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“Friendly hotel , stunning views , one of the best”
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Romanza Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Agios Stefanos
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“Friendly hotel , stunning views , one of the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2011

This small hotel is one of the best for its class. Let me tell you good and bad. It is a small friendly hotel with welcoming staff . The hotel rooms , public areas and gaedens are spotlessly clean and well maintained.The rooms are basic but well equipped,. The double bed in our rooms was two singles pushed together and to be honest I doubt whether the room was big enough for a separate twin layout . The mattress was very firm but not uncomfortable and there was extra pillows and blankets available . There is a fridge in the room and also a kettle but strangely no cups or mugs . There is a good amount hanging storage but no drawers suitable for clothes. The shower was proper cubicle and there was good water pressure . The room had an excellent balcony with a stunning sea view. All rooms have this view.On the balcony was a small line for drying complete with pegs and a bowl plus table and chairs. The door to the balcony had a fly screen which allowed it to be open at night,Air conditioning available at an extra charge but not needed.. Breakfast is very basic - toast , croissants , jam, honey and one extra eg fried egg , slice of cheese and ham, coffe or tea and a glass of cheap orange juice. Other items available at a snall price.Food also avaialble throughout the day and usually very good however some dishes extremely poor .The dining area has both open and covered areas and is adjacent to the pool and bar with the same stunning view as the balconies. A second internal bar is available but not manned during the time we were there..
The hotel is on a hill and this is quite steep and may a problem for some particularly in the heat , The beach access is extremely steep The position does give the stunning views and also the area is quiet .
The resort is small with a mixture of hotels ,bars and restaurants with some very good beach bars /restaurants . There is very limited public transport ( bus to corfu town / sidari 4 x a day) but it is possible to walk to neighbouring villages . There is no taxi rank . Car hire etc in village. Beach is coarse sand with shallow water but there was a quite a lot of seaweed in the water .
A good choice for a relaxing week

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2010

We are iindepedant travellers who fancied a cheap and cheerful getaway. Oh my goodness - this could not have been better it really was paradise found.

Lovely reception with book exchange/magazines, pool table, bar, safety deposit boxes and the friendliest staff - Alex and Marina. Reception is staffed I believe from 8.30 to midnight. It is your choice as to whether or not you leave your keys with them during the day.

The rooms are basic - very basic but you have everything you need and they are clean. Twin beds (in our room), kettle, fridge, flatscreen tv, telephone, night lamps, tiny bathroom with shower and wash basin. Towels are changed on a regular basis. The beds were ok but we did struggle with the pillows but that is a personal issue. If you do like comfy pillows though, do take your own. No beach towels. Air con - charged weekly.

The balcony had the most incredible views and all rooms are sea facing. The walk down to the beach is short but steep and do do DO avoid any mud on the beach as it is extremely slippery.

Breakfast is basic - toast, ham, cheese but you have a choice from quite an extensive menu with the most expensive being Euro 3 and that is for a full English. Breakfast starts at 7.30 - 10.30am and is 7am on day of departure (Monday & Friday). The bar is open most of the day and there is a cold drinks machine. Lunch and evening meals are available and are beautiful and well priced. The services from Katy, Andraos and Dimitri (not sure of spelling) is the best and so very very friendly. Did eat elsewhere in the town but the hotel restaurant was the best. On a Sunday evening it is Greek night - do go as if there is not enough interest they have to cancel but you get a chance to meet the family and they are terrific.

All in all, this was a brilliant week. We were made to feel one of the family and on our morning of departure, the family gathered and waved our coach off..

Don't have any reservations about staying at this hotel, we found it to be the best hotel in the best village on the island.

One last thing. Whilst it is a small airport, food and drink is available air side.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2010

We came back from our fourth trip to the Romanza at the beginning of September. Every time you return to a hotel you hope that it will be as good as the year before and yet again we were not disappointed. In 2009 the Hotel welcomed Andreas, Katie and Leo as new managers of the Bar and Restaurant, who took up the task at the start of the season. They worked so so hard and had a tough year settling in, but achieved great reviews for their fantastic hospitality and excellent menu in the restaurant. 12 months on and they have gone from strength to strength and thoroughly deserve every credit. The menu and quality of food is excellent, from breakfast right through to evening meal and they really go out of their way to cater for everyone. Eleni and Michael who own the hotel continue to be the best hosts we have ever met out of the many hotels we have stayed in around Europe. There is a real team effort here and everyone works equally as hard to make sure guests have a great time; Costas, Spiros, Alex, Marina, bar staff, cleaners, they all do a fantastic job! Thomson are lucky to have such a fantastic hotel to offer customers, which is obvious from the many people who return, year after year. We took no time after coming home to book again for next year, as have another 10 people who we have made great friends with over the years, If you are looking for a hotel with a fantastic, warm atmsophere, great food, fantastic views, 1st class service and a great team who really care about their guests, then you should consider Hotel Romanza. Big thanks to you all, we cannot wait to see you, our friends again next year!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2010

