Eva Palace Hotel
Address: Kato Korakiana 49100 Greece
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Age: 25-34 from Thessaloniki, Greece
Reviewed on February 22, 2012
"very good"Rate:  5 Stars
very good room!had a wonderful time! was very hospitable.
Stayed at August 2011
Age: 25-34 from Bucharest, Romania
Reviewed on July 23, 2010
"Best Hotel in Corfu, but overpriced for what it offers!"Rate:  4 Stars
Eva Palace is really probably the best luxury hotel you can find in Corfu (but partly because there is not enough quality competition on the island). Its location is perfect - on a quiet peninsula, about 10 km from Corfu Town via one of the few high-speed roads on the island, which allows you to go to town every evening. Corfu Town has a beautiful old town locked between the two fortresses and is probably the main reason why you should visit the island.
The superior panoramic double room has quite a good view, and indeed is in tune with the concept of simple luxury that the hotel istelf advertises. However where the luxury part falls off is the little details that make apparent that in Eva Palace the emphasis was a bit more on `simple`, than on `luxury` as in furnishing the rooms it is clear that Grecotel have cut corners and/or have failed to maintain the rooms to the standard that is expected given the price. Simple example - the old TV and audio set that is installed in the room - for the the price of 3 nights charge for the room they could have replaced both with modern LCD and stereo units, as expected in any 5-star luxury hotel. Frankly just seeing this and comparing it to the price you pay, makes it clear that Grecotel want to make a lot of money, with the minimum of input.
Even though the room is not large for a 5-star standard, given the panoramic windows and the view, it does not feel crammed at all. Beiges and whites indeed allow for a restful, relaxed atmosphere, and so does the whole ambience of the hotel - it is really a couples, not a kids hotel.
There is one major issue with the rooms and this is the glass partition between the room and the bathroom. This is a classic example of a wonderful idea which in the end turns out disastrously wrong. I agree it is wonderfull to be able to see the sea and the nearby mountain when soaking in the bath tub, and also to see your partner in the nude from the room when taking a bath or shower. The problem is that apparently they used a very thin glass for the partition which allows you to hear every bowel movement of your partner - hardly a romantic effect, and a problem which makes you really self-conscious when having to commune with nature. Apart from changing the glass, I think the only way for Grecotel to fix this is to provide a really thick curtain that can seal off the bathroom from the room.
The room has only the bare essentials in terms of furniture, so it has more of an elegant, than a luxury feel - i.e. it is all right, but lacks that `wow-effect` that you would expect particularly given the price.
The hotel has a beautiful swimming pool, which is indeed its main asset (and probably where all the money went). It is surrounded by a small, but very well kept garden that during July was in full bloom. If you are a pool person, this will be the best hotel for you. I am not - I was there for the sea, and the hotel`s beach does not have much to offer - it is a small, closed bay, which to me looks more like a lake - not a ripple in the water and not a whiff of wind in the air - which makes for a very hot and tedious beach experience, at least to my understanding. In addition the sea bottom in the bay is covered by some kind of algae or silt which also makes it rather unpleasant.
To enjoy this hotel and the island, you really need to hire a car. If you are a sea person like me, you will probably enjoy most the Issos beach in the south of the island (next to the village of Linia) and the small coves near Palaiocastrica on the western shore. To reach them you will need to rent a private boat though (and not the mass tourist boats that take tourists around the caves and to one nearby beach).
In terms of eating, I must admit I have not tried much of the hotel`s food. The breakfast was not that exciting and quite repetitive. The bufet lunch we had on occasion was ok - nothing exciting. Unfortunately we did not manage to try the a-la-carte restaurant. If you want some really good food in an excellent setting - try the Venetian Well in the old town (from Esplande-right side go on the street passing by St. Spiridon`s Church, at the end of the street turn right into a very narrow street which comes out on a small square with a Giros shop - look into the small street that climbs up next to the Giros shop and you will see the sign of the Venetian Well) - surely the most romantic restaurant on Corfu with great food. My second choice is the much discussed Trilogia restaurant in Kassiopi (a good hour`s drive from Eva Palace, even though it is a mere 30 kilometers) - it is a bit difficult to find - you have to pass through the main street in Kassiopi over a paved area that looks pedestrian, then continue on to the tip of the peninsula. My third choice is the Guapo restaurant which you can see on the curve of the road shortly after making the turn to the two Grecotel hotels in Kommeno (about 500 m from Eva Palace) - apart form excellent grilled meat, good view over Gouvia bay, and coolness in the hot summer evenings, it sports two very friendly young waiters who clearly match the restuarant`s name. My fourth choice for eating is the nearby Apovrado tavern next to Eva Palace - when going out of the hotel go to the right up the hill for about 100 m - while this place is unpretentious it serves delicious food in copious amounts - try the chicken salad.
