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Historical Traveler Reviews Telemachos Hotel Dassia
An honest opinion
We stayed at the Telemachos Hotel, 2 adults on an all inclusive basis.
As the saying goes "you get what you pay for". We went for a cheap hotel and got a cheap hotel.
Firstly the hotel is at the top of a very steep hill, definitely not for the elderly or anyone who has difficulty getting around. This was advised in the literature when we booked so we cannot complain about that.
Initial impressions were not great. The welcome from staff on our arrival was non existent. We were kept waiting in the bar area until picked out by the manageress.
The room was very basic, we paid an additional 45 Euros for air conditioning, which proved well worth it during a mini heatwave. The toilet and shower were clean but there was a smell of sewage, not overpowering but noticeable, particularly after running water from the shower, sink or toilet. It was fairly clean but in need of refurbishment, some of the furniture had seen better days.
We had a fantastic view from our balcony but we were placed overlooking the car park which meant lots of noise at night with coach, taxi and cars arriving at all hours, and the bin men at 3 in the morning!
The pool area was clean, the pool is cleaned out every night. Be careful to wear something on your feet, the poolside gets extremely hot!
Food is very bland and contains far too much salt. Pasta and Chips are their favourite and we had this most lunches and dinners. After a few days we ended up eating out at night.
The Scottish chef at lunch time is very friendly, chatty and helpful, the other waiters and chefs hardly ever say anything or even smile. They often serve cake at breakfast and this is well worth having. Bread is fresh and the water is drinkable.
Over the week the reception staff became more friendly and were able to answer any questions we had.
Do not go in the shop within the hotel, unless you are going to buy something. The old lady that runs it does not speak English and has a tendency to block the doorway and stares at you - smile and if you can find an opening then run for it!
Entertainment is provided every night from 9:30 til 12:00. Generally this is some form of live music which is not very good but can be enjoyed if you allow your brain to fall asleep and simply laugh along with it. It helps if you meet some good company out there, as we did, so we could all laugh together.
Our main problem with this hotel is the all inclusive facilities that are offered. Anyone who travels all inclusive on a regular basis will be very dissappointed. As mentioned the food is very bland and we ended up eating out.
The all inclusive bar is separate from the main pool bar, drinks are served from a window away from the pool and you lose the social aspect of being in the bar area. You are made to feel like second class visitors.
The all inclusive drinks also end at 9:30, the same time that the entertainment starts, coincidence? You then have to buy your drinks at the main bar and they are not cheap.
We would definitely recommend that you do not book an all inclusive holiday at this hotel. The town contains a number of bars and restaurants, which are still fairly quiet, serve better food and cheaper drinks. Do not get too drunk though, there is still the hill to climb at the end of the night!
Local facilities are good. We recommend the beach as oppossed to the pool area. The sea is clean and warm but take shoes as it is a shingle/stone beach. It is also cooler than the pool area and it gets a nice breeze from time to time.
Despit all of the above we had a great holiday, it helps to meet great people and we were very lucky. Corfu is a lovely island, go there but if you stay at Telemachos don't expect the Ritz. If you get a chance to go scuba diving, do it, it is absolutely fantastic!
THE WORST HOTEL EVER
Two of my freinds and i visited the hotel for a weeks holiday in June 2006.
we arrived at the hotel and our first impressions weren't what we were expecting, it was up a very steep hill and reasonably secluded.
the porter carried our bags up the steps and put them in the bar area where we were just left for a good half an hour.
When we were checked in we realised that we had to pay an extra 45 Euro's for air conditioning, our room was a small cramped room with twin beds and something you can only call a metal frame as a third bed.
The bathroom was an extremely small room with a shower that was a small tray and a curtain that did not meet the tray. it had a very strong smell of sewage which was extremely obvious.
The pool area was reasonable however the pool was so cloudy that you could not see the bottom.
My freinds and i were all inclusive which meant that we could have snacks and drinks all day, the area that we had to go to get this was a hole in a wall with the most repulsive snacks, hard re-heated pizza and chewy ice-cream.
The food in the main restaurant is bland, it always tastes the same and is really not an enjoyable experience.
We went into Ipsos for a night out and shared a taxi back with some other people that were staying at our hotel, before we even set foot into the hotel reception the night porter came over waving his arms and shouting "no girl in boy's room, no boy in girls room". we paid a significant amount of money to be in this hotel if i wanted to be spoken to like a child i would of gone elsewhere.