If you are looking for a luxury spoil yourself holiday then the hotel Romanza will not fullfill your needs. There is very little I can add that has not already been written about this hotel but it was everything that we needed from a holiday the hotel had Excellant Views and sunsets to die for.
The Staff from the cleaners, reastraunt, bars and reception are the most helpfull and freidliest we have met on any other holiday. Yes the regular visitors to the hotel can apear to be a little clique but everyone we met in the bar in the evening were talkative and friendly to the point that we felt we were regulars at a small village pub.
The room we had was basic though had a fridge and a Kettle two glasses but no Cups (We always take our own mugs) i'm sure if we had asked we would have been given cups from the reastaraunt and the shower had a glass door, it looked as if it had recently had a refurb. As per other reviews Zorbas in the town was definatly the best for food and the dancing. the food at the Romanza was as good, we ate there for three nights of the seven.
We hired a dune buggy from spiros in the town and was an exciting way to visit other places on the island we went to sidari inthe north and Agios Georgios in the south all in one day.
We had a vey enjoyable and relaxing time at the Romanza and is worth far more than the 8 euros per night per person that Thomson pay the hotel, will we go back in the future the answer has to be yes we wil.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2010

Right here we go. Going to try and tell everything, most good but a couple of let downs!! The best place we have so far holidayed in Greece is Skala in Kefalonia.......how would San Stef measure up..........

Arrived bang on time in Corfu following a great flight.
We were met straight away by our taxi driver booked through Noula at San Stef travel and we were arriving at the Romanza just over an hour later........great service Noula!!

The minute the bus pulled into the Romanza we were met by Alex from reception who came running out to greet us and show us to our room, Number 27. There was none of the usual leaving your passport behind reception etc! I immediatley enquired about the air con and Alex suggested that we just sleep with the balcony door open but the mozzie screen closed and see how we got on! This saved us circa 70 euro's in air con charges!!
First impressions of the room were good, it was quite small and typically greek but also very clean and tidy. The bathroom is small and we had the usual small shower tray with a curtain. I believe the hotel are in the process of installing proper shower screens.

The public areas were nice.....reception and a bar upstairs and the pool bar and restaurant downstairs. The pool is L shaped and has a very deep end and a seperate kiddies section. The hotel is a real family affair Eleni & old Costas are the main figureheads. Reception is manned by Alex and her sister Katy, is the excellent cook in the main restaurant. The upstairs bar is run by Marina from 4pm onwards while Andreas and Dimitris are the two bar people and waiters downstairs. Young Costas also helps out with serving the breakfasts. Leo is Katy's hubby and is always around in the background. All of the family were really nice, warm outgoing people.

Breakfast consists of a continental style offer with toast, and either cheese and ham or scrambled eggs. You also get a pastry, glass of orange and you can help yourself to unlimited tea/coffee. When you consider that all Thomsons pay the hotel is 8 euros per person per night then you cant really expect anymore.
The Romanza also offer excellent evening meals.....we found Katys cooking to be up there with the best in the resort. Her Kokkinisto is amazing!!

I'm now going to try and demonstrate the amazing warmth of these people. It was our 2nd anniversary whilst we were there. I'd arranged for champagne next to the pool for Pam and I as a surprise. She was amazed when Andreas came over with it!! I also arranged flowers to be delivered to the room. I thought of a reason for Pam to visit the room. She came back down in tears to be greeted by Eleni who gave her a big cuddle.......not only were there flowers but they'd put up balloons, left a card and also a bracelet as a present for Pam......amazing and thanks to you all!!
We ate at the hotel that night and had a lovely table saved for us by Andreas/Dimitris where we could watch the lovely sunset. We'd just finished our meal when all the lights went out and I thought we'd had a power cut.......all of a sudden Katy appeared with a big cake complete with sparklers/candles etc and also Andreas with another bottle of champagne!! Thanks again!

We were also lucky to have quite a few lively fellow guests there during our stay. Some were on their 3rd/4th visits whilst others were on their 11th! I'm quite outgoing so I managed to blend in quite well and felt that we were in 'the gang'. If you are quieter and dont want to mix then you could feel a bit overawed by it all. I did overhear a couple of other guests saying that they didn't feel they could sunbathe round the pool as it was a bit cliquey and too noisy. We had some great late nights and I'll never forget the 2 Greek nights as long as I live. Lots of dancing, singing and eating raw chillies!! All made better by the presence of even more locals! Thanks to Andy & Princess, Geoff and his gang, Danny & Sharon, Silvia & Bri, Chris & Shaun, Kev & Debbie......great company!!

