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Kamari Apartments
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Put us off going to Corfu for life!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

Very upset (at the amount of money paid) and disgusted with Kamari Apartments. The complex certainly did not match the information in the Thomas Cook travel brochure – ‘peaceful – spacious and newly refurbished’. It was not! We waited an hour and twenty minutes before the room was ready despite our flight already being delayed by an hour!
On seeing it we were shocked, it was really pokey and very basic not a studio, possibly a double room! Staying in a 2 star in St Georges previously was a palace compared to this. The three beds were practically on top of one another, two beds touching so we could open the patio doors. The third bed was a chair that kept collapsing; the cover was shabby and torn.

The wardrobe door wouldn't shut. The fridge door was rusty and cracked and had been painted to try and make it look better. It didn't close properly so food at bottom was warm, whereas food at top freezing as ice box like an iceberg. We had two rusty hotplates to cook on, one which didn't work – took a fried egg fifteen minutes to cook! On opening the kitchen cupboard door it hit into the glass lamp shade.
There was damp on the bottom of two of the walls which caused a musty smell! The shower tray seemed to be blocked, causing flooding in the bathroom.
All doors creaked loudly on opening/closing them waking everyone on using the bathroom etc.
The pool area was good; a bit worrying was the fact that bathing costumes and kids’ toys turned green!? There were not enough sun beds and on occasions we were asked if ours were free on just leaving them to go bar/pool or room. This was rather annoying. Bar was ok; food choice limited, Greek salad and chips good, but burgers and pizza awful.
The noise was dreadful most nights; no time restrictions for using pool, small playground or bar. Screaming and splashing seemed to be worse from 12.00 until 3.30am, most nights and there were people in the pool at 4.10am one night. Joke being kids playing in the pool during that day were asked by Zak to stop making noise and goal posts removed! There were 4 dogs that lived on the complex; they roamed freely, barked ++ most nights and we also witnessed dogs excrement on the lawns, where later children walked barefoot.
Sheets were changed once during our two week stay, we would expect this to be twice.
We spoke to the rep about the room and the noise but to no avail. Eva seemed friendly initially, but on expressing discontent this changed, ‘commenting this is not a 5 star hotel’. Seemingly there are rooms or apartments that have been re-modernised, but whilst we were there these seemed to be occupied by people returning to Kamari and were booked through Eva and Zak, Eva's comment to other guests within earshot was that you can, ‘be lucky or unlucky’ in the room you get. If you are going to book this complex make sure you get one of them as they are further from the bar and pool.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

Have just got back from my holiday at The Kamari, we took our 17 month old daughter with us on her first holiday. She thoughly enjoyed herself and learnt to swim in the child friendly pool on our first day there. The staff as ever ( we have stayed here many times before) were the most friendly and helpful you could wish for. The bar food and drinks were excellent and priced the same as our last visit two years ago which surprised us especially with the Greek economic situation and vat rise. The rooms we were in were of excellent standard and reminded us of the cabins on Princess cruise ships we have stayed on, sayin that the bath/shower room is even more spacious. The gardens are spacious and well looked after and completly child friendly with a small play area. I would no hesitate to reccomend this establishment to anyone whether traveling with children or not.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank derrychester
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012

