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Pantheon Hall Hotel
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Messonghi
Reviewed July 29, 2011

We stayed at the Pantheon Hall for a week, coming home on 28th July 2011. The hotel is well appointed, being in easy walking distance of the beach and the many bars and tavernas in Messonghi and the neighbouring, and much larger, resort of Moraitika. We are a family of 5 and had two rooms, one for myself, my wife and our three year old daughter, the other for our 11 and 15 year old daughters. The air conditioned rooms are rather basic but perfectly adequate; we found the beds a little uncomfortable but this is a budget hotel so we were not expecting luxury. I was badly bitten by mosquitos on the first two nights but this ceased to be a problem once we plugged in a mosquito repellent in our room. Each room has a balcony where we enjoyed sitting out at every night, sipping a cold beer and watching the world go by. The rooms were cleaned every other day. We found the hotel staff to be personable and helpful, especially the receptionist, Renata. They particularly doted on our three year old and that was the case wherever we went. Our 11 year old managed to lose the hotel key during a trip we made to Corfu Town (highly recommended, incidentally, especially the charming Old Town area with its narrow winding alleyways) but we were not charged for a replacement. The swimming pool is clean and inviting and we found there were plenty of sunbeds available for use at all times. There is a bar at the far side of the pool where you can buy a large draught Mythos beer at a reasonable 2.50 euros, the standard price we found at most outlets (sometimes you only get 0.4l rather than 0.5l, however). Cocktails were expensive there ,however, at 5 euros. They are available at 2.50 or 3 euros in most places, even restaurants. The breakfast provided was disappointing, however, unless bread, Greek yoghurt, ham, hard boiled eggs and lukewarm tea is your thing. Also, there are no fridges in any of the rooms (although they are available for hire), no TVs and no cooking facilities at all, not even a kettle. We eat out every day for lunch and an evening meal and that proved expensive. The quality of food dished up at the local eating places was variable, to say the least. We had some truly lousy meals but can recommend one place in particular. Maxim's breakfast cafe, just part the main roundabout on the border between Messonghi and Moraitika, 10 minutes walk from the hotel. The authentic English cooked breakfasts we bought there were delicious, using English bacon, sausages and Kingsmill bread for the toast, arriving quickly (service at some restaurants was frustratingly slow) and cooked to perfection. Two eggs, two sausages, two rashers of bacon plus beans or tomatoes cost 3.90 euros and was well worth it. Our children rated the food there as the best they tasted throughout our holiday. We ordered tea which arrived steaming hot ( PG Tips bags being used) and it tasted great particurarly considering the insipid tea served up at the hotel. There are a number of restaurants by the sea front where you can eat feet away from the sea. We enjoyed lamb kleftikos at one of these places and, whilst service was slow, the food was really good and not overly expensive at around 8.50 euros (we saw the same dish priced at 14 euros in Corfu Town). The highlight of our holiday was a boat trip to the sea cave and the blue lagoon on the coast of the Greek mainlandand and the Mediterranean gardens on the Christiana boat.. We bught the trip from a friendly outlet 50 yards or so from the hotel. The cost was around 80 euros all told for the 5 of us (we negotiated a discount as we also booked a trip to Aqualand) and included a decent cold buffet lunch, soft drinks, wine (of questionable quality, to be kind) and even a shot of ouzo, offered at around 10am as the trip was just underway! There are 3 stops on the trip to either swim or get a beer/ice cream although we were disappointed that we did not get off the boat at the blue lagoon beach, but rather the boat anchored offshore and passengers could swim in the deep sea there, not great for young children and not so strong swimmers. The undoubted highlight was encountering three differnt schools of dolphins in the Ionian Sea on the way back to Corfu. The boat changed course to follow the dolphins, who we saw jumping out of the water at fairly close quarters. I don't think our children will ever forget this experience, let alone my wife and myself. Finally, I must mention the LA Bar in Moraitika, about 15 minutes walk from the hotel. We went there 6 nights out of 7 and must say that the fun we had there really made our holiday. It is an English style bar run by Lorraine, with the assistance of James and Beverly. However, it is not solely frequented by English holiday makers, with many other nationalities enjoying the theme nights, quizzes and karaoke on offer. The Greek Night (every Sunday) was particulalry memorable, with two Greek dancers demonstrating their skills and then getting members of the audience to participate. I was singled out to be treated to a belly dance whilst dressed as a Turkish sultan - enjoyable for sure, particularly amusing to our children. Karaoke is on most nights and is fun, with the less talented performers (me in particular) being applauded and encouraged almost as much as the more tuneful. James performs songs most nights in a theatrical style, and very entertaining he was too. The cocktails are on offer at 3.50 euros each, but it is well worth buying jugs at 10 euros a piece (bigger discounts being available for larger jugs and bowls). A discount card is given to you and we earned enough stamps for a free cocktail jug by the end of the week. We all were really sad on our last night there and would love to go back there one day - though we would probably not choose to stay at the Pantheon again if we could afford something rather better.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

