22 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
We had a fantastic time at the Fotini co...
"We had a fantastic time at the Fotini complex. The rooms themselves are fairly basic, but cleanand comfortable. The rest of the complex is also immaculately kept, and the pool area is a lovely placto rleax. The views from the rooms are gorgeous too, with a view straight out over the sea.
However, none of this explains the charm of the Fotini (although it does help!). The thing that truly makes the Fotini Complex special is the unbelievably warm welcome that Fotini and her family (the complex is run by three generations of the same family) provide. They really can't do enough for you, and treat you like a guest of the family.
We ate out most evenings, and generally the food was excellent. On the one and only occasion where we had a bad meal in a restaurant in town, Fotini and her father Spiros were most upset on our behalf. Indeed, they decided that such things were unacceptable, and personally drove us to an excellent restaurant the next evening (also instructing the owners to drive us back !!!). They also provided all of the guests at the bar with a share of a family barbecue and birthday cake one evening when they had a family celebration. These moments summed up the exceptionally warm and hospitable atmosphere that makes the Fotini complex special
The nearest thing to a downside is the hill which others have mentioned, but even that isn't (in our opinion) that big a deal unless you have walking difficulties. It also allows you to enjoy the fabulous view from the complex. Paleokastritsa itself is also lovely, with lots of excellent restaurants (Nausika was our personal favourite, but there are several good ones), and a lovely relaxed feel to the place. It is also very very pretty (as well as surprisingly green), and not too "touristy". A perfect place for a quiet getaway.
We will definately be going back to the Fotini complex, and would highly recommend it to anyone who doesn't expect the heigh of fie start luxury. Especially if you want to be treated as a guest, rather than just a customer
- Travel date: Fri 1st of August 2008
What a fantastic place this is better th...
"What a fantastic place this is better than many 4* hotels in the uk. we had room 13 which has views from two sides and these views are incredible. the rooms are built to a very good standard with UPVC doors and windows to keep out noise something there is very little of. Transport is a must unless you enjoy hill walking as the road to the appartments is a killer but worth it when you get there. The staff are all very freindly and helpfull and keep everything clean. A lovely place to stay if you want a relaxing holiday away from the masses. The pool is warm and of varying depths and there are plenty of sunbeds. We had a great group of people when we stayed there some of whom go back each year which says something for the place."
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of July 2008
We stayed at the Fotini Annex for 2 week...
"We stayed at the Fotini Annex for 2 weeks and it was wonderful. I would say better than the complex itself.
Our rooms were like new with a TV, kettle and toaster even a hairdryer. Yes, unfortunately the hill is still there but, it is worth the walk for the view from the balcony of one of the most beautiful bays I have ever seen.
The Fotini complex is a 2 minute walk away, however we were told they are building their own pool next year. At the bottom of the hill you have the Moody Blue Bar who has a cocktail of the night, every night and will always offer you a lift up the hill after late night drinks.
Also some excellent restaurants - Adama and Nausika but especially the Greek Way where you can see you food being cooked on the grill. You are always made welcome wherever you go, a lovely place to visit I would definitely recommend both the Fotini and Paleocastritsa.
- Travel date: Fri 26th of October 2007
My husband and I have just returned from...
"My husband and I have just returned from a 2 week trip to Fotini complex.
The pool was divine. The apartments where clean and tidy, but bring your own towels for showering as all we got were 2 small hand towels.
Overall the place was great, but the hill up from the main road is a nightmare, epically if you are unfit. The resort is quiet and there is no main town which I found a bit strange.
There are plenty off nice places to eat and we loved "Moody Blue" bar as they did really good cocktails.
- Travel date: Tue 21st of August 2007
This place just cannot be faulted. Havi...
"This place just cannot be faulted. Having visited countries all over the world, this is by far the most beautiful, peaceful scenic place we have ever visited.
Yes, there is a hill but it is no where near as bad if you just take a slow stroll. When you get to the top there is always a cold beer waiting or glass of the most perfect home made rose wine ever tasted.
The studios are run by the most welcoming and wonderful family we have ever met. Fotini and her sister Korina are always laughing and smiling and truly canât do enough for you. Grandma Korina is equally wonderful and we shed all shed tears when we left. We will certainly be going back.
Where else can you wake up to beautiful views, be treated like family (we even had fresh figs delivered to our door by Fotini because I told her I liked them!)
At the bottom of the hill is moody blues bar and the owner is great fun as are the two girls working there, sally and Natalie. The restaurants are great, especially Adamas.
The food at Fotinis is the best ever, all home made and fresh. The mousakka is the best!
We will definitely be going back year after year and taking friends and family with us. Have no doubt; this place is worth a visit! Once you've been, you'll never look back!!
- Travel date: Tue 21st of August 2007
Lovely friendly accommodation with a fam...
"Lovely friendly accommodation with a family atmosphere. Not for people with severe walking difficulties, however I am registered disabled with spine and hip problems.
We hired a car and found it a godsend as these apts are at the top of a very steep mountain.
Beautifully unspoilt and the family who own these are very accommodating, nice people.
Definitely would return here and recommend a visit."
- Travel date: Tue 25th of September 2007
We have just returned from our 4th 2 wee...
"We have just returned from our 4th 2 week holiday at the Fotini complex and annexes.
As usual the hill up to the apartments is a necessary evil to achieve the wonderful views of the bay.
This problem is easily solved by hiring a scooter or car from the friendly and reasonably priced George Michaelas Hire Shop at the bottom of the hill.
The Moody Blue Bar at the bottom of the hill was offering a free taxi service to the top of the hill after late night drinks at the bar.
Fotini and her sister Corrina, with her parents and her granny were once again on duty some 18 hours per day giving excellent service.
Bar facilities are great with drinks, breakfasts, & meals available at all times.
