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Saint Nicholas Hotel
Ranked #4 of 17 Hotels in Gouvia
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Manchester, UK
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“Very Nice Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

Just come back from a weeks stay at the Saint Nicholas Hotel and found this Hotel to be very nice indeed. Our room had lost of space with a balcony over looking the pool area and to Gouvia. The pool and bar areas where very good, it was nice to relax in the gardens under Olive trees. Breakfast continental style and good. We arranged a hire car through the Hotel and got a great deal 95 euro for 4 days full insurance. The Hotel is a 10 min walk from Gouvia centre and its a little uphill on the way back, but please don't let this put you off, it was never a problem, in fact it was nice to stroll our evening dinner off a little on the way back. The location of the Hotel is very good, the owners and staff very nice people and I would not hesitate to recommend a stay here. Gouvia is a great little town; we had very nice meals at Mythos, 9 Muses and especially at Moukas, Aries and Fillipas.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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mandrakulos, Manager at Saint Nicholas Hotel, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad you found us to be above average and recommendation worthy. We look forward to serving you again in the near future!
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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

My partner and I had a wonderful stay at Saint Nicholas Hotel. Our room was big and comfortable, the breakfast buffet was great, the surrounding gardens were very pleasant and the price was good value for money.
But what really made a difference was the amazing staff that run the hotel. They were all extremely polite and helpful while being discreet and with a great deal of respect for their customers.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this hotel to any traveller visiting Corfu!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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mandrakulos, Manager at Saint Nicholas Hotel, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Thank you for your recent review! We greatly appreciate your recognition of our staff. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in the near future!
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

My boyfriend & I (both aged 26) have just returned from a week's break at the Saint Nicholas in Gouvia. Being 5 months pregnant, our aim for this holiday was solely to relax; therefore we chose Gouvia & the Saint Nicholas as a more relaxing alternative to some of the larger resorts in Corfu.

Hotel
The Saint Nicholas hotel is set across a dual carriageway and up a steep hill from the main strip of restaurants & the marina/beach. This was not an issue for us as we had hired a car for the week but is something to be aware of if you are on foot. The benefit of this location is that the hotel is set high up in beautiful gardens, which are very well maintained, however the downside is that the sheltered location misses out on most of the coastal breezes, meaning it can get very hot at the poolside. The pool is a good size for the amount of guests and again was very clean and well maintained. There is also a smaller baby pool, which is partially shaded, if you are travelling with children. Plenty of sunbeds & shaded areas for the number of guests in the hotel at the time we travelled.

Rooms
The rooms are spacious, with a balcony or terrace, but in need of modernisation. The shower lacked power (unsure if this was due to being on the 3rd floor) and heat and the kitchen facilities (although we never used them) were tired and in desperate need of an update. The beds were quite hard and uncomfortable (although being pregnant may have made this worse). A lick of paint and some new bathroom and kitchen facilities would bring these rooms up to date.

Food
We stayed on a B&B basis, however were disappointed with the basic breakfast on offer. Served from 8am-10am, the food was limited to toast, fruit, cheese, ham and olives-with a few sweet cakes and jams. This may suit some guests however we preferred to have an early lunch or late breakfast down in the resort. We ate lunch once at the pool bar and the food was ok. Salads were very fresh and toasties etc were made quickly-however more choice can be found down in the resort for the same or cheaper price. We never ate in the hotel restaurant in the evening as we preferred to venture out.

Resort
Gouvia is a small resort with approximately 30 restaurants/bars across the small inland road. We had lovely meals at Mythos, Vergina, 9 Muses & Leon’s and would recommend these to future travellers. If you are looking for nightlife and more choice of restaurants then one of the larger resorts would be more suited to you. For a week, the choice is ok.

Nearby
As we had a car, we drove to Dassia, Ipsos, Barbati, Nissaki, Corfu town (Kerkyra) & Paleokastritsa-none of which took longer than 25 mins to get to.

Nissaki is definitely worth a visit for a picturesque cove with shallow turquoise waters, perfect for swimming and pedalos. Scuba lessons take place here too & boats can be hired out to venture around the coast line. We ate at the Mitsos tavern-whose tables literally over hang the water, lovely fresh food, friendly family run business, with great views across the coast.

Paleokastritsa is known as the most beautiful point on the island & again is well worth a visit for some perfect photo opportunities and picturesque coves & beaches. Steep steps down to the coves can be challenging but worth it. Can get busy with tourist coaches on certain days of the week and the restaurants were pricier due to location.

Corfu Town (Kerkyra) is beautiful and very well maintained for such an old town. Great shopping in both the old and new parts, with lovely cafes & bars to watch the world go by. Haggle for a bargain on leather goods and hide from the midday heat in the shady back streets of the old town. Well worth a visit.

All in all, we enjoyed our week’s stay, however would not return to this particular hotel, or resort as it didn’t really live up to other holiday destinations.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

My wife and I just stayed at the hotel 7th - 14th June 2013 - It was a lovely family run hotel set in beautifully tended grounds in Gouvia. The hotel is situated just 300 metres up a gentle climbing road from the main carriageway.
It is still close enough to be accessible to all the local Gouvia bars and tavernas (cross the carriageway at the bottom of the hotel road, and cut through the small alley short cut under the GALEA sign to access the bars and tavernas).

