20 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We stayed in early October 2006, although we also stayed in July 2006 for a week. The reason we returned was for the friendly atmosphere of the family run hotel, and the area of Paleokastritsa which has amazing views and the area is relatively peaceful even in high season.
The rooms are typically Greek, although basic are equipped with a fridge which is neccessary for your cold beers and white wine, whilst you relax in the evening on your balcony. Breakfast is a leisurely affair as you would expect in Greece, with Stravoula telling you that you are "Welcome" all the time and for everything.
Safety deposit boxes are available for a small charge as are ironing facilites and we believe kettles (although we took our own). Purely from our own experience, we would recommend taking a taxi from Corfu airport as the coach visits various other hotels en-route which if you caught a night flight can seem ages before you arrive at the Paleo Inn.
The beach is less than 5 minutes walk from the hotel, it is a pebble/ sandy beach. Which has sunbeds avaliable for a small charge. There are some water sports including skiing, banana boat, peddloes and rings. You can also hire motor boats. There are 2 beach bars that serves nice food and drink.
There is a nice kidney shaped pool which is open to early evening. It is safe for children to play in although there is no supervision.
The bar is open until the early hours of the morning, run by Spyros. He is very friendly and welcoming. There is no noise from the bar in the rooms.
There are lots of cats and kittens which is typical of Greece. So if you don't like cats be aware!
When we last went air conditioning was available on the top floor of the hotel, for a small charge. The owner intimated to us that this would extend to the whole hotel in 2007.
All in all a thoughly relaxing break in 2006. We are returning for a third time in Sept 2007 to the Paleo Inn."
- Travel date: Tue 29th of May 2007
A lovely friendly little place
Reviewers: Bob & Rosie
We've just returned from the Paleo Inn in Paleokastritsa and we couldn't have stayed in a more charming, friendly little hotel, the rooms were basic but more than adequate, the staff were so friendly and welcoming, Andreas, the owner always had a smile for you whether welcoming you at mid night or serving breakfast at 8.00 in the morning, and Spiros is probably the best and friendliest barman in corfu, the Pool although almost right on the main road is not noisy and is very nice and clean, the bar serves snacks throughout the day and also serves international and local brand beer (Amstel / Mythos), Spirits (Smirnoff / Metaxa) and wines (all Greek).
There are a few feral cats which weren't a problem to us although they were to some people.
All in All a really lovely stay."
- Travel date: Sun 20th of May 2007
Paleo Inn a Great Little Hotel
"We stayed at the Paleo from 20 to 27 October 2006.
Transfers from the airport took about an hour and a half as the coach first had to drop some people off at Agias Gordias. If we had been taken directly to Palekastritsa the trip would have only have been about 35 minutes.
The hotel is a small two storey family run hotel with just 20 rooms. It is sited just a couple of hundred yards from the sea and a small stony beach.
The accommodation was basic but very clean and was everything we expected. Hot water was available at all times and unusually for Greece the shower even had a shower curtain. A large fridge was provided in each room and kettles could be hired from the reception. An iron and a hair dryer were available for use free of charge from the reception.
Our room was on the first floor and had a balcony with a side sea view. We were east facing so got the sun throughout the morning while those on the other side on the first floor got the afternoon sun. Those on the ground floor were a bit less fortunate as their rooms had a terrace with trees and bushes just a few feet away which meant they caught very little sun especially those nearer the back of the hotel whose rooms were overlooked by a staircase.
The hotel has a small pool with sun beds and another sun terrace on the first floor. Sun beds are free but there is a â¬1 per day charge if you want a mattress.
The hotel has small library, a television lounge and a bar serving drinks and snack meals throughout the day.
A small terrace overlooks the pool where breakfasts and snacks are served.
Breakfast (served by Stavroula) was eggs (cooked to your choice - fried, boiled or as an omelette) two slices of toast with butter jam & marmalade, tea or coffee and orange juice. Continental breakfast was available if required. A English breakfast could be bought after 10am for â¬3.50.
