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Hotel Costas Golden Beach
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Agios Georgios
Certificate of Excellence
Pembroke
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“Great but...............”
Reviewed 16 November 2009

We stayed at the Costas Golden Beach following a week's cruise of the Adriatic and whilst I agree with the comments about the quality and friendliness of the hotel, a week in Agios Geogios was quite sufficient. If you want a quiet, peaceful resort with little in the way of shops and places to visit then AG is great for you. However, if you like things to do / places to see then give plenty of thought to staying here. The local bus service is virtually non existent, no mini bus service and no taxi rank in the resort. I just can't understand why no-one has seized the opportunity to provide better facilities for visitors. With regard to the hotel - the location, staff, views, cleanliness, pool facilities etc are top class but I don't think AG would ever entice me to re-visit.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 November 2009

Myself and my girlfriend stayed here for a week near the end of September. It was exactly as others have described. The service was great from the moment we arrived to the time we had to leave, all of the staff are helpful friendly and it creates a really good atmosphere.
Our room was very clean and comfortable, we paid a little extra for a sea view and it was certainly worth it. We ate at the hotel several times and the food was good, a mixture of english and greek catering for most tastes.
The pool is nice with sunloungers always available and the pretty gardens add a nice touch.
The beach, which is a 2min walk away was clean and quiet. Its 8 euro a day for loungers and a parasol and the water was warm enough for us to have a good paddle!

We ventured out of the resort a couple of times. We never take up any of the excursions offered by the reps, we prefer to do things ourselves and explore under our own steam. We visited corfu town, which was ok but had a lot of touristy shops selling the same type of things (which is probably to be expected). We also did an afternoons pony trekking which was great and throughly recommended. The company is called Trailfinders and is run by a british lady who was very helpful and friendly (i'd never been on a horse before so her patience was appreciated!). It was a great experience and we'd thoroughly recommend using her to anyone. Plus the beer we had at the end of it was one of the best i'd tasted!!

All in all this is a hotel that you come to if you want a quiet, chilled out break. We had a great time and would like to say thanks to all the staff for making our holiday great and thanks to Sally for the trekking!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Munkey_Tennis
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South of England
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Reviewed 25 October 2009

We stayed in the CGBH the week before it closed down for the winter, so if you are planning on some winter sunshine you can cross this one off your list.

I can't really add much to what has already been said about the hospitality at this hotel, We had the normal warm welcome from Dimitri and Spiros that everyone on here talks about but it wasn't until the 3rd day of our stay when we were walking in a nearby town and Dimitri stopped his car alongside us to say hello, this to me was much better proof that this family really do know and care for their clients.

The location of the hotel is amazing, right on top of the beach and some of the nicest walks I have ever been on. It reminded me of how Malta was 10 years ago before they received all their EU money to smarten and modernise the place. I do hope that Agios Georgios doesn't go the same way.

Back to the hotel

The rooms although small are perfectly adequate for a beach hotel and looked as fresh and clean during the last week of the season as I would imagine they were on the first week. Nothing broken and all the electrics were in first class condition, nothing broken or hanging off the wall, no squished mozzies on the wall, in fact the only thing I could find fault with the room was the fact that the wardrobe had no handles only a couple of holes drilled into it to open the doors, okay no big deal but on a couple of occasions during our stay I bent my finger backwards opening the door up. (I am prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt though and blame it on too much Mythos)
The rooms are visited by the tidy fairies every day, and bedding and towels are changed 3 times a week

The rooms are separate from the main hotel and entry to each room is from a walkway at the rear and right next to the frosted louvered window of your shower room, meaning anyone walking past your room could see you having a shower if you have the window open (simple answer, close the window when having a shower)
Ground floor rooms are next to the swimming pool and so anyone around the pool can see into your room. If this is a problem for you then ask for a 1st floor room

Breakfast was the normal continental thing except no meats or cheeses although you can have a cooked breakfast for a small charge, we had scrambled eggs on toast the first morning and they must of used at least 4 eggs each.
My wife is Vegetarian and eating out on holiday is always a bit of an adventure but we found the evening menu was excellent and we had 3 course dinners each evening (except 2) and she never had to repeat the same meal.
We did go to the Taverns in the area and had drinks in most while we checked out the meals that were being served and taking everything into consideration I think you would be better off staying in the hotel to eat each night.
3 course meal with a glass of wine at the hotel about 15 Euros each
The only complaint I would have about the restaurant at the hotel was the fact that half of the restaurant was a smoking area and the other half non smoking so it's just bad luck if you are a non smoker and put on a table on the border with the smoking half but if that bothers you just go and have a drink in the bar for half an hour and as Dimitri is a smoker I can't see this changing until the laws in Greece change.

