Gouvia is an excellent location to explore the island of Corfu, it is only €1.50 each way on the [blue] bus to Corfu Town or the other way to Ipsos/Dasia. We hired a car for three days for €110 (low season price from Trust car hire, starts 1st Sept) and went off and did the whole island.
The hotel itself is up a hill away from the town centre which is great to avoid any noise and only a 5 minute walk back to the main strip with all the tavernas and bars. We pre-booked a bus transfer (with Lord travel) from the airport for £17 return to the hotel which was painless.
The rooms are basic but very clean and all have balcony and air-conditioning (extra €6 per day payable direct to the hotel), but are quite adequate for the amount of time spent in them. We found the beds a little hard and the absence of a fridge to keep locally bought drinks etc. cool was a bit annoying, especially as we also had medication which was supposed to be kept below 25 degrees! There is a TV with mostly non-English channels, except for the BBC World Service and a movie channel that had Greek subtitles but the original English soundtrack. You keep the key in an electricity activation slot which means that when you leave the room the electricity goes off so you cannot leave anything on charge or leave the air-conditioning on.
The swimming pool was clean and a good size, large enough for lots of people to use at the same time with hotel-provided inflatables to use. The pool area is surrounded by palm trees so there was plenty of shade as well as sun, and it was not too busy that you could not find a couple of vacant sunbeds. The sunbeds were fixed in one reclined position and you had to be careful not to put too much weight at either end as they tipped up if you are not careful.
Breakfast is continental and there is an inside and outside dining area although we found that there were a lot of wasps around in the morning, and we found that they were after the honey sachets. One day we actually moved inside because they were being too persistent. Additional breakfast options are available such as omelettes and bacon for an extra charge. The hotel also has lunch options although we opted to eat out either in Gouvia or out and about in the car.
The staff at Paradise Hotel were very friendly and you really feel welcome, we had no course to complain about anything and were very helpful in recommending where to go, and car hire. You really feel that nothing is too much bother.
Gouvia has a good selection of tavernas for dinner and a few snack/grill bars for lunch. We found that nearly all the tavernas offered pretty much the same menu so the choice is really down to the personal preference for the inside. On most nights we found that some places were busy and others not and this changed each night so I think it is a case of people preferring to eat where somewhere is already busy. We found that the food in Moukas, 9 muses, Filippas (although the atmosphere was not so good), Aries was good. Aries was the best for atmosphere as the two waiters also put on a show now and then with dancing and fire. This also meant that getting the bill was slow (I guess they didn't want people to leave), although the bill came with watermelon and ouzo.
The beach in Gouvia is pebble and we didn't spend any time there as we just used the hotel pool instead. Better beaches are found at Dasia and Ipsos, although still pebbles but have watersports. Sandy beaches are found on the West and North sides of the island.
In summary we had an excellent time at this hotel and would not hesitate to recommend it.
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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Hotel Gouvia
- Paradise Hotel Corfu Gouvia