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Roda Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Karousades
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Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Disappointing start to great holiday”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

Six well travelled OAP's had a wonderful week in Mitsis Roda Beach.
Our flight was delayed two hours then after collecting luggage, Lord Transport had us wait forty minutes until they located a shuttle bus. Then we sat on bus for nearly an hour waiting for other flights to clear , to fill up small bus. Journey to Roda Beach was 1 hr 40 mins with all the stops.
Arrived at hotel to a busy harassed reception desk. Waited half hour before being given room allocations then told to wait again for a porter to take the bags to room. After another 40 mins asked Spiros if we could take them ourselves to room but told NO wait till I call you. But he did point out our Thos Cook Rep. When asked to help us get to ou room she shouted at us that they were very busy . We said that we were neither deaf nor stupid and would not be shouted at in this manner. She avoided us all week
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay after this poor start.
Hotel was spotless. Staff charming and hard working. ( Except Spiros at reception)
Food excellent and varied. Our room by the beach was ideal with shared pool.
Will return again soon

Room Tip: Rooms by shared pools are good for quiet sunbathing. By the beach
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

Very very very good hotel..!!!for the family,special ...!for the food I want to give 100 stars not 5..FANTASTIC..!!! For us,it was the most beautiful holiday..!clean and fresch everythink..
Fam.Gaj..!

Room Tip: Family room with scharing pool was the best ideea..!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

My wife, son and I had our first family holiday abroad at Mitsis Roda Beach - and we decided to go all inclusive. Given this was our first family holiday abroad with our young son we thought it would be a good idea because it would make things like meal times a lot easier. We weren't disappointed. Upon arrival I asked the reception if they could change our room to a bigger one - it was done without fuss and free of any extra charge.

The staff couldn't have been more friendly. The catering staff in the restaurant were excellent. Service was always delivered with a smile and the choice of food - and quality - for all inclusive was to a really good standard with lots of variety. When you consider they are doing this all day, every day I was amazed they didn't let things slip - or if they did it went unnoticed. One of the ladies (Olga) took a real shine to our son and when she found out it was recently his first birthday, she bought him a small gift - a very nice touch.

There are also three speciality restaurants offering traditional Greece, Italian and Chinese food on the beach front, that you have to book but worthwhile doing so. The event staff are good fun - our son was too young for the kids club but from what I saw it looked like the kids in it where having a brilliant time. A few times a day there is crazy group dance (a mixture of staff and guests) on the bridge across the pool and whilst I didn't join in, it looked like excellent fun. There is also a whole load of classes at the pool side such as Zumba, Pilates etc that lots of people were doing.

The rooms where basic but kept very clean - and provided everything you really need.

The only real downside about the place was the lack of lifts (a slight problem with a buggy) and also that it is more remote, so if you want to venture out you would need to get a taxi (not an issue for us - as we were happy to stay on site).

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

Great luxury hotel with good mix of nationalities, super clean throughout with excellent staff. Comfortable & quiet family room in main building, it had black out shutters so you never knew when it was morning! Maid service & towels daily, water only in mini bar refreshed occasionally. Balcony not very private but not really an issue for us as no need to be in room for long. We loved the food, lots of choices at main restaurant with waiter service drinks. I expected more seafood maybe its seasonal? Amazing breakfasts till 10.30am, including full fried, porridge and Euro style choices - fabulous fresh bread too. Shame the orange juice undrinkable! You can book the 3 beachfront restaurants for lunch or dinner but do it early in the week - Greek and Italian excellent, didn't try the Chinese. The standard of drinks varied around the hotel from v strong to v weak, again they need to upgrade the orange juice in cocktails! The hardworking girls at the pool bar had help yourself filled rolls, popcorn, hotdogs & ice cream if you could possibly eat any more!
Main pool great for swimmers, all 1.6m deep so I would be very wary with younger children although there is one shallow side pool with slides. Salt water not an issue and it seems great for the skin, also there are plenty of showers at pool and beach to rinse off if you wish. Beach long & thin with lots of loungers, sea very shallow and not much to see when snorkelling. Easy walk to Roda village along beach, use phone torch after dark, look out for fireflies & listen for frogs! Buy any lilos or gifts etc there as its half the price of hotel shop. Its what you make it really so relax & Have a great holiday!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

If you read the reviews they do pick up the shortfalls of the hotel. The place is cut off from everywhere and the walk along the beach to the local town is not straight forward. Health and safety is not what we would expect with big drops and a lack of handrails. These matters have been flagged up in previous reviews but sadly nothing has been done to address the concerns.
Lots of the staff work hard and the place is spotless and very clean. The food is nice with a good choice but it is like a hospital canteen. Visitors are allowed to use one of the special restaurant's near the beach once during the weeks stay. there are three a chinese, Italian and a greek. We dined in the Greek and it was fabulous.
The big failing of the place is the very poor drink. We simply could not drink it and despite paying for the all inclusive stay we went along the beach to drink in the local taverna. Alexandros who amazed me when he told me his wife is from Waenfawr in North Wales close to where we live! A small world.
Back to Roda Beach. Bingo was called very loudly in 4 or 5 languages each night. The entertainment may have been designed to make you leave the premises. It was extremely noisy.
For most, I guess, folk like sitting next to the pool soaking up the sun and whilst we stayed we had reports of torrential rain back in the UK which did make me smile and enjoy the holiday. We got a car on the third day and traveled throughout the island. Corfu town is a must see and if you travel the more direct route you can be there in less than 40 minutes. I have travelled the world and can confirm these are the worst drivers I have ever come across.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

Fabulous hotel, excellent value.
All meals were fresh, tasty and well presented with a very good selection.
Ate dinner in each of the 3 themed restaurants by the beach which were also very good and it was nice to have waiter service.
Our room was great, comfortable and wonderful view over the pool and out towards Albania.
The transfer wasn't too bad - saw some of Corfu which we would not have done otherwise!
The animation team were OK but we've experienced better entertainment.
The beach is very small but great views and plenty of sunbeds.
All in all we thoroughly recommend.

Room Tip: We paid a small supplement for a sea view and it was well worth it.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

was there last year the hotel was just great looking to go again this year fell in love with hotel bar staff in every department was 1st class done a few trips around corfu and a boat trip to praga /paxos lovely places not to be missed .

Room Tip: south side room with a pool
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Roda Beach Resort & Spa
Address: Karousades 49081, Greece
Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Karousades
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Karousades
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Roda Beach Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 500
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Roda Beach Resort & SPA is a gorgeous all-inclusive hotel located at the northeastern coast of Corfu, a few minutes walk from the village Roda. Spread out in 25 acres of beautiful gardens, it reaches its own sandy beach and the turquoise Ionian Sea. ... more   less 
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