Coming to the value side of things I would have to be blunt - the Eva Palace is hugely overpriced for what it offers. Our room cost almost EUR 300 per night - a price for which I recently stayed at a 65 sq.m. luxury suite on lake Geneva. Most luxury hotels in Greece are overpriced in areas where there is little competition (like Corfu in terms of luxury accommodation), but Grecotel really need to have a reality check. Just for comparison - for EUR 180 per night, before going to Corfu we stayed at a wonderful seafront hotel in Thessaloniki, in a room which was much more luxurious, had free Wi-Fi and a million other little things that allow for the real feel of luxury.
The attitude of staff was polite, but impartial (again not similar to other 5-star accomodation). To be honest, I cannot blame them, as they really looked tired and undermotivated. I have to commend the room service, though, which was really good - and it works until 1.00 at night - excellent for someone like me who has cravings for food late in the evening.
My last rant is about the Wi-Fi/internet - it is ridiculous in 2010 not to have ANY internet access in the room. If you want to use the internet you have to go to the lobby and work from there, which is not really an option if you need to work through papers or do a lot of writing. Grecotel must fix this now or forget about business clientele having its holiday in their hotel.
All in all, Eva Palace is not a bad hotel, it is not an exciting hotel either. If you want to go to Corfu, there is probably no better place to stay on the island. One last piece of advice - probably you will feel best towards either end of the season as in July Corfu was relentlessly hot and humid, and also windless. May-June, or September-October may be a better bet.
Stayed at July 2010
Age: 18-24 from London,
Reviewed on July 2, 2010
"Beautiful hotel, couldn`t stop eating the food!"Rate:  5 Stars
Although the hotel is quite far from the main hustle and bustle of Corfu, this is an ideal place if you`re after relaxation and enjoying peoples company. This explains why most of the people here were either young/older couples or families.
The room we had was beautiful! Amazing views of the sea, especially at night with the sunset. You could stare at it for hours. The beds were very comfortable and changed regularly. Rooms were spacious and the TV played a lot of different channels.
We went half board and had dinner at the hotel every night. There was always something for everyone and food was warm and very tasty. The breakfast was also great. It was a shame I only discovered the omelet man 2 days before we were going to leave! He always made me delicious omelets exactly how I liked it. The food seriously was the best thing about this place! We even had a lunch one day at the pool side bar and that too was a big portion and enough to keep you going for ages.
We didn`t try the spa but spent a lot of time on the private beach which was lovely. The pools were also clean but be warned, don`t go for a midnight swim like we did or prepare to be told of! The entertainment was a bit outdated as we were only 18 but everyone else seemed to enjoy it.
Lastly, the only fault with our stay was the HUGE storm that happened while we were there! But the hotel dealt with it very well and calmed everyone down. The hotel is also very far from the center but it is good if you`re planning a relaxing holiday, not an adventurous one.
Stayed at August 2009
Age: 35-49 from scotland,
Reviewed on June 19, 2012
"top hotel"Rate:  5 Stars
Spent one week at this hotel at start of May.
We were very impressed with hotel in general.Rooms were large and we got free upgrade,but old fashioned but fine.
We were all inclusive which i think is a must at this hotel as is very expensive and there isnt much within walking distance.
Food was great especially posh restaurant and cocktails delicious.
The area is very beautiful and the views outstanding.Buses are quite cheap and lots of places to go around.
We didnt get great weather but we met lots of lovely people and had a great time anyway.
Stayed at May 2012
Age: 35-49 from Cambs, England
Reviewed on June 18, 2012
"A Palace indeed!"Rate:  5 Stars
Spent a fabulous 7 days at the Eva Palace at the beginning of May. The staff couldnâ€™t have been more friendly and helpful - nothing was too much trouble. We stayed in one of the Garden Rooms with a sea view. Shadowed by ancient Olive Trees its veranda was the perfect place to sit and enjoy the views and warm climate after weeks of rain in Britain!
The all-inclusive package included some premium brands of drink and a very good choice of food for all meals and was well worth the upgrade. The visit to the a la carte restaurant was also excellent. Both restaurants had the choice of dining inside or out, of which we enjoyed sitting out admiring the views across to the Greek mainland.
This was our first visit to Corfu and we will look no further for another hotel when we return.
