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Alkyon Hotel
Ranked #2 of 41 Hotels in Sidari
Certificate of Excellence
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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“STRANGE”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

This review is probably going to sound a bit strange but here goes! We have stayed in Sidari several times over the year because we love the village, the people, the food, the country and meeting new friends which has never been a problem. The Hotel was nice though a bit dated in some respects. It was spotlessly clean and appeared to be well run. The Dining Room/Bar area is combined and looks and feels more like a Working Mans Club. We made some requests before we arrived because of my wife's disabilities - the Hotel very happily obliged for which we are grateful. However, on getting out of the taxi in the early hours, we were met by a very grumpy old man who just pointed us to our room - no help offered. When I asked him where we could get some water I was ignored and then had to manouevre the cases, a wheelchair and my wife upstairs to the room with no offer of assistance. The room was as requested, a good size and very clean and was kept that way very well during our stay and can't fault it. Beware though, of being woken up at 8.00am EVERY day by the cleaners shouting and walking up and down the tiled corridors in wooden soled shoes. I must pay a special mention to the 2 or 3 families with young children and thank them for allowing their wonderful kids to run, shouting and screaming up and down the corridor at the same time. Food was ok - but it felt like School Dinners. The queue's, being pushed out of the way - yes, including my disabled wife (who can only walk very short distances), the "who can talk the loudest" atmosphere etc etc.

We attempted to stay by the Pool for a day but didn't make it. Mainly because of the very loud and noisy Eastern Europeans who happened to be staying - very very inconsiderate. The bar was ok if a little expensive (apart from Happy Hours when they were reasonable) and the bar staff were helpful and very friendly - especially towards my 16 year old daughter! I did have a discussion with a barman concerning the contents of a pint that was supposed to be called Mythos - I don't think it was but when he changed the barrel the next day - it tasted just like it should and looked like it should.

Wherever we have stayed, the atmosphere has always been friendly and welcoming. I am sorry to tell you that this is most definately not the case. But this is from the other guests. They stared, pointed whispered and ignored. They pushed past and came across as being aloof and arrogant apart from the odd one or two. Most were in there 50's and older and obviously believed that a man in his forties, with a disabled wife and teenage daughter did not belong in THEIR hotel - this was a shock. There was no atmosphere and it ruined our holiday. What was also totally UNACCEPTABLE was that this generation of Brits are supposed to be understanding and tolerant. My wife has never been stared at so much when moving about the hotel and when sat in her wheelchair on our way out - it was like we were in a freak show!! I tried to make lite of the situation with her but it upset her immensely - to the level that on a number of occasions she didn't want to leave the room - I just simply cannot believe the way the other guests reacted to her. SHE IS DISABLED AND USES A WHEELCHAIR!! I hope you will read this and feel rightly ashamed and embarrassed.

We tried the entertainment but that too ended at midnight and despite our attempts to liven things up - failed. I think it was Cocoa time. It wasn't just my wife that was being stared at, being the only 16 year girl in the hotel had its drawbacks for my daughter - she dressed for a holiday - she walked in to the dining area/working mans club/school assembly area come bar and every single man stared at her!!!

Thanks to most of the guests there for treating my wife like a freak (2 years ago, at 36, she suffered 2 brain haemorrhages and 4 strokes in case you were wondering) and ruining her holiday as well as mine and my daughter's. No, we would never go back there - and now my wife has doubts about going back to the Island that we love.

Thanks again.

Room Tip: Choose somewhere else if you are looking for good atmosphere, fun and a younger generation
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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London, Britain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

A clean and friendly 3 star hotel in Sidari, Corfu, Greece. A little dated in decor. Family run and the staff could not have been friendlier. Surprisingly good buffet dinners. Rather basic breakfasts.
We used it as a base from which to explore local beaches and towns and it was great for those purposes.

Room Tip: We stayed on the ground floor at back just behind reception and those rooms are fairly quite and do...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Preston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

We have just come back from 11 nights here and sadly was one of the most boring hotels we have been to.

There is a former review on here that says about holidaying with OAP's which we scoffed at before booking but sadly it has an element of truth to it.

We arrived in the early hours to a rather unfriendly man and didn't even have the means to get even a drink of water. We also got no help with our luggage or directions to our room. The noise in the corridors was very disturbing and started around 8am. This tended to be either the cleaners shouting to each other or the eastern european children running and shouting with very little supervision..................this seemed to continue right through to the pool area also with very little consideration for others.