I am writing this on behalf of my little sister who stayed here in June as part of a family holiday, the hotel where i stay the christina was full so we had no problem in my sister staying here as i had stayed a number of years previously. Tne hotel has always been a hidden gem very cheap and a great location. Althoug when i started staying 10 years ago it was great however in more recnt times the hotel was a little neglected however now there has been an injection of TLC and its back to its best

My sister felt very safe as she was on her own, the rooms were basic and small but very clean and everything you need, i noticed the pillows and linens were lovely really soft and new and the towels were so soft (i was jealous of them!) the pool bar could do with being open in the day but aside from that no complaints

the oasis bar is the hub of the hotel and billy is fab they have a radio station transmitting from there live every night (gaga radio) which is great fun and brings some life to the area

my sister would def stay again and i already have booked another friend in there for next year

Room Tip: 2nd floor towards the pool have side sea views and views of the village lovely in the morning to sit...
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 11, 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Pantheon Hall Hotel, Messonghi, Corfu between 16th and 23rd of May 2011. I would first like to point out that the main photograph of the hotel on the Trip Advisor site is not the Pantheon Hall Hotel at Messonghi, it is the Pantheon Hotel, Main Street 29100 Tsilivi. Although the hotel is incorrect the links to the hotel photographs are sometimes correct and sometimes incorrect depending on which links open. I also think that the reviews are not all for the stated hotel. Very disappointing for me as I relied on some of the reviews when organising my holiday. For example there was a review from someone dated the 26th May saying that he, his wife and daughter had just returned, this would have coincided with my visit and they were definitely not in our hotel. Also the review dated 4th September 2010 stated that the views were breathtaking with sometimes views of dolphins. This I can report is definitely wrong. I stayed on the first floor and the views are not of the sea. Because I really wanted and requested a view of the sea I complained and was taken to the second floor where there is a view of the sea in the distance. Even if there were dolphins you would not have been able to see them because of the distance. This is not the hotels fault it is Trip Advisors and I was disappointed because I was looking forward to a sea view and used the Trip Advisors reviews as research.
Well after all that negativity I would like to report that we had a fantastic holiday. Messonghi was very quiet with few tourists. It was very early in the season and people were arriving all the time (mostly German tourists). When we arrived there was only 1 other person staying in the hotel and at one point during the week we were the only guests. The hotel is 2 star and very cheap. You usually get what you pay for but on this occasion I think we got more. The hotel is very clean. The room was cleaned every other day by a Greek lady who was very friendly although most of our conversations where done with a sort a sign language. Our bedroom was basic with 2 single beds, wardrobe, mirror, chairs and drawers. There was a balcony with table and chairs. Marble flooring was throughout most of the hotel. We had a pleasant view of the opposite hotel pool. No television and none of the usual extras. This is what we expected and we were happy with this. The bathroom was newly finished with a nice shower with good water pressure. The breakfast was simple, orange juice, tea, bread and jam. The pool was open but we never used it. The café and bar were not open but I think if we had asked for any thing the hotel would have obliged. Billy who seemed to be Jack of all trades was great, he even gave us a lift in his car to a nearby village that we had expressed an interest in. Very friendly, good fun and spoke excellent English. Messonghi is a small tourist village occupied mostly during the tourist season. The hotel is 2 minutes from a pebbly beach with many restaurants at the waters edge. It is very clean but in parts a little run down (broken walkways) perhaps it is the economic climate or perhaps they will be mended during the summer season. The car hire is attached to the hotel and the ladies there were very helpful. As the bus service was very poor we hired a car for 4 days, this was very cheap, about 25E per day. We travelled to many beautiful parts of Corfu but beware petrol is more expensive than the U.K. 1.74E. I am a vegetarian and thought I would encounter problems but I was served delicious food. All the restaurants were very accommodating, I usually ordered from the starter menu ordering 2 or 3 dishes to be had as a main course. As I mentioned previously we had a lovely time and would recommend this hotel for its cleanliness, friendliness and low cost.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 25, 2011

