This hotel is indeed a palace, with columns and balaustrades on its façade.
All rooms have a sea view (actually sea-front in the jargon of hoteliers) and a covered terrace. I had a room on the lowest floor, and as you see from my picture these rooms have also a patio space, bordering the hotel garden.
The sea is just across the street from the hotel garden, but if you want to swim you can also do it in the swimming pool, filled with sea water. In the colder season, or if it rains, you can take advantage of the other swimming pool, indoor but with sea water as well.
In addition to what I have described above, the big advantage of this hotel is its location: by the seaside and anyway in town, so the main sites of the city centre are at walking distance.
Overall, my stay at the Mon Repos Palace was a great experience. I booked my trip through a local travel agency here in Germany and got the flight and hotel package together which included breakfast every day.
We arrived early in the morning, and our room was not ready when we got there. This was not a problem as we only had to wait about a half an hour.
When we got to the room, we were very happy with the size. There was a king sized bed just as we had requested and everything was in order. A small television was attached to the wall, but I dont even remember turning it on the entire trip so it didnt matter. The balcony was beautiful, with a streetside view but just to the left we could see the water which was absolutely gorgeous. We had two problems during our stay which are as follows:
We were told that there would be a refrigerator in the room, however, in order to get this we had to pay 15 Euro. We needed to keep some items cold as our intention was to snack in the room from time to time after returning from the beach so we bit the bullet and paid the fee. We were handed a small key and it took nearly forever for the fridge to cool. In fact, it almost never got to the point that I would consider "cold" so our drinks and food were only slightly cold.
Secondly, we had issues with the toilet. The first time using it, it flooded and the entire bathroom was soaked. After calling the front desk and explaining to them the problem they said they would send someone up but this did not happen in a timely fashion. Finally two maids arrived, who were friendly and meant well, but were slightly pushy. They supposedly "fixed" the issue, but as soon as they left I flushed the toilet and to my suprise, it continued to flood. I called them again, and they arrived once again much later and could not fix the toilet. I requested to have our room moved and they did just that. From that point on we didnt have any issues.
Overall, the front desk and hotel staff was friendly -- however they did not go the extra mile for what you would expect from the hospitality business. No smiles from the front desk staff here, or extra special service, just the bare minimum. We didnt pay a ridiculous price, and were hardly there, so this didnt matter too much to us but it is worth noting.
There was a beach right nearby, that cost 1.50 Euro for all day entrance. Although the beach was not the best in the world, it was not horrible either and served for the purpose of relaxing, tanning, and swimming.
The hotel itself had a small swimming pool that was well maintained.
Breakfast every morning was overall a very good experience, although it was pretty much the same menu every day. Fruits, breads, croissants, ham, and "juice" although it was definitely just some kind of sweetened mixture which tasted like Kool-aid with too much sugar in it. We did not try the lunch or dinner at the hotel because we ate out every day and from what I saw of it I would reccomend the same to others.
Overall, a great experience, and besides the two above problems I would reccomend this hotel to anyone.
A wonderful location, great view from our balcony, and nice room were definitely the best parts of this hotel.
If you want to stay in the centre of the City of Corfou, within walking distance from all the major sigths of Corfu, then Hotel Konstantinoupolis (meaning Constantinople) is the right choice!
The Hotel Konstantinoupolis is located in one of Corfu's old buildings, dated from 1878, recently renovated.THe Hotel is open all year round.It has 31 rooms with air-conditioning, TV and room service.
Centrally located, so close to the city centre, as well as, to the harbour, it is the ideal solution for the persons who like to be at a stone's throw from the city centre and want to visit the museums and other sights, as well as, shops, bars and restaurants.
ARION Hotel is the hotel, where I usually stay, when I visit Corfu and I have been there many times!
Certainly, it has nothing to do with luxury or excessive demands, it is a simply hotel, recently renovated, which catters for families, as well as single travellers.
The best thing about said hotel, is its location: 1,2 kms away from the centre of Corfu, so away from the noisy centre, but at the same time, so close.The name of the area is: Anemomylos (meaning: Windmill in Greek, I let you guess why?) and the hotel is located at the opposite side of the Mon Repos Estate and Museum and the Palaiopolis Archaeological site and 100 metres from the seaside.
