... and then some more.
To start with the positive. It is a real nice hotel and everything you see on the their website is actually true. However, I was under the impression that it is a lot smaller than it actually is. In all fairness I have to say that this was certainly my mistake. But just to be clear, it is actually a pretty big hotel with lots of rooms, restaurants, bars, etc.
Hence my personal expectations were not completely met. In particular the big buffet restaurant for dinner & breakfast was not what I had in mind when we booked the hotel. Again, in all fairness it was the middle of the high season and the hotel was completely booked.
However, regarding restaurants be advised that the hotel operates 2 other smaller restaurants (Italian & Greek) which you can book for 1 dinner each during your stay at no extra cost provided that you have booked half board or another similar package. These restaurants fill up quickly so book already when you check in. The Italian restaurant also serves a la carte breakfast (again at no extra cost) which is really good. I do not exactly understand how you qualify for that since we got booked there by Athina the guest relation manager (who is really fantastic) after we expressed our disappointment about the buffet restaurant.
The food in the Greek restaurant and Italian restaurant is really good. The buffet restaurant has a huge selection but the food quality is pretty much what you expect from a buffet restaurant of this size.
The good news though is that despite high season in all other areas we did not experience any issues with areas being too crowded. (Pool, beach, bar).
Let's talk about the room. We had booked a suite because we were travelling with 2 adults and 2 kids. It was absolutely fantastic! Spacious, clean, well maintained and well equipped. The suite consisted of 2 rooms, 2 bathrooms and a huge terrace (appr. 50m2). Sea view at the Marbella Beach hotel really means sea view! The hotel is built on the slope of a little hill and I would expect that all rooms facing the sea actually have a real nice and unobstructed view. (See picture 2).
The service is good. Not very good measured against 5 Star standards I have experienced before. My impression was that this mainly a Greek cultural issue. Everybody was very friendly and everything got done eventually but the staff seemed not to be in a particular hurry to get it done and the process of ordering was a bit cumbersome at times. However, after 2 days and getting into the Greek mood you hardly notice it any longer.
Personally, would I go there again? Probably not in the middle of the high season. But in off peak times it is a real nice place and i doubt you find anything better on Corfu.
Travel tips: Corfu town is definitely worth a visit. The bus leaves directly in front of the hotel and gets you there nice and easy in 25 minutes for a fare of 1,70€. Twice a week there is a shuttle boat from the hotel to Corfu town. Again book early/quick.
Bottom line: Highly recommended in off peak season. Still very nice and worth the trip in high season but you should know what to expect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort complex consists of two main buildings and cluster buildings of Mediterranean architecture, all overlooking the graceful Corfiot costline and the colourful sub-tropical property gardens. Marbella Corfu reveals luxurious and spacious accommodation, combined with elegantly decorated restaurants, terraces, lounges and bars offering unique views of the Ionian Sea.The lush greenery along with a brand new cascade sea-water swimming pool invites you to indulge in comfort and style.Various water sports facilities await you at the beach. An idyllic area with olive trees and straw umbrellas is located next to the beach, providing the perfect scenery for sport and relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marbella Beach Hotel Agios Ioannis
- Marbella Hotel Benitses
- Hotel Marbella Corfu
- Marbella Hotel Corfu