What We Love
- A super-chic half-board stay on a private peninsula in CorfuThe air of exclusivity on this private peninsula that makes you feel like royalty
- Dining on sumptuous Mediterranean buffet food at Mon Repos
- Treating yourself to a delicious signature Elixir treatments in a spa with lush garden views
What To Know
- Explore the private coves at the three sandy beaches (there's one pebbly beach as well)
- Snag a plush lounger around the pool to get some sun
- There's also a watersports center if you want to take a turn on the jetskis
Sprawled over one of the most exclusive peninsulas in Corfu, this idyllic haven has the feel of a regal hideaway for the aristocratic elite. Beautiful inside and out, the Grecotel Corfu Imperial makes guests feel like royalty, with palatial furnishings, smart guest rooms and a parade of brightly painted villas, right at the water’s edge. What’s more, you’ll find an indoor pool as well as a pool tucked away within the verdant gardens of this luxe resort.
Spend your days lounging on a sun terrace or ambling down to the sea, where you can dive straight into the inviting waters. When you’re not cooling off with a dip, indulge in a treatment at the heavenly Elixir Beauty Spa. Be sure to take some time to explore your surrounds, where you’ll discover private coves with three sandy beaches and, for the active, a range of water sports. Grecotel Corfu Imperial scooped a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
How to Get There
We always wanted to visit Corfu. When we saw this holiday we decided to try It even though in October the weather can be unreliable.
We were so lucky. We had lovely weather for 7 days
Perfect temperature at max 30, but most days 25 to 26 .
The hotel was perfect. We couldn’t have asked for better. The setting is on a peninsula and so most rooms seem to have a sea view.
We had a lovely large room with a balcony .
The staff were very friendly and helpful.
There are many olive trees and lavender and rosemary bushes planted all around the gardens which we loved however they did attract wasps which some people wouldn’t like. They didn’t bother us.
There are a selection of restaurants but we were on the half board and enjoyed the buffet restaurant every day for breakfast and dinner and were never disappointed. Buffet style eating is not our favorite
way for dinner but here every evening we were offered an array of tempting delicious dishes which were very hard to resist. As a dish was nearing the end it was quickly replaced by another.
We were never made to feel rushed. We usually arrived for dinner at 7pm and were found a table on the terrace which was lovely as the evening temperature was perfect. The staff were attentive enough but not intrusive.
There are friendly hotel cats which were perfectly behaved never begging just being sociable.
We loved the mix of guests from various family groups to couples. The dress code was smart casual which was nice. Our waitress Dimitra was very kind and helpful with the wine suggestions.
The staff seem to enjoy their work even though they work very hard as it was always very busy.
We noticed some comments were on the guest review book regarding waiting time to be sat but we never had to wait very long. If of course you go to dinner at peak time 8 to 9pm then it could mean a little wait as you can’t reserve a table in the buffet restaurant, however as were early dinners we never had a problem. The other restaurants at the hotel can be booked.
We had lunch in the Italian style Trattoria and at the pool side restaurant and the portions were delicious and very generous so we used to share a couple of dishes which suited us perfectly.
The main pool was a perfect size. There was also a separate adults only pool. There were enough sun chairs available for the couple of times we sat by the pool.
We visited the Village of Daniella which is a replica of parts of Old Corfu town and was used in the filming of The Durrel’s series, it was really well done and our guide was great. We were given a drink and nibbles at the end of the tour. We all really enjoyed it,
From start to finish this place and it’s staff we’re incredible. Security gates give access to the secure drive leading up to a stunning day and night setting in the gardens and across the bay. The food is a buffet which has always has its floors but they cater well for everyone and we loved the option to swap our half board dinner for lunch at one of the really good restaurants. Our little boy was everyone’s favourite and we were surprised to receive a gift from his favourite Chrisa. The facilities are perfect for young children with flat calm water and nice sandy beaches. Ultimately we couldn’t fault it and were so lucky with the weather it made our trip one we won’t forget. Perfect for a late sun trip but I imagine it’d be too busy in height if the season. Will go back someday.
“A 5 Star Hotel is a hotel that provides a luxury service through all its means of operation. A 5 Star Hotel is geared towards catering to guests at the highest level. Therefore everything from the exterior of the hotel down to the tableware should display excellent quality and high attention to detail “ quote, Xotels.
Using this basic definition the Grecotel Imperial is definitely not a 5 star hotel.