After reading through all of the previous reviews, we decided that the Kamari would be ideal for our holiday. I understand that everyone has a different experience, and my opinion may not reflect the general experience of others, however, i can only be honest in my own review.
On arrival, we were greeted by the owner, Eva, and told that our room was not ready. No problem, we had a long journey, so a few minutes in the bar would be fine. We sat next to a miserable looking Greek man in the bar. He turned out to be the other owner Zak. I cannot understand how other reviews have stated that the owners, Zak and Eva really lovely friendly people. Eva was pleasant at times, but not what I would call "Friendly". Zak is the most miserable Greek host I have ever come accross. However, we do not go on holiday to become lifelong friends with the hosts (some people do). After about 30 minutes we were taken to our room. It was the smallest accomodation I have ever seen in Greece. There were 3 of us, there was a double bed and a single bed and no room for anything else. This was clearly a double room, with a single bed added for us. (Not enough room to swing a hamster, let alone a cat!). As we only planned to spend a small ammount of time in the room, we did not let this dissapoint us too much.
The bar area was quite nice, but the food was very poor. They had a limited menu, and only had one small grill and one chip fryer. I ordered burger and chips. The burger was pretty poor, the chips were ok, but arrived 20 minutes after the burger.
After our first night out we came back to the complex at around 12.30am and had a drink at the bar. We were one of the last to leave at about 1.15am, as we walked back to our apartments, we noticed that there were approx 25 towels already put on the sunbeds for the next day. When we woke up the next morning, I went to the pool at about 8.30am, and every sunbed had a towel on it, with only 2 people actually lying on them. What is it with people? So arrogant and selfish!!
The complex had too many people for the ammount of sunbeds available. (It would be simple for the owners to add a further 20 or so sunbeds and put them on the grasss area around the pool. This would keep guests there during the day spending money in their bar.)
After about 5 days of putting up with this, we decided to go to the beech during our days, where we found a lovely small complex called "Sun Rose Apartments". It had around 10 apartments, a lovely pool and snack bar, right on the beech. We were made to feel very welcome by the Greek hosts, and spent most of our holiday daytimes there. We also used the Amorrosa pool, which was also very nice.
Acharavi is a nice Greek town, not at all commercial, and it had a lovely atmosphere at night, with lots of nationalities, and Greek people eating out in the many lovely restaurants. We were also about a 20 minute walk from Roda, which is a bit more of a typical holiday resort, with more British holidaymakers.
All in all, we had a really nice holiday, but only because we spent as little time as possible in the Kamari.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

we were really looking forward to staying at the KAMARI after reading the reviews. we arrived at 1.30pm along with another couple and we were greeted by eva who then said lets see who is the unlucky ones guess what we were. our room wasnt ready we waited untill 2.50pm only to be shown to this pokey little studio. we knew it was going to be basic but this was rediculous.
the wardrobe door kept falling off, the shower was hanging off the wall, then we went to use the plug and the whole socket came away from the wall. we tried to have a shower only to find that the rest of the studio got flooded.The fridge obviously hadnt been defrosted in a long time and was so very old it sounded like a tank. We were self catering but there was only an ancient hot plate, in our oppinion it should be classed as room only.
By this time i was fed up so off i went to complain only to be told YOU ARE NOT IN A 5STAR HOTEL. But we will get shower fixed and also told to put towel down along the bottom of the door to stop flooding. I replied we only have 2 towels. There was a really helpful cleaner called FRANCIS she dropped a few towels off for us. also we and a few others had to complain about the noise from people swimming in the pool between 2+4am they were just screaming and laughing. The other thing was myself and a few others had to throw away our swim suits because they turned green after swimming in the pool. LUCKILY we didnt spend too long in the room only to sleep and we were close to RODA about 20min walk along the beach so we did enjoy our holiday. I would advise anyone booking these apartments to check and see if you
are in the old apartments or the knew updated ones. As they were more modern

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank susancoverdale
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West Country, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2012

Read all the reviews, they are all right. It depends on what you are expecting and desire. It is not 5 star, but for what it is it is good. The rooms are basic but clean, the self catering kitchen is good for the basics but not doing a 3 course meal. The pool is a good size and clean, the area is spacious and good facilities for children to play in. All the staff work really hard and are there from first thing in the morning until late in the evening, Chris the bar man, Francis one of the cleaners, the maintenance man & the others are all amazing. One thing to note is how many times do you get to meet and know the owners of a busy property, Zak & Eva work very hard to maintain the running of the 40 apartments, looking after their visitors and sorting out their staff and supplies etc. You can't always become friends with all your visitors, but I do know they are always polite and friendly when they are spoken to, in my opinion, you would rarely expect to get to know the owners of such a large property.
All in all I had a good relaxing holiday and would go back again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Staffordshire
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45 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2012 via mobile

My partner and I stayed at Kamari for one week at the end of July, we had a wonderful holiday and were very sad to leave. We arrived at approx 3:15pm and were told that our apartment was still waiting to be cleaned; we took a seat at the pool bar and enjoyed a drink and some lunch-so the wait was no problem. When shown to our room we were extremely pleased to find a modern, clean spacious ground floor apartment over looking the pool-perfect! The bathroom was a wet room which had recently been refurbished and had a powerful shower-a first in Greece for me!! We had a wardrobe with plenty coat hangers as well as a dresser, bed side table and a chair - plenty storage for two.

