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Mayor Pelekas Monastery
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Pelekas
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 October 2012

September 24 – October 1 2012
After reading some of these reviews, I wonder if we actually stayed at the same hotel, as we found our stay an absolutely relaxing experience, admittedly the initial drop off by the transfer coach was a little off putting, as we were left in front of the “Pink House” on the hill, but within 5-10 minutes the mini-bus from the hotel had arrived, and we were whisked to our destination, after firstly being shown the village of “Pelekas”.

Check in was smooth and our cases taken to our room, (room 4306) initial impression of not only the room but the layout of the hotel was very positive, not what we had been led to expect from several comments we had read from previous visitors.

The actual location of the hotel I would class as remote, and only suitable for abled bodied people, due to the steep paths and roads in the locale, car hire is an option to get about the island, or take several organised trips, but another alternative is to use the local bus service (2 euros to Corfu town, but only 1.5 if ticket purchased beforehand from the super market etc) the hotel provides a free shuttle service to Pelekas and the local bus stop, well worth using the shuttle, unless you like mountaineering, as we found out taking a local walk on the roads around.

Pelekas village and the back alleys well worth a walk around, and the views from "Kaisers Throne" was amazing, as you could see across to Corfu town, don't forget your binoculars and camera, although there is a fixed binocular up there.
Great little beach just past the small harbour below and left of the hotel, only ever saw two other people on it, but be careful actually getting on to it, as rocks are a little treacherous.

Ask at reception for any DVDs available, we only found out about that at the end of our visit, and with only two English news channels on the TV, it may be worth it, but as we did not go on holiday to stay in and watch TV, it was never an issue.

The animation team were very hard working and keen during the day’s sports/fun activities, and are worth watching in the amphitheatre at night where they are very entertaining. On the whole all the hotel staff were extremely helpful, informative and friendly, and rooms were kept very clean.

Meals were taken in the Pelagos restaurant, buffet style, and with over 300+ people to serve, the staff did marvellous to keep it all flowing, clearing crockery and utensils, yes the décor is very cafeteria like, but I think it has to be given the turnover of people, and practicalities of keeping everywhere clean, the food selection in our opinion was absolutely first class, plenty of variety and hot, with beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb and all kinds of sea food always available, with fresh vegetables, salad and fruit, and delicious desserts, one would have to be very finicky not to find something to their taste at each meal, vegetarian meals were on offer but limited, but every hotel we have been to has the same issue, drinks available included white, rose and red wine, local lager beer, all kinds of soft drinks and tea and coffee.

Bar drinks are free until 23:00 with nominal prices charged after this time, the snacks available from 16:00 between lunch and dinner, were unusual sometimes i.e. meatballs and potato croquettes, but sandwiches, chips and chocolate sponge cake were on offer too, and certainly satisfied any hunger pangs you may have till dinner.

Definitely book a sea-view, as the vista and sunsets are spectacular.

There is a mini market on site, but the range of goods limited, there is a very good super market within a 5 minute walking distance from the hotel, just turn left out the entrance, and prices are cheaper.

Regarding the sewerage smell, at certain times throughout the day, it is very noticeable, but as most if not all Greek islands work on the septic tank system, it is not too surprising, and don’t forget we all contribute to it :0)

To avoid the issue regarding cessation of all inclusive, I would recommend just booking better flight times, ours was 12:45 midday.

There are better 5* all inclusive packages out there, but at a lot more money, as we have found in the past, but this hotel, at this cost, provides excellent value for money, just compare, take your choice, and pay accordingly.

To summarise, everything is in place for a complete get away from it all, relaxing break, and no need for vast expenditure on any extras etc.

We would definitely recommend it to friends and family.
Gez & Poll Baker.

Room Tip: Sea view a must.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

I stayed at this hotel for a week in September 2012 with my husband and father. Sadly I would not recommend this hotel to anyone who has worked hard all year round and is expecting a lovely holiday. It's not all negative, there are some really good points. It has fabulous views, the staff are friendly, there is an excellent choice of food and the rooms are large and clean. What ruins it is the almost constant strong smell of sewage which comes and goes depending on which way the wind is blowing. My father could never sit out on his balcony because he was near the source of the smell. The food is well presented and there is a fabulous choice. Sadly some of the dishes were lukewarm. I am told that this is normal for Greece but I am not sure that this would meet health and safety regulations in a British restaurant. I would be very wary if I would have been feeding a child from the buffet. We paid for seven nights all inclusive but only got six. The Thomas Cook rep said we should have checked the small print, which incidently only mentioned vacating rooms by midday not that the all inclusive would finish. Funny that the small print doesn't include the free smell of poo. Sinus tablets are on their way to her as I write this!!!! I actually booked this holiday in the Thomas Cook shop. I was told by the advisor that we had to vacate rooms by midday, which is understandable, but that the all inclusive would continue until 11pm. On site we were told that the all inclusive finished when the rooms were vacated. So it would appear that we were being catered for before we had even taken the flight??? We could extend the all inclusive - for a price. Why would you do this though when you have already paid for the service? We were lucky because we had hired a car. We could eat out. Without a car you would have to use the tavernas on the beach at Pelekas but these close quite early, around 8pm. For others, tied to the hotel, it is quite possible that they would not have had anything to eat or drink from midday and bearing in mind that the guests of two flights to Britain were not being taken to the airport until 2.15am, I find this totally unacceptable.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Jessie0
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

The best things about this hotel was the beach, food & friendly staff, not so good is sewage & garbage smells near to the restaurant/pool area. The rooms were nice & clean but we did move because we were in rooms near the cooking extractor outlet, the reception staff were very helpful when we enquired about moving to lovely room on other side of hotel close to beach. The hotel is a bit secluded so don't expect night-life, shops, bars nearby, the best entertainment night was the Greek night on the terrace over-looking the sea, a beautiful setting.
The hotel is terraced on a steep hill with lots of steps & the lift was'nt working for 2 days so not for the faint-hearted. There is a free mini-bus which will take you to the main bus-stop to catch service bus to Corfu town (E1.50 ew).
We all loved the beach, relaxing with friends & the food. It's not 5* but it was'nt 5* prices so you get what you pay for.

