We have just returned from a fantastic holiday at the Dora! We were in a party of 2 couples in our 40’s and 2 teenagers (with bright red hair and I’m sure the locals will remember us) and we all had a great time. We booked with Thompson and Nicky, our rep, was the friendliest and helpful I have met!
The resort is very good, the beach is a 5 minute walk, soft sand and blue flag. The water is shallow and safe for kids. Usual watersports are available. We used the sunbeds opposite Teddie and Bessie’s supermarket (€6 for 2 beds with umbrella while other are €5 each). We also shopped there for provisions, not the closest to our apartment but the cheapest for most things. Shop around in the supermarkets as they all offer cheapest prices depending on what you want.
We arrived in the early hours and a member of staff showed us to our rooms. We went off to explore the resort whilst we waited for the pool bar to open at 9am as there is no reception on site, (a little apprehensive after reading other reviews) but all was in hand. Once the bar opened we met Sophia who showed us how to operate the air conditioning (€6 per night) and the electronic safe deposit box (€5 per week). Sophia was lovely and was quick to answer any queries. Her pool and bar are open between 9am and 7pm and outside these times any problems or queries are dealt with at the Panorama Restaurant owned by the same family and is situated across the road.
The studios are typically Greek, which means basic, (dresser, wardrobe, 2 single beds with cabinet, a fridge, 2 cooking rings, toilet, wash basin and shower), BUT the difference is the standard of cleanliness! The rooms are cleaned daily (except Sunday) and are spotless, as is the pool and bar! The pool bar serves drinks and snacks and has its own toilet which saves you going back to your room and also has an outdoor shower.
All the staff are very friendly, I celebrated my 50th whilst there and on seeing my cards the maid placed a rose beside them on the dresser – another example of Greek hospitality!
If you eat at the Panorama you are entitled to 10% discount on your bill, not just a sales gimmick – you will get it. We usually make a point of eating at a different restaurant every night but we were there 5 out of the 7 nights, not only for the discount but the food was excellent and the staff equally as friendly and helpful. Costas runs the restaurant/bar and Alex overseas everything. Alex is a wonderful chap, made a fuss of us all and after getting to know us, often finished off our meal with a round of drinks on the house. We also used the Seagulls Restaurant, Europa and Cosy Bar and couldn’t fault any of them!
The food is of high quality, traditional Greek cuisine, grills/kebabs, pizza, salads and full English if you want it. The Stiffado and Kleftiko were to die for! A large beer was €3 and a carafe of house wine was €8. A lot of other establishments were more expensive.
The icing on the cake was Alex’s insistence on staying open until our departure coach arrived - 3:05am and they usually close at around 12:30! We were told that we could leave our cases on the premises after vacating our rooms at 6:00pm (usually 12 noon but we booked a late checkout) and they even looked after them while we went over the road to watch the football (Easy-Busy bar, lovely staff and a large beer was €2.5). This was a lovely finishing touch to our holiday – to stay open for an extra 2.5 hours after a long day and we weren’t even spending!
I've mentioned the Panorama quite a lot as it is an integral part of the Dora experience and overall, the Dora/Panorama complex was the best self catering I've experienced in Greece and I could have written so much more, but go and find out for yourselves! We met other guests who had been before and along with us will definitely be returning!
- Also Known As:
- Dora Apartments Argirades Hotel Agios Georgios South
- Dora Apartments Argirades Agios Georgios
- Dora Apartments Argirades Corfu/Agios Georgios