and lastly evening entertainment.
During our week we had
2 nights of Karaoke
1 Quiz night
1 England football match with Bingo at half time
1 Pool games
and the rest was Dimitri playing his records as he did every night, again no Greek evening during our stay..

Great value for money hotel that I would recommend to anyone wanting a quiet and relaxing holiday

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Paul003
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Devon
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Reviewed 17 October 2009

My husband and I spent two weeks at CGBH end of Sept to October,like many other people who have written reviews we too were very influenced by them,and we weren't disappointed it was a really lovely place to stay and relax, as unless you are brave enough to drive, getting around can be pretty daunting. Getting to anywhere else on the island means having to go into Corfu town,we never attempted this as the last bus back to AG was at 4 30 and we were told that a taxi would cost around 50euros,bus fare 3euros,bit of a difference!!! There are some lovely walks, but once again you would need to be fit and keen as its pretty hilly.There are however taxi firms to get to other near by resorts and lots of people shared taxis with other couples halving the cost,these can be booked through Dimitri at the hotel to whom nothing is too much trouble for his guests he seems to be able to arrange anything ,your wish is his command. We felt as though we had been going for years within a few days,it was just so laid back. We had a couple of rainy days but it was always warm and when the rain stopped the sun was soon out and being a person who is very affected by the weather(not very good at making the best of things on holiday) I was quite happy to sit and read and look out at the sea. Please don't go if you want razmataz,night clubs,fish and chips and time share touts harassing you,do go if you want to relax and watch the world go by and be looked after so well by the staff at CGBH.I would also add that unless you were to go on the beach every day its probably not the place to go with children,not I must add that children weren't made welcome,but it was geared towards adults. This appealed to us as we've past that stage and it was the relaxed grown up atmosphere that we so enjoyed.I agree that the rooms were a bit small,but they had a good sized balcony with nice furniture,but the showers had to be negotiated with care it was hilarious seeing my 6ft 2inch husband attempting to have a shower. They were kept spotlessly clean with lots of changes of towels and bedding,in fact the whole of the hotel was immaculate.Would we go again? certainly but probably only for a week as we would like to see more of the island and as previously stated unless you are prepared to drive it can be hard to get around. There are some pretty good tavernas close by,though food in the hotel is very good,its nice to have a change.We particularly liked Dixtia,really felt as though we were in Greece,the staff were really nice and friendly,and the food very good. All in all it really was a successful holiday.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Norma9
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Benson, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 October 2009

Well, if you are expecting us to answer that question with either a Yes or a No, then we’re going to disappoint you. Why, because ‘best’ is clearly a subjective opinion, and what constitutes ‘best’ for you may not rank as ‘best’ for us. However what follows are our personal views and assessments which hopefully you can use to determine whether this place is for you.

My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Costas Golden Beach for 1 week in late September / early October 2009. We were looking for a short sunshine break for some rest and relaxation prior to the autumn / winter months ahead. We choose this hotel primarily on the basis of the comments on here, and were keen to see whether it lived up to its reputation, travelling with Thomson’s from Birmingham.

So, how did it fair? There were many elements that were excellent, not least the outstanding hospitality shown by Dimitri, Dina, Spiros and their employees. I can well relate to all the other comments on here and they really do try their best to make each and everyone’s stay as good as possible. It was also the other little things like the fact that the room safe, air conditioning, drinking water (after purchasing the first bottle) and Wi-Fi were all free of charge as was the use of the tennis courts and the loan of rackets and balls. There were also plenty of sunbeds meaning that, unless you particularly wanted loungers in a specific location, there was no need to reserve with towels etc. The hotel grounds were maintained to a high standard, although there are occasional steps which can catch you out particularly at night.