All rooms have their own private bathroom, direct phone line, TV set, air-conditionind and most of them have balcony.
Breakfast is served in the dinning room.
Most of the rooms have balcony with view to Mon Repos Estate.
No swimming pool! Actually, the seaside is only 100 metres away!
The rooms are clean but basic, the balcony view unfortunately was OUT THE BACK with very little to look at but hey i didnt go there to sit on a balcony. The restaurant was not bad although the selection was a bit limited. the advantage was the pool bar where you bumped into people all day long and Lauren behind the bar made sure you were looked after. The management seemed to take a bit of a back seat but were friendly enough. on the whole i would recommend it as there is nothing negative to say about it.
a small kitchenette with fridge and kettle and the added advantage of a hairdryer. no excessive noise other than the occasional late night staggerer returning from a taverna
Pink Palace was excellent and we loved our 5 days there. It is less of a hostel and more like a hotel resort. Perfect for backpackers who like to mix partying with culture.
Hot breakfast, Beach, 3 Course Dinner, Quad Safari through Corfu hills, Kayak Safari: a Mythology and Cultural tour and Booze Cruise through the Ionian Sea. Free Yoga and Meditation Classes. Hotel style accommodation with A/C...handy for those hot Greek summers.
THINGS TO IMPROVE: Weaknesses: Soup was a bit salty and dinner was served at a late time: 8:30pm.
Meditation and Yoga Classes. Also Kayak Safari...learning about Greek history, mythology and language on the Ionian sea + wine tasting on local beach and visit to 6000 year old Aphrodite Island!
This was supposed to be a 4 star hotel.It was more like 2 stars.The room had no balcony though the advertisement made us believe it does.We did not book a sea view but we did not expect such a bad room as we got.It was dug into the earth up to the window(!) and had a close view into a wall.It all smelled of mould.The air-conditioner was dirty and smelled like its filter was never changed. The bathroom was of an extremely bad quality–shower tap hanging from the wall,holding on some kind of improvised rubber,moving when one touches it; water flooding the bathroom.No mini-bar.
Always the same breakfast,small choice of main dishes for dinner.No real juice,just dissolved syrup.The restaurant staff did their best,but one cannot make miracles out of a small budget.The quality of food ingredients was very low.We had stomach problems for a week.One of us even got food poisoning.After a week we stopped eating in the Hotel and started eating in the village tavernas.Then our stomach problems stopped.
The hotel’s swimming pool was always a bit salty.We wondered if the water was ever changed.The deck chairs around the pool were very dirty.
Pelekas Beach Hotel is very badly managed.It leaves an impression of disorganisation, tension,and the manager saving money by any means–saving on food,cleaning,number of employees etc.You are faced with overworked cleaning and restaurant staff (they are kind and polite in spite of that),and impolite receptionists who do 3 jobs at the same time and think that gives them right to be impolite to guests.The worst of all was the completely impolite,arrogant and unprofessional manager. Such a bad behaved manager we have never faced in any hotel anywhere in the world.
We felt extremely bad and UNWELCOME in Pelekas Beach Hotel.
One more thing:it is NOT located on the most beautiful beach in Corfu as it is advertised.We rented a car and discovered that there are at least 10 beaches in Corfu that look exactly the same as this one.We also discovered several more beautiful beaches.
Martin & Ana
We were happy to stay in this (restored in 2005) hotel, we would stay again and I recommend it.
Thinks to consider:
*We were using our car. I have no idea how easy it is to reach the place another way.
*The airport is near so you may expect some noise. It wasn't annoying when we went (June) though.
*The building architecture is typical of past decades Hilton buildings - big block of rooms, low ceiling corridors, our 2 years son seemed uncomfortable at the beginning while walking the corridor. If you prefer a more cosy kind of accomodation and not big hotels, think twice before coming here.
*When we went (on June) it seemed they were a little short of room personel - one day they phoned to appologize for not having prepared our room because of tha many new arrivals. They kindly asked if we would mind for them to come in the afternoon BUT the phone took place at 4 o 'clock in the afternoon while we were resting. This pissed me off a bit. I don't know if this is the case all the time or it was just a bad day.
