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Iberostar Regency Beach Hotel
I think the first thing you should consider before choosing the Regency Beach is whether you are suited to an All Inclusive (AI) package. It certainly has its advantages, as you could spend a whole holiday spending very little cash at all. However if you are an adventurous type you will soon find the regime quite restrictive and certainly over a two week period it becomes very claustrophobic see the same old faces in the same environment.
Those looking for the authentic cuisine experience should look elsewhere - this is mass catering which can never match the real thing. This becomes very apparent when you branch out and eat out side at a small taverna and marvel at the culinary experience. That's not to say the food is bad, as most of the time it is good, but rarely excellent.
Here's our positives and negatives from our two week stay in late August 2005.
·Excellent staff, particularly some of the waiting staff who perform well if you break the ice with them. Head receptionist is very professional and helpful.
·AI means AI
·Kids Club were very good, our son was quite at home
·Hotel facilities generally good with two separate kids pools
·Evening entertainment was well done & nice to sit out on the roof terrace
·We found the rooms quite acceptable, although the facelift amounts mainly to a lot of white paint on the walls and furniture. The bathrooms look very nice with marble on the walls and floor
·The hotel is a long way from habitation. It takes 45 minutes to walk to Benitses. The beach is quite narrow and pebbly, so you don't get the secluded beach experience. Therefore getting a hire car is a must as there is a lot that's worth seeing on the island - we would have gone stir crazy if we had not done this
·The main coast road runs past the front of the hotel and you have to be very careful crossing the road to the beach or going to your car. The noise is not a problem due to the double glazing and noise of the A/C at night
·The aircon broke down three nights when we were there and the heat was unbearable
·There is a problem with the drains/septic tanks. Quite often there was a stench of sewerage out the back of the hotel on the way to the pools or up on the roof terrace during the evening. We never found an explanation, although some guests may have found it hard to accept the Greek requirement of not flushing toilet roll etc.
·Andreas the restaurant manager insists on kissing every woman as they come into the restaurant. My wife did not appreciate this unwelcome attention, but found there was very rarely any way to escape!
·My son cut his foot twice in the small kid's pool - I suspect sharp tiles.
·Avoid the 'fruit juice' and 'coffee' neither of which lived up to its name. The wine can vary depending on the box they are using - persevere, you may get a better batch
·My son lost his toy dog and it turned up in the hotel laundry - we had to hunt to find it!
Things you should do:
·Get the bus (only 95c) to Corfu Town (second Blue Stop up the road), it's a real jewel with excellent architecture and shopping
·Eat out at a proper taverna, especially if you have never been to Greece before
·Go to the sandy beaches on the western coast. Agios Georgios (southern end) was our favourite.
·Drive up into the hill villages, they are charming
·Aqualand is excellent fun and great value. The food queues are horrendous, so take a packed lunch
·Go to Benitses in the evening, it's actually a nice place
·Go snorkelling, the fish are great
This may paint a poor picture of this hotel, but it is absolutely fine if you like this kind of thing and particularly if you just want to lounge around, eat, drink and have your kids cared for. We had a good holiday and made some good friends.
A great relaxing holiday for myself and my husband, the food was excellent and the rooms were cleaned on a daily basis. The beach however is lovely but is not shingle it is more like gravel and is very hard to get in and out of the water would not recommend it for people with young children or for people with waliking difficulties.We met some lovely people while we were there of mixed nationalities, but the germans dont change no matter where you go,they are still very rude!!!! The only fault we had of this hotel you can not get a drink in the hotel bar until 6 o"clock in the evening,You either had to go to the beach bar or to the pool bar,which both is a good walk. There is nowhere to walk to of an evening either and the roads are very dangerous,saying that you can get a taxi to tne next town if you wish but it will cost you 10 euros.
Very nice hotel!
Stayed here late September into October - and this is clearly a bit late in the season to count on good weather. We had some storms and a couple of cloudy damp days, but several warm sunny ones too (75F). Go a bit earlier if you can, or better still in spring. We booked via Thomas Cook after reading reviews on here, and were very glad we did after we heard comments from people staying elsewhere in Corfu - evidently there are quite a few hotels which leave a great deal to be desired (poor food, unreliable hot water, poor cleaning, etc etc). We heard stories of people having to move hotel, complaining without success to reps and to the hotels themselves - this was not the case here at all.