Stayed at May 2012
Age: 35-49 from London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on November 25, 2011
"Lovely Hotel, Go for the Premium Plus package!"Rate:  5 Stars
We went to Corfu in May for a weeks holiday. We couldn`t find a fault with this hotel & was glad we went for the premium package as drinks are very expensive. The food is fine my only fault would be that there wasn`t much choice. The staff were all friendly and helpful, Fannis one of the waiters was always smiling and friendly. The pool area was clean with plenty of sunbeds, unfortunately the beach is a bit of a let down.
My father had an operation prior to our departure which impaired his mobility, I informing the hotel of this and asked if we could please have rooms near to all the amenities. On our arrival we were very grateful to hear that we had all been upgraded to bungalows, I think you will agree that this was very thoughtful and rare! I doubt you would receive this kind of service at many hotels.
Overall I think that this is a lovely hotel for a relaxing weeks break, If you`re looking for a lively resort then you should think again as there isn`t much around.
Room tip: Drinks are expensive, definitely go for the Premium Plus Package.
Stayed at May 2011
Age: 35-49 from Ayr, United Kingdom
Reviewed on July 2, 2010
"Great Hotel........"Rate:  4 Stars
The Eva Palace is as stated in the brochure/web site, so no surprises. Staff were friendly and efficient. Hotel is situated on a hill over looking Kommeno Bay giving great views.
Food was excellent.
Surrounding area is a little run down and the signs of the recession are evident in nearby Dassia and Ipsos as well as parts of Corfu Town.
If you want a good hotel to spend a week by the pool you won`t be disappointed. If you like people watching from restaurants and bars in the evening this isn`t the place for you.
Stayed at June 2010
Age: 35-49 Reviewed on July 31, 2010
"Stunning Setting"Rate:  4 Stars
We stayed at The Eva Palace for 5 days, and on arrival we had been upgraded to a Junior suite, Room 427. The rooms are very spacious,we had a four poster bed, large bath, and nice balcony with sea views. The room was very noisy however, as directly above the bar, so you get a lot of scraping of chairs noise and the cleaners go in very early in a morning, so it does wake you up. The room didnt have the little `touches` as described on the web, the scented sachets, candles, gold bed covers, in reality, you get none of this! just a strange brown fleece blanket, on the bed! The air con, had one setting, Arctic, it was freezing, we made the mistake of leaving it on all night, and woke up shivering. We were on a Bed & Breakfast package only, but there are half board and all inc. packages available to pre-book, this may be a good idea as food was very expensive. Breakfast, was average really, very, very busy, and depending on which section you were seated, it could be a long wait for coffee. We ate at the Panarama Taverna, one night, this is 10 min walk up a hill, the food was very basic and the staff were astoundingly unfriendly - very unusual for Greece. There is another Taverna, 3 min walk, turn right out of the hotel, called Aporvado, it has delightful views, we had lunch there, just a sandwich ( 2.50 euro), but it was of nice quality and very cheap. the Baklava is to die for, please go an have some, its around 3 euro and is enough for 2 to share! Yum.
We decided to eat in the A La Carte restaurant one evening, well what a mistake that was! Starters etc, were very nice, staff are lovely, but the mains you have to cook yourself on a hot stone ( yes really and they are around 30 euro`s each!!) I didnt realise this and ordered fish, I was presented with a thick slab of raw fish, and it just didnt cook, even after 10 mins, it was still raw in the middle. It made me feel ill, I sent it back and we left soon after. It was really not fitting of 5 star A La Carte dinning. I did however get a call from the Manager the next day, to find out what the problem was etc, so the staff do pass on your comments, which is good. The Evening Buffet is quite good, again around 35 euro`s each, its quite expensive!
The Pool area and beach are lovely, although we did feel in the minority as the hotel was mainly full of Germans. ( why do they like speedo`s so much??) the Staff are all lovely, very pleasant.
The entertainment - well, the first night we were there, we were astounded, think butlins, then you will get the idea. It was a lady of certain age, who spent all night in between killing Whitney songs, going "Whoowoo" and the volume was soo loud. It was truly awful. We picked this hotel, as it was 5* and reported to be quiet. This entertainment was not 5* or quiet. the rest of the week, it was much quieter,but still very poor. I think maybe if you go out of the main July/august time, you wouldnt get this??
Overall, we had a nice break, the location of the hotel is beautiful, the rooms are nice and clean and of a good standard. The food options could be improved a little, especially the A La Carte ( or A La Do It Yourself as we named it!)
