17 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Rudest hotel owner - makes your stay a living hell!!!
"I booked this holiday for myself and a friend as a cheap relaxing getaway and was sadly fooled by many of the positive trip advisor reviews.
Firstly the positive was the pool area was nice but that's about all there was.
At first checking in and meeting the hotel manager Damia, we were pleasantly surprised at how friendly she seemed by all her talk of 'we want you to feel like our family'....don't believe it, it'll soon change if you complain about anything, don't spend enough money or if you are a group of girls (ie. don't have a good looking boyfriend/husband with you for her to flirt with).
The first 3 days were reasonably ok, the room is adequate however the bathroom was disgusting and it's virtually impossible for you to shower without being suffocated by the shower curtain.
However on about day 4, we were sunbathing around the pool with a few other couples and families and out of nowhere, 60 Slovakian students turned up to check in. They then took up all of the sunbeds, wheeled in their massive speakers to play loud banging music around the pool, started hanging banners from their balconies and putting them round the pool, bombing into the pool, jumping balconies, shouting down tanoy microphones...the list is endless!!! One family who had a 9 week old baby had to go back to their room as the baby was so distressed by the noise, and so we had decided enough was enough. Don't get me wrong, we wouldn't have minded so much if this was 60 people of different ages/genders/mixture of family and friends but to have 60 students all at once on a graduation holiday taking over the hotel was a bit out of order when this hotel has been described as a quiet family run hotel, and especially as none of the guests had been pre-warned about it.
My friend went to speak to Damia (after she had already received a few complaints from other guests) to be shushed while she counted her money she'd made out of the till. When my friend started explaining to the bar staff about the family with the baby and how damia should be aware that they are unhappy, along with the rest of us, Damia got right in her face and simply smirked at her saying 'they speak English. If they have a problem, they speak to me'. My friend felt incredibly intimidated by this so called manager, and so just called her rude and walked off.
From this moment, it only got worse. We had people banging on our door at all hours, screaming around the hotel, and on top of this, a manager that simply did not care about the other guests aslong as she was making money from the students.
We spent every day at the beach as Damia just stared at us and made us feel so uncomfortable for the rest of the trip, we couldn't bear to be around the hotel.
All in all, please don't book here. Damia seems lovely at first but is very quick to turn against you unless you are willing to spend money with her. The bar was empty every night, no entertainment at all at the hotel and it is quite far out from the main entertainment and restaurants.
Damia ruined our holiday and please don't let her ruin yours too by booking this hotel!!
- Travel date: Thu 11th of July 2013
BEST HOLIDAY EVER
"Great location,lovely people,especially Damia.
very clean rooms,the best pool in sidari was the bigger and cleaner!i will be back!!great value great choice!"
- Travel date: Fri 28th of December 2012
All that glitters ain't gold!
"We are an italian family composed by four people: mum, dad, one daughter (16) and one son (7).
We stayed at Damiaâs Hotel, in Corfu, from 3 to 14 August 2011. We booked in February a 2 bedrooms flat, they lodged us into a unique room with 2 single beds and a bunk bed instead, over a noisy bar. Obiouvsly the room wasnât enough!
In addition, the apartment wasnât cleaned daily, we had to buy the toilet paper, there werenât curtains that could black out the early morning light, there wasnât always hot water, the swimming pool was full of wasps, that bit my son more than one time.
I red lots of positive comments, so Iâm sure that Damia can be gentle and affable with guests... Perhaps we were more interested in a confortable and appropriate service than in the sociability of the staff. "
- Travel date: Sat 3rd of September 2011
"I have just returned from Sidari where me and my boyfriend were supposed to be staying at Damia's. We flew at midnight and had a 2 hour bus journey to get to Damia's. Once there, no one was there to greet us. Damia finally came down to meet us and told us she had some bad news but to "give her a minute to wake up" before telling us that there had been double bookings and we couldn't stay there. She proceeded to say that we would be staying somewhere "better" than her apartments and that it was nearer to town which was "better for young people like us anyway". Well If I wanted to be in the middle of town I would have booked somewhere in the middle of town! A taxi finally came to take us to our new apartments which where VERY basic and grubby, with wires covered with tape, holes in the walls, the list goes on... I found Damia to be rude, ignorant and an absolutely disgusting person overall and even though the apartments and pool looked lovely(although the recepion area absolutely reeked of cigarettes), I wouldn't even consider going back due to her shockingly bad attitude and complete lack of customer service skills."
- Travel date: Wed 1st of September 2010
A wonderful stroke of luck!
