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... and dry moats surrounding the Old Fortress are renowned for repelling countless Turkish invasions.
We also toured the British-built Church of St. George located within the fortress walls with stunning views of the sea.
After leaving the Old Fortress, we re-enter the Esplanade where we saw the famous cricket pitch, a favorite leftover exercise from the British occupation, located on ...
... for a beer. We were unexpectedly joined by our taxi driver. On first sitting down he tried to revive his sales pitch from earlier, but after turning it down again, he decided his luck was out and returning back was a case of 'well I'm not gonna get any more money out of these lot, lets get them back ASAP!'
We ate lunch at Demi, where Dad took his first selfie and continued to work on his transformation into an omelette, while I decided it would be a good idea ...
... have been toga wizards, I’ve no idea how they managed to make them look like proper dresses. Drinks, dancing and games pursued. In the early hours of the morning hilarity broke out in our room with Kiel coming back plastered and doing funny things. There is a video of the lot, but im no going to describe it in a public forum where I know my grandparents are reading. Haha. Great night anyway!
Tomorrow is out last half day in Corfu, hopefully not too hung ...
... have a couple with the new groups.
On the way back, the bus got rowdy. There are a few trigger songs that set of this lot. One of those songs came on and it was like feeding time at the zoo. We had people losing their shirts, swinging off the roof, doing he worm down the aisle, it was a party on the bus for sure. Arrival at the pool bar as disappointing, as all but maybe 10 of the other 100 people had gone to bed. Oh well you work with what you're give, and ...
The second day in Greece was spent on George's Boat. It was a cruise round the island on a motorboat with several stops to jump in the sea. George himself is a bit of a perv but it's all very tongue in cheek and friendly. Ate a lot of Greek salad and drank some Greek beer, also did a lot of swimming in the sea! Got a good tan going on now. In the evening ...
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We were a little bit disappointed with this hotel. The food was edible but served lukewarm - breakfast was probably the worst. The rooms are very small at the back of the hotel and towels very thin with some even being presented as clean but having some old stubborn stains on. The new owner is however obviously making changes to the hotel and rumour is that by the end of the year prices will rise and this will be a very smart hotel.
This is the first year this hotel has gone all-inclusive. This means that the couple of tavernas that are outside the front of the hotel are now not serving food (for those of you that may want a change of scenery one evening) but are still open for drinks at the moment. However, Rula who owns the wonderful bar at the top of the hill will rustle up a delicious pizza and feta cheese salad if you want a more cosy atmosphere than that of the hotel restaurant. Or for those adventurous ones the taverna on the beach which is run by a very friendly family, is still open until 8.00pm. Beware the walk to and from the beach though - its very steep - however I believe that the hotel is now running a shuttle bus to the beach and back during the day.
Another slightly annoying point about the hotel is the smell of sewage that comes up the hill from the cess pit at certain times of the day.
The panoramic views from the hotel are stunning and the pool area and pool bar clean and efficient and overall this hotel is OK but I don't think its 4* as advertised on some sites on the internet.
Corfu itself is beautiful and people are friendly - hire a car and have a look round, you won't be disappointed.
Not a 5 star hotel
Very disappointed with this hotel, opened too early during renovation work.
This is a 3 star hotel, and shows as a budget holiday in the skytours summersun brochure.
View spectacular, and entertainment staff funny, that's all the good , now I havent got all day to say about the bad stuff so a brief would be, my husband fixed 2 toilets while he was here, patio doors would not shut, towels were not changed everyday, phone would not work in the room, to dial reception it was 999, and let me tell you this 999!!! for help me get out of here.
Could not wait to get home.
Yaliscari palace,quiet and lazy holiday
The hotel is situated about 20 mins from the airport,and is quite isolated although there are trips to several locations around the island even to albania. It is at the top of a steep hill leading to a beautiful small beach,It is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties although there is a shuttle service to and from beach(free).The hotel is being updated at the moment and rooms appear a bit crampt but are clean and comfortable and have air conditioning,although some are in need of repair.
The staff are very nice and polite and dinners are buffet style with not a great deal of choice although of fair standard.The hotel itself runs around the pool areas for daytime and night activites,and the animation team are friendly and good fun,excellent with children and adults alike.watch out for dobie,camp nut and good fun.The hotel is staffed by greek's chech's and a bulgarian animation team but are very good at making you feel welcome,although remote and a bit isolated if you want a relaxing and peacful holiday ,this is for you and is also good for kids,not much for them to spend money on so keeps costs down ,but still plenty for them to do. Remember to say "dobie i love you" if you go here you will understand why.As a final thought make sure that you have your room until you are ready to leave(check dates) as they will ask you to leave at 12 noon before your flight and charge you 45 euros for keeping room till you leave.It advertises 5* hotel but only 3*+ at the moment,could be very soon if upgrade continues.
Great Value for Money
My girlfriend and i got a bargain when we booked this hotel. Although not a high end 5star it is certainly a high end 4 and would reccomend it to anyone if they get it for the prices we paid (£399 early june AInclusive from london). The Staff were very friendly, it was clean and there were plenty of facilities.
Peaceful, beautiful view.
Beautiful situation if enjoy looking at the sea . Great for walkers and environmentalist types I would guess - very hilly. Shortage of surrounding tavernas etc - good mini market at top of hill - lovely people. Long but pleasant walk to the nearest village.