Me ,my wife and 4 year old daughter Helen have just come back from this Hotel, We go on holiday 3 times a year to different locations and we all agree this was one of the friendliest hotels we have ever stayed in. It was rated at 2.stars which is about right, the rooms, communal areas and pool were very clean. The staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble to them . A big thank you to Renata and her staff they are all great. We wil definately returning.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 25, 2011

We have just returned from a stay at the Pantheon Hall hotel in Messonghi. The hotel is now under new management. We were greeted, on our arrival, by Renata, who gave us a warm welcome. Our room was spacious & very clean. The shower room was clean & fresh, with plenty of clean towels. There are lovely views from the balconies. The continental breakfast was very adequate, with lots of tea & coffee. The swimming pool & sunbed area is a lovely place to relax, with the poolside bar ( Oasis Bar ) run by Billy, who is very friendly & a good host. The hotel is only 2 minutes from the beach & a good selection of bars & tavernas. We would recommend this hotel as a great place to stay & look forward to seeing Renata & her friendly staff again in the future !

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank linmal50
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Reviewed August 31, 2010

We stayed in the hotel for 2 wks and even though it was being renovated we had a good time. I had read reviews before our trip and thought i would give it a go the staff were very pleasant and it is starting to look good for the changes that are being made.the rooms are basic but comfortable for your needs with the pool and surroundings it offers enough.i will be returning next year as i have been informed that work is going on through the winter and maybe will visit it over the christmas period as we have been told it is going to be open all year thanks to all the staff for their help

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2008

We just returned after staying at the pantheon for a week, read receives before we went so knew what to expect. First the breakfast yes it was bread and jam,but we bought a box of cereal that lasted the week also theres a bakers across the road my husband would go in the morning and get 2 hot croissants . the evening meals were really good i am very fussy but liked them all. the pool was never cleaned unless you did it yourself. The rooms were basic but clean the hotels location was really good the beach is 2 minutes away so if you want to spend the day there you can nip back for the loos.All in all we had a lovely time i would go back to the pantheon hotel if i got it for the same money £200 for a week half board.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with family
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Address: Messonghi Beach, Messonghi 49084, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Messonghi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Messonghi
Price Range: $35 - $101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Pantheon Hall Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Pantheon Hall, is central, right in the heart of Messonghi village, a resort well known, for retaining its charm and traditional Greek character, with nice fish taverns and restaurants along the sea side, relatively active at night with local bars and entertainment and relaxing during the day, enjoying the amazing views of the Ionian sea. The hotel , has been recently renovated, the rooms are now equipped with air condition, tv and fridge. There is also free wifi in all public areas plus possibility of wifi access in the rooms. The hotel has been working for the past two years on all inclusive basis, and although it is a small size hotel, we manage to provide clients with a different service compared to large all inclusive resorts, a more private and friendly atmosphere, where no more than 100 people are gathered together enjoying the hospitality and the amazing events, that take place almost every night at the hotel pool bar area. Pantheon has two outside bars one of which is the all inclusive bar opening from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm and the Oasis bar which is open to public outside the hotel and offers unforgettable nights with parties and music to suit all ages. The restaurant and buffet area is open for early breakfast and throughout the day serving lunch buffet and evening dinner buffet with a nice range of Greek and international cuisine. Within the hotel you have an information service office with tips of how to make your holiday, one to remember and how to make your stay within the Pantheon hall, as more comfortable as possible. The hotel also provides facilities for staying in shape, with a mini keep fit gym, a nice play area for kids and for those who cannot switch off completely, a nice equipped business internet corner for conducting business, while away. If getting a nice color is in your priorities, we offer our clients an additional area to our outdoor swimming pool, a nice sun trap roof garden area, surrounded by breathtaking views. You will find special offers for early bookings, through a chain of travel companies, in most markets and also brilliant all inclusive offers throughout the summer. All clients are provided with free gift vouchers ( 100 euros ) to use around the island in more than 100 outlets in almost every corner of the island, ranging from all types of shops, restaurants, activities etc... making your holiday one of excellent value for money. Check the hotel website for additional info on offers, for when you arrive here and pick up the most suitable dates to book through our agents in your country. • Special offer for bikers (3 days free scooter hire) for all booking for April, May and October. • Special discounts on car hire, local trips and out and about activities. The Pantheon team is waiting for you, to make your holiday one to remember, meet us in person and join us on the journey to passion for fun and joy, throughout the summer season. Keep in touch with us or get to know us in advance, tune in , at the hotels international radio, Gaga Radio( pick up the link from our website)and listen to us live on air , talk to us on f/b and enjoy the best music across the decades. ... more   less 
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