Room Tip: coming down from reception I would think rooms on the right hand side are best.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank denisehills
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Reviewed 29 September 2012

Great place to relax and enjoy sea view!4 star hotel!7 day was OK for me and my wife-if I gone stay more-will be to much!Food good-Drinks( all inclusive cocktails didn't feel alcohol)!Very cheap beer and Wines-couldn't drink them-went to Kerkyra to get good Amstel beer and bottles of Wines!Staff in the restaurant wasn't so good-They ask me almost every evening that room card(didn't even say good evening-straight asking card-then I ask to get me wine to another waiter-he have the empty bottle in hands and whent to feel up ,but came back and said WE ARE CLOSE-didn't step extra mile for guest:)!little bit funny!In reception I try to say something to get information-but she picking up the phone and saying to ME Wait!!Strange!That is a little thinks-but Hotel place is very nice and they weather amazing!Very great place for couples!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Edgars C
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

We have just returned from a lovely relaxing weeks holiday from this hotel. The hotel is lovely, the room that we stayed in ( 5401) had a lovely big comfortable bed (I had the best sleep there that I have ever had on holiday) with a fantastic view over looking the beach, it was cleaned and fresh towels renewed if we needed them every day and we could not fault it in any way, also a good shower with plenty of hot water at any time which is normally not the case we have found on previous other hotel stays. The food was what we would expect of an all inclusive package, a Good breakfast, fresh ingredients with plenty of choice, as was the lunch and dinner, I would say that the childrens food was a bit limited for choice but my two boys who are 4 and 2 always managed to find something they liked to eat, we certainly never went hungry! We found the location of the hotel for what we wanted was perfect for us, we just wanted a nice hotel, with good food, a good safe pool for the children and a great beach, we were not botherd about shops and bars etc, and that is what we got. The wooden decking around the pool is great for young children who are contantly running around, although it did tend to get a bit slippy near to the steps area as this area was contantly wet, but at least if they did slip over it wasnt too much of a hard landing!. We found the staff in the most to be freindly, helpful and with good humour, the animation team were the best we have ever come across and were fantastic with the children, we dont usually go in for the hotel entertainment but we found this to be good fun and actually "entertaining"!! my two little ones loved it! all in all this was probably the best holiday we have had in Corfu, and we have stayed in other resorts on the Island, we would definately recommend it!! just wish we had booked two weeks instead of one!

Room Tip: sea veiw room is a must, although I think that is most of the rooms anyway
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

dont go to this hotel,all inclusive runs out 14.30 .if you have late flight home,you have pay 26 £ POUND to extend it to 23 hours.food not cooked properly,not a5* more like a3*. staff helpfull wont be going back.

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1  Thank glenn k
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

Booked as a last minute escape with husband. Was told it was officially a 5* and thomas cook rated it as 4* which is probably more closer to the reality. It was a nice enough resort- stunning views and a beautiful beach. The staff were lovely and accomodating. The rooms were pleasant, clean and suffice but we were attacked by mosquitoes quite badly even when having the doors closed at all times.
The food was ok- breakfast being the best meal so meaning you had to be awake by 9 at the latest. We are vegetarian so let me warn all the fellow veggies be prepared to eat salad and bread rolls! All the food was put into warmer dishes which by the time you took it to your table it was cold. There was hardly anything for proper veggies that do not eat fish or egg. I have to say though that the manager of the restaurant tried to get the cook to make stuff for us on one night but that was it. The all inclusive wasnt all that it shouldve been as you couldnt get room service of the meals, breakfast finished at 10 and dinner was done by 9:30pm. The afternoon tea was just chips and ice cream. I really expected more.
All in all it was a nice break but I wouldve liked to have ventured out more- this place is in the middle of nowhere so diffcult to go anywhere. The 'cave' excursion by boat is a rip off- you go next to the caves but never actually inside any and it literally is just a boat ride for a lot of money; we found out we couldve got a boat for ourselves for the whole day for a lot cheaper so dont do it!
Oh and there are WAY TOO many steps in this resort- you literally have a work out everytime you move! They have a cabel cart lift from the top to the restaurant which was broken during our stay so we had to climb a thousand steps wherever we wanted to go!
Also not sure if it was the time we went but it was more a resort fr the older generation, I think we were 1 of about 3 other young couples.

Room Tip: We had sea view- defo worth it
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Address: Pelekas Beach, Pelekas 490 84, Greece
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Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Pelekas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Pelekas
Price Range: £64 - £299 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Mayor Pelekas Monastery 5*
Number of rooms: 189
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a magical location, upon one of the best beaches of Corfu, Kontogialos Beach, the journey of your dreams is illuminated by the famous Greek sun and has the smell of the sea breeze. Luxurious comfort, top services and exclusive facilities compose a complete hospitality experience for every member of the family, in Mayor Pelekas Monastery. Our hotel consists of 189 rooms, most of which have a panoramic view of the Ionian Sea and the majestic sunset of Corfu. ... more   less 
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