Very steep approach to hotel and very steep to beach, tavernas on beach lovely. Pools clean and there is an amazing view from the sunloungers overlooking the sea.
Great for an extra holiday -5 day chill out break. I went with my 16yr old for just that and he loved it!!! Other teenagers, nightly entertainment etc. Not a noisy hotel though. Perhaps not good for little one's!
Hotel looks a bit tired - needs some TLC. Staff friendly and helpful. Rooms ok and adequate for 3*. Very clean.
Menu needs a shake up and sometimes there were long queues for dining. Do pay the extra for a sea view, as the other rooms overlook the road approaching the hotel.
We enjoyed our break, but I don't think I would choose to spend a week there. Great if you want a peaceful base or a total chill out.
Initial impressions, hotel name sign almost illedgible due to build up of dirt, broken signs etc, give an accurate indication as to the state of the hotel. Slow decline and poor maintenance.
The room we had was good and air conditioned ( we were lucky to get a superior room). The rest of the hotel was not. Tired paintwork, patched up cracks in the walls and gloomy corridors, no air con in public rooms. The dining room was run for the benefit of the staff not the customers. The queuing system inevitably resulted in a scrum like environment once the doors were opened as guests raced for their favorite tables. The food was bland and repetitive but if you are a lover of pork, fish fingers and stale bread this hotel may be for you. Nice to see the chef painting the fire escape one day ( or was it the hotel painter cooking the meals? not sure)
On the plus side the drinks prices were not the usual rip offs so often charged in holiday hotels.
The pool area, once it was reached ( 34 steps ) was OK but the pool was in need of repair, broken and dirty tiles etc with no apparent filtration system ( handfulls of chemicals thrown in each morning).
The hotel is not in Pelekas (nearest bus stop) as the brochures would have it. A good 30 minute walk via the woodland paths, nearer an hour along the road. There are two tavernas outside the hotel if you can manage the steep incline:only one though is worth visiting.
Most of the entertainment seems to be carried out by the Thompson gold team from the hotel at Agios Geordios. If you happened to visit a thomson gold hotel last year you will recognise all the routines and know all the songs already.
Not a place to revisit!
What a pity this hotel has deteriorated so much
I went to the Yaliscari Palace 5 years ago and enjoyed it so much I returned again this year. I found the hotel had deteriorated considerably and I will no go back again until I know the hotel has been updated.
The location is beautiful. Quiet and peaceful and some lovely walks through the woods. We didn't go on any of the overpriced
trips organised by the reps but used the excellent public transport from Pelekas(1 Euro to Corfu town but get your ticket before boarding the bus).
Our room on the seventh floor was dirty and the bathroom smelt disgusting. We complained and was offered another room which was equally as bad. We shared the room with various insects which was very disturbing.
The food was excellent and the service by George and other waiters in the restaurant was also first class.
I found the rep totally useless but in all fairness she was new but Thomsons should and could have done better. The Shop
at the top of the hill owned by Vicky was our saviour. We got our bus tickets from her along with everything else we needed and nothing was too much trouble for her. I think Thomsons should employ her as a rep. because she helped not only us but everyone else.
Overnight Stay From Hell!
We had the pleasure(!!!) of staying in the Yaliscari Palace Hotel when we were placed here overnight by Thomson due to our flight being delayed for 15hours. As if the delay wasnt bad enough the hotel was horrendous! It had the capacity to hold the entire plane (over 400 people) which was a bit of a surprise until we got inside.
The decor was like something out of Dracula and had obvioulsy not been updated for some considerable time.
Once allocated our room, which took over 2 hours, we entered to find it infested with various creatures, moths being the main lodgers. All furniture was covered in a thick layer of dust and dirt and we were unable to wash as the water was orange!!
After a few hours of trying to sleep (the aircon was again circa 1970's) we went down to breakfast to be confronted with the worst looking breakfast buffet we have ever seen. The scrambled eggs looked like they had taken up residence a long time ago!!
Rest assured we will never be booking to stay in this hotel and would advise others to do the same.
We stayed at the Yaliscari Palace for one night as part of Thomson's 'temporary' accommodation due to our flight being delayed 15 hours. We arrived at 3 am and it took over 2 hours to check everyone in. Then on arrival at our room we found the door unlocked, no bath towels, broken glass on the floor, a massive hole in the bathroom wall and brown water from the taps. The room was dirty and I found a moth's wing in my bed sheets. The food was average at breakfast, however the lunch was less than average. In fact we were served our dessert before the main despite our objections! They told us to hold on to it as our main course was on its way!!!
Welcome to the Hotel Yfaliscari
This has been one of the most memorable holidays that me and my husband have ever had.I would suggest that you do hire a car, as the hotel is on a steep incline, a courtesty bus is available, but for the £70 for 5 days of car hire, we thought that a bargain.The food was excellent and plenty of it. The hotel staff very friendly and helpful, The setting to watch the evening sunset was breathtaking. Nothing to do for children, but we chosse this hotel for that reason, i did not want lots of screaming children spoiling my relaxation. All in all a very nice hotel, with everything we needed. Would definately visit this hotel again, and this is the first one i have said that about!!