Stayed at July 2010
Age: 35-49 from suffolk,
Reviewed on August 27, 2010
"Details are important"Rate:  3 Stars
I have just got back today from my 7 night stay at the Eva Palace with my wife. So the following observations are very fresh in my mind.
On the face of it, the Eva Palace is a lovely hotel. First impressions are good. Spacious, modern, nicely decorated building. Friendly and polite staff. Good food. Private beach. Beautiful looking pool area.
But after a couple of days here, you may feel the shine wears off.
OK, here we go, in no particular order:
The food is good, but not brilliant, and even in a short stay of 1 week, it gets repetitive. A supposed Italian theme night was the exact same food as every other night. The same dishes are there daily. Buffet-based for breakfast, lunch and dinner, unless you want to pay a high price for the a-la-carte restaurant. Buffet is fine by me, although it felt a bit like feeding time at the zoo with people all over the place scurrying for food.
Now, the main problem with the food. Brace yourself.... You can expect to share your delicious meals with swarms of WASPS. Yes, wasps. That includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Make sure you sit indoors if you want only two or three wasps buzzing around your table. Outside, wasps will torment you by the dozen as you eat your toast. Worse still, I saw wasps crawling over the buffet itself more than once. So, not only are the wasps unsettling, they are unhygienic, and I swear that if this were in the UK, the Health and Safety mob would order them to close down until the wasps were eradicated.
(They might have solved the wasp problem by the time you read this review - check more recent reviews for updates on wasp issues!)
Everyone is very polite and helpful, and that includes waiters, reception, porters, etc. They all speak good English, so language is not a problem either.
But I was disappointed that our check-in was botched, and we had to wait 30 minutes because "our room was not ready" despite being booked 4 months ago, while our fellow travellers were ushered straight to their rooms. Luckily the hotel upgraded us to a better room at no extra charge - which was great - however after a long journey and sleepless night we could have done without the hassle. The delay meant also that we missed out on our full-board lunch on our first day, and had to pay for a separate meal at the pool bar. Not impressed. Apart from this initial mistake, service was great.
At face value, it`s great: A large pool, tons of sunbeds, a pool bar. Lovely. The water is clean, beautiful, inviting. The sun beams down on your sunbed and all is well with the world.
The pool is let down by a couple of problems: Try lounging on the right hand side of the pool and you`ll find yourself downwind of a disgusting smell of raw sewerage at varying strengths and various times of day. Kind of spoils the relaxation, eh?
And watch your step in the sunbed area - you could find your toes squishing on dropped olives, damaged paving, guests` litter, or if you`re unlucky, the rusty nail I spotted sticking out of a crumbled tile. (Seriously).
The pool bar is great, just order your drink and they bring it over to you. But they also play loud pop music on speakers for most of the day, whether you want to hear it or not.
Pool itself is lovely.
Yes, Eva Palace has its own private beach. At face value, it`s great. It`s big enough, peaceful, a beautiful view out into the bay, with a gorgeous sea to swim in.
But of course, look closer, and there are problems. Smokers are free to light up on the beach, and the sand is littered with fag-ends, despite the availability of ash trays.
The sand is generally a bit dirty-looking, and the sea is very pebbly for the first few metres. The sea water isn`t crystal clear like some parts of the med, but a bit murky and green. But very pleasant to swim in. (I enjoyed a swim every day). Just don`t expect a clear blue sea with golden sands to sprawl on.
Surrounding the beach are shady/grassy areas under palm trees -- these are serene and lovely to cool off or chill out.
We stayed in a Junior Suite Bungalow which was basically a large bedroom with a four-poster bed, bathroom, seating area and balcony. It was clean and pleasant. The air conditioning was VERY good, I loved it, but my wife kept moaning that I set it too cold. It was bliss to walk into a cool room at the end of a hot day. The telly was rubbish, unless you are German in which case there are dozens of channels for you to watch. (More so than Greek channels I think!).
The bathroom wasn`t quite as good as you might expect for a 5-star hotel. The bath itself was scratched and dirty. The grouting was a bit shabby. There was rust all along the bottom inch of the mirror.
No kettle or tea/coffee in the room. I asked for a kettle, and promptly received one. Literally a kettle and a few sachets of coffee/tea. No milk or biscuits or tray.
The refrigerator was excellent, and totally empty. We used it to store our own drinks.
The safe was great, very easy to use and handy for keeping passports, tickets, money etc.
The balcony was pleasant to sit on while the sun went down. Although we got eaten alive by mosquitoes doing so.
