Mitsis Roda Beach Resort and Spa
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First holiday abroad
well we all decided to have a holiday abroad for the first time in July 05 there were 4 of us to start with that soon went up to 9 in all. When we got to the hotel my god was it HOT the receptionist did her best to book a coach load in as quick as possible then it was up to the room where we found all our luggage there already. the rooms were tidy and compact three to a room plenty of space to walk round in beds alright but the pillows were a bit flat so ask at the reception for more pillows and they will send them up. The hotel was clean and tidy AND THE STAFF WERE ALL PLEASENT even the maids who could not speak english we still managed to sort things out. Next came the food well my brood are boring nothing but boring food well after the first few days they were trying all sorts of meals and their desserts are to die for as my weight will tell you. then on to the night life well the entertainment was brilliant Welshy (mad as a hatter) excellent voice only bloke i know who can pot all the pool balls faster with one hand than most could with two. Lauren (cutie) who could dance a little bit only joking what a mover and could be dancing all day and night around the pool and in the caberets and could remember every ones name in the english parties. Next came along Yvonne (mum) could sing dance and fool around with all the kids and adults all day and night. Got a doctor to my daughter when something bit her leg and it swelled up to double her size in 1/2 an hour excellent Then there was Drew (mr showbiz) as we called him the man could do everthing and more all the team were excellent
The scenery round Roda is excellent the Albianian mountains in the distance to the hills around the village definetley reccomand hiring a car to see more than whats there Sidari is the nightlife of the north of the island so were told and the youngster went there did not appear for a couple of days after The grounds are clean and well kept the pools spotless even tho the first time you jump in the salt water pool your in for a shock my god it was cold the coctails are good too shorts excellent the coffee good too the beer (lager) was a bit week
Would we all go back YES we would now we know what to expect and we made some new friends to make an excellent holiday better
Great spot for familys
my wife and i stayed here and had a great holiday but would particularly like to recommend this hotel to family's. The entertainment is fantastic for both the adults and kid's,the hotel is all inclusive so you save big time on drinks and ice creams also the small town of Roda is only 15 minutes away and is a great spot for everyone..if your thinking of going go you will enjoy it.
This hotel was absolutely amazing wonderful in every way, beautiful surroundings(it was amazing waking up to them in the morning), you're right on the doorstep to the beach, food was lovely, pools are excellent not much more you can ask for really, the only thing i would reccomend is that it is quite a way from the shops and clubs etc... if you are a group of teenagers (i was 15 when i went) 17 now and thinking back I would probably go somewhere a little bit more lively although I suppose you could get a bus but I'm not sure whether it would be safe??? Anyway apart from that it was brilliant! Oh one more thing it had a good little place which did the entertainment which was relly good for families. All in all a brilliant hotel!!!!
We stayed here in the last week of the season before extensive renovations are carried out by the new owners.
The animation team were excellent, thanks to Welshy, Drew, Lauren, and Yvone, you gave us a great laugh.
The food was not great, obviously using all the leftovers in the hotel freezers.
The pool bar was closed after three days, the lower bar ran out of beer on the Thursday morning, the beach bar ran out on Friday evening.
The staff were mostly helpful and friendly, but even they couldn't make much difference with the hotel closing.
In my opinion no bookings should have been accepted for this week.
The grounds are in need of some TLC, as are most of the rooms.
It may have been nice once but now its just shabby.
I shall be writing to the new owners to pass on these comments.
If some hard work is put in over the winter this might once again be a lovely spot for a holiday.
Roda Beach - Lovely Hotel in a lovely setting
Stayed 29 July 05 for 2 weeks booking with Thomas Cook. Excellent value.
This was the second time we have stayed at this hotel (stayed jul 04 for 2 weeks) This time we brought our friends with us, we were a party of 14 ie 6 adults 8 children (ages from 10 -15 years). Teens were happier when they met others there own age, luckily there were English and German children the same age.
lThere are all nationalities staying at the Hotel which is what we prefer. People were nice and friendly. Had to get upearly to get sunbeds, noticeably worse in the second week (into August).
The Hotel is what you would expect of 3* hotel in Greece. Facilities are good, surrounding scenery lovely. Majority of staff helpful and friendly. Reservations manager and recetion particularly helpful. We faxed and spoke to the Hotel before we arrived as we wanted rooms close to the children and the rest of the group. Also I preferred to stay in the block opposite to the main entrance as quieter yet still have sea view.
