept in good condition. It's encircled by a wooden baordwalk, with pool-like steps that plunge into the sea. This is because the sea is a metre or so deep - which means great snorkelling (lots of small fish and even the odd baby octopus in the rocks!) - just wear swimming shoes as their are lots of urchins.
There are about 3 local shops by the hotel which are great for buying snacks, wine, beer and spirits - which you will be greatful for because the hotel drinks prices are very high! There are also about 3 tavernas that serve great sea-food (the grilled octopus is top-notch). Apart from that, there is nothing in the local area (nearest resort is further down the road, about 20min walk).
We went on 2 day trips organised by the hotel. The first was a whole day trip by coach and boat to Parga and an island that I now forget the name of. Enjoyed it a lot, but we only just got back in time for our meal with 10 mins to spare before the restaurant closed. The 2nd trip was scuba diving. (worth doing if you've not done it before, but if you have then don't even consider it).
Hope this info helps anyone wanting to go to this hotel - we certainly had a great time and the staff at the hotel are faultless.
Very Nice and lovly Hotel
I was in Marbella hotel last year and i was really ver y happy.Also my wife and children.We found a very frendly ambient.The satff very good and the rooms very clean and good sevice.
Restorant has a good food may be a littel delay in service but every thing ok.
I disagree with the up writers about shops in the hotel.In the hotel was diffrent the quality of the services also the products so the prices was a very littel diffrenc with the botom shops which where very dirty and the quality for the money that you pay was really bad.
The car that we hire from the hotel was 92 euro for 3 days and plus one day free so 4 days.
The tavernas in the bottom has not fresh food but frozen things ...
The jewlury shop and boutique has really nice things and good prices for the quality.(Brand names are weell payed evry where.)
Any way we had a very good holiday and i will sugest to families to go and really getting relaxed there.
Nick and family
What a brilliant holiday!!!!
My fiance and i have just returned from a week at the hotel marbella and it was brilliant!
The hotel itself is very well looked after and is very pleasing to the eye.
I don't know why everyone was complaining about the food, as we found it was always lovely with such a variety. True the drinks are VERY expensive but its a 5 star hotel (what do you expect?)
The entertainment team were brilliant & they're really nice people, the shows are just there for something to do so don't watch them if you can't have a laugh!
We made so many friends and the staff were always helpfull.
I read these reviews before i went away and was worried we'd booked a bad one, but now i realised that all the people that are moaningt it about it are just REALLY REALLY snobby!!!!
Can't wait to go back next year!
Very Good Hotel
The most important thing to remember when reading reviews is that a person feels obliged to tell the world when they are not happy about something. Individuals can also be pedantic and find a fault in something purely to winge about it.
I would like to break the mold and offer an alternative rieview...Myself and my girlfriend (23 and 26 respectively) found the Marbella enjoyable. The hotel was very large, but very well laid out. You arrive in the reception on the 5th floor. The floors below are built into/on the hill and blend into the trees and landscape beautifully. The reception area is very nice. It is very open and the staff are very well presented. There is an outside area with many sofas and tables. The dining room is also quite nice. The food is fresh and also nice (considering it is a buffet). The bar area comes alive at night and has a person playing the piano/keyboard. The bar staff are very friendly. The Swimming pool area is very clean. It is quite a large pool area and therefore you can spread out and should not feel chlostrophobic (like some hotel pool areas). From the pool, various balconies, bedrooms etc there is a great view of the coast and sea. The beach, although man made is also very nice. It has a beach bar as well. The beach is actually quite large and is also clean and well maintained.
If you wish to eat out, there is a very nice restaurant called the Marbella (left out of the hotel drive onto the main road (just past various shops and motorbike hire companies). You will be greeted by a nice lady or a friendly, energetic fella called Andreas. The food is very cheap and very tasty. Myself and my girlfriend had a starter each, a main course each, jug of Rose Wine and one desert. This came to approx 25 euros (about £17). If you fancy going out for the evening there is a town called Moraitika (Mor-ret-ika). This is full of bars and restaurants and costs 7 euros by cab. Everyone is very friendly here. There is one really nice bar called Apaloosa. It is New York Themed. The drinks are very cheap, very nice and very generous in the quantity of alcohol. For days out, you can also get a cab to Corfu town. This costs about 20 euros each way. In corfu town you can check out the shops and restaurants etc. There is also a large park and a fortress. You can also visit a nice beach within a town called Saint George. Again this is about 20 euros by cab. Here there are real beaches (East coast doesnt really have beaches - only west). In Saint George there are two beaches close together. One more businer than the other. There is also a really nice restaurant called "Malibu". This serves really nice food including burger and chips to traditional corfu dishes. There is plenty to see all over the Island. Happy holidays.
