Aquis Pelekas Beach Hotel

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Pelekas Beach , Glyfada, Pelekas, 49084, Greece

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Aquis Pelekas Beach Hotel
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    Its the Location

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    Just returned from a week’s break, at the aquis after reading past reviews needed to see what the bad reviews were about, maybe I stayed at a different hotel but could not fault it., Think of a island within an Island, once the coach drops you off at the top of the village, you are taken down the steep road to the bottom, and only the brave try to walk back up. Renovated for the new season looking clean and fresh, decoration to a high standard. You do need to do your homework, beforehand so you are not disappointed, as there are no shops bars etc., just the hotel and the beach, so once you enter you there for the duration.
    On arrival the reception could not have being better, one form to fill in, staff were very pleasing to help, your cases were then carried down to the room, There are 146 rooms facing the sea and only 35 inland, so you should be lucky to receive a sea view, it’s worth emailing the hotel the day before to request one.
    Rooms were to a good standard, black out curtains, TV phone etc., maids in each day, no problems with changing towels etc., all decoration matched to the colour scheme which was pleasing to the eye, Air conditioning was free, You are provided with one bottle of water, the tip is you take it to the bar for a refill or pay 1;50 euro for a fresh bottle Bathroom is well provided with soaps bottles of various lotions etc., plus an extra phone next to the toilet, not sure why!!! Good shower and bath, but as is the norm you need to pack a spare bath plug with you, if you want a bath. Plenty of hot water at any time. A DVD player is provided so pop some in your case, as it is limited at reception.
    The rooms are in blocks on various levels with steps up and down, so are unsuitable for the infirm, or disabled, limited ramps, if the stair lift is off. And also the beach is a no-no if you are a wheel chair user or with walking difficulties due to the location.
    The staffs are some of the best I have come across, all willing to serve and help in any way, particular Anna and Inini at the pool bar, Jorgerios in the top bar, and Stellios who was everywhere.
    All the management staff were on hand including Helen who is English and it was worthwhile having a talk to them for whatever reason.
    Bar service were no problem slight queues at busy times plenty of choice of various drinks but you need your card with you at all times so defeats the object of no waist band, served in plastic around the pool in 330c glasses. Whether it is beer, wine or cocktail it is 330c
    Meals were served in Pergola Restaurant next to the pool area, again well-staffed, and tables kept cleared and changed,
    The Olive Tree which is A la carte is now chargeable but worth a visit, opens 7:00pm to 9:00pm. It offers a good choice of food and bottled wine, enjoyed the sunset from there, Stellios the head waiter whilst their tells a good story,

    Meals were of a good standard plenty of choice at each session, various meats, fish, veggie, grill, salads, soups, desserts, Wine and beer is on tap so help yourself. Seating was either outside or in, you need to find the best time to go down to the restaurant, normally very busy around 8:00pm. At breakfast full English was on each day plus choice of eggs and cut meats/ chesses etc., so no one should go hungry plenty of coffee either waiter service or help yourself.

    Entertainment , there were 2 animation teams, bit hitty missy, you either join in or you don’t, but is laid back, The Greek night is the highlight of the week around the pool, Plenty of water sports, volleyball, etc.

    Made full use of the free Wi-Fi with my kindle, allowing me to pick up the daily papers from home, check my emails etc., best reception was around the pool or in open space. There were 3 PC, s in the lounge area, at a small cost.

    Sun beds was no issue, the routine was bring your towels with you to breakfast and place them on the loungers, enjoy your breakfast and take a coffee back there, plenty of umbrellas and of a good quality, On the beach there is a charge now of 7 Euros for sun beds so take your choice,

    Are we going back, yes defiantly, booking this week, one of the best chilled out breaks ever and value for money, this is the standard all hotels should be, but you will either love it or hate, if you just turn up without doing your homework.

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Avoid this place!

by TripAdvisor Member SealMunich

Aquis Pelekas Beach Hotel is a nightmare!
We've been there for two weeks and we regret every single minute.
We've attracted by the cheap deal and the "everything included" offer (fly, accomodation, transport, etc).
The staff is very rude, the room are dirty, the cleanliness is awful.
Breakfast at McDonald is much better.
No coffeemaker or kettle in the room and the bar doesn't offer any chance. Dinner is just a small portion of cold food.
In September the hotel was full, noisy and if you don't hire a car you live in a prison.
The beach is clean but is usually full of rude and noisy teenagers playing football! The water in the pool is cold and usually everybody is allowed to splash around - above all if you want to take a nap and relax. There are no rules in the hotel so if your neighbours listen to music or watch tv by night it's your problem...
Stay away from this trap!

