14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Disgusting dump-Avoid at all costs
"Just back from a week in Corfu where we had booked into the Katerina apartments. We were dropped off in complete darkness at 3am. It was so dark my wife picked up the wrong luggage from the coach. We were told to walk up an unlit road with our young son and told to ring the bell on arrival. This suggested a reception. However there was no reception, no staff, nothing but open walkways. Walking along the walkways I discovered a piece of paper stuck with sellotape on a door with our name on it and a key in the door!
On entering the room we discovvered all the windows wide open and as a resuly spent the next 4 hours killing the swarm of mosquitoes that entered the apartment. We discovered that there was no bed for our son despite being asked to pay a premium for an extra bed.
Once daylight broke we discovered the full extent of the problems. The flat was filty and looked like it hadn`t been cleaned in weeks, the sheets were stained and the toilet cistern had no water and we could not flush the toilet. The kitchen was a disgrace and there was dust and muck every where. Fortunately after numerous phone calls to the local agent and liaison with other families who had arrived at this hell hole we were all moved to the Alexis apartments which were a significant improvement.
Our neighbour in the apartments had been told that there a swimming pool and infants pool which she showed us in the documentation sent to her. This is simply untrue and they were using photos of local hotels with pools passing it off as their own!
- Travel date: Tue 12th of July 2011
pfft words cant describe!!
"Me and my boyfriend (both 19) stayed here 1st september-15th september 2010.
We took a chance by staying here, as we couldnt find any reviews on this place!
Its like the place didnt even exist! Even to the hotel next door! and the people who work on the main street hadnt heard of this place!
Cor what a place!! im not gonna go into too much detail because i could be here for hours! if you would like to know more email me [email protected]
So here i go.. !
- No pool, but there is a free local pool 2minutes away (i think its called blue dolphin)
- No reception (my key was left in the door with a bit of paper which had my name on)
- not a very nice looking place to stay (paint was falling off the walls, dead plants. Behind us was just like a field full of pipes and stuff - not a very safe place for kids to play + run about!)
- we had no hot water untill 7pm-9pm, and its not powered by solar panels. An older couple who was staying 2 doors from us had to call the woman up everynight to tell her about the water. And then a greek man would turn up and would try to fix the problem. some nights we were left with no hot water.
our first few days the electric kept going off too.
- in 2 weeks we saw the same woman 2ce. 1st time she came to 'welcome' us about 5 days in to our holiday she changed our sheets/towles a few days before we went home.
- TINY shower. pots, plates smelled damp and yukky! so we ate out everynight. a few spiders in the fridge/freezer, the ones in the freezer were frozen to death Lol. In the bedroom and kitchen, dirty dirty yellow net curtains, no storage for your clothes etc.
was getting eaten alive by stupid nats and other lil flying things!
there was also a young couple staying next door to us, always rowing lol poor sods.
a HORRIFIC place to stay!!!
a gecko always came to say hello when we was sitting outside our door :)
Sidari is a lovely lovely place!!! Just dont stay here!!
do not take a chance and forget the reviews. seriously i dont now how this place is even open!
The palazzo bar is a must! we went there for our dinner and drinks every night!! the food is soo nice and they are big potions for little money!
Looking forward to going back to sidari!!
- Travel date: Thu 13th of January 2011
Avoid, this image is not Katerina Apts.
"No reception , pool or bar, the image is not Katerina but a bar called Alexis about 5 mins away. The Katerina is absolutely awful, pokey, dirty, we do basic Greece all the time & are not easily shocked. We had booked for 3 adults but were given 2 beds, no sheets, towels, light in bathroom was broken, no balcony or outside space. The room next door had about 10 Italians camping in it on the floor who came in drunk at about 5am.We found somewhere else to go & paid extra.The Alex & family are from the Alexis & are now not taking any responsibility for the Katerina as 5 other groups of people moved in the same week as us.AWful awful awful.Can't rate the pool or service as there isn't any."
- Travel date: Mon 9th of August 2010
Katerina Studios & Apartments, Sidari, Corfu
"28/7/09 - Just come back from a week at the Katerina Studios and Apartments, Sidari, Corfu, and had a great hol.