*You have to pay extra for sea view but we managed to get a sea view room with no extra charge - try burgening with your travel agent :D
What we enjoyed:
*The spot where it is built is beautiful, like in a forest or a park, on the top of a small hill (Kanoni area) which is only 4km from the city center (check the foto!).
*They happily provided a crib for the baby no extra charge. We also got a baby chair in the restaurant. The place is children friendly (although I was a bit worried to let him out the balcony or around the pool).
*There is a beautiful small private beach just beside the hotel, downhill though (some steps to go down and then come up).
*Great buffet in the evening with at least 5 main courses to choose from and always one or two traditional Kerkyra plates. People in the restaurant were really helpful with everything.
*There is a famous casino in the hotel, they advertise it a lot - we didn't visit it so I have no opinion but it may be important for some, so I mention it.
The Hotel Atlantis is situated just across the street from Kerkyra's new port, making it a very handy place to stop if you've arrived by ferry, and it's an easy walk to the centre of town. if you're arriving by air, the taxis outside the airport will know how to find the ferry port easily, and getting back, the hotel will order a taxi for you at whatever time you want, and call you to let you know it's arrived. A one-way taxi ride cost about 15-20 euros if I remember rightly, back in 2002.
The rooms are a good size, and clean, with Sky TV and ensuite shower rooms. The staff are friendly and helpful, and do speak English.
In Corfu there are loads and loads of self contained apartments in all the towns on the island which vary from 10Euros a night to 40 Euros a night, i can safely say if you haven`t booked somewhere before you get here there`s no fear that you`ll be sleeping on the street .
This is a pretty normal backpacker style hotel. There is a bar downstairs, and a tv area.
All rooms have airconditioning and come with ensuite and TV.
The best thing about this place is the view. Every room has an outstanding view of the Med and over to the mainland!!
This is a family run place and the service is excellent and so friendly! The location is great, just a 10 minute walk to Ipsos beach and bars/restaurants. This place has real charm and i cant wait to go back, Corfu is a beautiful island and staying here made it a perfect trip!
The apartments are all air conditioned so its easy to sleep at night! the pool and restaurant/bar area is great. its a lovely big swimming pool for adults and children, i was there with my 15 month old niece and it was really safe for her.
It's cheap! just 7 euros for a full sunday dinner including apple crumble for dessert!
the menu is extensive, you could eat there every night of your holiday and have something different every night! they really take pride in their food too!
I loved this place, i could go on and on about it!
Gogas Apartments ... Or what we called it "oh my Gogas" Although it wasn’t that bad, The rooms were clean enough, but the lack of hot water was a real pain. Also because of the concrete floors the noise from other occupants was extremely audible. To say we could hear them breath was not an exaggeration
What is there to say? It's the notorious Pink Palace. You get off the ferry and they have people at the dock enticing you to go there. Then you get there and you're greeted with pink ouzo shots. This is at 8 in the morning.
Of course, you spend most of the day drinking and lazing around the pool. At night is when the partying begins and you stay up all night with the owner George who is roller skating around in a tutu. Pretty cool.
Other things to do include renting a motorbike or possibly some sea equipment. Basically a break from backpacking.
- awesome view
- motorbike rental
- water sports
- party place
This Hotel lies on lush hillside 80 meters above sea level overlooking the bay and not far away from the little fishing village of Benitses. All the rooms have ensuite bathrooms, nice balcony, satellite TV, telephone and air-conditioning (limited hours). You can also choose one the self-catering bungalows they rent separatly. However I suggest to book an holiday package 'cause booking directly in the Hotel can be expensive.
The San Stefano beach is a mixture of sand and gravels but the sea water is transparent and clear. They provide connection through a shuttle service from the beach to the Hotel and it takes max 10 min.
The unique quality of this Hotel is surely the swimming-pool area.
The hotel organizes Greek and international evenings with live music and folklore dances, around the ppol area and it's worth to see.
The main bar terrace as well has a great view and you can enjoy a lovely and romantic sunset.
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