Nice place, great beach, regular hotel

by TripAdvisor Member cmi

I just return from a week in Pelekas Beach Hotel.
Hotel Pelekas Beach it’s a nice place to stay. It’s not a luxurious hotel, but it’s quite OK. The see sight rooms are very nice, big enough, and with nice balconies, and of course, a spectacular view to the beach. The others rooms aren’t nice. The restaurant hotel has nice food, but they are really stressed with schedules, for instance, dinner time finishes at 9 p.m., and if you arrive to the restaurant 10 minutes before you almost don’t have anything to eat. And the restaurant is closed at lunch time. But there are nice places to eat on the beach. The staff is nice. There’s almost no kind of animation in the hotel, only one night per week, and the hotel supermarket is very poor, but there’s one near the hotel with nice things. The only way of getting out of the hotel it’s only possible if you rent a car or a bike, because the hotel is in the bottom of a mountain. The hotel provides a bus to Pelekas, but I didn’t used.
The beach is really great, sand beach (totally) what’s not very common in the island, and the water very clean and warm.
Overall I would say that the hotel worth it’s because of the beach.

Horrible Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member Vicky9

We were supposed to stay in this horrible hotel in September 2007. I said "supposed" because we booked it for our one week vacation, but when we got there we were very disapointed with the management and the room we got. We booked a room with a sea view, in stead we got a room which was on the first floor lower the ground level.It was totally impossible to see the sea which was the whole point of our trip. According to the receptionist, it faced the "garden" which turned out to be a few ugly bushes. On the arrival, both receptionist and the hotel manager were rude to us, especially after we told them that we would like to get another room. Basically, we were told to go to our room because there was NO chance for us to get another room during the whole stay there. The conversation was like this: Didn't you hear what the lady told you? Now go to your room, OK?" Regardless of location, the room itself was ordinary. I would not say that it was clean. Tiled floor and ants. There were no tea pot or a fridge. We wanted to have our own coffee on the balcony in the morning, but nope...you cannot do that. Anyway, the next morning we went to breakfast which was like a nightmare. It reminded me of a cafeteria. It was very noisy, crowded and very uncomfortable. The coffee was terrible. The night we arrived and saw what it is like, we decided to find another place to stay at and move out of this "prison". After our breakfast experience we were very lucky to find a private hotel a few meters away from this monster. It took us 5 minutes to move out and forget about our horrible one night stay at the Pelekas Beach Hotel. The new hotel we stayed at was awesome. We had the time of our lives. I feel sorry for all the people who stay at Pelekas Beach Hotel because the hotel management basically tells them what to do and how to spend their vacation. They don't have any entertainment, no lights on the territory when it gets dark, they are rude talking to customers, food is bad. Several people who stayed there complained to us that maids come to clean rooms during the day when it's the hottest outside, and shockingly people are in their rooms, which makes it easier for maids as they leave immidiately, so people have to stop them and almost beg to clean the room. receptionists and managers treat you like a stupid baby. If you don't want to be a baby, you should not go to this place. We think that Pelekas Beach Hotel is an embarrassment for Greece.

Great location, great beach, relaxing time

by TripAdvisor Member kirbyarcher

We're a family of five, and we've stayed at the Pelekas Beach Hotel twice, in 2002 and 2006. Both times it was an excellent experience. The hotel, as many have mentioned, is built into the hillside in front of a fantastic beach. It's a very nice hotel, with good-sized rooms, balconies, great beach views, and a large swimming pool. The food in the hotel restaurant is tasty and ample, and seems to keep the guests satisfied. The beach is literally right at your feet, and there are small tavernas along the beach with friendly owners, good beverages, and excellent food. There's one right next door to the hotel that serves fantastic Greek salads.
And of course the beach is probably the best one on Corfu. The water is warm, clear, and has gentle waves. Both times we have stayed at the hotel have been in mid-June, but I visited Corfu several times in the 80's while backpacking and can assure you that the beach is great throughout the spring and summer and into the fall.
There isn't a lot to do but swim and sunbath, but that hasn't seemed to bother our kids, two of whom are teenagers. They love the water, and there are soccer goals set up on the beach and they've enjoyed those for hours as well. You can head up the steep hill to Pelekas town, and there are some outstanding restaurants right on the main street, particularly Restaurant Alexandros and Jimmy's. The people in the town are friendly and laid-back.
Overall, the Pelkas Beach Hotel has been great for us on our trips to Corfu. Whenever we get back, we'll head there again.