The hotel has tried to create an upmarket entrance. But it is contained within what is essentially a whitewashed multi-storey carpark. It’s a big block of concrete with no charm, history, beauty or good design element to it at all.
We had the Deluxe Suite Sea View. The furniture in the living area was stained as if people in dirty wet swimming costumes had spent a lot of time on it. The fixtures and fittings were pretty dated, shabby, and in need of updating. However, the view was nice apart from the hideous Eva Palace hotel.
On our first evening we went for dinner. NOTE: the hotel website states they have a beautiful collection of 15 seafront restaurants. This is blatant misleading information. The truth is that there was the Mon Repos buffet or the Italian trattoria. If there were other options they were at other hotels owned by the Greoctel 10 to 15
The Italian restaurant was full, they only seem to manage to seat about 15 to 20 people due to limited staff, so we had no option but to eat at the Mon Repos buffet. Disaster. Pleasant enough room, but overcrowded. Very poor standard of lukewarm food. Very poor variety, very unappetising. Not even a carvery. And I loathe having to handle utensils 400+ other people are touching. But it must be pointed out that I have admiration for the staff here. So many of the guests were shockingly rude the way they shoved a plate in the face of the chefs, with no “please” or “thank you”. My sympathies are with the chefs at having to deal with so many rude people. But sadly, on the whole, that’s the standard of cheap package holiday guest that comes here. And as usual you notice the “food smuggling” of people shoving food in to napkins to hide in handbags.
Breakfast. Back to the awful Mon Repos buffet again. And again, lots of horrible lukewarm food. People pushing and shoving to pile their plates high, whiffs of body odour. Very limited selection of fruits or any real quality food. It was even difficult to get a decent hot beverage. Apparently at breakfast the hotel seats around 600 people. So they provide ONE toaster. A FOUR slot toaster. And TWO slots do not work. So that’s a TWO slot toaster for 600 people. Does that sound like a 5 star hotel to you ?
Never again were we going to eat at Mon Repos for their awful buffet. So we made plans to book dinner at the selection of 15 seafront restaurants. Except there aren’t. It’s either the Italian on one night, or the French restaurant on the alternative night. That’s your choice. So in effect you only have a choice on each night of buffet or Italian .. or buffet or French. That’s your lot. And to add to the false advertising, the ‘Aristos’ French fine dining restaurant is not French fine dining. When we were there it was either Greek food or Asian food. So why is it described as French fine dining ? They did not offer French fine dining on a single night of our stay. Thankfully, the cuisine they did serve was pretty good. Far superior to the rubbish at the buffet. The trattoria isn’t that bad either. Basic, but satisfactory.
I really do have to giggle at the highly Photoshopped hotel website photos. Particularly the “guests” and “staff” photos. These are all models. No guests or staff look this polished or classy. But I really do wish to state all the “real” staff at the hotel were very nice, and kept smiling despite what they were faced with.
The hotel describes itself as having 3 beaches. That also depends on what your definition of a beach is. The truth is you have two little strips of sand which you can walk along in 10 seconds, with beds packed like sardines. Again, not like the representation on the hotel website. And you have one little cove with canopied beds which are kept for families who have booked villas. So the reality is you are most likely going to be on one of the two strips of sand. At least the swimming pool is heated. You simply have to tolerate the screaming children around it all day.
There’s a far more scenic beach over at the Eva Palace hotel. It’s a much lower standard of hotel. The grubby sunbeds, etc, are pretty awful. But at least you have a beach you can take a proper walk on. And it’s quite peaceful. Very sad to see between the three hotels the Grecotel own, the discarded litter, the empty plastic bottles and trash. Care for the environment doesn’t seem to have yet reached Corfu. This also becomes clear taking the ride from the Grecotel to Corfu Town. Rubbish bins overflowing with garbage, rundown buildings, graffiti. Nothing scenic of merit at all.
If you are going to come and stay here be prepared to flop and stay. There will be no charming walks to find little boutiques or Greek tavernas. In fact, you’ll find nothing Greek at all. You could be anywhere. The three Grecotel’s have in effect created a giant holiday camp and they want to keep you on site.
The real blessing was the weather. It was glorious for October, But regards the hotel, the saving grace is the pleasant staff and some decent food at the Aristos and the trattoria. But those things alone do not make for a 5 star hotel. There's definitely nothing sophisticated, upmarket, quality or luxury about the place.