About Divani Corfu Palace
- high speed internet in room
- swimming pool
- fitness center
- free parking
- business services
- room service
- air conditioning
- dry cleaning
- meeting room
- non smoking rooms
- non smoking hotel
- laundry service
- concierge desk
- flatscreen tv
- banquet room
- family rooms
- multilingual staff
- breakfast buffet
- outdoor pool
- conference facilities
- 24 hour front desk
- poolside bar
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Very Nice Indeed
"We looked at the Trip Advisor reviews for Divani Corfu Palace before deciding to book here. We don't want to be too repetitive, since we concur with many of the comments. The hotel is spacious, modern, clean and well-staffed. It is not ultra fancy or deluxe, but then you are not paying those kind of prices either. The room was well air-conditioned, which became one of our key criteria for judging a hotel during our trip to Greece. The breakfasts were some of the best we had during our three week stay, so stock up. We guess the airport noise is a personal matter, since it didn't bother us at all. Its not like Corfu is Heathrow in London!! Hey, if you are that sensitive, wear earplugs.
While I will agree with some of the comments about walking outside the hotel, (yes, the Greek drivers are crazy) it is a short 800 meter walk down the street to the famed view of the Monastery of Vlakherna and Mouse Island. Be sure to take a walk and enjoy the view.
We also hired a car to drive around the island. The first day I thought I was going to have a heartattack, the Corfu drivers are so insane. Finding your way around Corfu town is not for the faint at heart. But once outside of town, we discovered some fabulous beaches on the northwest shore of the island. In fact, when we return to Corfu, we will likely rent a room or stay at a hotel in or around the area of Paleokastrista. The scenery, the beaches, everything about this area is just magical. If you have time, go up to San Stefanos beach, swim and then eat at Waves. It is a small beachside Taverna run by the same family for years. It was one of the best meals we had and one of the best values. One other comment: when driving up to the Northwest coast, take the interior mountain road to Paleokastrista. The coast road around the eastern side of the island is crowded and slow.
Finally, for anyone who has traveled through Europe and seen great castles or mansions, skip the Achilleion Palace. We thought it was overpriced and not worth the trip!! But suit yourself."
- Travel date: Sun 6th of August 2006
Great hotel but...
"We've just returned from a last minute booking with Olympic Holidays to the Divani Corfu Palace Hotel. The hotel itself is very nice and probably worthy of it's 4 star rating considering it's location.
The staff are all very friendly and very helpful. This was my first trip to Greece and I just couldn't imagine ever getting to grips with the language at short notice. Fortunately, the staff are all English speakers so there were no communication problems. One of the waiters actually taught me one Greek word each time we met, so by the end of the week I had learned how to say "please", "thank you", "hello" and "good morning/day/night " - which is more than I knew before I went!
The rooms are perfectly adequate. Cleaned every day by a cheerful crew they have air-con (which did struggle a little to cope with the extreme heat). It was in excess of 44C outside and the room was never less than 24C - while that felt cool on first entry, it's nothing like I have had elsewhere.
The rooms are forward or rear facing. Rear facing rooms look out over a tree-filled hill so there isn't much to see and forward facing rooms look over the nearby rooftops toward the "lagoon" beyond. Oh, and Corfu's airport.
If anyone says they can't hear the aircraft noise I would have to assume they were either in a rear facing room or are hard of hearing. The noise is most definately intrusive. Monday and Friday seem to be the busiest days at Corfu airport and aircraft are landing and taking off throughout the day and night. We suffered more than one night of disturbed sleep because of the noise problem.
The lagoon seems to be responsible for the mosquito problem too. Everybody we spoke to had either been bitten themselves or had someone in their party who had been bitten. Ok, it's a hot climate and to some extent we all expect these things.
The major problem with this hotel was it's location. There is no entertainment in the hotel. The bar played the same CD on a loop for the entire week (you can get extremely tired of "The Best of Chris Rea" after a while!) and the only escape is to go to one of the local tavernas or head into Corfu town itself.
