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Margarita Apartments
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Ipsos
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Ok. A bit money orientated.”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Me and my friend decided to go away for 7 days (August 2013) to enjoy to sun and relax. When we first arrived, it was lovely - the staff were very friendly and made you feel welcome. The food was nice, but there wasn't too much to choose from - a bit standard (that is what you pay for). The rooms were, again, standard - but nice. I felt comfortable and the room was cleaned every morning (we arrived back to fresh towels, beds made and sometimes the washing up was done). The pool was lovely, great size and it was a beautiful setting, with a great view. It was also nice to have the bar/seating area close to the pool. The walk to the beach/shops is a lot lot longer than advertised! Very long and tiring in that heat, wouldn't recommend if you have trouble walking or injuries. The closest beach was often covered in young teens who came for the Ipsos night life, but there are other beaches around, boat trips and other lovely things you can do. We hired a boat which was amazing! and not even too expensive. Me and my friend spent a lot of money for drinks and food at the bar, then as soon as we went out for a meal with 2 others at the hotel - everything changed. we were not treated as nicely, the staff became very rude and it felt uncomfortable to be down there at times. On the last day, the people who we had made friends with said we could leave our stuff in their bedroom and could use the shower if we wanted to go in the pool on our last day. The staff did not like this one bit, they shouted in our faces, pulled our luggage around and said we would get thrown out. It was all very aggressive and abrupt for something so simple? . There was also a lot of favoritism with local visitors in the area who didn't stay, just used the pool (have a villa or apartment somewhere i imagine) In addition, we were never any trouble - weren't loud or didn't stay up or come in too late, but weren't treated with the same respect we gave them.

All in all, a great start to the week that turned very sour! Pool and surroundings were lovely, but staff felt very greedy and fake. Very, very very long walk to the beach and shops which wasn't nice. As always, you get what you pay for but i would not choose to stay here again.

Thanks for reading :)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

This Family owned self catering apartments are a very good standard throughout for hygiene and presentation. The food and drink are very low in prise and are very good portion size. Over all this will be the place we will recommend to others who are traveling to Corfu and the place we stay on our next trip. Overall second to none.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manchester
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

After returning to Ipsos after 29 yrs we were pleasantly surprised that the place hasn't lost its charm. The family run Margarita apartments was just what we needed. Nothing was too much trouble, and feel the restaurant should be recognised as somewhere to try, we did eat elsewhere on occasion but couldn't fault the breakfast lunch or evening meal here. Our recommendation can't come highly enough.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

Reading other reviews, I think how much you enjoy staying here depends on what you are looking for in a holiday and if you've researched before booking~ why tripadvisor is such a good idea.
We stayed for 10 days from September 15th and had travelled from 2.30 am when we arrived so were looking to wind down. We couldn't believe that the transfer coach managed to get up the tiny, steep roads to get us there as it is on the way up the mountain and so the views are spectacular and unspoiled.
We were given a warm welcome by Tracy who showed us up to our rooms ~ there isn't a lift but you could always use the little road that runs up the side as a ramp instead of the stairs?~ we didn't mind lifting our cases as she is heavily pregnant, but Chris and Dimitris helped people with their luggage when they were on reception.
Our room was as expected~ this is Greece, who have had an economic collapse~ it was clean, with simple facilities and a bit dated, but this is exactly what we wanted~ a total break from the grind. There aren't ovens, microwaves or tv's but the bar has sky and a tv room so you could watch anything you really wanted there. The fridge was quite loud, but in a comic way, and we didn't mind heating water to make coffee or boil eggs~ there are shops up the hill after a five minute walk and we liked seeing the cats and chickens on our walks up there to get tomatoes and bread and so on. We liked the bar for snacks and only had one evening meal there~ it was like having a home-cooked dinner~ they were the only place we found that would sell you a litre of the fantastic local wines, everywhere else only does it by the 1/2 litre.
The shower was a pleasant surprise in that it was always hot with good pressure but, if you hadn't got the curtain across enough you could easily flood the little bathroom!

The towels were changed very regularly, the bins everyday ( no tissue down the toilets so necessary!) and the cleaner was very sensitive to our lie-ins!
Initially, we opted not to buy air-con and slept with the doors open with the shutters and curtain closed but this led to us being treated to the dawn chorus of dogs having a bark-off and multiple cockerels crowing~ which was quite funny~ but also being snacked on by mosquitoes, which wasn't. In the end, we bought the same mosquito-repelling burner that was burning in the bar and lit it before we went out at night then had air-con and, given how bitten some people were, this worked out as a good call; only down-side is that everything stank of smoke and had to be washed when we got home! Definitely take insect-repellent as they are sneaky and we got bitten when we were out too, even in jeans.
Overall, the whole complex was in great condition given that it's family run and that Chris and Dora are older and Tracy expecting. The pool was immaculate, the loungers are getting on a bit but are fine, the gardens are brilliant with oranges and pomegranates growing and lovely flowers. The area itself is a typical Greek mix of stunning flora and random half-finished buildings, derelict houses and rubbish but, depending on whether you mind this, this is part of it's charm! The people are generally really friendly but older men in particular can be quite dismissive of tourists ( we had a few weird experiences in shops where they made their disapproval clear) . We found that Dimitri and Tracy were really affable and chatty and it is a popular spot with the ex-pats who hotel-hop to visit friends~ there was a pleasant personal-touch to the bar service, possibly because it was quieter as nearing the season-end?, we felt that we were able to do as we pleased. If you can't stand passive-smoking this may not be ideal for you, it did irritate us a bit, but it seemed to be quite normal for people to smoke in restaurants.

