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Mayor La Grotta Verde Grand Resort
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Agios Gordios
Certificate of Excellence
Befordshire
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111 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Brilliant holiday, lovely hotel, perfect setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2009

We had stayed at the Agios Gordios Hotel 15, 8 and 3 years ago respectively and had found it improved each time, the latter twice being under the Thomson Gold brand.
We had booked a year ago for May 2009, in the knowledge it was no longer a “Gold” , but otherwise expecting a similar, half-board experience.
Only days before travelling, we saw a new brochure edition, in which the hotel had changed ownership (now Aquis) and become all-inclusive. More worryingly, the customer food score had plummeted from 80%+ to 60%. Thomson had not advised any change, but, on calling them, offered a complimentary upgrade to all-inclusive. They would not comment upon the landslide in customer ratings, but review sites painted an awful picture of September/October 2008, although there were a couple of positive reviews for early 2009.
Imagine our delight on finding a totally refurbished, thoroughly modern and stylish hotel, completely unrecognizable from the comfortable, traditional décor of three years ago.
Everything is new, from top to bottom and it works very well. Many of the old staff have been retained, and supplemented by new faces, all of whom were friendly and attentive.
Our room was perfect and incorporated our requests of double bed and high floor. I think we were the first guests to use it. The individually-controlled air-con was efficient and almost silent (often a problem). We had a fridge, safe, fruit, flowers and wine and a perfect view of Agios Gordios bay from a completely non-overlooked balcony.
The buffet-style food was excellent and included some local specialities among the international cuisine. The air-conditioned dining room was well-spaced and airy, with an outside terrace. Wine by the carafe, beer and soft drinks were available, unlimited. Free choice seating worked well and tables were efficiently cleared.
The pool area has an extended decking for extra space and the sunbeds are quality hardwood types with good brollies. Although there were lots of them, “reserving” was a problem, with a dawn race for favoured spots, often, annoyingly, then not used all day.
The pool bar has been made a real focal point, open 10 am to 1.00 am. Each guest gets one complimentary visit to the a la carte per week and this was excellent nouvelle cuisine style with a personal touch.
A recently-constructed beach bar (not open but imminent) looks attractive, but will not be covered by the all-inclusive. There were a few guests, mainly traveling independently, who were not all-inclusive, who must really have been stung by the incredibly high list prices of drinks and food – our “Extras” total, written off to all-inclusive, for two of us for two weeks, was 1700 euros – and we are only modest drinkers! Even the local tavernas were very much pricier than three years ago, at about 60% of hotel prices for drinks and 30% for food.
I feel guilty to make any criticism at all, because all the hotel staff worked so hard to please us, but the entertainment was lacking. I think the animation team had only just formed and their offerings for both daytime activities and evening entertainment were Butlins’ stuff – perhaps they will improve. It didn’t bother us, but it should be better for an hotel of this class. The Greek dancing was entertaining & participative, and the Keyboard/Sax duo were good, but there was no encouragement to get guests up and dancing. The hotel also now has a Sushi Bar, but we never saw anybody in it.
The village of Agios Gordios has not changed in 15 years, and offers a good selection of restaurants, bars, small supermarkets, etc. The usually-perfect sandy beach had a lot of weed this year, but we are assured this is a freak seasonal thing and it mostly cleared whilst we were there. There are some beautiful walks, although they all start uphill!
There are three buses a day into Corfu town at 2 euros each way – about a 40 minute scenic trip. Good value against a taxi fare of 50 Euros each way (30 to the airport)
All in all, we had a brilliant holiday and will definitely go back to the “Ag Gord” in another 2-3 years.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2009

this hotel is far superior to any i have stayed in. from the minute you walk into reception you are instantly impressed. the quality and finish of the hotel is luxury. the sunbeds around the pool area are luxury and the decking prevents and potential slips. the view is stunning and so are the sunsets.

food... excellent choice, excellent quality, breakfast has so much choice no one could possibly complain. you are entitled to one a la carte meal and i must say its impressive. I am very fussy when it comes to food as in it must be quality, and believe me it was.
A must is a visit to the sushi restaurant. the chefs are from japan and are fantastic. i had never tried sushi before and wasn't keen but wow, i am now addicted. the staff are amazing and so friendly, lovely people.

Rooms... beautiful, huge comfy bed, with lcd tv and a dvd player. the bathroom is luxury with some top quality lotions and potions. Mini fridge, plenty of storage and spectacular views.

The all inclusive is fantastic as they even offer an international branded spirit whatever you drink which no where in greece does. the bar staff are wonderful. everything with an asterix on the menu is included in the all inclusive.

Free Wi Fi throughout the whole hotel ...!!!!
All in all i would recommend this hotel to anyone who enjoys excellent food, fantastic views and a 5* service. I cannot fault this hotel in any way and anyone who does needs to go and see someone!