It's true that the hotel is in a residential area. What isn't mentioned though, is the street is narrow, without pavements (sidewalks), and double parking is the norm. Consequently, you have to walk in the road when you leave the hotel. The traffic is almost nonstop with mopeds, motorbikes, cars, vans and buses all apparently keen on seeing how fast they can negotiate the parked (abandoned?) vehicles and pedestrians in their path. Pedestrians don't seem to be of much concern to the average rider/driver in Corfu and to walk anywhere literally is to risk life and limb.
Finally, the brochures don't mention "the hill". Other reviewers have touched upon it but I have a genuine concern for people with heart problems staying at the hotel.
The climb from the road to the hotel is steep. Very steep. In the heat of the day it's made all the more strenuous and people with walking difficulties or a heart condition will find it very hard going."
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of July 2006
"Grabbed a last-minute cheapie from Olympic Holidays, for a fortnight at this place, last summer. School summer hols time, so last week July/first week August. Wondered why it was so cheap at Â£1900 for a family of four in two rooms: proximity to the airport and lack of a beach (it's on a promontory hilltop!) seemed to be the answer.
But, but but.... the aircraft noise doesn't intrude because you're actually way above them as they land and take off. You're just not in the noise 'footprint'. It's weird.
The (4*) hotel boasts one of the best swimming pools I've enjoyed in years, Arctic aircon in the bedrooms and incredibly friendly staff. B&B was our choice - half board options exist. It's buffet service everything, and is middling-to-good. I wouldn't take a full holiday's half-board, though, because there are plenty of excellent restaurants within walking distance. We ate in the hotel a couple of times when we couldn't be arsed to go anywhere.
Oh, and the transfer time from Corfu airport is the shortest imaginable - maybe 20 minutes.
Downsides: no beach, if that matters to you. No entertainment, but that can be a blessing if you've ever found yourself in a room above the hotel disco. Corfu Town is a five-mile bus ride away. Because the place is at the top of the hill, people with walking difficulties will have probs.
Oddly, Olympic Holidays have had trouble filling it this year as well. We watched like hawks as the price for the same fortnight in 2006 dropped from Â£2200 to Â£2100, Â£1900 and then, unbelievably, Â£1600, or Â£300 less than last year. At that point we clicked on 'Buy'.
Not sure I should have posted this actually, because I might want a decent value trip next year as well."
- Travel date: Tue 4th of July 2006
"Just returned from a 2 week stay at the Divani Palce Hotel in Corfu. Lovely hotel and all the staff are helpful and friendly. Excellent breakfasts. The only down side lots of coach parties comming and going and reserved signs put on table for them in dining room - this limits the non smoking tables available. Rooms comfortable and clean the fridge is a boon.
Only 3 tavernas within walking distance of hotel so as we were on bed and breakfast only they got pretty boring - didn't always feel like going back into Corfu town on the bus after a day out.
The approach to hotel makes it difficult for people with walking difficulties."
- Travel date: Thu 22nd of June 2006
"Stayed at the Divani for 2 weeks in September 2005. The staff are very friendly and particularly reception staff are very helpful. English spoken by all waiting, bar and reception staff but they did appreciate a little Greek in return.
Breakfasts were consistently good, although the coffee was not the best I have tasted. They stop serving breakfast at 10am which means the buffet is cleared so if the night was a late one you may have to use room service.
We did not eat dinner in the hotel but there is a charming little taverna called Mama Lina's - the taramasalata is to die for and very good house red at 9 euros a litre. Turn right and walk for 30m from the hotel.
10mins walk the other way is Captain George's and he usually had fresh fish, bream/swordfish or salmon as well as the usual Greek dishes. His house red was very palatable.
There is a little supermarket opposite the hotel and it sells everything. A litre of 12star Metaxa was 20 euros - approx half the price anywhere else.
