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Matoula Apartments
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Acharavi 49100, Greece   |  
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Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Acharavi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2008

Please excuse the rather ominous title - this review is mosty definately a positive one!

We travelled to Acharavi on 29th August 2008 having only booked it the day before, we booked it through latedeals.co.uk and it cost £199 PP for 7 nights. We flew with First Choice.

We arrived at Corfu airport and were quickly put on a coach, our flight was delay so after the 1h 30m coach transfer it was 4am by the time we arrived at Matoula apartments - we were swifly shown our room and we got our heads down.

The room itself was VERY big for a studio, very clean and had good storage and a large balcony with a sea view. there was a small kitchenette with 2 ring hob and most importantly a fridge.

the bathroom had a shower cubicle, toilet and large basin and huge mirror, there were also hair dryers.

The room was cleaned on all days except Sunday and towels and bed linen were changed twice a week.

The pool area seemed pleasent enough, we spent no time here however and did not drink anything from the bar as it was really expensive compared to the rest of the resort.

Turn left out of the hotel and the beach is 2 mins away, turn right and the main town is 5 mins walk.

PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE ANY OF THE EXCURSIONS FROM FIRST CHOICE

they are on avaerage twice the price of the local travel agency at the top of the road and turn right around 30 metres down the road. For example we went to Aqua Land the water park near Corfu town, we paid 26 Euros each for entrance and transfer whereas as FC were charging 48 Euros PP for the same excursion.

the resort itself is actually very nice, popular with older people and young couples. We ate greek food every night however for those with blander tates there are still places to get "egg and Chips" etc

Places to Eat

We ate on the first night a "Acharavi Park" - had local sea bream and grilled squid, baked aubergine to start, are greek favourites but really really well done and incredibly tasty. We went back here on our last night.

We also ate at the "pumphouse" having read numerous reviews on here saying how good the food was, infact they were not wrong. I had the "white fish - corfu style" which was probably the nicest thing i ate all holiday, gets busy this place so best go later or book a table. price really reasonable.

There is a good Italian with a wood burning oven at the top of the road coming up from Matoula - Swordfish carpaccio was very very good albeit 9.50 for a starter!! ( i mis read the menu) Pizza here is excellent, owing i imagine to the proximity of the island to Italy.

Our favourite resturant was actually next to the olive wood shop on the road down from Matoula - get the giant baked beans and the ionian shark - both very good indeed.

The only place i reccoment NOT eating would be the "Oddeseus" - it is truely awful! Abrupt service coupled with greasy fried food. Kalamari was terrible and my girlfriend had stuffed kalamari and it tasted liek it came out of a can!! This is just our opinion but there are pleny of much nicer resturants to eat in.

Average cost for a 2 course meal with wine and beer is between 28 - 40 Euros.

The beach itself is very nice - if you head right when you meet the beach and walk for around 6 - 7 minutes, the beach becomes much more sandy and sea is calmer. 2 loungers and umbrella is 6 euros for the day.

All in all we had a great holiday - i have tried to make this review as impartial as possible. We are a 25 year old couple without children.

Any questions you might have please feel free to email me at chris dot gregory at bskyb dot com

Chris & Kiera

  • Liked — Cleanliness and location
  • Disliked — air con was extra and lots of mosquitos
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2008

we loved staying here we have been here 3 times we took are grandaughter she loved it and we comin back next year we love seeing spiros it seems weird we havent seen him in long time hope this has helped love nicky,collin,jordan

we loved going to the water park all the rides my daugher is 13 she was to scared to go on any rides at first my daughter respect s spiros very well
thats it for now xx

  • Liked — spiros
  • Disliked — slippery floors
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2007

Got back last night from the Matoula apartments & we were the last tourists to leave!

Spiros was locking the bar & starting the engines as our coach pulled off into the darkness for the airport bound for good old blighty & a nice cuppa English tea.

