Over 250 reviews here alone suggest between 3 and 4 stars for this hotel and having just returned from a 5 day half term break with the children I would say this is about right. As you approach the hotel via Roda you will want to turn back and go home! Be warned - it is dire! No fault of the hotel I suppose (except they did build it there!). Thankfully the hotel site is a mile or so up the coast nicely landscaped on a sloping olive grove. The main hotel buildings are smart, well maintained on the whole and initially impressive. We stayed in 2 rooms (not an apartment) on the first floor on the hotel with a balcony overlooking the sea and on the whole have no real complaints about the room which was nice. I would echo previous comments about poor quality beds and poor TV but they are not really 'deal breakers' - you dont go on holiday to watch TV lets face it! If you have a superior booking they will fill a mini fridge in your room with soft drinks, water and beer each day. Nice touch - IF they also provided a means of opening the bottles! I asked twice at reception for a bottle opener to no avail so gave up. Whilst many will regard this as a silly detail it illustrates my main criticism of this hotel - the staff. Generally they are rude and unhelpful. I know it is the end of the season for them but their season is only 6 months long. It is no kind of an excuse. A decent British hotel can provide a service round the year after all. In each of the staff groups (reception, waiters, bar, pool, entertainment) there were of course exceptions (Maria on Recption could get a job at Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons!) but on the whole your request was clearly too much trouble for most of them and some were downright rude. Maria's colleague on Reception Natasa was frighteningly surly. If this hotel have any pretensions towards increasing their standing (and prices of course) they need to go through their staff like a dose of salts and make enduring changes to how they train them. OK - I've got that off my chest and I feel better now!
What was good? Well - the food is generally good. Buffet style - which your kids will like. I agree - it doesn't vary much but there is just so much put out that it should provide variation for a week's stay. Then there are the themed restaurants which are a nice modern touch and well situated on the (rather disappointing) beach. As others have pointed out however the booking system for these needs to be improved. The daytime and evening entertainment is hilarious if you are new to the Holiday Camp scene as we were but probably a bit of a let down if you are familiar with this kind of thing. There is a nightly children's disco slot and bingo. Interestingly the bingo MC reads the drawn numbers out proudly in 3 languages (English German and French) with great gusto especially when it came to "Soixante Neuf"! Indeed there were one or two bemused looking Germans around the hotel but during our week it was pure Billy Britain on show - all tattoos and piled high all-day full English breakfast! As for the French - it occured to me the only Frenchmen seen dead on Corfu would be fishermen blown off course by the Mistral! Just a word of caution for those booking next year's holiday who like to get away from the neighbours! Then of course - there was Karaoke!
I won't go on. All in all - its not a bad place. Its not exactly expensive - and on reflection I think this is the problem. Generally to feel 'exclusive' - hotels have to be pricey. Otherwise it feels......well.....cheap, I suppose. If you go, hire a car, drive round to the north east coast, find a secluded cove of crystal clear Ionian water with a perfect Taverna on the beach, as we did. There you can dive off the rocks, chase fish and octopus whlist pretending you are Jacques Cousteau (or even Gerald Durrell), When you're ready you can get a beer at the Taverna - a real one - out of a bottle. It'll be cold too, and if its not cold enough for you - you can ask (quite reasonably) for a different one. You could even have another one afterwards - there would be no complaints from the waiter. You'd have to pay for it of course - but just maybe - its worth it!
- 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