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“Perfect Paleo sunsets in the Apollon Annexe”
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Apollon Hotel
Ranked #1 of 15 Paleokastritsa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 13, 2008

My boyfriend and I have just come back from a weeks holiday at the Apollon, staying in the annexe in the fisrt week of May 2008, booked with Media Travel with Hotels4You on Teletext. A hint if you stay in May is when the sun sets it gets quite chilly, so a cardi/jacket and maybe some longer trousers may be an idea.

Paleokastritsa is a beautiful resort, and the annexe rooms have views overlooking two of the six bays in the resort. The room was perfectly adequate, clean, with twin beds and a lovely shuttered balcony that caught the sun in the late afternoon and stayed warm until sunset. The only issue we had with the room was that the water didnt drain very well in the shower, and although the bathroom was designed as a wet room, with no shower curtain (typical of greek hotels), we still ended up with a soaking wet floor.

We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis, and were provided with a typical greek buffet style breakfast off bread, cheese, ham, boiled eggs, tea, cofee, juice, greek yoghurt, honey, tinned fruits.
This was adequate, however you could purchase english breakfast for 6-8 euros if so required. But why go to greece to eat english food?

The hotel bar was lovely and provided a great view over the main bay at the bottom of the long road winding down the hill that makes up the resort of Paleokastritsa. The Apollon also serves meals through out the day, with a more international flavour to the dishes, along with a little bakery attached. We ate out at other places in the resorts, as we like to experience the greek culture including the food, fully when we visit.

We walked up the hill to tavernas and restauraunts further up the hill to eat, its certainly worh a trek and there are other stunning views to be seen. We liked The Dolphin, The Belvedere, and a family run place situated past all the car hire companys on the left walking uphill. Also the snack bar/taverna and the restaurant to the right of the Apollon between the hotel and the annexe were both great. We enjoyed a bar situated on the lefthandside of the main bay on the beach, called Aladdins (?), it used to be a snack bar, and the owners have recently transformed it, seving greek food, snacks and amazing cocktails with a great view over the main bay and across to the Apollon

We hired a car for the full week, so we could get out and about, and see the rest of the island at our leisure. I really would reccomend hiring a car for at least some of your holiday, for although Paleokastitsa is beautifull, there are amazing sights and places to be discovered in the other areas of Corfu, such as mountain tops, pretty hillside viallges and hidden beaches.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 12, 2008

My boyfriend and i stayed at this hotel in August 2008.

The hotel itself really is lovelyand quite modern, we had a room on the top floor (of the main hotel) which was very clean and had everything you needed, including a fridge, you pay extra for air con. I expected it to be alot more basic than it was, it had a lovely big balcony to sit out on with an amazing outlook. This is not luxury so dont expect it to be but it is very good value for money.
The hotel has a nice bar, and resturant and a nice little bakery on the side (handy for lunch)

Food - We are not at all fussy about food. We had breakfast everyday and although there was not loads of choice, we were happy to have the lovely Greek yoghurt most days. To be honest we did not eat at the hotel most evenings (even though we had gone half board) as we wanted to try different places. When we did eat in the resturant it was good quality and good portions, we just found it a bit to much like the food at home, and like we like to try different things.
We found a lovely little place just around to the right of the hotel up some steps (cant remember the name but you cant miss it.)

Beaches - Beautiful beaches, lovely clear water, but take beach shoes as can be a bit painly full to walk into the sea. We loved the beaches but they were SO busy, obviously we were there in August so that is no shock. We decided to hire a car and explore which i found great. Easy to drive around and find places. We also hired a speed boat from a lovely couple on the beach around to the right of the hotel, that was brilliant, we managed to find a couple of small coves to the right of that beach and had them all to ourselves!

The hotel owners were very nice and very helpful and although we had no problems i am sure if we had they would of sorted anything out straight away.