What was it like? well very quiet is the answer, too quiet, we booked last minute with First Choice to coincide with half term as we have a five & a half year old daughter who was bursting at the sides for some "fun in the sun" & loves all the Greek islands we have previously been too with her so far.

The problem lay not with the apartments but the surrounding bars, restaurants, water parks etc.The fact was that the locals had almost packed thier bags for the winter too!!

We felt like we had upset the local major & he had decided to close the resort to get his own back on us school Half Termers.

The Matoula Apartments are spotless & are cleaned everyday they are fairly basic but comfortable with good beds & clean linen & towels in the rooms.We stayed in a studio which was ample for three of us to move around in.

Everyone we spoke with agreed that the resort was almost closed & we struggled for things to do with the children at night as they got bored going to the same old restaurant every night.

We would go back to Matoula Apartments again but in the middle of the season as it is fantastically situated with both the beach & the town in real easy walking distance.

  • Liked — Location & cleanliness
  • Disliked — Bit noisy late at night from people coming in.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2007

Just returned from Acharavi and as a place it is really nice and peaceful.I would advise people to find other apartments though due to unfriendly staff at Matoula.
The apartments are nice enough but the staff really do need to work on customer service.
Rooms are cleaned regularly,pool area is small with probably too many sunbeds.Sunbeds are really squashed in and there is barely room to move when the sun changes direction.
We experienced and witnessed problems with Spiros(barman) and the owner Matoula though.If you go into bar area dont expect what you want,food orders were regularly changed as we were told "not got that today".Soft drinks are poured from large plastic bottles which taste like supermarket own make and are very flat,wine and cider went out of stock for 4 days.angostura bitter replaced worcestershire sauce in bloody mary without any warning of dreadful taste which it then had.
We actually stopped using bar area as we could not listen to any more of Spiros's rants about guests going to shops and buying food and drink to consume in their rooms.These apartments are self catering so if people want to do that then i dont see the problem.I certainly dont think the barman should be telling everyone else who is staying in apartments.Also be prepared for the bar to be shut before 11pm even if ther is still people wanting it to stay open if you are going later in the season as we found out.
We had to contact reception about problem with showers as did several other people,one block has plenty water but its cold and my block had hot water but it just stopped to a drip most times.It is most annoying to be standing in shower covered in soap then the water stops sometimes for a couple of minutes at a time.We were absolutely stunned to be told that the apartments dont have a problem with the showers and even more stunned to find out that the person who was acting so rude and ignorant was actually the owner!!!!!!!
After this encounter my partner had to go to reception alone as i was so angry that i couldnt bear having any more contact with someone who obviously doesnt care about guests enjoying there stay.
Acharavi has many good places to eat and you wont be dissappointed by choice on most menus.
Our best and worst eating places were
Breakfast-WOODYS (Akis is a reallly nice guy and his breakfast is great,even has black pudding and hash browns as well as the usual stuff).
Lunch-Woodys,Faros and Veggra
DINNER-Faros(really good food and Maria and Fanis are really friendly and cant do enough for customers)try the spetsofi,best ive ever tasted.
Valentine's and maestro are both excellent as well.
Only bad meal we had was at Lemon Garden and mossies are out of control due to the set up.
The Pumphouse is supposed to be very good but be prepared to wait anything up to 30 minutes for a table,never waited so cant tell you how good it is.Just up fth street from Pumphouse is the old town and there is a really nice restuarant there but i cant remember the name.(it is
past seafood restuarant and pub on the left hand side of road).
If you are a football fan and want to watch a game most places show football but if there is numerous games on the night you want,go down to woodys a day or two before and ask Akis to show it,he usually helps out unless its on setanta.No place in Acharavi had Setanta so if your teams game is on that you would need to walk down to Roda which is about 20minutes walk away along the beachfront.Roda is a strange place to find in Greece as it very English,chip shop and English style pubs are very busy but the higher quality eating and local tavernas places seemed to be very quiet.
We are going to visit again maybe in a couple of years but we would never stay in Matoula again even if it was FREE.

