This is definately a difficult review to write. Let me start by saying that me and my husband had a wonderful holiday and fell in love with Corfu. Costa, Spiros and their families couldnt have been more welcoming, and it was nice to be in a hotel that wasnt a chain for a change. The personal touch really did make a difference, and with only 14 appartments the whole place place felt relaxing and friendly. However, the appartments, although nice, were not perfect. I agree with another reviewer who said that the family play to their strengths, and that is their hosting skills.
The appartments are clean, but basic. We paid extra for a one bedroomed one, but afer seeing a studio, would have prefered that. Our balcony opened off the bedroom, so the dark and uninviting living area was never used. The kitchen facilities were also very basic, with the bare minumum of pots etc. There were no bowls, and we had to ask our next door neighbour for a bread knife.
The balcony itself was very small with no views. They were joined onto the neighbours, so it was like we were all sitting together! Luckily they were nice people, but it could have been very different. We were so close that you couldnt even have a personal conversation.
The beds were very hard, and we both woke up with aches and pains. Also, the hair drier didnt work.
On a positive note, the pool area was lovely and the food was good. However, I dont think it was any better than other restaurants we tried. I get the feeling that Maria the cook (and mum) was very good at traditional Greek dishes, but I'm a vegetarian, and there was little on offer other than snack type foods.
The location is good, and Sidari itself has something for everybody: a 'strip', quite walks, stunning scenery, beaches and coves, good restaurants......there is also a local bus to several other lovely places, and hiring a boat to go around the coast is definately a must.
Prices are not extortionate, but not really cheap either. I would say they are fairly comparable to the UK.
Would I return to the Palmar? Even after all Ive said, the answer is probably yes! It certainly has its charm, and we had a lovely holiday.
- Also Known As:
- Palmar Apartments Hotel Sidari
- Palmar Apartments Sidari, Corfu