As usual, I shall try to be as honest as possible, putting both sides across.
Starting with the positives: The rooms and communal areas inside the hotel were spotless. The hotel was nice and quiet at night. The bar/restaurant staff were all very friendly, as was the English girl working on reception.
Now...food. Breakfast...a complete joke. The choice was the same every day and consisted of: Cocoa flakes, corn flakes, Greek yogurt (that could have passed for plaster of paris), tinned fruit salad, tiny croissants, dry cake, bread, processed ham, processed cheese (one variety of each), hardboiled egg, toast. A cooked breakfast could be purchased at a cost of two Euros, which is reasonable enough, but at the same time, if you have paid half board, why should you have to pay extra? It would have been nice to see some fresh fruit available and maybe even a selection of meats/cheeses.
This was the first hotel I’d stayed in that did not provide a buffet for an evening meal. This was a little odd at first, but not really a problem. On the whole, the food that was cooked was of a good standard. We only had two "dodgy" evenings, with over cooked fish being one of them....so nothing horrific. Portion size was good and service swift. Dessert however was another matter...with the choices EVERY night being, crème caramel, rice pudding, jelly, grapes, ice-cream, then usually banoffee cake/chocolate cake, or some other type of cake. It really did get a little tiresome.
Turning a little more negative, we didn't see the pool being cleaned during our stay and it looked like the pool floor needed some repair near the shallow end.
Air conditioning was available, but again at extra cost. Luckily we didn't need it as the temperature at night was comfortable. I really do feel that air con should be included in the cost of your stay.
Fridges were available at a cost of 15 Euros for two weeks.
After reading some comments regarding the state of decor in the rooms, I believe I may be able to shed a little light on this. We stayed on the top floor, which had different doors. We thought at the time that this was possibly due to a refurb. Or room was basic, but as previously stated, spotlessly clean, fresh and really not that badly decorated for hotel standards. However, on our last day, we made use of the hotels "changing/shower room" service, whereby you can use an allocated room to shower before your airport transfer. The room we were given was 101. The decor was appalling both in the bedroom and in the bathroom. (The bathroom having dodgy, brown 1970's tiles). I'm not sure how many rooms are like this, but I would have been pretty miffed if we'd had to spend two weeks in one.
Just adding a little about Sidari to this....Not our cup of tea at all. Think Rhyl...with sun and you're not far off. The resort looks tired, it's full of junk shops and slightly chavy (was trying not to use that phrase) bars. The beaches were nothing like as they are in the pictures. The council are in charge of cleaning the seaweed up, except they don't. The sand is constantly damp and solid.
Would we go back? To Corfu, yes, it is a beautiful island and it's well worth getting a car to explore it properly. It is also a perfect place for a walking holiday. Would I stay i Sidari/at the Alkion? Hmmmm....if it was on a particularly cheap deal then I would possibly use it as a base again...but in all honesty I would prefer to stay somewhere else.
As a final note, any one going who wishes to go horse riding, please book at Costas in Roda (You can book this through Sidari Travel). Do NOT use Vlasseros. He has horses in a poor state, terribly underweight, with sores and left with no water. He keeps these tethered on land near to the beach in Sidari, not at the stables where his rides go from. Pictures can be provided.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Alkyon Hotel is considered one of the finest in the locality. Once you have experienced its excellent facilities, friendly atmosphere and great location, you will agree that the Alkyon Hotel is a superb choice for a memorable holiday.For those who enjoy a family atmosphere in a lively resort, whether you are ‘Couples’ after that quiet break away, ‘Families’ looking to spend some special time together or ‘Friends’ after that fun filled holiday, the Alkyon Hotel is the place to be.The hotel is situated in a quiet area of Sidari yet only a stones throw away from all the essential holiday amenities. You will find Sidaris beautiful stretch of sandy beach barely 150m away, and the resorts center, occupied with its many shops, bars and restaurants barely 250m away.Our luxurious ‘Jacuzzi’,‘Wi-Fi Access’,‘Daily Entertainment’ and fun filled ‘Children’s Play Area’ are only a few of the excellent facilities that we have on site; guaranteeing that the Alkyon Hotel has something to satisfy everyone’s needs. ... more less
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