"We ended up at Damias Hotel because our holiday to Spain had to be cancelled because of the closure of Spanish airports due to the volcanic ash cloud.
A wonderful stroke of luck! We'd never been to Corfu befor so we were pleasantly surprised at the quality of our last minute alternative holiday!
It was the start of the season in mid May so there were not too many apartments occupied. We had the time and luxury to enjoy the delightful hotel and its surroundings. The brilliant Damias was helpful, humorous and very approachable. The barman Akis, was amusing and most entertaining and told great stories. He is very proud to be Greek and will point you in the direction of any genuine Greek food or culture you may want.
The room was just what we wanted and well equipped for our needs. The views from the balcony overlooking the impressive pool and beyond to the low wooded hills is a great place to relax at night as long as you take care to avoid the mosquitos.
The Damias is far enough away from the commercialised Sidari - about 20+ minutes walk - to have a relaxed semi-rural feel to it. We preferred to walk in the opposite direction towards the more traditional Peroulades village with its small beaches and wonderful sunsets and real tavernas. On your way, just past the Andromeda hotel, stop off at the Bikolis Taverna and experience excellent traditional Greek family cooking by Eleni and her husband."
- Travel date: Tue 1st of June 2010
Lovely holiday, will definately return!
"This hotel was everything we needed, clean, friendly and a walk away into the heart of the action. Damia and her family were fantastic, nothing was too much trouble and the barman makes a fabulous strawberry mojito! try one they're fab! Also try Damias baked feta it's delicious! I would recommend this holiday to people of all ages and would definately go back. We had a great time!"
- Travel date: Sat 29th of May 2010
Lovely place shame about the entertainment
"Arrived back yesterday and have to say we booked the holiday a week before we went so we weren't sure what to expect. We were very pleasantly surprised. The hotel is situated just outside Sidari (but we won't hold that againstit) it is very clean, the rooms are a decent size and very well cared for. The pool is beautiful and extremely well maintained with plenty of sunbeds. We ate at the hotel on 3 occasions and found the food and service of a very high quality. Aki the barman is very friendly and pleasant as are all the staff. Damia and her son Dimitri are very helpful and always find time for a chat despite the numerous hours they work. The only downfall for us was the entertainment the singer couldn't sing and the music was far too loud and on occasion went on until 3 in the morning, the entertainer is alawys the same with the same (unfunny jokes) and the same music once you heard it you were not in a hurry to hear it again. I think that the hotel would do better at keeping people in the bar of an evening if they varied their entertainment-it is an ideal place for a greek night. The hotel is ideally situated for getting around other areas though you do need transport. We were there for 10 days and ate at some lovely tavernas but I have to say the best by far was the Brokilis in the village of Peroulades 15 minute stroll from the hotel. All in all a wonderful holiday and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Damia Hotel."
- Travel date: Wed 16th of September 2009
"Iam just back from Damias hotel yesterday and i can honestly say it was one of the best weeks of my life ! From the minute we entered the hotel we were made very welcome. We got a ground floor room and it was very big, loads of space and very clean, i would however agree that the toilets were a bit of a let down and could have been a bit cleaner and better but apart from that everything was fine. We stayed there for a week and our room was cleaned 5 times, beds made and changed, clean towels, floors cleaned, bins emptyed, balconys swept every time.I also agree that the prices were no different to the prices anywhere else. We met damia herself on the 2nd day and she was very nice to us, we also ate out every single night and a few times we passed her on the way out of the hotel and she always said "bye, have a good time" and on the day we left she was asking if we had enjoyed our time and she waved us away on the bus and seem genuinely moved that we were leaving. The barman was very very polite to everyone who stayed there, and hara makes the best chicken salad mayo in the world lol !! It was just a bit too far from the village but we always walked it down and when we were comming back we just got a taxi because it isnt that very well lit up and scary if you are the only people on the road. I would recommend MADISONS as it was absolutly supperb and the entertainment is always the best."
- Travel date: Tue 8th of September 2009
totally honest review, had a brill holiday just pointing out a few things....
"We pulled up to damia and everything was what we expected from pictures and reviews about the surrounding area. With ours being the very last drop off we got to see how lucky we were to have a pool away from the road side and thought it was definatly one of the nicest we had seen.
A man who was friendly enough greeted us and showed me and my boyfriend to our room, and our two friends to theirs. I say a man as we didnt see him again untill our last night!
Our room was nice and big and balcony was in the centre facing the gorgeous pool. The room was a nice size for us both and appeared clean.
