I find it difficult to be anything other than positive about St Spiridon because of the wonderful Flora and her family. A mix up with the booking meant that we were only allocated 1 apartment instead of the 2 we had booked. This wasn't the fault of the hotel but nonetheless Flora sorted it out quickly for us and found us another apartment quickly.
On being shown the apartment I think Flora immediately sensed my disappointment. I have to say at this point that I think this was a conflict of my own expectations and what we actually got. Without meaning to sound like a complete snob we are used to 4* star accommodation so this hotel was not at all what I was used to. I booked it last minute without really researching it properly.
The accommodation is very basic. However it was clean and comfortable. Our teenage children had an upstairs apartment looking over the pool and also had a view of the sea. Our apartment was on the ground floor with no view but was very private and not overlooked. The apartments consisted of 2 rooms with twin beds in each room, a shower and small kitchen area. There were just 2 solid electric hobs and no oven. We usually like to cook every other night when on holiday but it wasn't really possible here. Our apartment had a separate kitchen area and our shower was much bigger than the children's. The shower was pretty much a hand held one with mixer taps. The shower curtain didn't contain the water but this is fairly typical I think. The water pressure was absolutely fine.
Our beds were comfortable and the linen and towels were changed every couple of days or so.
The apartments don't appear to be uniformly equipped. The children had a kettle and toaster in theirs and ours didn't. I am absolutely positive that had we asked Flora she would have found us one but it wasn't an issue. We boiled water in a saucepan and even used the solid hob for toast. There is no oven but there is a fridge. There are extra pillows and blankets in the cupboard. Hand towels would have been nice and again, I'm sure flora would have got them but it wasn't enough of an issue to make a fuss.
The aircon (an absolute must in August) was 6 euros per unit per night. There were 2 units in each of the apartments.
There were a couple of pools and they were really lovely. It was also possible to use the pool at the Michelangelo apartments next door which is run by Flora's brother. The children used the pools a lot but I prefer the sea. There were always sunbeds available.
Opposite the hotel is a terrific restaurant called Mythos. We had some good food here and the hosts are amazingly friendly and helpful. It's open late too. We always stopped for a nightcap here after our return from Kassiopi town.
The walk to Kassiopi harbour took 15 minutes there and a little longer coming back as it's a bit uphill. I have an arthritic knee but didn't find it a problem. The town beach which is behind Janis restaurant is also about 15 minutes. Head towards the town and at a fork in the road turn right for the harbour and left for the beach. All the beaches in the area are pebbles and shingle. I don't mind this as I like snorkelling and it's usually better in pebbles and rocks than sand but I would strongly advise you take beach shoes.
A 20 minute walk downhill took us to Avlaki beach. It's a lovely beach with very good snorkelling and a couple of tavernas. The sunbeds and umbrellas are for use of the Avlaki beach taverna customers only. The pebbles are tough on your feet. It's a steady uphill walk back to the hotel. Flora lent us a beach umbrella and mat to take with us.
There are 2 supermarkets within 50 metres of the hotel; one to the right and one at the top of the road to the left.
Gabriella cleaned our apartment every day and did a wonderful job. She even washed up for us.
So I started the holiday thinking that I wasn't going to enjoy staying at the hotel (so much so that I was considering moving) but ended the holiday thinking I might even go back!
At first I thought it was too far out of town but I got used to the walk and now think It's not a bad location at all - it's equidistance from Avlaki beach and the town and there's a bus stop at the top of the road which goes to all the coastal beaches in the North East and then to Corfu town.
For our last 2 nights we had to move to a different apartment (due to the booking problem at the outset). This apartment was in Michelangelo hotel. It was more modern and had better facilities but there was nowhere near as much as privacy as our first apartment and I would definitely choose St Spiridon over Michelangelo because of this and because of Flora's care and attention.
Nothing is too much trouble for Flora. She really wants you to have a lovely holiday and will do all she can for you. What she can't do is change the fabric of the building and it does look tired and outdated in places. However, the outside spaces are very pleasant. It was quiet and peaceful and was inexpensive.
Like I said before , it's 2* star accommodation which in the end proved to be perfectly adequate for us but service is definitely 5*.
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