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Cyprotel Corfu Panorama
Ranked #27 of 39 Hotels in Sidari
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“Clean, everything worked, but lacked charm”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

My husband and I have just returned from 1 week in this hotel, 13-21st sept 2013.
The room was very basic, just 2 beds, bunk beds and a couple of tables. The bathroom was clean and adequate, towels changed every couple of days. It lacked any sort of charm, no picture to alleviate the drab grey/beige walls or a chair to sit on. (think prisoner cell block H) The mattress was hard but we moved the foam mattresses from the bunk beds to sort that problem. we hired the safe key but it was only akin to a bicycle lock key, the keypad being just for decoration! Also smelt of damp. That said we dont go on holiday to spend loads of time in our room. it was always clean, as was the nice grounds and the terraces and green spaces.
The food was plentiful even at the end of the sessions. Dining room was clean, no queues for either food or drinks. We liked the salads and yogurts, fried breakfast was fine too. Some Greek food featured - i liked the spinach crepes, tatziki, beef sofrito and the onion dish, the moussaka was rather dry but acceptable. Various potato/rice/pasta options plus bread so you shouldn't go hungry.
The pool was clean, defiantly NO black scummy marks around the top, but water was a bit cloudy at times. Outside bar area was fine, plenty of sunbeds, no queue for drinks. We tried the 'Cocktails' but found them unexciting and instead stuck to Ouzo and Lemonade.
Entertainment was OK, again not something that is high on our list off priorities in a holiday but the Quizzes were good, but bingo and aqua aerobics I can do without. Not too noisy at night. we got the feeling the entertainment budget was about £3.50 per day for the lot. One male singer was good, the female awful. The entertainment team do their best on a small budget!
We liked sidari, ideal size with a bit of life but without being a nightclub based town. Beach was fine, just avoid any areas near river outlets. We both swam in sea and pool, neither of us were ill.
Take the Green Bus to cassiopi, and if you hire a car drive to Paleo vis Aghios Georgious by following the coastline around to the west.
Be aware that VLASEROS TRAVEL have a sneaky habit of advertising excursions and hire car then adding extras on top. we went on the horse riding trip and were told we would go to a monastry via olive groves and the beach. while that may be so on a longer trip with more experienced riders, the hour long beginner trip was just a plod along a kilometer of road directly behind the beach. The guy who ran it though was lovely - called Naj i think. Vlaseros travel also charged us 3euro each for the transfer which took all of 2 minutes and we could easily have walked. IF YOU WANT TO GO HORSE RIDING then i suggest that you flag down the red pick up when you see it around town and negotiate yourself a better deal. this trip in cost us 12 euro each, but when i got back to our rooms and checked the brochure i had picked up 2 days before it was advertised at only 10 euro. we would have complained but as it was our last day we didnt want to spoil it. But we had the feeling that we had been swindled.

I WAS AMAZED TO FINE OUT THIS IS LISTED AS A 4 STAR HOTEL!!!!
it was fine for us - but then we dont expect too much!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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It is a privilege when our customers dedicate some of their time to inform us about various incidents regarding positive or negative experiences during their accommodation with Cyprotels Hotels & Resorts.

We would like to thank you for your kind words, and remember that we have hotels in both Cyprus & Greece across multiple cities and islands so we would love to welcome you soon!

Please feel free to contact us directly on our website form if you feel there is more we can do in regards to your review.
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

I have recently returned from a trip to this hotel I went away with my 20 year old sister myself being 23. This is our first holiday abroad without Mum and Dad so we chose somewhere we had been before. Having visited this hotel 3 years ago we were quite worried by all the negativity from some folk on here "it can't surely have changed in 3 years ?" I asked and it hasn't it was as great as it was last time the staff were excellent always saying hello and asking after us. They couldn't do enough for u. We had a room in the last block right at the top of the complex so we had to climb the 'HILL' as is stated the resort is layer out like a mountain village so all those that seem surprised evidently don read the holiday books properly. There is a free mini bus which now runs till midnight which is a change from last time.
The food was plentiful always hot and constantly being refilled there were different dishes every day allowing you to make different meals there was always salad and no one is forcing u to eat the chips!
Our room although basic was clean and tidy, towels were changed ever other day even on the Sunday when the maids were supposed to be on day off there was someone available. Sheets were changed at least 4 times in the 2 weeks we were there and let's face it u don't do that at home.
The pool area was always clean and sun beds were always available no need to be up at the crack of dawn to fight for one. The bar staff were constantly coming to pick up rubbish from ignorant folk that couldn't find a bin there were empty also on a regular basis. Someone on here described the pool as 'the constancy of milk' this is not the case the pool at one end is over 2 and a half metres deep so of course you are not boning to see the bottom clearly.
The hotel grounds are constantly being managed with an army of cleaners and several grounds men working hard to maintain the pleasant atmosphere. The mini bus is run by to blokes both of whom are pleasant the younger guy will have a chat more than the older one but he is cheery enough.
All on all this is a great hotel in a fantastic resort Sidari is a great place to holiday with stunning views of the Albanian mountains and coastal towns across the Ionian Sea. There is a wide range of shops, selling your typical holiday goods and imitation designer ware and products some great buys. There are many restaurants and bars which come into their own when the sun goes down. With many of them having English promoters to bring u in a simple no will make them leave you alone.
The resort and hotel are strongly recommended for every type of holiday maker be you young or old. My advice is don't listen to those on here that moan they are the ones that thought a Greek 3 * meant the ritz it doesn't but I cannot fault the hotel, staff or resort in any way. Will deffo be going back great holiday great place.