  • Liked — setting
  • Disliked — unfriendliness
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2007

The short summary is that Matoula is a well cared for and well maintained set of apartments which are far superior to most accommodation we have stayed in on many Greek islands. If Acharavi in Corfu is your destination, Matoula should be your place to stay.

Matoula apartments are situated on a side road between the main Acharavi “High Street” through road (approx 500m) and the beach (approx 250m). This is a medium sized complex with (IIRC) 4 blocks of apartments and a pool bar block. Pool is situated at the front and is clean, but slightly small for the number of guests. Sun loungers around the pool are free, but in high season taken early. Free safety deposit boxes are available in reception and available ONLY when reception is open (09:00-13:00 and 17:00-19:00 when we were there). Air con in rooms is available at extra charge (4 Euros per day) but the units are fixed position so takes a while to cool room. Pictures on First Choice web site were fairly accurate.

Apartment seemed pretty big and well cared for, as did the others we saw which seemed similar. We had a studio which is designed for max 2 plus a child and we coped easily with three of us (Myself, wife (40's) and daughter (22)). Basically a rectangle 3.75m wide then split into balcony (2m deep), bed/living area (5m deep), bathroom, kitchen and entrance hall (2m deep). Standing at the front door, the bathroom was to the left which had modern fittings and even a proper shower cubicle. To the right was the “kitchen” with a 2 ring hob, sink work top, kettle and cupboards – simple but effective. Past the bathroom was a large built in wardrobe (plenty big enough for 3) and the two solid 2 solid wood single beds with bedside tables. On the right was a solid wood table and 2 chairs, a sofa bed and a dressing table. On the wall above was a small TV which received about 4 English speaking channels. The balcony had table and 3 chairs. Sounds a bit clinical, but it was all in good condition, clean tidy and well laid out.

People who run the apartments are very friendly and helpful. Extra pillows etc available from reception, rooms cleaned daily (except Sun) and pool bar open 7 days a week. This is a really good place to stay if you are going to Acharavi. Well positioned for beach or town, and if the weather is not brilliant (as with us) then a pleasant place to weather out the storm (sorry for the pun)

Acharavi is not really18-30 territory (that’s more Roda 3km or Sidari 13Km up the road) and is therefore limited in entertainment, but there are plenty of bars and places to eat both along the beach and on the main street. If you want the standard chips with everything then it’s available, but there are a few places to get real Greek food (or at least a better facsimile than the local English Kebab shop). We managed to eat Greek food every night and never had a bad meal in Acharavi.

The Pumphouse was the best, but because it is good, gets very busy and so you may need to wait for a table. Service is very friendly, prices reasonable and the food excellent.
Acharavi Park comes a close second to the Pumphouse and serves a mean breakfast as well. Worth noting that the locals eat at Acharavi Park and the Pumphouse so the food must be reasonably authentic as well.
Woody’s on the beachfront is really good for breakfast and drinks. I suspect evening meals would be good too, but we didn’t try them.
Lunch (if your stomach is not too full already) at the Veggra bar on the beach is pretty good and is a really nice place to have a drink and watch the sea between sunbathing.
We ate in Roda (can’t remember the name) and had “The Big Meze” which was OK, and there is a sister restaurant in Acaravi which we didn’t try, but wouldn’t recommend it. It wasn’t bad, just wasn’t very good.

The beach is, well how can I put this politely, stony. Forget the sand/shingle description in the brochure, the reality is a ribbon of pebbles with an occasional sand/shingle patch. Part of Roda beach is sandy, and there is more sand at the very far end of the cove in the other direction from Acharavi, but mostly it pebbles. These unfortunately extend into the water so you might want a pair of the cheap wet-suit type shoes from the local shop before going for a swin. The water changes from flat mirror to quite large breakers fairly quickly so you do need to keep an eye on it for little ones. That said, it is quite shallow for a way out so it shouldn’t be too dangerous
There are plenty of sunbeds (price range 2 – 4 Euros each). The best we found were the wooden ones with a sponge pad in front of The Veggra bar. These were by far the most comfortable and we paid 8 Euros for 3 beds, and umbrella and a table. Downside is there are a very limited number of these so get there early.

