My husband and I have just returned from a week staying at the Coral Hotel in Roda. It was also our first time time to Greece although we are regular travellers to other parts of the Med. Roda is right at the top of Corfu but with easy access to the rest of the island either by bus or excursions. We found Corfu as a whole to be staggeringly beautiful easily giving the Italian Amalfi Coast and the South of France a run for it's money: fantastic mountains, pretty villages and beautiful flora and wonderful beaches great for swimming. The sunsets were also amazing. The Coral hotel is quietly situated right in front of the beach and although there is a little road that seperates the outside dining space to the sea, this is not a problem as it is hardly ever used by cars, only passers by. The dining area/bar has a fantastic view of the whole bay (looking out towards Romania). We were on half board and enjoyed our dinner alfresco everynight in front of the sea enjoying the bay views. The sunsets from the dining area were fantastic. The whole front dining and bar area of the hotel is fantastic with fantastic views, but also quite private. The hotel is family run and the friendly service and attention to detail is one of the best I have encountered. Dimitri, the owner is always welcoming with a great sense of humour and cannot do enough for you. Niko, the bar gentleman and lady (english) waitress also provided an excellent and consistant service. The food was superior to food that we have experienced in higher starred hotels. Varied, very tasty and not too rushed. Each menu had a greek dish or greek twist (e.g. Roast beef greek style on Sunday!). As well as dinner every evening in the hotel, we also enjoyed lunch there on 2 occasions - the salads and pizza are really good. Breakfast is served in a different restautant in the middle of the hotel overlooking the pool. Continental with a good selection of bread and each day a different hot accompaniment (sausages, omelette etc.). The greek yogurt and honey is delicious! The pool area is perfectly sized and pretty, surrounded by lemon trees and flowers. Snacks, lunches, drinks etc. are served there throughout the day. The water is refreshing but not too cold. Roda town is literally 5 minutes to your left with a good selection of good quality, reasonably priced tavernas. A little further along are the best beaches. The beaches are warm, clear and clean. Our room was on two levels with a bedroom upstairs and a balcony which although side facing gave good views of the sea and bay. Although very spacious and perfectly fine for us, it did not have a bath, kettle or hairdryer which, looking at other reviews, some rooms do, so it is worth checking what rooms have what to suit your needs. Having said that we were very happy with our accommodation for the amount of time spent in there. There is a bus stop 5 minutes away in Roda town which takes you directly to Corfu Town for 3 euros on an air conditioned bus that affords fantastic views on the way. Coming back there were too many people and an additional coach was immediately laid on - excellent service. Also highly recommended is the coach excursion to Paleokastritsa on the west coast (beaches and views to die for) and a boat trip from Kassiopi to Mouse Island monastry and the island of Vidor near Corfu Town. We also spent 4 days just pottering around the hotel pool and the beach in Roda and enjoying the excellent value tavernas for lunch.
All in all the Coral Hotel provided us with an excellent base in which to enjoy our Corfu holiday - perfectly situated, very pretty, all the facilities we wanted, excellent service, great food & drinks and brilliant value for money. We will certainly recommend it to friends and family and return there if we go back to Corfu!!!
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Hotel Corfu/Roda