Room Tip: Book early to guarantee a room ath the bottom of the hill if not the mini bus runs 8 am till midnigh...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

Everything you could ask for in a package holiday!!! We stayed here 30th of August for one week,
Hotel is very clean and food is absolutely fine! Staff very friendly and are great with kids! The old man bus driver is such a lovely man! Don't understand why people moan about him! My daughter brought him a teddy bear key ring which he hangs in the bus window! She also cried when we had to leave coz she wouldn't see him again! Or maybe she will as I would defo return!
I have honestly racked my brains to find something that I could moan about but don't think there is anything!
Oh wait there is one thing and I really ain't moaning but u have to pay for wifi but who needs to surf the internet when they are on holiday with family! I never had time as I was always busy having fun!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

The pop was disgusting and was beer the pool was full of grit and manky we were there two week and had to ask for beds to be changed and towels the were were only done when i asked food was not much choice but eatable ok if you like chips the hill was a killer wouldnt go back

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

This is the poorest all inclusive I have stayed in in Greece however also the cheapest (by far). You only get what you pay for. We stayed for one week at the beginning og September. We arrived mid afternoon and were directed for lunch before we could check in. We were initially disappointed by the amount of food, only 5 or 6 choices of hot food, a small salad bar and fresh bread, but we thought it was only for lunch so ate and went back to check in. On arriving at out room (1302 one of the first blocks on the hill) we were amazed at how large it was. It was almost clean with 2 proper beds and a smaller put-me-up type, not really ideal for 3 adults but again, this is what we had booked. We had lovely views from the balcony and the ari conditioning wroked really well (no extra charge for this). We went down to the pool area, there are plenty beds and we never had trouble getting three together the entire week. The pool is large but the water is cloudy, I am not sure if it is clean or not but when in the pool you could not see your own feet! The drinks at the bar are ok, it depends who makes the cocktails to whether they tatse like juice or blow your head off, we stuck to the beer mostly. Our first evening meal was very similar to the lunch time with 2 more hot options, salad, bread, desserts and fruit. The food was ok however very repetitive and not very much choice. We chose to eat out most of the week (which we normally only do a few times when all inclusive) as the food was cheap anyway but mainly because we didn't want to eat more of the same food! The hill everyone complains about is not that steep and we managed up it most days although the bus is available very often if you cant, or would rather not, walk.
Only other issue was that our toilet stopped flushing one morning, we reported it to reception and when we returned to the room in evening it had been fixed.
The hotel location is ideal, I have never stayed in an all inclusive so close to the centre of the resort, it is truthfully only a few minutes walk to the beach.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our week at the Panorama but would not go back. This is by far the cheapest all inclusive we have booked so we cant really complain but I will not be back.
Watch out as this hotel seems to go by several names; Thomas Cook advertise it as corfu panorama, the hotel sign says sidari village and the staff tshirts show cyprotel panorama.....

Room Tip: We were in block 13 (room 1302), one of the first blocks as you go up the hill, great views and not...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

I have thought long and hard about this review and understand why some have reviewed so badly and some have reviewed so well.

what i will say is we paid £560 each for ten nights all inclusive knowing that we would rarely eat in the hotel. On arrival we were told to go and get some lunch whilst they finished the rooms. we had a nice lunch and there was plenty to choose although we stuck to the lovely fresh salad. i could already see and hear the typical british moaners and saw them with there mountain of chips and bread with brown sauce because they don't eat anything else and then moan about the selection.

we then got our room which was 502, the mini bus took us up as it would be a drag with your luggage but only used the mini bus once again and that was to bring our luggage down on the day of arrival. what i would say is that the hill is steep but certainly not half a mile or anywhere near it as some have suggested. i would find it difficult with young kids in push chairs or elderly but i found it fine.