The bed was extremely comfortable. Shame the Entertainment stopped me getting much sleep in it.. (see below)....
The entertainment was entirely music-based, and the music was a different style each night. Everything from female anthems to saxophone duets to gospel choirs. All rather good actually! But I did not attend. I heard every note from the darkness of our room while trying to sleep every night.
Don`t expect to sleep before midnight during your stay, whether you partake in the entertainment or not. (My pregnant wife just wanted to get some sleep, not boogie the night away thanks).
During our 7 night stay, 2 nights were taken over by private functions (weddings) which were very loud and lasted all night.
The Eva Palace is really off the beaten track. You are looking at a 15 minute uphill walk to the nearest shop - a tiny corner shop by English standards. Or, there are regular buses and taxi options which reception will help you with. But I think the out-of-the-way nature of Eva Palace is part of its appeal, as it promotes peace and quiet.
Kommeno itself offers little for tourists. But venture up the hill and you`ll be treated to some gorgeous picture postcard views of Kommeno Bay and its enclosing mountains.
As a place to escape the rat race, the seclusion of Kommeno Bay is wonderful.
Over all, I would recommend this hotel as a quick break for those seeking relaxation and sun. (The weather was fantastic in late August). Not ideal for families or children - better for adult couples.
If - like me - you are indoctrinated into the British culture of Health and Safety, you will hear alarm bells ringing in your head everywhere you look. Crumbling steps, wobbly railings, absent lifeguards, wasps, mosquitoes, nails, smoking, foul smells.... But try to relax and you`ll enjoy your stay regardless. It really is a beautiful hotel.
It`s all about the details. A bit more attention to these, and Eva Palace would be great. Until then, it remains merely "good".
If you can take this hotel at face value and not look too deep, you will love it. If however, like me, you notice dodgy details very quickly, you will merely like it. And I liked it.
Good but not great. Attention to detail is needed to justify the 5-star rating.
There are lots of cats living outside in the grounds of the hotel. My wife and I loved them. They are very cute and very tame. Just thought I better mention that. In fact, for us, it was a highlight.
Stayed at August 2010
Age: 50-64 from Moscow,
Reviewed on September 26, 2010
"One of the most wonderful places in Greece"Rate:  5 Stars
It was not our first holiday in Greece - Crete and Rhodes, these beautiful Greek islands we`ve seen a few years ago and we thought that nothing can be more attractive and amazing...But Corfu is a very special place. It is really unique concerning the beauty of its nature, softness of its climate and comfort conditions of living for the tourists. We were hesitating what hotel to choose - Corfu Imperial or Eva Palace. We chose Eva Palace finally and we were not dissapointed - it is smaller , cosy and children are not allowed there. Mostly couples stay in this hotel, so the only noise were the birds singing in the morning.
The hotel is situated on the flank of the hill and all the rooms are facing the sea. Our room was on the fifth floor of the main building with the incredible sea view. There is the glass wall between the room and the balkony so you can admire the sea all the time. A little bit inconvinient was the glass wall with a semitransparent curtain between the room and the bathroom...
The hotel personnel is very friendly everywhere and eager to do all the best for the guests of the hotel.
The meals was good with traditional Greek dishes every evening. Once a week there was the Italian evening with Italian specialities and music...Six days a week there was live music in the pool bar or in the lobby bar in the evening.
We stayed in Eva Palace for two weeks in the first half of September and the weather was very comfortable for us - not hot but very warm to swim and to bathe in the sun. The sea was calm all the time, so it was ideal for smimming. The beach was never overcrowded with quite a lot of people staying near the swimming pool.
To our mind it is the best place for a quiet family holiday and we hope to return to this hotel the next year.
Stayed at September 2010
Age: 50-64 from UK,
Reviewed on September 25, 2010
"Good hotel, lovely views"Rate:  4 Stars
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here but would suggest 4 stars rather than 5. Lovely room with four poster bed and fantastic views. We were on the 1st floor in the main building and the views were good and we couldn`t hear the entertainment or any noise from restaurant/bar. Food was good but rather repetitive as is usual with hotel buffets. Wasps were a bit annoying but eating inside was ok.
We had a hire car so were not confined to the hotel. Also hired a boat from the hotel beach and went to Agni where there are some lovely tavernas for lunch (recommend Taverna Nikolas).
We had an evening flight home and our request for a later check out time was readily agreed to without charge.
