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Hotel Avra
Ranked #4 of 18 Benitses B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Eye, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 21 October 2011

Our son works with Andy (at sailingholidays.com, also highly recommended) and suggested that we stay at the Hotel Avra when we went to visit him for four days in October. I wouldn't have chosen to stay in Benitses, but it turned out to be a decision which turned a short break into a real holiday.

Sarah-Jane arranged our car hire, gave us directions on how to reach the hotel, lent us a really good road map and suggested some brilliant locations for us to visit. On our first night we were bothered by mosquitoes and she provided bug killers, a choice of insect repellent and lots of helpful advice. She even found a room for our son for two nights at very short notice.

As others have said, this really is like staying with friends, albeit friends who are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable.

We were there in October when the weather is not too hot and things are quiet, so I can't say what it might be like in high summer.

I've stayed in many hotels over the years, some of them with lots of stars, but I would confidently put the Hotel Avra up there with the very best. I'd love to go back in spring and make some time to walk in the hills behind the town.

Room Tip: Our rooms overlooked the little lane to the south, with a balcony looking out into a lemon tree and...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sarah-jane M, Owner at Hotel Avra, responded to this review, 1 August 2012
Thanks so much for taking time to write a review for us - and for all the kind words - hopefully we will see you one spring and you will get to enjoy the great walks around here with the incredible wild flowers around at that time!!! Just have to be careful of the wildlife ;-)) - all the best - the Hotel Avra team!!!
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 19 October 2011

To get to the hotel, might be a bit of a challenge if you are on a budget, as the buses get quite confusing and do not run often (if at all). The taxi fare to the hotel was 25Euros, the good thing was after staying there a few days, we got used to the buses and managed to catch the bus to the airport on our departure date.

The hotel is a family run hotel, thus it is cosy and the owners are the nicest hosts ever. Sarah-Jane emailed me even before we arrived to ask if we needed directions, and tried her best with letting us know about the buses/taxis. The hotel is a few minutes from the bus-stop, supermarket, beach and some eateries.

The rooms were just like the pictures! Nice, clean and decorated in a modern way. The room had a fridge and kettle, and even tea and coffee! Breakfast was a decent spread. Wifi was available but only in the lobby, making it somewhat inconvenient as the signal could not reach our room on the 3rd floor. The only thing that got us confused was the air-con situation. The weather was HOT when we went and we looked everywhere for the air-con controller, to no avail, and realised that they keep it and only give it to you if you agree to pay 3euros extra a night for air-con!

On the whole it was a wonderful stay. Sarah-Jane and Andy were so accommodating, friendly, helpful, and warm. It felt like you were being invited to their home and they were ever ready to offer you help, advice and interesting stories to along with the beautiful stay!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2011

For 1-star facilities and prices with 5-star service, cleanliness, high quality breakfast, tips, friendly chat and smiles, I wholeheartedly recommend Avra as run by Sarah-Jane, her husband and their son. We had a great time at the four days we spent there, and S-J's contribution to that was instrumental.

I mean, honestly:

-Where does the hotel owner sends you a private e-mail with the route instructions or what to expect in case anything goes wrong (or to contact her personally)?
-Where do they text you on your mobile because your room is ready 6 hours IN ADVANCE on your arrival day so that you can sleep and relax after a night-flight?
-Where do they wake up before sunrise simply to kiss you good bye because you have to catch a flight?

Feeling right at home at a hotel? Spot on.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2011

Just back to the UK after staying 2 weeks here and absolutely loved it. The Munros are so friendly and share a wealth of knowledge about what to do in Corfu. The rooms are so clean and beautifully decorated. The location in Benitses town is perfect, shops and restaurants on their doorstep (Big Bite!), 1 minute to the beach, within walking distance to Achillion Palace and a short bus trip into Corfu Town. It is a reliable service with a bus stop right outside the hotel. We were treated like family rather than guests and would recommend this hotel to everyone!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Biberach, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2011

For those who like to travel...without the "tourist" feeling! Somewhat individualistic, but still with the feeling that "friends" are there for you when you get back to your room. (By the way, at any time of day!) Any questions will be answered, help - if needed - is a certainty, get to know the other quests...or be on your own with the privacy needed - you will find everything - at Hotel Avra.
I had booked a room in Avra over an agency for 2 days - had a 2 week stay in Greece - my plans had changed and I was in need of a room for a whole week. Called Sarah-Jane - her answer "Oh dear, don`t worry about the price - I`ll put you up" Since I was getting off a sail boat Sarah-Jane came to pick me up at the pier. Now this deed was out of pure helpfulness!
I had, as a single woman, an exceptionally great week, got the best tips, was off in a car for three days, breathed in Korfu......and left my 2 week vacation feeling wonderful!
All singles out there - get out and travel. If you are lucky - you`ll find the right places to stay and meet great people while doing so. Just like I did at Hotel Avra - with Andy, Sarah-Jane and Jamie!
Greetings to everyone,
Caramia Wintterer

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Sarah-jane M, Owner at Hotel Avra, responded to this review, 27 September 2011
Thank-you so much for taking time to write us a review - It was lovely to meet you and we were glad we managed to help you end your holiday on a more positive note!!!
Happy travels in the future!
SJ Andy and Jamie!
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Edessa, Greece
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Reviewed 22 September 2011

Pros:
• Good location (using a car would be convenient though in order to explore Corfu)
• Exceptional hosting
• Free and secure parking space (upon demand)
• Great Service
• Finest Hotel Owners EVER
• Nice rooms
• Great value for money

Cons:
• Poor breakfast (but of good quality)
• Rooms could have been cleaner

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sarah-jane M, Owner at Hotel Avra, responded to this review, 30 September 2011
Thank- you sooooo much for taking the time and effort to write your review and for your INCREDIBLY kind comments -especially when looking at other places you have visited - and for posting the pictures as well!
We have also taken on board the "cons" and will try harder in future - firstly changing the floor colour in 37 - cream was not the best option!
All the best for future travels!!
Thanks again - Sarah-jane, Andy and Jamie
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

Seems go to a friend for holidays. The family understands every need..kind, lovely, nice and simple....love them!!!!! Every evening Our big boy asked to eat with them like he does when he wants to go to relatives. Special family and special place!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2011
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Sarah-jane M, Owner at Hotel Avra, responded to this review, 27 September 2011
Thank-you so much for the review - we do try and make everyone feel at home and we are glad we did just that with you guys!!
All the best for future travels!
SJ Andy and Jamie!!!
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Property: Hotel Avra
Address: Marina Road, Benitses 490 84, Greece
Region: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Benitses
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Benitses
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Avra 2*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Avra is in the coastal resort of Benitses, situated just 12 kms south of the main town of Corfu, Greece. The hotel is just 50 m from the beach and 200 m from the centre of the village, with its shops, tavernas and bars. The hotel has twin, double and family rooms which have just been partly re-furbished. The rooms all have private shower rooms, fridge, kettle, TV and either a fan or A/C. There is a dining area on the ground floor where the light buffet style breakfast is served and a reception area with free wi-fi internet connection. The local bus stop is right outside giving excellent service to Corfu town and the surrounding areas. ... more   less 
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