Well, have just read the recent reviews on here and I'm shocked by some of them! We (partner and 21 month old daughter) were amongst the first guests to stay at the rebranded Thomson hotel and were suprised at how much we enjoyed the holiday. This was our first holiday abroad with the little one and we delierately chose a family hotel, to utilise the creche facitilies and 0-3 kids club that are few and far between. I would in no way recommend this hotel for singles, couples or anyone wanting the quiet life - but I would think that its clear Thomson don't either from the brochure!
Following a pleasant enough flight and a 15 minute transfer, we arrived at the hotel to check in alongside another 100 guests - and we were at the back of the queue! While this was a pain and the queue took a while before it was finally our turn to check in, the Thomson team helped us to carry our bags and talked us through what to expect.
Yes, the entertainment team could possibly be considered as 'overbearing' but this is a KIDS hotel. My 21 month old loved all of the activities and often just sat watching what was going on. We were advised by one of the team members that the hotel had failed to provide an entertainment team and the Thomson team stepped in at the last minute - they did a great job. Yes, the entertainment didnt start until 8.30, but dinner didnt start until 7.00 so we thought it was just right. The kids played by the stage and the kids reps often came out to play with the children in the evening which gave us time to relax for a while! And no one can deny the energy of the entertainment team - particularly 'Gregasauras' who never stopped and the kids clearly loved him. We also used the creche facilities and the reps did a fab job with my LO who loved painting and other activities - an opportunity for her to be out of the sun, and us to enjoy a couple of hours break (lets face it, it was a holiday for us too!)
In addition to the kids entertainment, there was plenty for adults to do during the day if needed. My partner participated in volley ball, water polo and even welly wanging - I chose the more relaxed approach and looked after the bags etc from the sunbed! The pool isnt big enough for the number of guest - this is where we were lucky in being the first guests as we were spoilt by being 3 of 150 guests for the first 5 days in a hotel that can hold 600. Definitely noticed a difference on the last 2 days! We always managed to get a sunbed by the pool, and there was no 'reserve your sunbed at 6am ' culture! If you do want to relax and not take part etc, there are PLENTY of sunbeds on the grassed area with views of the sea and the neary harbour.
Admittedly, the kids food section wasnt varied but the adults certainly was and my daughter enjoyed eating the same foods that we did and definitely didnt eat chips every night! Soup was always a winner for her and was fresh and a different variety each evening. Its also worth noting that the hotel provide fresh full fat milk in a morning so no need to worry about taking cartons for toddlers. The buffet was ideal having a LO with us as she could have a bit of everything and it didnt matter if she left stuff. Self service drinks throughout the day was also ideal and bottled water was supplied each day (along with having a fridge in your room to keep it chilled).
We were told it was a 30 min walk to Corfu town and although we never ventured out, we were told by many that its not a great walk and advised to use the bus/taxi.
We came away with only one complaint - the photo of the 'family room' in the Thomson brochure is not accurate. We discussed this on day 1 with the reps and they agreed with us and tried to get us moved. The hotel advised them that the type of room we were in was the same throughout the hotel. It was only on the last day that the rep we had originally spoke to advised us that he'd just found out the photo is a 'family room with partition' so watch out! The standard family room is not divided as shown but was still big enough for our needs - naughty Thomson will be made aware that I'm not happy about that but it was in no way the fault of the team at the Louis. However, the room we had was spotless and had 2 single beds, and twin beds.
Well done if you've made it this far, I didnt intend to waffle but the 14 strong Thomson team at this hotel are doing everything they can to make the hotel a success and considering we were dreading a family hotel following years of delierately visiting kid free hotels we had a fantastic time.
* Oh, and to the team at the Louis who are no doubt checking the reviews as they were desperate for feedback - keep up the fab work! *
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This well-kept holiday complex lies directly on the gently-sloping, sandy beach, 3km to Corfu town. Comfortable, elegant, cozy. 95 Hectares of wonderful gardens. Ideal for families and sports lovers. All inclusive. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Louis Kerkyra Golf Hotel Corfu
- Iberostar Kerkyra Hotel
- Iberostar Corfu