Right now then onto the resort itself. The Romanza is right at the top of a very steep hill. Some days we seemed to breeze up the hill no probs but other days it was a real drag and a pain!! I would suggest that it would be a bit too much for anyone with young children or those over 65 if you're not the fittest or have bad joints etc.
Our impression of the resort itself were that it's not the prettiest! Yes it probably benefits from some of the best sunsets around but I didnt really get any wow factor from walking around the village.
We ate a lot at the Romanza but also ate at the following.....

Zorbas x 2 - Prob our favourite, nice food and great dancing
Mythica - Just found it ok. The steak was ok, service was ok but hardly anyone spoke!!
Town Pizza - Nice spicy Pizza. We were however, the only people in there when we ate at 2045 one night!
Little Prince - Good dancing but I thought the food was just ok. Nice starter but my main was just passable
Ozzy Oils - Very nice. We went to BBQ night and it was a very nice atmosphere
Yannis - Nice Stamna! It was very windy when we went so everyone was holding onto their napkins!!

To be brutally honest we found the food in Kefalonia a lot better. Only the cooking at the Romanza compared. Cant say we really had a bad meal but it just wasn't generally as good. A lot of the places were very quiet when we ate despite it being anytime between 2030 and 2115. Mythica was dead the night we ate as was Town pizza. Zorbas was busy on our first visit but half empty on our second. I was shocked by how quiet the village could be at what should be busy times of night. This may be down to the credit crunch/economy etc.
We found the prices ok, on average we'd be paying around 30 euros for our evening meal. Usually 2 starters, 2 mains and a litre of wine.

We didn't really visit many bars as we preferred to end the night at the Romanza. We were warmly welcomed by Glen in Aquarios on the two occasions we went in. We also had a couple of drinks in the Thomas Bay and found the waiters very funny and friendly.
If I'm being honest I hated the Condor and that was from just walking past. Thought it was dark/dingy and the acts we heard looked tacky (the Michael Jackson was terrible!) Same with the Silver Star....not for us!!
Bar 38 was lovely, very classy bar but again, very very quiet around 11pm on the night we were in.
There were strong winds on a couple of days and we decided to hire a quad from Pegasus that was great fun. We went up to Akrotiri one night and I've got some amazing sunset photos! Very nice bar although again, very quiet!

We spent a day on the beach which was nice and I'm aware the beach has shrunk but it wasn't half as bad as I expected. Plenty of room and again.....never really busy.

We booked the moonlight Corfu Town trip via Noula and it was ok. A long day which started in the heat around 3pm. We had to go on a bus to Sidari, Roda, Achravi etc before we left from Kassiopi on the boat. We then had the same bus journey coming back. Loved Corfu Town but we probably wouldn't do that trip again.

To summarise......

We had a great holiday, although we are both still very tired due to many late nights which we didn't expect. We would score the hotel 10/10 and the resort around 7/10. It was very similar to Skala in the respect of number of bars, size and layout although Skala did seem to have a better vibe and didn't have any bars like Condor/Silver Star.
Would we return.....yes! We'll probably return next year and then give it a rest for a couple of years. I dont want to get stuck into going to the same places year in year out when there's so many nice places in Greece alone to visit.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2010

Just returned from the Romanza after 2 weeks of heaven. We stayed here last year and this was the first time we have ever decided to return to the same place again in over 20 years. We were not disappointed. Everyone was so friendly with special mentions to Kate, Andreas & Dimitris who made every effort to make us feel like part of the family. We did eat in town on a few occasions and all the meals we had were great, but when you compare the service, the view and the overall quality of the food you just can't beat the Romanza. We will be returning again next year for another dose of sun, sea and Mythos.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2010

we visited the Romanza hotel same time last year to check it out for our wedding it well and truely exceeded our expectations so this year we went back to get married there.

we were treated like part of the family the wedding day was out of this world.

we were lucky enough to be in one of the recently refurbished rooms (room 5) there is not a kettle and a tv. Thr room it's self was clean and spacious

The breakfast have improved now instead of a buffet breakfast if served to you plus it changes every day, ham and cheese then scrambled eggs etc, you can also order from the breakfast menu 3euros for a full english is well worth it!

Food is the best in San Stef, try everything you can Katie is an amazing cook.

We're booking to go back again next year and most probably have at least a week here every year,

If you thinking of getting married abroad you should consider here the views are amazing, Andreas, Dimitris Katie Eleni and Marina will all look after you. Katies Husband Leo cooked our spit roast pork and lamb again out of this world. you will feel home form home here,.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Romanza Hotel
Address: Avliotes | Ag. Stefanos, Agios Stefanos 490 81, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Agios Stefanos
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Agios Stefanos
Number of rooms: 31
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