Room facilities are basic but comfortable with electricity included.
Extra electrical needs i.e. fans/air con are charged as extras which we considered to be entirely reasonable.
The pool was kept spotless as usual with granny cleaning it most days in a stance which could only be described as gymnastically challenging.
The current luggage arrangements are that the bags are stored within sight of the bar from midday until they are collected by the owner of the Moody Blue bar until pick up.
The Moody Blue bar is open all of this time for drinks etc and the luggage is well looked after.
In conclusion, staying in Paleokastritsa is probably the best decision to make if you want to stay on Corfu.
Staying in the Fotini complex is a wise decision if you are staying in Paleokastritsa."
- Travel date: Sat 7th of July 2007
Loved it. Just spent 2 weeks there, an...
Just spent 2 weeks there, and Paleo was the perfect location for what we wanted - quiet, but with a few bars and some lovely restaurants.
The Fotinoula (one of the add-ons to the actual complex) is run by a lovely lady. She always keeps the apartments clean. These are basic apartments, but if you book a package tour like this, then they are exactly what you should expect. If you want luxury, you need a hotel!!!
The pool & bar for the complex is lovely - friendly, clean and good fun in the evening when they hold a themed night - nothing tacky thankfully, but just a good way to meet some of the other folks living around you.
The walk to from the main road IS steep, especially after a 3 course meal and some wine, but again, the Olympic brochure states this very clearly.
The worst thing was that they take your bags at midday, and they sit around unguarded for a few hours (for our late transfer, that would have been until midnight!). We hired the room for 30 euros extra, which meant a nice easy day, and a hot shower at the end of it. Expensive, but worth it, as a few others who stayed there agreed.
I heard reports about the owner (Spiros) losing his temper at someone, but to be honest, for him to do that you must have to show a serious disrespect - he's a lovely fellow!
I would recommend Paleo & Fotinoula to anyone who can manage a walk up a big hill!
From some of the comments already written, I would say that Mrs Packman was the lady who wanted moving from the Annex to the Complex proper, and caused such a fuss that she caused her own miserable-ness for her holiday. Well done.
- Travel date: Wed 23rd of August 2006
I have just read the review given by Mrs...
"I have just read the review given by Mrs D J Packman above and felt I had to offer an explanation. I think that Mrs Packman must be mistaken and has confused the Fotini complex with the Fotini annexe which is nearby.
I have stayed at the Fotini complex with my wife and we could not fault it. The owners were more than helpful at all times and couldnât have been more friendly. We had a wonderful time whilst there and found that the other people we met when we were there were every bit as happy as us.
We will definitely be going back to the Fotini complex soon and not the Fotini annexe which we were told by holidaymakers that were staying there and regularly visiting the Fotini complex that it is not a pleasant place to stay however I canât really comment as we didnât stay there ourselves.
The views from the complex are stunning and the staff are fantastic, the pool is spotless, the bar fully stocked and always spotlessly clean, you can get light snacks at the bar at very reasonable prices and as long as you take your time the hill is not a problem, just take a gentle stroll down the hill and enjoy the bars and restaurants.
Take time to talk to the locals, they really are some of the friendliest and most helpful people you will ever meet and they love to sit and chat over a glass of wine or two and donât worry about the walk back up the hill, I'll bet you if you ask the waiter to phone a taxi for you he will get his car and take you and he wont take any money either, thatâs the Greeks for you.
- Travel date: Fri 24th of February 2006
Honeymooners in May 2003, we stayed in t...
"Honeymooners in May 2003, we stayed in the Fotini Apartments (yes we are the couple who danced by the pool) in the most beautiful and picturesque place in the whole world - Paleokastritsa.
If you have never been there you just do not realise what you are missing - Paleo is 'paradise' and not just because we were 'newly weds'. The Fotini apartments were just perfect though and we will never forget waking up to 'that view'; - yes it is a long way up the mountain but that really made no difference as the locals are so hospitable, kind and generous -we never managed to get a taxi - we didnât need to - as we were always driven to and from our apartment (and they wouldnât accept any money).
The pool is beautifully clean and you can grab a bite to eat and a drink from the pool bar. Good restaurants nearby for the evening, Go Scuba Diving, Hire A Boat - he James Bond and me Miss Moneypenny! Get around on a Scooter by day - it's great fun! Lots of natural beauty and culture to see (it really is that unspoiled. Go up into the mountains and observe the views at every level - go right to the top - Bellavista and Lacones - you will pinch yourself to check if you are still awake!
Ray - I want to stand with you on a mountain, I want to bathe with you in the sea...... I LOVE YOU...Truely, Madly, Deeply and I'm so happy that you married me. All My Love Sally xxx
- Travel date: Wed 30th of April 2003
The Fotini Studios is up a very big hill...
"The Fotini Studios is up a very big hill, not suitable for any one with heart conditions and high blood pressure as well as any minor walking difficulty. The Fotini studios owners charge more than any of the other annexes in the complex for air conditioning everyone else pays 2 - 4 euros and they charge 7 euros a night.
You are provided with two very small hand towels to last all week in the shower. If you try and bring in an electric fan from the tourist office they let themselves in your apartment screaming and shouting at you that it is Corfu law that you can only high fans from them at double the price they then make you take it back.
We found the staff at the bar and pool very unhelpful and unwelcoming. I would not recommend this accommodation to anyone. What the brochure does not show is outside your balcony between the pool and your self is a car park were the Fotini staff clean their cars at all times of the day and night.
If you have a small child in a pushchair this hill is a killer.
On the last day you have to be out of your room by 12 noon, and at 5 pm your luggage is taken down to the main road and left outside a restaurant until 2 am and you are picked up, no one is watching it and any one could take it or tamper with it."
- Travel date: Thu 30th of June 2005