We all had a lovely time. Food is good, my kiddies will try most things, I loved the salads, selection of fish and chicken dishes, The deserts are delicious, needless to say I put on lots of weight. Fabulous views from the restaurant. Only complaint is that restaurant can get very hot in high season, no air conditioning but fans in the ceiling. We're not drinkers so I can't really comment on strength of the drinks but I enjoyed the wine with my evening meal and the cocktails.
Rooms basic but clean. Air conditioning very good and essential in high season.
We really enjoyed the French entertainers who had fabulous personalities (especially Julian)and put alot of effort into the daytime and evening entertainment. The French ent staff even came around at meal times to chat to all the new people that had arrived. They always spoke to all the other nationalities as well. They were very friedly without being too intrusive. I hardly saw our reps! The French put on spectacular shows on in the evening (in the ampatheatre) such as Chicago, Cabaret most of the songs were in English so the language barrier made no difference. The English entertainment was fine during the day but not our taste for the evening, why do they play bingo everynight. Their singing wasn't that good either, but they did work extremely hard just not as professional as the French shows.
The Hotel grounds were kept clean. The pools were spacious. We used the saltwater pool all the time. Beach is safe for young children as it gently shelves. Beach bar available, providing drinks, snacks and ice creams.
Sun beds and parasols free on the beach (last year we had to pay).Try and see the sunset , walk around the point to the left when on the beach.
I was disappointed to find that this year the water dispenser/coolers had been removed. Instead you had to get water (served in plastic cups) from one of the 3 bars. This was ok but most of the time was out of the tap and not chilled. I drink loads of water and last year used my empty water bottles to fill up, I wasn't allowed to do this this year.
Lovely walk to Roda, take tourch if going at night. Very safe walking just not lit up on one section of the beach. In Roda look out for George and Helen, they run boat trips. We took boat trip to Corfu town which stops off at Kassiopi on the way back. Great trip and reasonably priced, George and Helen are really friendly and helpful.
The Hotel had changed hotel chain this year so will be interesting to see if they will attempt to upgrade to 4 * - the Hotel has the potential for this if they are prepared to spend some money.
Will definately go back some time, I need a change for 2006. Struggling to find somewhere as reasonably priced with such a good setting.
fantastic place, would love to go back, entertainment was great, drew, welshy, yvonne and lauren really rock!!!
food was very basic, but i think you can expect that for an all inc deal, there was plenty of choice and was hot and cold meals and snacks.
The alcohol was flowing throught my veins, by the end of the 2weeks, and had hangovers to prove it, local stuff was just as good as branded, ice creams and soft drink always available for the kids.
We did feel a bit like 2nd class, as the hotel mainly catered for the french and germans, but didnt stop us having a good time.
Weather was really hot, activities through out the day, non stop.
Still have a smile on my face as i think of our fab holiday.
Met loads of great people.
A 10 min walk into roda along the beach, take a torch if you plan on staying out after 9pm, or get a taxi back.
Would recommend this holiday for any one who has kids, not really for young couples and elderly as in peak seaon can be a bit crowded, but still managed to get meals,drinks etc, without a long que.
And had a great time, check out the photos!!!
Convenience with Greek Flair
After 10 years of living in the USA I returned for one week vacation with my 2 kids (7 and 5 years) to my favorite island in Greece - Corfu. With absolute delight I realized, that most things were exactly as I remembered. A few more hotels, shops and attractions, but the greek people were still as friendly and warm-hearted as always.
Roda Beach Hotel was a very pleasant surprise! The staff was very kind, professional and always helpful. Most of the employees speak at least 3-4 languages: Greek, English, German and French! Wow! That makes life real easy, when you need help. They love it, if you pull out a few words in Greek - a little "efkaristo poli" goes a long way!!
Upon your arrival you might experience a bit of a waiting time to check-in to your rooms. Just leave your luggage at the reception area and start to explore the pools. Someone will deliver it to your room as soon as it is ready. Make sure you pack a little extra bag with clothes to change, and your bathing suits. Remember: The clocks work different in Greece: Siga, siga (take it easy)... You are on vacation!
The rooms are spacious and clean, the air condition works perfectly, and we enjoyed the garden views and the walkout to our little balcony in one of the bungalos.
