We had a relaxing week here and enjoyed the Corfu sunshine. The hotel was ok, but I did not feel it represented good value for money.
We were really disappointed with our room when we arrived. Although they are clean, our room put me in mind of a Holiday Inn - very basic and we didn't have any furniture when we arrived other than a bed and dressing table. Reception told me that lots of chairs were broken and there were not enough for all the rooms but being 6 months pregnant, I really needed a proper chair in the room. To the hotel's credit, this was arranged by the following day but it was not very welcoming to arrive to an almost empty room. I was also really surprised that for a hotel rated 4 star all inclusive you had to pay a deposit for the pool towels (only 10 euros each, but still...) and you could only change these twice during your stay. I understand they are trying to save the plant but when it's hot, it's nice to be able to change your towel everyday. I was also annoyed that you had to pay for a safe in your room and that there was a fridge in the room which did not work all week and only had a bottle of water in it - we're used to a free mini-bar in the 4 star upwards all inclusive hotels.
The drinks were generally pretty poor - watered down orange juice is not pleasant and not what I expected and I don't mind plastic cups during the day but I didn't enjoy drinking out of them in the evening (I think if you drink alcohol, you get a glass in the evening). Alcohol free cocktails consisted of the afore mentioned watered down juice or lemonade with grenadine in it - fine for the under 12's, not so nice for the adults.
On the plus side - The beach here was lovely. Beautiful sand, clear waters, plenty of sun loungers. We didn't use the pool much as it's quite small for the size of the hotel and it was busy, understandable given the time of year we travelled. We had no trouble securing sun loungers every day at any time of day and it made me smile that some people were up at 6.30am to reserve them (mostly British people). This is only necessary if you want to sit right next to the (very noisy) pool. Only sit next to the pool if you want to get hit with a volleyball and join the ridiculous chocolate song and dance. Otherwise, the grassy areas are quieter and more relaxing, though there are no parasols available here.
I found the food to be of good quality. The breakfast selection and quality was very good, whilst lunch quality was good, the selection was the same every day, snacks are available throughout the day and reasonable and dinner was very tasty and varied. For an all inclusive large hotel, I thought they did a good job. Dinner service was pretty slow and they need more staff - we actually saw one over-worked waitress burst into tears and leave the restaurant. I also found the staff a little miserable (possible due to the overworking!) and not especially helpful.
The location of the hotel is lovely - such a quiet and beautiful spot. It's worth getting the free bus to Pelekas for a walk, an ice cream and maybe a drink in one of the tavernas. Gorgeous views. The free bus to Corfu town was also good and worth a visit there. We got the local bus back (last one at 8pm), it was only 2 euros 20 and drops you a 3 minute walk from the hotel.
We enjoyed the spectacular weather, the relaxation and the hotel was adequate for our needs, just not quite the hotel we expected based on the star rating and the generous and effusive reviews here.
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- Also Known As:
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- Louis Grand Pelekas
- Lti Louis Grand Hotel Corfu/Glyfada