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“First time at this great little hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Romanza Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Agios Stefanos
Certificate of Excellence
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“First time at this great little hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2011

Just returned from an October break at this hotel and we were delighted. It is small (30 rooms) and friendly, has magnificent views, especially from the balconies and swimming pool and is just far enough out of Agios Stefanos to be quiet, but a 10 minute walk brings you into the centre with lots of bars, restaurants, car hire, travel specialists (don't book with your rep, its cheaper to book with a local agent)
Agios Stefanos has a very good beach and over the headland (walking distance but hilly) is Arillas with an even better beach. Further is Agios Georgios (need car) with another beautiful beach.

The Hotel rooms are on the small side as are the ensuite (shower no bath). towels changed regularly and beds made every day but Sunday. Breakfast was simple; toast, egg, croissant, coffee/tea and orange drink. Full English was 3 Euros extra. The coffee as in all restaurants we tried was, I am afraid, dishwater - No one in Corfu seems to have mastered the art of making a decent cup of coffee. The orange drink was only just about drinkable it was not orange juice. The hotel had free wifi which we could receive well in our room. The staff were great, ensuring that we could watch the rugby world cup and an England football match and really made you feel welcome

A few downsides, the walk into the centre is all downhill, it is very steep coming back although you can always remind yourself you are burning of all those calories you have just consumed. There are also mosquitoes which can be a nuisance so its worth taking some repellent and maybe one of those plug in vaporisers for your room. The hotel has a direct path straight down to the beach which is even steeper than the hill down to the centre - don't try this route if it has just rained as you will have two inches of clay stuck to the sole of your sandals (and to your backside too if you slip - a real possibility). But then if the hotel wasn't on a hill you wouldn't have the view

Best trip out - To Albania (Sarande then Butrint) cost 55 Euros booked locally and worth every cent.

So overall, a hotel not without it's little idiosyncrasies but an absolute gem

Room Tip: Some of the rooms have inset balconies, others have completely exterior balconies. The former are bi...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2011

Just returned from a 2 week break at this hotel. It's situated on the cliffs overlooking the beach & resort, beautiful sunsets, great pool area & lovely food in the restaurant. The rooms are typically Greek (small & basic, but with a fridge and kettle) spotlessly clean with towels and sheets changed regularly. The family who run the Romanza were very friendly and welcoming, if you like eating fish just see Leo and he'll do his best to get you some. The resort offers something for everyone, cheap and cheerful to more upmarket restaurants, lots of bars (we liked Bar 38) & a few shops to browse around. The local bus service was good and if your a real ale fan there's a micro brewery within walking distance in the next town Arillas. The Romanza is at the top of a hill but don't let this put you off, it looks more daunting than it is and you can always walk up the beach pathway which is quite steep but quicker. The rooms are being refurbished 1 by 1, but take a hairdryer with you as some of the rooms have old type dryers and are not very effective. We will definitely return to the Romanza, as after 2 weeks the family had become friends.

Room Tip: The rooms are all good and all with a sea view.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Margshifnal
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2011

We have just returned from the Romanza after another 2 weeks of a highly enjoyable holiday. Room exceptionally clean and maintained. Sheets and towels changed regularly. On Sundays when staff do not make beds this is hardly a hardship. You need to appreciate it is not 5 star but the surroundings and staff more than make up for this. If you need anything the staff will be more than happy to oblige. (No need to complain after the event- speak to them!!).
Food was exceptional and they will always adapt a dish to your own taste or if you have any allergies. No more expensive than the 'village'.
We will be returning next year - no better location in San Stefanos!!!.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2011

Our third visit, before arrived we thought probably our last. Definitely not, everything was excellent. The welcome, the view, the friendliness, the weather. The owners really care and go out of their way to make your holiday feel special. Not only do they meet you off the coach when you arrive but despite their busy schedule ensure they 'see you off' on departure.

Lots to do locally, hire a 'quad' from Spiros, makes getting about easy and you can explore a bit further. Print off local walks before you go, these are really good, beaches, bamboo pine woods and olive groves all on the doorstep.

Lots of local places to eat, plenty of choice and good value (look out for the daily specials).
All in all a brilliant holiday if you want a quiet beautiful relaxing time. Oh and did I mention the best beach in Corfu?

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank TerryYork
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Cheadle, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2011

I spent a week at the Romaza with my husband in early September and from looking at previous reviews was expecting wonderful things.

Yes, the staff are very helpful and friendly but it is let down by several things.
The rooms are very basic,ok typically greek,but could do with updating, especially the bathrooms. Our towels were only changed twice in the week and the room left unmade on one day - it is an hotel so should be done every day.

Why have a kettle and no cups or mugs? yes we did get them promptly when we asked for them, but why not have them in the room already?

The breakfast is adequate but could be improved by having decent orange juice at least.

You also have to pay extra for the safe box and air-con if wanted.

The views are beautiful but the path down to the beach and the road to the village are a killer,especially as you end up doing it twice in the day most days.

The food was ok but we found Evinos restaurant just down the hill near Havanna Beach bar to be far superior with typical greek food without the accompanying carrots,cauliflower etc. which accompany the meals in many of the restaurants. We had two great meals there for 7.50 and 8.50 euros including a glass of wine, plus the sunset views were amazing.

Room Tip: a top floor corner room for the views
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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North Wales
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2011

The views are stunning, the food is lovely and the staff are wonderful. You are welcomed not just as guests, but as friends. Also, it was lovely to bump into other guests who were there last year and have a bit of a reunion! All in all, the Romanza is just like a home from home.

The hill from the hotel to the village is steep but manageable, even in August’s heat!

We would definitely recommend hiring a car and exploring the island and in particular, Paleokastritsa and Corfu Town. Also, the view at Cape Drastis is simply breathtaking (although difficult to get to!).

It is very rare for my partner and I to return to the same holiday destination year after year, but we keep asking ourselves "Why would we go anywhere else?" and that’s why I know that we will be back for our third time in 2012!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2011

We stayed here with our teenage children and loved it. The customer service is excellent, you are treated with absolute courtesy, as much or as little chat as you prefer, and the staff remember your likes and dislikes. It is a hotel where clients return year after year with good reason.

The rooms are fairly small but spotlessly clean and serviced daily. The hotel advertise as free wifi in bar/reception area but the connection in our Room 30 was perfect (our children in Room 25 had none so this may be worth bearing in mind if you like to remain in touch!) The views are absolutely breath-taking.

The killer cliff was not as bad as we expected; I would say that it is much easier to come up the cliff than the road, which was a bit of a killer. The beach below was beautiful and very quiet, much quieter than we'd expected. We hired quad bikes for 20 euros a day and a car for 80 euros for 3 days to see a bit of the island; it's well worth going inland to the mountains to see the monastery.

The food at the Romanza is brilliant. We planned to use it once or twice but ended up eating there around 10 of the 14 nights we stayed because it was delicious. Two of us are vegetarian and the staff were happy to amend the already good choice on menu to include vegetable stroganoff and curry, both of which were great!

We found the breakfasts adequate, nicely served by a yound man with a lovely smile. If you want a full English you can upgrade for 1.50 euros but we found the eggs, toast and croissants to be enough.

The pool is clean and there are enough sunbeds for all who want them.

All in all, highly recommended!

Room Tip: Free wifi Room 30
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Romanza Hotel

Property: Romanza Hotel
Address: Avliotes | Ag. Stefanos, Agios Stefanos 490 81, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Agios Stefanos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Agios Stefanos
Number of rooms: 31
Also Known As:
Romanza Hotel Corfu/Agios Stefanos

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