We must have led a tough life, the Memsahib and me; we're not inclined to throw our toys out of the pram if the hot water runs out in a hotel - serves us right for getting up late! But I digress: having booked the Dalia for five nights in October 2012 because it was the only affordable hotel (€53 for the room, including breakfast) within reach of Corfu old town, it was no surprise to find that the accommodation was of the shabby chic variety. Ten years ago it must have been quite avant garde, but the passage of time has not been kind to the fixtures and fittings. And no, the lift is still not working, but a nice lady carried all of our luggage upstairs, and the next day they moved us downstairs so that we had fewer stairs to climb.
So the reviewer who described it as "the worst hotel of my life . . . everything is horrible in there . . you feel planes over your head every hour.." needs to get out more. It has seen better days, but it's well cared for and clean. Bathrooms are a tad cramped (at least for the more generous figure), but the accommodation is adequate, with reasonable quality bedding, towels, toiletries, extra blankets pillows etc. Since it is near the airport you get (surprise surprise) occasional plane noise, but it's limited - maybe it is worse in high summer?
Petros, the owner, is a gem. OK the hot water ran out one morning, but he can't do enough for you - arranging taxis, visits, a fund of information about Corfu and the best eating places: to say nothing of being the all-night room service man, producing an ouzo at the drop of a hat.
Continental breakfast is substantial: bread, toasts, yoghurt, eggs, cheese, salami, cake, tea coffee.
So, it makes no pretence to be a luxury hotel (although perhaps Petros has his dreams) but the price is reasonable, the staff -mainly all family- are friendliness itself, and its handy for both the airport and Corfu Old Town is a €6 taxi ride away.
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