Several tavernas were within easy walking distance of the Paleo as were two or three supermarkets.
The resort is quite hilly but presented no real problems to us (we are both in our late 50s) but I think anybody with a walking difficulty would struggle to get around.
There were large numbers of feral cats in and around the hotel which were a bit of a nuisance but this was not a problem exclusive to the Paleo, the cats were everywhere in the resort.
We had heard that mosquitoes were a big problem in Corfu and went with a load of repellents and after bite treatments. Thankfully the mosquitoes were no worse there than any other Mediterranean resort we've visited. We were bitten about six times each but this is the norm for us. Some people who went on a trip to Albania came back bitten to pieces so be warned.
There have been a couple of recent improvements to the Paleo. Air conditioning has been fitted to each room but because we were there late in the Autumn the night time temperatures were not too bad so we didn't use it. We assume that you have to pay extra if you do use it. Also each room has a new set of louvered metal window shutters.
The resort was beginning to wind up for the end of the season while we were there with many places already closed but there were still plenty of tavernas open. We found the Grill House where Stavroula worked (turn right out of the hotel and walk for about 5 minutes) to be great, providing excellent meals at great value for money. For example a meal for two including a litre of local wine was only â¬23.
We enjoyed our stay at the Paleo and would definitely return."
- Travel date: Sun 5th of November 2006
Excellent value for money
"Simon and Karen, Wirral, England
Just returned from this hotel which was great value for money. We paid Â£310 for the two of us for one week. We had a lovely stay here and the staff were very friendly. The breakfast was better than expected with various choices including toast, eggs of your choice, fruit and yoghurt along with orange juice and coffee or tea. This place is basic but adequate with clean rooms including a fridge but steer clear of booking a double room as we did this and the room was tiny so changed room to a twin. The bar area was nice with Skytv and money changing facilities. The pool area was good and was quiet.
We feel we took a chance going at the end of September/beginning of October as the weather can be changeable but we were lucky with lots of warm sun. Paleokastrista is a beautiful resort with a choice of beaches and watersports. It takes about 10 minutes to walk to the main resport/bay down a gentle slope but there is a beach across the road from the hotel (pebbly). We tried lots of restaurants and here are a couple of our favourites - the Dolphin and the Grill House (where you will see Stavroula who serves breakfast at the hotel). The Moody Blue Bar was good for a drink with a live DJ every night and Angels was lovely for a quiet drink (run by Stavroula's sister - a new, small hotel which can be booked through Manos for next year).
We hired a car for a couple of days and the highlight for us was travelling up the North East coast from Ipsos to Kassiopi. The scenery was fabulous.
Overall a great holiday, a good hotel surrounded by wonderful views. We would definitely return."
- Travel date: Wed 11th of October 2006
Rooms like an oven
"Do NOT go to the Paleo Inn if you know that the temperature is going to be excessive. The rooms are small (which is ok) and as we found on 27 June this year, very very very hot! I suffer with high blood pressure and was seriously struggling to cope!
The Inn is a 2* which is usually what we book, clean and a shower is our only requirement, which the Paleo was but at 4.30am when we arrived to no member of staff, the room was excessively hot. We couldnt keep windows open as the curtain was so flimsy and small to keep mozzies out, so we ended up trying to sleep between cold showers and under wet (very thin) towels!
We asked Stavrula the next morning for a fan, only to be shown about 10 of which only 1 worked. It was filthy but we took it back to the room only to find a half eaten rat at the end of the corridor, which the feral cats had left us. We asked for a transfer!
The rep did get onto it immediately and found us Theos Hotel a 2*+(which should be 3*+) but we had to shell out an extra Â£231 plus Â£50 admin plus 30euros taxi.
Moral: dont go to the Paleo if you cant cope with excessive heat, dont want a tiny room with a fridge that sits in your bedroom whirring away and pumping out more heat, dont like cats or half eaten rats! And Thomson be fair to your clients when they have a valid reason for moving!"
