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Reviewed 8 October 2012

We stayed for two weeks at this hotel in September-October, relying on the good reviews on this page. What a mistake. The ratings of this hotel is way off. I have stayed at other 3 star hotels that is of much higher standard than this one.
I just do not understand the high ratings. That said, it's not a bad hotel.
First I must mention the mosquitos and wasps. When going to Sidari do expect to share your every meal with wasps during the day, and welcome the mosquito at night. I got over 50 bites. I think Sidari Water Park is in a bad location, 10 minute walk off the center. You can either walk on a pebble road with very bad light (not fun at night), or down the main road with no sidewalks, and as the cars, trucks and motorcycles drive very fast you need to be careful, especially if you have kids with you. There is also lots of grass and trees around the hotel, making the mosquito amount worse. If you're going to Sidari and are prone to mosquito bites, choose a hotel in the center or the Canal d'Amour area.
Now back to the hotel.

The good:
Very clean rooms, something I rate high as it is very important.
All rooms are facing pool side.
Most of the staff are very friendly and helpful. The cleaning ladies smiled and wished you good morning every time we walked by.
Whenever we had a question asked in the reception they helped us all they could.
The food is good, but sometimes you get enourmos portions which kinda put you off.

The bad:
Very small bathrooms, tiny shower. Shower doors hard to slide. Very little shelf for placing things.
Water smells rusty, this is not fun when showering
Toilet seat not in place, kept sliding off when you sat on it
Don't expect to get new hand soap or shower soap when out
Towels changed only every third day, sometimes every fourth. Had to ask for new foot towels in the bathroom as they were very dirty and didn't get exchanged for many days.
The kitchen is very small, not decent for cooking.
The rooms and outdoor areas show signs of wear. Water slides seem very old, rusty, definitely time to fix them up.
There was no hotel brochure in the room with info on things you'd be wondering about.
The light in the room is too sharp, white/blue. We tried to have as little light on as possible. Why not use soft yellowish bulbs?

Ordering drinks at the bar was sometimes hit and miss. One day you'd get a good Mojito, the other day it would seem watered out and not nearly as good, a few sips of the straw and it's empty.

Some of the staff need to smile more and freshen up their English. Misunderstandings, misunderstandings...

What stunned me the most is they want 50 euro (!!) for you to have the room all day when you leave in the night. The day we left it was the end of the season, hotel is closing. They know the guests are leaving at night, so they find a way to make extra money. Pickup is 9.30pm. I feel they took advantage of that.
I have been travelling a lot and stayed at lots of different hotels. This is the FIRST time I have had to pay to have the room till leaving at night.

All this said, we had a great stay in Sidari. Mainly because we travelled around everywhere else (to San Stefanos beach several times as as we didn't like the Sidari beach, Corfu town, Kassiopi, Paleo, B.Vista, Albania, Parga, Paxos, rented boat). We only used the pool at the hotel the very last day. It seemed they didn't bother to clean the pool the last day, I wouldn't know about the other days.
If it wasn't for the annoying wasps (not fun when you have two wasps sitting on your food), and the mosquitos at night I would have enjoyed the stay in Sidari much more. Sometimes sitting on the balcony at nights chilling with a drink would be a challenge due to mosquitos (if you are like me and prone to them).

To sum up, a fair hotel with good food, friendly staff and bad location. Highly overrated.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank LilleNille
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

We spent 2 weeks here at the end of August. There were 9 of us ranging from 4 - 50 years old and all of us had a fantastic time.

The rooms, though not huge, are big enough. Very clean with enough storage space. The hotel is a family run business and could not do enough for us. We booked direct with them and they recommended a cab company for the airport transfer, put us in rooms adjoining our friends as requested, etc. When the air con broke down it was fixed within an hour of us reporting it. All the staff are extremely friendly and helpful.

There isn't much in the way of evening entertainment but it's only a 10 minute walk into town so that wasn't a problem. We found the hotel and Sidari itself very reasonable. Much cheaper than Spain.

We will defiantely be visiting here again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank carole w
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

I stayed at the Sidari Water Park with my wife, my sister and her partner in June for two weeks. The hotel in general was fantastic. The rooms were spacious, clean with modern decor. The pool, reception and bar area was spotless and without fault.

The food at Sidari from our experience was absolutely out of this world. Every meal we had was fantastic and superb value. The chef, Maria deserves all the credit given!!!

The staff were so attetentive to us during our stay, we were simply blown away. Firstly, Dimitris what a gentleman!!! His level of service, professionalism and "all round nice guy attitude" made the holiday so special for us. He continually went that extra mile for us along with Natasha, Alexandra, Florian and Mikey. All of which did everything possible to make sure we enjoyed our stay.

In summary, the hotel ticks all the necessary boxes with the food, rooms, service, cleanliness all to a very high standard. We will all be back next year!!!

  • Stayed: June 2012
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2  Thank JasonVVands
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

We stayed elsewhere but this hotel offer the use of their pool and slides.
Great VFM, 5 euros each for the day or 10 euros each for the duration of your holiday. If your party doesn't suit going to the main large water park - this is an ideal alternative.
Lovely clean, welcoming pool. Good service and the food was great too.

Room Tip: Even if you don't stay here - go and visit it anyway.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Mk F
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

We spent one week at this hotel. Food & service was amazing and we definately come back!
Rooms are so clean and the cleaners are frienly with all the costumers.The water slides are nice and we spent a lot of time playing.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Helen A
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