Have just returned from a week at the Athina, 2 couples aged 24-25. Had a lovely holiday and would definitely recommend Corfu and San Stefanos.
Food: I was quite apprehensive about the food having read some of the reviews on here, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Breakfast was basic, you got tea/coffee and juice with 2 slices of toast and butter/jam. On top of this you could choose one from the following: corn flakes, 1 fried egg, scrambled egg, fruit salad (mostly watermelon) or pancakes with sugar/honey/chocolate. If you were extra hungry you could pay 3 euros for a cooked breakfast. but you got 2 eggs, beans, tomato and only one bit of bacon and one small sausage. So it didn't really seem worth it. Quality was okay, but the toast was typical rock hard holiday toast!
I was convinced we would be eating out after reading on here about the evening meals, but they were actually really nice. There were 4-5 choices for each course, e.g. vegetable soup, stuffed vine leaves, lasagne, garlic bread, meat balls for starters, mousakka, pork gyros, omelette with choice of filling, chicken breast, baked fish in sauce, beef pasta hotpot etc for main course and choices such as ice cream, fruit salad, cheesecake, creme caramel and strawberry cake for dessert. You always got a lovely fresh basket of bread on the table as you sat down. Everything I ate was tasty and fresh- and I declare myself a fussy eater so this is quite an achievement!
Staff: The staff are one of the strengths of the hotel, the reception staff very quickly learn your room number, the barman remembered our drinks and took some lovely pictures of us all together, the head waiter (George?) was really funny and not rude at all as others have suggested, another waiter went ot great lengths to swat a wasp that was bothering us one day! It's a family run hotel, the children of the kitchen staff even bring out menus and clear tables as well as working on reception- very sweet!
Pool: The pool area is even better than it looks in the pictures, and really quiet too. There are 40 rooms in the hotel, and I totted up roughly 120 sunbeds- you can do the maths on that one! Even though the pool is open to the public we always managed to find 4 sunbeds together, even in the afternoon. The pool bar serves tasty and very reasonable lunches, looking out onto the pool. A perfect place to spend a day, with the sound of the sea in the background.
Rooms: This I feel is where the hotel really falls down. We were initially shown a room that stunk of smoke, so we asked to move. Thankfully they had another room spare, so we accepted. However the room was on the ground floor (in fact it was down a flight of stairs from reception), and the view was terrible. Now we don't mind overlooking a road or a hill, but we had a generator type fan outside which was really noisy, and a sort of allotment outside. This meant there were loads of flies about, so we couldn't have our patio door open. We didn't sit out on the balcony as there was nothing to look at except a high wall in front of us and a derelict building if you looked right. We asked to change to an upstairs room but were told to go back after 2 days, which we did and they told us that they were full. One piece of advice to come from this- PAY FOR A SEA VIEW!! There are only 7 sea view rooms but they looked worth every penny.
The actual room was quite shabby, the mirror light didn't work, the hairdryer (one of those tubes on thw wall) broke after 2 days and the curtains were coming off the hooks. The shower cubicle door wouldn't shut properly hence the floor flooded, and there were all bleached patches on the carpet where they had removed past stains. There wasn't much storage in the room, so if you went there with children you'd struggle.
Our friends had a top floor room overlooking the front entrance, they seemed happier with their room so it's a bit hit and miss.
Overall we did have a lovely holiday but it was really let down by having such a basic room which needed a bit of TLC. I know it's only a place to sleep (on the hard beds!) but we personally wanted a bit more of an enjoyable base, which this hotel room could not provide.
I hope this is a fair representation of the hotel, other than the rooms it's difficult to fault and I am sure you would enjoy your stay.
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