HOWEVER our shower was a nightmare and never had hot or even warm water unless we put the tap on then we got a 5 second sprinkle of warmish water then it was back to freezing. The window in the bathroom was opened everyday by the maids, which we wouldnt have minded but the netting was ripped which meant dozens of flys gathered in a damp patch in the corner, which spraying with our insect spray, getting them all out of the shower curtain and swilling them from the shower became a daily routine.
The sheets were never changed the whole time we was there, just put back neatly.
Our kitchen cabinates smelled very foisty as did all the plates etc inside did too. It was annoying having to wash up using the kettle to get hot water.
Our tin opener was rusty and no use, tho we did eat out as much as possible. Apart from that the room was great.
The pool area was definaltely the best part of the hotel and was cleaned everyday. Just wish the rooms were so the beatles and crickets would maybe had stayed away!
The morning we arrived we had some breakfast from the hotel which is much more expensive then down in sidari, where we went evryday from then on for our meals. None of us liked what we had, and all four of us had something different.
The walk into sidari was nice though it did take between 20 mins and half an hour tho a taxi was just 5 euros.
We loved sidari and everyone was friendly enough.
We didnt see much of Damia and the staff which we did were rude.
We coped without air con as it was so expensive!
Our friends did seem to have a better room esp the bathroom, which makes us think perhaps most are oka and ours was an acception.
Overall a very nice holiday!
.dont listen to the reps they just want your money. you can get everything for half the price down in sidari.
.no need to reserve seats for return flight
. oh and a cheeky one.... the pool table is 2 euro but will accept 50cent if you push hard =-)"
- Travel date: Wed 12th of August 2009
Excellent Hotel, Highly Recommend
"We stayed at Damias for 2 weeks in the middle of july. Arriving early hours of the morning we couldnt believe our eyes when we arrived at damias after viewing all the other accomodations we stopped at. The hotel was gorgeous as we walked through the reception after being greeted by spiros who gave us a warm welcome and showed us to our room. Rooms were of a high standard very very clean with maids in every day, fresh towels 3 times a week. All apts have a pool view which was fantastic. pool was gorgeous and kept immaculately clean .Before arriving i had read reviews that damia was not friendly which was not true at all, Damia was very friendly and her and her family made all the guests feel at home., Live entertainment at night with davey b was a fun night and pool party was also a laugh. Only downside was no entertainment for children during the day and the walk to the centre of sidari, was a bit scary at night walking back to hotel as not much street lighting but taxi is only 5 euros.Big thanks to damia and her family and also hara and the man who work in the poolbar for giving us such a wonderful holiday. we will deffo return in the near future."
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of August 2009
"After reading some of the reviews on other websites we went to Damia's expecting the worst. Arriving there we were quite concerned as the taxi had taken us the scenic route and we thought we would be miles away from the town. The walk to the town does take about 15 minutes but is well worth it, although at times can be a little fraught on the narrow roads.
The hotel itself was fantastic, very clean and all you needed were in the rooms, however airconditioning could work out quite expensive. The hotel staff were great, special mention must go to the 2 maids who lived on site. Due to an issue with original room we had to move rooms after a few days late at night, the maids were there when we were moving making sure the room was clean etc. Damia and her family are great once you get to know them, no issues there.
Lots of restuarants in sidari do very good value set menus and it is well worth having a look around. However the best two restuarants were 2 right next to each other on the right opposite champions bar. The first one called "the family", second one "Myos" both excellent quality food and service. Spiros and his brother at Myos are out of this world, made you feel welcome everytime you went.
Hotel's entertainment program was ok, nothing special but as long as you werent above the bar area then the noise level wasn't to bad.
The best part of the hotel without doubt was the pool. After working with pools for over 20 years I have never seen such a clean pool especially with it being outdoors as well. Plenty of areas around the pool for sunbeds etc to relax.
Car hire is recommended if you want to see the island and cautionary note there are not many petrol stations open on a sunday before 1st July.
Overall we had a great time with a young family and would definately go back again in the future"
- Travel date: Tue 28th of July 2009
Clean, friendly and well worth a visit
"We can't praise the hotel highly enough. Damia, her family and all staff made us very welcome. Damia makes every effort to involve the guests in the entertainment provided to make their stay more enjoyable and memorable. The hotel is spotless, with rooms, poolside and surrounds cleaned every day. This was our first visit to Sidari and from what we saw of other hotels, Damia's was the best presented and most attractive. You have the option of either eating at the hotel or in many of the nearby restaurants. The walk to Sidari itself takes about 10 minutes and is quite a trek in the heat of the day or at night when there is limited street lighting. Car hire is advisable for exploring the beautiful countryside. We would definitely return"
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of July 2009