The "maid Service" was appauling, we had to ask for our towels to be changed, the bedroom and bathroom floors were dirty when we arrived. The room was dusty and totally unacceptable.
We noticed that our toilet was leaking two days into our holiday, we reported this complaint four times and still nothing was done about it.
I am more than dissapointed with the experience of the hotel and will be following these complaints up. If i worked for Olympic Holidays i would be reluctant to offer this accomodation as part of their packages.
I feel that people need to know more about the hotel so please don't hesitate to contact me and i will answer any questions that i can.
"The Absolute Worst Hotel I Have Ever Been To"
The absolute worst hotel I have ever been to!! **Beware**
This is my complete and honest opinion of this hotel nothing in this review was written in anger, Corfu is one of the most beautiful islands I have ever seen.
1. All employess and management extremely rude
2. They all speak italian but at the same time they hate italians as they told us many times
3. One night we wer attacked by the night manager brandishing a large monkey wrench
4. Pool closes at 7pm, pool area at 11pm
5. Constant smell of horrid drainage
6. Room shower was about 2 feet by 2 feet
7. Bedroom including the beds fulls of ants,spiders etc.....
8. They only change your shower towels once every 3 days
9. If you book air conditioning before you arrive be aware that they probably wont have an air conditioned room for you as the did not for more then half of the people we arrived with who had prepaid for it.
10. If you ask an employee for something they'll probablly laugh at you and keep walking off. As they did to us and many others staying there.
11. To get up to the hotel is a large hill that will exhaust you getting up
12. All inclusive?? Dont waist your money, the food is awfull, the drinks are bad and they make the start and finish times for breakfast,lunch,dinner and drinks at times where you are most likey to be sleeping or not in the hotel so they get there moneys worth not you.
13. Our coach bus was to pick us up at 10pm and our check out was at three we had to shower in a TOILET! yes really a toilet stall with pee all over the floor and poop in the toilets.
14. They also have a habit of cutting you off your all inclusive for no apparent reason you can understand.
15. Reception is not air conditioned
16. The pool?, the pool was very dirty I couldnt even see my feet when I was in the water
17. The shower by the pool is Atlantic winter water -300 degrees and surrounded by a large nest of wasps that live in the ground beside it.
18. All women beware of some of the employees! I saw 3 employees having sexual intercourse with tourist while on duty. And then openly talking about it at the bar the next day and deciding who they wer going after next.
ALL IN ALL IN MY PERSONAL OPINION THE WORST HOTEL EVER!!!
i have just returned home from my visit to the telemachoes hotel with my family there was 11 of us and we all enjoyed it the staff were brilliant too they were very kind and made us all laugh they are very good with children especially adults too What the other people have put abput the sunbeds isnt true at all there are plenty to go around and maybe the prices are a bit dear they have to majke a bit of a profit my favorate bit of the holiday were the loverly people that worked there they are friendly and make you laugh they also help you out when you need it some of the staff are very good looking too so thats an extra bonus point (Yanis) hes gorgeous any way i hope i cxan go back to this hotel again in the future kids will love it!!!!!!! i should no im only 15 and i thought it was brill and the little ones will too my sister n cousins did anyway wel i hope this review has helped you my last thing to say is GO TO THE TELEMACHOS HOTEL you wouldnt want to miss out on this ! xx *Kiss* xx ~Rachael~ Wakefield ~ xxx
Dreams remain after all this time!!
i have stayed at telemachos in the late 90's and in 2003, i also fully intend to do so again, hopefully this year. the owners and staff are really the most welcoming and nice people. they also run a very clean hotel with attention to detail. my only wish is that georges is still in charge of the dining room. coming from the fussiest foody in the world this is compliment indeed.
can't wait to get back.think about it all the time.
Brilliant Holiday at Telemachos Hotel
I stayed at Hotel Telemachos for two weeks with my family. On arrival, our bags were carried to our rooms for us and we were welcomed politely after a long journey. The rooms were pretty basic but they were what we were expecting for how cheap the holiday was. On the first day, we did find that there seemed to be a shortage of sunbeds but this wasnt a problem as we decided that our lilos were just as comfortable and there was plenty of room around the pool for these.
The all inclusive bar was nothing special but it was good enough and the people were friendly. We could jump in the pool whenever we wanted and there are showers by the pool for people to cool down under if they do not like to get in the pool.
