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All inclusive - A Con
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.
The staff weren't over friendly and the receptionist was extremely rude i don't think she knew how to smile, I asked if it would be possible to have a late check out as our flight was not until the early hours, it took me 3 days to get an answer i was constantly fobbed off.
As for the fact it is all inclusive is a con., this is our third all inclusive holiday and at the other hotels we have had water and ice creams included and we haven't had to drink out of paper cups while self catering guests are allowed glasses.
If you are looking for a self catering holiday using this as a base this could be the hotel for you but the rooms are extremely basic and we didn't have hot water for the whole seven days we were there. However if like us you work hard all year and look forward to your long earned break all inclusive then i suggest you give the Belveldere a miss!!!!!!!
All we can say is 'STAY AWAY' from this hotel.
The food is unfit for consumption.
Leftovers are served up for next day lunch.
Flys, dead and living in food and on platters with cheese and meat which is dried out. Bread stale.
Had to pay for water!!!! we were all inclusive?????????????????
So many families have been in touch, people were ill and have returned home ill, not just the runs either 'Salmonella Poisoning'.
DO NOT GO.
Staff unhelpful for fear of losing their jobs, Management don't know how to manage and the Rep was just horrendous(don't know how she got the job).Her manners are nil, she's rude abrupt and calls the Belvedere Management LIARS!!! whilst giving her welcoming speech.
Bathrooms dirty, tiles hanging off walls, shower attachments with black goo all over them, insecure doors into your rooms.
Childrens entertainment and facilities NIL, whilst they give free child places...we were actually asked why we had brought our children by the management????????
What a silly question!
I was waiting for Candid Camera 2 appear but alas it did not.
We also witnessed people being chased by staff with a pair of scissors trying to cut their all inclusive bands off, take that and them slipping on the wet floor that the cleaner always did with dirty stinking water, someone could and probably will be seriously injured.
I don't need them taking my band off for me, I have been dressing myself with no help from Mummy for a whole 34 years!!!
Incredible I know but thats life.
The Manager 'Chris' pretends not to know much English...don't be fooled....once you start telling him straight he comes back with all the language and more.
I really looked forward to coming home, not something that should happen at the end of ones holiday, but I felt so sorry for the people just turning up with little white faces waiting to get a tan and enjoy their hols....they were certainly going to get a tan. We all called them...Lambs to the Slaughter.
One last thing the locals also know of this horrendous place and are embarrassed by it so don't take this place as a representation of the area...its not.
DON'T GO THERE.
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.
Firstly, this hotel was sold to us as an all- inclusive, but we soon found out that we had to pay for ice cream, bottles of water, and spirits, apart from Ouzo. We were only offered local beer, wine (red and white which tasted like vinager) and fizzy drinks within plastic cups which were recycled. However, some customers were allowed to drink out of real beer and wine glasses and when questioning the bar staff of this hotel, we were told that they were paying customers. What were we?
The breakfast consisted of cereal, yogurt and tinned friut, over cooked scramble eggs, boiled eggs which were black inside, small frankfurters, greasy pancakes, bread, fruit juice, coffee and tea. Disgusting!
Snacks at 10.00a.m. were bread, spam, sliced cheese and salad, which was left unrefidgerated and open to flies etc. Health and Hygiene risk!
At 1.00 p.m. chips, salad and anything left over from the night before was presented to us as lunch. It was disgusting and inedible.
At 3.00 p.m. the same snacks were offered to us again as given that morning, however this time with no butter for the bread. However, on complaint we were told that this was the greek way of cuisine and that they ate dry bread.
At 7.00 p.m offered within this all inclusive was two hot dinners which were unrecognisable. We could have been eating anything maybe cat or dog? Salad, feta cheese, sliced cheese and bread were also offered again. This hotel does not cater for holiday makers from Great Britian!
Included within this holiday was stifling rooms with no air conditioning, sub standarded shower, which over flowed into our bedroom, causing a flood and a cracked sink within our room. in additon the linen was changed weekly e.g towel and bedding. There was a salt water pool which the life guard left unattained whilst selling sun beds at the beach. Floors which were mopped when customers were walking on them causing a health and safety risk. Witnessing on numerous occassions customers slipping and falling on wet tiles. There was no entertainment for anyone as advertised on web site and with a family, we found it very difficult to keep our children amused. The pool table was also out of order awaiting new parts which could have amused our children for part of our hioliday. Still waiting!
Two out of the three bars were not open, and were advertised as being open. This hotel is also isolated and has very bad access to any neighbouring towns. Also, if you tried to get to the very unwalkable peebly, so called beach, you had to cross a very, dangerous busy main road from Corfu to Cavos. Not very child friendly!