  • Stayed May 2009
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2009

This hotel really does live up to the high expectations we had before arriving! We have never gone all-inclusive before & I am vegetarian so was a little anxious. We booked for one week in may 2009 for our honeymoon & got a great deal too! We booked back in February & I emailed the hotel direct before booking, to ensure all the work would be finished as we knew it had been taken over & was having a big renovation. They got straight back to me & assured me, so we had no worries from then on.
On arrival, we had a bottle of chilled fizz, beautiful flowers, & a fruit platter in our room, which the hotel had arranged as a surprise as we were on honeymoon. A really lovely touch, which I'm sure you wouldn't get just anywhere. The view from our balcony was breath-taking & bought a tear to my eye! The room was absolutely stunning, extremely clean & well decorated etc. The hotel itself is very quiet & although we were one of the youngest couples there (mid-20's), we anticipated this when booking & is exactly why we booked for our honeymoon as we just wanted a quiet week to relax! It was perfect.
Every member of staff we came across was friendly & cheery, and really couldn't do enough for you. The all-inclusive package was fab, and the food was homemade & really delicious, there was a large selection for the 3 meals a day (even for a vegetarian!) & we didn't experience any queuing at mealtimes, even though the hotel was busy. All the food was always hot when we visited, and the staff were constantly bringing more out of anything running low. Drinks at both the lobby & pool bar was excellent too, with a large variety. I cannot understand why anyone would complain about not having tea/coffee in rooms - it is so easily available throughout the hotel! Take a travel kettle if it means that much......!
The evening entertainment was great, light-hearted & not too 'cheesy' is you know what I mean! The entertainment team were really good. The gym was fantastic & the guy there very helpful & attentive too.
There are steps down to the beach, but you can see from the photo of the hotel that it is set it steep mountain area, & it also does say on their website & with most tour operators.
We had the most perfect honeymoon, with truly no negatives at all! We have stayed in various 5* resorts before with business & this one definately deserves it's rating in our opinion. We have already recommended to others & my parents have booked for october! The best bits were the gorgeous food, the stunning views & sunsets, and the hotel & staff themselves - all in all a perfect week!!
We are looking forward to returning next May for our 1st wedding anniversary :))

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hertfordshire
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2009

Have just returned from a week at this lovely hotel. We have done many all inclusive trips and I really can't understand what some of the reviewers are complaining about. We travelled with Thomson Holidays and was very impressed with the service (as we were only one of two couples going to the hotel was transported from airport by taxi). Check in brilliant: the girls at reception could not have been more welcoming to us. Lunch was good in the main buffet restaurant with wine, beer and soft drinks on tap. Having eaten once outside the hotel - trust me, the hotel wine is perfectly good - the white wine lovely as a spritzer in a long glass! The evening food is similar although the choices are changed daily. Having asked staff a couple of times actual names of some of the choices there definitely is a selection of 'local food', some from Corfu itself. It was well presented with lots of choice. The pasta and sauces were also lovely: the spagetti absolutely delicious! There were always Greek desserts as well as cakes and ice-creams. The staff in the restaurant were helpful and always very pleasant. We were allocated an inconvenient day and time for our trip to the a la carte restaurant, The Olive Tree but changed this. I cannot understand what some people want who have complained! It costs absolutely nothing to eat here on all inclusive! We regularly eat out at home in good restaurants: the food in TOT was beautifully presented and hot. We were asked if we wanted the next course: we were not rushed at all. The actual food did not taste as though it was anything but fresh. It was lovely and we had the house wine, which meant a 4 course meal in this lovely restaurant cost absolutely nothing! apart from the tip we left because of the pleasant service! I understand if you are there for 10 or 14 days you can visit twice - do, as it is certainly worth it. The guests all were well dressed for the 'occasion' and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The bar staff upstairs were always courteous when asking for room numbers, even when you went to ask for several drinks, never a problem although you need to give room numbers for more than just the 2 drinks you are ordering for yourself. This is perfectly to be expected. Comments have come back about the cost of the drinks. When we were outside the hotel (we hired a car for a couple of days from the village) the drinks everywhere were expensive: about Euros 8 for a cocktail. So given that you are in a 4* hotel this price is to be expected. Certainly the all inclusive was, we believe, excellent value. The sunbed by the pool issue is a problem and is something I think the hotel should address. The beds however are very comfortable but could do with some more umbrellas, perhaps. Being that the hotel is built into a beautiful cliff face the walk was always going to be steep down to the beach! If you do want to go down at night the walk down the road is probably the best route as, by going down through the yet to be opened Tunnel Bar you will have to walk on sand to get to the walkway to the village. Yesterday (Friday) they had a digger in to clear the seaweed. Apparently the hotel was only allowed to start this operation this week due to a licence that was required (not certain about this) but it very much looks like this will all be done swiftly and it should then be a lovely place to relax. The seaweed arrived during a freek storm that happens about every ten years - not much you can do about nature! The water, once you are in, is lovely. Allan, the entertainment guy is very pleasant and good fun (expecially the aquarobics and noon). He is a good singer and he and the team are trying very hard to please the visitors from many parts of the world, all speaking different languages. It is hotel entertainment and you either like it or you don't. Many did and some didn't. However, the top stage is now open (not sure how many nights a week it will be used) so you will have option to 'opt out' if you don't wish to be included in the entertainment. I gather that tea and coffee machines are ordered for the rooms: having spoken to the manager (a lovely guy who is very keen to ensure all complaints and comments are taken very seriously) said that he did not realise that all guests would miss this extra so much in the morning! A small criticism is the 'courtesy room' available if you leaving late in the day. A lock on the door would not go amiss albeit the actual shower room (2 in the same room) was great. The hotel room itself was lovely, the bed comfortable and we had a brilliant view. The sunsets were fabulous and the weather fantastic for this time of year. The village a ten minute walk away is lovely with all there that you would need. All in all: I certainly would recommend and will more than probably return at some stage. If you go.... have fun! We did!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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East Morton.Yorks
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54 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2009

