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Christina Apartments
Ranked #17 of 39 Hotels in Sidari
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LANCASHIRE
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10 reviews
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“Good, location could be better”
Reviewed 17 September 2012

The Christina Appartments are on the main road heading out of of Sidari just past the petrol station and exactly 15 minutes walk (€5 in a taxi) to the 'strip'/beach where all the bars and night action is, which wasnt a problem but be prepared for the afternoon return in 35 degree heat, if you do, on the way back call in at the Othonas Pool Bar for the best ice cold beer in Sidari €1.50 pint! . Although a bit out of it two big supermarkets are a handy 3 minutes walk away. The Canal d'Amour is 25 minutes walk.
The Christina Appartments are spotless, cleaned every day bar saturday, set in pleasant well kept gardens, air-con is €6/day but helps deter mossies which made a meal of us 1st night (the multi-front defence approach seemed to work: air-con on coldest with blanket at night, plugin, Jungle Formulae, citrus fruit internal & external, tea tree (not convinced) and the washing of smelly feet. Tv with one english that worked intermitantly, weird kettle, fridge, mini oven/hob, toastie maker !, hairdryer and basic utensils. Free wifi is advertised but Pavlos was very reluctant to give me the key? The tiny shower becomes a wet room-standard for Greece, hot water always available. The pool appears to be very nice but would have been better placed in the many acres of land at the back, instead its squeezed between the Bar and the main road offering little privacy. One minus, the beds are rock hard.
Returning to Sidari after 6 years numerous bars and businesses had shut down, but night on the strip was still busy. The entertainment is mainly tribute acts, which is ok if you like that.. The only one I would reccomend is Tubby (aka chubby) Broon, we caught him at the Babylon, dirtier than a turd but very funny, sit at the front at your peril! Beer on average €2 a pint is cheap, ask for local draught beer, usually Alfa or the delicious Vergina, far better than our British rubbish. Spirits tend to be dearer and poor quality, eg Vodka Red Bull = unbranded crap (despite coming out of a Smirnoff bottle) poured over thin glass full of ice topped up with 'Raging Bull' or the dregs of many cans (beware One For The Road) = raging gut ache for 3 or €4! A trick we learned in Malia sometimes worth a try is to barter. Sugar Bar gave us 4 VRB for €10 with no gut ache.
The food is still excellent, the Greeks have learned got their Full English down to a tee. The average price was €3 , Sea Breeze do a good one for €2.50, BED and Memories where he told us with pride the Big Breakfast €3, had black pudding - all good. Dont go to the Akti Aphrodite the hotel that fronts onto the strip. While the food was ok he somehow managed to charge us €17 for two breakfasts saying it was extra for toast? You can expect bread to be added and charged (without asking for it) at resteraunts in the evening. If you dont want it you have to tell them. Dont order coffe, its diabolical, its always 'Nescafe', which unbelievably is even worse than it is at home. Jacobs brand from the supermarket is drinkable. . Our favourite evening venue was Bavias near the petrol station behind the Christina. Very good food, amazing Lamb Kleftico, reasonable prices.
The best way to see Corfu is hire a car, there appears to be a shortage this year so advance booking may be wise. We ended up at Vlasseros Travel €30 a day (€25 only insures the top of the car!?) Louis Spence, sorry Philip the owner is very funny. There is very litttle traffic making driving easy apart from the road signs, no parking restrictions, saw one Police patrol car in two weeks, a breath of fresh air. Head to the bottom of Sidari on to Pereloudes for Sunset Beach (5 minutes away but €8 on the tour bus) at dusk. Dont bother with Princess Travel near the Supermarket on the crossroads, we booked a trip to the Arillas Wine Festival €8 , "Free wine all night" NOT, the women conned us, we had to queue for 20 minutes and pay! Having said that it was a good atmosphere sat under the olive trees watching the Greek dancing, just make your own way there. Further round the coast Arillas, San Stephanos and Agios Georgios are resorts with fantastic beaches (better than Sidari). Further down the West coast Paleokastritsa is beutiful and the views from the top of the castle nearby at Angelokastritsa are stunning. The other way round the East coast a short drive brings you to Kassiopi, picturesque kalami & Kolouri. There is a nice little beach at St.Spiridon, uncrowded, shallow warm water ideal for kids.
Corfu is brilliant, friendly locals, fantastic food, perfect weather and not a surly Spaniard in sight, generally cheaper than Spain too. I'll be back...despite those bloody wasps

Room Tip: we had room 507, quiet set back in the grounds
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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St Helens, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

I stayed here with my daughter for one week in August based on the reviews of others and was not disappointed. The rooms are well equipped, spotless clean and large. We stayed in room 502 which was a twin room with loads of space and was out of the sun so was never too hot. The pool area is immaculate and there are plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas. The family who run the apartments are very friendly and provide an excellent service. Most of the soft drinks and ice cream were €2 and we're always served with a smile. The food served there was delicious and very reasonably priced. There are 2 supermarkets 5 minutes walk away and there are plenty of restaurants close by.
If you read other reviews that talk about e lack of pavements - they are right. I am no stranger to the Greek Islands and no pavements but the main road past the apartments into Sidari can be a bit of an experience - don't let that put you off though, it's not that bad.
If there was anything not so great to say about the apartments was that the beds in our room were quite hard and the pillows a little firm but this is more of a personal preference and would not stop me recommending here as a place to stay. This is definitely one of the best accomodation I have stayed in in Greece. You can get free wifi around the pool and bar and depending on the signal strength you can pick it up in some of the rooms. Safety deposit boxes are also free. The Greek night on a Thursday unfortunately didn't happen as there wasn't enough people there but from what Anna said, it sounds like a good night when it does happen.
There is a small water park about 5-10 minutes walk away which has 3 slides. It's €5 if you want to go on the slides and free to sunbathe. My daughter went on the slides and came off with cuts and bruises as well as a ruined swimming costume so I wouldn't recommend this.
Overall, these apartments were excellent. All of the staff are helpful but not in your face, they clearly have very high standards and are proud of their accomodation.
If I was going back to Sidari I would stay here again without a doubt.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

