We have flown back from the hotel today.
Overall, I would say that this is a fair hotel, but not a 4+ star as rated by the First Choice website. I've stayed in better 3 star hotels.
We did not pay the extra for a sea-view. What the website does not tell you is that if you do not get a sea view room, you will have a view of the side of a cliff, no sunshine on your (very small) balcony and will have a very dark room at the back of the hotel. This is fine, if you intend to spend your entire holiday by the pool, but should be taken into consideration if you need to escape the sun (we have a baby who needed a sleep for a couple of hours between 1- 3pm).
There were a couple of cockroaches in our room, but we figured these were common in Greece, and had come through the door, which we had to leave open as the hotel manager decided not to switch on the air conditioning until June, despite us complaining and being reassured on day 1 that "it will be switched on within 48 hours".
I cannot really fault the service in the food hall, It is second to none. The staff in there work extremely hard, are very friendly and will accomodate any requests. However, if you do not like salt, this is not the hotel for you. There is far too much in every meal, though I got around this in the end by having pasta, with the tiniest bit of sauce for each meal! The wine is truely appalling, and I could not drink it. The desserts however, were delicious.
The swimming pool is extremely cold, and quite litterally takes your breath away, upon entering. But is a good size and there did not seem to be too much of a problem with getting a decent sun-lounger and was really relaxing. However, it must be born in mind, that we visited in early season, so this may not be the case in July or August. Our daughter enjoyed the children's pool immensly and it had a helpful sunshade.
The entertainment left a lot to be desired, we found it truely shocking, to be honest! and many people left just after the shows started. However, once or twice a week, they put on a mini disco, which was fun for the children.
The hotel slopes down onto a lovely beach, which is sandy, and the water is shallow enough for kids to play in. However, I did come across cocktail sticks and sharp bits of plastic in the sand, which parents should be aware of. I made sure my daughter had her shoes on at all times.
The reception staff are hit and miss... There are a couple of particularly unfriendly ones, and I did feel that they could do more to solve customer problems efficiently.
Finally. I cannot stress enough how little there is in Glyfada!!! If you want a holiday doing nothing but lying around a pool with a nice cocktail, this will probably be suitable, but if you like to do some shopping, this is not the place for you. There is a link-up courtesy bus service, which is next to useless. If you go at 9:45, you will need to be collected at the next link bus which is about 12:30 (I don't remember exact times, but was shocked at how little time you get to explore). For this reason, we hired a car for six days... It really did make our holiday and I would advise anyone to visit Corfu Town at about 7-30 - 8pm on a Friday or Saturday- the atmosphere is amazing!
We changed to a swim-up family room, (at a cost of 25 euros per night) but ants were coming in their thousands through the vent and under the french doors... However, to their credit the staff were on this as soon as we complained.
Overall, I would probably give this hotel 6/10. It was not all we anticipated, and I would not go there again. However, I can see, that some guests who are happy to sit by the pool and have a VERY quiet week, would enjoy this hotel.
Ps- For those with babies- there is a lovely park, near the tennis courts at the side of the hotel. Also, the highchairs had dirty straps, and none of the straps work. Our daughter could slip through very easily!
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