My husband, and parents-in-law stayed at this hotel for a week to celebrate my 40th birthday and I am so glad we decided to go there!
We had stayed at this hotel (in a bungalow room) in 2003 when it was a Thompson 3 star hotel and loved the location then, hence wanting to return this year. The recent renovations have done wonders for the hotel. The location was always fabulous, but we loved the new (ish) tunnel bar and the pool area upgrade. As before the food was fabulous but one of the strongest points of this hotel is the wonderful staff - they were all so warm and friendly and really couldn't do enough for you.
There is a very well equipped gym and Spa and the helpful staff again shone through - the gym was open from 1000 - 1800 hours - I commented to my husband that these hours were not great as he likes to exercise first thing in the morning. When we visited the gym, the young lady explained that we could just ask at reception for the key and use the gym whenever we wanted to - how is that for service!
The evening entertainment was just right, with a team of just three staff conducting small and amusing quiz hours and holding creative sessions of jewellery making, painting etc each day. Every evening there was some enertainment from the elegant pianist, local dance groups and local singers - I thought it was the most tasteful entertainment I have experienced in any Greek hotel we have visited and clearly well thought out.
On my birthday we ate at the a la carte restaurant and they really made my evening special - with a bottle of champagne and a lovely birthday cake. The service was outstanding!
One of the thoughtful touchs we liked was the DVD player in the rooms - I am usually relatively early to bed and my husband likes to watch movies, so most nights we selected a DVD from the reception free of charge - a good thing as the only English channels were the news and the odd movie with subtitles.
The rooms were very clean and the maids worked so hard - cleaning the rooms to "new guests standard" every day. I can't understand why some people who have written reviews on here about the colour of the tiles in the bathroom - I thought the bathrooms were lovely - very up to date and well equipped.
As many other visitors have mentioned - the sunsets are amazing and the location is just stunning. The village is very cute with just enough little shops and restaurants to wonder round. We walked into the village one day and had a delicious crepe and a coffee, otherwise we didn't feel the need to go down there as the hotel catered for our every need.
We hired a quad bike for the day and visited the east side of the island which I highly recommend. One day we hired a car and visited the north of the island - the roads are safe and well maintained, so it is well worth getting out and about.
The only down side we could find was the noise from the restaurant. We were in room 5303 which is the floor below the restaurant. We had asked to be in a room on a higher level and the staff accommodated this. When the staff were preparing the restaurant and guests were using it, we could hear chairs being moved about and people walking etc (I think the restaurant opened about 0730am ). This was never a huge problem to us as we don't lay in particularly late anyway. Nothing can be done about this as with most Greek hotels the floors are tiled and therefore noise carries more easily. This is a very minor issue and I only mention this to show that this is a balanced review.
I loved the fact that this is an adult only venue and I think this adds to the relaxed atmosphere. We go on several holidays a year, but this is the most relaxing holiday we have been on for ages - within 36 hours I felt like I had been there a week - which is perfect! IIf you are thinking of visiting this hotel - GO FOR IT!!!!! Do not hesitate. We are hoping to go back in October.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mayor La Grotta Verde Grand Resort Agios Gordios, Corfu