Stayed at September 2010
Age: 50-64 from Middlsexx,
Reviewed on August 28, 2010
"Good but not a 5*"Rate:  4 Stars
Have just returned from the Eva Palace and whilst we found the Hotel to be very nice and the staff very helpfull & friendley we do not consider it to be 5* quality, we have stayed in much better. The food was ok but nothing special, why does everything have to have cheese on top. We could not fault our chamber maid or the bar staff as they work tirelessly to make your staff enjoyable. The down side to this Hotel is the steps down to the pool and then back up, not for those with mobility problems. There is also a problem with wasps in the dining room and on the terrace and we were bitten all over by mosquitoes in our room at night time despite the repelent. We upgraded to premiun plus after a few days as the drinks in the bar were so expensive and it was well worth it. Although we enjoyed our holiday I do not think we would rush back to this Hotel.
Stayed at August 2010
Reviewed on June 22, 2012
"Not a 5 star hotel"Rate:  2 Stars
We arrived at the Eva at the start of June 2012 and streight way was disappointed, firstly, we arrived at 9.15pm and was told no food was available, was not happy, we went to the bar to have a drink, we had gone all inclusive so was looking forward to my favourite cocktai, pinacolada but when I got to the bar they said i will have to pay extra if I want that, the cocktail list is VERY limited so for two weeks iv had to have drinks I don`t really want, coulnt even have a milkshake without paying extra, ridicolouse, then we got to our room and it was very noisy at night with hearing people flushing toilets and moving around, I had to wear ear plugs. The next evening at dinner was another disappointment, bland, overcooked, luke warm food that was repeated mant times in the two weeks and you can only have wine or beer or soft drinks at dinner, I coulnt have the wine as its awful so was stuck with water or soft drinks. The entertainment was also a disappointment, rubbish acts repeated every week, only one was decent, the suprimes. The only thing good about this hotel is the view and the pool and the staff are mostly friendly.to top it off on our last day we was told we wouldn`t get an evening meal even though we didn`t get one when we arrived, rediculouse. I wish I had never come to this hotel, it`s been a total waist of money.
Room tip: If you want a five star hotel go elsewhere
Stayed at June 2012
from Redcar, United Kingdom
Reviewed on June 19, 2012
"A warm welcome back"Rate:  5 Stars
Just returned from another visit to the Eva Palace.
Once again it was just wonderful. We are vegetarians and the food was excellent, with a huge choice at the breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. Nowhere is perfect, but I`m not going to nitpick when 99.9% of this trip was superb - the view, the pool, the weather, the room, the premium plus package, the grounds and as I`ve said, the food.
The staff expecially deserve credit and it seems wrong to single some of them out as we didn`t encounter any remotely dodgy customer service.(I will though!) There was a warm welcome from Eleni, the restaurant staff (Panos, Fanis and Chrysta) were superb, Michaela in the lunchtime restaurant always welcomed us with a smile, and Maria in the bar did the same. Special mention goes to the brilliant Wido the activities manager. Always enthusiastic despite almost all the guests preferring to stay slumped by the pool all day! (Including me, but not my wife). Will at least try to play Kubb next time Wido. Whoever does the recruitment needs a pat on the back too, because as I say, the staff are superb and all of the above recognised us from our previous visit.
Can`t recommend this place highly enough for anyone wanting a laid back adults only hotel in a fabulous setting.
Room tip: Ask for a high floor
Stayed at June 2012
from London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on June 18, 2012
"Simply Stunning!"Rate:  5 Stars
There was something about this hotel that I fell in love with. From the moment we arrived and saw the views I knew that I could spend the whole week just looking at them. The food is excellent, the pool is fab, staff are friendly and hardworking. I`m surprised by some of the negative comments below and wonder exactly what some people want out of a holiday! If you like picturesque, good food, polite staff - then this is the place for you! Can`t wait to go back.
Stayed at June 2012
from Norwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed on January 5, 2012
"Relaxing Holiday"Rate:  4 Stars
My partner and I stayed at Eva Palace in October. Service on arrival was good. Room was fab - balcony view was sensational. Not sure if the glass wall partitioning the bedroom and bathroom is to everyones cup of tea, however I see the logic behind it. All amenities in the room were good, everything you need. Pool was fresh to say the least, perhaps a little too fresh for my liking, the sea was far warmer! Being on a half board basis, we found the pool bar food to be pricey and didn`t eat there often as a result! Yes, the wasps were a nuisence, but I completley understand this is through no fault of the hotel. Restaurant food was good - if a bit predictable by the end of the week. On booking the holiday we were fully aware of the adults only status, however being a young couple found it extremley daunting on arrival. Everyone did stare at us and we found ourselves summoned to our room after dinner each evening, playing cards and drinking on the balcony!! With no other amenities close by, this is perhaps the one of the few faults I can find with our holiday to Corfu. We took two trips in to the town one by bus and one by taxi. Although the bus is substantionally cheaper, if you dont fancy being packed in like sardines, I wouldn`t reccomend it. We used the hotels taxi service which picked us up outside the hotel and we arranged a time and place for him to bring us back - no problem! A visit in to the town is highly recommended by ourselves. Lots to see and lots of knick knacks to buy!
