More about Miramare Beach Hotel
HAVE JUST SPENT AN ALL INCLUSIVE WEEK AT THE MIRAMARE HOTEL, CORFU WITH MY BOYFRIEND, AND HAVE TO SAY IT WAS ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT.
The resort was kept clean at all times, the range of food and drinks were superb. The entertainment available and entertainment staff both day and night ware really good at all times. I can not understand people who critisize this place. Both sides of the hotel were equally good especially as you have the choice of a quiet side or a lively side. If you do fancy a good night away from the resort Moraitika town is only a 5 minute walk with 2 really good Irish bars and a rock bar.
Will definately recommend this hotel and would go back.
Danni & Guy
Great value but food a bit bland
My wife and I are just back from spending half term at the Miramare Beach where we had a great holiday. In terms of value for money we thought it was excellent, although this is our first experience of all inclusive so we had nothing to compare it to: except self-catering for which we've previously paid the same kind of money. Rooms are spacious (by Greek standards), clean and well equipped with aircon, safe, fridge, hair dryer etc.
But don't expect British 5 star standards - you're in Greece don't forget:-)
Location is right on the seafront where the water is calm and stays shallow for a long way out, making it ideal for children bathing. There are also plenty of water sports options (available at extra cost) and entertainment to keep the children occupied. Evening entertainment for adults was pretty poor, bingo cost €10 for a strip of six cards with a single prize of just €50, meaning the management pocketed about €350 a night - so we all felt a bit exploited. By the end of the week there was hardly anyone prepared to play. The two drink limit per person is also silly and causes a lot of moans.
The buffet food is certainly plentiful and filling but it's all a little bland. The first thing we did when we got home was to go for a Chinese meal to re-awaken our taste buds! It would be nice to also see more fresh fruit and a better selection of deserts on the menu. There are also a lot of stray dogs and cats scavanging around the tables which is a bit off-putting. Corfu shuts its gates to tourists after October half term week so the Miramare was one of the few hotels still open - which is probably why it attracted the stray dog and cat population of the island!
Corfu is a lovely island and, although the Miramare isn't five star perfection, the staff do their best and we really enjoyed our stay. It was a very relaxing holiday.
The good the bad and the ugly
Lets start with the good, the hotel is a very modern stylish place, very clean and spacious, the rooms are well decorated and have a great view out to sea with greece and albania filling the horizon. the pool is a large split level pool with a toddlers paddling pool at the rear, there is the pool bar at the other end with cane chairs and tables outside and big leather sofas on the inside with 42 inch plasma screen tele on the wall, and a nice big fish tank! here there is a small shop selling papers , lilo's etc. The wellness or spa/gym is excellent, we had a nice massage and the indoor pool is great.The food is buffet style, the breakfast is very good , all you could want and more, the lunch is good but the dinner is spoilt by the sheer volume of people trying to get around the restaurant, so all the best food gets snapped up and you have to wait in queues, some guests demanded to be moved to another hotel because of this, after all it is a 4-5*deluxe hotel and you would expect better. The lower hotel or park is the older of the 2 boasting guests such as aristotle and jackie onasis and president carter, but the bungalows and flats have seen better days, the 2 pools are small but picturesk and one has a bar which is the best one of the 2 pool bars in the complex.The other pool has a taverna which serves meals up to 6 o'clock,but is nothing to do with the hotel ,the Park area is mainly for the germans, so the signs and animation etc is in german,but the team do speak at least 4 languages so don't worry.
now the bad, the attitude of some of the staff is terrible, but they are very overworked, spiros the manager and the desk staff are ok, natalia in the top pool bar is a gem, allways has a smile for you. The queues for the bar are ridiculess at times and the 2 drink limit is petty, the icecreams for the first week of our holiday were only served between 4 and 5 oclock ,after complaints they made it 10 till 5 for the second week! There wasn't enough choice of drinks at the bars, gin, vodka and brandy and pop, but the beer at least was ok.
now the ugly, the bloody wasps! I have never seen as many wasps and hornets in my life, sit outside and have a drink with a trace of sugar in it and you will have at least 6 wasps buzzing around you, you have to try and ignore them but it is hard,very hard! Next the beach, there isn't one! right at the end of the complex there is a stretch of pebbles, but the only sand is on the volleyball court. There arn't enough parasols around the hotel as a whole, you had to be up for 8.30 to get a sunbed at the top pool,didn't even try at the german side!
