Just like to say a big big thankyou to everyone at the Apollon Hotel , for making our holiday just perfect. We stayed in the Anex accomodation which was basic but very clean, and the views from this location were magnificent.Everybody was so friendley , meals were very good value and i cant wait to go back 2008.
Clean and comftorable accomodation, good for Greek standards. Fantastic position overlooking the beach where the water is crystal clear. We were half board and the breakfast was what you'd expect. Evening meals were acceptable but rather plain so we mainly ate at Astacos next door where the owner cooked some fantastic Greek dishes. Hotel provided entertainment on various nights which seemed to go down well although we did not partake. It did not disturb you however.
Air conditioning is a must for a good nights sleep and to keep the mosquitos out. We were not bitten at all but people without air con suffered!
There are quite a few small beaches to choose from. The one opposite the hotel did get quite busy but had a good atmosphere and did not feel crowded. Sun loungers were on the dear side at ten euros for two beds and an umbrella. I have never seen so many people in the sea which was beautifully clear. Beach shoes are a must as it is quite rocky. Snorkelling was quite good.
Paleokastritsa gets a lot of day trippers but this time of year did not feel crowded. Coaches come and go but most go on boat trips out to the cave or up to the Monastry. Evenings in the resort were quiet and relaxed.
An excellent holiday and higly recomended.
Although we have never stopped at the Apollon hotel we have used it for meals and exchanging travellers cheques - also a good place for a quiet drink and the bakery attached is fantastic.
We have stayed at the Hotel Apollon for the past 6 years, every September and I wouldn't stay anywhere else. The view is magnificent, staff fantastic (hi Karen, Spiro and Craig) visitors to the Hotel very friendly.
Hi has anybody got the telephone number and e-mail adress of this hotel. Thanks
This was our first visit to Corfu (Sept 2003)and had initially considered it to be the poor relative of the Greek islands. Our selection of this particular resort (not really a resort at all!) and the Apollon Hotel has changed that perception. Paleo' is not really a resort at all. It has no concentrated 'centre' to speak of. It is really comprised of five gloriously picturesque bays with towering mountain back-drops meandering their way along the coast towards the Apollon's location which is effectively the lowest and furthest point you can reach along the road in.
Most of the resort's other accommodation is situation sporadically along this winding road in. There are quite a few sizable gaps between the other hotels, apartments and tavernas, so you need to do some not inconsiderable 'strolling' to get an appreciation of the 'resort' as a whole. Despite this, the Apollon really does have the best location in my opinion. It is literally a stone's throw from the beach, which appears to be one of, if not 'the' most popular in Paleo.
The main Apollon building is pretty much smack-bang in the centre of one of the bays with all* rooms commanding fantastic sea views. Despite it's proximity to the beach and the bus-stop/taxi rank outside there is no problem with noise (in September anyway). It's location along with its restaurant/bar and entertainment effectively made it the hub of this popular quarter. It has a great atmosphere during the day and the staff are all English speaking and really fiendly and hospitable.
Accommodation is pretty basic but clean. All* rooms appear to be twins. Only one power outlet in our room which was a pain at times. The only other gripe was the lack of a sink plug but the lid off 35mm film canister did the trick. Deliberately no shower curtains so you have to hold the shower head with one hand to prevent it from soaking everything (loo paper!).
*You should be aware though, that there is another accomodation block - about 40 yards away. You don't normally see this in the brochure photos. It's usually out of shot to the left. There is another property in-between. The views from here are nothing in comparison in my opinion so make sure you know where you are going. I got talking to one couple who were disappointed with the quality of their room and said they had been told they'd be in the other one???
There is no lift and no porter so be ready to carry your own stuff up the steep stone steps.
West Corfu has a bit of a wasp problem at the moment but they are really tame. Normally I'd freak but they're only an mild irritation. They hassle you for a bit and then get bored. The restaurant is pretty much 'open-air' in fine weather so the buffet breakfast is usually a wasp-fest but they're only interested in the honey. It's really not a problem. The only other nasties are the mozzies. There is a non-closeable vent in the bathroom which allows them to get in so take precautions.
There's a fab bakery adjacent to the reception which does excellent pain aux chocolates for €1.50 each. The hotel pretty much has everything including a an off-license (fridge) too, but we never bought from it. Besides, a bottle of mineral water from the bakery was €1.50 whereas you could get the same for €0.50 up the road in the supermarket so it could have been a bit a tad pricy.
Definitely recommend the hotel (more for it's views and location than standard of accomodation) but you do have to wander up the hill to sample the other tavernas and the bars are fair old hike too (Moody Blue - Hi Christy!)
Came away feeling that we stumbled into the best resort in Corfu aswell as the best accommodation in the best bay. We even had the best room after a last minute flight cancellation skewed our dates.
We had initally tried to get the Odysseus Hotel up the road but couldn't. We were a bit gutted at first - looking at the brochure pics but having now seen it's location (not bad at all I hasten to add!) we were glad we were where we where even though the Odysseus looks to be a couple of classes above the Apollon.
Can't guarantee you'll have the same experiences as us and make sure you don't mind 'painful' karaoke two nights a week but we couldn't believe our good fortune. We travelled around the entire Island and compared everywhere we went with our own spot. Never came back each day feeling disappointed.
I'll finish with a note about hire cars. You'll need one for a fortnight stay. You can quickly exhaust the 'resort' because it's not a sprawling mass of bars and shops. The Apollon is an excellent base from which to explore and provides too many facilities to list.
Thanks for a great stay Karen.
We loved the hotel Apollon and all the staff were wonderful.The setting on the beach was perfect.Nothing was too much trouble for the staff.We loved Craigs sense of humour.
The evening of Greek entertainment was very enjoyable, but the karaoke show, which was on two nights a week, was fantastic! It was the most fun we have had in years, and my boyfriend won a bottle of champagne for his "Performance" of Elvis. We can't wait for our next visit.
we got back in august, and we cant wait to go back next april..... we had a fantastic time, everybody was so freindly. the staff were great and we made some brilliant freinds... i would recommend this hotel to everyone....
This hotel is right in front of the beach with beautiful views of the beach and bay.All rooms have a sea view and are very very clean but there are no lifts only many steps.the breakfast is continental e.g.ham jam boiled eggs [no fried eggs& bacon or toast].The evening meal was mucb etter and the waiter service was brilliant.There is 2 tv`s and the evening entertainment is very good fun .The staff and management are VERY VERY Friendly and Helpfull, My wife and I had a Lovely 2 weeks holiday and would Love to holiday there again At the APOLLON HOTEL at PALEOKASTRITSA from Russell&Patricia Baddeley [7-6-02