We took out a jet ski, pedal boat and went paragliding? All fantastic, can fully appreciate the beautiful surroundings from up in the air.
Overall, if you`re a mature couple looking for a chilled holiday, where you don`t want to leave the hotel complex, this location is perfect for you. However, if you`re a young couple like ourselves who want a relaxed holiday, without feeling like zoo animals, I doubt this is the place for you. There are no regrets with visiting Eva Palace, but indeed I feel we went to a place that was perhaps a little too ahead of our time!
Stayed at October 2011
Reviewed on November 4, 2011
"Wonderful Food and Friendly Staff"Rate:  4 Stars
The Hotel is in a lovely Bay, our room was not in the main hotel itself but in some individual bungalow type rooms on the next level down of the complex. The room was very small and basic, and unfortunately we didn`t have the best view from our balcony - view obscured by a lovely Olive Tree, but the staff arranged to move us next door almost immediately (again small basic room but very clean).
The complex is lovely, the lower level of bungalows have their own swimming pools (assumed to be honeymoon suites) - Great Swimming areas and restaurants, the Complex also has its own private beach (although quite small and sunbeds a little dated). The main restaurant served a variety of buffet style food, the quality is out-standing! Our package also included lunch at the pool bar. There were another 3 a la carte restaurants to choose from too.
I would recommend a stay there, its a wonderful place, relaxed, chilled and you will feel very looked after. Try the watermelon cocktails at lunch - very nice!
Room tip: You might want to check out the rooms in the main hotel as they might have a bit more space.
Stayed at May 2011
from Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on January 9, 2012
"Wonderful Honeymoon"Rate:  5 Stars
Me and my husband stayed here in august 2011 for one week, two days after our wedding. when we arrived we were taken by the relations manager to our room with a view. and what a view it was! our bed was trickled in rose petals, as was a path leading to it. there was complimentary bubbly, fruit and nuts and flowers which was a lovely touch. the room was light and airy with a bathroom with a difference. the sunken bath was perfect to soak in whilst watching the sunsets but the glass wall that divides the bedroom and bathroom may not be everyones cup of tea.
we were on the all inclusive option which we were glad of as they bar prices were not cheap so we more than made up for this!
the hotel layout and pool was stunning. the private beach was lovely but very stoney so we stuck to the pool all week which was heaven!
the food was lush but we did treat ourselves to room service one night to have a more romantic meal. this was pricey at approx 100 euros for two courses each and no drink - we had the complimentary bottle but well worth it. we ate on the balcony at sunset and they set our table full silver service which was a nice touch. on our `one week anniversary` of our marriage, we had a complimentary meal in the a la carte restaurant which was also a nice change and beautifully cooked.
you can get a coach in to corfu town which was 10 euros each which was good to explore one morning but got far too hot.
we booked an excursion via thomson and did a pony trek through the hills which was a great experience and a worthy business.
we would definately recommend the rooftop spa. we had a couples massage which was full body and both fell asleep after a hectic few days previous. the girls there were amazing!
over all we loved the hotel and they made us feel very special and relaxed for our special holiday. a perfect setting for couples.
Stayed at August 2011
from norwich, UK
Reviewed on July 9, 2010
"Majestic views from nice hotel"Rate:  4 Stars
Just returned today from a week at the Eva Palace. Had a lovely relaxing time at a very pleasant hotel.
Good points. Lovely pool area with ample comfortable sunbeds which there was always plenty available. A private beach, but the best of all were the stunning views. The views across Kommono Bay were breathtaking. The food was good and varied, the restaurant was never crowded, the staff were all excellent and very helpfull. The rooms were very nice, always spotless, and the air conditioning perfect.
The bad points were few. But I would recommend a seaview room otherwise you`ll overlook a carpark. The drinks are very expensive, the hotel is very isolated and the area around is very hilly and a bit dangerous for walking. There are a lot of steep steps down to the pool area from the reception. Despite the few drawbacks mentioned I would recommend this hotel and of course the wonderfull island of Corfu.
