23 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Dont be put off by bad reviews!!
"Went to Kavos for a week in August and this hotel was brill!! After reading the bad reviews some people had written I must say I was a bit put off but when I got there it was nothing like described. Ok there was no shower head holder but we balanced it on this thing on the roof and it stayed there the whole week so that wasn't an issue and no the maids didn't change the sheets the whole week but who cares they were clean when we arrived and only we had slept in them!! We got clean towels once during the week but we had our own so that wasn't a problem either!! The rooms are basic and a bit plain but have loads of storage and we didn't use the kitchen but it had the facilities there if we wanted to. The pool is brill, good size and really clean and theres music on all day (even if it is the same songs 20 times a day!!) The music isn't that loud at night and if it is you can always persuade the bar man to turn it down :) The bar is good and the food is ok too... Net bar was better though!!
Be warned though sun loungers are 1.50 a day and air con is 50 euros per room and the safe is 20 euros but all well worth paying for!! We had a few problems with air con but the staff came and fixed it everytime and were really helpful all week!! Hotel is right on the Kavos strip and i'd recommend you to go there!! Dont be put off by bad reviews!!
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- Travel date: Fri 21st of August 2009
A Fab Holiday...
"I've just got back from a week at the Odysseus on a 2wentys holiday which i booked through first choice... After booking my holiday and reading the hotels reviews i expected to turn up in a dump... It was no where near as bad as i expected... We were given the apartment above the 24 hour poolside bar... which was noisy but was much bigger than the other rooms and was very clean.. The maids had been in our room when items had been left lying around and they didn't touch a thing.. As for the dead cockroaches i didnt see one... However there is a lot of mosquitos so insect reppelant is necessary. The 2wentys reps were ace and made everyone feel involved... the excursions.. although expensive.. where well worth it and i had one of the best holidays ever... so if youve booked in this hotel i wouldnt worry as it is nowhere near as bad as you would expect.
- Travel date: Tue 18th of August 2009
"This was our first stay in Paleokastritsa. We visited by bus last year and loved it. The Hotel Odysseus is a beautifully kept[spotless] and well run establishment. The views from the rooms and the terraces are second to none. Sunbeds around the pool were always available and the dining area for lunches, very nice and shady. The evening meals were good with something different every day.The staff were all very hard working but very cheerful all the time and also very friendly. Entertainment was of a good quality. I especially liked the Greek bouzouki playing by Giorgos and his partner, excellent too on the guitar with international music, something for everyone. The clientelle were indeed very international and all seemed to enjoy everything as we did. A visit to the monastery is really a must, again the views are stunning, also the view from Bella Vista is a sight to see.Corfu town is easily accessible by local bus and a beautiful old town to visit. The fortress is well worth seeing with its' view over the rooftops of the town. Not so easy to visit other places from here however,unless you have a hire car. No tour companies offering visits to Kassiopi or Aghios Stefanos etc. We intend to return to Odysseus maybe as early as Sept/Oct this year when we will celebrate our 70th birthdays. Jean and Eugene Cawthorne.Doncaster."
- Travel date: Tue 14th of July 2009
"Just returned from a two week holiday in Hotel Odysseus at beautiful Paleo. We found the hotel to be first class with wonderfully friendly and co-operative staff, an excellent room in the garden annexe, breathtaking views, fine food, a varied menu, a clean swimming pool with comfortable loungers, an excellent bar and Greek entertainment evenings that were good fun. I would recommend this hotel and resort to anyone who is looking for either a restful, beach, or backpacking holiday. There are some interesting paths and mountains to explore from the hotel."
- Travel date: Mon 29th of June 2009
We have just returned from a week here t...
"We have just returned from a week here to celebrate my wife's 60th birthday.The setting is excellent and the staff all very friendly. We " splashed out" by paying the Â£1 pppn extra for a sea view room and it was well worth it.Air conditioning,fridge,safe are all extra but this seems to be the norm. Our only slight criticism was the food which was a bit "samey" although nice.We ate at the Belvedere opposite on a couple of evenings and would thoroughly recommend it. I have read some of the reviews which complain about the lack of nightlife etc - surely you should read the comments about the resort before booking - they clearly state what to expect.The Olympic brochure states that you visit Paleo if you are " seeking relative tranquility amongst beutiful scenery" and the hotel comes under their Local Charm heading which"indicates small,often family run properties loctaed in quieter resorts offering a friendlier more personal service.There are limited facilities but guests are treated to an authentic holiday experience and sample the true flavour of the destination". In other words you get exactly what it says on the tin. We are already planning to return next year."
- Travel date: Sun 13th of July 2008
A regular visitor to Paleokastritsa but...
