Travel Blogs from Agios Ioannis
We toured the streets of Corfu Town and then wandered for a few hours more, finally settling in for a lunch of Gyros, ice-cold Mythos and good conversation.
After lunch we walked through the Open Air Market we we saw fresh produce and merchandise for sale by local merchants. The seafood and meat market wasn't open but the lingering scent told us that we just missed it. ...
... of raki.
The next day Dad was up first, shortly followed by myself, but there was no sign of Steve, that was how it remained for most of the day. I tried to warn him against too much raki. I still believe it was a tactical hangover to avoid losing his title at cards!
Me and Dad headed out to the market to swap a shirt I had brought him which was too small. He managed to change it, and still remained below the XXL we had purchased for Steve earlier in ...
Day 3 in Corfu and its great just to be able to sleep in. This morning I go up for breakfast at 9 with every intention of going back to bed directly after. So much for that. Of the 6 people (of 51) that actually made it to breakfast, I was surprised I was one of them. Talking to Shannon at breaky, I decided instead of going back to bed, I would join her on the bus into town and get some more flu drugs and some fruit.
We missed the bus and instead of waiting an ...
Dinner tonight was the Ionian Experience. We headed off to a Greek Restaurant where we had Greek food, Ouzo, and were treated to a traditional dance show, where we saw a variety of different dances from the Corfu Island. Between dances and meal courses, we were encouraged to participate. There were a couple of birthdays and a marriage proposal tonight from one of the other tours. So those guys got extra special treatment, which was fun. We all got ...
... Toga party at the hotel where we all made togas out of bed sheets and spent the night drinking. Might have drank a bit too much and woke up with multiple bruises the next day from falling over... The third day was spent chilling by the pool and the beach eating ice cream. In the evening we went to a Greek meal with music and traditional Greek dancing. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Belvedere Hotel Agios Ioannis
We have just returned from a week at the Belevdere hotel and to say we were disappointed was an understatement, we arrived in the early hours and the reception looked stunning, the night porter was extremely pleasant and helpful, however that is where the compliments end. The next morning we go to breakfast to find tinned fruit, cheese and ham decorated with wasps ( I appreciated it is difficult to keep insects out of the dining room when the doors are open, but most of us eat with our eyes and if the food was presented better in proper hot and cold units and not just placed on tables - it would help) luchtime food was probably the best meal, however you need to be there when the food is first put out as it was left for long periods of time.
I would just like to agree with the 2004 review 'Dont go there' and the last two reviews regrading this hotel. First impressions of this hotel looked good at 4 in the morning on arrival, however how disappointed were myself and my family.
Mr Rossco - you obviously do not have children if you enjoyed this hotel. I have just returned from a week at this dump with my husband and two young children. When we booked this (two weeks before travelling), the hotel website promised great things for kids like card room, satelitte TV and ice creams and juice. There was also a baby sitting facility offered. Reality hits at the airport getting on the transfer coach when a crowd outside the airport start shouting at us about how bad the hotel was and how they felt sorry for us. I thought they were having a laugh. On arrival, we were told we could not have air conditioning unless we paid 4Euros per day (this was not specified on web site). We eventually got a key to an air conditioned room to find it wasn't even cleaned and even had the previous occupiers belongings in it. Finally obtained a clean room and have to say that although it was clean, the patio doors were insecure and we only got 1 bath and 1 hand towel for the entire family. These were changed once in the 7 days we were there, in that heat these should have been changed every day. Day 1breakfast: only recognisable thing was boiled eggs in a tray - even these were grey on the inside so not sure how long they had been lying. Pool side snacks were a joke, curled up cheese and something resembling dried up SPAM, along with dried stale crusty bread. Having paid for an all-inclusive i did not expect to have to pay for bottles of water either. (The hotel water was off for 2 days out of the 7 we were there) All our drinks were served in plastic vending machine cups as we were not allowed to have glassware. Only guests who were self catering and paying euros over the counter got a glass. My children did not even get an ice cream at this hotel and they ate nothing either. I would not have fed this "food" to a stray dog. By no means are we fussy eaters and again have no problem with trying new things either however no way could children have eaten at this hotel. Red/White wine, lager and Ouzo were the only alcoholic drinks available in the all-inclusive option, so again we had go elsewhere to find spirits for the adults and ice cream for the kids. The Marabou bar is not open, the Beach bar is not open, the "Watersports" are around 2km further along the beach. There was no entertainment offered at all. The rep for this hotel was as useful as a chocolate teapot, she must have run out of complaint forms as there were so many folk complaining. She would walk away from us if there were more than 4 people trying to talk to her. We were constantly fobbed off and told to put our complaints in writing. So here we are folks, if you have children, dont come here. I feel sorry for the bar/restuarant staff in this hotel as the management havent got a clue how to run an all-inclusive hotel. We were also chased by the staff to try and cut our bands off. We would gladly have given them over without having scissors stuck in our faces. By the way, the web site has now been amended since our stay (more than 20 families complaining). Do you think they have actually taken note and that we were right after all? You would be better off not trying to find out and go somewhere decent instead.
How anyone can say that this hotel is anything but bloody awful should be sectioned.
Food and snacks
the hotel was very nice and clean so were the staff but the food was awful we had to go out all the time to eat and there were no free ice lollys or anything like that
My partner and I have just returned from a weeks holiday at this hotel. I feel that this hotel was mis sold to people who were on holiday at the hotel at the same time as us as all they ever did was moan- I feel sorry for Chris who is the manager and all his staff for putting up with their constant moaning! My advice to them is to read exactly what you have been sold- it states rotating menu and that is exactly what it is- they expected burgers and chips everyday, its a different culture yet they expected mc donanlds food everyday! If they wanted this then they should've stayed at home!y Anyway, thats my little moan about them over! The hotel is situated about a 30 minutes walk from benites and about a 50 minute walk from mesongi, the views are breathtaking and the walks are very nice but the only down fall is the fact that there are hardly any paths and the driving in corfu is slightly mad!
A great hotel
i have just come back from two weeks all inclusive at this hotel. as the managers response to the previous review states it is now under new management. the food was great and the all inclusive really was all inclusive. you get so much food and drink. staff were pleasant. rooms clean. beach a little small but not too bad