The accommodation - basic (but that was what we were expecting) and clean. It consisted of 2 beds (OK) with bathroom (small but fine) and small kitchen area (with Fridge and basic equipment - not that we used it). Had the same bed linen and towels all week, but was cleaned every 2 or 3 days. The pool and area is great (cleaned daily, plenty of sun beds and umbrellas), and the bar/restaurant is good for cheap snacks/drinks (toasties, sandwiches, breakfasts etc - we didn't have anything else on the menu as we ate elsewhere).
Location - The Studios/Apartments are located about 20/25 mins walk from Sidari town centre in a quiet place called Melitsa. Sidari is a lively town (a mini Kavos) but with a massive range of bar and restaurants. The best restaurants are on the walk into town (the Orchard and Alexis being two).
Beaches - The best beaches are Sunset Beach (Peroulades), Apotripiti Beach and Canal D'Amour - if you want a nice beach don't go to Sidari.
To Do - For non-pool/beach activities there are numerous tours/events on offer in Corfu. The best tour operators was the nearest one to the hotel (15 min walk into town). FYI - We hired a car for 20 Euros and toured the top half of Corfu in a day.
FYI - we paid just over Â£240 each for flights (from Gatwick), transfers and a week accommodation, but we did book very last minute."
- Travel date: Tue 28th of July 2009
Oh what a fantastic time we had with Ale...
"Oh what a fantastic time we had with Alex & his family, Alex cannot do enough for you & he will cook anything you ask for even egg & chips for us fussy eaters. It was the first time me & my daughter have been abroad & we couldnt have asked for a better place to stay.
The only problem we now have is that we wish to go back again this year but are really having trouble finding Alex as he is no longer in the Kosmar book, so if anybody knows how we can book with him please leave a comment.
Thanks Alex for a fantastic time in Corfu if we cannot find out how to book with you then we will come & visit you & your lovely family while in Corfu in July"
- Travel date: Tue 25th of March 2008
I absolutely loved this holiday; this wa...
"I absolutely loved this holiday; this was the first time that I went abroad somewhere else but Spain. I didn't know that you could write reviews I was on the internet and came across this site; I know its 2 years late on the review but thought would write on anyways.
This was my nan and grandad's second time they have been to Katrina Apartments; and they thought I would like to come. The staff were absolutely amazing; they treated as though we were family.
This resort has special memories for me because my auntie used to go to the Katrina Apartments quite often before she died.
I loved to lounge around the swimming pool; I broke my sun glasses there and got bad sun burn on my back.
The food was amazing and the restaurant had a homely feel to it because it is run by a family.
I wish that we had stayed longer; I was sad to leave and I really want to go back. Hopefully I will be going back this year.
- Travel date: Fri 11th of January 2008
I stayed at the Katerina Studios for a w...
"I stayed at the Katerina Studios for a week in June with my husband Steven and our next door neighbours Karen & Keith. It was mine and my husbandâs first trip to anywhere in Greece (we normally do Spain & USA) and I am pleased to say that we had a fantastic holiday - mainly thanks to where we stayed.
Alex (the owner) and his family are the best hosts that you could possibly ask for and they can't do enough for you. Alex will go out of his way to cook you any food that you could want whether it be English or Greek and I haven't a single bad remark about his food - it was to die for.
The accommodation was basic but 100% clean and tidy and very spacious. Extra large balcony with sun and heat (I mean extreme heat) all day long. Beautiful views in all directions and in a friendly residential area away from the hustle and bustle of the centre - although the centre is only 15 minutes walk away or about 3 minutes in a taxi. There are a few pubs / restaurants just down the road but I wouldn't recommend them. There are two supermarkets about 5 minutes walk in either direction with everything you need for a self catering holiday but I wouldn't bother cooking as Alex's prices are very cheap and the food is freshly cooked and delicious.
There is a small bar area with a pool table which Alex's son Nicholas runs and this stays open until the last person goes to bed although you can't hear any noise from your apartment. The swimming pool is absolutely gorgeous and there are plenty of sunloungers for everyone. There is a sectioned off shallow pool for the children. We witnessed the pool being checked daily and cleaned. The cleaners cleaned our rooms daily and emptied the bins (you can't flush toilet paper down the toilet in Greece).
If you go into Sidari Town then I would definitely recommend Dionisis for a meal and the bar next door for a drink. The beaches in and around Sidari are beautiful and you can even hire boats for the day as well as other watersports. A great day out if you enjoy beautiful scenery is Aghios Georgious (around 15E in a taxi but well worth it for a day out).