"A regular visitor to Paleokastritsa but a first time visitor to this hotel, I found it spotlessly clean, maid service excellent, the dining staff very friendly and cheerful and the general atmosphere very good.
The food was generally OK, breakfast a bit monotonous after two weeks as it is mainly based around various ways of serving eggs! Evening food wasn't bad, the salads in particular I thought excellent. It isn't gourmet dining, but it does the job, and there is as much as you want. Do like we did and eat out a few times for variety at some of the excellent tavernas, like Nereids, or the Belvedere over the road from the hotel.
The hotel is located more towards the 'monastery end' of the one and a half mile street that makes up Paleo so handy for the main beaches and Alippa, the boat harbour. As with all of Paleo though there are little paths that lead down to beaches everywhere if you look for them. Do get out and explore, don't waste your holiday on a poolside sunlounger!!!
I love Paleo because it is quiet and not overdeveloped and the scenery is just breathtaking, every little bay and rocky outcrop a marvel, overlooked by towering cliffs and hills just inland. If you are looking for clubs and bars there aren't really any except in high season.
I'll be back to Paleo again I know, and I'd recommend the Odysseus. We travelled with Palmair from Bournemouth rather than the more usual Gatwick and we had the most stress-free holiday ever... it all seemed so easy and unhurried!"
- Travel date: Fri 20th of June 2008
These apartments are fantastic there is...
"These apartments are fantastic there is always a party going on! Accomodation a little basic but all you need when you are just going to be crashing at the end of a night out! Jhonny the bar man is a legend! Close to all amenities and the best apartments in Kavos! We are going again in August 08 that will be my 3rd year here so it cant be bad!"
- Travel date: Tue 10th of June 2008
I have just returned home from my twice...
"I have just returned home from my twice a year holiday to this hotel. The Odysseus Hotel is set in an idyllic location with fantastic views across the bays of Paleocastritsa...you will never get sick of the view from the terrace as you sip your morning coffee or your wine in the evening. The hotel is family run and you receive a warm welcome and excellent service. Your room will be cleaned every day to a spotless standard, there are regular linen changes, there are fridges, safety deposit boxes and air conditioning within the rooms if you require them and with the size of the hotel you always receive the personal touch. There is a supermarket below the hotel for any needs you may have and the bus stop is located just outside the hotel if you plan to go into town. Dinner and breakfast are served in the open plan area and I have always been happy with the amount and quality of the food which is like home cooked Greek fare. There is a lift for less mobile customers.
I would not spend my hard earned cash so often on this hotel if it was not worth it. You will agree with me that it should be rated higher than a 3* If you want to relax in a fabulous setting with excellent service, a good location for exploring the island, being surrounded by walks, bars and beaches then this is the place for you. This hotel is a wee gem....don't hesitate..you will have a great time here."
- Travel date: Sat 31st of May 2008
We went with First Choices version of 18...
"We went with First Choices version of 18-30s holiday 2wentys. The hotel and place were everything we wanted, however we felt that we had been ripped off by signing up to all the activities with 2wentys.
We could have booked everything we did separately and we would have saved a lot of money. Good location but not for families."
- Travel date: Tue 21st of August 2007
A lovely hotel in a beautiful setting. T...
"A lovely hotel in a beautiful setting. The accommodation is quite basic but certainly adequate and a good proportion of the rooms have a fantastic view of Paleokastritsa Bay.
There are an awful lot of steps at this hotel and, whilst some rooms are served by a lift, a great many aren't. Air conditioning, fridge, and safe are only available at additional cost, amounting to Â£90 over a two week stay.
The majority of the staff, and management, are both friendly and polite. Sadly one huge drawback was the food. We were on half-board so took our evening meal at the hotel. It was never good; mostly it was poor and on a couple of occasions inedible.
Everyone we spoke to felt the same and some resorted to eating out, even though they had paid for the hotel food. Breakfast was a cheerier affair but still not great. I have read the other review here which says that the food was good and can only think that something has changed.
The pool area is a little small and quickly gets crowded. Unfortunately some rowdy teenagers made it their domain and a lot of people chose to go elsewhere. Entertainment was provided four nights per week: a vocal/keyboard duo giving lively renditions of pop music from the last 50 years (with a spirited Cher impersonation!), a karaoke evening which can only be as good as the audience, an excellent bouzouki/guitar duo and some rather average Greek dancing.
Paleokastritsa itself is very spread out along the coastal road. There are some absolutely stunning views but no shops apart from beach shops, tourist "supermarkets" and tavernas. Unless you go on an arranged trip there is really nothing to do in the daytime apart from go to the beach. This means that everyone does exactly that and at the height of the season all the beaches get quite crowded.