Even though we booked self catering we had no intention of doing so therefore I can not comment on the kitchen facilities. the room was cleaned 5 out of the 6 days of our stay, beds were made, room swept and mopped. Clean towels twice and bedding once-more than adequat for a weeks stay in my opinion. Air con is available for 5 euros a day but we did not find this necessary as we kept the shutters closed during the day but the windows open and when retiring to bed at approx midnight the room was cool and we had a very comfortable nights sleep each night. Safety deposit boxes are available at reception at a cost of 10 euros.

There are many Mosquitos around in Corfu however saying this neither me or my partner were bitten at all during our stay. We used a "jungle formula" spray repalent on ourselves each evening and a plug in for our room. A tip would be not to wear perfume as this attracts them even if wearing repalant.

The pool area and surrounding gardens are impeccably clean and well kept and i am very surprised to read that other reviewers think otherwise. The caretaker works tirelessly every day.
The pool area is very relaxing with the water being pleasantly warm. Sun loungers are often reserved from about 8:30am but often became free again at 3pm. We spent a few days relaxing by the pool and enjoyed drinks and snacks from the pool bar which are freshly made to order at a reasonable cost-we highly recommend the club sandwich.
The pool bar stays open until around 2am and there is a relaxed friendly atmosphere. We did not see a lot of Zak but Eva is wonderful and can not do enough for you-she even offered to take other residents to town or the doctors.

The Kamari apartments are situated a 5min walk from the white pebbled beach-it is a must to swim in the big waves if you have the chance. A sandy beach can be found a 20min walk along the beach road to the left in Roda. We ventured into Acharavi center but this was not for us as the bars and tavernas were situated along the roadside and we very much prefer to be by the sea so each night we went into Roda where there is a lively atmosphere and many places to eat on the beach front. We ate in many and always had lovely food.
I would recommend hiring a scooter to travel on the beach road as the walk each night can be a lot (a taxi cost €7 each way) we hired a scooter from "top gear" rentals for €80 for 5 days.
We decided to take a boat trip to Paxos and anti paxos, we booked locally with N.H.K travel in Roda for €26 a person (€14 cheaper than with Thomas Cook) the trip was very well organized and a fabulous day from 7am until 8:30pm!!

One of the best experiences of our holiday was renting a motor boat for 4hours from "Sam's boats" on the beach road heading towards Roda this cost us €75 including fuel and we traveled past Sidari to Cape Detrius where we put down the anchor and swan to the island. An amazing and must do experience.

All in all we had a 11/10 holiday and can not fault a thing. Anyone contemplating booking - do it now, I know everyone is entitled to their opinion but I really can't not understand the negative reviews, you get what you pay for and so much more! Anyone who has booked - you have made an excellent choice and I am so jealous!!
Kamari is an excellent place to stay and I highly recommend Roda for a day at the beach and a relaxing evening.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brussels, Belgium
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33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

We stayed in kamari apartment in early June for one week. We enjoyed it big time. The pool was very clean and accesible easily from our room. We stayed in the ground floor of one of the blocks and the view to the pool was amazing.

The rooms were clean and included a small kitchenet which we rarely used as we profited from the variety of beverages in the pool bar.

Zak and Eva, with their daughter Gersy were really lovely. They did their best to serve us and answer to all of our questions. Twice Zak offered to drive us to the Acharavi centre!

I highly recommend Kamari apartment for vacation in lovely Corfu island.

Room Tip: Try the coctails made by Zak and Cafe frappe made by Eva
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Stam_Brussels
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Property: Kamari Apartments
Address: Acharavi, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Acharavi
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Ranked #9 of 38 Specialty Lodging in Acharavi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Kamari Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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Kamari Apartments Acharavi, Corfu, Ionian Islands

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