In the evenings, we often tended to wander down to the shops for a while and have a few cocktails in the bars which are fanastic as they were so close to where we were staying. The entertainment at the hotel is good and they have something arranged for every night.
By the second week, we had made friends with other people there. The staff are lovely and friendly and like to have a joke around with you. There is a pool table which is always being played on by children and adults.
I would love to go back to Hotel Telemachos next year as i had a brilliant time! It was an excellent holiday that i shall never forget!
I recently stayed at the Telemachos hotel in Dassia and thought I would write a review that I hope to be helpful to people that may be staying there as I didn't really find any before I went.
Firstly on arrival the manager seemed to be very miserable which wasn't a good start although we did arrive at 5am which may explain it. However, he didn't seem to get any happier as the 2 weeks went by.
The other reception staff were very friendly and helpful though and were always pleased to help.
Our room seemed pretty much what we expected. Basic. But it was clean and was kept brilliantly clean throughout the 2 weeks with a cleaner coming in every single day.
There are no fridges in rooms for Bed and Breakfast guests (I'm not sure about all inclusive or half board) which was a bit annoying because it's always nice to keep a couple of bottles of cold water.
The hotel facilities were fine and the pool area was nice enough to sit around everyday. The sun loungers were a sore subject for a few visitors who felt that there weren't enough to go round. I'm pretty sure the hotel managed to get a few more and there seemed to be enough for everyone.
The pool bar was nice and had friendly staff but the all inclusive bar (which i hardly saw) looked basic.
The prices at the bar were quite expensive paying 2euros for a can of coke (about £1.40). This is compared to the price at a supermarket literally a 2 minute walk away of 60cents (about 40p).
The pool itself was pretty cold but was refreshing when the sun got too hot and was always clean.
The supermarket that is a 2 minute walk away is down a hill. A very steep hill. I would not recommend anybody to go to this hotel that could struggle to walk up and down hill to get to and from the hotel.
The entertainment at the hotel was very good and some of it was definately worth staying around for.
I stayed on a Bed and Breakfast basis and only rose in time for breakfast which is served from 8-9:30 once. This however was enough.
The breakfast was terrible. Tasteless crispy bacon was served with ONE yes ONE minature frankfurter sausage. When I say minature I mean like the length of your big toe.
From what I could gather from the all inclusive guests the evening meals were just as bad.
There is also the fact that the all inclusive bar stops serving drinks at 9:30 pm which leads to me to suggest that this hotel is fine for staying on a bed and breakfast basis but maybe not all inclusive.
Small and friendly
On arriving in the middle of the night the hotel seemed a typical basic 2*. The room had a very uncomfortable squeaky bed which was extremely hard, and virtually flat pillows. But that aside, the hotel really grew on us as the staff were friendly and all the other guests were as well. Many of the guests returned year after year.
We had an all inclusive package, but at that price if we fancied a change in the food we could still easily afford to eat out in some of the lovely restaurants all in easy walking distance. Entertainment could be a bit tacky but you didn't care and even found ourselves enjoying the bingo and pub quiz.
Pool was freezing and the loungers could have done with being replaced, a few people did tend to topple off them if they sat down too fast. But that didn't seem to bother people and the beach was only a 15mins walk away. Would recommend the Malibu beach club for daytime facilities, that had a lovely pool and loungers with great views.
Would recommend the hotel if you want a fun cheap break in a basic clean hotel with lovely food.
my wife and i stayed in the telemachos hotel in sept 04, we were branded as trouble makers because we dared to complain on arrival. the room which was damp,the manager and his wife were rude,the staff not very friendly.we went all inclusive and made to feel like paupers at the so called all inclusive bar which by the way looked like a shabby shack,the food boring,2 weeks thereand 1 fish meal,glad to get home i shall never go to that hotel again,hotel fine location if you are a mountain goat
I think this hotel was lovely & very clean.All the staff were very friendly!
I really enjoyed my stay, at the Tilemachos Hotel. The rooms were very basic, but for a 2 star it was brilliant. The rooms were very clean, and we made good friends with the staff. They were very friendly and very helpful! The pool always seemed very clean and there was light music to keep occupied whilst sunbathing! Non of us had any problems with the food either. The nightlife was a laugh at the hotel, as everybody was so happy, and lookin like they also were enjoying there stay! The only downside was that there wasnt a kettle in the room, for an early morning brew! And was defianately in the right place for easy access! So, overall id give this hotel a huge 8 out of 10, and i would defianately go back!