The ROAD...if you have seen the film Pet Semetery, you have an idea of what the road is like, if you are in the new hotel you have to walk down a hill and cross the road for all your meals ,can be hair raising at certain times of the week,good luck.
All in all we liked the miramare hotel, but you get the impression they don't like doing all inclusive, all the best area's in the hotel were for cash paying guests.Don't go expecting 5* you won't get it, but we thought it was good value as we were quoted a lot more than we paid for 3* half board hotels in other parts of Greece. once we got used to the everday craic of the hotel we really started to enjoy the place and would recommend it . If the hotel would hire more staff, build a footbridge over the road and make the all inclusive a gold version it would be great.
Miramare is Wonderful
My wife and I stayed from 23rd September to 1st of October and had a wonderful time in the Old section by the sea and while you can pick holes in most places we both thought we were given very good value for money, the rooms were clean and pleasant to stay in and the sea view was excellent with dawn bringing up a wonderful sunrise straight to your terrace and at this time of year you can still swim in the sea which is warm once you get in and certainly warmer than the swimming pool which was a fair walk away from our room.
The food (we were all inclusive) was very nice and we did not have to queue for long to get what we wanted,if there was a problem the waiting staff would put it right if you asked them, the availability of drinks was not a problem for us as we were never refused what we wanted although the ending time of 11pm on football nights for free drinks was a little naughty as was the choice of matches, the Greeks favour the Greek teams, surprise surprise.
Next year this Hotel intends to go Fully all inclusive so the reviews might be more favourable than they have been.
Corfu is still a wonderful place although somewhat more commercial than yesteryear but prices and quality of products are generaly good.
Very good but not quite "All inclusive"
My wife and I have just returned from one week in the hotel arriving back in UK on the 10th October'05.
Having read some of the previous reviews we went with an open mind and have been very pleased with what we found. There are some areas which they need to either rectify or improve.
We stayed in the new part in a very clean and well furnished room with sea view.
The only major problem within the new part is THE WASPS!!! They are everywhere, in the room, in the bar, and by the large pool. It seems to be an ongoing problem, and my wife suffers from a major reaction if stung i.e. she has to carry an injection with her to stop her dying within 15 minutes after being stung, so we used the beach/garden area every day which was great.
There is not a beach, but the gardens are very large with sufficient sunbeds for everyone to use (without the normal towel booking system!!)
There are not as many wasps by the sea apart from near the bar.
The food for all meals was excellent with sufficient choice to suit all tastes.
The area of confusion was what type of drinks were "inclusive" and what were not. For example a gin and fanta orange or lemon was "inclusive" but a gin and tonic was not. This applied to other drionks as well. This was not a major problem for me as I am tee toal, but it was confusing at first.
The main area for complaint was why the "inclusive" guests were not allowed to have "inclusive" drinks in the main bar. The Management said it was that they wanted this bar kept quieter than the others. So I asked if they thought "inclusive" guests were noisy and got no reposnse. I hasten to add there were no signs of drunken behaviour from any British during our stay. This bar had a large tv screen plus piped music which seemed strange for a "quiet" bar, but the Germans liked it, and they had to pay, as the majority were not "inclusive".
Please don't be put off by these comments, as the hotel, staff, food, position etc is very good indeed, and we certainly will be going back next year.
Kev,Lynn,Ray and Jans October trip 2005.
Just returned from said hotel today (11 Oct 05). Apart from the poor weather,to only the big guy upstairs could be held responsible,I shall just list the good and bad.
Food.... Breakfast. Full English and continental.Good.
Lunch.... Never want to see Spag Bog again in my life. Same food every lunch (more or less). However,could usualy find something to eat.Acceptable. Daytime snacks....Dry cake and sandwiches that gave the ancient Greeks the idea of discus throwing!
Evening meals....Very good choice,not 5 star tucker and got bored at the end of the 8 days,but always came away satisfied.Good.
staff. 90ultless,10% a bit grumpy but it was the end of a long busy season,and knowing how grumpy I am as a matter of normality, I just found this funny.Exellent!
Accomodation. New Hotel block very comfortable but its somehow noisy late of an eavening when people are coming back at 2-3 am. Bungalows on sea front ar 2 star at best. shame there is no beach as these are sited 20 to 25 mts from the seafront. Yes if you want a beach holiday,forget this resort.