Alex had a Greek night and a BBQ while we were there and he prepared a special Greek meal for us on our last night. He ordered us taxis when we asked. He really made us feel like part of the family. It was our neighbourâs 25th wedding anniversary while we were there and Alex put up balloons and things in the dining area and gave us a special breakfast on the house.
I would definitely recommend this place to anyone and I will be definitely going back next year. The other good thing is that with this only being a small family run business there is only accommodation for about 10 families I think and by the end of the week we knew everyone that was there and had a great time and made loads of new friends (old and young) and we were all like one big happy family and were all very sad to go home.
So Alex if your reading this then we can't wait to see you and your family - and mine's a Greek Omelette with Chips, Greek Salad with basket of bread and an Ice cold pint of Mythos please!
- Travel date: Mon 10th of December 2007
We had a great time here although a walk...
"We had a great time here although a walk from the town from our point of view it was a plus!
The children (aged 16, 10 and 5) enjoyed the pool, the rooms were basic but cleaned regularly with clean towels and all the staff were friendly and helpful.
A great variety of places to eat nearby all a short walk but no complaints at any of them. Sidari itself isn't a very pretty town and nothing to write home about!
See the sunset at the aptly named sunset beach and eat at the bakers (can't remember the name) taverna on the way back, if you leave the apartments turn left and about a 5 minute walk.
On the down side we needed a lot of bite creams!"
- Travel date: Sun 2nd of September 2007
Apartments Definite 10/10. Tour Operator...
"Apartments Definite 10/10. Tour Operator 2/10.
Very basic but also very well kept. Family run and everyone is very friendly.
Alex (owner) will cook anything you ask so no constrictions on food - even done cold meat, chips and beans as I was having serious home sick cravings.
My Friend got food poisoning so stuck to Alex's after that (we think food poisoning came from a well known fast food outlet in Sidari town centre, so a word of warning there) and Alex made her a home remedy lemon drink to calm her stomach!
Pool is beautiful and hotel is close enough to get to city centre and far enough that you donât get the noise. Beach was gorgeous.
Have to say if you are looking for top of the range accommodation then not for you!
Tour operator not good at all - booked a tour which we had to cancel due to friends sickness and was visited 4 times by rep (which coincidently was the only time we saw the rep) just to prove they were unwell and still didnât get money back!
If you are taking any tours donât go through reps - visit any of the tourist offices who will do it for at least half the price."
- Travel date: Tue 24th of April 2007
We really enjoyed our holiday in Sidari...
"We really enjoyed our holiday in Sidari and have just booked to go back again next year to the Katerina Studios.
The hotel is basic but clean, but watch out for the mosquito's as they are vicious! You will definitely need some spray or a plug in as this almost ruined out holiday!
The owner and his son are very friendly and Alex's Greek omelette is second to none!
Nicholas is a really sound guy and great to have a beer with while you wait for your bird to get ready!
It is not too far from the centre and there is lots of good restaurants and bars. The scuba diving trip is amazing you will have a 'whale' of a time!
Sidari is perfect for young couples and Katerina is in a good location."
- Travel date: Wed 3rd of January 2007
I went to the Katrina studios way back i...
"I went to the Katrina studios way back in 2004 but I can say I thoroughly enjoyed my 2 week stay! Room was basic and bathroom slightly smelly but the staff were extremely friendly. Close enough to bars and restaurants but not close to hear loads of noise! Would definitely recommend staying here! Infact I am looking to go back next summer! I recommend the three pigâs restaurant for food! Absolutely fantastic!"
- Travel date: Wed 12th of July 2006
The accommodation is basic, but perfect...
"The accommodation is basic, but perfect for our needs as a couple just needing a base. The pool is excellent for the size of the site. We enjoyed the fact that we were based a little way out of Sidari, as it was fairly quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of the centre.
Katerina Studios are approx 25-30 mins walk into Sidari, which is fine during the day, but we used taxis (5 euro each way) in the evening to go into Sidari for the nightlife.
Alex and his family who run the Katerina Studios are very friendly, and Alexâs son Nikos is good at pool, so donât challenge him to a game unless you're prepared to lose!
The food is great, we ate there several times throughout the week. I can definitely recommend Alexâs fried squid - something I had never tried before.
If you stay there its worth the walk to Sunset Beach (the opposite direction from Sidari from the Studios). The walk takes about 25 mins, but the views are fantastic.
All in all Katerinas is a nice place to stay with a nice pool.
- Travel date: Sun 31st of July 2005