I was thinking about this review towards the end of our recent 11-night stay at this hotel and wondering just where to pitch my rating. I really wanted to give the place a 5-star ranking as so much of the hotel is really very, very good and the staff are superb. But there are just a few too many places where they could do with improving things a little and take themselves to another level.
Firstly, the basics. Our room (355 in a block just away from main hotel) had a fabulous view overlooking the sea and the bay. It was spacious and clean but very dated. The shower was a mixer tap type and barely fit for purpose and the hot water seemed to run out at peak times (late afternoon for instance). And how irritating is it only to have one key to the room. It meant that we had to consider the logistics every time one of us went in a different direction during the day in case they couldn't get back into the room. We didn't take too much notice of any of this until we used the courtesy room for showering and changing on our last day in the main block of the hotel. What a difference!! Some refurbishment is required sooner rather than later.
There are two main swimming pools - the smaller one is down towards to the beach and we found ourselves there on our first afternoon at the hotel. I'm well over 6 foot tall and couldn't touch the bottom of the pool for two thirds of it's length. It also struck me as a bit grubby and incessantly noisy in and around that pool. In contrast, the lagoon pool at the front of the hotel is much more child friendly but deep enough to swim in. It was clean, well maintained and relaxing. There are plenty of sunbeds and although you need to get down there for about 8am to get one poolside that's not too much of a hardship.
We don't have much to do with the animation teams these days but they seemed to work hard. We only ventured down to the Gouvina stage one night and we weren't impressed with the entertainment. They had a Fakir on stage that evening who's act included fire-eating (very impressive) and walking on/pressing his face on broken glass bottles (not very clever) particular with so many children in the audience. The hotel really need to ask themselves if this is appropriate for smaller guests!
I wasn't impressed with the man-made beach either. You could barely walk on it for the number of small stones mixed in with the sand.
There are a few other small niggles as well. What's with the paid-for Wi-Fi? I've got devices with 4G on so it didn't become an issue but this is the 21st century and Wi-Fi is almost a basic commodity these days. Come on guys. That ought to be free. The safe was a tad expensive at 3.50 Euro a night as well. That works out at £30 just to secure our passports and cash for our time in Corfu. OK, we didn't have to buy access to the safe but we didn't have a leg to stand on if we had lost anything.
It's a leap of faith going all inclusive to any hotel for the first time. It's one worth taking at the Corcyra Beach. The food is as good as anywhere we've ever been. It is consistently of a high standard and is varied with plenty of choice. They have a number of themed evenings in the main restaurant during the week (70's night; Italian; Greek for instance). Lunch is a bit more basic but more than adequate and there's plenty on offer for breakfast. There's also Thai restaurant on site which you can visit up to 3 times a week subject to availability. I enjoyed it but my family weren't so keen on that and we only went the once.
I've got to make special mention of the reception and dining room staff who made a fuss of my daughter on her 16th birthday which fell smack in the middle of our stay. They made a cake for her, decorated it for her and laid the table nicely with a bottle of champagne on hand, all free of charge. Reception had a note of her birthday without my prompting which was really impressive. Thank you all for making her birthday which was otherwise ruined by her thoughtless parents taking her away from all her friends in England.
Gouvia itself is a pleasant little town. It's an easy walk to the bars, restaurants and shops and we wandered down there a few times during our holiday.
Despite the small niggles this is was a great break and a good hotel in a lovely setting. I'd recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shimmering views of the Mediterranean Sea, variety of dining options and a colored of activities await you at this beautiful, 4 star hotel in Corfu Island, Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel. Situated in Gouvia bay and surrounded by superb scented gardens this 4 star all inclusive hotel in Corfu is ideal for your summer holidays.. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Louis Corcyra Beach
- Louis Corcyra Beach Gouvia
- Corcyra Beach
- Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel Corfu/Gouvia