The blue buses take 10 mins into Corfu town and cost 65 euro cents (tickets should be bought in advance from the hotel - you cannot buy them on the bus).
Green buses are excellent value and the terminus is behind the new fort - get a map of Corfu town. A trip to other parts of the island varies in price from 1.70 euros to about 4 euros max - one way. The terminus information kiosk will give you a free timetable and price list. Do this before you book any tour offered by your tour operator at about 35 euros.
A taxi to/from the airport is under 10euros - negotiate before you ride and from the old town late at night still under 10 euros.
A sea view room will over look Corfu airfield - this is wonderful for some but not everyone. You get used to the engine noise after the first night.
What would we change - arriving at 5am local time.
Would we go back - definitely."
- Travel date: Sat 17th of September 2005
"We have just returned from a weeks holiday at the Divani Palace and have had a great time. The hotel is lovely, the food is very good and the staff are really nice. It couldn't have been better!!"
- Travel date: Tue 6th of September 2005
"just got back today from staying at the Divani Palace and had a great time. The hotel is of a very high standard we stayed for 2 weeks on half board - food very good. I would recommend hiring a car which we did for 7 days to explore the island. The buses are good too, we visited the aqua park getting the bus first to Corfu town then the No. 8 to the park less than 4 euros each and the buses were on time !!!
OK you have got the planes but you soon get used to them and its worth going to the bar overlooking Mouse Island at night just to look at them coming in and going out.
Would recommend this hotel to people who like peaceful settings - and yes the pool is great."
- Travel date: Sun 10th of July 2005
Great place to stay
"Unfortunately we only stayed here for 2 nights as we were on our way to the north west of Corfu to see friends. However, it was an exceptionally pleasurable stay and although we could see the planes take off and land from our room, the planes were not at all obtrusive - or more importantly noisy. Rooms are modern, all the staff are superb (Yeia sas to the wonderful Receptionists and Haris the poolside barman), the air conditioning is fabulous, the TV not only worked but had a good selection of channels and there was a great choice of breakfast food. Bus stop to Corfu Town is about 300 metres from the hotel (you must buy a ticket from the shop first - 65 cents single ticket. However, I believe the return bus stop is in a different location and the return ticket costs more money....get info from the hotel before you set off). The local taverna "Mama Lina" is good value for money and is very close to the hotel. One thing to beware of when in Corfu is the taxi fares. Both days we were at the Divani we went into Corfu Town and none of the 4 fares (there and back) were the same!!! They varied from 7 - 12 euros. Apparently you must agree the fare before you get in the car! As Steve from Birkenhead suggested (hi Steve, hi Sue), the one thing that the Divani may care to think about, is laying on a courtesy bus in and out of Corfu Town.
All in all, a very good place to stay and we would not hesitate to go back there. Oh by the way, the pool is great and the general environment at the hotel is one of quietness and calm."
- Travel date: Fri 8th of July 2005
Great Hotel wonderful staff
"Just returned from a 14 day holiday.
The hotel cannot be faulted for its service or staff.
It's situation makes it difficult for anyone with walking difficulties, use of taxis or a hire car is recommended.
Although the sea facing rooms face the main runway of Corfu Airport since you are not directly under the flightpath this is rarely obtrusive.
The standard of the buffet meals is excellent and not repetative."
- Travel date: Sun 26th of June 2005
"We have just returned from Corfu staying at the Divani Palace hotel for 7 nights. The hotel is excellent, the rooms are very good,spacious and very clean, the breakfast is a buffet and hard to beat and the hotel pool is very good.(all the staff are friendly and helpful)
The hotel is situated about 20-25 mins walk into the old town, but is served by a very reliable bus service, just outside the hotel which, for 65 cents will take you into the town of Corfu in about 6-7 mins (depending on traffic).Corfu is a lovely old town and a great base to see the rest of the island."
- Travel date: Sat 11th of June 2005