There are a couple of nice walks - up to the monastery is popular and not too arduous although it's quite popular with coach tours and will get crowded if you go any later than first thing. There is also a more taxing walk up to Lakones village and the famed Bella Vista. You can see right over to Corfu Town on a clear day (of which there are many).
There is also a pretty good and cheap (â¬2) bus service into Corfu Town but the last bus back is at 1915 so you would have to take a taxi back if you wanted to spent the evening in town, and it's a 45 minute trip, apparently costing about â¬35.
In the evening there are many tavernas to choose from, all of them quite spread out so you may find you have to walk for 30 minutes or so (along roads without pavements) before you find your favourite. Aside from that there is nothing to do in the evening, as the Paleo Disco seems to have closed down. There doesn't really seem to be a centre that you can amble around."
- Travel date: Thu 16th of August 2007
Such a wonderful hotel!
"After seeing a few reviews of the hotel, I was a bit apprehensive to start with. However when we arrived there all doubts disappeared. We stayed in a lovely double room (double bed and single) away from the main part of the building. Everything is well connected with stairs, so it was easy to find. We found that every room had its own terrace, with table and chairs, which we enjoyed very much in the evenings. Be aware of mosquitos though, they could be very nasty if you didn't have proper protection! What amazed us was the friendliness of the staff. They always had a smile on their face and worked extremely hard. Breakfast consisted of croissants, various sorts of eggs (hard and soft boiled), frankfurter sausages and tomato on bread , bread, jams, chocolate spread, cornflakes, coffee and orange juices. It was very english orientated and being from continental Europe myself, I could see why some non-english people might find breakfast a bit one sided. A good addition would be some more choices in cereals, pain au chocolate and even fresh fruit. Dinner was lovely every evening. Good choice of salad bar and every evening there was a different kind of soup. Watch out for the chef's special soup, which was always the nicest! Vegetarian options where always provided and there was always something like pasta for the kids. The bar had a good standard of cocktails, from which I can recommend a 'dark lady'. Baileys, milk and chocolate ice cream can't be too bad!
Then on to the swimming pool. There is a little problem with having enough sunbeds unfortunately. With people hogging a sunbed straight away in the morning, only to come back hours later. This is bad practice which should be overseen by the hotel management. I would advice just to get some more sunbeds out for everyone. The swimming pool area has a lovely shaded, place which is pebbled. The swimming pool itself is not the biggest, but it is very well maintained. All the kids loved it!
The only thing i can say about the hotel, which is a bit under standard is the airconditioning. 6.50 euro's per day you have to pay to keep it going. Only one slight hitch. When you leave your room, you need to take the key out of the device, which keeps the electricity running. So your airconditioning is switched off too. In a climate of 38 degrees it is imperative you can come into a cool room when you get back after a long drive around the island, like we did. I really felt cheated out of money. The aircon was mostly on 17 degrees at night and still the room was warm. Maybe a suggestion to the travel agents to negotiate free and well working airconditioning in their contracts next year for their guests.
Overal this hotel is well worth staying at. The surroundings are very nice if you like a quiet, relaxing holiday, well away from pubs, bars, disco's and crowded beaches. You get good value for money and a smile everytime you ask for help."
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of July 2007
Loved the Odysseus
"We travelled with Palmair June-July 2007 and read the brochure before booking, so we knew what to expect. The Odysseus is very reasonably priced, but is probably one of the nicest hotels in Paleokastritsa.
The room was basic, bathroom definitely a bit cramped, but it was cleaned spotlessly every day by a pleasant chambermaid. I would recommend paying for the air con. The views are to die for - every day I would look out from the balcony and think "Another day in Paradise".
The hotel even put an arrangement of fresh flowers from the garden on our table for the morning of my birthday. Table sharing was no problem, and it was a good opportunity to meet and talk to other people. The food isn't cordon bleu but we never went hungry. And the yogurt certainly wasn't runny for our fortnight. The hotel price is cheap enough that you can eat out if you really don't like the food. We enjoyed our two packed lunches.
Horse Riding booked through Nikki (Palmair) is excellent, safe trekking in small groups through the olive groves. The Greek Night at Tripa wasn't worth the money - plenty of wine but not much food - the entertainment is quite good. Bus trip to Corfu Town is a must. We did the hill climb to Lakones twice, walked to monastery twice, also a very long walk to Doukades. Good food at Miltiadis Corner in Paleo. Antari taverna (just past Mistral) has gorgeous views, excellent food, and the staff are really nice.
I would certainly go back to the Odysseus, the staff work incredibly hard and are all so friendly. Paleo is a beautiful resort but wouldn't recommend it for families with children, or young people looking for nightlife.
One final note - beware the mosquitoes, they are everywhere at night - buy the insect repellent and use it regularly."
- Travel date: Thu 19th of July 2007