My partner and I booked a relatively last minute holiday through Thomas Cook and the hotel was the Summertime Hotel/ Apartments in Sidari, Corfu. Straight away we reached for the Trip Advisor reviews and were not really sure what to expect as they differed quite a lot, so I hope this review will be helpful for those of you in the same situation.
Location: The hotel is in Sidari Village, which is just around the corner from the main drag. The main part of Sidari is only 5-10 minutes walk if you're looking for more of a 'Fish & Chips with sunshine' holiday but we weren't so stayed mainly around the village.
Beaches: The main Sidari beach (Canal d'amour) is about 8-10 minutes walk from the hotel. It has excellent swimming and sunbathing potential but was completely usurped by the beautiful little 'Apotripiti' beach which was 2 minutes walk (literally opposite down a little path) from the hotel. We walked along the main Sidari beach when we first got there but always returned to swim and sunbathe at Apotripiti beach. It's quite small and there were never more than 20 people there, in August!! If you like a quiet, small sandy beach with excellent swimming then this is the place for you. Sunbeds are around 7.50 Euros with a parasol at Apotripti, slightly cheaper at the main beach (as there are hundreds more!).
Food: The all inclusive food was good, it wasn't Michelin star cuisine but what do you expect for the money...I had read some terrible reviews about the food but found no reason to dislike anything. The area where the buffet food was served was really clean and the staff kept the tables cleared and clean at all times.
All food was served as a help yourself buffet.There was the option of a salad with all meals which included the obvious plus olives, feta cheese, stuffed fig leaves and really nice oils and vinegars with fresh bread. Soup was normally an option for evening meal too and the main meals for lunch and dinner were usually pork in a wine sauce with an additional chicken, lamb, Moussaka, meatball or turkey option depending on the day of the week. There was usually noodle, pasta or rice and vegetables to accompany with the English favourite chips for the fussy or unimaginative. Breakfast was good too, eggs in a variety of different guises with either sausage or Greek bacon (sadly not as good as ours!). Cold meats and cheeses were on offer with fresh bread as were cereals, toast, fruit, tea and coffee. The coffee was the only thing that needs addressing, it was cheap and not very nice but that was the only thing that we could fault. Ice cream was available all day and cake/toasties are served in the afternoon. There is a pudding available with each meal, it was usually a chocolate or strawberry mousse with peaches and yogurt most days. In short, if you survive solely on Mcdonalds nuggets then you will not enjoy the food on offer, other than the chips. Otherwise, you will not be able to complain about the range of food available and the fact that we never had to wait more than a minute to queue up for food at the peak of the holiday season was impressive and something of a relief.
All inclusive bar: Draught beer (that never runs out!), rum, vodka, gin and ouzo, coffee, tea and a range of soft drinks and water. Only piece of advice - go and buy or take with you a large plastic cup as the cups provided are a little inadequate if you like more than 3 or 4 sips to 1 beer! Pool bar is from 10am to 21.30when the all inclusive bar switches to the front bar until 23.00. Make sure you have a good strategy for stock piling your drinks as 11pm seems to come around very quickly!!
Pool: Pool area is nice with good sunlougers and parasols. There are toilets and changing areas too at the poolside area near the bar. There is the age-old debate of whether or not it is fair to reserve a sun-lounger simply by placing a towel on it..........the other European guests were obvious exponents of this strategy and by the end of the week, so were we! If you place your towel at breakfast you can normally get a good spot!
Rooms: Our twin room had two twin beds (we thought we could use this a double bed but there was a very Catholic wooden bar down the middle of the bed which could curtail the less amorous amongst us!) a fridge, TV with Sky News and a shower room. The room also had AC which was much needed in he 40 degree plus temperatures.
All-in-all the Summertime Hotel/Apartments were good value, clean and had all of the necessary things you want on holiday (except good coffee)! What more would anyone expect for a cheap sun holiday?
We had a good time and although Sidari and Corfu showed the occasional signs of suffering major economic declines (such as overflowing bins and closed bars) we would certainly go back. We didn't spend all week at the hotel, we opted to go on several of the many boat trips and more cultural excursions and found the Corfu island to be a place of immense beauty and history.
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