We arrived at Damia hotel on the 14th July 2013 for a week's holiday. After booking through 'On The Beach' and receiving confirmation we were taken aback when Damia (hotel manager) politely told us that we had in fact not booked a room. She then led my fiancé into her office and showed him the email that she sent to 'On The Beach' which stated that she was fully occupied. However, after being served some cooling refreshments on the house we were allocated a room and were told that we would have to swap rooms half way through the week. This didn't bother us at all. It was clear that the fault was from 'On The Beach' and Damia bent over backwards to accommodate us at short notice and was very welcoming indeed.
The rooms are what you would expect of a 2 star self catering hotel- basic but very clean and comfortable. Air conditioning could be bought for 60euros for the week which you probably don't need as the rooms have curtains which- if you keep closed- keep the heat out well, but my fiancé likes to sleep in an ice box! Other reviews have stated the bathroom was dirty and smelly; although the facilities were not brand spanking new they were clean and functional. We complained about the pressure of our shower in our first room and it was fixed the same day with a new hose being installed by Dimitris (Damia's son) with no hesitation and with a smile.
Damia also gave us a plug in for the mosquitos after seeing how badly bitten my fiancé was and even gave us some cream for the bites- if that's not service then I don't know what is. I really don't see what some of the other reviewers are talking about.
The pool is much bigger than all the other hotels in Sidari (most of which are right on the road) and it was always spotless. There were plenty of sun beds to go around- you needn't get up early to put a towel out which is great and no matter what time of day you could always get a bed in the sun or the shade whichever you prefer.
The bar staff come around the poolside often and ask if they can get you anything from the bar which is great and the drinks are served in frozen 'glasses' around the pool to keep you cool.
The bar staff were absolutely excellent- Dimitris, Alexandros and Anna- all very friendly and a good laugh. Every time you saw them they ask 'How are you?' and ask what had you been up to that day.
Some reviewers have said that the staff were cold towards them if they thought you weren't eating and drinking in the hotel- what a pack of lies! We ate out every night with the exception of one evening plus the Greek Night (BBQ with all the Greek trimmings and Greek dancing for 7euros) and we still received the best treatment from all the staff, and even being given drinks on the house as it was our last night. We were also offered free Greek lessons from Alexandros and they were more than happy to help you out translating various phrases and words- from the serious questions to the very silly!
THINGS TO DO
Damia booked us a trip to Aqualand (an hour's coach trip from the hotel) which is well worth a visit. Being two big kids- 23 and 26- we loved it. We payed 30euros each and that included your park entry and pick up and drop off on the door step.
Also worth a visit is Paleokastritza. We went by boat from Sidari harbour (19 euros each) and it took and hour and a half- just don't have too much to drink the night before as it is a small ferry and a choppy boat ride! The cliffs you see along the way are amazing to look at and the bay itself at Paleo is stunning with crystal clear waters. It looks like something from Thailand.
We also enjoyed a cliff jump off the rocks at Canal D'Amour- this was free! Beware if you are not a strong swimmer though as it is quite hard to swim back in to the side and climb out!
Sidari beach, where we spent most of our time, is only a 20 minute walk from the hotel. Leave early to avoid the scorching heat! Or it's 5 euros for a taxi if you are feeling lazy.
The nearest supermarket and Tavernas are only a 5-10 minute walk away from the hotel.
Visit 'The Orchard' for the best traditional Greek food. This is about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Also 'Greek Village and Bablyon Bar' (on the beach front) is also worth a visit.
The food in the hotel was also excellent the night we dined there, we shared Tsaziki and Pitta Bread then I had a Greek Salad which was about 6 euros and my fiancé had the special that day of Spaghetti and Meatballs which was also reasonably priced. A jug of wine (about 500ml) costs you just 5 euros so all very affordable and the service- as always- was excellent.
We really enjoyed our week in Corfu staying at the Damia Hotel. The staff are really what made the holiday so good. If you are looking for an affordable stay in Corfu and don't mind a walk into the buzz of things then we strongly recommend you stay here.
Thank you to all at the Damia Hotel- you really made our holiday amazing! We will be back!
Abbie & David <3
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Featuring a FREE-form pool and restaurant, Hotel Damia is 1 km from a beach in the coastal village of Sidari. It offers self-catered accommodation with FREE Wi-Fi and terrace or balcony overlooking the pool and the forest. Canal d' Amour Beach is 800 metres away. A kitchenette with an electric kettle, fridge and coffee/tea facilities is included in all the air-conditioned studios. The bathroom is stocked with free toiletries and a hairdryer. They offer either a garden, pool or mountain views. A choice of a Continental or a Full English breakfast is offered every morning in the bright dining area. The property includes a poolside snack bar and bar for quick meals and refreshments. Kids can enjoy their own paddling pool and playground. Free BBQ facilities are provided. A bus stop is located 100 metres from the property. Private parking can be found on site at no charge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Damia Hotel Sidari, Corfu