The room was great. We had messaged them prior to our arrival with special requests and they couldn't have given us a better room based on our needs.
There was plenty of hot water 99.9% of the time so no complaints there and the air con was spot on, although the fridge was on the tiny side and cost 1 Euro per day. We had asked this to be made usable on our arrival but it was locked an we had to wait til afternoon the next day for it to be done :(

The entertainment wasn't in our opinion aimed at anyone below the age of 50 and when it did show signs of livening up...........they then turned the volume down again! lol
A special mention should be given however to the vocal entertainer Charlotte, very talented and a lovely girl too!

Maybe we shouldn't have booked such a large hotel as we normally book smaller family run places and this def lacked any personal touch, even other guests weren't as friendly as we've found in previous years at other hotels.

We read that it used to be waiter service for meals and this would have been preferable to us as the queuing reminded me of school dinners (even with a little pushing and shoving). It wasn't the most relaxing/enjoyable experience and we always felt a little rushed-hence the reason we ate out on quite a few occasions. The food was very tasty though and there was always plenty of choice!

So, if you like being surrounded by people who have no manners and allow their children to behave badly then enjoy your stay. We wouldn't go here again and we wouldn't recommend it unless you can cope with the comments above....................back to a small and friendly hotel for us next year!

Room Tip: Top floor has been renovated, lovely rooms
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

We have just come back from staying in the Hotel Alkyon after one week, Have to say we had a great holiday here, The hotel was spotless, Best staff i have come across for a long time, Our room was well maintained, very clean, lovely view over looking the pool, Food was good,Will defo go back.Found the area very clean, People very helpful, Only negative I have is that you had to pay for air con, Never had to do that before, Entertainment at night was very good, We done the trip to Albania for a day that was well worth it, Sidari has some lovely scenery, Now i will defo visit Greece more often, We got the chance to do a cruise while there and that was fantastic, Lovely memories,

Room Tip: Look for room over looking the pool.Higher floor.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

Don't know if I should be doing this, it might make it hard to book up if more people look at it.Just came back after 2 weeks, met up with friends again. The staff are all great, from cleaners to reception, bar staff and waiters, we love them all. Hotel so clean. We look to go to all over Greece but its hard not to come back here..The meals were better when it was waiter served, but it would not put us off. Great to see to see our friends again, and we will keep in touch. One last word, cherie on reception , sorry if that's wrong, you were brill.

Room Tip: sorry not giving any tips away
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

This family owned and run hotel was in a prime location, even though the bedrooms of this hotel are dated, the hotel was excelent. The food was very good, the bar staff were excelent,The cleanliness was second to none. The two waiters from the poolside restarurant were brillient.The Hotel was a short stroll from the main drag so far away from the noise. On talking to quest i found alot of quest were returning quest which says a lot for this hotel, The only reason i wont be returning is that i have not seen enough of the world yet to return to the same place

Room Tip: second floor side family room nice and quiet
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

Just returned from this hotel and must say I was very impressed with the location and the
cleanliness of it.The meals were excellent and the staff very friendly and helpful.The hotel was
only a very short walk from the centre of the town. Would certainly return.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Alkyon Hotel
Address: Alkyon A.E., Sidari 491 00, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Sidari
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Sidari
#9 Romantic Hotel in Sidari
#10 Family Hotel in Sidari
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Alkyon Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Alkyon Hotel is considered one of the finest in the locality. Once you have experienced its excellent facilities, friendly atmosphere and great location, you will agree that the Alkyon Hotel is a superb choice for a memorable holiday.For those who enjoy a family atmosphere in a lively resort, whether you are ‘Couples’ after that quiet break away, ‘Families’ looking to spend some special time together or ‘Friends’ after that fun filled holiday, the Alkyon Hotel is the place to be.The hotel is situated in a quiet area of Sidari yet only a stones throw away from all the essential holiday amenities. You will find Sidaris beautiful stretch of sandy beach barely 150m away, and the resorts center, occupied with its many shops, bars and restaurants barely 250m away.Our luxurious ‘Jacuzzi’,‘Wi-Fi Access’,‘Daily Entertainment’ and fun filled ‘Children’s Play Area’ are only a few of the excellent facilities that we have on site; guaranteeing that the Alkyon Hotel has something to satisfy everyone’s needs. ... more   less 
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