we mooved to another hotel!
overall it is an immpresive hotel.the lobby is very elegant.breakfast was good but the restaurant too big and chaotic with no style at all.the room had very large furnitures in comparison to the size so you had to strike all the time on the corners of the bed,armchairs etc.the balcony very small with cheap plastic furnitures although with nice views to the sea.the pool was small in comparison to the hotel which is rather big,you didn't feel like swim or sanbath.the garden in front were marvelous while there were some areas reminding you that no gardener is taking care off.the bathrooms were small with not much electric lights somewhat dark.if you pay around 150 euros per night some things must be above average.because corfu has many nice hotels we stayed there just for one night and we moved to another hotel that fullfilled our expectations.
Resume of hotel
We have just returned from the hotel Marbella in Corfu and it is our second time. I cannot stop to emphasize how this hotel inspire the most relaxing holiday by the beautiful style of this hotel. The complex is fairly big and can look like a labyrinth on your first day but the pleasure of discovering a different part almost everyday of your stay, hidden garden parts, terraces various relaxing salons in different building in times of too hot weather and very well climatised. Most rooms have splendid views over the sea or garden which are beautifully maintained. The swimming pool is very nicely designed too. You will find some terraces making you think you are on deck of a large cruising ship.
The charm of this grand hotel is its luxury style but not stuffy and the restaurant is absolutely well managed. You can eat inside or outside on a beautiful terrace with stunning views over the sea and although it is buffet style the waiter service around you is impeccable. People dress for dinner without being over the top but not the casual shorts and tee-shirt type. The waiters around the restaurant always try their best to accommodate all your wishes and the food is very varied and caters for all tastes and is very fresh.
The hotel is definitely a place for couples but for families too although
not so good with all ages children because the layout of the complex and maybe not the activities you will need. The hotel has its own beach well kept but quite a walk up and down depending where you are situated in the hotel. There is a piano bar in the main part of the hotel and various evenings events organised by the swimming pool bar and a discotheque which during our stay was only opened twice a week at this time of the year. There is many tavernas in the nearest village 2/3kms away as well as immediately outside the hotel.
I cannot stop to say that this hotel makes you feel very relaxed and that its settings helps to make a splendid holiday for people searching style and leisure at the same time. There is all nationalities in the hotel and english is widely spoken.
My only complaint is that music is played allday long from 10 a.m by the swimming pool quite loudly and maybe that it is not something which will disturb anybody else.
In few words : Asolutely great.
Just returned yesterday from 2 weeks at the Marbella. Initially we were very disappointed upon arrival with a 4 year-old, 1 year-old and me being 5 months pregnant. We were shown to a room that we thereafter called "the dungeon" as it was basically in a hole at the bottom of some steps. The room itself was basic, but what really upset me was where my little boy was supposed to sleep; in a dark, dingy area beside the door, with one small window (no blinds, so he would have been up at 4am!).
I pointblank refused to stay in the room. A not particularly helpful lady on Reception eventually moved us to a room in the Main Block (threatening supplements etc) which was about twice the size with a much nicer bathroom and we were happy there with the 2 kids for the 2 weeks. I have stayed in loads of hotels both here and abroad and let me say quite categorically that the rooms at the Marbella are only 3* standard; they have obviously tried to do some updating the last year or so, but I guess it must be a Greek thing as I still found them very basic and dated.
And basically, the hotel is a package of extremes; rooms really pretty grotty, yet the main areas, restaurant and pool; we thought were really nice, very clean and contemporary. The terrace areas have some gorgeous views and are quite civilised in the evenings with the music playing and the sun going down, not that we got to spend much time there with 2 kids in tow.