The holiday representative was never on site and you had to make an appointment to meet with her on request. However on meeting with her, she was very unhelpful and very abrupt. She tried to blame the management for all of these on going problems and vice a versa, therefore all these complaints were still left unresolved.
Due to all of the above, I would adivise anyone planning an all inclusive holiday to the Belvedere Hotel, Corfu, not to go there! This is definately not a family freindly hotel and what you see within their web is not what you get!
Holiday from hell
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.
Bloody awful and doesn't do what it says on the tin!!!!
How anyone can say that this hotel is anything but bloody awful should be sectioned.
We fully understand it was a rotating menu, anyone who expects all that food available at once would be very silly, but all we saw was slices of spam, processed cheese and bread with no butter allowed! flies all over it, lunch and dinner which we have photos of, meatballs in a sauce with the chips stirred in it and then pasta and a bowl of something that looked like sick.
We woud have loved some traditional greek food, that would have been fantastic and I also take offence at being labelled a Mcdonalds freak....not a word thats in my vocabulary thanks.
Blood was over my headboard for the whole week, complained about this three times, tiles dropping off wall in bathroom, thick black gunk behind shower fittings, staff were rude to the children, had to pay for water, staff chasing people with pair of scissors trying to cut off inclusive bands!!! Got told 'what do you people expect for your money'......we had all paid different prices, one young couple paid £2500 for their holiday they were absolutely gutted...we booked last minute for a (known) cheap break...you still expect a standard and if the person who left the last rating had read the rundown which we were sold the holiday then they would be cheesed off aswell.
Were you bought the champagne in exchange for a good rating....sure you'll be back next year.
Got told that Germans and Dutch liked the hotel and they made no complaints..don't believe that for a second....Germans have higher standards than the british so you'd have had complaints.
The Rep was also unprofessional and rude to her clients, she showed no concern at all and was only interested in telling everyone that the weather was good and tried to sell trips.
She also told untruths to people which in the end caught up with her, after that she refused to see anyone.
She also told us that none of us knew what was going on with the management at the Belvedere and she promply told us they were lying to her also, thats why she couldn't speak to us anymore.
All the locals knew about the Belvedere and would laugh at the bands on your wrist, it was an embarassment to wear them.
All in all DO NOT GO, we have names and addresses of so very many people who are all complaining. In fact we were approached before we even entered the hotel...our welcome was by two Geordie lads who hung over the rails of the swimming area and told us not to enter this hole, we had'nt even got our cases out of the taxi, the Taxi driver was also laughing and shook his head!!!! nice welcome...but those lads were spot on.
Another little surprise for the management...most of your staff are not happy either....a few apologies came secretly but they feared they would lose their jobs..very sad.
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
Whats all the fuss about?!
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!
The hotel rooms are very basic, no tv but who comes on holiday to spend all there time in the hotel watching tv?! The food was good, my only advice to Chris is to label the food as on one occasion they had veal and we ate some without realising and we don't agree with how veal comes about- thats my only gripe! The pool is saltwater and very refreshing. The sea is crystal clear and really is amazing.
The manager, Chris, has done an excellent job in turning this hotel around and really is dedicated to providing excellent customer service. He even bought us champagne on our last night as he really liked our comapny, then I threw him into the pool!
If your reading this Chris, we will definately be back soon and remember, it will be the year of the cow, not the mosquito!!
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
Don't go there
The hotel was sold to us as a 4* one but we have serious doubts if it could be classified as a 2*.
The location is awful: on the coast road full of noisy bikes and cars close to a rocky beach which measure 3 m width in total shade in the afternoon.
Sea view implies noisy pool sound, bike hell sound and gas smell.
We agreed to give up the sea view for a more quiet room and got a wall view room instead. After 2 rainy days we woke up surrounded by floods - 15 cm of water in the room. We moved to a superior floor and we got a room which had a wall covered with green penicillin culture. Meanwhile as the sun was not present there was no hot water anymore.
Plugs are British kind and you can't find an adaptor on the island - so we had no chance to iron our clothes or boil some water. By the way - do not expect a fridge in your room or TV set...
The cheap breakfast stinks - you have to spend some 5 minutes in line to get what is left from the early starters and then you have to win the battle against the wasps if you dare to prefer the terrace. Inside restaurant is so crowded and overheated and therefore we recommend the wasps. Coffee is our worst memory - do not drink it - could cause serious health problems. We made our own instant in the room (with cold water). For the beach we visited the west side (we traveled every day 30 min. with our car) which is not so crowded and has some breathtaking views.
So avoid that hotel, avoid Benites!