2 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Returned from a wonderful 2 week holiday...
"Returned from a wonderful 2 week holiday in Gouvia, Corfu where my mum and I stayed at the Debono Hotel. This isn't a 4 star hotel in London its in Corfu so please don't expect to go expecting a luxury hotel.
That said the hotel is exceptionally clean and well maintained, the staff are very polite and cant do enough for you and will help you with any aspect of your holiday such as what buses to get, local information and ordering taxis at their 24 hour reception. Debono has a great location close to the town centre of Gouvia only 5-10 minute walk but far enough away from the busy road and very close to bus stops.
Please ignore comments about there not being enough staff at the hotel. There are 2 ladies around at breakfast, another lady who is around the poolside serving drinks all day and 3 staff doing rotating shifts on reception aswel as the cleaners. What do people want...staff milling around all day crowding the hotel not doing anything? Granted these people work hard but there is no need for any more.
The breakfast is fresh and constantly rotated however it is repetitive and after 2 weeks it does get a bit boring, dont expect eggs and bacon...go to Sidari for that!
We went on 3 boat trips with Captain Spyros which is well worth the money and highly recommended. We went on the beach BBQ and to Kassiopi twice which is a stunning little bay with lovely shops and restaurants and the sea is crystal clear. Spyros is really welcoming and friendly he gives you coffee, croissants, a huge sandwich for lunch and a free bar all afternoon from 18-23 Euros depending what trip you go on. For the same price you can also do the beach BBQ where he and his wife cook a fantastic BBQ and plough you with red wine, again on a beach with beautiful clear waters. We did this on our last day and it really made our holiday!
If you don't fancy a boat trip, try Kassiopi from the bus stops near the hotel, the ride up through the North part of the island is very mountainous and has breathtaking views and is about 45 minute ride. You will see all the unspoilt beaches and tiny traditional Greek villages.
Dont be afraid to use the blue and green buses, get the tickets from the kiosk. You can really explore the island and they are inexpensive and frequent. We tried Dassia, Ipsos, Sidari (don't go there if your looking for tradition Greek charm although the drive up was lovely), Palekastritsa and Kassiopi, all of which had nice beaches...better than Gouvia.
Corfu town is well worth a visit and get a map! We went once in the day and really went exploring and spent 2 evenings there by bus. Be warned drinks are expensive.
Gouvia has lots of restaurants to last you 2 weeks try them all, especially the one where the waiters throw fire around and do greek dancing...its always packed and the food is brilliant. The Molfetta bar down by the beach has some great evenings with greek dancing.
Debono is a perfect base, its not luxury but to have breakfast and sleep in its absolutely fine. Go with an open mind, explore the island and really make the most of your time there. Enjoy!"
- Travel date: Fri 5th of September 2008
Just came back from Debono hotel in Gouv...
"Just came back from Debono hotel in Gouvia. What can I say - it is definitely not 4 star, maybe 2.5, it is an old fashioned refurbished hotel, rooms are spacious, they are well cleaned, but overall feel a bit depressing. The grounds are nice, but you cannot walk in the gardens and the proximity of so much greeenery means lots of mosquitos. The breakfast was not worth getting up for - I could not eat any of it, it is all cold cheapest stuff: yogurt, muesli, some jams and honey, some bread, some horrible margarine which I would not touch (bought my own butter), boiled egggs you could not peel, sausage meats and cheese which tasted like plastic. Coffe is from the machine, but the water tasted salty so did not use it. The woman serving breakfast did not speak english and just ran away when we tried to ask for anything. Breakfast served from 7 till 10, but at 9.30 there was not much left and you were just told hard luck. Reception person not overly friendly. The main downside is that the hotel is about 5-10 mins away from the resort, but to walk down you need to walk along a busy road with no pavement and poor lighting, so quite risky as cars fly by and then have to cross a busy motorway. There is no entertainment at the hotel, the pool is decent size and there is a bar by the pool, but I have not seen many people there. Everything goes dead in the evening. Overall I was quite disappointed and will not use them again.
- Travel date: Tue 17th of June 2008