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Hotel Astoria Sidari
Main Street, Sidari 490 81, Greece   |  
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Ranked #32 of 43 Hotels in Sidari
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

Didn't realise this place was also a hotel. Ate here after receiving a recommendation from one of the waitresses in a nearby bar. Meal was absolutely delightful and probably one of the best meals I ate during my time in sidari.

There was a large menu to choose from all reasonably priced. I chose chicken in a cheese, Ham and mushroom sauce with a coke whilst the other half chose pork kebab and a beer. Both meals were fairly large (large enough for us to forego dessert) and came accompanied with chips and a greek style salad. We both thought both meals were tasty. In total the bill came to roundabout 25 euros which I thought was fair.

We were seated in the outdoor area facing the beach. We were lucky we got there when we did (around 8pm) as the place filled up pretty quickly and seemed quite popular.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2009

this hotel was fine for what we needed, just a room with a toilet and shower and bed to sleep in. Very near the main beach and just moments from the main strip. However upon arival there was no one at reception and when we finally found someone to check us in, they seemed very unaware that we had even booked in to stay. But they were very nice and after 15 minutes or so we got taken to our room. The room was very basic and so tiny, just two hard beds squashed together, we did have a balcony but it overlooked a very scabby roof and was next to the airvent for next doors reserant which often let of sewer like smells. We stayed there for two weeks and the room wasnt really cleaned apart from once or twice when she made the beds and mopped the floor, we had to go and buy our own loo roll and the shower flooded everytime we used it! we had to steal towels from the other unused rooms as we wernt given any new ones the whole time we were there. As far as we were aware we were the only people staying in the hotel aswell which seemed a bit odd and we sort of got the impresion that the staff were very confused as to why we were even there! Espesially from the man that slept on the sofa in the reception, and used to shout at us in greek ( very scary) when we would come in from a night out in the early morning. We had been told we would be greeted when we first arived with a free coctail, where we would then pay the 240 euros for our room. However as no one greeted us, no one asked for any money! and this stayed the way for the hotel, and we often joked that we could just leave for our flight on the last day without paying, and no one would even notice! However we do have a concience so on the day before the last day i went and found someone and gave them the money, only to be stopped while i was walking through the hotel later that day by a different man asking where his money was! Luckily the man i had given the money to eirlyer wasnt a compleat stranger and after finding him again we managed to sort it out and they were both happy. Overall a very odd holiday stay, fine for what we needed a cheap easy place to stay, as we spent no time at the hotel apart from sleeping and showering, and there is a very nice hotel next door with a very nice pool and bar, which we spent our days at, (the staff were much much nicer to us there even tho we wernt even paying custemers!) however probably not perfect for familys?

  • Liked — Convinience of location
  • Disliked — The fact they didnt even no we were meant to be staying there
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2009

My boyfriend and I travelled to Sidari, Corfu in August 2007. We booked the holiday as a very last-minute deal, as we were just desperate to go somewhere. So much so that we even booked it without having seen any photos of the hotel. First mistake!

We were somewhat disappointed to find our hotel, The Astoria, was right on the street in the middle of the busy strip. The hotel itself was run by an old Greek couple (who were sweet but spoke little English), and although very small, it was nice/clean enough. Our room was tiny, literally just two beds pushed together with just enough space to walk around either side. We had a balcony which overlooked the hotel nextdoor and a very small bathroom, which flooded whenever either of us had a shower. The room didn't have air-con, so we had to hire a fan for about 10 euros from an English shop a good 10 minutes' walk up the road. Not only did the fan fail to keep us cool, it also broke at least twice, which meant lumbering it back and forth up the road for a replacement. Ridiculous.

As we were on a budget, we'd booked B&B, as opposed to self-catering, which was probably our second mistake. The breakfast was horrible. I'm used to having a choice of cereal, yogurt, fruit and maybe some pastries when on holiday, but at The Astoria, we were limited to toast, toast or more toast. Two lukewarm slices each of very square, cheap, white, hard bread. Drinks were either tea or coffee (both far too strong for my liking, with only UHT milk out of those little plastic pots), or watered-down orange juice, which was more like orange squash than real juice. Vile. It was only on our last day when we got talking to an elderly couple who had holidayed there for the last 25 years (clearly mad!) that eggs were also available for breakfast! We were never once offered anything else, it was a case of sitting at the table and the (rude) waiter automatically brought the toast over. It was so bad and unfilling that we'd either have to have something else to eat later on in the morning, or we just didn't bother with it at all and went elsewhere, paying anything up to about 6 euros for pancakes - which, to be honest, we couldn't afford every day.