If you want a hire car then there are plenty of places to choose from We used Castaway travel on a recommendation and Sue was very helpful. But, they are just an agent for Inter who are a few doors up so it might be worth taking those few extra steps. We got a car (Group B) which had seen better days, but did the job at 30 Euros per day. Wasn’t particularly cheap, but it suited us.

If sandy beach and very lively nightlife is what your looking for, then go to Sidari (or if you absolutely no taste then Kavos). Sidari gets a bad press, and some of it deserved, but you can still find good places to eat and miss the Blackpool crowd if you want to. If however, you don’t mind the pebble beach and want quality accommodation and a good base for a holiday, then Acharavi is it. And if you choose Acharavi, then choose Matoula and you wont be disappointed on either score.

  • Liked — size, location and cleanliness
  • Disliked — safety deposit boxes in reception
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2007

We arrived at Matoula on the 30th July for 2 weeks and from the start was impressed with the cleanliness. There was me, my friend and my 7 year old daughter and the place had everything we needed, only a 5 minute walk to the clean shingle beach and a five min walk in the opposite direction to the main street. It was nice and quiet although some bars stayed open really late if you do want to party the night away. Our studio was large enough for the 3 of us and was cleaned every day bar sunday. Spiros the bar manager was great although he did take a liking to my single friend and hassled her lots to meet him etc which did kind of ruin it for her as he was very forceful. He even closed the bar early 2 nights (just after 12) because she was talking to group of boys so single girls BEWARE!! Other than that he is a nice, hard working guy, just would help if he has someone to run the morning shift so that he could keep the bar open later. Its a lovely place to stay, especially for families and there is a nice large pool and a seperate one for younger children. Plenty of sunbeds in pleasant surroundings.

  • Liked — Clean, spacious, not overcrowded.
  • Disliked — Spiros's unwanted advances, but he is a nice guy really!!
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2007

We booked the holiday as a last minute deal and had never heard of Acharavi, but the holiday didn’t disappoint. The Matoula was very good – large clean apartments with regular maid service, lovely swimming pool and bar with excellent host Spiros – don’t believe anything bad you have seen written about him, he works all hours, is great with the kids and is a credit to the place!

The Matoula is in an excellent location – 2 minutes to the beach in one direction and 2 minutes to the shops/bars/supermarket etc. in the other.

It is about a 30 minute walk to Roda where you will find lots more bars/restaurants. The town is more developed than Acharavi and seemed to cater to the “Brits abroad” a bit more, but is worth a look and is a nice walk along the sea front.

I would also recommend the bus service – the bus stop is right at the top of the road in the village and they were on time and air conditioned! We took the bus to Kassiopi which only takes 15 minutes, and was really picturesque.

In Acharavi itself there are quite a few bars/restaurants on the beach front – ones I would recommend are Valentines restaurant – to the left about 10 mins walk. On a Friday night they have Greek musicians who come and sing to you at your table, they are excellent! Also if you walk in the other direction about 10 mins there is Maistros with very good fish. Just on the right hand corner as you get to the beach you will find Fuego Bar – this is open til the small hours (they threw us out at 4 one night!) and is an idyllic setting right on the beach. Very friendly despite the fact that we were the only English people in there every time we went in – I don’t know why but if the Greeks go there then it must be good. The food is very good as well, I would thoroughly recommend this place.

In the village itself, the Acharavi Park was good and we ate there twice.

Take lots of mosquito repellent with you and you will have a great time – the mossies were out in force, especially on our last night!!

  • Liked — Cleanliness
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Acharavi 49100, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Acharavi
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Hotel Class:3 star — Matoula Apartments 3*
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