If it is a peaceful holiday in a hotel situated away from the usual resort trappings that you're after, then this is the place to go. With no entertainment a good sleep was had every night. Although self catering, a plentiful basic continental breakfast (meats/ cheeses/fruit/ cereals & cooked breakfast etc) was served each day in the restaurant which you could just help yourself to. All the staff were very courteous and friendly and really went out of their way to make sure you had an enjoyable stay.
The reception staff were very accommodating when we asked for a change to a quieter room at the side, away from reception as my wife is a light sleeper and heard the comings and goings of new guest arrivals late at night.) We had a new room confirmed almost immediately.

Rooms were basic but spacious, small kitchen area with 2-plate electric hob and sink was neatly concealed by cupboard doors, and also featured working air-con. Fridges could do with replacing as seals had gone in both rooms.
L-shaped pool is quite large, well maintained, and was sufficient to do plenty of laps or just laze about in. Well-stocked pool bar with small dining area on patio. Snacks served as well as evening meals - good choice for meat-eaters but not veggies.
Bit pricey but lots of people raved about the food in the guest book - it was also quite clear that the same guests return over and over again, as would we!
Should you go out of season and the weather is inclement there are two large drawing rooms with comfy sofa's, well-stocked book cases where you can exchange borrow and exchange books and a large open fire. We went in June and the weather was glorious so only made use of the book shelves!

Self catering was ideal for us. With a large supermarket called "Diellas" nearby, we made our own Greek Salads at lunch in our room on pool days and made pack ups on trip days. Every evening we ate out. (basic starters 2 - 5 euros, mains 7 euros - 17euros (for fish and speciality dishes, Deserts - 3 -5 euros.

As well as Gouvia tavernas, a short walk on the beach, past the boatyard brings you into Kontikali we more food tavernas...remember the mosquito protection at night as they are out in force around woody areas near the beach.

All in all, a brilliant trip with the staff also taking time to bid us farwell on departure which added that extra touch!.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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mandrakulos, Manager at Saint Nicholas Hotel, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for the feedback! It is wonderful to hear from our valued customers. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

St Nicholas hotel was exactly what we wanted for a relaxing trip. We stayed for a last minute very long weekend at the end of May.

The staff were extremely friendly and helpful from the minute we arrived until we left. The hotel was quiet at the time so we were upgraded to a room overlooking the lovely gardens and pool. The room was very spacious with a fairly large balcony, kitchenette containing a fridge, hob, kettle, sink and dishes. We only used the fridge but that was great to have to keep cold drinks in the room.

The pool was very nice set in gardens with a shaded snack and bar area. Sun beds are provided. The pool is a particular bonus as the beach in Gouvia is small and stones so we spent most of our days lounging around the pool. Although we didn't eat at the hotel (except for breakfast) the snack and restaurant menu looked nice and reasonably priced with daily specials.

The hotel is set about 10mins walk up the hill from the town which was perfect for us as we wanted somewhere quiet. The stroll home in the evenings was relaxing after trying out the bars and restaurants Gouvia had to offer although it would be a challenge for anyone with difficulty walking.

Would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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mandrakulos, Manager at Saint Nicholas Hotel, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Thank you Jofesina for taking the time to write this review about our hotel. Much appreciated. We do hope to have you the opportunity to welcome you again next season..
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

When I stay in places like this it makes me want to own a hotel!

Great place with a really good mix of nationalities including plenty of Greek Mainlanders which was lovely.

All the staff were extremely helpful whether it was hiring a car, buying an ice cream or spending the night in their yummy reasonably priced restaurant.

Gouvia is a 5 minute walk down the hill and about a 20 minute walk back up and probably not suitable for less physically able people. However, we found after a bottle of vino or 2 the walk got much easier :0)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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mandrakulos, Manager at Saint Nicholas Hotel, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write this review about our hotel. Much appreciated.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

Saint Nicholas is a very nice hotel located in a perfect spot in the outskirts of Gouvia. Very close to the marina which was important for us since we had some friends staying on their sailing boat.
The hotel is great and its location very peaceful so we were able to enjoy excellent sleeping quality. We also enjoyed a lot the gardens and the pool. We spent long hours reading in the early morning just sitting by the pool while no one else was around.
We also enjoyed some great meals (both lunches and dinners) at the hotel's taverna that is just by the pool. The food was delicious and the prices really good.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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mandrakulos, Manager at Saint Nicholas Hotel, responded to this review, September 14, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write this review about our hotel. Much appreciated. We do hope to have you the opportunity to welcome you again next season..
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Property: Saint Nicholas Hotel
Address: Gouvia, Gouvia 491 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Gouvia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Gouvia
#5 Romantic Hotel in Gouvia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Saint Nicholas Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perched on the hill of Gouvia, hidden away in an olive grove estate is set the family run Saint Nicholas Hotel. Surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens with ages old olive trees and an eclectic mix of original grandeur and modern touches is the perfect getaway creating a truly unique and authentic Corfiot Experience. A laid-back retreat in the midst of the island’s sun-baked countryside, BUT only 300m away from the heart of the village of Gouvia and just 6km away from Corfu Town, one of Unesco’s Heritage Monuments. ... more   less 
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