The hotel lived up well to the reviews on here. It is very well run, with high quality staff in all areas (desk management is exceptionally good, and friendly, also restaurant). We never saw our room maid so cannot comment! The best feature is the food, which really is very good for a holiday hotel run on a buffet basis. Breakfast had lots of choice, and freshly cooked eggs, pancakes etc. Lunch is by the sea (or in the main restaurant if wet) and is good (the alternative packed lunch for a day out is not great...once is enough as its always the same). Dinner always has a lot of choice, with good quality raw materials, well cooked and presented. There is always something you will like, including good vegetarian options and one or two being cooked freshly. There was a Greek Night and a Chinese Night! I think everyone is staying All Inclusive, and there is loads of decent wine, beer, etc if you want, brought by waiters. Realistically, this is not of course cordon bleu but its excellent holiday food, and really no need to think about eating out (unless perhaps you want fresh local fish or if two weeks of an inevitably similar buffet every night is getting to you!). As a package the all inclusive here is very good value - you can eat and drink for free somewhere in the hotel from 10.00 to 2400..
The bar is fine, with excellent staff, offering a good variety, cocktails, etc, and good coffee. Can get a bit noisy at times, and we could not see why there were two televisions and musak on almost all the time! Nice terrace outside to drink too. Handy shop. Most guests are German, but quite a few UK, and some others.
Our room was seaview, and was OK without being exceptional. Nice view over sea and Greek mainland (when fine!), and decent but not particularly inspired furnishings (eg. no picture or prints at all). Well cleaned. Bathroom good, with instant hot water all day (that might not sound much, but we gather some hotels were very poor on this). Shame they use shampoo/soap dispensers rather than packets. Everything worked fine.
Beach is pebbles and narrow, but OK. Nothing to do on it really, but free bar etc just behind (very pleasant). As others have said, there really is nowhere to walk far safely, and dangerous at night on the road. The road is busy and lies between the hotel and the beach, so guess if you wanted to leave window open it could be noisy. The outdoor facilities are behind the hotel on the hillside and are good - swimming pools, minigolf, tennis etc, and well cared for. The roof top terrace and bar is probably very nice too on warmer evenings than we had.
Views on the evening entertainment varied - its mainly one guy and four young girl dancers, who work hard and are pretty good, but overall a fairly amateurish feel. There are other "nights" - Greek, magic etc. The Animation girls worked hard and seemed very good with the few children staying.
The main drawback is location - its nowhere really, just one hotel and a few bits and pieces, on the road south of Benitses. The latter is now perfectly OK after the bad reputation it had in the 80s, and seemed a pleasant quiet village, with a few bars etc, and boat trips (warning - harbour being rebuilt now and does not improve its appearance!).
We hired a car, so as to see more - roads are not good and the local drivers ditto. But worthwhile (not cheap however). Corfu is very mixed - some really lovely places, quite a few things of interest, but pretty scruffy in many places (dumped cars, litter, etc). For those who wonder, really very little remains of the idyllic Corfu of Gerald and Lawrence Durrells books! Driving is rather hair raising in some areas with twisty roads and poor surfaces just above a ravine or cliff!
We will not go to Corfu again, but glad we did this time. And will certainly watch out for Iberostar Hotels elsewhere, as this was by far the best aspect of the holiday. Incidentally, travelling was awful on our Cook package - middle of the night stuff, and coming home we were collected from hotel at 0300, and then spent 1.5 hours standing on some waste ground outside the airport building, until let in to find it packed as some Monarch flights were delayed. Still, it was a relatively cheap holiday, and about what we expected....and the reviews on here were really useful in making a choice!!
Wife and I had pleasant week here late Sept. Hot enough during day, cool evenings. Staff helpful. Our room, not sea view, well equipped but loose electrical socket, TV plug wiring exposed. New bottle of water in fridge and room cleaned every day. Sea view rooms have sight of Greek mainland. Rained a few times, couple of cracking thunderstorms, hotel had long powercut one evening. Food and drink excellent. Beach pebbly, hard on feet, otherwise fine. Nice hotel taverna on beach front where lunches taken. Entertainment in evenings very good, largely on 6th floor open air terrace bar. Nowhere to stroll locally as away from resort towns. For those who like a walk, Messonghi 4km and from there 3.5km into the hills to Chlomus....it's fantastic, views beyond description. Can get cheap bus to Messonghi or Corfu Town. Would go back, hotel lovely.
we just got bac yesterday from a week at the regency beach! it was an excellent hotel and the staff were very friendly! especially the waiters!!!! some of the animators exceed in there job very friendly and always smiling but not impressed with the chief male animator he seemed 2 do nothing. It is excellant for families with young children and couples but a bit boring for teenagers but only because not that many teenagers there. The hotel occupies a very mixed vary of nationalities so not that many english. The rooms are one of the best we have ever stayed in. Ther are large and spotless and ours even had two balconies. It is out of the way quite abit. There is a lovely little town just 5 mins away. Overall a lovely place 2 stay.
