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Akrotiri Beach Hotel 3.0

Paleokastritsa, Corfu, Greece

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Pros

  • Clifftop setting with widespread stunning sea views
  • Short stroll from bars, restaurants, and beaches
  • All guest rooms open to balconies with sea vistas
  • Infinity-edge pool with adjacent hot tub
  • Stylish seafront restaurant with additional pool
  • Separate kids’ splash pool and playground
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Massage room and gift shop
  • Diving center on-site

Cons

  • Food in main dining room gets mixed reviews
  • Some areas are dated
  • Wi-Fi can be slow and spotty
  • Lots of steps could be difficult for those with limited mobility

Bottom Line

The Akrotiri Beach Hotel is a mid-range, family-run property perched on a clifftop overlooking the resort town of Paleokastritsa, with direct access to a pebble beach (down lots of steep steps). The expansive sea views from all 126 rooms, the infinity-edge pool, and the dining room are certainly the highlight. Reports from past guests suggest that the seafront eatery is decent, but the buffet breakfast and set dinner in the main restaurant have garnered mixed reviews. While much of the interiors feel dated, guest rooms are bright and generally well-maintained -- especially in the upgraded options -- though bathrooms could use a refresh. Despite being a little rough around the edges, it's a solid option with vistas that are second to none; those looking for an all-inclusive package should check out the more kid-friendly Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel.

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Scene

Self-contained, family-run hotel with friendly vibe and direct beach access

Set on a sharp hairpin turn, the Akrotiri Beach Hotel's double-arched entrance is decorated with pretty bougainvillea and leads to the hotel's wood-slatted facade lined with pine trees. Inside, the reception is filled with soft couches and armchairs and a gold-and-blue mural extends the length of the front desk. The vibe is homely, but dated, with mismatching furnishings, red-patterned carpet, and random artwork dotting the walls. A large lobby lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows leads to an outdoor terrace and the first glimpse of the property's main highlight: spectacular elevated sea views, which are also found at the pool area, tiered sun terrace, and main dining room. Most guests are couples (largely Russian and British), although the family-run hotel also gets a fair share of families with kids. Note that there are many steps, so it might not be ideal for guests with mobility issues.

Location

Lofty clifftop setting with superb views over Palaiokastritsa coast

The hotel is perched on a clifftop overlooking the resort town of Paleokastritsa on a peninsula on the northwestern coast of Corfu. The setting is particularly picturesque, with a lush surrounding mountain landscape and the turquoise sea of the sheltered Agia Triada cove below (accessible via steep steps). Agia Triada is a public beach, with sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, as well as snorkels (the crystal-clear water is prime for snorkeling). There's also the so-called private Rocky Beach near the pool with access to the water; it's more of a rock platform than a beach. There are several local bars and restaurants within a short stroll. There's also a monastery a five-minute drive away and Angelokastro castle is 20 minutes away by car. The more bustling city of Corfu, with its UNESCO-designated Old Town and impressive historic buildings, is about a 20-minute drive away. Corfu International Airport -- also known as Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport -- is around 15 to 20 minutes away by road.

Rooms

Bright rooms with furnished balconies and stunning sea views

The hotel offers 126 rooms, all of which extend to furnished balconies with stunning sea views -- upgraded rooms are higher up and have larger outdoor spaces. Decor varies between room categories, but is generally bright, with light-wood furniture and pastel linens. Standard Rooms feature a mixture of dated and more modern furniture -- think motel-style comforters and mismatched patterned curtains -- while Superior Rooms have contemporary and coordinating furniture and fabrics. Amenities include mini-fridges, air-conditioning, and small flat-screen TVs (with only one English-language channel), but no coffee- or tea-making facilities. Functional bathrooms could use an update, and include shower/tub combos, wall-mounted hairdryers, and generic toiletries. 

Features

Infinity-edge pool with adjacent whirlpool tub and kids' pool

Dining at the Akrotiri includes a free buffet breakfast served in the bright and spacious dining room with large windows that overlook the sea; however, reports of food quality are mixed. The set-menu, four-course dinner gets better reviews and is included in the half-board rate. The swish seafront Akron Restaurant (opened in 2014) offers generally better a la carte dining for lunch and dinner, as well as a bar. 

The main infinity pool higher up offers superb panoramas, plus an adjacent whirlpool tub and separate children's splash pool. While there is a playground, ping-pong table, and billiards on-site, there's no kids' club. Lounge chairs on the beach can be rented, plus water sports such as scuba diving and boating can be arranged from on-site vendors. The hotel offers evening entertainment in the form of traditional live music and there's a massage room with various treatments. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, but it can be spotty.

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Paleokastritsa 49100, Greece

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