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“Feeling conned (but not air conned)”
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Olga Apartments
Ranked #12 of 39 Hotels in Sidari
Certificate of Excellence
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Feeling conned (but not air conned)”
Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

Arrived to : no aircon wait there is air con but you have to pay extra the book in the room says €35 but reception charge you €45 (the book is last years apparently - lie) then it blows like an asthmatic octogenarian and the controls are glued shut, oh they'll do a great job of pretending to turn it on though!

I also got a weeks worth of wifi but the wifi is broken (thanks for telling me after buying it for a week!) and for not telling me I can use it for 15 a day free which is about all I got out of it.

The safe you can hire (for who knows how much ) is in reception??? Useful I guess I'll have to hide the ipad that won't work on your wifi then.

Ah thanks for sorting the wifi so it doesn't work in my room only from in reception! Great oh and it's so slow it takes 5 mins to load a page of text! Welcome to the 21st century Corfu, Infact its soooooo slooow I'm not even going to bother posting this till I get back (it'll be quicker)

Why's the tv not coming on? Ahh no batteries in the remote or for that matter no back on the controller! And what's the point as it's a tiny 1980s portable strapped to a wall mount and the arial is in Albania so it all looks like snow!

Dirty beds, the mattresses are stained and hard as rock.
Dirty bathroom.
Lack of plates, cutlery and one bowl between three of us!
Broken handles on cupboards a mis match of useless left behind hangers in the wardrobe as well as general dirt on switches and all over the back of the door?

Every time you complain they seem really cheery and understanding - then do nothing!

The pool was ok but really just a pool - get some drinks at Aquarius and use their pool that looks over the sea ;)

One day they had a power it and even the water runs on a pump so no aircon/ water/ cooker etc oh and no apology!

Tbh don't book here unless you need a down grade from a fox hole in Afganistan

  • Stayed July 2014
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mike s, Manager at Olga Apartments, responded to this review, 3 August 2014
I would like to start by saying how disappointed the Olgas management and team are that you did not enjoy your stay.
Frequent travellers to Greece know that self-catering apartments carry additional charges for air-con & safe boxes as not all guests require this service and this is stayed on travel sites.

We pride ourselves on the level of service offered by our team when cleaning the rooms as well as the amenities provided in the rooms. You will see from previous comments this has not been an issue. I also need to state that we hold our staff in high regard and they have been with the hotel for a long time and have never had any issues with regard to belongings being reported missing from rooms.

As with any service regarding wifi & power supply no matter what country you are in there will be issues and these are dealt with quickly & efficiently and are generally outwith our control.

Again we are disappionted you did not enjoy your stay as our family run business as we strive to ensure all guests have an enjoyable time at Olgas. We pride ourselves on our excellent service and this is the reason you will see we have many guests returning year after year.

Mike Sellas
Hotel Manager
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Oakland, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

We spent two nights in Sidari, a week total in Corfu. Our room wasn't ready when we arrived, so we sat for an hour by the pool and read. Our apartment was large and clean. We found the location to be ideal: around the corner from the canal d'amour (and by far the best swimming hole in the area), and just a 5-10 minute walk to the main strip...so it's quiet! The pool is also lovely, and a great way to end a day swimming in the salty sea.

The kitchenette did not have dish soap, sponge or anything other than basic dishes. This made using the kitchen for anything other than small snacks hard, as we didn't want to buy this stuff for two nights.

The beds are very hard, which isn't atypical for rooms in Europe, but they were not comfortable.

Staff was nice, and they made up our beds each day.

We payed under 100 dollars for the room, but any more would have been over priced. It's a decent option for the area, but did not want to spend a week there.

Stayed July 2014
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3 Thank Schizzy
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mike s, Manager at Olga Apartments, responded to this review, 14 July 2014
Dear Guests,

Thank you for your review.
I am really sorry that our hotel did not fulfill your expectations.
As a team, we always try to upgrade the hotel every year and make it better so every guest will have the best holidays is possible in our resort & in our Hotel

There's one thing about your review that i have to reply and that is your comment

You book a SC accomodation, dish soap, sponge is not provided in any SC apartment and the kitchen is fully equipped for a SC accomodation (Pans - Pots etc)

Best regards

Mike Sellas
Manager
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Sibiu, Romania
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

good location, clean. I had a room on the ground floor . I had a room overlooking the garden - very nice, very quiet, even though it was July - Aug we did not need air conditioning, equipped kitchen, but there were ants.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2014

