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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Alkyon Hotel Sidari, Corfu