Food-wise, there are some great places to eat and the hill-walk to and from Ipsos' main-strip was probably good for our waistlines! We particularly rated 'Squirrels' for their absolutely delicious traditional-Greek food, most of it home-grown, their amazing husband and wife team who run front of house and kitchen respectively, and the free dessert which you get when you ask for the bill! ( yummy apple fritters). This was just down the hill from Dominoes and Dreams who were party-central in the middle of nowhere!; one night we were able to gate-crash a Greek night at Dominoes (whose pool and grounds are gorgeous) and another we wandered into Dreams where the super-friendly barman Statis gave us free shots because he'd seen us walk by so much he felt like he knew us!
On the sea-front we really liked Phoebus because the maitre d' was really nice and was happy to talk to us about events in Athens at the time; the food was above average, the kleftiko particularly fresh tasting, and again there were freebies with the bill in the way of shots.
Moby Dicks was exceptional too~ really delicious, freshly-prepared and their pasta well worth trying~ all with a stunning view of the bay and under grape vines.

It was quite sad to see how many bars were mostly empty, the club was shut and there were quite a few completely closed bars and restaurants. It would be interesting to see how different it is earlier on in the season.
In terms of shops; There are lots of supermarkets open for food and sweets and so on and also a few for gifts. The gift shops were hit and miss and we were disappointed at how expensive it could be to buy t-shirts and local-sourced toilettries. But there is a brilliant atelier for art-lovers and some gems in the oddest of places.

The beach was disappointing~ right next to the road and only a few metres wide~ but there are water sports if you feel like mono-boarding or ringos and the view is stunning.

We did very little apart from eat, swim a bit and laze about and would go back but maybe a bit earlier, and would make more trips out, to Corfu town for example.
It was good for the money and a typical Greek holiday. If you want to switch off from the hectic 9-5 of the UK, it is a great way to unwind as it is a slower-paced, more basic way of life.
If you are not keen on walking up and down steep hills but don't want to stay in the apartments all the time, it won't suit you so it may be worth hiring a moped or a car; if you are looking to party all the time it won't suit you either because Ipsos is no longer the busy nightlife-centred place it apparently was 20 years ago~ Paliokastritsa or Kavos would be better for Corfu plus clubs.

We enjoyed our relaxing stay and really hope that things continue to go well for Chris, Dora, Dimitri and Tracey.

Room Tip: Great views, noisy fridge, no oven or tv, beds a bit uncomfortable, nice pool, back-to-basics
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Burnley, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Lovely little place, a little off the beaten track with a slight walk uphill back from town. Service and value is excellent and all the staff are very friendly helpful an couldn't do enough for you! Food at apartment bar was fantastic. A real hidden gem had a fantastic peaceful holiday would defiantly return.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2013

Just back from a fantastic week at the Margarita Apartments. Chris, Dora, Tracey and Dimitris made us very welcome and made our holiday just perfect. The apartments are set in fantastic scenery and are lovely and clean. The best part is Dora’s cooking, I have been visiting Greece on and off since 1980 and this was the best Greek cooking ever. There are lots of lovely walks around Ipsos although would suggest a torch if you are going to the village at night. Great apartments the best Greek family ever look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Room Tip: All rooms face the mountains so all are just perfect
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

This is hidden gem of a place, it has very relaxing and friendly atmosphere, the views from the rooms are stunning. I agree with all of those that say this is one of the most relaxing holidays they have ever had.

The owners seem genuinely pleased to have you stay and are welcoming without being intrusive.
The accommodation is basic, but very well maintained, very clean and I thought comfortable. The grounds and pool are immaculate.

The bar and food prices are very reasonable its around 3 euro for a pint of lager, 3.50 euro for spirit and mixer and the wine they have is very cheap and very nice and there is a nice atmosphere here at night, you get the impression nothing is too much trouble. The food is very nice didn't have one bad meal. For a couple of starters and couple of main courses, couple of beers and half carafe of wine you could expect to pay around maybe 25-30 euro, which considering the setting is excellent.

I cant really see any negative to side to the place but like to be subjective and think that if you are older or not so fit it is up hill and the shops the local shops aren't an easy walk, my advice would be hire some transport and go and enjoy it. I would certainly recommend this to anyone who wants to kick back and completely relax.

Room Tip: all I would say is if your not happy with your room and they can change am sure they will, they owne...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Margarita Apartments
Address: Kato Korakalia, Ipsos 490 83, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Ipsos
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Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Ipsos
Number of rooms: 26
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