Stayed at July 2010
Reviewed on July 31, 2010
"5* luxury"Rate:  5 Stars
a spectacularly beautiful resort, offering excellent amenities, service, and experiences.
Stayed at July 2010
from Kildare Town, Ireland
Reviewed on July 21, 2010
"Time out!!!!"Rate:  5 Stars
We both wanted a relaxing holiday so we booked Eva palace, from the moment we arrived till we left we never had a complaint. The hotel is imaculate and the rooms are beautifull except the tv was a bit old.we were on the fifth floor as we were afraid about gettin a room on the first or second floor with barely a view of anything... so 6th 5th 4th and maybe third for the view... but as the saying goes you clearly pay for what u get!!!! we had a lovely balcony that over looked kommeno bay breathtaking to wake up to every mornin!!! pool was fab staff all friendly and always eager to please.Breakfast was execellent something for everyone even the fussy eater....we recieved a lovely bottle of wine and fresh fruit in our room on arrival. Food was pricey but worth every penny as it was delicious, think we payed 16 euro for a sandwich and fries when we arrived threw room service but it was worth it... we rented a car which u really need when staying hear if not u will have to rely on buses and taxis corfu was 20 minutes by car and dassia about ten otherwise there was no shops around only one or two local pubs that did food alot cheaper!!! DRINKS in hotel outrageous we bought our own in supermarket as we had a fridge in room... we payed one euro for a carton of juice and for a small paper cup of the same juice was 2.80 euro in the hotel madness as it was very warm so all the cups would of added up!!! 5 star hotel 5 star prices!!!! i would of gave this hotel a four star as the rooms were not luxury 5 star.
Stayed at July 2010
Reviewed on July 11, 2010
"fantastic"Rate:  5 Stars
This hotel is fantastic I am very fussey and could find no faults. The rooms were large and comfortable, the beds were changed frequently and the towels everyday. Yes the hotel is quite remote only a couple of tavernas in the vacinity but this was not a problem. The hotel operates a daily shuttle service to Corfu Town for 10EU return, the hotel also has its own taxi service. We paid extra for the premium plus service (all inclusive) this allowed us to eat in the a la carte restaurant everyday for lunch and unlimited drinks until 1 am, it was well worth the extra Â£25 per day. The staff were very friendly and attentive, nothing was too much trouble. The food in all the restaurants was amazing particularly the Lobster Night Special in the a la carte restaurant. The pool beds were plentiful and very comfortable no need to reserve with towel. The hotel has its own secluded beach with beach bar, whilst we were there all beach beds were replaced with brand new ones. The hotel had entertainment in the evenings which was varied, classical trio, greek nights and tribute acts. There was also day time activities - keep fit, water gym and games. Also there is a fantastic boat trip which can be arranged at the hotel reception, the cost is 30EU. The boat is run by a local man Antonio he collects you from the hotels beach. The trip lasts all day and travels up the north coast ,stops are made for swims at secluded coves and the boat anchors at a beach where the captain prepares a bar-be-que with produce from his own garden and local butcher. The boat then goes to a very picturesque port of Kassiopi where there is time for coffee or beer. This really was a most perfect holiday and cannot wait to return. Well done everyone
Stayed at July 2010
from Warsaw, Poland
Reviewed on September 27, 2010
"Apiarist dream vacation"Rate:  3 Stars
Do not believe the Grecotel Corporations buzz marketers` reviews ignoring the wasp & hornets problem. There are tens of wasp nests deployed all over the hotel`s facades as well as on the balconies (see photos I posted). The pool`s showers are the only source of sweet water for these busy insects and as you sit on a restaurant sea view terrace they enjoy your meal. So, if you are really good at sunbathing while weaving the wasps away, or you have already bought bee-keeper`s hats for your family Eva Palace is the right choice for you.
The hotel has indeed very good infrastructure - pools, comfy rooms, real seaviews, private beach, unfortunately another issue that spoils the impression is the staff. Except for the managers most of the staff are first timers to Corfu work & travell youngsters from all around CEE, no blame on them that they are still learning, but the blame is on the hotel`s management that they put unseasoned stuff on the first line. The young stuff has the problem of poor language skills as well as they do not go beyond the standard script. I disagree with some comments that the staff is rude, they are just unable and unexperienced.
Summarising - if Grecotel Incorporated starts corrective actions now instead of buzzing reviews ignoring the problems in two years time it will be really great hotel. For now I give you 3 points and rather wouldn`t recommend the hotel to my friends, except for my fellow apiarist, he will love it.
Stayed at August 2010