We also found the general location to be exactly what we were looking for – quiet and remote. Yes this means it is a bit of a trek from the airport requiring a change to a minibus mid way, but to us that was part of the holiday and gave us a chance to see something of the real Corfu. And even though the hotel is not directly on the beach (there is a road between it and the hotel), there was very little traffic and therefore it did not cause us any problem. Both of these factors are well documented on here, so if this is likely to be an issue for you, then you need to consider somewhere else, as it is not the hotel’s fault.

We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis. Our assessment of the food, in terms of quality, range and price was that it was of a good standard and good value for money (indicated by the fact we only ate out only once during our week, even though other restaurants were close by). The menu has a reasonable selection of dishes, both Greek and British, however we did feel the British dishes were targeted more towards the ‘chips with everything’ style. However each evening there were a number of ‘specials’ which were generally of Greek origin. Service was prompt with food served quickly. Like previously commented on, we too were surprised with the ‘plastic’ crockery at breakfast – it did feel as though you were on a picnic!

The biggest ‘disappointment’ to us were the size of the bedrooms. Whilst they were clean and tidy, and the maid does come in every day, they are on the small side. We particularly found the bathroom restrictive – it is only around 2m. x 1.5m. into which is fitted a shower, toilet and sink. Accordingly only 1 person can use it at a time, with the shower being particularly small – I kept banging my arms on the sides and the shower curtain was completely ineffective in stopping the bathroom floor from becoming soaked, which then also became very slippery. However they were quiet and had stunning views across the hotel pool towards the sea. The other area which did not meet expectations was the evening entertainment. Again, as it is only a small hotel and we were approaching the end of the season we were not expecting anything special. However not all Brits are football fans, and to have matches shown on the big screen for 3 nights in succession was a bit much, even though the sound was turned off and music being played. The ‘advertised’ Greek night never materialised. The best night was the karaoke which, even if you were not participating, was a good laugh. Hopefully our experience was unusual, certainly others we spoke to who had stayed on previous occasions suggested this was the exception rather than the rule.

So all in all did we have a good holiday? Yes. Did we get value for money? Again yes. Would we go back? No, but we very rarely go back to the same place. Would we recommend it to others who were looking for this type of vacation? Again, yes. Overall we feel that the Costas Golden Beach is a good 3 star standard hotel, reflected by the numerous awards that it has been awarded by Thomson’s over the last 15 years or so and an establishment that Dimitri and his family can be proud of. Yes the rooms are on the small side, but on the basis that you only use these for a small part of you holiday, the other positive factors do outweigh this. For a total cost of £900, which included all our meals, drinks etc. we consider it was very good value for money.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank Geoff A
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Sheffield
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Reviewed 7 October 2009

What a lovely hotel, run by a wonderful family and excellent staff. My husband and I travelled with my Mum and Dad (who have never been abroad before), they were blown away with the whole package, from being met off the bus by Spiros and Demetri to being waved off by Dina for our return journey. Gardens.....beautiful, entertainment......fab, food and service......2nd to none, we met guests staying there for their 14th time!!!!
Lovely place to relax and unwind, we are returning next September 2010, can't wait.
Love Dawn and Kerry Wilson, June and Geoff Barraclough. (Sheffield)

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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Glenrothes
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Reviewed 3 October 2009

A review could not possibly do this hotel justice. The owners run a tight ship delivering a professional service throughout. Their attention to detail is outstanding. If you put in to the mix the owners and the staffs genuine friendliness I think this encapsulates the magic formula. The Hotel is clean and all the facilities are maintained to a high standard. The pool area overlooks the sea and is adjacent to the dining room, all in all a magnificient setting. The food is another highlight, plentiful,tasty and varied. In addition, the hotel offers a 10% discount to residents which makes eating even better value. The hotel is really geared up for a chill out holiday, comprising mostly middle aged to older residents so bear this in mind before booking if you have youngsters. Also there are not many things for younger people in the local area. The resort comprises mostly Restaurants and Bars with the odd Supermarket thrown in. On the positive side the beach is beautiful and the their are lots of local walks, maps are to be had in a folder held at the hotel reception. Overall we had an excellent holiday and will return again at some time in the future,

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Costas Golden Beach
Address: Pagi, Agios Georgios 490 81, Greece
Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Agios Georgios
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Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Agios Georgios
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Costas Golden Beach 2*
Number of rooms: 43
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Costas Golden Beach Agios Georgios
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