stayed at olgas apartments from 22nd june to 2nd july,2014,there were 14 of us all together,had an amazing stay,rooms basic but very clean,the staff couldnt do enough for us,so very friendly,helpful,mike who is the manager even took time out to show us some of the most beutifull places that we had ever seen.already booked to go back next year,would recommend olgas to anybody.plenty to see an do,lovely pool plenty of loungers,thanks to mike, rhia,and rest of the staff you made our stay amazing.see you all very soon.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Me, my partner and our 2 year old daughter stayed here at the beginning of June and as with other reviews there Pros and cons to this place.
On arriving were kindly shown to our room on the second floor which was located directly next to the fire escape, so close in fact that if you opened the door and took a left you would end up down the stairs, this was not the best location when you have a two year old content on walking everywhere. The rooms were VERY run down, the cupboards had a bad smell of damp, the fridge did not shut properly and it was not very clean. We were expecting it to be a little aged but the place looked like it had not been refurbished since it had been opened many years ago.
Our room being on a corner plot and south facing had the sun all day which is where our real gripe began. We asked for the AC to be switched on that evening from which we were told they do not switch it on until mid-June because it is not warm enough so we accepted that and tried to go to sleep that night. Due to the mosquito infestation in the area we had to close the windows and doors on a night and therefore there was no air in the room, it was hot sweaty and I could only describe it as what it would feel like to be in a hot prison cell. Our daughter did not sleep all night and suffers from over -heating which can bring on medical conditions, we told this to the staff who were very helpful and nice to be honest but after 3 days and nights we finally got it switched on although it made little difference.
Sidari itself is a little run down, parts of it smell of sewerage and the main beach is covered in rotting sea weed. We stayed in the Canal d’armour which is totally different, nice beaches and lovely restaurants they are like two different resorts. If you have the choice stay in the Canal d’armour.

If you injure yourself DO NOT go to the local doctor surgeries dotted about the resort they will rip you off! My daughter bumped her head so as a precaution took to the surgery at the bottom of the street where were staying at. The ‘Doctor’ wafted his finger in front of my daughters eyes and said she was fine all OK he then ask we return the next day with our boarding passes and passports, we did has he asked, the lady photocopied them then passed me a bill for 80 euros! She said our E11 cards do not work we MUST pay for the surgery even though the doctor did nothing and if we refused she would call the airline and say our daughter was not fit to fly! Stay clear, if you need anything minor visit the Pharmacy they have a nurse and it is free!

Food wise we found the best places to eat to be Texas Jacks for breakfast and dinner, The Orchard for Greek, Napoli for Pizza (great staff) and Konaki Greek tavern for Greek and Gyros pitta (The best I have ever tasted)

For a relaxing drink overlooking the sea go to the D’armour bar which is located and the end of the road opposite Konaki tavern, the views are amazing, you can sit on the hammock with a beer and relax, we got an hour a day relaxation here while my daughter had a nap, it was bliss.

To sum the place up the staff in Olgas were really good you could not fault them they were really friendly and helpful; it was the quality of the apartments themselves that let it down.

Personally we would not return to Sidari but would possibly visit Greece again but this time a little wiser.

Room Tip: Ask to stay in the new building over the road from the reception over looking the sea.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

This was mine and my husbands first beach holiday on our own in 25 years...when we arrived in Sidari our coach dropped us off at the end of the road to Olga apartments where we were greeted by Mike the owner, we had the best of welcome by him and his family, as it was early season we had a choice of front or back apartment, we chose the front as it has the morning sun! The apartments are very spacious and clean, and the breakfasts were tasty but as it was early season it was very quiet not that we're complaining, maybe next time we'll go a little later in the year but if you want quiet I would definitely recommend the month of May!
We tried most of the surrounding bars and restaurants and I must say the staff were really welcoming and friendly no matter which one you go to. You must also try the clubs and bars along the Sidari strip they have tribute nights, karaoke's etc and are great fun! Our favourite bar was B.E.D's where we would visit most days and stay on the beach front soaking up the rays,also had the most romantic evening meal there, sat over looking the sea and watching the sunset...George and his team were very friendly and helpful, very quiet and chilled by day then crazy fun at night! ..I would definitely recommend!!! Most importantly I felt safe and comfortable around the whole area...Can't Wait to go back to this beautiful island, hopefully next year for my son's wedding!!!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Southampton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

We booked at Olga based on the reviews we'd read on here for our last holiday before our first child. Frankly we're leaving feeling disappointed.
Firstly the positives -
It is in a great location, few hundred metres from the Canal d'Amour and in the quiet side of Sidari. The pool is lovely, there are plenty of loungers and the bar is well stocked and cheaper than elsewhere. The apartments are large and clean and the towels and linens are changed weekly.
The negatives -
We paid €45 for air con for the week. It was fixed/glued on low and made no difference. When we asked to have it looked at and turned up 3 times we were told this would happen, not that it cannot be turned up because the control has been glued! Having read the comments about hard beds we asked for a mattress topper on our first day. After three days of asking we finally received an oversize sheet of foam as an alternative. The staff made all the right noises when we asked for things ( oh, we understand, your wife is pregnant, it's too hot for her, the bed is too hard for her, we'll sort this out for you......) But when it actually came to doing something it was very different. If the hotel literature offers air con, mattress toppers etc then these options and services should be available and at the stated price ( air con is listed as €35 for the week)
The hotel WiFi is another gripe. As the main building is made of concrete do not expect to be able to use WiFi in your room. We got poor signal at best and were right over reception. At €7 for the week it is not a massive expense but each device can have 15 minutes free per day so I would just do that unless you live on social media 24/7.
Hopefully for all the other guests ours is the exception, but we are leaving feeling very disappointed and glad that we went out every day and did our own thing.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Olga Apartments
Address: Sidari 49081, Greece
Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Sidari
Hotel Style:
#11 Romantic Hotel in Sidari
#12 Family Hotel in Sidari
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Hotel Class:3 star — Olga Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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