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
- Also Known As:
- Romanza Hotel Corfu/Agios Stefanos