It is very enjoyable to stay at one of pools (which are also very clean!) and listen to all the different languages around you: Lots of English, German and French. The animation programs provide you with many activities for adults as well as for kids. There is a baby pool as well as 2 playgrounds, which was great! The kids program is well organized and the supervising teams are very friendly. The kids loved it... and me, too!
At the pool bar you can always get refreshments, drinks and ice cream - the kids made use of that a lot!
The beach is just 2 minutes away from the pools and gardens. There it is less crowded and you can enjoy a good book, or just sunbathing in peace and quiet. You can still use the facilities and conveniences of the hotel without too much walking back and forth.
The buffet is international and offers a great variety of fish, meats and veggies - very tasty. Every day, there is also a Greek speciality at the buffet. They even thought about a sampler of cheese for the Frenchies - I found that very thoughtful, because in France you simply can't finish your meal without a bite of cheese! The waiters are very friendly and -typical for Greece- extremely good with kids. The views from the dining room are simply spectacular! You overlook the wonderful gardens right into the scenery of the ocean with the Albania mountains in the background! Breath-taking!
Every evening you'll find a nice crowd, having fun dancing at the "Club" right next to the pools on the way to the beach. Even though we stayed in a bungalo not far away, we couldn't hear any noise.
If you want to rent a car to explore the island (definitely recommended!!), I'd suggest to choose one of the local rental car/bike agencies in Roda (neighbor village, about 10 minutes to walk). As an example: We paid 26 Euros for an economy car/1 day - compared to 70 Euros, if we'd have used one of the agencies that have representatives at the hotel.
Places you really want to see: Corfu town (check out the Achillion with its beautiful gardens and views), Paleokastritsia. The boat trips are great, too.
Even though the food was very good at the hotel, you really want to check out some of the local restaurants in Roda and Karousades. "Niko's Pungalos" in Roda is an old taverna, with a terrace directly at the beach. You find fresh fish and a variety of other items on the menu (handcarved french fries!!), which are simple but delicious. You'll meet Georgios, your waiter, who is an endless resource of stories, laughter and fun!! Nikos, the owner, is always there to welcome you and hugs the kids. He's one of the nicest people I've met - just one big heart!!! So is his entire family...
In Karousades, an old village on the way to Sidari, is a "secret jewel" away from the tourist stream. There you'll find true greek hospitality mixed with typical greek food. Go and meet my lovely friend Maria, the owner of "Thomas Garden" and her wonderful family. The Thomas family owns this Grill Room/Restaurant for many years and serves as a speciality freshly grilled meats, ie. lamb, chicken, gyros special - simply delicious and very reasonably priced. The new addition of the restaurant is a nice terrace, from where you have a good view into village life. Many locals enjoy the food there, too. That's always the best recommendation! The red wine comes from a family friend's vineyard and is absolutely fantastic!
If you don't have a car, you can call a cab to go to Karousades. We paid 7 Euro (one way), which was worth it - you can drink all the wine you want...
If you meet Nikos, Georgios and/or Maria and her family, please don't forget to say HI from Gabriella.
I'm certain you'll enjoy your vacation in Corfu - it's a very special place!
Perfect Holiday except for hard bed
I would give it an "Excellent" except for the hard beds. The entire complex is kept immaculately clean-pools, beach, rooms, etc. Beautiful gardens throughout. The food's variety and quality was fabulous, the dining room has incredible ocean views. All the staff were very friendly and the atmosphere was quite professional too. The tour companies run programs for adults and kids and all seemed very good. The different food/drink locales throughout the resort were well stocked and convenient. A short 5-10 min walk down the beach will get you to the village of Roda--not nearly as over-run and touristy as Sidari, but still friendly and accessible. There is a boat hire on the beach when you first come into Roda--this is very efficiently and safely run with clean, affordable and safe boats. Very user-friendly fellows who run it. A 2-minute walk down the beach from the hotel will bring you to a shop where you can use the internet and pick up anything you forgot to bring. We went through TUI and thoroughly enjoyed many of the optional tours, especially the catamaran ride. Because of all the tour buses, I would recommend just joining one to see the island--driving is pretty precarious with huge buses swinging quickly around every hairpin turn (and there are many!). -- Our hard bed was fixed after 2 days of slowly adding 3 extra blankets and a thin foam mat they had. I'd love to go back, but I'd bring a foam mat of my own to help supplement the beds.
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