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Historical Traveler Reviews Nafsika Hotel Corfu
Best Hotel in Greece
For anyone thinking of trying Greece for the First time or for those who are seasoned travellers of the Greek islands, then look no further...... Having travelled all over Greece in the past 18 years, i can say without any hesitation that the hotel Nafsika in San Stefanos - Corfu Is by far and away the best and most friendly Hotel i have stayed in. The food is of the highest standards and i would go as far as to say that it is the best food i have tried in any hotel i have stayed in - worldwide. The family are extremely friendly and Spiros is a most amiable host, full of knowledge and speaks perfect english to boot.
Try this hotel and you wont be dissapointed - we never are.......
Still a magical place after 20 years
After a 20 year break from visits to San Stef (due to emigrating to Australia) we made our 1st visit back in May 2006. It was wonderful to return to the warm welcome & hospitality from the owners Speros, Theodora and George.
Theodora's cooking is still legendary and she catered for our group of 17 every night - always with a variety of new daily specials as well as the a la carte menu. The vegetarian in our group was well catered for and our picky children developed huge appetites - a major achievement! Speros was always on hand to suggest great wines with dinner, and George & Chris knew everyone's favourite drink within a day. Vangelis is on hand all day to serve hearty breakfasts and very tasty lunches - always smiling and nothing too much trouble. Whether you stay at Nafsika or just drop by for a meal, the welcome, the food and the service are always fantastic and if you are lucky, there will be a bit of greek dancing to enjoy at night.
Our family stayed at Nafsika - clean and comfortable ensuite rooms with regular new linen - and the rest of our group stayed at the brand new Theodosia Apts up the road. All were very happy with their accommodation there too.
The village has grown in 20 years - there is a whole new street with shops, tavernas and hotels which seems to be the livlier end of town as well as many new villa's on the hillsides, but the essence of San Stefanos has not been lost. If we didn't live in Queensland, we would be returning a bit more regularly to this little corner of paradise.
Don't miss the moussaka
I've just had the pleasure of returning from Agios Stephanos, a holiday to remeber and one that I'll be repeating again very soon. I travelled with friends some of who have been going to the village for the last 25 years off and on, and feel truley privaledged to have been introduced to the village, but most important Hotel Nafsika.
We didn't actually stay in the hotel but in a villa next to the hotel, but we very quickly became adopted residents. Speros the owner is the perfect host, you couldn't be made more welcome whatever time of day or night, and to be made to feel like one of the family.
The food was the best in the village by far, Theodora, Speros's mother still cooks in the kitchen after many many years, you might think there isn't much variety to Greek food, but you could eat at Nafsika for 2 weeks and each night discover another wonderful dish. On our last night, they even cooked something off menu for us for us to try!
We also had a lesson or two from Speros in Greek wine - which was suprising good, in fact excellent! Added to all this the hotel has a great pool and is in spitting distance of the beach, a quiet sandy bay - you couldn't wish for much more from a relaxing, traditional Greek holiday!
No wonder people keeping going back!!!
i just came back from the most relaxing holiday with my boyfriend. this was our first trip to greece. have no idea how we even found out about this small town in northern corfu, but through a friend of a friend, we found this beautiful getaway. the hotels website was very helpful, but talking to the "english speaking" owner speros was very easy booking our wonderful two weeks in corfu. speros even helped with our airfare, since we were coming from the states. him being a greek american was definitely a plus. almsot everyone we met there were returning customers, so us being "the newbies" got the full scope on the hotel and town. i was first quite skeptical about doing the half board with speros, being that i normally dont like eating at the same place every night. but he assured me that i wouldn't regret it and i wouldn't have the same meal twice. not only did i eat his mother's food every night, but his mother also made us little picnic sandwiches for us to take to the beach. the food was delicious, no doubt about it, but the whole package is what blew me away. the staff was always helpful to us, especially when we rented a car, and they told us where to go and what to see. i loved being a few footsteps from the beach, i loved hearing the waves at night while we were eating our dinner. san stefanos is picturesque place that is not spoiled, with mezmorizing sunsets. tom and i have been bragging to our friends about this place, and how we cant waitto go back next summer. at least we wont be "the newbies" next time!!
