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Paradise Hotel Corfu
Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Gouvia
Haslemere, United Kingdom
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“A great base to explore the island in this family-run hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013

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.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

12 km from the airport 20 euros in a taxi each way. The Paradise Hotel is situated a 6/7 minute walk up an incline from the main drag hosting lots of nice bars, tavernas and shops. The hotel has stunning panoramic views over looking the sea, garden and olive groves. It is situated in a lovely quiet location away from any noise. The rooms although very basic and cleaned every day. The towels and bed linen are changed every 2-3 days and breakfast is a nice modest buffet whereby for a small extra cost you can order eggs and bacon. Lunch is also available at an extra cost which is reasonable and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The hotel is family run by an English lady, Amanda and her daughter Sarah. Both go out of their way to be extremely helpful and very hospitable including having good support from Nick and Mary. Drinks can be a little more expensive at the hotel but the service is very good. Don't upgrade your room because all rooms are the same and may just contain another bed as an extra. (tour operators will try and sell you this at the time of booking not the hotel) so don't upgrade. All rooms have a balcony and air conditioning. Air con was included for us but if it isn't it can be purchased at around 6 euros per day. Safe deposit boxes are available at approx 1.5 euros per day which will house an iPad but not a laptop. The hotel also has a rescued donkey called Sparky who loves a fuss and little left overs such as bread, figs and apples. We loved him and every now and again you can here him calling for a female!!!! The pool is superb very clean, quiet and I never saw more than 4 people at a time using it. There are plenty of sun beds and if you want shade it is available under the many palm trees. I really couldn't fault our stay. This hotel suits couples and those wanting to chill and relax. If you want a mad lively holiday, go to Kavos!! We are both mid 40's and came back rested and relaxed - enjoy and thanks to the Paradise Hotel for a lovely week. Would deffo recommend.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

My family and I stayed at this hotel in mid-August, along with our good friends and their family, and we truly enjoyed it. The hotel is situated on top of a small hill overlooking the Gouvia bay. The rooms are very clean and each had a balcony. We had two connecting rooms, which worked well for our family, and our balcony overlooked the pool. Each morning we could hear a rooster crowing in the distance. We then went to a delicious breakfast in the dining room - especially good was the yogurt and honey. The staff was very pleasant and hospitable. The pool was pretty, and kept very clean. A short walk down the hill took you into the small town of Gouvia, which has many shops, restaurants and a small beach. If you want to stay in a quiet place, yet be near "the action", this hotel is ideal. I would highly recommend it.

Room Tip: I would request a room facing the pool for the best views.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Our second visit to the Paradise in two years and again we were not disappointed. Excellent value for money, very friendly staff, clean rooms and a beautiful clean swimming pool. Delicious breakfast, fresh bread and Greek yogurt etc. Nice lunch too, my favourite is the Paradise Tuna Salad. A lovely, lovely relaxing holiday ...
5 minutes walk down to the bus for Corfu Town that runs every 20 minutes Monday to Friday and each half an hour at weekends.

Room Tip: Sea view is great !
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

If you are planning to go to Gouvia, you can't go wrong by staying at The Paradise Hotel. Its off the main drag, and up a bit of a recline (about 10 mins walk to the front) but well worth the effort!
Absolutely beautiful swimming pool, gated entrance and swooping driveway.... So if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the "village" this is the place to be! And Amanda, if you are reading this review, I hope you had a fabulous wedding for your daughter and that the bridesmaids and "boys" behaved themselves. Thank you for a lovely holiday.x PS The Snow Child book was enchanting, thank you. Sue

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

From the 4th to the 11th of May 2013 a group of 5 of us stayed at the Paradise hotel. The hotel was clean well maintained and well situated to most amenities. The rooms were comfortable and a good size and with a tv they were cleaned everyday and have air conditioning (can't remember if this was extra or not), most if not all rooms have a balcony. There is a good sized pool (cleaned daily) and sunbathing area with a good amount of sunbeds, there is also a safety deposit box available on request for a deposit of 10 euro. The staff were friendly and very helpful to the extent that the manager sent me a cup of tea one morning when I wasn't feeling that great. The lady that runs the hotel speaks a number of languages including English French and Greek and possibly more. The breakfast is continental with fruit, cheeses, cereals and yogurt etc. The shops and restaurants are only a 10 min walk + 5 mins extra to the beach down a small hill. There is a bus stop at the bottom of the hill for a bus into old Corfu town for a reasonable price. There is a restaurant approx 100 yards down the hill called Mathraki again the food and hospitality was very good and reasonably priced,well worth a visit. There is also a boat that goes over to Albania with an organised party for a day trip again well worth the trip and price around 60 euro which includes the boat, port fees, coach in Albania and entry into a UNESCO heritage site plus a meal, a good day out. All in all a great holiday and will certainly be going back.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

As we booked our holiday at the last minute it was a bit hit and miss. We ended up with the Paradise as the Popi Star was booked out. This was a stroke of luck as Popi Star turned out to be a dump in the middle of the resort near all the noise and Paradise turned out to be a nice pleasant place up a hill away from all the nonsense.

The pool area was fantastic as there were plenty of sunbeds and li-los available. There were spaces to lie in the sun and lots of areas in the shade of big Palm and Olive trees. The Pool had a shallow section for kids too not that we have any.

The room was cleaned exceptionally well everyday. The view from the balcony was the hills and the garden which was quite nice.

The owner is English and I'd read some dreadful things about her on here. She was a pleasant enough person to talk to and had been a bit hurt by these comments when I mentioned them.

I'd read about the breakfast buffet, yes some of it is true it is a bit on the sparse side but it was adequate. Someone also wrote that they were being watched at breakfast. I saw a sly couple filling their hats with things from the buffet maybe because they wanted a free lunch. It's not surprising that if people take advantage that there's someone keeping an eye out.

The airconditioning.... We thought We'd try our luck with an electric fan for a few nights but it was quite hot and in the end we decided to pay the 6 Euros a night. Perhaps we should have taken a bigger electric fan.

The rules on taking food in from outside. It was in the Hotel rules but we bought quite a bit of stuff in from outside and no one gave us any trouble. There were a few people by the pool who'd brought their own stuff in from outside too.

We'd definately stay there again as the positives outweigh the negatives.

Room Tip: As the sun sets in the West I'd advise getting a room on the pool / East side. The Garden side r...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Paradise Hotel Corfu
Address: Gouvia, Gouvia 491 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Gouvia
Amenities:
Beach Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Gouvia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Paradise Hotel Corfu 2.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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