I have read many reviews on this hotel and decided to cast my own and family's opinion of this hotel.
Firstly for any English going . This is a foreign hotel, particularly Belgium and French. As a ratio I would say there was only 3% English in the whole hotel.
The grounds are lovely situated around beautiful flowers and vines, this I could not complain with.
The hotel itself is quite large and has a relaxing atmosphere .
Messongi itself is very very quiet. With virtually no nightlife.
There is a short 15 minute walk to moratika where we found an ocean beach bar which played various music from 80's upwards to present. This seemed to be popular with the workers of the area and Greek locals.
The food in the hotel is awful. I am shocked to see so many good reviews but then again most of them are French.
The breakfast is breakfast and has the usual items to chose from. (Not the tastiest or warmest)
Dinner and tea seemed to repeat themselves . Always spaghetti station and a sauce of bolognese or tomato and then other dishes. The head chef Matthew who appears on a night asks if the food is not up to standard he will offer a korma which he has prepared out the back. After talking to the few residents that could understand us along wth reading reviews this seemed to be a common theme. I'd imagine it's a frozen meal ready to be placed in the microwave on request.
The food is bland and in many cases uneatable. You only have to visit a local taverna to realise the difference. I have been on all inclusives before and this really is the worst for food and drinks which I'll get onto in a minute.
There is salad which is the same every night and looks unfresh and could have been served at a previous dinner service.
We attempted dinner service on the first 3 nights of our week stay hoping the food would improve. On each night we left hungry and ended up visiting local tavernas which were lovely. Zak's which is just around the corner was beautiful along with fantastic service .
Now the drinks. There is a 7 long list cocktail menu with (alcoholic) ingredients if you want to call them that to chose from. They were horrible and tasted of washing up liquid. The beer on tap was meant to be Amstel but was watered down and I can only describe it as a nightclub pint where the aim is to get as many pints out of a barrel as possible.
Any actual drinks you had to pay for.!!!
The staff are not as friendly as described and looked quite miserable.
The entertainment ........
What entertainment... A kids party/club until about 10 at night and then a few songs from the DJ..
The rooms were modern but basic. Ours was fairly small and felt on top of each other at times.
We wouldn't normally complain or write a bad review but after reading all of the positive reviews we felt that we needed to comment to make sure others do not get sucked into coming here as we did.
All in all the hotel is around 2-3 stars and the food is 2 at very best.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the SENTIDO Apollo Palace! SENTIDO Apollo Palace was renovated in the winter of 2014. Built in the style of a Corfu village, the hotel complex is located at the edge of the fishing village of Messonghi on the southeast coast of the legendary island of Phaeacia, which was mentioned by the ancient Greek poet Homer in his famous Odyssey. Today the island is known under the name Corfu. With its architecture combining Greek tradition with the comfort of a children friendly hotel and its lavish garden filled with old olive trees, a chapel and a small amphitheater, the SENTIDO Apollo Palace is one of the most attractive hotels on the island. The extensive outdoor area features two freshwater pools with integrated children's pool, a sunbathing lawn and a pool bar. The hotel also offers a children's club for younger children (aged 4-12). Cozy taverns and bars as well as a small pebbly beach are close to the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apollo Palace Messonghi
- SENTIDO Apollo Palace Corfu/Messonghi