We got back from a 2 week holiday at the Christina.We would highly recommend the Christina apartments. They are cleaned every day apart from a Saturday. The pool area and the gardens are always clean and tidy.They have free wi fi and safety deposit boxes, and tv in every room.There kitchen area has a sandwich toaster.There are 2 supermarkets at the end of the road.The sidari water park is a 10 minute walk from the apartments, it is are well worth a visit.If you just want to sun bathe it is free , but if you want to go on the slides it is €5 for the day.If you want a great meal go to salt and peppers, the bavias and for a drink afterwards go to the kourras bar across the road.I have also heard that the Christina do a very good greek night, but on our visit there wasnt enough interest so it was cancelled

Room Tip: we were in room 606. these rooms are in a block at the back of the complex ( all the room are quiet...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Evesham, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

lovely clean accommodation maids did a great job.The pool was really well maintained and although it was August we never had a problem with sunbeds.If you don't mind a little walk beyond the main strip to the canal de Amore area there is a restaurant called The Family which has a spit and serves the best lamb in Greece.. Lovely relaxing holiday would recommend.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

Just got back from 2 weeks at the lovely Christina Apartments. We had originally booked for Kos, but the not so nice people at Cosmos cancelled all holidays to Kos. So after much deliberation and after reading the reviews on here, we decided that this was the place for us.

As many have already stated, the roooms, grounds, pool and bar area, are kept immacuately clean. The rooms are well stocked with all the things you need and are cleaned daily, except Saturday, by very friendly staff, the shower was probably the only let down, it was a bit small. The pool area was very chilled out, no need to get up early to grab a sunbed, as there are more than enough, which made a pleasent change to the 5* all inclusives we had stayed in in the past few years. The bar was lovely to get out of the hot sun and have a nice cold beer. The food there was some of the best we came across, all home made, freshly cooked and very good value. Try the Kleftiko, which you have to give 24hrs notice, well worth the wait. Sadly, whilst we were there, there was not enough interest by fellow guests to have the Greek night, which was a shame.

The owner and his family are extremely hard working and very friendly, special mention to his daughter, Christina, who always seemed to be be serving drinks and food and was always smiling and friendly.

Out and about, there are a few excellent resteraunts close by, Salt and Pepper, which has huge portions and Bavias, both seemed to be very popular with the locals, which is always a good sign.

The town itself is about a 15 min stroll and is fairly lively of an evening, but not in such a brash way as some other resorts. All the usual things there to cater for what seemed a mainly British contingent and we as a family had some good nights out there.

All in all, we had a great time in Sidari, mainly down to staying at the fantastic Christina Apartments, where if you want a fairly low key family holiday, in lovely, clean surroundings and great value for money, but close enough to livelier amenities, then this is the place for you. Enjoy.

Room Tip: Block 601, set at the back of the grounds and very peacful.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 August 2012 via mobile

Just got back from Corfu and stayed at cristina and had great time with the owners they were so friendly and helpful , great food and the bar is lovely and the pool is so clean and he has free wi fi and free safety boxes , and air con in all rooms for a small fee well worth it , this place is well worth the trip , can't wait to go back next year . The food was so tasty and fresh and all the drinks were the real thing , Greek night was really good and the BBQ was a great evening . Say hi to pavlo and his lovely family yammas .

  • Stayed July 2012
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Westbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

My daughter and I stayed for a week here begining of July. What lovely accomodation. Our room Room 501 was spotless, cleaned everyday except Saturday. Fully equiped with everything apart from a cheese grater, we managed to cook breakfast, pasta and light snacks easilty on the small cooker. Hot water was plentiful. Air conditioning was 6 euros per night and well worth it we never got bitten by Mosquitos. Safety deposit boxes in reception were free.

The pool and gardens were immaculate, clean, wth loads of sun beds and umbrellas. The bar and food were also to a high standard, served by the lovely family. Prices were very reasonable.

Two supermarkets just along the road, be careful they do try to short change you. But stock everything you should need.

About a mile walk into the town, no footpaths but all ok. Some bars and retaurants on the way down. As two women on our own we used to get a cab back at night 5 euros.

Town busy with music blaring, all offer Tribute nights and entertainmenmt, gets a bit repetitive as the acts go from one to another bar, all offer free shots. We had some very lively nights. Would certainly reommend the Mexican restaurant but go very hungry as portions are enourmous.

lovely location for peace and quiet during the day, and you can then choose the evening activities.

Will definately go back again. A warm welcome, clean inside and wonderful well kept gardens and pool.

Room Tip: Three buildings two storeys high with loads of space in between, not over looked, very quiet can not...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Christina Apartments
Address: Sidari, Greece
Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Sidari
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#8 Romantic Hotel in Sidari
Number of rooms: 64
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