We read a number of mixed reviews before our stay so I thought I would write an honest review as things were when we stayed (26th Sept 2011 in room 147).
Reception – We were booked in quickly and the staff are very helpful. We were given detailed information shown to our room and the porter delivered the bags within 5 minutes (10 out of 10). There was a nice touch in that you could swap dinner for lunch at no cost which meant if you wanted to dine at one of the local restaurants in the evening you could (10 out of 10). The hotel also offers a discount of 11 Euros if you use the a’ la carte restaurant, we did not use this as we felt the discount was short changing us (the hotel charge 20 to 30 Euros for the buffet dinner) 2 out of 10 for this one.
Room – We had a sea view room which had 2 white towel robes, plenty of storage and a fridge. The bathroom was a little weird, it had a white modern suit, wc, bath, shower (over bath) and 2 hand basins but no bidet. The weird thing was the glass screed between the bathroom and the bedroom, this did have a privacy curtain but it was best part of useless. I suspect the designer thought it would be nice to lie in the bath and take in the see view, but it doesn’t work. If you pull the shower curtain over the bath it does provide full privacy. As for the room itself, it was probably a great design in the mid nineties with the CD player being a nice touch then but these days people are looking for a docking station for the ipod not a CD player. The TV was not a flat screen, there was no wifi and the bed linen was 4 star not 5 star. Generally the room had everything you needed but was of a 4 star standard not 5 star (7.5 out of 10).
View – The view from the balcony was 5 star one of the best I have seen, really nice to sit on the balcony late afternoon with a G&T (10 out of 10).
Level 3 bar and reception – These were generally 5 star quality but some of the soft furnishing are showing signs of age (8 out of 10).
Restaurant and food – Generally I could not fault the quality of the food and the level of service was very good. It did not matter what time you ate the buffet breakfast or dinner it was refreshed regularly. The only complaint I have is there is only one toaster which is rubbish and for this reason I reluctantly mark it down to 9 out of 10.
Cleanliness – The place is spotless, all areas 10 out of 10.
Pool area – Good quality sun-beds and plenty of them so I really do not understand why people kept going down and putting towels out. Sun bed covers were provided as were beech towel. The pool we used was salt water. 10 out of 10.
Beach – Again good quality sun-beds and plenty of them, there were also water sports (at additional cost) if you wished to use them. The beach bar was closed and as the hotels claims to be 5 star I would have expected this to be open so 8 out of 10.
Pool bar – Now this is where I have a problem it was expensive and had a poor choice of food. I bought drinks and food on 2 days and on each day they served my drinks in chipped glasses, not what you would expect from a 3 star let a lone an establishment claiming to be 5 star, Burger and chips 15 euros (2 out of 10). Do yourself a favour and take a 5 minute walk up the hill (turn right when you come out of the main entrance) and go to the first bar on the right excellent views wide choice of quality food and drink and 30% cheaper than the hotel and no chipped glasses!!
Cost of food and drink – Just to put things in perspective the Pound has lost more than 20% of its value to the Euro which is not the manager’s fault it’s the UK governments and specifically the Bank of England. Corfu is not the cheap resort it once was in the 80s. So if we use 1.40 euro to the Pound a G&T is 11 euro’s which is about £8 and a beer about £3.60 so it’s about the same as you would pay in a UK 4 or 5 star hotel. We had wine and water with our evening meal and it was between 23 and 28 euros depending on what wine we had (not excessive). 8 out of 10.
Summary – In my opinion this is not a 5 star hotel but a very good 4 star, but did this spoil our holiday no not one bit. The real acid test is would we stay there again, the answer is yes definitely but after this review I might have to use another name. The other thing I asked my self is would I recommend this hotel to friends and relatives again the answer is yes. Overall I would give this hotel 8 out 10.
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- Also Known As:
- Grecotel Eva Palace Hotel Kommeno Bay
- Grecotel Eva Palace Kommeno Bay
- Grecotel Eva Palace Corfu/Kommeno Bay