We stayed at the Corfu holiday palace for a week from 14th June and can honestly tell you it was absolutely wonderful!
Of course, as everyone has said, the rooms need updating a little with new decor and TVs but to be fair, why would you go on holiday to sit in your room all day? (Except for the air con that is!) The air con in the rooms is free, though this only works when the balcony door is closed.
The rooms are spacious and the beds are comfy (they're 2 singles pushed together). The sheets were changed daily along with towels - even clean ones were changed! Every day we came back to the room we found our stuff neatly lined up which I found an added perk.
The bathroom was nice and big with a power shower over the bath which always had hot water - it also had great water pressure!
We were on the 5th floor (Rooms 520 and 522) which are the Sea View rooms - I recommend these for the view alone! The higher you are the better the view, as the trees did shield some of the view. We asked for quiet rooms on booking and so we were placed on the far side of the hotel away from the airport.
The lake view rooms overlook the airport and so I would say those would be a tad noisier. If watching planes land and take off is your thing, you might want to book one of these rooms however.
The hotel bars were great, of which there are 4 in and around the hotel but they were a little expensive (2-3 euros for a glass of coke or sprite). When ordering drinks, they were often accompanied by free tortilla chips and nuts which were awesome! Drinks were always brought to you too!
The restaurant for half board is on the floor below the reception (-1 in the lift). We found dinner food to be slightly different every day with a salad bar, hot food bar and dessert bar. Dessert was similar each day but with a slight difference in flavours. Salad had mostly the same stuff but with different pastas/rices, etc. There was always a vegetarian option but we had a fussy eater with us so he ate beans and potatoes all week!
Breakfast was a little repetitive but there was a lot of selection so if you don't eat tonnes of food each morning you can try something different each day. They had fried potato slices at this time too but also had pancakes, fruit, Greek yogurt, 5 different jams, cereal, toast and pastries along with the typical eggs (scramble, fried and boiled), sausages and bacon.
Drinks cost when you eat at dinner (2 euros for a 1.5ltr bottle of water) but you get free juice/water/tea/coffee at breakfast.
The added bonus is a random cat that comes for free food! - It's very cute :)
The staff are amazing throughout and are very friendly, genuinely so too!
The beach is great! A bit pebbly but not a massive issue. The sunbeds/parasols are 7 euros for the whole day (5 euros if you only need 1 bed) and there's a bar which plays reggae music lots. The poolside sunbeds are free to use but you generally find that people 'reserve' them with personal belongings - this annoyed us as they were doing this stupidly early then going up for food for a couple hours! You get free towels (1 each) every day at either the poolside or the beach.
If you want to escape the hotel for the day it is just 1.10 euros each to get the bus to Corfu town. We bought the tickets from the little shop at reception and caught the bus from the stop at the entrance to the hotel. Corfu town has plenty of little shops and restaurants; there is also a Mcdonalds and an M & S there which we were surprised about.
We also booked a trip via one of the tour books at reception. We went to Paxos (Island just off Greece) and Parga (little coastal town on the Greek mainland), for 34 euros per person, which was slightly expensive. I wouldn't really recommend this trip as it takes nearly 3 hours to get to the locations on the boat each way!
All in all we loved our stay, would recommend this hotel and will no doubt stay here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the first luxury hotels in Corfu, this hotel is the only one in the island with a direct view to the famous ‘Mouse Island’’ the trademark of Corfu Island. Set in magnificent landscaped gardens /45000 sq. m./ with an abundance of pine- eucalyptus and cypress trees, well maintains its prominent position amongst Corfu’s top hotels. The hotel is very close to Corfu town and also nearby the major archaeological sites offering the perfect base for those seeking to explore the island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aquis Corfu Holiday Palace Hotel Kanoni
- Aquis Corfu Holiday Palace Kanoni
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