Bad hotel and poor staff

by TripAdvisor Member Dunja065

I would like to say that I stayed with my daughter in Pelekas Beach Hotel last summer and besides beutifull beach and perfect sea - clean, nice temperature, literarly 20 metres from the hotel, I have to say that the hotel itself was not satisfactory at all. First - service and hotel staff were really impolite, especially reception staff. When I saw at arrival that we got a room which was under ground level, turned to the road, so you could see only the road above your head, I requested another room. Not only that I didn't get one, but staff at the reception was extremely rude and impolite, especilly the lady who suppose to be thier chief or whatever. Hygiena of room was not on very high level - bathroom was never cleaned properly and towels were not changed on daily basis as you would expect from 4 stars hotel!!!
I couln't say that food was terrible, even though it was not on the level of the four star hotel. What annoyes me the most was that there was a man standing at the door of restaurant, (who appeared to be the chief of it) and the first day when my child took ONE doughnut with her to eat while walking to the beach, he stopped us and warned in very rude manner that it is not allowed and as a policeman gave us a warning to not repeate it! How humiliating and unbelivable was that! Also, while you are having dinner, there was an older waitress who would as soon as you put your fork down, immediatelly took your plate and put the rest of food from it to one big, plastic, dirty pot!! In the middle of restaurant! It looked horrible - as in prison restaurant we saw on movies!
It is pitty that hotel on such a beautifull location, with great beach and lots of potential does not have a better conditions, service and kind staff!!!

Ordinary Greek Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member Helen_Luk

We stayed in Pelekas beach in the beginning of Sept 2007. Very beautiful bay, good size rooms and excellent beach. On the west coast of Corfu sea temperature was 5 degrees less (and waves) then on the east side. We travelled with our little son and he swam in the sea only the first three days. We travelled a lot and go swimming on the east coast of Corfu - there the sea water temperature was good all the time.

On the beach - no water sports. It is difficult to get out from the hotel even in the car because of very steep mountain.

Dining - very limited quantity of food. You'd better never taste coffee and tea at the breakfast. Also at the time of our stay - no coffee neither in the bar, nor in the restaurant. Not enough pancakes during the breakfast. On 9th of September the hotel became very crowded and wasn't enough food even during the dinner.

Lovely hotel .

by TripAdvisor Member kitkat99

Just returned from a week at this hotel with my husband and 16 year old year old daughter.We researched the hotel before we left and as we wanted a "chill out " week it seemed perfect. I have no sympathy for people who complain about the isolation once they have got there-do your homework!!!
However,if a relaxing time is what you are looking for then this is a lovely hotel in a stunning setting .The pool and beach are easily reached by the wagon lift.The beach is blue flag with clear waters .The rooms are spacious and very clean and all of the staff were extreemly friendly.The pool does not open until 10.00 when breakfast has finished and you are not allowed to wear swimwear in the restaraunt so this avoids having people claiming sunbeds before you have eaten breakfast-also as a lot of people head down to the beach there were always plenty of sunbeds available .
The food in the restaraunt is buffet style and while the breakfast was of a good standard-cooked dishes plus fresh baked assorted breads and pastries and fruit,the evening meal was edible but basic .There are a couple of tavernas on the beach which do reasonable food.
There is a shuttle bus up the steep hill to the village but this only runs in the middle of the day -NOT in the evening which was quite dissapointing .Also,the bus to corfu town runs from the top of the hill-not the hotel .
Car hire is very cheap and can be delivered to the hotel -we paid 35 euros for the day with full cdw and extra driver.The more consecutive days you hire for ,the cheaper the rate gets.
The taxi fare from the airport was 30 euros and it takes about 15 mins transfer .This was MUCH cheaper than the pre booked transfer price online and there are long queues of taxis outside so it was quick and easy.
So,if you want a relaxing week subathing away from the crowds this is a good choice but even for 1 week I would recommend a car even it is only for one or two days and if you are planning 2 weeks then you would definately benefit from a car .Good tip-- we had a mid day flight home so planned a taxi back to the airport at around 9.00 am but instead we hired a car on the day before which is delivered at around 9.30 to the hotel and you can arrange to drop it off at the airport the same time the next day as you have it for 24hours.This covered the cost of the taxi fare plus we the use of the car for the day before .
We all had a relaxing and enjoyable stay .