A fantastic holiday and a lovely family hotel
This holiday was excellent value for money. The hotel was clean and comfortable and the staff friendly and helpful. There was a good mix of nationalities and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
The food was absolutely fantastic - a veritable banquet every evening with something to suit all tastes. I have never seen such a high standard and variety at any holiday hotel. Breakfast and evening meals are served in the restaurant and lunch, morning and mid afternoon snacks in the beach taverna. If you miss breakfast, don't worry - you will be able to eat on the beach from about 10.30. Drinks available all day and all local drinks, cocktails gin and tonic, beer etc free.
The beach was small and shingle. Sunbeds free but get to the beach early to get a good spot!
The roof top swimming pool was very clean and well maintained.
Also, we had a problem with a shower and with a window that would not open in our bathroom and both were fixed on the same day.
There are 2 complimentary bottles of water in the fridge and as soon as one is emptied it is replaced with a fresh bottle. There was a maid service and fresh bed linen and towels every day.
The only downside was little entertainment in the evening - no disco. All entertainment was children orientated. There is nowhere to stroll at night either. However taxis could be taken to Corfu town if you need more night time action!
Fantastic food, great service, extremely clean - everything for a relaxing and pampering family holiday. Would definitely go again!
The best all inclusive ever
God...what an Hotel !!!
It was fabulous!!! The staff, the service, the view...THE FOOD !!!
There were 2 adults, 2 overgrown teenage girls (21 & 19) & a little 9 yrs old girl. The entertainments team bent over backwards to get the BIG Girls to join in. The younger one had no problem as they put on a full show just for a handful of people. We got back late from a wonderful trip and we still had a full dinner in the restuarant sitting outside in the warm air !!! There was so much choice with the food...every sitting, you had to wander around again & again just to decide. The rooms are lovely, the bathrooms are to die for !!! The room service is personal but not intrusive, they put our photo's on the mirror for our anniverary & a bunch of flowers. This was the maid not the Hotel !!! ( We never told the Hotel ).
The private beach is great although not sandy but the lifeguard could predict within hours of a storm about to happen on the Greek mainland...and HE WAS RIGHT TWICE !!!
What more can I say...A Fabulous hotel in a quiet location with a subway to it's own beach. Lunch was as good as the evening meal but right next to the sea !!! JUST WONDERFUL !!!
I made the mistake of going to Kavos with my Big Girls...OMG just don't do it Mums but when we returned at about 1.30am and I put them in bed !!! The Manager opened up the bar just to give me drink because of the stress/problems and getting home safely. A lovely, lovely man !!!
I cannot recommend this Hotel highly enough.
Friendly hotel with really good facilities
Friendly hotel with excellent food and facilities, spotlessly clean, and welcoming. Built on the side of a steep hill the lift takes you to one swimming pool which is on top floor of hotel. The charming and quiet children's pool, mostly used by adults when we were there, is a short walk on up the hill, but is out of the way and quiet (late June). Entertainment is good but all in 'Eurospeak' and beach, although shingle, is so well equipped, sun loungers, bar area, restaurant serving all day snacks, breakfast and acting as 'fish' restaurant in the evening, water sports equipment etc. that this was not a problem for us. Only draw back to the hotel is that if you like a stroll/walk in the evening there is nowhere to go, the road outside is the main road from north to south of the island with no pavement and really not safe to walk on, and the beach is a bay so you cannot walk along the coast. The only other possibility is an uphill walk in the hotel grounds. Apart from that one small problem I would definitely recommend the hotel on all other points.
What a lovely hotel
This hotel was absolutely lovely. It was spotlessly clean and the staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. It is set across the road from the beach which can be reached via a tunnel with a backdrop of trees. It is ideal if you would like a peaceful holiday. It does however have no shops or tavernas to have a wander around in an evening if you like to do that type of thing. The food was varied and very good. Breakfast and Evening meals were served in the main restaurant with lunch served at the beachside restaurant. We stayed all inclusive and it was one of the few hotels in Corfu where all inclusive includes all drinks on most it only includes wine and beer so definately worth it if you enjoy your spirits and cocktails. Even the water was free with the fridge in your room supplied with bottled water and renewed as soon as they were finished. Would definately recommend.
Out on a limb
Visited this hotel in November 2004, towards the end of the season. Hotel is about 10 Km from Corfu town and sited across the main road from its own private beach. There is a tunnel under the road if you prefer. A 4 star hotel with a pool on the roof.
Food is all buffet style and very good with plenty of choice for all and no problems. All the staff without exception are most helpful and very friendly. Rooms are quite reasonably sized but heading towards needing some refurbishment. All common areas are very spacy. Lunch is served in the beach bar which is pleasant. All inclusive choice of drinks was fine.
The hotel is set on its own so you do need some transport to see other parts. Either hire a car.
The bus service was a big disappointment, not very frequent and hit and miss if they ran or would not stop due to overcrowding.
All in all very enjoyable stay.
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