- Travel date: Thu 6th of July 2006
Heaven on Earth
"We have been all over and have never stayed anywhere like this small, friendly and fun hotel. Yes it is basic, but you have everything you need to chill out and be comfortable.
The breakfast is a set menu, of juice,yoghurt and fruit, coffee and toast, but full English is available if you want it (extra charge). Stavrulla is the most wonderful woman you could ever wish to serve you it. Spiros is the nicest evening barman in the world and Andreaus the hardest working host in the whole of Greece.
The Paleo Inn is on the hillside overlooking one of the most beautiful bays.
If you are looking for clean, cheerful, restful and refreshing go and try this place."
- Travel date: Fri 2nd of June 2006
Great little hotel!
"My husband and I stayed at this great little hotel for the two middle weeks of May. What a pleasure! The hotel is basic but has everything you might need as you will want to be out every day to discover this beautiful resort.
There are only four staff but they are all very friendly and helpfull and can all speak excellent English. Stavroula is totally mad but entirely loveable just don't ever ask her for a soft boiled egg for breakfast!
Breakfast consisted of a choice of cereal, toast and jam, eggs that could be boiled, fried, scrambled or made into an omelette, juice, tea or coffee. A full English breakfast can be ordered but will cost a little extra. You can also purchase lunches and evening bar snacks.
The pool is great to cool off in on hot days just be prepared for the initial shock of the cold when you get in!
If you stay here you can be sure you will be made to feel welcome and you will have a great laugh with the staff.
We will definately be returning here on a regular basis!"
- Travel date: Sat 27th of May 2006
Super Little Hotel
"Very basic but 'does exactly what it says on the tin'.
The rooms are small, private wc, basin & shower, 2 x single beds, fridge, wardrobe, dresser & a small balcony with table & 2 chairs. Cleanliness was very good with maid service every day except Sunday.
The breakfast is a good Greek breakfast - yoghurt & honey, peach half, orange (squash which is standard for Greece), toast & jam and coffee (instant, again a Greek standard - no bean snobs here!). Fried or boiled egg was available instead of the yoghurt (although not tried by us but plenty were dished up for others). After 10am full English was available for an extra â¬3.50. Service was again what I would call standard Greek - poor by North European standards but, when an order was taken, breakfast appeared quickly.
The bar is open 08.30 - 01.30 and despite the hotel being full there was no noise problem from the bar or neighbouring properties, although this may be because it was at the end of the season. A small range of reasonably priced bar meals was available but not sampled, there being plenty of tavernas and restaurants available within a 10 - 15 min walk.
We would definitely stay here again and have no complaints."
- Travel date: Tue 4th of October 2005
great resort, poor hotel
"We visited this hotel for two weeks in september. It was a great resort, but the hotel was pretty bad. Service was poor and the breakfast is very basic. Expect two pieces of toast, some orange cordial (not juice), a tiny cup of coffee and an egg. Ask for an extra egg and they will charge you for it. In fact ask for anything and they will charge you. Go to Paliokastritsa, but don't stay at the Palio Inn"
- Travel date: Tue 13th of September 2005
Excellent - No frills hotel
"This little place is just fantastic - we needed a cheap break and knew a coule of people that had been so we decided to take the risk...can't say that I am normally one to go for basic but this time we were pleasently surprised.
The rooms are very sparse - 2 sinle beds, bedside table, fridge and wardrobe...
It was the most relaxing holiday I have ever had - it was truely stunning there."
- Travel date: Tue 6th of September 2005
"just got back one off the best places we have stayed in.
all the staff were the tops rooms were very clean some great views from the room we had
217. breakfast was fine hired a car from next door got a good deal just say you are staying at the paleo and they will sort you out.
paleokastitsa is the best resort we have been to in the last ten years & we cant wait to go back next year"
- Travel date: Wed 17th of June 2009
"Just got back all i can sy is this is the best place i have stayed in in all the time i have
being going to greece all the staff were great & the resort is fab"
- Travel date: Tue 16th of June 2009