We were a bit apprehensive having read last years reviews but we needn't have worried. This hotel has had a major refurb and it showed! The whole feel of the hotel is of understated relaxation. The rooms are very light and airy and well equipped with stunning views, the only drawback being that there was no tea/coffee facilities in the rooms and no room service!. The staff were very friendly and efficient. We had to entertain ourselves in the evenings as there was non provided being out of season but this only added to the general feel of relaxation. Foodwise, we didnt think it was quite 5 star but certainly wasn't "cafe style" as suggested in a previous review! As soon as the management iron out minor issues you would expect from a new venture this hotel will be one of the best in the area. We will certainly be visiting again as soon as possible.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank twosmiffs
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Durham
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43 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2009

We were searching the internet for weeks in order to find a cheap but value for money last minute break and boy did we find one!
The Aquis is adefinitely a 5* hotel in all respects.
We went in the first week of may for one week costing £650, A/L, for two adults.
The weather was terrific. On our last day we had to come out of the mid afternoon sun as it was too hot.
Our accomodation was a bungalow away from the main hotel and I would say that no one had stayed in it before us. It was faultless. Leather couches, plasma screen TV's, the quietest, free, aircon I have ever encountered. The sea view was to die for too.
The food was fantastic. A great deal of choice every day and plenty of it. Noting ever ran low as food was replaced by the lovely staff continually. The resteraunt itself was very pleasant aswell. Again with a sea view. the sunset in the evening was amazing from here and the terrace, pool bar and outside eating area.
The pool was spotless and the pool bar was very efficient in it's service. The age old practice of reserving a lounger by use of the beach towel was prevelant but you could still get a bed by as late as 9am if you hadn't made it down before. Afternoon tea was served here and was spot on. Nothing too heavy before the lush evening meal in the main resteraunt.
The beach was small and a little pebbly but at this time of year it was not packed at all. It is literally a 2 min walk away.
The little village a mere 10 minute walk away was just enough exercise twice a day to work up a steady appetite.
Over all I would give this 10 out of ten in every aspect.
If I had to be picky, there were only 2 downsides for me and these were that the reception staff weren't as five star as the rest of the hotel. There appeared to be only one member of staff that knew what they were doing whilst the rest, whilst polite, weren't very helpful and service could be slow. The other was the lack of courtesy room facilities for those of us who had late flights on the last day but we did get to use the shower area in the fitness suite. Not ideal but adequate.
Over all, I will return to this resort/hotel and would reccomend it to friends and family. Fantastic!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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cardiff
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2009

All inclusive is the only way to book here unless you have just won the lottery, prices are just stupid.
Ok lets tell you a few facts drinks have to be the weakest i have ever drank this was agreed by fellow guests.
Entertainment thats a laugh i think not ,although Stephen is quite a good singer and tries very hard the rest of the so called team are a waste of time they are supposed to be trained dancers well if thats true i am a brain surgeon.
The hotel staff are all very nice and at this point i have to mention the girls in the lounge bar they were great but always rushed off thier feet but just on the last day some Polish girls arrived to help so sevice should improve.
The sunbeds are comfy but i would suggest someone from the hotel staff went around at 09.30 and remove all towels with no one sitting on the bed and put them in a big laundry bin, have seen this done at another hotel which soon puts a stop to people leaving a towel on the bed and coming back hours later (IT WORKS BELIEVE ME ).
As for the issue regarding the walk to the village and bus stop, it is a killer which ever way you decide to take it on, its not easy it would be a nice gesture for the hotel to put on a little shuttle service.
The food was fine but hey we can all find fault but iam sure you will find something you like .The a la carte food was very poor just a little variation of the buffet food plus you was in and out in under an hour for a four course meal they ask you for your complete order before you start and as soon as you finished one course the next is under your nose.
All in all i would go back just to chill out as i really enjoyed the fact that there was no kids running about but i think i would buy my own vodka from duty free and then be able to enjoy some alchol and not just lemonade.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank taffybilly
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Property: Mayor La Grotta Verde Grand Resort
Address: Agios Gordios 49100, Greece
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Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Agios Gordios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Agios Gordios
#3 Romantic Hotel in Agios Gordios
#4 Family Hotel in Agios Gordios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Mayor La Grotta Verde Grand Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 359
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imagine yourself on a sandy beach, crystal waters and thriving, green mountains rising on the top. Relax to the rhythmic sounds of waves and offer yourself the holidays you deserve.This Adults only hotel located on a picture-perfect hill spot in one of Corfu’s best locations. ... more   less 
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