We returned from Summertime yesterday and I will be completely honest with my review.
Location was great; near the beach and strip but far enough not to be disturbed by noise from bars/clubs etc. The beaches were a 5-7 minute walk and were clean and sandy, the water was crystal clear. The road that the hotel was on could be quite busy with various types of vehicles so an eye must be kept on young children who may wander.
Staff were extremely friendly, Maria in particular who has near perfect English who is happy to provide information about best beaches/places to go. Kostas the owner was always nearby keeping an eye on his staff and ensuring that there was always enough food at mealtimes and drinks were kept topped up. I booked the hotel directly which was similar price to online websites but Maria explained that booking directly ensured a one bed room apartment; the 'family room' description on online sites are actually a one room studio. E-mail Maria with any questions, she responds quickly and nothing is any trouble to her. Our flight was 4.40am so we were not leaving the hotel until 1am but had to check out at 12pm the previous day, Maria was great and let us keep our room until 1am for 20 euros; this was a godsend and highly unusual from previous late check out arrangements.
Food was tasty. Some days better than others but something for everyone apart from if you are vegetarian. In general there were 2 meat dishes, chips, roast potatoes, vegetable, rice and a very nice Greek salad bar. Baguettes were plentiful as was the food. Breakfast was bacon, egg, meat, cheese, tomatoes, toast, cereal and tea/coffee; it was sufficient and again plentiful. The restaurants nearby were reasonably priced with most meals advertised at 5-7 euros however we were satisfied with the food at the hotel so did not venture out to eat. The bar and ice cream was self service which was brilliant, the kids could help themselves and the ice cream was lovely and not cheap rubbish. Banana, pisachio, chocolate, strawberry and vanilla...mmmm.
As previously mentioned, we had a one bedroom apartment which was quite big; the bathroom was very small. We also had two balconies, one from each room. Summertime used to be self catering and rooms still have a fridge and kitchette which was no problem as the room was big. The rooms were cleaned daily by lovely cleaners who were pleasant and greeted you with a 'kalimera'. The bathroom was more like a wetroom as the tiny shower cubicle flooded the whole bathroom which was a little annoying. The rooms overall had seen better days but they were kept spotlessly clean.
The pool was continually being cleaned and was awash with inflatables and kids; not a problem for us but this was really a family hotel and not very quiet during the day! There was no problem getting a sunbed and Maria introduced a 'half hour rule' as a result of a suggestion we made; towels are taken off sunbeds if they are not occupied within half an hour to prevent people claiming their sunbed then going off to the beach for the day. Maria and Kostas are very keen to develop the hotel and are open to comments and suggestions. The pool area was slippy and there were two accidents during our one week stay, both involving serious head injuries and a stay in hospital for both of them so drum it in to the kids (and adults!) not to run around the pool. There was a very small baby pool which was fine for very little ones but the larger pool was quite deep at the shallow end; the deep end was approx 2.5m.
I will mention that a few guests complained as they had been miss sold this hotel by Thomson and they had paid £1000 more than we did for family of four. They were advised that there were kids clubs which there are not, and that there was daily entertainment which there is not. There was a Greek night on the Saturday night and a karaoke mid week but nothing else. The same guests were also unhappy that they had been given a studio which had been described as a family room; no privacy for the parents.
Nearly forgot, free air conditioning too!
Book directly with the hotel; this guarantees you get what you want and costs no more. We paid £1400 for the week for 4 of us, Thomson had sold the same holiday to others for £2400 (we had Thomson flights and booked directly with Maria; we also had a taxi transfer).
If you go on a boat trip, choose Odysseus BBQ cruise; it is brilliant and the beach that you cruise to is like the Carribean. The beach is really clean and the sea is clear and shallow so very safe for kids. The BBQ food was gorgeous and the drink was unlimited, a fantastic day was had by all.
I would stay at the Summertime again but we never go to the same place twice as a rule.
I hope this review helps to decide where you want to stay for your holiday.
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- Also Known As:
- Summertime Hotel Sidari
- Summertime Hotel Apartments Sidari, Corfu