All in all the holiday was a good one for lazy days in the sun and nice food, the only negative was that we missed having somewhere to walk around in the evening. It is a very small cove with not alot going on, (the only place with anything going on was our hotel, which had entertainment every night and im not knocking it but it was not our type of thing)

If you are looking for a amazingly beautiful place, clean hotel, hiring a car and exploring then entertainment in your hotel this is for you.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2007

We stayed at the Apollon in the annex for two weeks, which were good overall for a two star. (the only thing that let them down were the cleaners). They all have sea views and the hotel and annex are ideally situated to the beaches, for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and boat trips. There are a few restaurants dotted about but would recommend the one before you reach the harbour and two gift shops. Great food and value for money & friendly staff.
The food in the hotel was adequate, but with a bit more variety and effort from the staff and cleaners they could raise their profile to a three star!!
A word of warning, do not go to the Golden Fox right at the top looking over palekastrista, it is a complete and utter rip off for the coach parties/tourists.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2007

Have recently returned from 2 weeks in Paleo staying at the Apollon. This was our first visit to Corfu but hopefully will not be the last. The hotel was as described and had fantastic views over the bay. The rooms were clean, the water hot and the staff were very friendly and made us feel more like members of the family than guests. We were on the top floor with individual balconies but I must admit we did find the steps a little difficult as we are not youngsters anymore so if you are of pensionable age may I suggest you ask for a lower floor when booking (unless you are super fit of course). Paleo itself was very pretty and a walk up to the Monestery is a must as the views are spectacular. Had a coach trip around the island and a day in Albania and I must say we enjoyed them both very much. We did find the sea cold which was rather strange for this part of the world so this was the only disappointing part as we do like our swims. We found a super restaurant called the Belvedere (Hotel) They have Greek nights twice weekly which are great fun and the food is fantastic (turn left out of the hotel and walk straight up the road for about 10-15 minutes and the Belvedere is on the right).For anyone wanting a pleasant stay in a beautiful part of Corfu then the Apollon is the place to stay.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2007

We have just returned from a weeks holiday in Paleo, staying in the Apollon Annexe. The holiday was great, made all the more so by a beautiful resort and brilliant accommodation. Chris and Karen were excellent hosts and bent over backwards to accomodate their guests, even offering to make us a packed lunch when we found out we were going to miss breakfast because we had an early start for a trip.

The Hotel was on the main beach front, with the annexe a short walk around the corner. The accommodation in the annexe was simple but clean, tidy and of a higher standard than some other apartments we have stayed in in Greece. The main hotel seemed to be the main attraction in the resort, providing entertainment in the form of a Greek Night, Karaoke and Live Music. As residents we got 10% off our food too, which made the prices even more reasonable. The hotel bar was nice too with great fans spraying a fine mist of water over the guests in the heat of the day to cool us down. The many cats were a welcome addition to the stay too.

The resort itself is lovely, with a variety of beaches to relax on and soak up the sun. The monastry is definitely worth a visit as is a trip up to Bella Vista in Lakones, where the views are spectacular. We also went to Corfu town for an afternoon by bus, which I would recommend doing. The buses are fairly regular and stop just outside the hotel, and terminate at the main bus station in Corfu town, which is just a short walk from the old town and the fortress. The reps offered a trip to Corfu town for 19 Euros each, but the bus was only 4 euros each so is definitely a cheaper alternative.

All in all we had a great holiday and would thoroughly recommend this resort and hotel to anyone who wants a peaceful and relaxing break away.

Thanks to Karen and Chris for making the stay so enjoyable.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank NessieLondon
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Reviewed September 4, 2007

Stayed at the Apollon Hotel in Paleo with my wife from 27/08/07 - 3/09/07 (late 20s couple). Hotel is in a fantastic location overlooking the main bay but within walking distance to all other beaches. We preferred to go to Apelaki beach to the right behind the hotel where the dive centre is as this was much quieter than the main beach and cheaper for sunbeds/umbrella at 7 euros for 2. We found several nice restaurants within 15 - 20 minutes walk along the strip and the food was of a high standard and fairly cheap although the menus are repetative. 3 course meal with drinks averaged £30 for a couple. The resort is very friendly and is a great place for a relaxing, warm, peaceful holiday. You must visit 'Mistral' bar and have a drink with the owner, Cristos. He is a hoot and loves to challenge customers to a game of pool, especially if a wager is involved! We hired a car for a day and found a lovely mountain drive near the resort with fantastic views and passing through several traditional Greek villages. I doubt there is a hotel in Paleo in a better location than the Apollon. The rooms are adequate and clean with one on the second floor with access to the terrace a must. Air con is required to sleep and costs 6 euros per night. The staff are friendly, Craig and Karen will chat to you all day and the Greek staff are OK too although service in the hotel bar/restaurant left a lot to be desired. Overall we loved this hotel and resort and will definately return.

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Reviewed September 3, 2007

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: Paleokastritsa 490 83, Greece
Location: Greece > Ionian Islands > Corfu > Paleokastritsa
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Paleokastritsa
Price Range: $44 - $102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Apollon Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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