tom and kate
Another great holiday
We have just returned from the Nafsika after another great holiday. I went with my wife and 3 girls ages 4,8 and 13. The hotel is family run, very family friendly and located perfectly for the sweeping sandy beach just yards away. Alternatively the Nafsika has it's own fabulous pool that you can't keep our kids out of! We have visited twice now in the last two years and also many times in previous years. You will find the same staff each year and they all welcome you as their friends. The owner, Speros, and all the staff are very helpful and friendly and nothing is a problem - they are are always pleased to help as much as they can. We were there as half board guests and used the restaurant every night. If you like really tasty home made traditional Greek food then this is the place to come. Everything is cooked from scratch in the kitchen and even the salad is hand picked from the garden every day. If you're looking for wild nightlife, this isn't the place for you, but if you enjoy visiting bars and tavernas with a proper Greek flavour then San Stefanos and the Nafsika hotel is perfect. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone and will definitely be returning ourselves.
Neil, Terri & girls
Best hotel on Corfu
We are just back from one of the best holidays we have had .we stayed at the Nafsika Hotel in Stan Stafarnos. The owner and family could not have been more helpful or friendly ,the Mum is the chef and the food was really great. We will be back . Billy & Maureen
Relaxing little Hotel with great food and great atmosphere
Just arrived back from the small and friendly Nafsika which is set in the quiet but lovely town of San Stefanos. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The food was very good and the owners and staff very attentive. The only downside for us regarding the food was that the dessert was comparatively disappointing as there was only one option offered and three or four times in the week this was fresh fruit salad (or you could have a coffee or tea instead). We were waiting for the yoghurt and honey!!! The rooms and pool were very clean and the cocktail bar offered loads of different varieties to chose from at 3.50 euros each during 7 - 9 pm. The air conditioning was worth paying the extra supplement for (on arrival). The hotel also had safety deposit facilities. All in all very good facilities, especially for its 2 star rating. We would definitely return and many visitors return year in year out!!
Delicious home cooking
at this most friendly small hotel. Not a luxurious place but unpretentious and welcoming with a delightful staff. The owner Spiro and two waiters may amuse diners in the evening with an impromptu Greek dance amid much clapping and applause.
Very close to long sandy beach and an ideal place for couples and children. Not wonderful for teens and certainly not for rowdies. Complete peace and quiet in the evenings. Most guests are returnees.
Very relaxing, friendly hotel, with excellent food and lovely staff. Wonderful views and no mad dash for the loungers by the pool.Cant wait to go back.
Great break at the Nafsika
I went with my husband and daughter of 18 for a short break in July and one week was certainly much too short. The resort of San Stephanos in Corfu is a lovely size on a beautiful mile long stretch of Blue Flag beach with warm shallow water, which was never too busy.
The Nafsika itself is ideally situated, across a small, quiet road to the beach and only a few minutes walk to the resort centre, with what looked like a great selection of bars and restaurants. I say "looked like", because we were on half board, and there was never a night we could bring ourselves to go elsewhere to eat, because the standard and freshness and variety of the meals kept us firmly eating alfresco at the Nafsika. Meals are cooked by Theodora, the owner's mother, everything from dolmades or freshly cooked sardines to spit roast lamb and chicken, a huge variety of different fishes, cooked in various ways, and much more.......Finished off with greek yoghurt and honey, ice cream or sweet of the day. Washed down with a half carafe of wine at 3 euros can't be bad.
The hotel itself is neat, bright and clean, with a beautiful pool, and the rooms are spotless and have modern air-con. The service is very attentive and friendly without being overpowering. I loved it so much I am going back, not next year but next week, and I just can't wait.
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