My Fiancé and I stayed at the Charietta Studios & Apartments for 2 weeks at the end of July 2006. We booked through the Olympic ‘smart price’ brochure. They say you get what you pay for. It couldn’t be more true! That’s not to say we didn’t have a good time! The holiday is what you make it.
After the shambolic events at Corfu airport (2hrs to get our cases!), we were looking forward to arriving at our new home for the next 2 weeks. When the coach stopped at the top of a steep hill, we wondered what was going on. Then we were called – this was our stop! The Charietta was a few meters at the bottom of the hill, on the left. We lugged our heavy cases down the hill, and then up the stairs (as there are no lifts!). As we opened the door we almost cried. Luckily, we were so tired, we just collapsed on the (hard) bed and forgot about it for a few hours!
Our room was a fair size. As you walked in the front door (room 6), we had our kitchen on the left, and shower-room on the right. A sliding door separated the kitchen / toilet area from the sleeping area. We had 2 single beds either side of the balcony door, so we couldn’t push them together. We had a wardrobe (with 2 hangers!!!) and a dressing table with mirror, and the most ugly looking chair I’ve ever seen! There wasn’t a lot of floor space, so we ended up putting our cases on one of the beds, and we squeezed into the other for the duration of our stay! The balcony was small and had just about enough room for a table (one foot missing!) and 2 chairs. We had some sort of yellow gooey stuff on the balcony floor on arrival, and we asked it to be removed several times. After about 4-5 times, we eventually grabbed the ‘cleaner’ and got him to mop it up. We had no safe on arrival, and after 4 days of asking, we received one. The charge for these is 10 euro for 1 week and 15 euro for 2 weeks. The cleaners come in everyday, but they only empty the bins. Towels were changed twice a week. We were provided with one toilet roll on arrival.
The kitchen was VERY basic. We were hoping to eat in the room sometimes to save money, but ended up going out everyday, as I couldn’t do anything in that kitchen. We had a couple of mugs, plates, a saucepan and some dirty cutlery. We had a fridge, kettle and a portable twin hotplate unit. It didn’t look very safe to me anyway.
The bathroom made me cringe. The toilet roll holder had the middle piece missing so we had to put the roll on the cistern top. We had a mirror, and a shelf that was loose and on the wonk so you couldn’t put much on it! The shower had a removable head, which kept falling off and hit me on the head!! We had mostly warm showers, although one day we had an ice-shower and I came out blue & shivering. The shower looked like it had never been cleaned and I spotted a few random 'short and curlies' that I can assure you did not belong to us! I never felt clean after showering there.
The pool was nice. The Charietta only has 22 rooms, and so it wasn’t packed with people. There is a poolside bar, which opens when the owners feel like it…It is supposed to open at 10am, but one-day no one turned up till 1pm! There are drinks and ice creams as well as snacks. The toasties were nice and good value at 2 euro. DON’T have the bigger meals e.g. Lasagne/Moussaka as these are frozen! The woman microwaved them – mine was ice cold in the middle and my Fiancés was burnt to a crisp!! We saw the pool being cleaned each day, and it opened at 10am.
The beach was a 100m walk from the Charietta. It was a pure stone/pebble beach, and the water didn’t look very appealing. A 20-minute walk to the next town of Ipsos provides better waters, but still no sand. If you want a nice sandy beach, go to the resort St Georges South instead – gorgeous beach with facilities. The beach had many restaurants/bars etc, but very expensive. We only managed 15 minutes on the beach before we gave up and went back to the pool! People sell giant doughnuts and fruit on the beach, but its not recommended – a sign states this in Ipsos.
The Resort: Dassia:
Dassia was the ideal resort for us, as we wanted to have a central location on the island. This allowed us to explore the island and nothing was too far away. Dassia consists of a long stretch of road with shops and restaurants on either side.
There are 3 big supermarkets; one of them is opposite the hill that leads from the Charietta to the main road. This is called ‘Joy Hero’ and combines both a supermarket and a souvenir shop, and both are reasonably priced. The other is ‘Scontos’ which is a 15 minute walk turning left at the top of the hill. The third is turning right, about 10 minutes walk.
Ipsos is about a 20-minute walk, turning right at the top of the hill. Ipsos is a bit livelier than Dassia, and has a few nightclubs and many bars. You can catch a blue bus by waiting in front of the Joy-Hero supermarket (but there is no bus stop sign so just wait!). It costs 2 euro each way to Corfu Town, and takes about 20 minutes. From Corfu Town, you can take a ferry to mainland Greece if you wish. It’s only about 6 euros on foot. We took the car (for 42 euros) and drove to the Monasteries of Meteora.
I can recommend ‘Mythos Steak House’ which accepts Visa and is reasonably priced with friendly staff. A bit further along is ‘Great Shakes’ which is a very friendly British owned/run restaurant & bar. It is fully air conditioned inside and has a good menu. Here you can have English favourites such as John Smiths. Unfortunately, at the time of writing, they do not accept Visa. They do have a great website that you can easily find via a search engine. Here you can see their menu, and also read their own guide to Dassia, and email any questions you may have. Further along is ‘Restaurant Kirki’ which again is bit more money than the others but has a nice décor and does accept Visa. There are many other restaurants, but we didn’t try them. There are also many restaurants along the beach, but we stuck to the main road area at night. A good place to have a snack is the patisserie, which sells drinks, pastries and ice creams.
In all, we had a good holiday. The room wasn’t what we had expected, but we overcame this. Towards the end of our stay, we had a look in one of the family rooms, which are basically 2 rooms knocked together. Compared to ours it was like The Ritz!! They had a lovely kitchen that included an oven, two shower rooms, an electronic safe (we had a giant key to carry round) and two balconies and it looked spotless. We also spoke to another couple that had a dodgy room, and they had seen a different family room and described it as the same to us. All I can imagine is that the family rooms have had a bit more spent on them and are probably ok. If you are a couple, don’t bother.....Unless you really don’t mind about hygiene and standards! The staff at Charietta were most helpful, and tried their best.
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