I Will Never Stay In This Hotel Again

by TripAdvisor Member SIGNWEB

Dissapointed!. Got on coach, when arrived at hotel after travelling since 14.30 hours fom uk arrived at 0145am the coached dropped us off
at the top of the drive?. which was very steep the reception the porter said has the coach not brought you down. He offered us a meal,
he said a cold meal had been saved, we were so tired and we wanted was water, He gave us a bottle of water and take our luguage to our room down steps. In the morning we dicovered that to go for a meal we
had to walk down 87 steps,they did have a lift but this was not opperating for most of the time. no entertainment at all. Prices were
fluckturating on drinks, had to book room for late departure could not get a answer untill day before we left payed 30 euros went to get
our tea on evening of return, was greeted by what your room number, you cannot have food here as you have only paid for room, A total embarrasement, yet we had not recieved meal on arival. We left Greece
with bad feelings about the hotel and tour opperaters

Get the accurate lowdown on this hotel

by TripAdvisor Member KJMSurrey

FIrst the positives:

1. It is probably on one of the best beaches on the island, lovely sand and clear waters, not a pebble in sight.
2. It is next to one of the trendiest nicest bars that overlooks the sunset (Petra's bar)
3. You need to pay for a sea view room or be lucky enough to get one for free, (otherwise you will be overlooking the back of the apartment in front of you), but the terraces with sea views are very nice.
4. The pool is nice but not heated.

Now the negatives, which unfortunately are many.

1. It is not a clean hotel, lifts were quite digusting.
2. The mattresses' are moderately comfortable, but very old and covered by a badly fitting zipped cover, which are rucked up because they are too big and the sheets are too small and therefore don't tuck in. Cheap and nasty pillows.
3. The toilet seats throughout the hotel were far too small for the toilet bowls - quite ridiculous!
4. The TV sets in the rooms are at least 20 years old - 12inch models that are fixed up near the ceiling - take binoculars with you! Only two UK channels - Sky news & BBC world news - whoopee!! The hotel has a sattelite decoder in their main reception but are too mean to pay for the Sky Sport package, so no UK soccer here!
5. The hotel is set into the cliff side, but the lifts down to the lowest level (where the restaurant is located) were constantly out of order and worked when they felt like it, so when they were inoperative there was a lot of steps to climb up and down.
6 Food is very average and never hot. If you like good cuisine don't eat here!
7. The restaurant is meant to be air-conditioned but was not and very stuffy. As an aside, there is an employee, a plump woman in her mid forties, who sits at a small table near to the buffet area every evening and seems to do nothing more than talk constantly on her mobile phone but on occassions gets up and takes an empty serving dish to the kitchen - very strange!
8. Reception staff are quite unfriendly especially the manager, he obviously doesn't like the guests and doesn't try to hide it. He is quite the most miserable, unhelpful, surly man I have ever encountered on a hotel reception and I've stayed in a great many hotels all over the world.
9. Car Hire IS A MUST!!!! Unless you hire a car, you will be stranded at hotel - pretty dismal especially if the weather is not so good. The drive down to the hotel is at the bottom of very steep 1/4 mile 1 in 4 hill with 3 or 4 hairpins.
10. No towels for the pool area are provided.
11.Lots of very annoying/dangerous wasps all over the place especially around the swimming pool, on the beach and also in the restaurant. Some mosquitoes but not many.
12.The rooms are at best given a quick tidy/clean daily but only to a low standard.
13. The guests were nearly all German & Eastern European. Most looked like they were not enjoying themselves!!

Overall this is a basic three star hotel with aspirations to be a four, which it definitely is not. Certain aspects are at best two star rated! If you don't pay a lot and go with the correct expectations, you can still have a nice holiday based from here. The island of Corfu is very scenic and worth exploring, with Corfu Town, Paleokastritsa, and Kassiopi well worth visits. Avoid Kavos like the plague though!!

A memorable place

by TripAdvisor Member sv2bny

I had visited this hotel two years ago, and came back this year to spend the Easter Holidays in Corfu. I couldn’t believe it was the same property!!
I was astonished by the luxurious amenities (the free wifi in the rooms and the common areas was really helpful), the delicate and comfortable rooms, the friendly personnel and the delicious food. The teleferik was not in operation in the first day of our stay and we had to use the steps in order to go to the restaurant, but this is minor and totally acceptable since the hotel was only in the second day of operation

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Info pls

by babettu

Hi i am planning a weeks holiday in Corfu next January. I would like to know some information about the weather at that time of year. I would also like to know if Agios Gordios Beach, Near Sinarades or Pelekas beach, Sinarades are located near any bus stations which can take you to Corfu Town and other places of interest. Is traveling by bus easy? What places would you suggest me to visit? Thankyou.

Best Regards
Stephen

RE: Info pls

by Ouzone

Pelekas village is on a town bus route, steep walk down to the beach. Glyfada beach is on a another bus route. Sinarades is on the Ag. Gordis route.
Bus routes are frequent in the summer, I would guess less in the winter.

There are plenty of rooms places in Pelekas village, most will shut for the winter, but you will undoubtably find something. Weatherwise it will be generally be cool with a bit rain now and again, not really beach weather.

http://www.corfunet.com/corfu/transport/green_bus.php

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