room 502- apparently some rooms have been refurbed and some not. this one was not and although not great it was okay. shower was rubbish as you had to hold the shower head and the room was basic but clean. not going to moan about tv as i don't go on holiday to watch tv and spend as little time in the room as possible. the air con unit had a remote and was fine the first four night but then it began pouring water out inside the room and outside and made a noise like it was going to blow up. I could not sleep with it on due to noise and off it was too hot so i complained to reception who said they would get someone. two days later it was no better so i went back again to be told the repair man came from corfu town and was due that day hopefully. we were going out for the day so i said if it got fixed then fine but if not we wanted moved. on our return we went to reception and there was a note to tell us the man had not been and we could move to room 904 which is the farthest room from reception but in reality only two minutes further to walk. we packed up and went to our new room which had been refurbed apparently. it did have a flat screen tv and newer furniture but the rest was done slap dash and in a very poor state. the air con was pre programmed in this room which did not keep it cool enough and i hardly slept as got bitten all night by mozzies and was too hot. then i put the shower on which was better than the previous one although for some reason putting the shower on caused the drain on the floor to overflow and cover the bathroom floor in two inches of water. with three days to go we just put up with it.

i think the mezzanine floored family rooms have been done to a good standard but the rest of the room are of poor standard.

we only ate dinner there three times and found it to be fine with enough choice and everything hot a tasty. we had lunch most days from the salad bar which was good and made breakfast twice which was okay.

pool- the pool is great and very deep and large however looks very cloudy which put me off going in it for fear of an ear infection. saw a few kids with cotton wool in there ears. pool area is very clean however and stuff pick up any plastic cups that are left lying around by lazy people who cannot put them in the ample bins.

drinks- as with most all inclusive (unless paying for 5 star) the drinks are not full strength, the beer is drinkable but won't get you drunk. i drink gin and one day my partner and i tested the strength and found that if you drink about 10-12 in two hours you may feel slightly tipsy. plastic cups are necessary as bar is at the pool area.

location- it is 5-10 minute walk to main strip

sidari- great resort with lots of bars and restaurants, if you want a quieter night head to the left at the bottom of the road and go to canal d'amour which has plenty on offer but quieter.

trips- we went to albania and it was the best trip i have done. the ancient remains on botrinti are amazing and now a UNESCO world heritage site

i would not go back and feel this place could be so much better but needs some cash spent on it which unfortunately the greeks don't have.

tips- research the best mozzie spray you can because they are horrendous

Room Tip: if you have kids choose a poolside room so you can get back and forward easily
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Giorgos M, E-Marketing Team at Cyprotel Corfu Panorama, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
It is a privilege when our customers dedicate some of their time to inform us about various incidents regarding positive or negative experiences during their accommodation with Cyprotels Hotels & Resorts.

We will make sure that your comments will be examined and also any areas that are in need of improvement will be improved.

We would like to thank you for your kind words, and remember that we have hotels in both Cyprus & Greece across multiple cities and islands so we would love to welcome you soon!

Please feel free to contact us directly on our website form if you feel there is more we can do in regards to your review.


Best Regards,

Cyprotels Hotels & Resorts

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Me and my partner went with our 1year old, after reading reviews were quite worried about what we had booked into....but our worrys were soon put to rest when we got here!
When we checked into our room the windows wouldn't lock and the door shutter wouldn't shut but after a phone call to reception a handy man soon fixed it all! He was very helpful!
People on here complain about the rooms, but ours was yes baisic but all we did was sleep and get ready here! Our shower was brilliant better than at home! And the air con worked fine! The cleaners came in every day and have us clean towels and moped and changed the beds every few days the cot sheets seemed to be changed more frequently which pleased us :) the cleaners were very friendly an always made a fuss of our little girl!
The food was much better than we expected after reading on here, there was always plenty of choice so people saying all the could eat was chips must do the same at home!there was pastas, meats, Greek dishes, veg etc! I can be fussy but always found something! The salads were amazing and were always presented brilliantly! The food was always kept full and was refilled constantly through meal times! We had no complaints with any meal time! Our little girl never went hungry either!
There are alot of people moaning about the drinks on here bein watered down its simple... Don't ask for ice! We found the drinks were much stronger! The coke does taste different to in the uk but I had coke in a few restaurants n they always tasted like this...maybe its the coke they use!
The bar staff were really good and would always fill our little girls beaker with juice!some even rinsed it between each fill up!
We requested a room at the bottom of the hill a few weeks before because of havin a pushchair etc so didn't really experiance it but a few people we met said it wasn't as bad as it seems...but then there's a mini bus if you Cant handle it!
All the staff are friendly and the entertainment team works really hard with the resources they have!
Over all we had no complaints with the holiday and had a really good holiday and would definatly go back!! Don't pay 3* price and expect the ritz! You get what you pay for and your holiday is what u make it! If your going to go away and expect a 5* hotel then pay the 5* prices! Would definatly recommend this hotel for people with young children too :)

  • Stayed September 2013
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Property: Cyprotel Corfu Panorama
Address: Sidari 49081, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Sidari
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Ranked #27 of 39 Hotels in Sidari
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Hotel Class:3 star — Cyprotel Corfu Panorama 3*
Number of rooms: 156
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