The main strip itself was busy, noisy and dirty. Full of Brits, which is our worse nightmare when it comes to holidays. You couldn't walk anywhere without getting hassled by people standing outside the bars and restaurants to come in and try whatever they had to offer. Some were very insistent and rude, so we avoided walking past these places altogether, by walking along the beach instead (which runs parallel to the strip on one side). The restaurants offered little variety, so we ended up eating the same thing most nights. We had two really bad experiences with food - the first was on the first night, we chose an Indian restaurant that was slightly away from the main strip and the curries we had were just so oily and greasy. The second complaint came when both of our steaks were so fatty that there was hardly any meat on them. Initially we refused to pay - because there wasn't actually anything on our plates that we could eat - but could only get away with having 50% knocked off.

We found there was very little to do, unless going on organised group excursions is your thing. However, we did hire speedboats on two occasions (from the Yellow Boat Company), which was great fun. We got to explore the gorgeous coastline with all the little caves etc. Night times were really tedious, as the bars weren't our scene and our hotel didn't offer any kind of TV facility, or other entertainment.

Our hotel didn't even have a pool, so through the day, we went to the hotel nextdoor which was called The Three Brothers. That was a much nicer hotel, and I think if we'd had more money we would've tried to book into there instead. Their pool wasn't anything amazing though, and the only way we could secure a couple of sun-loungers for the day was to get up really early and put our towels down. We never sunbathed on the beach, mainly because you had to pay about 5 euros each for the use of sun-loungers (which I'd personally never come across before, but I guess it's common in most places, if not everywhere). The beach was quite overcrowded and not what I'd expected from Corfu - I'd seen photos of all these amazing white sandy beaches, but it was nothing like that (although perhaps my expectations are quite high after having experienced the gorgeous beaches of the Caribbean twice before). The weather was hit-and-miss too, we had quite a few overcast days in our second week.

Tips for travellers going to Sidari would be firstly to expect lots of noise at night - a lot of the bars and clubs are open well into the early hours, so take ear plugs! Arrange to do plenty of activities through the day, whether they're organised through your travel agent or independently, because we just found it so boring, with nothing going on. Some of the locals are quite odd too, I once got my ear grabbed by a man outside a restaurant - I imagine he was trying to funny, but it was more creepy than anything else. I also got wolf-whistled at on a few occasions which I didn't particularly like. Another tip - get all of your money exchanged at home - we found there was a varying exchange rate wherever we went and sometimes even had to rely on withdrawing money from cash points (which you obviously get charged for).

I suppose Sidari would be an ideal place if you're the party-animal type, but for those (like us) who are wanting a quiet, relaxed holiday then it's best avoided. Also, I would recommend only going for one week. We went for two, and were SO ready for home by the end! I think if someone had offered us flights home after the first week, we would've jumped at the chance!

Overall, a very boring, noisy, unrelaxing and unenjoyable destination.

Stayed July 2008
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Additional Information about Hotel Astoria Sidari

Address: Main Street, Sidari 490 81, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Sidari
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Sidari
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A small, family run Hotel in the popular resort of Sidari, NWCorfu.Four generations of our family have been welcoming guests to our Hotel in the popular resort of Sidari. We have a wealth of knowledge to help you get the best of your stay in Sidari, with so much to offer Sidari has it all. * Excellent sand beaches - EU blue flag clean beach award * Boat trips from the harbour to the Diapontia Islands * Unique sandstone formations at Canal D'Amour * Watersports * PADI Scuba dive centre * Motorboat hire for self exploration * Horse riding * Horse and carriage rides * Fishing opportunities * Snorkelling * Pedalos * International and traditional restaurants * Beauty Salons * Brilliant nightlife for all ages with many live acts * Local traditional festivals * Bus & Taxi station * Waterpark * Bicycle / Motorbike / Car Hire * Scenic walking routes Our Hotel offers: * Beachfront location * Free public wifi * Ensuite twin & triple bed rooms - ceiling fans & sea views * Greek restaurant * Breakfast, lunch & dinner menus * Relaxing lawned garden area ... more   less 
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