My wife and I visited The Romanza Hotel for the 8th year recently and like Yiannis26 (a recent subscriber who was there at the same time as us) have only praise for this fantastic hotel.
The Trip advisor website shows the hotel as 9 out of 452 hotels in Corfu, I would disagree, to me it is, and always has been NUMBER ONE.
The owners, (Mihalis, Eleni and Kostos) are the most kind, thoughtful, caring and generous people that you could ever wish to meet. Nothing is too much trouble for them. We were treated as one of the family and were lucky enough to be invited to their home for a family meal; home cooked by Eleni and her son Spiros.
The management team:
Since the new management team took over last year (2009) they have transformed The Romanza into the friendliest and most hospitable hotel you could wish to find.
The management team consists of Alex, Andreas, Katie and her husband Leo (my best friend) ably assisted by Dimitris, Marina, Kostos junior, Marianna and Eftahiah.
Leo is keen on spear fishing and went with us one day on a trip to the islands and having caught some nice fish, proceeded to cook us a fish soup and pan fried fish at no cost. Where else would you get that sort generosity?
Small, comfortable and perfectly adequate. Cleanliness is to a high standard with regular sheet and towel changes. There is a TV and a kettle in all rooms. We found that air conditioning wasn’t necessary as rooms are nice and airy if you leave the doors and windows open due to the new fly screens fitted.
Large L shaped pool with plenty of sun beds and a pool bar which is open throughout the day. Nice views over the beach below (watch out for the “nudie dudies”)
As previously posted by others the BBQ night (where Leo is cook), has to be the best in town, with dancing and live bouzouki and keyboard playing. Andreas (son of Katie and Leo) is the best Greek dancer we’ve ever seen. He is about six feet tall and can kick over a foot (30 cm) above his head, although I always tell him that I can teach him to kick higher!! All the family join in including Katie and Alex’s mum and dad. All guests are encouraged to dance and “the family” teach you the steps. At the end of the evening the whole family get together and harmonise in singing Greek songs, a fantastic family atmosphere that you will never experience in England.
These can only be described as breathtaking as all bedrooms face the sea. From the hotel and the majority of rooms you can see Albania and the small islands of Diaplos, Yakapus, Mathraki, Othono and Ericussa just off the North West coast of Corfu.
There has been some negative comments posted in the past regarding breakfasts, and of course everyone is entitled to an opinion.
Here is my opinion. You are served with fruit juice, toast, butter, jam, honey and either scrambled eggs, boiled eggs or ham and cheese with unlimited tea and coffee which is about the same as you would get in any other hotel in San Stefanos, unless, of course, you want to pay 5 star “Delfino Blu” prices.
There are options for more traditional English breakfasts such as “the full English” which consists of 2 eggs, bacon, sausage, beans, mushrooms, tomato and toast at a cost of 3 euros, cheaper than anywhere else in San Stefanos. With these extra breakfasts you also get your “included in the price” breakfast as well. I had an English breakfast only twice during my two weeks there and found that I was “stuffed”.
When you consider that the tour operator (you know who that is) pays a paltry 8.50 euros per person per night for the room and the breakfasts, it brings it home to you what good value this hotel is.
Lunches and dinners:
Superb food home made by Katie and her two kitchen staff, beautifully presented salads, burgers, omelettes, and many more choices for lunch with a vast range of Greek dinners including Saganaki, Kokkinisto (my favourite), Sofrito, Stamna, Stifado, Moussaka and many more Greek and international meals as well.
The sunsets over the islands viewed from the restaurant are frequently described as the best in Corfu, and who am I to disagree.
San Stefanos town:
We fell in love with San Stefanos the first time we ever visited it. It’s a quiet, laid back resort with no hustle bustle. It has plenty of bars and restaurants, but is not “lager loutish”. If you’re looking for party action or night clubs staying open to the early hours, don’t come here, go to Kavos.
The restaurant and bar owners are all so friendly; they recognise and wave to you as you walk by.
Would we go again?
Darn right we will as often as we can, this place is heaven on earth.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Romanza Hotel was created to indulge your dreams and allow you appreciate the simplest pleasures in life. Enjoy the tranquility and hospitality, the wind of the sea and the waves of the Ionian from the privacy of your own room. The captivating sunset from Romanza's cliff is unparalleled. Experience pure serenity and relaxation, but most importantly take advantage of this unrivaled sensation of being free. You have no choice but to experience all that life has to offer. We give you the optimal location for your summer holiday. Come discover the paradise that Romanza is, the ideal location for a Romanza… ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Romanza Hotel Corfu/Agios Stefanos