Some of the staff on reception were sullen to the point of rudeness, others and particularly the restaurant staff were always really nice and friendly. All of the Animation team were always really nice and our kids loved the Mini Disco and (naff!) shows at night.....purgatory for us, but that's parenthood!
The clientele is predominantly i.e >90% French, with 5-10% English or German.
The restaurant food I found quite good, although was getting bored by the end of a fortnight, but that would happen anywhere and wasn't a reflection on the quality. By the end of our stay though, it seemed to be getting busier and busier with the staff not always really able to replenish the buffet at the rates at which (some extremely greedy!) people were piling their plates high. So our last few days were beginning to feel like a bun-fight, so wouldn't like to see it in high season. They also need more than 2 highchairs!!
Drinks are indeed expensive, but we just kept the fridge in the room stocked with stuff from the shops down the hill.
The beach area is also really nice, but not child-friendly as there is a steep drop into the sea from the jetty. Our little boy quite enjoyed the Kids Club as well although he would only go for an hour or so at a time...it's in quite a stuffy outdoor hut area....don't think the staff are UK-nanny trained standards but they were pleasant enough.
Not good vale for money
My wife and I stayed at the Marbella hotel from the 1st to 8th August and must say although we had a relaxing time overall, the hotel was very disapointing.
If we had been expecting a 3 star and had paid a little less i don't think i would complain but considering we paid nearly £1500 for seven days i don't think this hotel was anywhere up to 5 star standard.
Our room and the bathroom, although reasonably clean, were very tired and worn looking and we also stayed in a room which was very close to the pool (away from the main hotel), it was supposed to be a garden view but you could actually see quite a lot of the sea, so we were quite impressed. On a down side the room was infested with ants and so close to the entertainment (which was very loud in the room) you could not get to sleep at night.
The views from the hotel grounds and the beach were amazing. The beach was private for guests but there was no shore, only steps leading straight into the sea but this was fine as we are both swimmers. If you have children this may not be suitable as the water is quite deep when you first get in, there is a small pool in the hotel grounds however. The sea water was lovely, clear and full of fish.
The food was very disappointing. Very much the same for dinner each night and the quality did not seem high (eg cheap looking / undercooked meat), breakfast was a little better but after seeing a squashed fly in with the fried eggs we were pretty much put off. Service was terrible. Waitress's were very misereable and we were actually made to feel uncomfortable like we shouldn't be there. Another thing which may seem picky was that you couldn't even get proper orange juice with breakfast it was squash and there were also no tea/coffee facilities in our room which again for 5 stars i would expect.
Drinks - hugely expensive! You can get six 1.5 litre bottles of water in the shop just outside the hotel for less than it costs for just one 1 litre bottle in the hotel. We would recommend getting all you can in the shop and therefore save yourself a fortune. Plus the couple that ran it were very nice. Example prices, bottle of beer, approx 1.10 Euro in the shop and 4.50 euro in the hotel. One night my wife had a baileys, which consisted of mostly ice and this cost approx 5.10 euro.
The hotel grounds seemed well kept although quite small. A very major problem for us was the wasps - we understand this is outside of the hotels control due to the hotel setting but beware there are hundreds, they seemed to swarm over you when you first arrive on the beach or get out of the water, eat food on the beach, sit on the terrace for dinner/breakfast or if you sit anywhere near the open doors in the restaurant.....do not drink anything sugary outside!
We took a trip to aqua land which was excellent and would highly recommend this and also Corfu town made a nice evening out.
All in all, the hotel was just okay, i would not go again or recommend the hotel based on cost for what you get or the service the staff provided. We stayed at the moon Palace in Mexico last year which is also 5 star and it was far superior in every department.
Quality of services desperatly poor
We have been very disappointed by the quality of services (no hospitality, no smiles, no solutions to any kind of request we could submit).
The first room we had was really terrible (noisy....close to the main road of the island...., dark with terrible odors).
After that, the stay was not bad, but with a feeling that you are one tourist among thousands with no smiles and no specific attention.
Food was poor (vs. local standards) / local animation as well. There is no real beach (but an artificial one).
We spent one day in another hotel in corfu (kontokali bay) and there was no comparison in terms of food hospitality and quality of beach.
Avoid this hotel unless you have no other alternative.
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MIC MAC's interior
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