We booked a weeks holiday to this hotel after extensive research and review reading. We booked through Thomas Cook and ended up paying a lot of money when in hindsight we could of gone further a field, but if you manage to get a good deal then definitely worth the money. Firstly if you book this as a package DO NOT use the transfer coach to and from the airport its horrific, it took us 2 hours to get to the hotel with very little air conditioning, very loud Greek radio played by the driver through the whole of the coaches speakers and incredibly bad driving which resulted in my Daughter suffering travel sickness. A taxi from the airport to the hotel costs approx 50 Euros and takes 45 minutes, and if you book a taxi back to the airport at the front desk you'll get a very nice new Mercedes.
We paid extra for a sea view room with a partition and were extremely pleased when shown to our room and found the view exactly what we'd hoped for, spectacular! Although the enjoyment was short lived when after several hours unpacking and resting before dinner we realised the AC in the room was non existent and was actually blowing hot air out instead of cold, and during the week we found countless others suffering the same problem! After several unsuccessful maintenance trips the AC was unable to be fixed and we were moved to another room with its own independently controlled AC (please when booking contact the hotel directly and ask for this)
The new room did not have a sea view but was a poolside room further back towards the main gate, we literally opened our patio doors and stepped into the pool, very nice, and was like having our own private pool. Some people did not like being further back, but we found we preferred it, only 5 minutes walk back to reception and definitely quieter, where we struggled to get sun loungers around the main pool, we virtually had the run of the pool by our room and certainly a choice of loungers and umbrellas.
Our Daughter made as much use as she could of the Thomas Cook kids club, and the reps running it were fab, the only downside is the length of time its open and not everyday.
Other than the kids club, pool and beach there was not a lot else to keep our 3 year old amused which lead to a stressful time for us trying to keep her entertained, but using all the different pools, and taking walks around the resort and browsing the shop had to do, luckily we took a portable DVD player and lots of DVD’s for her!
Our room was very clean and was a good size with a very luxurious bathroom. The beds throughout the resort are very hard so if you mention this to reception they will send up mattress toppers which make the bed softer to sleep on. We had a flat screen TV (but the only English speaking channel is BBC world) and a mini fridge.
The main restaurant was very nice considering it's size and it's buffet style, but with a good choice of food available, and although by the end of the week we did find it a chore we never had any bad food. (definitely recommend the pasta cooked to order, kebab meat and crepes) We only got to try the Greek restaurant once as we were unable to get bookings for the Italian or Chinese, it seems you have to go down to reception by 07:30 to get a table for the following evening!
The drinks in the resort are a mixed bag, if you stick to wine or beer they are fine, but try sprits or cocktails and they are awful, also beware if you fancy a cup of tea you will get long life coffee creamer to put in it, a yellowish horrid taste! If you order tea at breakfast get you own milk from the cereal area.
Most of the staff in the resort we found to be extremely accommodating and friendly, and if any seem impatient or rude I think this is just the Greek way and down to how busy they are.
All in all an enjoyable holiday at a pleasant resort, I probably wouldn't go back but that’s more down to us not keen on going to the same place twice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Roda Beach Resort & SPA is a gorgeous all-inclusive hotel located at the northeastern coast of Corfu, a few minutes walk from the village Roda. Spread out in 25 acres of beautiful gardens, it reaches its own sandy beach and the turquoise Ionian Sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mitsis Roda Beach Hotel Karousades
- Mitsis Roda Beach Karousades
- Roda Beach Corfu
- Roda Beach Hotel Corfu
- Roda Beach Resort & Spa Corfu, Greece