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“Sitting on the fence...”
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Alkyon Hotel
Ranked #3 of 39 Hotels in Sidari
Certificate of Excellence
Penkridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Sitting on the fence...”
Reviewed 4 October 2012

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.

Room Tip: Top floor refurbished
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

Hotel is just out side of the hustle n bustle five minute walk to main strip,this is my second time iv stayed at the alkyon would deffo stay again,friendly staff (mario) (kelly) waited on around pool,fresh food made,pool very clean,rooms cleaned every day apart from Sundays,clean towels every day,toilet rolls,safety box for your belongings at reception watch 24/7 with cameras,breakfast is basic or pay two euro for full English, evening meals (three course) meat,fish,roastys,fries,mash three choices of pudding,plenty of bread with lurpak,very good English lady (Andrea) is there to help if needed very chatty always smiling , bar staff (jonny and costa) always cheerfull,if you fancy a night in down stairs in the bar there's always something on,bingo on Sundays, my 11 day stay was spot on couldn't fault it.gill

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Perth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2012

Just back from staying 2 weeks at the Alkion hotel in Sidari, very nice hotel, rooms are small and basic all you need to lay your head,rooms cleand every day.food was very good big portions,allways hot,the staff were excellent couldnt do enough for you.Pool area is nice, plenty sunbeds. Not far from beach and main strip in Sidari.

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2012

I wouldn't ever stay here again. In fact, we moved out after two days and went and stayed elsewhere (at our cost).
The rooms are all off corridors with heavy wooden doors which bang closed at all hours - early morning and late night - it's impossible to sleep through it. The rooms are decorated from the 70"s. Picture this, oranges, browns, high ceilings and 25 watt light bulbs. Absolutely horrendous and dingy. If you have mozzy's in your room, they're perfectly disguised and you have no chance of spotting them.
The reception area, pool and bar are great. The food is good and reasonably priced.
But the rooms let the hotel down enormously. The cleaning is good. No complaints. Fresh towels and toilet roll changes.
All in all, I think this note is vastly overrated. I'll never go back. Never.

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Lochgelly, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

Stayed for 2 week at the beginning of September. Get the negatives out of the way first. The rooms are a bit small and dated and the shower is tiny, don't know how some of the chubbys fit in. However very clean and the maid service good. The hotel is situated in the perfect location, The pool area is superb. sunbeds a plenty and it was quiet enough to grab 40 winks. The staff are excellent, will do anything to help and are the friendliest people I have ever met on holiday. The food, I can't understand why people are complaining, some say it is repetative, hey if I was getting a choice of beef, chicken, pork or lamb with the occasional fish thrown in from the missues I would be overjoyed. Its always hot and well cooked. The entertainment is not fabulous but on a par with everything else in Sidari. Looking at the other hotels in the area, this one had one of the best locations, best pool areas and best staff. On Sidari it's self I was a little disappointed, I could only describe it as a poor mans Benidorm.

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Tipperary, Ireland
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Reviewed 24 September 2012 via mobile

Pleasant staff. Spacious rooms. Fresh towels and great location. Away from busy strip in sidari, but just a 5 min walk. Beach is just across road and bus stop outside entrance. Close to 2 supermarkets.

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Reviewed 19 September 2012

Sept 3rd to 10th Spent a great week at The Alkyon Hotel, large room with 3 beds for two of us , Staff lovely ,food great for a 3 star ( and i m fussy ! ) Found a beach bar called "Seamonkeys" run by a couple from Doncaster ,with free sunbeds if you could get there early .If you are broad minded dont miss Lady Jane a brilliant drag artist ,who does 3 different shows a week down " The Strip ". Would definatly recommend Alkyon Hotel .

Room Tip: We asked for a Quiet room and got one overlooking the forest, ideal .
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Property: Alkyon Hotel
Address: Alkyon A.E., Sidari 491 00, Greece
Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Sidari
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Sidari
#9 Romantic Hotel in Sidari
#10 Family Hotel in Sidari
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Alkyon Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 94
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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