Had a great holiday at Stema with Thompson. On the bus on the way there we were getting a bit worried as some of the hotels didn't look that nice and those that were had pools right on the road so we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived, Stema is definitley the best hotel in Sidari. It was about a 5/10 min walk from the main strip so you weren't disrupted by the noise of the bars etc but were close enough not to feel secluded. There were 4 of us in a one bedroom apartment but there was plenty of room and there were 4 beds rather than a sofa bed which was good. The hotel was family run and the staff were really friendly and they made a real effort to get to know you. They had a few of nights on, bbq, bingo, quiz - we only went to the bbq but heard good things about all. The pool was big and you could always get a sunbed.
We weren't overly impressed by Sidari it'self, the beaches were very narrow and not attractive at all. The main strip with bars and restaurants was ok but overly tacky, most bars had tribute nights on every night and the restaurants were very geared towards British tourists, although stating traditional Greek food everything was served with chips. Although this is the same in the majority of tourist locations it seemed overdone somehow. The rest of Corfu is beautiful so it's worth hiring a car or mopeds to do a bit of exploring.
We found a really nice restaurant on the beach front a close walk from the hotel which did do traditional Greek food called Kavvadios and also a local Greek/Italian restaurant just off the strip callled Romano's which was really good (massive portions!) It was however a lot cheaper than we expected with the Euro and Greek economy, we were getting a two course meal with wine for 15 euro each and all of the bars give you 241 drinks instead of free shots if you ask.
We took a tour into Corfu town one night which was worth it. The old town is beautiful with lots of very quaint streets and shops. There are loads of Jewellery shops and gold/silver is quite cheap.
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- Also Known As:
- Stema Hotel Sidari
- Stemma Hotel Sidari, Corfu