Wasps are an absolute nightmare during the summer months.
My husband and I went to cofru last year. Originally we were in the sister hotel of the Miramare some way away. The holiday started out disasterously. The first hotel had no record of us even being booked for the week there were no rooms available and we spent our first night on the sofas in reception. Next morning we were transferred to the Miramare with another couple who had the same problem. Just as well we did. After speaking to numerous families the other hotel we were booked at was apparently 'crawling with rats'.
The staff couldn't have been more helpful we were given a bungalow right next to the jetty overlooking the sea. It was beautiful. The limit on drinks must be a new thing as this wasn't a problem for us. The food was repetitive, but generally a large selection. The greek BBQ night was fab. I have never in my life seen bigger wasps and bumble bees and as many of them in the one place. They were everywhere. Pool was always clean and the local restaurants were lovely and the staff couldn't do enough for you. We did only venture out twice as we were all inclusive but overall our terrible beginning to our holiday got much much better.
This Place has Gone Down Hill
I Booked The Hotel with Ground Floor Sea View
I arrived at 2am and spent 4 hours agueing that they were trying to put me in the Hotel across the road on the third floor.
After hours of waiting in the hall I had to Pay Euros 210 to move.
It was my 2nd time at this hotel and I will not take my family again.
Watch out for the staff in reception they will try and rip you off, I paid euros 25 to have the room later on departure and never got a receipt so they tried to charge me twice.
The Hotel part across the road has no path to the Old hotel where your meals are and you have to cross a very busy road.
Generally Very Good
Having only just returned from this hoel, we can agree with other comments, its generally very good!!
We arrived on Mon 29/6/06,& was allocated a room which was not to our requirement, however within 15 minutes we had been moved to a large, very clean double room. The efficiency of all key staff is exceptional, the hotel is very clean, & has everything you need for a relaxing break. Families, with children are best suited to this location as Moratiki, ten minutes walk away is a quiet, quaint village rather than a busy, noisy area like Corfu or Kavos. There was only one downside to our stay, the evening food is very mundane & some what boring & by the 4th night we just had to eat out, we can certainly recommend Nicos restaurant, a family run tavern in Moratiki, where we had 3 lovely meals for approximately £15 per head. Although the beach isnt a real beach as the sea comes right upto the hotel another beach is only a 5 minute walk away.
Overall a great hotel which could improve the variety of its food offering.
A Fantastic Week
Myself and my partner (aged 39/35) went for 1 week at this hotel which we booked off teletext back in January. We normally go on 2/3 holidays a year and have done most on longhaul. Having got sick of the hemed in feeling we wanted a holiday to get out and about on and we loved this from the first moment we arrived.
The hotel was fantastic, clean and modern. (We stayed over the road - geogous 4poster b'room with seaview). The food was good, and if like us you want to use this hotel as a base then ok. Breakfast and lunch couldn't be better with the view of the sea that you could never get sick off.
I liked the mixed nationalities that where their at this hotel, as it seemed very quiet and not too british - if you know what I mean. The enterainment was mostly in German I believe, and a few english people said not to bother as it wasn't up to much. We enjoyed a few drinks in the lobby areas, which for a week there were plenty of places to sit that felt alittle different every evening.
We loved the greek taverners just down the road in the new town. There is an old town to see - although we didn't. We also went to Corfu town a couple of times on the bus. Was somat like 3.80 euro return for 2 adults. We did a boat trip/greek night - both were good value for money, and most enjoyable.
It was our 1st time on a greek island and won't be the last. It was just the job to relax and unwind, get around without hastle.
Ioniki Bank at Plakada tou Agiou
soupies(inkfish) with onions
im going away sometime in sept but im not sure which resort wud be best.
im looking for a gd sandy beach, loadsa watersports and a quite lively nightlife.
i'm not keen on kavos, sumwer a bit quieter.
does any1 know anywer that'd suit here?
does any1 kno wot moraitika is like?
MIRAMARE BEACH HOTEL is a great place! Try the net or
hiya,we went to corfu on the 2nd aug.we always stay in sidari it has every thing you could need.nice sandy bays water sports,all of them,i mean all.ha ha
its also got night life if you want it.we are moving over to live in oct.
the photo ive used for this site is sidari bay at 4.11 am.
hope you enjoy your holiday.
Kavos is the livliest clubwise but if your looking for something a little bit more relaxed sidari would be the best place of corfu town